thailand - General & Misc

NLA confirms its Adherence to Rule of Law

BANGKOK, Dec 10 (NNT) - The head of the Thai National Legislative Assembly (NLA), Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, has assured the public of the legislature’s commitment to following the rule of law.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Donations to Political Party now Tax Deductible

BANGKOK, Dec 9 (NNT) - The government has announced that donations to political parties are now tax deductible to encourage people to support the role of political parties.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Education minister stresses the Importance of “Rule of Law”

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has attended a conference with education related officials, stressing the importance of the “rule of law” when introducing policies.
Date: 08 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Finance Ministry to seek Cabinet Approval on Tax Incentive to spur Year-end Spending

BANGKOK, Dec 1 (NNT) - The Ministry of Finance is to propose a new tax break to the cabinet, hoping to bolster public spending throughout the month of December.
Date: 01 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

LGBTI Network discusses Civil-Partnership Bill

BANGKOK, Nov 29 (NNT) - The LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) community in Thailand held an event on Thursday to celebrate 10 years of their recognition in the country, with a discussion on the proposed civil-partnership bill that will be submitted for the cabinet's approval.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA scheduled to deliberate 11 Draft Laws

BANGKOK, Nov 25 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has scheduled sittings next week to deliberate a number of draft laws.
Date: 25 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NSC approves Two National Security-related Bills

BANGKOK, Nov 24, (NNT) - The National Security Council (NSC) has endorsed two draft laws related to anti-terrorism and the protection of security information.
Date: 24 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Cabinet approves Four Additional Measures for the Welfare Scheme

BANGKOK, Nov 20 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved four more assistance measures to be provided to low income earners via the welfare card scheme, with 38 billion baht set aside to help cover utilities, medical care travel expenses, home rental and end of year expenditure.
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA to review Draft Amendment of Military Official Regulatory Act for Consideration

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has accepted the draft amendment of of the Military Official Regulatory Act for consideration.
Date: 18 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Senate Election Decree published in Royal Gazette

BANGKOK, Nov 18 (NNT) - The royal decree on the election of the Senate has been published in the Royal Gazette.
Date: 18 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Corrections Department bans Sales of Cigarettes, Tobacco Products for inmates

BAGNKOK, Nov 16 (NNT) - Corrections Department Director General Narat Sawettanan confirmed that his agency currently bans the sales of cigarettes and tobacco at all prisons across the country to reduce the number of inmates falling sick or dying from respiratory diseases.
Date: 16 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Law Reform Commission introduces “Thailand: Smart License” Initiative

BANGKOK, Nov 11 (NNT) - The Law Reform Commission of Thailand is set to introduce an initiative to minimize hurdles for people pursuing careers.
Date: 11 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

“Single Account” a Solution to Lack of Trust Between Banks and SMEs

BANGKOK, Nov 3 (NNT) - The Ministry of Finance believes the “single account” approach will boost commercial banks’ trust in small and medium enterprises seeking business loans.
Date: 03 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Court lifts Injunction against BMTA’s NGV Bus Procurement

BANGKOK, Nov 8 (NNT) - The court injunction against the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority's (BMTA) procurement of 489 NGV buses has been revoked, enabling the agency to proceed with its procurement process.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA to deliberate Draft Law on Government Welfare Next Week

BANGKOK, Nov 3 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly is scheduled to convene two sittings in the coming week, with one matter set to be the deliberation of a draft law on government welfare.
Date: 03 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Graft-exposing Woman gets Anti-Corruption Job

BANGKOK, Nov 4 (NNT) - Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has congratulated a graft-busting graduate on getting a job at the Office of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).
Date: 04 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Legislation on Pre-School Children approved

BANGKOK, Oct 29 (NNT) - The cabinet approved legislation to promote the development of pre-school children as part of the effort on education reform.
Date: 29 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA to organize Seminar on legalizing Marijuana for Medical Use

BANGKOK, Oct 28 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has planned a seminar to discuss the suggested legalization of marijuana for medical use.
Date: 28 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

MOPH withdraws Draft Drug Law to solve Contentious Points

BANGKOK, Oct 28 (NNT) - The Public Health Minister, Dr. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, said the draft bill sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to replace the 1967 Drug Act has been withdrawn on grounds that it still contains some contentious points that need revision.
Date: 25 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

EC warns Parties adhering to Law

BANGKOK, Oct 25 (NNT) - The Election Commission (EC) has warned all political parties to adhere to the regulations according to the political party law, and declined any action against the Pheu Thai Party alleged to be intervened by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra unless a concrete evidence arises.
Date: 25 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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New e-Payment Taxation to facilitate Online Retailers: RD

BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - The new e-payment taxation is designed to support the growth of electronic transactions and to help online retailers pay the tax more conveniently, said Revenue Department's (RD) Spokesman Pinsai Suraswadi.

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Education minister stresses the Importance of “Rule of Law”

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has attended a conference with education related officials, stressing the importance of the “rule of law” when introducing policies.

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Go hails Silay City for Fair implementation of Law

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday commended Silay City for its fair implementation of laws and ordinances even if it resulted in the removal of a tarpaulin bearing his name at the city plaza.

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JBC opens Application for SC, LEB Vacancies

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday opened the application for the vacancy in the 15-man Supreme Court (SC).

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Supreme Court suspends Judge over alleged Graft Case

Jakarta, Dec 8 (ANTARA News) - The Supreme Court has decided to temporarily suspend a Semarang district court judge after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named him a suspect in a graft case.

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