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JBC to interview Applicants for Ombudsman on June 20

MANILA, June 15 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has scheduled for Wednesday the panel interview of the nine candidates vying for the Ombudsman post that is set to be vacated by Conchita Carpio-Morales on July 26.
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Europe lifts Ban on all Indonesian Airlines

Jakarta, June 14 (ANTARA News) - The European Commission on Thursday cleared all Indonesian air carriers from the EU Air Safety list.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Labour Group decries Country’s Record on Unions, Worker Rights

Myanmar is among 24 countries that have very bad records on supporting labour unions and the right of workers to form unions, officials of the Confederation of Trade Union Myanmar said.
Date: 15 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

JBC grills Six Nominees vying for SC Justice Post

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday conducted the public interview for six of the 12 nominees vying for the post that Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. will vacate on Aug. 8, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Passport Application Fee can now be made via DFA ePayment Portal

MANILA, June 14 (PNA) - Applicants can now pay for their passport application or passport renewal through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ePayment Portal, DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano announced Thursday.
Date: 14 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOF reviews Implementation of Common Carriers Tax

The Department of Finance (DOF) will review current revenue regulations on the common carriers tax imposed on international air and sea cargo vessels doing business in the Philippines to ensure a level playing field and improve the country’s competitiveness in the global shipping and air cargo sectors.
Date: 11 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Finance

OWWA partners with Facebook to empower OFWs

Facebook, the world’s leading social media platform, has partnered with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to empower overseas Filipino workers and their families to fully harness the positive component of online networking and communication technology.
Date: 10 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Beloved Professor of Civil Law launches Book on Obligations and Contracts

Lawyer and professor Ruben F. Balane launched his newest book, Jottings and Jurisprudence in Civil Law (Obligations and Contracts) yesterday at the Ateneo Law School (ALS), in conjunction with the final day of the 4th International Scientific Congress on Private Law of the Philippines and Spain.
Date: 09 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ateneo de Manila University School of Law

NLA President: Draft MP Election Law already with PM Prayut

BANGKOK, June 13 (NNT) - The President of the National Legislative Assembly has confirmed that the draft law on the election of the Members of Parliament has already been submitted to the Prime Minister.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Palace to IBP: Respect SC Ruling on Sereno

MANILA, June 13 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday urged the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to respect the Supreme Court’s decision to oust Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Chief Justice, Court of Appeal President tender Resignations

PUTRAJAYA, June 13 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin have tendered their resignations which will take effect on July 31, it was announced today.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Dr M defends CEP over summoning of Judges

TOKYO, June 12 (Bernama) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has come to defence of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) for reportedly summoning judges recently.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

DOJ Action Center gives Legal Aid to over 4K Clients from Jan-April

MANILA, June 12 (PNA) - Despite the demolition of its offices, the Department of Justice Action Center (DOJAC) has served more than 4,000 people by providing them legal assistance as it assured continued service to the public.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DFA pursues 'Build, Bridge, Build' Independent Foreign Policy

MANILA, June 12 (PNA) - Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday vowed to advance the country's image as it pursues an independent foreign policy by being a "friend to all and enemy to none".
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

1.29K Jobseekers join Independence Day Fair in Luneta

MANILA, June 12 (PNA) - Despite the continuous rains, more than 1,200 applicants registered for the 2018 Independence Day job and business fair at the Luneta Park here, the Department of Labor and Employment said on Tuesday.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Puspakom Agent gets One Day Jail, RM10,000 Fine over RM200 Bribe

LABUAN, June 12 (Bernama) - A 35-year-old Puspakom agent was sentenced to one day in jail and fined RM10,000 in default three months jail, for accepting a bribe of RM200 from a vehicle owner.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Interpol Red Notice can be used to arrest Jho Low - Lawyers

KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 (Bernama) - There are ways to bring Low Taek Jho or Jho Low back to the country over an investigation of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
Date: 11 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Put an end to BNM's Non-Core Activities

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 (Bernama) - Putting an end to Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) involvement in non-core activities, should be one of the main reforms that the new government can embark on, said HELP University Professor Dr Geoffrey Williams.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Malaysia and Japan to revive Look East Policy

KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 (Bernama) - Malaysia and Japan will rejuvenate and upgrade the Look East Policy to deepen collaboration and strengthen business competitiveness for both countries.
Date: 12 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Negros Oriental Councilor pleads Guilty to failure to render Accounts

The Sandiganbayan convicted Paulo Edison Dela Rita, Jr., member of the Sangguaniang Panlungsod of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, of Failure to Render Accounts under Article 218 of the Revised Penal Code.
Date: 07 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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House rejects Four Candidates for Chief Justice

Jakarta, May 22 (ANTARA) - The House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III rejected four candidates proposed by the Judicial Commission for chief justice during a plenary session held in Jakarta on Tuesday.

