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Court gives Hyflux Six-Month Break from Creditors; Company in search of S$200m Rescue Financing

The High Court has granted struggling water project developer Hyflux a six-month reprieve from creditors so that they can workout a survival plan and reorganise its debt.
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Invitation to participate in Survey on Citation of Acts without Chapter Numbers in New Revised Edition

The Law Revision Commission has begun preparations for a Revised Edition of Acts. In the 2020 Revised Edition of Acts, they are proposing to abolish the use of Chapter numbers for Acts. They have also invited people to participate in their survey to give them views on how to refer to Acts if Chapter numbers are removed. The online survey ...
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

SMU Team wins Moot Contest in the Hague

Singapore Management University's (SMU) law students did their school and country proud in trumping some of the top university teams worldwide to win the 2018 International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition held at The Hague in the Netherlands.
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Singapore and Australia sign Arrangement to facilitate Trade for Certified Companies

Companies certified by Singapore Customs as having robust security practices can now look forward to faster customs clearance for their goods exported to Australia.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Customs Department

SUSS gets $200K to set up Law Study Award

Singapore University of Social Sciences has been handed a donation of $200,000 from the estate of former Supreme Court judge Choor Singh to enable a second scholarship for the law students.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Improving Transparency on Short Selling Activities in Singapore

Singapore, May 28 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will require investors to report their short positions and short sell orders in securities listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX), with effect from 1 October 2018. This will improve transparency on short selling activities in the securities market and enable investors to make more inform ...
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Woman fined $4,000 for the Illegal Import of a Sugar Glider

Singapore, May 23 (AVA) - 24-year-old Nur Syahirah binte Hussein, was fined $4,000 for the illegal import of a sugar glider into Singapore.
Date: 23 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Prof Lucy Reed appointed Vice President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has announced the appointment of Prof Lucy Reed as a Vice President of the SIAC Court of Arbitration with effect from 29 June 2018. Prof Reed succeeds John Savage QC, who previously served as a member of the SIAC Board of Directors from 2009 to 2017, and concurrently served as a Vice President o ...
Date: 08 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore International Arbitration Centre

Court of Appeal affirms the Authority of the Comptroller of Income Tax in sharing Tax Information under a Tax Treaty

The Court of Appeal has provided its written grounds of decision pertaining to an in camera hearing held on 5 September 2017. At the hearing, the Court affirmed the High Court’s decision to refuse an application made by four foreign individuals (“the Appellants”) that requested to commence a judicial review against the decision of ...
Date: 04 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

Appointment of 86 Justices of the Peace

86 Justices of the Peace (JPs) were appointed by President Halimah Yacob on 24 April 2018. Of these, 42 JPs were re-appointed for the second or third term, and 44 were appointed for their first term. There are currently 99 serving JPs. With the appointment/re-appointment of the JPs today, the total number of JPs is now 185.
Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

SMU Team wins 2018 Jessup National Round, progresses to International Round

Team SMU has won the Singapore National Round of the 2018 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and are on their way to represent the country in Washington, D.C.
Date: 15 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Management University

Hackathon Team finds Answers to making Digital Signatures More Secure for Legal Documents

Singapore, Apr 23 - In another step to nudge the legal profession into the digital age, a group of young technocrats have come up with an answer to privacy and cyber security concerns in using digital signatures on legal documents.
Date: 23 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Academy of Law

Woman fined for abandoning Five Cats

53-year-old Suriati Misran was fined $2000 in court for pet abandonment. In March 2017, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) was alerted to a case of five cats found abandoned at the void deck of Blk 180A Rivervale Crescent. Suriati’s son was identified via the lift’s CCTV footage, which showed him carrying the c ...
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Singapore ratifies the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption

Singapore has ratified the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption (AFAVE). The Instrument of Ratification was deposited with the ASEAN Secretary-General by Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, on 13 April 2018. The ratification of the AFAVE reaffirms Singapore’s commitment to facilitate secure an ...
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Woman fined for Breach of Pet Farm Licensing Conditions and Dog Licensing Conditions

42-year-old Choo Pui Lee, a licensee of Pretty Pets Kennel, was fined $8,500 by the court for breaching the pet farm licensing conditions and keeping dogs without license.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Woman sentenced to Jail and fined for Animal Cruelty

In February 2016, Chng Leng Khim was sentenced to 10 days’ imprisonment for animal cruelty. She was also fined $3,100 for failing to comply with order to assist in investigation and for failing to license her pet dogs. After Chng appealed, the High Court set aside her plea of guilt and sent the case for a re-trial.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Amendments to the Immigration Act to take effect from First April 2018

