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Magna Carta of Day Care Workers gets Final House Nod

MANILA, Nov 23 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to establish a Magna Carta of Day Care Workers. With 205 affirmative votes, members of the lower chamber approved House Bill 6550, which aims to improve the social and economic well-being of day care workers. The bill provides for the creation of at least one Day Care Worker I and one Day Care Worker II plantilla positions - entitled to Salary Grade 6 and Salary Grade 8, respectively - in all day care centers nationwide.

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House Committee approves "National Press Freedom Day" Bill

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
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."

Clothing Factory ordered to pay 52 Workers

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
Yangon Regional Labour Disputes Arbitration Council has ordered the Pearl Garment Factory located in Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone 3 to pay compensation to its 52 workers after they were dismissed from their jobs.

Law should be enacted to prevent Discrimination in Hotel Industry - Nazri

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - The Tourism and Culture Ministry plans to look into formulating a new act to enable stern action be taken against discriminatory actions in the hotel industry, especially those which are against the Federal Constitution.
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Retail Therapy at a Click? You'll likely have to pay GST soon

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Media Article; Author: Yasmine Yahya; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Yasmine Yahya predicts that goods and services tax (GST) could soon be levied on e-commerce purchases, as the government looks to diversify its tax base and capture value from this fast-growing sector.

First Regional Risk Assessment of Terrorism Financing of Non-Profit Organisations

Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bank Negara
The first regional risk assessment of non-profit organisations (NPOs) in eight Asia-Pacific nations has identified a medium risk of terrorism financing.

Committee passes Bill declaring Barangay Krus na Ligas a Disposable Asset for Housing

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House committee on Housing and Urban Development passed House Bill 165 declaring a portion of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Barangay Krus na Ligas as a disposable asset for housing and urban settlement.

Foreign Worker fined $30,000 for conducting Unlicensed Employment Agency Activities

Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower
On 21 November 2017, a 36-year-old Bangladeshi foreign worker Roy Tapon Kumar (“Roy”) was convicted and fined $30,000 in default six months’ imprisonment for conducting employment agency (“EA”) activities without a valid EA licence. He pleaded guilty to one charge under Section 6(2) of the Employment Agencies Act (EAA) ...

SBH Case: Mary Chia's Costs add up to S$700,000

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The appeal filed by Mary Chia Beauty & Slimming Specialist Pte Ltd to set aside the final award in favour of Slim Beauty House Co Ltd (SBH) in a dispute arising from the joint venture was dismissed by the court.  

Myanmar Duo guilty of Bid to abduct Man 'in Illicit Affair'

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The Court adjourned an abduction case for mitigation after finding two men guilty.

Martial Law Extension ok only in Parts of Mindanao: Prelate

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

Defendant sentenced in Wanbao Harassment Case

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
In the final ruling on the Wanbao copper mining company employee harassment case, the court sentenced the defendant to a K500,000 fine or a two-month jail sentence.

Endangered Wildlife List to be revised, republished

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
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.

Yangon to probe Extra Charges on Mobile Phone Bills

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The Yangon government is investigating public’s complaints about alleged extra charges on their mobile phone bills, the Regional Minister for Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication said.

MIC suspends New Investments in Timber Businesses

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
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.

Indonesian Cleaner fined RM2,000 for making False Report

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - An Indonesian cleaner was fined RM2,000 by the Selayang Magistrate's Court here today, for lodging a false police report claiming her two-year-old daughter was abducted.

Azalina explains Proposal to abolish Mandatory Death Sentence for Drug Offences

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - The government proposal to abolish the mandatory death sentence under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 is aimed at giving the courts the discretion to determine the appropriate penalty for the offenders, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

Seven Months Jail for Man who assaulted Wife for not answering Phone Call

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - A man was sentenced to seven months jail for slapping, punching, choking and kicking his wife for not answering his phone call.

Appeals Court upholds Security Guard's Death Sentence for Murder

Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Nov 23 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today upheld the death sentence imposed on a security guard for murdering three family members by giving them poison-tainted drinks during a prayer ritual five years ago.
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CCS initiates In Depth Review of proposed Merger between Maritime Products Suppliers

CCS received a notification for decision on 10 August 2017 on whether the proposed acquisition by Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS (“WMS”) of sole control over Drew Marine’s technical solutions, fire, sa ...

