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Srilanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement enters into force on 1 May

The Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) has been ratified and will enter into force on 1 May 2018.
Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Trade and Industry

Section 121 of the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014 takes effect on 20 April 2018

Section 121 of the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014, which introduces new sections 202A and 202B of the Companies Act (the “Act”) takes effect on 20 April 2018.
Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority

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 ...
Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition Commission

Former Singapore Customs Officer jailed for fraudulently obtaining GST Tourist Refunds

Pang Yeow Biah, 61, a former Singapore Customs officer was convicted for fraudulently obtaining Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) tourist refunds under the Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (“eTRS”).
Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

Aviation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2018

This Act seeks to amend the Air Navigation Act and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Act in relation to the aviation safety framework and aviation industry infrastructure.
Date: 20 April 2018; Type: Federal Amendment Act; Citation: No. 21; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Court orders more than $1.5m to be confiscated

The High Court has issued a confiscation order for a property bought by a convict using money accumulated from the contraband cigarette business, following an additional probe after initially sentencing him to jail.
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Woman fined for abandoning Five Cats

53-year-old Suriati Misran was fined $2000 in court for pet abandonment. In March 2017, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) was alerted to a case of five cats found abandoned at the void deck of Blk 180A Rivervale Crescent. Suriati’s son was identified via the lift’s CCTV footage, which showed him carrying the c ...
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

HSA suspends Licences of 10 Tobacco Retailers

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has suspended the tobacco retail licences of 10 errant tobacco retailers who sold cigarettes to minors under 18 years of age. They were caught via HSA’s ground surveillance and enforcement activities to deter the illegal sale of tobacco products to under-18 minors.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Health Sciences Authority

URA proposes Safeguards for Short-Term Home Stays

The Urban Redevelopment Authority has outlined a list of safeguards in a long-awaited public consultation on short-term accommodation.
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Engineering Firm loses Appeal, Fine raised

A company which appealed against the order that fined them for failing to take reasonably practicable measures to ensure the safety and health of its employees was rejected by the High Court, which increased the fine to $330,000.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Law Firm MD fined $10K for failing to flag Suspicious Deal

A Singapore law firm director who failed to notify the authorities about a shady nature of money offered by a high net worth client, was fined $10,000, after pleading guilty to the offence.
Date: 18 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Legal Profession (Amendment) Act 2018

This amendment Act seeks to amend the Legal Profession Act and to make related amendments to the Supreme Court of Judicature Act.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Federal Amendment Act; Citation: No. 15; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Common Gaming Houses (Exemption) (No. 20) Notification 2018

The Minister exempts Kampong Ubi Community Centre Senior Citizens’ Executive Committee from provisions of the Common Gaming Houses Act from 17 April 2018 to 10 June 2018, subject to the conditions specified in the Schedule.
Date: 16 April 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 209; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Singapore ratifies the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption

Singapore has ratified the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption (AFAVE). The Instrument of Ratification was deposited with the ASEAN Secretary-General by Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, on 13 April 2018. The ratification of the AFAVE reaffirms Singapore’s commitment to facilitate secure an ...
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

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&rdqu ...

Competition Watchdog gets New Name, bigger Role Competition (Amendment) Regulations 2018 Grab-Uber Deal faces Interim Action to ensure Competition more

Court orders more than $1.5m to be confiscated

The High Court has issued a confiscation order for a property bought by a convict using money accumulated from the contraband cigarette business, following an additional probe after initially sentencing him to jail.

HSA suspends Licences of 10 Tobacco Retailers Law Firm MD fined $10K for failing to flag Suspicious Deal Judge acquits Man of assaulting Condo Neighbour more

Engineering Firm loses Appeal, Fine raised

A company which appealed against the order that fined them for failing to take reasonably practicable measures to ensure the safety and health of its employees was rejected by the High Court, which increased th ...

Tafep seen as Toothless if not given Legal Powers to act Central Provident Fund (Medisave Account Withdrawals) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 Director of a Shell Company jailed Seven Months for illegal Labour Importation more

Communications Stop Order a big step to prevent Information Leaks

The new Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill, which includes the controversial Communications Stop Order which can be triggered during serious or emergency incidents such as a terrorist attack, was passed b ...

Courts (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Big Box Corporation Pte Ltd New Rules clear way for Use of In-facing Cams in Cabs Lee Tat Cheng v Maka GPS Technologies Pte Ltd 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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