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Death Penalty not enough to end Child Rape: Groups

Ko Hlaing Myo Zin has taken solace from the death sentence meted out by the court to the man who raped and killed his two-year-old girl.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Legal Reform to reduce Social Inequalities: Commission Chairman

BANGKOK, Apr 2 (NNT) - The National Reform Commission for legal systems was committed to creating good legislative protocols to reduce social inequalities and promote public participation, said commission chairman Borwornsak Uwanno.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Finance Minister: Waiving off Online Transaction Fees helps e-Payment Policy

BANGKOK, Apr 2 (NNT) - The Finance Minister, Apisak Tantivorawong, said he believes that waiving off online transaction fees would support the e-payment policy.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Labor Ministry announces Results after Closure of OSS Centers

BANGKOK, Apr 2 (NNT) - All One Stop Service (OSS) Centers for the registration of migrant workers shut down as planned on March 31 with the Ministry of Labor reporting over 1.3 million laborers had registered.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DOLE lauds Kuwait's Conviction of Demafelis Employers

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) lauded Kuwait's fast action on the conviction of the employers of slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joanna Demefelis.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Lorenzana opposed to lifting of Tattoo Ban for AFP Personnel

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana opposed the lifting of the tattoo ban for all military personnel.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palace confident Mocha can defend herself from 'Fake News' Raps

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - Malacañang on Monday expressed confidence that Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson, who is currently facing an administrative complaint for allegedly spreading fake news, will be able to defend herself.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Grab, Uber urged to be transparent about Merger

MANILA, Apr 2 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said Monday that it is closely looking into the acquisition deal between Grab and Uber, adding that the antitrust body will ensure that the transaction will not harm the interest of the riding public.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

EPF targets All Employers in Sabah, Sarawak to use ePayment by Year-End

KUCHING, Apr 2 (Bernama) - The Employees Provident Fund targets 100 per cent of employers in Sabah and Sarawak to use the ePayment system for contributions to the fund by the end of this year.
Date: 02 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Motorcycle Taxis to go Green at Thammasat University

BANGKOK, Mar 30 (NNT) - Thammsat University and Star 8 (Thailand) Co., Ltd have jointly launched the "Solaryde" project to replace motorcycles used for public transport with electric bikes to stop air pollution on campus.
Date: 30 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Social Development and Human Security Ministry holds World Social Work Day 2018

BANGKOK, Mar 29 (NNT) - The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has joined hands with state agencies and private companies to hold World Social Work Day 2018, promoting sustainable improvement of communities and the environment.
Date: 29 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

UPSI to sign MoU with Polytechnic University, Philippines

IPOH, Mar 30 (Bernama) - Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Polytechnic University of the Philippines at the Chancellery Building, UPSI Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah Campus, Tanjung Malim on April 2.
Date: 30 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

SC Deputy Chief Executive Appointed Judicial Commissioner

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 30 (Bernama) - Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) Deputy Chief Executive Datuk Ahmad Fairuz Zainol Abidin, who has completed his contract with the commission, has been appointed a Judicial Commissioner.
Date: 30 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Yangon Starts New Wheel Tax Collection System, but More Reviews needed

MPs who discussed new tax regulations under the Yangon taxation law during a regional parliament session yesterday agreed that more should be done to improve the system.
Date: 30 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Price of Higher-End Vehicles fall after Tax Reduction

Some high-end cars are looking a little cheaper following a reduction in taxes on special goods under the new 2018 Union Tax Law, which was signed into legislation on March 20.
Date: 27 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Minister Siti Nurbaya leads Indonesian Delegation at meeting with EU

Jakarta, Mar 27 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar led an Indonesian delegation during a meeting with European Union (EU) key elements in Brussels to discuss a wide range of issues including palm oil.
Date: 27 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry wins OpenGov Award

Jakarta, Mar 26 (ANTARA News) - The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has won an OpenGov Recognition Award during Indonesia Leadership Forum 2018 organized by the OpenGov Asia.
Date: 26 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Indonesian Central Bank gets New Governor

Jakarta, Mar 28 (ANTARA News) - The House of Representatives (DPR), through its Commission XI on banking affairs, in a fit and proper test session on Wednesday endorsed the candidacy of Perry Warjiyo as the new Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor.
Date: 28 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

ASEAN opens Dialogue with China, US

Jakarta, Mar 27 (ANTARA News) - ASEAN member countries open a dialogue with the Government of the People's Republic of China and the United States regarding issue on iron and steel industry policy imposed by both countries.
Date: 27 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Treasury Department introduces New Coins Portraying King Rama X

BANGKOK, Mar 28 (NNT) - The Treasury Department introduced new coins with a portrait of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun.
Date: 28 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

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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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