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Thailand first in ASEAN to ban Production, Imports, Sales of Products containing Trans Fats

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - The Public Health Minister, Clin. Prof. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, said Thailand’s ban on artificial trans fats came into effect last week, making the country the first in the ASEAN to ban the production, imports, and sales of partially hydrogenated oils as well as any food items that contain them.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

Government establishes Justice Fund to reduce Inequality

BANGKOK, Dec 31, (NNT) - The government has a policy to address inequality and increase opportunities for disadvantaged people by establishing a justice fund in accordance with the Justice Fund Act 2015.
Date: 31 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

NLA tables Bills on Municipal Councilors, Bangkok and Pattaya Governors

BANGKOK, Dec 20 (NNT) - Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is considering the draft act for the election of municipal councilors and expects to finish deliberations within 2-3 weeks.
Date: 20 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Cabinet approves NY Gifts and Measures dealing with inequality

BANGKOK, Dec 19 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved a range of measures to serve as New Year’s gifts to the public, and intended as well to reduce social disparity.
Date: 19 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

MOAC delivers Tax Cut Coupons for Rubber Tire Purchases

BANGKOK, Dec 19 (NNT) - The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) has delivered tax discount coupons from rubber tire purchases under the Shopping for the Country campaign.
Date: 19 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Cabinet approves Establishment of Office to address Social Disparity

BANGKOK, Dec 18, (NNT) - The Cabinet this week resolved to establish an office to address social disparity, as suggested by the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB).
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Min of Labor's five NY Gifts

BANGKOK, Dec 17 (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has introduced five measures in support of employers and employees alike, calling them New Year’s gifts to the people.
Date: 17 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

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

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

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

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

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

NLA scheduled to deliberate 11 Draft Laws

BANGKOK, Nov 25 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has scheduled sittings next week to deliberate a number of draft laws.
Date: 25 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NSC approves Two National Security-related Bills

BANGKOK, Nov 24, (NNT) - The National Security Council (NSC) has endorsed two draft laws related to anti-terrorism and the protection of security information.
Date: 24 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Cabinet approves Four Additional Measures for the Welfare Scheme

BANGKOK, Nov 20 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved four more assistance measures to be provided to low income earners via the welfare card scheme, with 38 billion baht set aside to help cover utilities, medical care travel expenses, home rental and end of year expenditure.
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA to review Draft Amendment of Military Official Regulatory Act for Consideration

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has accepted the draft amendment of of the Military Official Regulatory Act for consideration.
Date: 18 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Senate Election Decree published in Royal Gazette

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - The royal decree on the election of the Senate has been published in the Royal Gazette.
Date: 18 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Corrections Department bans Sales of Cigarettes, Tobacco Products for inmates

BAGNKOK, Nov 16 (NNT) - Corrections Department Director General Narat Sawettanan confirmed that his agency currently bans the sales of cigarettes and tobacco at all prisons across the country to reduce the number of inmates falling sick or dying from respiratory diseases.
Date: 16 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Law Reform Commission introduces “Thailand: Smart License” Initiative

BANGKOK, Nov 11 (NNT) - The Law Reform Commission of Thailand is set to introduce an initiative to minimize hurdles for people pursuing careers.
Date: 11 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

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Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

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Pay the Minimum Wage or face Legal Action, Employers told

Employers in Laos will be subject to legal action if authorities discover they are failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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Judges, Judicial Officers receive DoJ Training not due to High Profile Cases - CJ

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum explained that the training of Malaysian judges and judicial officers by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) was not due to the high profile money laundering cases, such as the ones involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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Adapt Technology and Work from anywhere, CJ tells Lawyers

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - With the tagline ‘Now Anywhere Can Work’, lawyers can now deal with their cases from anywhere through the use of technology introduced by the judiciary in order to have an efficient court system, said Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today.

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Malaysian Bar will continue to voice Concerns over use of Oppressive Laws - President

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Bar will continue to voice its concerns on the continued use of oppressive laws, said its president George Varughese.

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Full Force of the Law to be applied to Wrongdoers, says AG

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said today the full force of the law would be applied to wrongdoers.

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Matrade appoints Halim Mohamad as Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) has appointed Tan Sri Halim Mohammad as its seventh chairman, effective Jan 1, 2019.

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