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18 Items listed under Festive Season Price Control Scheme for Aidilfitri, Gawai

KUCHING, May 22 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has listed 18 items under the Festive Season Price Control Scheme (FSPCS) in conjunction with Aidilfitri and 14 items for Gawai Dayak which will be celebrated in June.

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Phone Call not from Officer or Staff of Penang Courts - Chief Registrar's Office

PUTRAJAYA, May 21 (Bernama) - The Federal Court Chief Registrar’s Office (PKPMP) has denied an individual’s claim about receiving a phone call from an officer or employee of the Penang courts.

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ASEAN told to improve Production Technology and Capacity

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) - Southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia, should focus on improving production technology and capacity, as well as regional integration in order to benefit from the shifting of supply chains due to changes in global trade, says HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd.

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No Freeze in Intake of Foreign Workers - Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) - The Human Resources Ministry has clarified that there is no freeze in the recruitment of foreign workers although many applications to bring in workers have been rejected for non-compliance with the law.

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Actions against those who tarnish Judiciary's Image, Dignity, says CJ

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - Actions will be taken against those who tarnish the judiciary's image and dignity, says Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

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Right Decisions only Way for Judiciary to recover Glory - Attorney General

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - Attorney-General Tommy Thomas says judges must always endeavour to make the right decisions, without fear or favour, and regardless of the personality of the party or the accused before them.

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Transport Ministry makes it More Flexible for e-hailing Drivers to obtain PSV Licence

KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Transport is willing to make it easier for e-hailing drivers to clock in the six hours of course time to obtain a Public Transport Vehicle (PSV) licence.

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RM1.56 Mln Fine on Poachers, highest so far for Wildlife Crimes

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - The Kuala Terengganu Sessions Court's decision to fine RM1.56 million each on two Vietnamese poachers has been the highest amount so far for wildlife crimes in the country's history, said Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

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Delegation of Lawmakers visit Netherlands

Hanoi, May 15 (VNA) - A delegation of the National Assembly’s Committee on Laws led by the committee’s vice chairman Pham Tri Thuc has just paid a working visit to the Netherlands.

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Adib Inquest: Lawyer grills Forensics Expert on 'Probability Report'

SHAH ALAM, May 16 (Bernama) - A lawyer questioned the ‘probability report’ of a specialist medical witness in the inquest into the death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, that injuries to the right chest of the firefighter were caused by a curb or road shoulder.

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Telecom Regulator proposes Online Sim Card Registration

The Lao Telecommunication Regulatory Authority is developing an application for use as a possible option to speed up sim card registration.

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Government agrees to appoint a Youth to represent them in the Senate

BANGI, May 15 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the government has agreed to appoint a member of the Senate from among the youths with wide expertise and knowledge in the field and issues on the development of youths.

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MoF sets up Debt Management Office

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Finance has set up the Debt Management Office (DMO) to review and manage the government’s debt and liabilities.

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Additional Appellate Court would be a timely upgrade

In order to curb the increased caseload on the Court of Appeal, a new appellate court may be introduced by the Government to support it, a move that may end up in restructuring of Supreme Court.

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RoK helps Vietnam accelerate Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Apr 26 (VNA) - The Supreme People’s Court and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) launched a project on improving trial transparency and quality at Vietnamese courts during a ceremony in Hanoi on April 26.

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DOLE announces 29 Job Fir Venues Nationwide on Labor Day

MANILA, Apr 29 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is inviting job seekers to a nationwide job fair on May 1.

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Universities, Industry Players to join forces for IR 4.0

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 29 (Bernama) - The joint forces of the brains in the universities and the capacity and capabilities of key industries will make a change for a better world through the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), said Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Asma Ismail.

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