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Court rejects Tatmadaw Defamation Claim

The Amarapura township court on Thursday dismissed a Tatmadaw (military) official’s complaint against Sayadaw U Thawbita that comments the monk posted on social media had damaged the military’s reputation.
Date: 10 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Better implementation of the Law needed to draw Foreign Investors

Lack of coordination between the Union and regional governments on development policies, red tape and weak implementation of new laws has hampered the flow of foreign direct investments (FDI) into Myanmar, said U Aung Naing Oo, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations.
Date: 10 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar still short of Judges, says Supreme Court

The number of judges in the country is just two thirds of the number required, according the 2018 annual report of the Union Supreme Court.
Date: 06 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Ministry to keep issuing Licenses to Tour Guides

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will keep issuing licenses to tour guides to ensure the quality of service provided to tourists in the country, according to the Myanmar Tour Guide Association.
Date: 27 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court indicts American, two Locals in Mandalay Cannabis Farm Case

A Mandalay Region court has indicted an American man and two local workers accused of growing marijuana on an industrial farm where they were supposed to be growing hemp.
Date: 23 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

FDI needed for Undeveloped Regions but no plans for Tax Incentives

Although more foreign direct investments (FDI) are needed for the undeveloped Regions and States, there are no plans to revise current tax relief scheme as yet, said U Thant Sin Maung, acting director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
Date: 28 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Supreme Court quashes Hopes for Early Release of Journalists

The Myanmar Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the conviction and seven-year prison terms of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for the illegal possession of classified documents in violation of the Official Secrets Act.
Date: 24 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Judge refuses Bail for Performers accused of insulting Tatmadaw

Five members of the Peacock Generation thangyat troupe were sent to prison on Monday after the judge refused to grant them bail as they face charges of causing public mischief.
Date: 23 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Legislature beefs up Consumer Protections

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) passed amendments to improve consumer rights in the country on Friday.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Basic Education Bill submitted

The Basic Education Bill drafted by the Ministry of Education has been submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) by a senior ministry official.
Date: 11 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Hundreds rally to support Constitutional Amendments

Hundreds of people marched in Yangon on Wednesday to express support for the move to amend the 2008 Constitution by the ruling National League for Democracy.
Date: 28 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

President urges Parliament to ratify ASEAN-HK Accords

President U Win Myint on Tuesday urged parliament to ratify the ASEAN-Hong Kong Investment Agreement and ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement, because it could help attract more investment from China’s autonomous regions.
Date: 27 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

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

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

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.
Date: 15 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Thousands of Workers march for stronger Labour Laws

Thousands of workers on Sunday marched in downtown Yangon to demand that the country’s labour laws meet International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Draft Law on Heritage Sites needs to be stronger, Civic Groups say

Mandalay residents, civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental groups said the draft amendments of the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Law needs to be made stronger by including a mechanism for public participation.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; 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

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

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Ex-CJ speaks out against Lawyers' Tendency to seek Postponements

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 16 (Bernama) - Former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi has spoken out against the tendency by certain defence lawyers to seek postponements of cases being heard in court.

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New Competition Commission already under Fire

Myanmar’s professed commitment to competition reform has come under fire after the government packed the new Competition Commission with bureaucrats serving under a minister.

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NA Deputies give Opinions on Revised Labour Code

Hanoi, Jun 12 (VNA) - The revised Labour Code will the focus during the sitting of lawmakers on June 12 in the ongoing 7th session of the 14th National Assembly.

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Ability to pay Taxes Online a Boon for Vietnam’s Import-Export Businesses

Hanoi, Jun 6 (VNS/VNA) - Around 99 percent of import and export tax payments in Ho Chi Minh City are made online, according to the customs department.

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OWWA joins Urban Poor Caravan

MANILA, Jun 8 (PNA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be joining the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) caravan to inform the public of its programs on overseas employment.

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Palace declares June 24 Holiday in Manila

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared June 24 as a special, non-working holiday in the City of Manila in celebration of its 448th founding anniversary.

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Legal Profession faces inherent Risks not Exclusive to NUPL

MANILA, Jun6 (PNA) - A state lawyer of the Office of the Solicitor General said Thursday the legal profession faces "inherent risks not exclusive to the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL)".

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DOJ forms Panel to probe Jacky Co Case

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - A prosecution panel has been assigned for the preliminary investigation on the complaints filed against alleged Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and others implicated in the smuggling of PHP1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs into the country.

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Myanmar still short of Judges, says Supreme Court

The number of judges in the country is just two thirds of the number required, according the 2018 annual report of the Union Supreme Court.

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RCI on Judicial Misconduct is what People Want - Dr Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Jun 5 (Bernama) - The government agreed to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on judicial misconduct because this is what the people want, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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CJ stresses Importance of beefing up Legal Education

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin emphasized the commitment of his administration to leave no stone unturned in reforming the country's legal education system.

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Double Pay for Workers on June 5

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Private sector workers, who will report to duty on Wednesday, June 5, will be paid twice their regular daily wages, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Monday.

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Complaints via Whatsapp: RTD issues More than 200 Notices

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Bernama) - More than 200 notices have been issued by the Road Transport Department (RTD) as result of consumer complaints via the Whatsapp application during the three days enforcement operation, in conjunction with Adilfitri, which began on May 29.

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Online Trader benefits from Industrial Revolution 4.0

KOTA BHARU, Jun 2 (Bernama) - The Industry Revolution 4.0, which is occurring all over the world, has given huge benefit to online traders in marketing their products to consumers.

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Vietnam attends ASEAN Plus Three, EAS SOMs

Bangkok, May 30 (VNA) - Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, who is head of the country’s SOM ASEAN, attended the ASEAN Plus Three SOM and East Asia Summit (EAS) SOM, which were held within the framework of the ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) in Bangkok on May 30.

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JBC sets Public Interviews for SC Aspirants

MANILA, May 31 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has released the schedule of the public panel interview of hopefuls vying for a Supreme Court (SC) post, to be vacated by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo who will compulsorily retire on July 29.

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Mohd Roze Shaari is New Intelligence/Operations Deputy Director

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 (Bernama) - Bukit Aman's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has a new Intelligence/Operations deputy director.

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Give Mandatory Counselling, Community Service Sessions to Road Bullies - MCPF

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has suggested that compulsory counselling and community service sessions be meted out to individuals detained for dangerous driving and road rage.

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