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House Committee approves "National Press Freedom Day" Bill

The House committee on public information chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Partylist, BH) approved House Bill 3702 declaring August 30 of every year as "Marcelo H. Del Pilar National Press Freedom Day."
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Martial Law Extension ok only in Parts of Mindanao: Prelate

MANILA - Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Pena is in favor of extending martial law in Mindanao but only in areas where tensions are reported.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Endangered Wildlife List to be revised, republished

Amid a rising threat to wildlife in the country, the government is taking measures to safeguard endangered species and will update and republish the list of endangered animals.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

MIC suspends New Investments in Timber Businesses

Permission for to start new timber-based businesses will be temporarily suspended in Myanmar, the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) said in a November 16 statement, which was made public by the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration (DICA) this week.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

House to finalize Bills on creating Department of Sports

The House committees on government reorganization and youth and sports development chaired by Reps. Xavier Jesus Romualdo (Lone District, Camiguin) and Conrado Estrella III (Party-list, ABONO), respectively, on Tuesday created a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will harmonize various measures seeking the creation of a Department of Sports.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House Committees approve Creation of National Nuclear Regulatory Body

The House committee on government reorganization chaired by Rep. Xavier Jesus Romualdo (Lone District, Camiguin) and the committee on science and technology chaired by Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (2nd District, Bohol) jointly approved an amended substitute bill seeking to provide a comprehensive nuclear regulatory framework to protect public hea ...
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

CDC Chairman unworried about Disagreement with Details of Draft Law on Constitutional Court

BANGKOK, Nov 23 (NNT) - The Chairman of the Constitutional Drafting Commission is not worried by a decision of the special committee in charge of the draft law governing the Constitutional Court proceedings.
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Cabinet makes Decision on Housing for Low-Income Earners, Human Rights

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (NNT) - The Cabinet yesterday made several key decisions on proposals ranging from housing for low-income earners to supporting human rights.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

CDC: Government to decide when to hold Local-Provincial Elections

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (NNT) - The Constitutional Drafting Commission insists that some laws need to be amended in order to make it possible for local and provincial elections to take place.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DOJ warns Public against Unauthorized Solicitation

MANILA, Nov 22 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday warned the public against unscrupulous people using the name of the agency for unauthorized solicitation.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate okays Transfer to BGC by 2020

MANILA, Nov 22 (PNA) - The Senate has approved a resolution to relocate its office to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig by 2020.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ban on Headscarves violation of Federal Constitution - Nazri

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 (Bernama) - The decision to ban frontline hotel staff from wearing headscarves cannot be compromised or negotiated as it is an affront to their religion and a violation of three articles of the Federal Constitution, said Minister of Tourism and Culture Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Forestry-Related Acts to be amended to curb Illegal Logging

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 (Bernama) - Several logging and forestry-related laws will be amended to curb illegal logging activities in the country.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) to be amended - Hamim

SEREMBAN, Nov 21 (Bernama) - The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is in the process of amending the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) to strengthen wildlife enforcement efforts in the country.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Committee approves Bill protecting Farmers, upholding PH Commitment to WTO

The House committee on agriculture and food chaired by Rep. Jose Panganiban, Jr. (Party-list, ANAC-IP) approved a measure protecting the welfare of the country’s rice farmers while at the same time upholding the country's commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Members of the committee adopted a substitute bill to various House ...
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

NLA confident Enactment of Two Key Organic Laws within Deadline of National Reform Road Map

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (NNT) - Thailand's National Legislative Assembly is confident the enactment of two important laws will occur before the deadline indicated in the national reform road map.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DPM Wissanu: Draft Laws related to Local Elections now pending Consultation with Interior Ministry/EC

BANGKOK, Nov21 (NNT) - A deputy prime minister in charge of legal affairs has confirmed that draft laws related to local elections have been completed and are pending consultation with the offices concerned.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Parliament approves Health Targets

The National Assembly (NA) has approved targets that will require the government to reduce the number of underweight children aged under five from 22 percent to 21 percent by 2018.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Construction Company fined RM6,000 for breeding Aedes Mosquito

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 (Bernama) - A construction company was fined RM6,000 by the Magistrate's Court here today for allowing the Aedes mosquito to breed at its construction site.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Need for Laws to regulate Exercise Therapists - Expert

LANGKAWI, Nov 21 (Bernama) - An expert in exercise science has suggested to the government to formulate laws pertaining to fitness to regulate exercise therapists in the country.
Date: 21 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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Request for Feedback on Issues relating to Pekeliling Ketua Pendaftar Bil 2 Tahun 2017

The Bar Council Court Liaison Committee ("CLC") is requesting for Members to provide their feedback on issues faced since the coming into effect of Pekeliling Ketua Pendaftar Bil 2 Tahun 2017: Garis Masa (Timeline) Penyelesaian Kes Jenayah dan Sivil Bagi Mahkamah Rendah, pertaining to timelines for the completion of criminal and civil cases heard at the Subordinate Courts across Peninsular Malaysia.

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EC to request Clarity about Next Election from Constitutional Court

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (NNT) - The Election Commission plans to ask the Constitutional Court for clarification about its authority to hold the next general election.

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ETDA to produce 12,000 Cyber Security Experts by 2021

BANGKOK, Nov 23 (NNT) - The Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) and leading institutions in the country have banded together to develop cyper security personnel for the Thailand 4.0 digital era.

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No Reports of Terrorism Financing using Digital Currency in Malaysia - Bank Negara

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - No cases have been detected in Malaysia of the use of digital currencies for terrorism financing, said Director of Financial Intelligence and Enforcement of Bank Negara Malaysia, Abd Rahman Abu Bakar.

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Government winning War against Contractualization - Bello

The labor department is winning the war to eliminate labor-only contacting and other forms of illegal contracting arrangements, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday.

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Attorney General to resurrect Court Cases against Thaksin Shinawatra

BANGKOK, Nov 22 (NNT) - The Office of the Attorney-General is planning to resurrect two cases against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra as allowed by the new anti-corruption law.

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Roque is concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights

MANILA, Nov 22 (PNA) - Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as concurrent Presidential Adviser on Human Rights.

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KL Court Director meets Court Reporters to improve Ties

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 (Bernama) - Kuala Lumpur Court Director Ahmad Kamar Jamaludin today convened a meeting with court reporters from various media organisations to improve ties and discuss issues related to court reporting.

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MIDA to help SMEs Gain Access to Global Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) aims to create opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access the global market and encourage multinational corporations (MNCs) to utilise local products and services.

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House to work on Priority Bills during SC Chief Impeach Proceedings

House leaders today assured that Congress will remain focused on passing its remaining legislative priorities for the year and will not be distracted by the hearings of the committee on justice on the determination of probable cause of the impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

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Sussing out Weak Links in Cyber Defence

Cyber Security Agency Chief says that the new bill doesn't give agency broad powers to oversee every computer in Singapore, but are only linked to cyber security events.

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BoT allows Five Banks to operate E-Payment QR Codes

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has allowed five financial institutions to fully operate their National E-Payment services from today.

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