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Indonesia promotes IAEA's Nuclear Program for Peaceful Purposes

London, Sept 20 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia continues to promote technical cooperation programs developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

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PH accedes to Apostille Convention

MANILA, Sept 16 (PNA) - The Philippine government acceded to an international convention that allows the country to issue a security certificate called "Apostille", which simplifies the authentication of public documents to be used abroad.
Date: 16 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Tokyo Convention (Amendment) Act 2018

This Act seeks to amend the Tokyo Convention Act and to make related amendments to certain other Acts.
Date: 12 September 2018; Type: Federal Amendment Act; Citation: No. 32; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Tokyo Convention (Amendment) Act 2018 (Commencement) Notification 2018

The Tokyo Convention (Amendment) Act 2018, except sections 6 and 7, comes into operation on 15 September 2018.
Date: 12 September 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 562; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Government to sign Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

The government has sought parliament’s approval for the country to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Judges rule ICC has Jurisdiction over alleged Muslim Deportations

Judges at the International Criminal Court have ruled that the court has jurisdiction to investigate widespread allegations that Myanmar forces have driven thousands of Muslims from their homes in northern Rakhine State.
Date: 07 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Implementation of the Revised Rules of Origin and Operational Certification Procedures under the India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement

This Circular outlines the changes and new requirements in the revised Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) Revised Rules of Origin (ROO) and Operational Certification Procedures (OCP) for exports to India, which will take effect from 14 Sep 2018. Circular No. 09/2018
Date: 07 September 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Customs Department

PRRD remains Firm on Position in WPS: Palace

MANILA, Aug 23 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has never changed his position to settle the West Philippine Sea (WPS) dispute through diplomatic means without giving up an inch of the Philippine territory, Malacañang said on Thursday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement in response to Duterte’s previous rem ...
Date: 23 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Suhakam wants Malaysia to ratify Six Human Rights Conventions - Waytha Moorthy

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 21 (Bernama) - The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) wants Malaysia to ratify six United Nations treaties pertaining to human rights, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator P. Waytha Moorthy. He said this was expressed by Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail and commissioners Datuk Lok Yim Pheng a ...
Date: 21 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Negotiate COC without Prejudicing 3rd Party States' Rights

MANILA, Aug 17 (PNA) - The Australian government on Friday called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China to negotiate the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) without prejudice to the rights and interests of third-party states in the strategic waters.
Date: 17 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government rejects ICC Jurisdiction on Northern Rakhine Case

The government on Thursday said it would not engage with the International Criminal Court (ICC), emphasizing Myanmar is not a party to the Rome Statute that established the tribunal.
Date: 10 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Pedra Branca: Malaysia asking ICJ to go beyond its Mandate: Singapore

Singapore have maintained the stance that Malaysia was calling on the International Court of Justice to go beyond its mandate when it asked the to rule on the sovereignty of waters around Pedra Branca and of the maritime feature South Ledge.
Date: 04 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

World Triathlon Corporation v SRS Sports Centre Sdn Bhd

International law – Foreign Exclusive jurisdiction clause – Forum non conveniens – Application for a stay of proceedings under Order 12 rule 10(2) of the Rules of Court 2012 – Whether Malaysia the proper forum to determine the dispute and/or the subject matter of the claim – Whether Malaysia the forum which has the ...

Date: 02 July 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 248; Source: Federal Court Registry

ASEAN, China hopeful for ‘Substantially Completed’ COC in 2018

MANILA, July 31 (PNA) - The Philippines, alongside China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), expressed optimism that the negotiations on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) will be "substantially completed" within 2018.
Date: 31 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC sets Rules for Oral Arguments on ICC Withdrawal

MANILA, July 26 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has issued guidelines on the oral arguments on the consolidated petitions seeking to void the Philippine government's withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) scheduled on August 14.
Date: 26 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Indonesia promotes IAEA's Nuclear Program for Peaceful Purposes

London, Sept 20 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia continues to promote technical cooperation programs developed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Indonesia supports Maritime Labour Convention Amendment Indonesia calls on UN to uphold International Law more

Suhakam wants Malaysia to ratify Six Human Rights Conventions - Waytha Moorthy

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 21 (Bernama) - The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) wants Malaysia to ratify six United Nations treaties pertaining to human rights, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator P. ...

World Triathlon Corporation v SRS Sports Centre Sdn Bhd Malaysia rubbishes Claims on Sabah AGC Statement on Application for Revision and Request for Interpretation of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) more

Government to sign Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty

The government has sought parliament’s approval for the country to sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Judges rule ICC has Jurisdiction over alleged Muslim Deportations Government rejects ICC Jurisdiction on Northern Rakhine Case more

PH accedes to Apostille Convention

MANILA, Sept 16 (PNA) - The Philippine government acceded to an international convention that allows the country to issue a security certificate called "Apostille", which simplifies the authentication of public documents ...