The amendments to the Immigration Act, which were passed in Parliament on 8 January 2018, will take effect from 1 April 2018. These amendments will strengthen the security of our checkpoints.
Date: 29 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Man fined for Breach of Pet Shop Licensing Conditions and Failure in Duty of Care

Mar 21 - 25-year-old Aw Ying Liang was fined $31,000 by the court today for breach of the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority's (AVA) pet shop licensing conditions and failure in duty of care. Aw was also issued a two-month disqualification order from operating any animal-related business.
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

First Reading of the Vulnerable Adults Bill

The Vulnerable Adults (VA) Bill was introduced in Parliament today for first reading.
Date: 27 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development

Deprivation of Singapore Citizenship for a 58 Year-Old Naturalized Singapore Citizen

Mick Davies (Davies), a 58-year-old naturalised Singapore Citizen of PRC origin, was served a Notice of Proposed Deprivation of Citizenship on 5 March 2018, under Article 133(1) of the Constitution ("Notice of Proposed Deprivation").
Date: 05 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

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DOJ-OOC continues Conduct of Judicial Training on Cybercrime for the ASEAN Prosecutors and Judges

The Department of Justice - Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC), in partnership with the Supreme Court of the Philippines and the Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) Project, is set to conduct the Advanced Judicial Training Course on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence for Judges, Magistrates and Prosecutors for the ASEAN Region in Cebu, Philippines on 19-22 June 2018.

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DOJ Chief: Amended Constitution must clarify Impeachment Rules

MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - The country's Constitution, once amended, must clarify the rules on impeachment to avoid controversies in the future, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Thursday.

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Guevarra on granting Fox's Appeal: 'it's following the Rule of Law'

MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday clarified that he is just following the rule of law when he granted the appeal of Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox to reverse the Bureau of Immigration's decision forfeiting her visa and ordering her to leave the country.

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UK eases Visa Application Processes for Indonesian Students

Jakarta, June 20 (ANTARA News) - The United Kingdom (UK) Visas & Immigration service is easing visa application processes for Indonesian students by reducing the documentation requirements for Tier-4 student visa applicants.

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Indonesia, Finland achieve Significant Increase in Bilateral Ties

Jakarta, June 21 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Finland have achieved a significant increase in bilateral ties in 2017, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said.

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Some Workers at Thai Factory agree to Compensation

Half of the nearly 300 Myanmar workers who were sacked by a fishing net factory in Thailand have agreed to a promise by their employer to pay them 13 days of unpaid wages.

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KPKT reviews National Housing Policy - Zuraida

KUCHING, June 21 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) is reviewing the national housing policy to ensure it is suitable to the current situation in the country, said its minister Zuraida Kamaruddin.

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Government under rising pressure to correctly tax Ride-Hailing Companies

Since June 13, ride hailing companies operating in Yangon have been obliged to pay income and commercial tax to the Yangon government under the law, U Myint Thaung, regional minister of Planning and Finance said in parliament.

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PM Prayut: Death Penalty is Legitimate and most People agree

BANGKOK, June 20 (NNT) - The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has voiced support for the execution of convicted murderers.

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Government welcomes Opinions about Implementation of Thailand 4.0 Policy

BANGKOK, June 19 (NNT) - The government continues efforts to implement the Thailand 4.0 policy while welcoming opinions from all sides on helping to achieve its goal.

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On World Refugee Day, De Lima files Bill to protect Refugees and Stateless Persons

In observance of World Refugee Day, Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima today filed a measure seeking to promote and protect the rights of refugees and stateless persons in the country and prescribe a fair procedure for their status determination and eligibility.

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MoF invites Feedback on proposed changes to the Income Tax Act

The Ministry of Finance have invited interested parties to provide feedback on the draft Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2018 from 20 June to 11 July 2018.

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Labor Ministry aims to find Jobs for 100,000 Unemployed Graduates

BANGKOK, June 19 (NNT) - The Labor Minister, Pol. Gen. Adul Sangsingkeo, said the Ministry of Labor aims to find jobs for about 100,000 unemployed graduates within three months.

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Ex-President Aquino sued over DAP Mess

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has indicted former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for usurpation of legislative powers in connection with the alleged anomalous Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

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Duterte appoints CA, Sandiganbayan Associate Justices

MANILA, June 20 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed new associate justices at the Court of Appeals (CA) and Sandiganbayan. Duterte appointed Emily Aliño-Geluz as CA Associate Justice and Georgina Dumpit Hidalgo as Sandiganbayan Associate Justice.

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