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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

Barcode System to improve Efficiency of Excise Tax Collection

BANGKOK, Mar 26 (NNT) - The Excise Department has developed a barcode system to calculate median prices of excise products. The system is expected to help the excise tax collection meet its target.
Date: 26 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Calida: Sereno misled JBC in applying as SC Justice

MANILA, Mar 27 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida said Tuesday that Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has misled the Judicial Bar and Council (JBC) regarding her application as Associate Justice in the Supreme Court in 2010.
Date: 27 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anti-Fake News Law can create Generation with First-Class Mentality

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 30 (Bernama) - The Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday, is seen capable of producing a generation with first-class mentality.
Date: 30 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

MyCC conducts First Choral speaking Contest on Competition Law

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 30 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) conducted the first choral speaking competition on competition law in Malaysia with the theme, #Bebaskartel, in celebrating its seventh year anniversary.
Date: 30 March 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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Judges, Judicial Officers receive DoJ Training not due to High Profile Cases - CJ

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum explained that the training of Malaysian judges and judicial officers by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) was not due to the high profile money laundering cases, such as the ones involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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Adapt Technology and Work from anywhere, CJ tells Lawyers

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - With the tagline ‘Now Anywhere Can Work’, lawyers can now deal with their cases from anywhere through the use of technology introduced by the judiciary in order to have an efficient court system, said Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today.

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Malaysian Bar will continue to voice Concerns over use of Oppressive Laws - President

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Bar will continue to voice its concerns on the continued use of oppressive laws, said its president George Varughese.

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Full Force of the Law to be applied to Wrongdoers, says AG

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said today the full force of the law would be applied to wrongdoers.

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Matrade appoints Halim Mohamad as Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) has appointed Tan Sri Halim Mohammad as its seventh chairman, effective Jan 1, 2019.

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Vietnam requests other Countries to respect International Law

Hanoi, Jan 9 (VNA) - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang underlined Vietnam’s stance on the US vessel USS McCampbell’s passage through Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) waters, while responding to reporters’ questions regarding the case on January 9.

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Justice Ministry should be “Goalkeeper” of Government in Legal Issues: PM

Hanoi, Jan 8 (VNA) - The Ministry of Justice should be the “goalkeeper” of the Government in international legal issues to ensure national rights and interests, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a conference of the sector in Hanoi on January 8.

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Rizal granted Permission to transfer Corruption Case to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 (Bernama) - The case of former special officer to the former Prime Minister, Datuk Rizal Mansor, who faces four corruption charges involving a solar hybrid system project for rural schools in Sarawak will be heard in the High Court.

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Law Society Chief, Three Others appointed Senior Counsel

The President of the Law Society, Gregory Vijayendran, fellow litigator Siraj Omar, 46, as well as two former judicial commissioners of the Supreme Court, Foo Chee Hock, 58, and Foo Tuat Yien, 65, were conferred the coveted designation when their appointments were announced by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the opening of the legal year.

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