laos - General & Misc

New Legislation rewards well-behaved Prisoners

Prisoners who demonstrate good behaviour and meet certain criteria can expect to be freed earlier or have their terms reduced, thanks to a new Presidential Ordinance.
Date: 10 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos respects MRC Treaty

Siem Reap, Cambodia, Apr 4 - The Lao government considers the 1995 Mekong Agreement as an important guideline when using water and other resources in the Mekong river basin, according to a senior government official.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Get Married legally to avoid Human Trafficking, Chinese Ambassador advises

In the wake of reports that women, including Lao nationals, have been tricked by foreign human traffickers into love matches or undocumented marriages, a Chinese diplomat has warned Lao women to comply with legal procedures to avoid falling victim to such deception.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Brunei extend Length of Reciprocal Visa-Free Visits

The governments of Laos and Brunei Darussalam have agreed that their citizens can stay in the other’s country for up to 30 days without having to obtain a visa.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos signs Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation agreement

Laos has signed an agreement on the Establishment of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation and is the 10th country to sign this document.
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, EU agree to promote, protect Human Rights

The Lao government and the European Union (EU) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in promoting and protecting human rights in bilateral and international forums, according to a joint press release issued by the EU-Lao PDR Human Rights Dialogue.
Date: 20 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government submitting 15 Drafted Laws for Parliamentary Debate

The government will submit 15 drafted laws to the National Assembly (NA) by this month for debate, the government spokesman Prof Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher said on Wednesday.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Cabinet approves 10 Draft Laws

The government cabinet on Friday approved amendment drafts to nine laws and one newly drafted law in its extraordinary meeting in a move towards pursuing the rule of law.
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Enforce Court Verdicts, Justice Ministry told

The Ministry of Justice has been instructed to strengthen the leadership and guidance of its Party Committee and administrators at every level in order to address its deficiencies in the correct way.
Date: 26 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government issues Decree on Allowances for disadvantaged School Children

The government has announced a decree to promote education equality between children in towns and rural communities by supporting outstanding primary and secondary students who lack opportunities to pursue their studies.
Date: 03 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Ministry planning to curb Teacher Transfers

The Ministry of Education and Sports plans to create a regulatory framework for government teachers, aiming to regulate teacher transfers to private schools while protecting the rights of students at government schools.
Date: 02 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

New Year Greeting Card Ban for Officials

The government has announced that public sectors are not allowed to produce greeting cards to extend best wishes to senior Lao leaders for the upcoming international New Year celebrations.
Date: 17 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

PM seeks Improvements across Legal, Judicial Sectors

Sectors responsible for enforcement, administration, prosecution and adjudication of the law must do all they can to ensure that innocent people are protected and offenders punished, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told a meeting in the capital on Tuesday.
Date: 06 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government to take Action over Unregulated Petrol Stations

Petrol stations that are located too close to one another, or are near a community, a school, a hospital, a market or a river may have to relocate in line with the government’s tougher stance on these facilities.
Date: 26 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Parliament approves Health Targets

The National Assembly (NA) has approved targets that will require the government to reduce the number of underweight children aged under five from 22 percent to 21 percent by 2018.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government, Development Partners discuss Law on Climate Change

Government officials from the central provinces together with development partners are meeting in Vientiane to discuss the draft of a law on climate change.
Date: 20 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

National Assembly passes 2018 Development Plan, 15 Laws

The National Assembly (NA) ended its 4th ordinary session on Friday after adopting the Socio-economic Development Plan, together with the budget and currency plans for 2018, and passing 15 laws. In her closing remarks, Assembly President Ms Pany Yathotou said the session, which took place from October 16-November 17, had succeeded in its goals.&nbs ...
Date: 19 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

NA passes Red Cross Law to bolster Humanitarian Aid

Lawmakers yesterday voted on and passed a new Law on Lao Red Cross Affairs following a one-day debate at the ongoing 4th Ordinary Session of the National Assembly’s 8th Legislature.
Date: 31 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

National Assembly to debate New and Amended Laws

The National Assembly (NA) will debate nine newly drafted laws and amend seven existing laws at its upcoming fourth ordinary session, which will open on Monday.
Date: 11 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

National Assembly on Target with Law Enactment

The National Assembly (NA) has achieved a quarter of its planned target of law enactment and amendment under the current Eighth Legislature, but is urging administrative and legislative bodies to make sure that the laws passed are more effective. The Assembly's current Legislature aims to enact or amend 105 laws during its current five-year te ...
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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Government will not raise GST Rate - DPM Zahid

BAGAN DATUK, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The government has given an assurance that the country's Goods and Service Tax (GST) of sic per cent will not be raised, even after the 14th General Election.

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Government approves Sekolah Menengah Chong Hwa's Federal Land Lease Application - Wan Junaidi

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 17 (Bernama) - The government has approved the application of Sekolah Menengah Persendirian Chong Hwa, Sentul, for a 1.2 hectare of federal land under 99 years' lease for the purpose of building the school's sports complex.

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World's First Crypto Currency Guarantee against Theft

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - In a world's first, GoldCrypto will protect and guarantee its cryptocurrency tokens from any theft through hacking.

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DILG has New Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday welcomed the appointment of two retired Philippine National Police (PNP) officials as the department’s new undersecretary and assistant secretary.

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Indonesia calls on UNESCO to legitimize 19 Cultural Properties

Jakarta, Apr 16 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia is striving for its 19 cultural properties in the temporary list of World Heritage Center of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be recognized soon.

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Sri Mulyani named Best Finance Minister in Asia Pacific

Jakarta, Apr 16 (ANTARA News) - Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, was named the best Finance Minister in Asia and the Pacific for 2018 by Hong Kong-based financial magazine FinanceAsia for the second time in a row.

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