PRRD remains Firm on Position in WPS: Palace Negotiate COC without Prejudicing 3rd Party States' Rights SC sets Rules for Oral Arguments on ICC Withdrawal more

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Indonesia hands over Chairmanship of ASEAN Committee to Thailand

Jakarta, Sept 25 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait, Tatang Budie Utama Razak, handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK) for the period of January-June 2018 to ACK Chairman of the next period, Ambassador of Thailand to Kuwait, Dusit Manapan, on Sept 19.

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NLA receives Support from Labor Groups for Enactment of New Labor Protection Law

BANGKOK, Sept 26 (NNT) - Representatives of various labor groups have expressed support for the National Legislative Assembly’s enactment of a new version of the Labor Protection Act.

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House holds Marathon Budget Deliberations to meet October Deadline

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The House of Representatives is holding marathon deliberations - even extending the plenary session until the wee hours - on the proposed PHP3.757-trillion 2019 national budget to meet its approval deadline by October 12, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Tuesday.

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DOJ awaits BI Comments, Records on Fox Deportation Case

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to file a formal comment on the petition for review of the government's deportation order against Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox.

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IPOPHL to roll out Green Lane for Trademark Applications

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is set to roll out a ‘green lane’ for trademark applications that will slash the average processing time for registration, which currently takes about eight months to be approved.

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BSP warns Public against Frauds, Scams

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday warned the public against frauds and scams, in the wake of the fast approaching holiday season.

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Corporate Income Tax cuts won't lead to Job Losses

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua said the removal of certain incentives under the proposed tax reform measure will not result in job losses.

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Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.

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Fundamental Freedoms must be aligned with International Standards - Dewan Rakyat Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) - Parliamentarians have to ensure that the Federal Constitution and laws relating to freedom of expression, access to information and press freedom are in line with international human right standards, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

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SME Mart to assist Entrepreneurs Market Products Overseas

SHAH ALAM, Sept 24 (Bernama) - SME Mart, an initiative introduced by Dewan Ekonomi Usahawan Malaysia (DEUM) will serve as a platform for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs to sell their products on both the local and international market.

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SGX proposes New “trade at close” Session for Securities Market

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is seeking public feedback on the proposed introduction of a new trading session for the securities market, the “trade at close” (TAC), which will take place after the closing auction routine ends.

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PHL Officials to brief UK Investors on Opportunities in Infra, Other Sectors

A Duterte Cabinet delegation led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III will embark on a three-day mission to London this week to brief British investors on the vast business opportunities in the country’s infrastructure, energy and tourism sectors and explore ways to expand economic cooperation between the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

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DOF thanks House for Final OK of Corporate Tax Reform Bill

The Department of Finance (DOF) has thanked the House of Representatives for approving on third and final reading the bill seeking to lower the corporate income tax (CIT) and correct the convoluted incentives system for businesses, as it expressed optimism that the Senate would pass a similar measure soon enough to enable the people to reap the benefits of a fair, transparent and accountable tax system in the form of more investments and jobs.

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PH Ambassador to Bahrain participates in a Roundtable on International Labor Standards

MANAMA, Sept 24 - Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso A. Ver participated in a roundtable discussion on various International Labor Organization’s (ILO) conventions on foreign workers with the ILO Direct Contact Mission to Bahrain on 18 September 2018.

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HK Business Seminar puts Spotlight on Investment Opportunities in PH

HONG KONG, Sept 24  - Top-level government officials reassured potential investors in Hong Kong that the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte is working “non-stop” to ensure that the necessary policies, fiscal measures and legal framework relating to ease of doing business and investments are in place.

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MAS outlines Enforcement Approach to deter, detect and investigate Breaches of Rules and Regulations

Singapore, Sept 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published an Enforcement monograph to provide greater clarity and transparency into how MAS deters, detects, investigates and takes action against breaches of the rules and regulations it administers. The monograph outlines how MAS’ Enforcement Department works together with the other financial sector oversight functions in MAS to uphold Singapore’s reputation as a clean and trusted financial centre.

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International Maritime Community re-affirms Co-operation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, attended the 11th Co-operation Forum this morning, where they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

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Chartered Accountant and Lawyer among those who joined Scheme as Proxy Decision-Makers

Lawyer Haryadi Hadi, 35, decided to be a professional deputy as he has wealthy clients who are single, childless or have strained ties with their loved ones and they cannot find anyone to be their proxy decision-makers should they become mentally incapacitated.

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