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Laws to protect Intellectual Property, encourage Business in the Works

Businesses in Myanmar still rely on outdated colonial-era laws enacted by the British more than one hundred years ago to protect Intellectual Property (IP) rights.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Retailers hit with Liquor Import Ban

Liquor retailers are no longer allowed to sell imported brands, as it is a violation of Ministry of Commerce regulations.
Date: 04 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Legislation in the Works to regulate Multi-Level Marketing

Following the government’s prohibition of multi-level marketing via a notification dated September 18, consumer rights advocates and other experts have come out to say more must be done to educate the public about the drawbacks of the system.
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Man gets Year in Jail for criticizing State Minister

A man who criticised the Mon State Chief Minister on social media has been sentenced to one year in prison, a Thaton township police official said.
Date: 01 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government enacts Tougher Forest Law

The Myanmar parliament has enacted a tougher forest law that threatens violators with up to 15 years in prison in a bid to conserve the country’s fast-dwindling forests.
Date: 26 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government bans MLM Firms

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on September 18 issued notification (46/2018) which prohibits the business of Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) in Myanmar. The ban will take effect immediately.
Date: 20 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Renewable Energy Law in the Works to speed up Development

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) is drafting a renewable energy law to develop the sector, said U Maung Maung Kyaw, Chief Engineer from the Department of Renewable Energy and Hydropower Plants under the MOEE.
Date: 19 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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.
Date: 17 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Corruption Panel fines Five over withdrawal of Celebrity Murder Case

The Anti-Corruption Commission Myanmar has fined four officials of the Advocate General’s Office of Yangon Region and a police officer for the withdrawal of the case in July against people suspected of murdering a Facebook celebrity.
Date: 14 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Thailand to legalize Illegal Fish Workers

Thailand would soon start legalising thousands of illegal Myanmar workers in its fishing industry as a first step to the signing of an agreement to provide more workers for the business, which is struggling with a labour shortage.
Date: 13 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court keeps Treason Charges on Rakhine Politician and Author

A court in Sittwe township, Rakhine State, on Monday dropped a charge of unlawful association against a politician and an author but maintained a high treason charge against them for allegedly inciting people to oppose the government.
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Representatives call for Review of SOE Law

Representatives of Parliament have urged lawmakers to review an existing law under which the government must bail out loss-making State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) with public funds.
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mutual Trust necessary in amending Constitution: Thura U Shwe Mann

National reconciliation in the most important element in ensuring progress in Myanmar’s democratic transition, Thura U Shwe Mann, chair of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Issues Assessment Commission, said on Friday.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government to sign Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

The government has sought parliament’s approval for the country to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Rules permitting Foreigners to Trade likely out This Year

The Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) will release rules under the new Myanmar Companies Law which could allow foreigners to trade on the local bourse before the end of the year, U Yin Zaw Myo, managing director of the YSX, sa ...

MOB to allow Digital Payment System Government seeks Approval to accept Japanese, French Loans Interim Budget approved in Parliament after 1.2 per cent Cut 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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Man gets Year in Jail for criticizing State Minister

A man who criticised the Mon State Chief Minister on social media has been sentenced to one year in prison, a Thaton township police official said.

Corruption Panel fines Five over withdrawal of Celebrity Murder Case Protester sentenced to 18 Months in Prison Government ‘hasn’t relaxed Death Penalty’ 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

More Taxes to be levied on Alcohol, Cigarettes

The government has submitted its Union Taxation Bill for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which includes higher tax rates on alcohol and cigarettes, to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

IRD to launch Integrated Tax Administration System Parliament mulls Maintaining Tax Rates to Offset Forex Pressure Government removes 2 per cent of withholding Tax on Domestic Payments more

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House absent at Court during Advocates' Law Judicial Review Session

Jakarta, Oct 18 (ANTARA News) - The House of Representatives (DPR) did not attend the Constitutional Court (MK) session on the judicial review of Article 16 Law No.18/2003 regarding advocates immunity rights.

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Solon files Bill on Overtaking Cyclists

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - A party-list lawmaker at the House of Representatives is pushing for a measure requiring a minimum distance of 1.5 meters for motorists overtaking cyclists.

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Hontiveros optimistic PRRD will sign Pet Bills into Law

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday said she is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte would sign several bills that she authored and sponsored into law.

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JBC interviews Two Bets for Supreme Court Justice

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday conducted its public interview for two aspirants for the Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice vacancy following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.

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PM tables Mid-Term Review of 11th Malaysia Plan in Dewan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today tabled the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP - 2016-2020) in the Dewan Rakyat.

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SC allows Media Coverage of de Lima Drug Case Trials

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) allowed news coverage of Senator Leila de Lima’s trials for alleged drug trading activities before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

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House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the House of Representatives` (DPR`s) Commission IX Dede Yusuf supported the placement of Indonesian migrant workers through the One Channel Placement System (SPSK) agreed upon by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

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Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies

Jakarta, Oct 17 (ANTARA News) - The fourth industrial revolution, also known as industry 4.0, is expected to make Indonesia one of the top 10 economies in the world in 2030, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

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Government encourages SMEs to go Digital

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - The government encourages national small and medium enterprises or SMEs to take advantage of the digitalization era by using online networks to expand their businesses.

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WIPO Director General Conferred the Order of Sikatuna

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Director General Dr. Francis Gurry has received the highest Presidential honour of diplomatic merit in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to sustain and strengthen WIPO’s relations with the Philippine government, through the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

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PH Ambassador Promotes ASEAN Trade, Tourism in Spain

MADRID, Oct 16 (DFA) - To raise awareness about ASEAN and promote ASEAN trade and tourism in Spain, Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier and the other ASEAN Ambassadors in Madrid paid a courtesy call on the Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Maria Reyes Maroto Illera.

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BOC, PCG Ink MOA for Strengthened Joint Anti-Smuggling Operations

The chiefs of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Coast (PCG), on Monday, October 15 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which provides them guidelines in the conduct of anti-smuggling joint operations within the country’s borders.

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PH Showcases Best Practice on Anti-Poverty

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (DFA) - The Philippines underscored the crucial need to use the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as an alternative measure of poverty during the High-level side-event on “Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to guide innovative policies in all its dimensions” held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Week held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2018

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21 Law Firms vow to create more chances for Young Lawyers

Twenty-one law firms, including Drew & Napier and Tan Rajah & Cheah, have pledged to provide more opportunities for young lawyers to represent their clients in court.

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Thailand hosts ASEAN Disaster Assessment and Mitigation Training Course

BANGKOK, Oct 16 (NNT) - Thailand is hosting the latest ASEAN training course on regional disaster assessment and mitigation to ensure timely assistance, and enhance the reach and capability of the region’s relief efforts.

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Del Castillo to head JBC Search for Next CJ

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo will sit at the helm of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in screening aspirants for the vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, JBC ex-officio member and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.

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SC reorganizes Three Divisions as Hernando assumes Post

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC), under Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, has reorganized the membership in its three divisions following the entry of its newest member, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.

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Non-infra Programs face Cancellation if Oil Excise Tax suspended

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Some of the Duterte administration's non-infrastructure expenditures scheduled for 2019 face possible cancellation if the implementation the oil excise tax's second tranch is put on hold due to soaring world crude prices, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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