The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has applauded Indonesia for its move to block online cigarette advertising, as an attempt to protect young people from being exposed to tobacco, and urged other countries to follow suit (Photo: WHO) Jakarta (VNA) – The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has applauded Indonesia for its move to block online cigarette advertising, as an attempt to protect young people from being exposed to tobacco, and urged other countries to follow suit. SEATCA executive director Ulysses Dorotheo was quoted by the Jakarta Post newspaper as saying that all countries, especially in the ASEAN region, should establish and strongly enforce a ban on tobacco advertisements across all digital and social media platforms. In a statement, he pointed out that tobacco use remained a leading cause of preventable, premature death in the world, killing around 8 million people annually worldwide. In Indonesia, there are around 66 … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s ban on online cigarette ad receives praises
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Nepal has banned the hugely popular but brutal online game "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" over concerns about its impact on children, officials said Friday. In the multiplayer game, commonly known as PUBG, players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others and survive. The last player or team standing wins. Nepal's telecommunication authority issued a circular to all internet service providers on Thursday to block PUBG on instruction from the Kathmandu district court. "We sought an order from the court to ban PUBG after floods of complaints from parents, guardians and school organisations to block the game citing psychological impact on teenagers and students," senior police official Dhiraj Pratap Singh told AFP. The survival-themed battle game, made by South Korean firm Bluehole Inc, has been downloaded more than 100 million times around the world since it was launched in 2017. Parents and educators say the game incites violence and distracts … [Read more...] about Nepal bans online game PUBG on concerns over children
HCMC taxman aims to collect taxes from online account holdersThe Saigon Times Daily A female user is seen surfing internet. The HCMC taxman aims to collect taxes from online account holders – PHOTO: THANH HOA HCMC – The HCMC Tax Department has invited some 14,000 social network account holders, especially those developing applications on Google and Facebook, to work with their tax offices on their tax obligations, reported Lao Dong newspaper. The move follows recent revelations of significant tax evasion among holders of these accounts. Many individuals have so far earned large sums of money from their game applications on online platforms. However, they have yet to properly declare their income with local authorities. Nguyen Nam Binh, deputy head of the HCMC Tax Department, told Lao Dong newspaper that the agency had recently requested a local developer to pay a whopping VND4.1 billion, as the individual had reportedly received a total of VND41 billion from … [Read more...] about HCMC taxman aims to collect taxes from online account holders
The Government has reduced the number of conditions and notification procedures required from online businesses in a bid to create a more favourable investment environment online. As many as 10 business conditions and 13 notification procedures have been removed from the list of requirements, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications. This was announced during a conference on Tuesday in Hanoi on the promulgation of the Decree No 27/2018, which amends and supplements Decree 72/2013/ND-CP on the management, provision and use of Internet services and online information. Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Hoang Vinh Bao said the amended Decree 27 removed unreasonable conditions to eliminate the difficulties faced by businesses. Decree 27 abolished five conditions for the licensing of content of online video game scripts, three conditions for the operation of websites and social networking platforms, and two notification procedures for the amendment, … [Read more...] about Government decree cuts requirements for online businesses
Three giant mobile operators (Viettel, MobiFone, and Vinaphone) halted payments via phone cards for domestic digital content and online games, creating inequality as foreign application stores, specifically Google Play Store, still allow people to use phone cards for in-game payments. Mobile operators have halted payments via phone cards in late April. Photo: baomoi.com Payment via message Many popular game cards, including Garena owned by Garena Company, whose parent company is Singapore-based SEA Group, and Gate owned by MeCorp JSC, allow people to make in-game purchases via sending a text message to the call centres. With this payment option, gamers use phone cards to put money into their mobile accounts by exchanging them to game cards via text messages. However, gamers have to pay an extra 15 per cent of the phone card value. According to experts, this is a pretty clever trick. At first glance, this is just a normal way to put money into mobile accounts. However, … [Read more...] about Halting payments via phone cards: an unequal game?