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Palace approves Suspension of Oil Excise Tax Hike

MANILA, Nov 14 (PNA) - Suspension of the second tranche of the oil excise tax hike in 2019 will push through as recommended by the economic managers of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

E-commerce Legislation forthcoming on the Back of Growth Potential

E-commerce in Myanmar is expected to develop fast over the next five years, when legislation governing the industry is targeted to come into force.
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament to debate Economic Plan Next Week

The National Assembly will kick off its sixth ordinary session next Tuesday to review the implementation of the 2018 socio-economic development plan and budget plan.
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

House keen on passing Tax Reform Package 4

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday said the House of Representatives intends to pass the fourth comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP), which is a measure on reforms of financial taxes, under the Duterte administration.
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Parliament to pass Tax Bill to curb Corruption

Parliament is set to pass a tax management bill that is expected to curb corruption and increase revenue, a senior member of a Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (bicameral parliament) committee said on Monday.
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

All Health, Dental Clinics to implement TPC-OHCIS Next Year - Dr Dzulkefly

SEREMBAN, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The Health Ministry (MoH) is expected to extend the implementation of Teleprimary Care and Oral Health Clinic Information System (TPC-OHCIS), to all health and dental clinics beginning next year, says its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House okays Bill promoting Non-Violent Discipline for Kids

MANILA, Nov 12 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on final reading a measure promoting positive and non-violent discipline of children.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

House Panel okays Tax Amnesty Bill

MANILA, Nov 12 (PNA) - The House of Representatives' ways and means committee on Monday approved the proposed tax amnesty program in a bid to enhance revenue administration and collection.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

New Investment-related Ministry to be announced

The National League for Democracy-led government is going to add one more ministry soon which is likely to deal with investment matters.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

NLA approves Amendment of Narcotics Act

BANGKOK, Nov 10 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has endorsed the amendment of the Narcotics Act, B.E. 2552, and handed it over to the administration for consideration.
Date: 10 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

SC upholds Validity of K-12 Basic Education Law

MANILA, Nov 10 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has upheld the constitutionality of two laws overhauling the country's basic education system and expanding basic education from 10 to 13 years.
Date: 10 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Lao Drivers given Licence to drive on Asean Roads

Local authorities have clarified that Lao drivers with international driving permits are able to drive freely in other countries around the world, as Laos has signed up to the relevant convention.
Date: 10 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Court lifts Injunction against BMTA’s NGV Bus Procurement

BANGKOK, Nov 8 (NNT) - The court injunction against the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority's (BMTA) procurement of 489 NGV buses has been revoked, enabling the agency to proceed with its procurement process.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Baguio’s Anti-Profanity Rule may not pass Constitutional Test

MANILA, Nov 8 (PNA) - Ordinances that curtail freedom of expression or speech, such as the anti-profanity ordinance in some areas in Baguio City, may not pass the constitutional test when it is raised before the courts, Malacañang said on Thursday.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC gives Due Course to Calida suit vs Trillanes on Senate Probe

MANILA, Nov 8 (PNA) - Parties in a suit filed by Solicitor General Jose Calida against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV have until this week to file their memoranda on the case questioning the validity of the Senate's public hearing on Calida in the absence of a resolution approving the inquiry.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Random Mandatory Drug Test for College Students starting 2019

MANILA, Nov 7 (PNA) - Students in universities, colleges and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) will be required to undergo mandatory random drug testing come academic year 2019-2020.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government considers Formation of Aviation Court: Kalla

JAKARTA, Nov 7 (ANTARA News) - The government will consider the proposed formation of an aviation court, following the incident of the Lion Air JT 610 plane crash in Tanjung Karawang waters, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

21 Bills to be tackled in upcoming 10th Regular Sitting of Parliament

The 10th regular sitting of the Hluttaw will start on November 12 and is expected to debate reports about the budget, taxes, and national debt for the fiscal year 2017-18.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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 jeopardize smaller vendors.
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Bello bares New Minimum Wage Hike for NCR Workers

MANILA, Nov 5 (PNA) - Three regional wage boards, including the Regional Tripartite Productivity and Wages Board-National Capital Region (RTPWB-NCR), issued new wage orders ranging from PHP10 to PHP25 across different sectors in the regions, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Monday.
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Lawyers raise Concerns over Move to cut Fees

In one of the Law Society's biggest townhall sessions, close to 1,000, or one in five, practising lawyers turned up on Monday to discuss with Law Minister K Shanmugam the recommended scale costs they could charge under the proposed civil justice reforms.

