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Bicam OKs Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Bicameral Conference Committee has approved the reconciled Senate and House of Representatives' versions of a measure institutionalizing a framework to advance energy efficiency and conservation practices in the country.

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Ministry to impose Fees on Plastic importing Companies

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 15 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) will impose new fees on local plastic importers, namely, licence fee, verification fee and charges on each tonne of imported plastic within a month from now.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Comply with Environmental Regulations or have Licence revoked, Chinese Farming Firm warned

The Vientiane People’s Council has adopted measures demanding that a Chinese farming firm comply with environmental regulations or face the prospect of its investment licence being revoked.
Date: 07 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

RM500 Fine for First-Time No-Smoking Offenders

CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Jan 4 (Bernama) - A RM500 fine will be imposed on first-time offenders who flout the no-smoking rule at food premises.
Date: 04 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Minimum Legal Age for smoking goes up to 19 from January 1

Minimum legal age for the purchase, use, possession, sale and supply of tobacco products will be raised from 18 to 19 years old, and the Orchard Road will become a smoke-free zone from January 1, 2019.
Date: 31 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Smoking Ban in Food Premises effective January 1

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 (Bernama) - All food premises have been gazetted as no-smoking zones, effective from midnight tonight, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Date: 31 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Carbon Pricing Act 2018 (Commencement) Notification 2018

This is to notify that the Carbon Pricing Act 2018 comes into operation on 1 January 2019.
Date: 21 December 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 856; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Batam drafts Plastic Use Restriction Regulation

Batam, Riau Islands, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The regional government of Batam City, Riau Islands Province, is now drafting a regulation on the restriction of plastic use in various internal official ceremonies.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Việt Nam to complete Legal Corridor for Remote Sensing Activities

HÀ NỘI, Dec 8 - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) recently proposed a draft decree on remote sensing activities.
Date: 08 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Viet Nam News

Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Act 2018

This Act seeks to amend the Environmental Public Health Act and to make related amendments to the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Federal Amendment Act; Citation: No. 44; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

House passes "Marine and Coastal Resources Protection Bill" on Final Reading

The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8145 which seeks to establish Marine Protected Areas in all coastal municipalities and cities in the country to safeguard the livelihood of fisherfolk and ensure environmental sustainability of future generations.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Environmental Law Changes get go-ahead

The ministries of Interior, Environment, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday agreed on the amendment to the laws concerning forestry, fisheries and natural resource protection.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

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

Zero Plastic, Polystyrene in FT by 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Bernama) - All business premises in the Federal Territory will be required to use biodegradable plastic products by 2020 as a way to preserve the sustainability of the environment, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Eatery Owners object to Smoking Ban

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) - More than 20,000 eatery owners under the umbrella of three associations are against the Ministry of Health’s move to ban smoking in food premises from Jan 1, 2019.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Environmental Law Changes get go-ahead

The ministries of Interior, Environment, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday agreed on the amendment to the laws concerning forestry, fisheries and natural resource protection.

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Batam drafts Plastic Use Restriction Regulation

Batam, Riau Islands, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The regional government of Batam City, Riau Islands Province, is now drafting a regulation on the restriction of plastic use in various internal official ceremonies.

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Comply with Environmental Regulations or have Licence revoked, Chinese Farming Firm warned

The Vientiane People’s Council has adopted measures demanding that a Chinese farming firm comply with environmental regulations or face the prospect of its investment licence being revoked.

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Ministry to impose Fees on Plastic importing Companies

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 15 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) will impose new fees on local plastic importers, namely, licence fee, verification fee and charges on each tonne of imported plastic withi ...

RM500 Fine for First-Time No-Smoking Offenders Smoking Ban in Food Premises effective January 1 Zero Plastic, Polystyrene in FT by 2020 more

Government enacts Tougher Forest Law

The Myanmar parliament has enacted a tougher forest law that threatens violators with up to 15 years in prison in a bid to conserve the country’s fast-dwindling forests.

Foreign Investment permitted in Mining Sector under New Government Regulations Clashing with the Law, SEZ Body to resurrect Dawei Megaproject Consultation on Draft Mining EIA Guidelines begins more

Bicam OKs Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Bicameral Conference Committee has approved the reconciled Senate and House of Representatives' versions of a measure institutionalizing a framework to advance energy efficiency and conservatio ...

House passes "Marine and Coastal Resources Protection Bill" on Final Reading Committee approves Environmental Engineering Bill House approves Disaster Resilience Department Bill more

Minimum Legal Age for smoking goes up to 19 from January 1

Minimum legal age for the purchase, use, possession, sale and supply of tobacco products will be raised from 18 to 19 years old, and the Orchard Road will become a smoke-free zone from January 1, 2019.

Carbon Pricing Act 2018 (Commencement) Notification 2018 Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Act 2018 Central Provident Fund (Public Sector Employees) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 more

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.

SEA Framework to be adopted in Water Resource Management Government considers banning e-Waste Import Cabinet proposes Amendments to Hazardous Substances Act more

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Judge unconvinced by Rapist’s Excuse

A supreme Court judge labelled a 72-year-old man’s excuse that police threats were the reason he confessed to raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province in 2013 as “unreasonable”.

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Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - Businesses needing to make payments to the Customs Department can now do so through online banking.

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January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

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White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (BERNAMA) - The Ministry of Defence will table a White Paper on Defence which will detail the tasks and roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces, said Defence Deputy Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.

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Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.

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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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