myanmar - General & Misc

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.
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Urbanites support paying More Tax for Better Government Services

Tax residents in Myanmar are not strongly anti-tax as long as the govt delivers.
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament OKs $144.54 Million Loan to improve Dawei Road

Parliament has approved a 4.5 billion baht (US$144.54 million/K192.72 billion) loan from Thailand to upgrade the Dawei-Hteekee Road, which will connect Dawei Special Economic Zone to the kingdom.
Date: 28 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mandalay Lawyer, Singer sued for Court Comments

A lawyer and a singer in Mandalay Region have been sued for posting criticisms about the legal process on social media, said Daw Khin Khin Cho, staff officer of Mandalay Region High Court.
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Lawyers call for restoration of 1929 Bar Council Law

Lawyers are calling for the restoration of the original provisions Myanmar Bar Council Act of 1929 because the current law passed nearly 30 years ago does not provide effective protection for Myanmar’s high court lawyers.
Date: 20 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

New Food Labeling Rules coming this Month

Upgraded food labelling guideline will be issued by the end of the month, said U Than Htut, director general of the Food and Drug Administration Department (FDA).
Date: 13 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Rule of Law and Judiciary Reform a priority: Government

Rule of law and judiciary reform are key to peace and development and hence the government’s top priority, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said while addressing the Conference on Justice Sector Coordination for Rule of Law in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday.
Date: 09 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Amendments to Assembly Bill approved by Amyotha Hluttaw

The Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) approved amendments to the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law on Wednesday, which activists and some legislators say will infringe on the people’s constitutional right to freedom of expression.
Date: 08 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Elderly lack Awareness of Law protecting their Welfare

There is a general lack of awareness among the elderly about the Law Relating to Older People that was enacted two years ago and is aimed at protecting their rights and promoting their welfare.
Date: 07 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Upper House Lawmakers object to changes in Peaceful Assembly Law

Upper House legislators on Monday opposed amendments to the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law, which they said curtail the people’s rights to assemble and demonstrate peacefully.
Date: 06 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Changes in Protest Law threaten both Nationalists and Democracy

When Myanmar enacted the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law in the landmark 2010 reforms, the outside world applauded and welcomed the move as a significant step for the democratic transition.
Date: 05 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Home-Stay Tourism expected to take off when Law Approved

The home-stay programme in the countryside will become a reality once the new tourism law which is being discussed in a Pyithu Hluttaw committee is approved.
Date: 02 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Shwe Mann Panel extended for One Year

Parliament has extended for one year the Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission headed by former speaker Thura U Shwe Mann.
Date: 02 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

No Approvals required for Commercial Livestock Farming Investments below $5M

Only capital investments in commercial livestock farming exceeding $5 million or K6 billion will require approval from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, according to the Myanmar Investment Commission on Wednesday.
Date: 02 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Right to recall Bill remains on Backburner

The Union Election Commission (UEC) member U Aung Myint told the parliament on Wednesday that the “Right to Recall the Hluttaw (Lower House) Representative Bill” is still under discussion and there are no plans to submit it to parliament yet.
Date: 01 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government revokes Miner’s Permit on Failure to pay Gold Debts

The gold mining permit of National Prosperity Company (NPC), which operates in Moehti Moemi mining district in Yamethin, Mandalay, has been revoked after the miner failed to pay a sum in gold owed to the government, U Thein Soe, deputy permanent secretary from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation said.
Date: 27 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Illegal Workers can return from Malaysia under Amnesty Scheme

Thousands of Mynamar workers without proper documents are expected to take advantage of a Malaysian government’s amnesty programme that will allow illegal foreign workers to return home by June.
Date: 26 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court tells Hospital to pay K30 Million for Wrong Diagnosis of HIV

The Mandalay district court on Tuesday ordered the City Hospital Mandalay to pay a patient K30 million (US$22,744) for misdiagnosing him of being afflicted with HIV.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government urged to draft Mental Health Care Policy

After police and officials announced on February 1 that the suspect in a petrol bomb attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house was suffering from mental illness, mental health societies urged the government to come up with a comprehensive mental health care programme for the country.
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Anti-Smoking Groups want Government to control Sale of Electronic Cigarettes

Alarmed by the rising use of electronic cigarettes in the local market, anti-smoking groups want authorities to control the sale of the product as it leads to health hazards.
Date: 12 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar 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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