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New Legislation rewards well-behaved Prisoners

Prisoners who demonstrate good behaviour and meet certain criteria can expect to be freed earlier or have their terms reduced, thanks to a new Presidential Ordinance.
Date: 10 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos respects MRC Treaty

Siem Reap, Cambodia, Apr 4 - The Lao government considers the 1995 Mekong Agreement as an important guideline when using water and other resources in the Mekong river basin, according to a senior government official.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos signs Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation agreement

Laos has signed an agreement on the Establishment of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation and is the 10th country to sign this document.
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, EU agree to promote, protect Human Rights

The Lao government and the European Union (EU) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation in promoting and protecting human rights in bilateral and international forums, according to a joint press release issued by the EU-Lao PDR Human Rights Dialogue.
Date: 20 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Ministry to bolster Trademark Protection

All commodities produced in Laos will have a trademark under the Madrid Protocol, to create econom mic opportunities and help raise the standard of trade in the country. The Madrid system (officially the Madrid system for the international registration of marks) is the primary international system for facilitating the registration of trademarks in ...
Date: 13 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government vows to bolster Workers’ Rights

Labour authorities say the government will protect the rights of all workers employed in development projects around the country, no matter how big or small the venture.
Date: 08 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Commission readies Report for Convention on the Rights of the Child

The National Commission for the Advancement of Women and Mother-Child has compiled a draft report on an optional protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict and an optional protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and pornography.
Date: 28 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Pay Taxes or face Closure, Thousands of Businesses warned

Vientiane authorities have warned 3,039 enterprises to pay taxes and declare their business plans, with the threat of closure hanging over them if they fail to comply.
Date: 27 February 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government submitting 15 Drafted Laws for Parliamentary Debate

The government will submit 15 drafted laws to the National Assembly (NA) by this month for debate, the government spokesman Prof Dr Chaleun Yiapaoher said on Wednesday.
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Issue of Illegally Imported Cars remains unresolved

The illegal import of cars continues to be a problem in Laos despite orders issued by the government last year to crack down on the issue.
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Cabinet approves 10 Draft Laws

The government cabinet on Friday approved amendment drafts to nine laws and one newly drafted law in its extraordinary meeting in a move towards pursuing the rule of law.
Date: 11 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Minimum Wage Hike still Problematic

Businesses and factories may soon be required to increase the minimum wage from the present 900,000 kip to 1.1 million kip a month in a bid to improve workers’ standard of living.
Date: 28 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Enforce Court Verdicts, Justice Ministry told

The Ministry of Justice has been instructed to strengthen the leadership and guidance of its Party Committee and administrators at every level in order to address its deficiencies in the correct way.
Date: 26 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government seeks better Regulation of Associations

Representatives of associations, foundations and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) met in Vientiane on Wednesday to discuss association issues and management under the Decree on Associations.
Date: 24 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Beware of Illegal Transactions by Fake Banks, Public warned

The Bank of the Lao PDR has warned members of the public to beware of unauthorised bank accounts after learning that some people have been tricked into making transactions with fake banks.

New Service Fee Regulation to boost SME, Selected Sectors License issuance for new Financial Institutions suspended more

Government seeks better Regulation of Associations

Representatives of associations, foundations and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) met in Vientiane on Wednesday to discuss association issues and management under the Decree on Associations.

Tighter Regulation to squeeze Small Business Credit Mineral Law to be amended for Better Mining Management Laos prevails in Hongsa Power Plant Court Case more

Commission readies Report for Convention on the Rights of the Child

The National Commission for the Advancement of Women and Mother-Child has compiled a draft report on an optional protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict and an optional protocol on the sale of children, ...

Xaysana to face Thai Court, No Extradition sought: Govt Spokesman more

Government vows to bolster Workers’ Rights

Labour authorities say the government will protect the rights of all workers employed in development projects around the country, no matter how big or small the venture.

Minimum Wage Hike still Problematic Oudomxay legalises Foreign Workers Savannakhet registers Foreign Workers more

Ministry to bolster Trademark Protection

All commodities produced in Laos will have a trademark under the Madrid Protocol, to create econom mic opportunities and help raise the standard of trade in the country. The Madrid system (officially the Madrid system fo ...

Seek Permission before flying your Drone, Ministry warns NA Members press Government to review Intellectual Property Policy New Law to promote, control Technology Transfer more

Govt mulls Fairer Compensation Policy for People affected by Development Projects

Property owners will receive fairer and more prompt compensation when they lose their land or buildings to make way for a development scheme, once a newly-drafted law is passed and promulgated, a policy developer has sai ...

Govt Officials discuss Law on Settlements and Stable Work Illegal Land Titles emerge as Outstanding Issue in Vientiane Govt orders Action to resolve Illegal Occupation of Land more

Pay Taxes or face Closure, Thousands of Businesses warned

Vientiane authorities have warned 3,039 enterprises to pay taxes and declare their business plans, with the threat of closure hanging over them if they fail to comply.

Issue of Illegally Imported Cars remains unresolved Revised Laws the Key to boosting Revenue Collection Vehicle Owners Face Doubling of Road Tax more

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CCCS clears Proposed Merger between Essilor and Luxottica

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed merger between Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (“Luxottica”) (collectively “Parties”). CCCS has concluded that the merger, if carried into effect, will not infringe the section 54 prohibition of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B).

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House and Senate successfully hold “Sports Dual Meet 2018”

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday successfully held their second congressional sports invitational tournament dubbed “Sports Dual Meet 2018” at the House Sports Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

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President Joko Widodo to attend ASEAN Summit in Singapore

Jakarta Apr 20 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will attend the the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore on April 27-28, 2018.

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Police probes Facebook over Data Privacy Violation

Jakarta, Apr 19 (ANTARA News) - The National Police is currently investigating third-party applications on Facebook that have allegedly violated the data privacy of users, an official stated here on Thursday.

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Lawyer claims Trial to CBT of more than RM100,000

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 20 (Bernama) - A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving more than RM100,000.

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IRBM confirms having issued Letters to International Schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 19 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) today confirmed that it had recently issued letters to the management of several international schools, here.

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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