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Khmer Times

Prison denies radio access to inmates

Inmates at Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh will no longer be able to listen to the radio, according to a social media post by a jailed opposition member, which is an apparent violation of the law. ...

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Kingdom sees major increase in United States investment

US investments in Cambodia increased 15-fold last year, due mainly to the construction of a new Coca-Cola plant in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, according to a statement from the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC). ...

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Protest violence as activist jailed

At least three women – one pregnant – and a man were hurt in a clash with security forces at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after land rights activist Tep Vanny was jailed for two and a half years over a 2013 protest. ...

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Land feuds get top-level airing

Fifteen national and international organizations representing 38 civil society groups met with the National Assembly’s first commission yesterday to discuss eight major land dispute cases in an effort to find a solution for those affected. ...

 

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Misbehaving foreigners banned

More than 3,500 foreigners committed immigration offenses last year and more than 800 were banned from returning to Cambodia, the Interior Ministry’s report for 2016 said yesterday. ...

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Tax exemption offered to SMEs

A two-year income tax exemption is being offered to small and medium-sized enterprises that register with the Ministry of Economy and Finance before the end of 2018.  ...

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PM orders another logo change

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday ordered microfinance institute (MFI) Prasac, one of the largest in Cambodia, to change its logo immediately for fear that the public may confuse it as representing the government. ...

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Exploitation up, trafficking down

In 2016, the ministry reported 52 cases of sexual exploitation involving 87 victims who were rescued and 64 perpetrators who were arrested, of which 27 were foreign nationals. ...

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PM scorns suppression threat

Prime Minister Hun Sen has scorned a threat to suppress the CPP if the ruling party fails to accept the loss of power in national elections next year. Mr. Hun Sen warned anyone committing to the suppression plan before the election results are announced officially, saying that the armed forces are under his control. ...

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Shortages push up cashew price

The price of fresh cashews has jumped by about 30 percent over the price last year due to shortages of the nut and the fact that the harvest will not get into full swing until early next month. ...

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Pesticide causes mass fainting

Eighty garment workers in Kampong Cham province fainted yesterday morning due to pesticides sprayed on a rice field nearby, according to police. ...

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Logger leaves timber business

Try Pheap, director general of the Try Pheap Group and widely known for his extensive involvement in the kingdom’s timber trade, told a government news outlet yesterday that he has ended his involvement in the logging business and did not burn down a lumber warehouse in Stung Treng province which local residents said was his. ...

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SIM card sellers face crackdown

National Police officials have promised tough action against those who sell SIM cards without copying buyers’ national identity cards, saying the practice may have a dangerous impact on society. ...

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Parties fail legality tests

An Interior Ministry report said yesterday that 45 political parties had registered with the government so far, but 12 did not fulfill the requirements stipulated by the ministry – which include submitting annual activity reports as well as financial documents – and were being sued by the ministry for it. ...

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Failures at assembly pile up

National Assembly effectiveness declined last year with prosecutions of opposition lawmakers, partisan passing of laws and many assembly members visiting constituents only to shore up their vote, an election watchdog claimed yesterday. ...

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Bird flu outbreak halted

Health officials in Svay Rieng province, which was hit by an outbreak of bird flu (H5N1) early this month, said the virus has been stopped and there was no sign of a continuing outbreak. ...

 

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Parties law rubber-stamped

The National Assembly (NA) has passed amendments to electoral laws which could be used to remove political parties. The controversial amendments were carried with the votes of 66 members from the ruling CPP after opposition CNRP members boycotted the session. The ammendments could affect the way the opposition party picks its next leader. ...

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Acleda to issue new ATM cards

Acleda Bank will issue new ATM, debit and credit cards to all its customers nationwide with the new bank logo, in compliance with an order issued by the Council of Ministers, said the bank’s CEO yesterday. ...

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Poipet SEZ to import power

A special economic zone (SEZ) in Poipet City has decided to import electricity from Thailand to ensure a reliable power supply as it expects the influx of more factories and investment. ...

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First lady: improve child healthcare

Cambodia’s first lady appealed to civil servants and health workers to improve efforts to reduce maternal and child deaths in conjunction with the National Day on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health today. ...

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