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Government considering New Cyber Law, Minister says

A Cyberlaw will be drafted to take action against those who insult the country and people and commit crimes over any communications network, said Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications U Thar Oo.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Heritage Regions Bill submitted ahead of UNESCO Deadline

The Religious Affairs and Culture Ministry yesterday submitted to the Upper House (Amyotha Hluttaw) a new draft law for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage regions, which is a UNESCO requirement for Bagan to be included in the list of world heritage sites.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Kachin Activists imprisoned for Peaceful Protest

A court has sentenced three Kachin ethnic activists to half a year in prison for raising the plight of civilians trapped by fighting between the Tatmadaw and a Kachin armed group. The court’s decision has come under fire for further stifling the already-deteriorating freedom of speech in Myanmar.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Women’s Law set for Enactment Next Year

The Prevention of Violence against Women bill drafted in 2013 may be enacted next year, U Soe Aung deputy minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, said.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Eights Shops fined for using banned Dyes in Mandalay

Authorities have fined eight shops for using banned dyes in their products at Zaychodaw market in Mandalay city, which was declared a dye-free market in July, the regional Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office said.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Malaysia sentences 130 Illegal Myanmar Workers to Prison

Of 156 Myanmar nationals who were rounded up during a crackdown on undocumented workers in Malaysia earlier this month, 130 have been sentenced to three months in prison, a Myanmar diplomat said.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Central Bank provides New Details on Foreign-Bank Directive

Foreign banks will be allowed to expand their branch networks in Myanmar next year, according to two senior officials of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) yesterday.
Date: 15 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

E-commerce Legislation forthcoming on the Back of Growth Potential

E-commerce in Myanmar is expected to develop fast over the next five years, when legislation governing the industry is targeted to come into force.
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

National Anti-Drug Strategy set to be released Next Month

The country’s plan of action in the fight against illegal drugs will be announced in December, the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control said.
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament to pass Tax Bill to curb Corruption

Parliament is set to pass a tax management bill that is expected to curb corruption and increase revenue, a senior member of a Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral parliament) committee said on Monday.
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

New Investment-related Ministry to be announced

The National League for Democracy-led government is going to add one more ministry soon which is likely to deal with investment matters.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Central Bank allows Foreign Banks to lend to Local Businesses

Foreign banks in Myanmar are being allowed to provide commercial services, setting them on more equal footing with the local banks as the sector implements further reforms, U Soe Thein, Vice Governor of Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM), told The Myanmar Times on November 9.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

21 Bills to be tackled in upcoming 10th Regular Sitting of Parliament

The 10th regular sitting of the Hluttaw will start on November 12 and is expected to debate reports about the budget, taxes, and national debt for the fiscal year 2017-18.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

New Rule requires Imports to have Myanmar Language Labels

Imported goods must have labels and instruction manuals in the Myanmar language within six months or they could be taken off the market, according to the Consumer Affairs Department.
Date: 24 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Central Bank provides New Details on Foreign-Bank Directive

Foreign banks will be allowed to expand their branch networks in Myanmar next year, according to two senior officials of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) yesterday.

Central Bank allows Foreign Banks to lend to Local Businesses Rules permitting Foreigners to Trade likely out This Year MOB to allow Digital Payment System more

Draft Bill against Real Estate Monopolies sent to Attorney General

A draft bill to prevent real estate monopolies and increase government tax revenue is being submitted to the Attorney General’s office, according to Deputy Planning and Finance Minister U Maung Maung Win.

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Malaysia sentences 130 Illegal Myanmar Workers to Prison

Of 156 Myanmar nationals who were rounded up during a crackdown on undocumented workers in Malaysia earlier this month, 130 have been sentenced to three months in prison, a Myanmar diplomat said.

National Anti-Drug Strategy set to be released Next Month Man gets Year in Jail for criticizing State Minister Corruption Panel fines Five over withdrawal of Celebrity Murder Case more

Cabinet OKs sending Caregivers to Japan

The cabinet’s Education, Health and Human Resources Development Committee has allowed the employment agencies to send caregivers to Japan for its elderly, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population said.

Bill Committee rejects Prison Time for Employers who break Labour Law ILO clarifies on Disability Hiring, Minimum Wage and Holidays Garment Workers fired for not signing Employment Contract more

Mandalay revokes Permits for 57 Apartments over Nonpayment

The Mandalay government has revoked the permits for the sale of 57 apartments under the government affordable housing programme after those who were given the rights to buy these units failed to make payment after one ye ...

No 100 per cent Foreign Ownership in Real Estate Bill to regulate Real Estate Brokers open to Public Court rules in Favour of MEC, deals a Blow to Farmer Land Rights more

Parliament to pass Tax Bill to curb Corruption

Parliament is set to pass a tax management bill that is expected to curb corruption and increase revenue, a senior member of a Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral parliament) committee said on Monday.

More Taxes to be levied on Alcohol, Cigarettes IRD to launch Integrated Tax Administration System Parliament mulls Maintaining Tax Rates to Offset Forex Pressure more

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House Panel to probe 'Budget Anomalies' in January

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The House of Representatives rules committee will start its investigation on the alleged “budget anomalies and questionable allocations” by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on January 3, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. announced on Thursday.

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ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

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Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.

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SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.

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MyCC to identify Anti-Competitive Elements in Eggs Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is working closely with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) to identify any anti-competitive elements that may occur in the domestic market for chicken eggs.

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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