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President to conduct Bilateral Meetings and Other Summit Activities

Singapore, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), on the second day of a working visit to Singapore, will hold various bilateral meetings and attend several ASEAN summits with partner countries.

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President Jokowi highlights Indo-Pacific Concept at ASEAN Summit Plenary

SINGAPORE, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo highlighted developments in the concept of Indo-Pacific regional cooperation during the plenary session of the 33rd ASEAN Summit held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Center in Singapore on Tuesday night.

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Leaders push for modernizing ASEAN at 33rd Summit

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and leaders from other Asean member countries are pushing to modernise and strengthen Asean amid the growing digital revolution, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

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Ministers' Pay Cut to remain in Force - Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 (Bernama) - The 10 per cent salary cut for all Cabinet ministers will remain in force, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

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UM bags 13th LAWASIA International Moot Competition

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - A group of University of Malaya (UM) Bachelor of Law (LLB) students emerged as International Champion at the 13th LAWASIA International Moot Competition held early this month.

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Time for BNM to reimpose Financing Quota - HBA

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - It is time for Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to reimpose financing quota that the banks need to adhere to in order to assist first-time home buyers, said the National House Buyers Association (HBA).

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Non-Lawyers can now boost Legal Knowledge for Work

Working professionals can now build up their legal knowledge in industry-specific areas through courses at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Law Academy, which caters to both practising lawyers and non-lawyers.

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488K nabbed for Ordinance Violations since June: NCRPO

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - A total of 488,526 individuals have been apprehended for violating local ordinances since June this year, the National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) announced Tuesday.

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Indonesia pushes ASEAN to complete RCEP Negotiation

SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has pushed ASEAN member countries to complete eight chapters within the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) framework in a bid to meet the negotiation target with its non-ASEAN participants.

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Awaiting ASEAN's Concrete Steps to develop e-Commerce

BOGOR, W JAVA, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita and his counterparts from nine other ASEAN member countries have signed an agreement on e-commerce at the 17th ASEAN Economic Community Council Meeting in Singapore on Monday.

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Ministry actively develops Entrepreneurs in Creative Industry

JAKARTA, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto confirmed that his ministry is actively developing startup entrepreneurs in the creative industry sector.

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Indonesia urges ASEAN Economic Community to adapt to Industry 4.0

SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita urged members of the ASEAN Economic Community to adapt to the demands of Industry 4.0 to make them remain competitive and not left behind by other countries.

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Death of RMN Personnel: Court orders another Probe by Inquiry Board

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The High Court here today ordered the Malaysian Armed Forces Council to set up a board of inquiry to determine whether Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) seaman Muhammad Lailaltuiman Mohd Sukri, who died at a detention room in Sungai Wangi, Sitiawan, was mentally and physically abused while he was attached with KD LEKIR.

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Need to address, curb questioning of Constitution - Sultan Sharafuddin

SHAH ALAM, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The act of a certain group in questioning the sanctity of Islam, the special rights of the Malays and Bumiputeras, the national language, and the function and position of the Malay Rulers enshrined in the Federal Constitution need to be immediately addressed and curbed.

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Anwar's Challenge over Implementation of NSC Act remitted to High Court

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today remitted PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's legal challenge over the implementation of the National Security Council Act (NSC) 2016 back to the High Court for hearing.

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MATTA appeals for Temporary Waiver of Visa Fees for Chinese and Indian Tourists

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) is appealing for a temporary waiver of visa fees for tourists from China and India, in order to boost visitor arrivals to Malaysia.

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SME Non-performing Loans in Malaysia among World's Highest

JOHOR BAHRU, Nov 13 (Bernama) - Malaysia’s Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) among Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs are among the world’s highest, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.

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