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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.
Date: 11 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Court rejects Tatmadaw Defamation Claim

The Amarapura township court on Thursday dismissed a Tatmadaw (military) official’s complaint against Sayadaw U Thawbita that comments the monk posted on social media had damaged the military’s reputation.
Date: 10 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Better implementation of the Law needed to draw Foreign Investors

Lack of coordination between the Union and regional governments on development policies, red tape and weak implementation of new laws has hampered the flow of foreign direct investments (FDI) into Myanmar, said U Aung Naing Oo, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations.
Date: 10 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar still short of Judges, says Supreme Court

The number of judges in the country is just two thirds of the number required, according the 2018 annual report of the Union Supreme Court.
Date: 06 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Ministry to keep issuing Licenses to Tour Guides

The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will keep issuing licenses to tour guides to ensure the quality of service provided to tourists in the country, according to the Myanmar Tour Guide Association.
Date: 27 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Court indicts American, two Locals in Mandalay Cannabis Farm Case

A Mandalay Region court has indicted an American man and two local workers accused of growing marijuana on an industrial farm where they were supposed to be growing hemp.
Date: 23 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

FDI needed for Undeveloped Regions but no plans for Tax Incentives

Although more foreign direct investments (FDI) are needed for the undeveloped Regions and States, there are no plans to revise current tax relief scheme as yet, said U Thant Sin Maung, acting director general of the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
Date: 28 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Supreme Court quashes Hopes for Early Release of Journalists

The Myanmar Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the conviction and seven-year prison terms of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for the illegal possession of classified documents in violation of the Official Secrets Act.
Date: 24 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Judge refuses Bail for Performers accused of insulting Tatmadaw

Five members of the Peacock Generation thangyat troupe were sent to prison on Monday after the judge refused to grant them bail as they face charges of causing public mischief.
Date: 23 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Legislature beefs up Consumer Protections

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) passed amendments to improve consumer rights in the country on Friday.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Basic Education Bill submitted

The Basic Education Bill drafted by the Ministry of Education has been submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) by a senior ministry official.
Date: 11 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Hundreds rally to support Constitutional Amendments

Hundreds of people marched in Yangon on Wednesday to express support for the move to amend the 2008 Constitution by the ruling National League for Democracy.
Date: 28 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

President urges Parliament to ratify ASEAN-HK Accords

President U Win Myint on Tuesday urged parliament to ratify the ASEAN-Hong Kong Investment Agreement and ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement, because it could help attract more investment from China’s autonomous regions.
Date: 27 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Parliament approves Constitutional Amendment Committee by Two-to-One

The committee to amend the constitution was approved by a vote in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) on Tuesday.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Permits for Jade and Gem Mine Blocks to expire this Year

The permits for some jade and mine blocks in Myanmar will expire this year, U Thet Khaing, deputy director of Myanma Gems Enterprise has told The Myanmar Times.
Date: 18 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.
Date: 15 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Thousands of Workers march for stronger Labour Laws

Thousands of workers on Sunday marched in downtown Yangon to demand that the country’s labour laws meet International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Draft Law on Heritage Sites needs to be stronger, Civic Groups say

Mandalay residents, civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental groups said the draft amendments of the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Law needs to be made stronger by including a mechanism for public participation.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Pilot Project to register Disabled People for Welfare

Disabled people will be registered in four regions and states in a pilot project to ensure that they get government welfare benefits, said U Soe Aung, deputy minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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Labour Ministry opens Automation Center

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Guidebook on Parliamentary Constituencies launched

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Students among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim Pollution

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last March.

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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PCC approves New Clark City Power Distribution Deal

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Airbnb wants clearer Guideline on Tourism Tax

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 2 (Bernama) -- Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.

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Malcontento to take oath as New Prosecutor General on July 2

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento may assume office as soon as he takes his oath Tuesday.

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