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Government slaps Heavy Fines on Tobacco Rule Violators

Producers and importers of tobacco products will be penalised with large fines and additional measures if the packages that contain their products do not carry the required instructions and health warnings, according to a new regulation.
Date: 03 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

State Agencies urged to comply with Procurement Law

State agencies that intend to spend more than 5 million kip of state funds must put project contracts up for bid, according to the Ministry of Finance.
Date: 26 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Round Table Retreat reviews Implementation of 2018 Recommendations

The government and development partners met in Vientiane on Friday to discuss translation of the key recommendations of the 2018 Round Table Meeting into concrete follow-up actions.
Date: 17 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Government unveils New Development Vision

The government has unveiled a new national development vision, which it plans to achieve from 2021 to 2025.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

VP urges Justice Officials to ensure Law Enforcement

Vice President Phankham Viphavanh yesterday advised the justice sector to strictly implement the country’s laws in a bid to ensure justice for all members of society.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Ministry moves Forward with Justice Development Plan

The Ministry of Justice will carry out plans to process outstanding court cases, raise public awareness of improvements in the law, conduct capacity building for officials, and resolve unsettled legal issues.
Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Government announces List of Controlled Businesses

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has approved a list of businesses that are subject to government control, while also stating that types of business not on the list would find it easier to operate.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Luxembourg review Rule of Law and Legal Education Programmes

Government officials met with representatives of the Luxembourg government in Vientiane yesterday to review the progress of the LAO-031-Legal Teaching and Training and Promotion of the Rule of Law Concept project and make plans for the year ahead.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

New Law to better serve Lao Diplomatic Mission Overseas

Members of the National Assembly (NA) yesterday passed a newly drafted law to better facilitate Laos’ diplomatic mission in foreign countries and to protect the interests of the nation and Lao expats overseas.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

NA members ask Court, Prosecutor to strive harder for Justice

Members of the National Assembly (NA) have called for the People’s Supreme Prosecutor and People’s Supreme Court to work harder to ensure full justice in society.
Date: 08 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

NA approves Government reshuffle

The National Assembly (NA) yesterday approved a reshuffle and appointments in public security, national defence and the banking sectors following the proposals of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.
Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos Government to pay Compensation to Families displaced by Railway

VIENTIANE, Nov 26 (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Arbitration solution committees in Vientiane and the provinces together with the project developer have agreed on settlements with local people and 94 per cent of the land required for the railway has now been acquired, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith told the National Assembly last Monday.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Online System Boosts Road Tax Revenue

The revenue earned from taxes has increased massively since the government introduced an online payment system. Last year, the government collected just over 10 billion kip in road tax but in the first nine months of this year it has already amassed 58.4 billion kip thanks to the introduction of an electronic payment system.
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

NA Session opens Debate on Development Challenges, Progress

The National Assembly (NA) yesterday kicked off its 6th ordinary session by highlighting the progress made and the challenges facing Laos at the half-way point in the 8th five-year socio-economic development plan (2016-2020).
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Parliament to debate Economic Plan Next Week

The National Assembly will kick off its sixth ordinary session next Tuesday to review the implementation of the 2018 socio-economic development plan and budget plan.
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Turkey further Relations, strengthen Cooperation

Laos and Turkey have furthered enhancement of diplomatic relations and cooperation with the East European country officially opening an embassy in the Asean member country on Wednesday.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Government gears up for Reorganization of State Departments

Central and local state departments are preparing to streamline the organisation of their various divisions, following a government order.
Date: 26 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

New Law requires Displaced Villagers to be compensated within Two Years

President Bounnhang Vorachit recently promulgated a new law requiring developers to compensate people displaced by a project within 24 months or two years after a compensation plan is approved.
Date: 25 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

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SC, DOJ Buildings declared Safe

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Work resumed at the Supreme Court (SC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday, after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that shook parts of Luzon including Metro Manila last Monday.

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SC asked to allow Poll Watchers to take Photos

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Various individuals and groups asked the Supreme Court (SC) to lift the ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on digital photo taking by watchers of candidates in the May 13 mid-term polls.

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Makati Court hears Drug Case vs Ex-NBI Exec

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - A prosecution witness positively identified the former acting regional director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Central Mindanao as the owner of a 1,000-square meter lot in Virac, Catanduanes, where a shabu laboratory was uncovered three years ago.

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Mobile Application on Labour Market Information Launched

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Information on Malaysia's labour market is now available at the fingertips with the launch of a new mobile application, Labour Market Information Gateway or LMI Gateway today.

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Former Lawyer Pleads not Guilty to CBT Over Client's House Sale Proceeds

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a charge of criminal breach of trust amounting to RM338,000 which was the proceeds from the sale of a house belonging to his client three years ago.

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Manila Court orders Arrest of Acierto, Seven Others

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - A Manila court has ordered the arrest of former police official Eduardo Acierto and seven others implicated in the smuggling of shabu shipments inside magnetic lifters last year.

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SC orders Inspection of Court Houses in Quake-Affected Areas

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Tuesday ordered an inspection of all court houses in areas affected by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Luzon on Monday afternoon.

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Cybersecurity Challenge should be viewed as an Opportunity - Gobind

CYBERJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A national innovation ecosystem needs to be developed to transform cybersecurity challenges towards forming new opportunities, ideas and solutions, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today.

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Malaysia signs ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Malaysia has signed the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and the Fourth Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).

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Former Lawyer charged with Criminal Breach of Trust

SEREMBAN, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving RM198,592.50, nine years ago.

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PCC seeks Own Probe on Luzon Power Outages

MANILA, Apr 22 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will investigate allegations of collusion or abuse of dominance among energy companies that led to the recent series of power outages in Luzon.

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Right to Freedom of Religion guaranteed under Federal Constitution

KOTA BELUD, Apr 21 (Bernama) - The right to freedom of religion of every Malaysian is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, said Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick.

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Sabah and Sarawak High Court Registrar's Office to move to Kota Kinabalu

SANDAKAN, Apr 21 (Bernama) -- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today confirmed that the Office of the Registrar of the Sabah and Sarawak High Court will be relocated from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.

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Government awaits Approval from Malay Rulers on New Chief Justice - Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Apri 19 (Bernama) - The government is awaiting approval from the Malay Rulers for the appointment of a new Chief Justice, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

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Double Pay for Workers on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Workers who will report to work on April 18 and 19 will receive twice their regular daily wages as both days have been declared regular holidays, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Wednesday.

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Palace suspends Government Work for Holy Week Exodus

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Malacañang suspended work on Wednesday (April 17), 12 noon onwards, to allow government employees to travel to their respective regions in time for the observance of Maundy Thursday (April 18) and Good Friday (April 19).

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JBC asks Applicant to comment on Gadon Opposition

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has asked an applicant for a vacancy in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to comment on an opposition to her appointment filed last month by senatorial candidate and lawyer, Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon.

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PCC approves Ayala-PHINMA Energy Deal

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the acquisition of the majority stake in PHINMA Energy by Ayala Corporation’s power branch, AC Energy.

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