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LTA backs the Interim Directions issued by CCCS to Grab and Uber

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) has backed the Interim Directions issued by Competition & Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) to Grab and Uber. LTA noted that the measures pertaining to the removal of exclusivity obligations and impediments to market contestability would further promote market competition in the point-to-point (P2P) ...
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Land Transport Authority

ABAC PH adds Digital Innovation, Infrastructure to its Priority Areas

The APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Philippines has added digital innovation and infrastructure to its priority areas. Along with its thrusts on MSMEs, Non-Tariff Barriers, and Services, ABAC Philippines seeks to tackle the impact of digital technologies on education and future jobs and take advantage of regional opportunities that may comple ...
Date: 15 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Trade and Industry

PCC orders Uber, Grab to explain Shutdown of Uber Operations

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has ordered ridesharing companies Uber and Grab to explain why they failed to maintain their separate business operations which was stipulated in the interim measures.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bursa Malaysia launches Intraday Short-Selling for all Investors

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 16 (Bernama) - Bursa Malaysia Bhd has introduced Intraday Short-Selling (IDSS) for all investors as part of the exchange's strategy to boost market liquidity.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bursa Malaysia

Anti-Fake News Act Not just meant to protect Government

KOTA TINGGI, Apr 14 (Bernama) - The false message that claimed the Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim would provide aid to the public at several supermarkets is the first case being investigated under the Anti-Fake News Act 2018, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.
Date: 14 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Motorists urged to observe Safety Laws, or face Legal Action

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Apr 14 (NNT) - Highway Police have cautioned motorists against speeding and drinking while driving, saying irresponsible drivers are subject to legal action.
Date: 14 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

More LGUs to be charged over Open Dumps, Waste Law Violations

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - The National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) is set to file this year before the Ombudsman more cases against local government officials reportedly violating Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, such as those who allow open dumps in their communities.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bello, Labor Geet ahead of EO signing on 'Endo'

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello has accepted another draft of Executive Order (EO), which aims to end contractualization, that will be submitted to President Rodrigo R. Duterte for his approval on Monday.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

TRAIN Law addresses Gaps in Human Capital

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga, Apr 13 (PNA) - Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law is addressing the country’s challenges in human capital development.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Amnesty International Indonesia calls for Moratorium on Death Penalty

Jakarta, Apr 13 (ANTARA News) - Amnesty International Indonesia has called on the Indonesian government to impose moratorium on execution in 2018, as a start toward abolishing the death penalty.
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Addressing Marine Debris Pollution in the ASEAN Region

MIMA received a visit from the Executive Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Indonesia, Mr. Arisman Uin and team. As one of the counterparts that MIMA actively engages with, CSEAS was also invited to give a talk titled ‘Marine Plastic Pollution in the ASEAN Region’.
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Maritime Institute of Malaysia

Dashed hopes for Two Jailed Journalists

Representatives from foreign embassies and journalists waited anxiously in front of the Northern District Court in Insein township while having a cake prepared.
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

AGC rejects Request from 'Pak Su' to withdraw Incest Charges

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 12 (Bernama) - The Attorney General's Chambers has rejected a letter of representation from an uncle known as 'Pak Su' requesting to withdraw 587 charges of incest and attempted rape involving three of his nieces.
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

IRBM contributes Teaching Aid to Schools

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Apr 12 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) today handed out a teaching aid each to the District Education Office and four selected schools, here.
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Government declares May 9 as Public Holiday to allow People to go to the Polls

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 11 (Bernama) - There should be no more excuse for all registered voters not to cast their votes after the government announced that May 9, which is polling day for the 14th General Election (GE14), a public holiday in the country.
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Bello warns vs layoffs in Boracay

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has warned establishments in Boracay against terminating their employees during the six-month closure of the resort island starting April 26.
Date: 09 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Rewarding Good Corp Governance is Right Move

The practice of rewarding good corporate governance is a good move as it includes safeguarding the interests of stakeholders through transparency, accountability, trustworthiness and responsibility.
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Parliament of Singapore

Supreme Patriarch chairs Ceremony to mark 20th Anniversary of Constitutional Court

BANGKOK, Apr 12 (NNT) - The Supreme Patriarch has chaired a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Constitutional Court.
Date: 12 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DOST Chief wants More Intellectual Property Rights Registration

MANILA, Apr 11 (PNA) - Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña wants to increase the number of Intellectual Property (IP) registration in the country, citing there is "low IP registration here", particularly in the field of research and development (R&D).
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte names Two More ConCom Members

MANILA, Apr 11 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed two more members of the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution.
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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BNM appoints Two External Members to Monetary Policy Committee

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 29 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has reappointed Professor Dr Yeah Kim Leng and appointed Datuk Dr Gan Wee Beng as external members of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) effective April 1, 2019.

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Doing nothing about Disruptive Tech would be biggest Mistake: CJ

The speed at which law firms incorporating AI into their work processes poses threat to lawyers getting out of jobs, and urged the lawyers to seize the moment and be at the frontline of technological change, warning that the "biggest mistake" would be to do nothing.

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Government Agencies urged not to use Unlicensed Software

MANILA, Apr 26 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on Friday urged government agencies to use licensed software to prevent copyright infringement in the country.

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Kula Segaran to chair ASEAN Labour Minister Special Session in Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 28 (Bernama) - Human Resource Minister M. Kula Segaran will lead the Malaysian delegation to the Special Session of the ASEAN Labour Ministers and Singapore Conference on Future of Work which will be held in Singapore tomorrow (April 29).

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