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Royal Gazette publishes NCPO’s Order to lift Political Ban

BANGKOK, Dec 12 (NNT) - Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has finally lifted political restrictions imposed since 2014, allowing political gatherings and election campaigns ahead of next year’s general election.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Finance Minister: State Welfare Card Holders given 5% VAT Refund

BANGKOK, Dec 11 (NNT) - The Finance Minister has revealed that state welfare cardholders will receive a 5% VAT refund after spending the recently delivered 500-baht subsidy.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA confirms its Adherence to Rule of Law

BANGKOK, Dec 10 (NNT) - The head of the Thai National Legislative Assembly (NLA), Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, has assured the public of the legislature’s commitment to following the rule of law.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Donations to Political Party now Tax Deductible

BANGKOK, Dec 9 (NNT) - The government has announced that donations to political parties are now tax deductible to encourage people to support the role of political parties.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DPM and Industry Minister outline SME Bank Policy

BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Minister of Industry Utama Saowanayon have handed down policies to the SME Development Bank (SME Bank) focused on aiding business operators in 2019 and setting a target that elevates 600,000 enterprises into the E-Commerce realm.
Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Tax Incentive seeks to help Rubber Farmers

BANGKOK, Dec 5 (NNT) - The government's tax break on shopping to stimulate end-of-year spending benefits small entrepreneurs as well as farmers affected by the Para rubber price drop, according to a revenue department official.
Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Education minister stresses the Importance of “Rule of Law”

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has attended a conference with education related officials, stressing the importance of the “rule of law” when introducing policies.
Date: 08 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA OKs revised Criminal Procedure Code

BANGKOK, Dec 4 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has unanimously agreed to amend the law to remove a fugitive’s right to make legal complaints against other people to ensure justice for all sides.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Finance Ministry to reimburse VAT Payments during Chinese New Year

BANGKOK, Dec 3 (NNT) - The Ministry of Finance will be rebating Valued Added Tax (VAT) during the Chinese New Year Festival next year up to 20,000 baht per citizen in a move to support economic growth at up to 4 percent.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA passes Mediation Bills in First Readings

BANGKOK, Dec 1 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has endorsed in principle the draft Mediation Act and the draft Mediation of Criminal Cases Act.
Date: 01 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Finance Ministry to seek Cabinet Approval on Tax Incentive to spur Year-end Spending

BANGKOK, Dec 1 (NNT) - The Ministry of Finance is to propose a new tax break to the cabinet, hoping to bolster public spending throughout the month of December.
Date: 01 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA approves ILO Convention for Fishing Sector

BANGKOK, Nov 30 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has approved an international convention related to work in the fishing sector.
Date: 30 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

LGBTI Network discusses Civil-Partnership Bill

BANGKOK, Nov 29 (NNT) - The LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) community in Thailand held an event on Thursday to celebrate 10 years of their recognition in the country, with a discussion on the proposed civil-partnership bill that will be submitted for the cabinet's approval.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Cabinet approves Measures against Forest Encroachment

BANGKOK, Nov 26, (NNT) - The Cabinet this week approved measures to manage state forestry areas, while maintaining the coexistence of forests and human activity.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DPM and Industry Minister outline SME Bank Policy

BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Minister of Industry Utama Saowanayon have handed down policies to the SME Development Bank (SME Bank) focused on aiding business operators in 2019 and ...

BoT relaxes Regulations to allow for Easier Loan Approvals Cabinet approves Special Budget to help Sugar Cane Growers Cabinet approves New Debt Moratorium Program for Eligible Farmers more

Trade Competition Act to oversee 7-Eleven’s Restaurant Expansions

BANGKOK, Nov 5 (NNT) - Thailand's Department of Internal Trade (DIT) has said that CP All Plc is permitted to expand the operations of its 7-Eleven convenience stores as 24-hour restaurants, so long as it doesn’t j ...

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Government endorses Draft Sugarcane and Sugar Act

BANGKOK, Oct 9 (NNT) - The government has endorsed the draft Sugar Cane and Sugar Act to ensure that the Thai sugar industry thrives systematically and benefits the farmers.

Cabinet OKs New Cane and Sugar Bill Cabinet nods to Southern Economic Corridor Project Government to enact New Law to promote Community Enterprises more

NLA OKs revised Criminal Procedure Code

BANGKOK, Dec 4 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has unanimously agreed to amend the law to remove a fugitive’s right to make legal complaints against other people to ensure justice for all sides.

NLA accepts Narcotics Act in first reading NLA to table amended Narcotics Act Next Week NLA approves Amendment of Narcotics Act more

Workmen's Compensation Act now covers Three More Groups of Employees

BANGKOK, Nov 16, (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has revealed that the Workmen’s Compensation Act (No.2) B.E 2561 now covers 3 more groups of employees, accounting for 1 million people who will benefit from medical c ...

Government amends Law, allowing Former Convicts to find Jobs New Compensation Act to take effect from December 9 Labor Minister issues Policies to Officials in Nakhon Sawan more

Finance Minister: State Welfare Card Holders given 5% VAT Refund

BANGKOK, Dec 11 (NNT) - The Finance Minister has revealed that state welfare cardholders will receive a 5% VAT refund after spending the recently delivered 500-baht subsidy.

Tax Incentive seeks to help Rubber Farmers Finance Ministry to reimburse VAT Payments during Chinese New Year Government proposes New Revenue Code to Parliament more

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House Panel to probe 'Budget Anomalies' in January

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The House of Representatives rules committee will start its investigation on the alleged “budget anomalies and questionable allocations” by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on January 3, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. announced on Thursday.

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ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

Jakarta, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched a safe migration campaign to increase public awareness of the advantages of employing migrant workers.

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Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.

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SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.

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MyCC to identify Anti-Competitive Elements in Eggs Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is working closely with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) to identify any anti-competitive elements that may occur in the domestic market for chicken eggs.

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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