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Law establishing Community-Based Monitoring System inked

MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law an act establishing a community-based monitoring system (CBMS) as part of the government’s effort to lift Filipinos out of poverty.
Date: 17 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government drafts Regulations on use of Unmanned Aircraft

Jakarta, Jul 17 (ANTARA) - ​​​​The government is drafting regulations on the use of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones.
Date: 17 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Federal Court sets Malawian Woman Free on Drug Trafficking Charge

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 17 (Bernama) - After six years in prison, a Malawian woman was set free by the Federal Court today on a charge of trafficking 1775.4 grammes of methamphetamine. A five-member bench chaired by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Datuk Seri David Wong Dak Wah allowed Vania Osman's appeal to set aside her conviction and sentence.
Date: 17 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

PRRD signs Philippine Innovation Act

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law which would harness innovation efforts to help the poor and the marginalized and enable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to be part of the domestic and global supply chain.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

The House approves Science and Technology Bill

Jakarta, Jul 16 (ANTARA) - The House of Representatives (DPR) passed a science and technology national system bill into law at its plenary session here on Tuesday.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

National Forestry Act and Wildlife Conservation Act will impose Heavier Penalties

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 (Bernama) - The law on wildlife conservation needs to impose stern penalties on poachers and wildlife trafficking activities to protect the endangered species, according to the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry,
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duterte signs Law imposing Heftier Fines for Sexual Harassment

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill which will impose heftier penalties for gender-based sexual harassment including catcalling and wolf-whistling in public spaces.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD signs Law granting 20% Fare Discount to Students

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - Like senior citizens and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), students will now be granted a 20 percent discount on all public utility vehicles as long as they present their school IDs.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Moratorium on Bangladesh Workers Could be lifted Next Month - Kulasegaran

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 15 (Bernama) - The moratorium on migrant workers from Bangladesh is expected to be lifted next month the soonest, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Two Court Workers sacked for Dishonesty, Misconduct

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has ordered the dismissal of two lower court employees --a clerk of court, who took out from court a computer set containing information on drug cases; and a court sheriff, for soliciting money from a complainant.
Date: 12 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Banking reforms taking Shape, Consolidation expected: CBM Vice Governor

Myanmar’s banking and financial services industry is making progress in complying with international-standard regulations, which were imposed in 2017 in a bid to reform the industry, U Soe Thein, vice governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM), said at a financial education talk recently.
Date: 12 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Act 466 Amendment also covers Workers of Other Industries - Lee

PORT DICKSON, Jul 13 (Bernama) - Amendments to the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act (Act 466) in Parliament will enable not only the estate workers to receive health and security facilities properly but it would also be extended to workers of the other industries.
Date: 13 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Couples required to fulfill Conditions to go through Fast Track Divorce Process - JAKESS

SHAH ALAM, Jul 10 (Bernama) - The fast track divorce process introduced by the Selangor Syariah Judiciary Department (JAKESS) is not merely to end a marriage without steps taken for the couple to reconcile, according to the department.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Singapore to review Procedure on notifying Petitioner of Clemency Outcome

SINGAPORE, Jul 10 (Bernama) - Singapore is reviewing a procedure, in particular to notify the prisoner and the petitioner of the clemency outcome some time in advance of the notification of the execution date.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SC asserts Independence over GMA quip on Acquittal from Plunder

MANILA, Jul 10 (PNA) - A Supreme Court (SC) official on Wednesday said the court acted independently in acquitting former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on plunder charges filed against her two years ago.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

SC suspends Law Professor for Sexual Harassment

MANILA, Jul 10 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) sanctioned a lawyer in connection with an anonymous complaint filed against him in 2002 for sexually harassing students at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government seeks to minimize Budget Burdens and Debt Distress

The government has outlined measures to boost national revenue for 2020 while ensuring the effectiveness of state investment projects.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Algerian receives NIne - Month Jail Term in Denpasar

Denpasar, Bali, Jul 9 (ANTARA) - The Denpasar state court has sentenced Algerian defendant Mohammed Kherici (34) to nine months in jail for stealing two cameras from a room in a hostel, which he was sharing with a guest.
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Couple fined RM4,500 for Cheating Nurse

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 9 (Bernama) - A Nigerian national and his Malaysian wife were fined RM4,500 by the Magistrate's Court here today on a joint charge of cheating a nurse into handing over RM1,550 in cash earlier this month.
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Kelantan's move to withdraw Royalty Suit shows Spirit of Federalism - Azmin

KOTA BHARU, Jul 9 (Bernama) - The Kelantan government's decision to withdraw its lawsuit against the Federal government and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) over oil royalty claims shows the spirit of federalism between the state and Federal governments, says Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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Labour Ministry opens Automation Center

BANGKOK, Jul 17 (NNT) - On efforts to push the Thai industrial sector into the 4.0 era, human resources must be capable of operating technology and automated systems, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Labour has established a human resources development center on automation and robots at the Institute for Skills Development 3, located in Chonburi.

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Guidebook on Parliamentary Constituencies launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today launched Wakil Kita di Parlimen, a 228-page guidebook containing relevant information on all the 222 parliamentary constituencies.

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Students among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim Pollution

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last March.

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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PCC approves New Clark City Power Distribution Deal

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the proposed joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the consortium of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and its Japanese partners to develop a power distribution system in New Clark City.

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Airbnb wants clearer Guideline on Tourism Tax

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 2 (Bernama) -- Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.

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Malcontento to take oath as New Prosecutor General on July 2

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento may assume office as soon as he takes his oath Tuesday.

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