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Public Safety justifies Building Facade's recladding: Judge

The owner of Centennial Tower who had recladded the entire facade of the 35-storey building for safety reasons has convinced the High Court that it was the only justifiable course and that it was entitled to damages and costs for recladding.

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Millenia Pte Ltd v Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd and Others

Building and Construction Law - Contractors’ duties; Building and Construction Law - Construction torts

Date: 11 September 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 193; Source: Singapore Law Watch

GPE Pte Ltd v Siemens Pte Ltd

Building and Construction Law - Damages - Damages for defects; Building and Construction Law - Damages - Delay in completion

Date: 06 September 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 194; Source: Singapore Law Watch

BCA Super Low Energy Challenge for New and Existing Non-Residential Buildings

This is to notify that the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) has developed a Green Mark (GM) for Super Low Energy (SLE) buildings supplementary criteria. The SLE Challenge assures developers or building owners who are able to commit towards achieving at least one GM SLE project within the next 5 years to be given the GM SLE certification ...
Date: 05 September 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Building & Construction Authority

Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment (Amendment) Bill

This Bill seeks to amend the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: Bill No. 38/2018; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Amendments to Act 133 will regulate Premises on Slopes - Wan Azizah

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 6 (Bernama) - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said amendments to the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 (Act 133) will enable local authorities (PBT) to periodically regulate buildings and premises located in sloping areas.
Date: 06 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Building and Construction Authority (Registration of Construction Personnel) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

These Regulations come into operation on 1 October 2018.
Date: 31 August 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 521; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Wei Siang Design Construction Pte Ltd v Euro Assets Holding (S) Pte Ltd

Building and Construction Law - Architects, Engineers and Surveyors - Duties and Liabilities; Building and Construction Law - Architects, Engineers and Surveyors - Statutory Obligations; Building and Construction Law - Construction Torts - Negligence; Building and Construction Law - Construction Torts - Economic Loss; Building and Construction L ...

Date: 23 August 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 182; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Construction Board to be formed under New Law

A law is being drafted to establish a Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) which will set standards for the construction industry, U Kyaw Lin, deputy minister of the Ministry of Construction told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on August 20.
Date: 22 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Clarification on Date of Constitution of Management Corporation

This Circular clarifies the date on which a Management Corporation (MCST) is constituted.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Building & Construction Authority

Feedback Sought on Proposed Key Amendments to the Building Control Act

The Ministry of National Development and the Building and Construction Authority seeks feedback on the proposed amendments to the Building Control Act from 7 Aug 2018 to 28 Aug 2018 (12 noon).
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Building & Construction Authority

Housing and Development (Precincts for Upgrading Works) (Home Improvement Programme) (No. 3) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 8 August 2018.
Date: 06 August 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 489; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

AES Facade Pte Ltd v Wyse Pte Ltd and Another

Building and Construction Law - building and construction related contracts - guarantees and bonds; Credit and security - performance bond - whether call on performance bond was unconscionable

Date: 20 July 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 163; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Bill to make Compulsory for New Housing to be installed with Internet Facility

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 (Bernama) - The Communications and Multimedia Ministry plans to formula a bill to make compulsory for all new housing projects to be installed with Internet facility.
Date: 01 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Construction Sector to submit Draft Apartment Law to Parliament

The Myanmar Licensed Contractor Association (MLCA) has drafted a proposed Apartment Law to address a regulatory gap in the property sector. Its aim is to generate more demand and create a market for apartments in Myanmar.
Date: 27 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Construction Board to be formed under New Law

A law is being drafted to establish a Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) which will set standards for the construction industry, U Kyaw Lin, deputy minister of the Ministry of Construction told the Pyidaungsu ...

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Bill of the Act amending Revised Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008

This Bill amends the Revised Fire Code of the Philippines of 2008, by increasing the size of fire exit signs and to ensure that they are Properly marked and lit exits with provision for emergency lights to adequately ill ...

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Public Safety justifies Building Facade's recladding: Judge

The owner of Centennial Tower who had recladded the entire facade of the 35-storey building for safety reasons has convinced the High Court that it was the only justifiable course and that it was enti ...

Millenia Pte Ltd v Dragages Singapore Pte Ltd and Others GPE Pte Ltd v Siemens Pte Ltd BCA Super Low Energy Challenge for New and Existing Non-Residential Buildings more

Thailand imposes Strict Ban on Imports of Cassava Blocks

BANGKOK, June 3 (NNT) - The Thai government is putting a strict ban on the imports of cassava blocks after reports of mosaic virus spread in Cambodia.

