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Parliament approves Constitutional Amendment Committee by Two-to-One

The committee to amend the constitution was approved by a vote in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) on Tuesday.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament asks Public for Input on Right to Recall Bill

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral legislature) has asked people to read the proposed Right to Recall Bill drafted by the Union Election Commission, which would give voters the power to unseat their representatives in parliament.
Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Permits for Jade and Gem Mine Blocks to expire this Year

The permits for some jade and mine blocks in Myanmar will expire this year, U Thet Khaing, deputy director of Myanma Gems Enterprise has told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Seven Mandalay students get Five Months in Jail

A Mandalay court on Wednesday sentenced seven Yadanabon University students who protested for better security on their campus to five months in jail.
Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Bankers seek Clarity over Foreign Equity in Myanmar Banks

The latest regulation by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) permitting foreign institutions to invest up to 35 percent in local banks has been well-received by the banking and financial industry. However, experts have flagged the need for further clarity in its provisions.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament passes Gemstone Bill amid Criticism

Myanmar’s parliament has passed a controversial bill governing the gemstone sector, paving the way to restart the licensing of mining companies after a two-year moratorium.
Date: 08 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

CBM to publish Market-Based Reference Exchange Rate

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) will publish a market-based reference exchange rate, or the aggregate of actual market rates for the day, from today onwards, according to a CBM press release.
Date: 05 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Trademark Law and Industrial Design Law enacted

Myanmar has enacted legislation to protect intellectual property (IP)in another step forward for businesses in the country.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Real Estate Services Bill submitted to Parliament

The Real Estate Services Bill aiming to increase tax revenues and to build confidence in the industry has been submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Pilot Project to register Disabled People for Welfare

Disabled people will be registered in four regions and states in a pilot project to ensure that they get government welfare benefits, said U Soe Aung, deputy minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government announces ‘Project Bank’ to get Myanmar Building

The government has announced the launch of an online “project bank” which will change the way infrastructure programmes are planned, determined and funded.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament approves Charter Change Proposal despite Military Rejection

THE Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral legislature) on Tuesday approved an urgent proposal to amend the controversial 2008 constitution, despite all military MPs voting against it.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar Labour Laws leave Workers with Raw Deal in Disputes

Ma Hla Hla Win, a recently laid-off factory worker from Rakhine State, is heavily in debt from having to send funds home to her family despite being jobless for six months.
Date: 22 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government orders Crackdown on Arakan Army

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has ordered a crackdown on the Arakan Army (AA), said U Zaw Htay, director general and spokesperson of the President’s Office.
Date: 21 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Bankers seek Clarity over Foreign Equity in Myanmar Banks

The latest regulation by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) permitting foreign institutions to invest up to 35 percent in local banks has been well-received by the banking and financial industry. However, experts have fla ...

CBM to publish Market-Based Reference Exchange Rate Local Banks permitted to extend More Mortgages Central Bank permits Loans without Collateral at 16pc Interest Rate 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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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

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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Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.

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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.

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Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

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CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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