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Myanmar Rights Commission urges Repatriation of Refugees

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission is urging the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to immediately start the repatriation of more than 700,000 Muslims from northern Rakhine State who fled to Bangladesh.
Date: 02 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Retired Prosecutor nominated for Yangon Advocate General

A retired prosecutor who also served as director of the Myanmar Attorney General’s Office has been nominated for the post of Yangon Advocate General, replacing U Han Thoo, who faces a bribery charge.
Date: 27 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; 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

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

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

ASEAN stands by a Friend in Need, despite Differences

Response from fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the way Myanmar is handling the northern Rakhine crisis has been mixed.
Date: 17 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Officials seek Legal Advice on Karen Martyrs Day Organisers

Local officials in Hinthada township in Ayeyarwady Region are still awaiting legal advice whether to sue the organizers of the Karen Martyrs Day event held last weekend, township administrator U Than Naing said.
Date: 17 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Restrictions imposed on Reporters covering the Parliament

Before the start of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting, on August 15, journalists were given a paper that contained 18 rules they have to abide when gathering news in the parliament.
Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government embraces Digital Registration System for Businesses

With the Myanmar Companies Law now enforced, investors intending to start business in the country should register their firms online at the Myanmar Companies Online (MyCO) website from August 1 onwards, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Draft Higher Education Law to be amended

The Ministry of Education and student representatives have agreed to amend the draft of the higher education law to make it more responsive to the needs of the country’s education system.
Date: 03 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Hluttaw to discuss Ban on Cattle Export

Parliament will discuss a legislator’s proposal to ban the export of cattle that are used in seasonal cultivation.
Date: 25 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Ultranationalists Warn of Trouble after Sign Ban

A charity group formed by members of a banned ultranationalist group has warned the state religious authority that it would be to blame for any unrest arising from its order to the group to remove its signboards within 45 days.
Date: 25 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Ministries to get Special Anti-Graft Units

Special units will be set up in ministries to strengthen the government’s campaign against corrupt officials, according to a spokesman of the Anti-Corruption Commission Myanmar.
Date: 24 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Students call for Higher Education Law

A Stundent coordination team submitted a request to the minister of Education on Monday for a meeting about drafting a higher education law and university charters.
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

After Delay, Disability Rights Rules and Regulations published

The Social Welfare, Rescue and Resettlement Ministry last week released long-awaited regulations for the Disability Rights Law that was enacted in June 2015.
Date: 13 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Late by-Law may delay Municipal Election

Yangon Region will elect members of the Yangon City Development Committee in December, Daw Than Myint Aung, a member of the committee, told reporters last week.
Date: 10 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Mandalay disciplines 29 Judiciary Staff Members

Action was taken against 29 staff members of courts in Mandalay Region in the fiscal year 2017-18, U Soe Thein, regional high court chief justice, told a press conference in the last week of June.
Date: 05 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Anti-Graft Body to set up Government Units to curb Corruption

Myanmar's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) announced on July 2 that they will join forces to tackle corruption.  
Date: 04 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

CSOs urge Government to sign Anti-Torture Pact

Civil society groups on Tuesday urged the government to sign the United Nations Convention Against Torture as soon as possible.
Date: 27 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

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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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