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Judicial interference: No Official Investigation made as Judges have retired

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 (Bernama) - The judiciary cannot made an official investigation on retired top judges over allegations of judicial interference in the unilateral conversion case of M. Indira Gandhi’s children and Karpal Singh’s sedition appeal as the judges have retired.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

ASEAN will start Negotiations on COC in January 2019 - Foreign Minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 (Bernama) - ASEAN will start negotiations on the Code of Conduct (CoC) in the South China Sea with China in January 2019, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Sultan Nazrin Shah presents Instruments of Appointment to Judges

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 (Bernama) - Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Nazrin Shah today presented the instruments of appointment to four judges of the Federal Court and five judges of the Court of Appeal at Istana Negara.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

PRRD asks Congress to pass Mandatory ROTC for Senior High

MANILA, Nov 24 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has urged Congress to pass a bill reinstating the mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for senior high school students to instill patriotism and love of country.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ministry sues Job Agency for Licence Breach

The labour ministry has sued an overseas employment agency in Yangon Region for operating without a licence, according to police.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Review Laws on attempted suicide - Lee Lam Thye

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has urged the government to review the existing laws so as not to criminalise those who attempt suicide.
Date: 25 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Bursa Malaysia bags Awards at Second ASEAN Corporate Governance 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 (Bernama) - Bursa Malaysia Bhd has bagged three regional awards for good governance practices at the 2nd ASEAN Corporate Governance Awards Ceremony 2018 held yesterday.
Date: 22 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Industry signs Agreement on helping to boost Automotive Sector

The European Chamber of Commerce Myanmar (EuroCham) and local industry organisation Myanmar Automotive Group (MAG) have signed an agreement to cooperate on efforts to advocate for a stronger automotive industry in Myanmar.
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

New ASEAN Chair, Thailand urged to play Role on Myanmar Issue

BANGKOK, Nov 21 (Bernama) - Thailand which will be assuming the chairmanship of ASEAN next year has been urged to play its role to resolve the ethnic Rohingya problem in Myanmar.
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership enters into Force in December

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will enter into force on 30 December 2018, following the ratification by six Parties - Mexico, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. Vietnam is the seventh country to ratify the CPTPP.
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Trade and Industry

BPI BanKo partners with BSP for Exchange of Unfit Currencies

MANILA, Nov 21 (PNA) - Ten branches of BPI Direct BanKo (BanKo) nationwide will start accepting unfit currencies starting December 3, 2018 as part of the bank's partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), to jointly promote coins recirculation and the Clean Notes program.
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Asean Countries struggling with Inadequate Labour Skills

About half the population of the Asean region live in rural areas and suffer from a shortage of quality jobs and underemployment.
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

ASEAN Digital Forum 2018 postponed

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 Nov (Bernama) - The ASEAN Digital Forum 2018, which is supposed to be held on Friday (Nov 23), has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Excessive Red Tape adversely affects the Ease and Cost of doing Business in Logistics Services Industry

The DTI-Competitiveness Bureau and stakeholders from the logistics services sector jointly identified the regulations and procedures that adversely affect the ease and cost of doing business for the logistics services providers, which in turn pull down the competitiveness of the sector.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Trade and Industry

DTI gears up for the Logistics Services Philippines Conference and Exhibition-Opening Opportunities for Job Creation in the Logistics Services Sector

The Department of Trade and Industry-Competitiveness Bureau, in partnership with the Export Marketing Bureau and Board of Investments is gearing up for the first Logistics Services Philippines Conference and Exhibition from December 6 to 7 that will gather stakeholders from the logistics services sector, government and development partners to thres ...
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Trade and Industry

SGMA leads House Celebration of National Children’s Month

Former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday as the House Committee on Welfare of Children chaired by Rep. Divina Grace Yu (1st District, Zamboanga del Sur) and Child Rights Network (CRN) collaborated for the celebration of the National Children’s Month.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: House of Representatives

Lawyers from China on month-long attachment in Singapore

Lawyers from some top firms in China yesterday started a month-long attachment in Singapore for the first time to better understand the business prospects that each country offers.
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Indonesia, USA strengthen Cooperation in combating Transnational Cyber Crimes

JAKARTA, Nov 20 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Police Chief General Tito Karnavian met with US Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday for strengthening the two countries` cooperation in combating transnational cyber crimes.
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Online System Boosts Road Tax Revenue

The revenue earned from taxes has increased massively since the government introduced an online payment system. Last year, the government collected just over 10 billion kip in road tax but in the first nine months of this year it has already amassed 58.4 billion kip thanks to the introduction of an electronic payment system.
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

NA Session opens Debate on Development Challenges, Progress

The National Assembly (NA) yesterday kicked off its 6th ordinary session by highlighting the progress made and the challenges facing Laos at the half-way point in the 8th five-year socio-economic development plan (2016-2020).
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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New e-Payment Taxation to facilitate Online Retailers: RD

BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - The new e-payment taxation is designed to support the growth of electronic transactions and to help online retailers pay the tax more conveniently, said Revenue Department's (RD) Spokesman Pinsai Suraswadi.

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Education minister stresses the Importance of “Rule of Law”

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has attended a conference with education related officials, stressing the importance of the “rule of law” when introducing policies.

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Go hails Silay City for Fair implementation of Law

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday commended Silay City for its fair implementation of laws and ordinances even if it resulted in the removal of a tarpaulin bearing his name at the city plaza.

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JBC opens Application for SC, LEB Vacancies

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday opened the application for the vacancy in the 15-man Supreme Court (SC).

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Supreme Court suspends Judge over alleged Graft Case

Jakarta, Dec 8 (ANTARA News) - The Supreme Court has decided to temporarily suspend a Semarang district court judge after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named him a suspect in a graft case.

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