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Indonesia hands over Chairmanship of ASEAN Committee to Thailand

Jakarta, Sept 25 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait, Tatang Budie Utama Razak, handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK) for the period of January-June 2018 to ACK Chairman of the next period, Ambassador of Thailand to Kuwait, Dusit Manapan, on Sept 19.

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NLA receives Support from Labor Groups for Enactment of New Labor Protection Law

BANGKOK, Sept 26 (NNT) - Representatives of various labor groups have expressed support for the National Legislative Assembly’s enactment of a new version of the Labor Protection Act.

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House holds Marathon Budget Deliberations to meet October Deadline

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The House of Representatives is holding marathon deliberations - even extending the plenary session until the wee hours - on the proposed PHP3.757-trillion 2019 national budget to meet its approval deadline by October 12, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Tuesday.

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DOJ awaits BI Comments, Records on Fox Deportation Case

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to file a formal comment on the petition for review of the government's deportation order against Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox.

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IPOPHL to roll out Green Lane for Trademark Applications

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is set to roll out a ‘green lane’ for trademark applications that will slash the average processing time for registration, which currently takes about eight months to be approved.

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BSP warns Public against Frauds, Scams

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday warned the public against frauds and scams, in the wake of the fast approaching holiday season.

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Corporate Income Tax cuts won't lead to Job Losses

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua said the removal of certain incentives under the proposed tax reform measure will not result in job losses.

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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.

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Fundamental Freedoms must be aligned with International Standards - Dewan Rakyat Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) - Parliamentarians have to ensure that the Federal Constitution and laws relating to freedom of expression, access to information and press freedom are in line with international human right standards, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

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SME Mart to assist Entrepreneurs Market Products Overseas

SHAH ALAM, Sept 24 (Bernama) - SME Mart, an initiative introduced by Dewan Ekonomi Usahawan Malaysia (DEUM) will serve as a platform for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs to sell their products on both the local and international market.

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SGX proposes New “trade at close” Session for Securities Market

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is seeking public feedback on the proposed introduction of a new trading session for the securities market, the “trade at close” (TAC), which will take place after the closing auction routine ends.

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PHL Officials to brief UK Investors on Opportunities in Infra, Other Sectors

A Duterte Cabinet delegation led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III will embark on a three-day mission to London this week to brief British investors on the vast business opportunities in the country’s infrastructure, energy and tourism sectors and explore ways to expand economic cooperation between the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

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DOF thanks House for Final OK of Corporate Tax Reform Bill

The Department of Finance (DOF) has thanked the House of Representatives for approving on third and final reading the bill seeking to lower the corporate income tax (CIT) and correct the convoluted incentives system for businesses, as it expressed optimism that the Senate would pass a similar measure soon enough to enable the people to reap the benefits of a fair, transparent and accountable tax system in the form of more investments and jobs.

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PH Ambassador to Bahrain participates in a Roundtable on International Labor Standards

MANAMA, Sept 24 - Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso A. Ver participated in a roundtable discussion on various International Labor Organization’s (ILO) conventions on foreign workers with the ILO Direct Contact Mission to Bahrain on 18 September 2018.

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HK Business Seminar puts Spotlight on Investment Opportunities in PH

HONG KONG, Sept 24  - Top-level government officials reassured potential investors in Hong Kong that the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte is working “non-stop” to ensure that the necessary policies, fiscal measures and legal framework relating to ease of doing business and investments are in place.

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MAS outlines Enforcement Approach to deter, detect and investigate Breaches of Rules and Regulations

Singapore, Sept 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published an Enforcement monograph to provide greater clarity and transparency into how MAS deters, detects, investigates and takes action against breaches of the rules and regulations it administers. The monograph outlines how MAS’ Enforcement Department works together with the other financial sector oversight functions in MAS to uphold Singapore’s reputation as a clean and trusted financial centre.

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International Maritime Community re-affirms Co-operation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, attended the 11th Co-operation Forum this morning, where they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

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Chartered Accountant and Lawyer among those who joined Scheme as Proxy Decision-Makers

Lawyer Haryadi Hadi, 35, decided to be a professional deputy as he has wealthy clients who are single, childless or have strained ties with their loved ones and they cannot find anyone to be their proxy decision-makers should they become mentally incapacitated.

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