Draft Bill against Real Estate Monopolies sent to Attorney General Most Reports received by MyCC are Bid-rigging Cases CA affirms P70-B PLDT, Globe Buyout of SMC Telco Assets more

SBH Case: Mary Chia's Costs add up to S$700,000

The appeal filed by Mary Chia Beauty & Slimming Specialist Pte Ltd to set aside the final award in favour of Slim Beauty House Co Ltd (SBH) in a dispute arising from the joint venture was dismissed by the c ...

Clothing Factory ordered to pay 52 Workers Work Ministry finalizes Compensation to EDL Concessionaire - Fadillah Australian Crash Victim settles Claim for $1.07M more

Foreign Worker fined $30,000 for conducting Unlicensed Employment Agency Activities

On 21 November 2017, a 36-year-old Bangladeshi foreign worker Roy Tapon Kumar (“Roy”) was convicted and fined $30,000 in default six months’ imprisonment for conducting employment agency (“EA&rdqu ...

Magna Carta of Day Care Workers gets Final House Nod Law should be enacted to prevent Discrimination in Hotel Industry - Nazri House Committee finalizes 'Endo' Bill more

Yangon to probe Extra Charges on Mobile Phone Bills

The Yangon government is investigating public’s complaints about alleged extra charges on their mobile phone bills, the Regional Minister for Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication said.

Government to set up Cyber Crime Special Committee Companies holding Consumer Data must ensure they are kept Safe - Jailani NA Members press Government to review Intellectual Property Policy more

Committee passes Bill declaring Barangay Krus na Ligas a Disposable Asset for Housing

The House committee on Housing and Urban Development passed House Bill 165 declaring a portion of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, Barangay Krus na Ligas as a disposable asset for housing and ur ...

House includes Building Code in Engineering Courses Court allows Application by Four Amanah Members to strike out Suit by Batu PAS over Property NLA’s First Vice President receives Petition on Disclosure of Deliberation of Land and Building Tax Act more

Retail Therapy at a Click? You'll likely have to pay GST soon

Yasmine Yahya predicts that goods and services tax (GST) could soon be levied on e-commerce purchases, as the government looks to diversify its tax base and capture value from this fast-growing sector.

Fraudulent GST Claims put Company Director in Jail Singapore to raise Taxes as Government Spending increases Government to allot 2% of Excise Revenue to Older Persons Fund more

Yangon Region to take action on Miscreant Taxi Drivers

The Yangon Regional Government will enforce stricter regulations on taxis waiting for passengers in highway bus terminal compounds and at Yangon International Airport, the regional minister for Electricity, Industry, Tra ...

Police to push for Forfeiture of Cars used in Illegal Races House moves to harmonize Metro Manila Rules All Yangon Taxis have until Year-End to register their Vehicles more

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.

Government, Development Partners discuss Law on Climate Change National Assembly passes 2018 Development Plan, 15 Laws NA Members press Government to review Intellectual Property Policy more

Clothing Factory ordered to pay 52 Workers

Yangon Regional Labour Disputes Arbitration Council has ordered the Pearl Garment Factory located in Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone 3 to pay compensation to its 52 workers after they were dismissed from their jobs.

Defendant sentenced in Wanbao Harassment Case Endangered Wildlife List to be revised, republished Yangon to probe Extra Charges on Mobile Phone Bills more

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."

Committee passes Bill declaring Barangay Krus na Ligas a Disposable Asset for Housing Martial Law Extension ok only in Parts of Mindanao: Prelate Magna Carta of Day Care Workers gets Final House Nod more

Retail Therapy at a Click? You'll likely have to pay GST soon

Yasmine Yahya predicts that goods and services tax (GST) could soon be levied on e-commerce purchases, as the government looks to diversify its tax base and capture value from this fast-growing sector.

Foreign Worker fined $30,000 for conducting Unlicensed Employment Agency Activities SBH Case: Mary Chia's Costs add up to S$700,000 Myanmar Duo guilty of Bid to abduct Man 'in Illicit Affair' more

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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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