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Tbong Khmum Election Committee probes possible CPP violation

The election committee of Tbong Khmum province is investigating a complaint that the ruling CPP violated electioneering rules by posting party signs on homes before the official campaign period kicks off for the June 4 commune elections. ...

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NEC to host daily party panel discussions on television, radio

The National Election Committee will broadcast daily interview panels featuring all political parties that are running in upcoming local elections on state-run television and radio stations during the 14-day election campaign period, spokesman Hang Puthea said on Tuesday. ...

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Kith Meng company secures timber release

Customs officers have released a pair of trucks that local officials said were seized late last month while being used to smuggle timber belonging to business mogul Kith Meng into Vietnam in breach of a government ban, according to police. ...

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World Bank loan of $100 million angers Boeng Kak activists

Boeng Kak supporters on Tuesday said they were dismayed at the World Bank’s announcement of a new $100 million loan to the Cambodian government amid ongoing harassment and jailings of land rights activists. ...

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Meet women making it work in a male-dominated world

As Cambodia goes through rapid development and economic growth, changes are being felt in the workplace as women look to make their mark in professions traditionally seen as male preserves. According to the Cambodia Inter-Censal Population Survey 2013, women are predominantly employed in agriculture and the crafts and service industries. ...

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Erratic weather portends future farming woes

Record low temperatures and unseasonable rainfall over the past week were a glimpse into the potential, intensifying effects of climate change in Cambodia, experts said, a phenomenon that studies suggest could seriously hinder future agricultural productivity through flooding, unpredictable rains and warming of up to 5 degrees Celsius by 2050. ...

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Hacker warns ‘serious vulnerability’ plaguing online voter lists

A hacker behind a series of leaks smearing senior government officials and their relatives on Thursday warned that the government’s online list of registered voters for the June 4 commune elections was vulnerable to hacking and urged experts to make the site more secure. ...

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Slowdown in GDP growth projected for 2019

The World Bank on Thursday forecast a slight dip in the country’s economic growth rate by 2019 amid declining foreign investment, rising inflation and a slowdown in the expansion of garments manufacturing, and advised improvements to infrastructure and training to keep the economy on its current strong course. ...

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Thousands of election body workers missing weeks of wages

Tens of thousands of workers contracted by the government to prepare Cambodia for the June 4 commune elections, many of whom are still waiting to be paid for work in February, will have to wait for their March and April salaries until after Khmer New Year.

The National Election Committee (NEC) made the announcement on Wednesday, but offered no explanation. ...

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Chosen by angel for bumper crop, banana prices rise for new year

Khmer New Year could bring a fruitful financial harvest for sellers of bananas—this year’s divinely selected crop—but some vendors say their sales have not yet ripened.

Bananas were selected as this year’s official product by the angel Kemera Devi, who brings in the new year, so sales are expected to skyrocket, said Lor Reaksmey, spokesman for the Agriculture Ministry. ...

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Sokha says most Cambodians looking for ‘positive change’

Opposition leader Kem Sokha on Wednesday maintained that a majority of Cambodians are yearning for political change, a claim a ruling party spokesman branded a lie.

In a three-minute video uploaded to his Facebook page ahead of Khmer New Year, Mr. Sokha said he believed the Cambodian people were hungry for “positive change.” ...

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Audit gives thumbs-up to voter list; doubts linger

Rectifying one of the greatest sources of outrage and discontent surrounding previous elections, the voter list compiled for upcoming commune elections has passed an audit with flying colors, though commentators remain skeptical as to whether the country will actually witness free and fair elections on June 4. ...

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Bilateral trade with China jumps to $4.8 billion

Trade between China and Cambodia swelled to $4.8 billion last year, up by about $200 million from the year before, while Beijing has now given the government $4.2 billion in grants and loans, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday. ...

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Hun Sen urges Philippine investment for ailing rice sector

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday he had urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to invest more heavily in Cambodia’s rice sector, while also acknowledging the need to lower rice processing costs and find new export markets to boost the competitiveness of Cambodia’s most important crop. ...

Cambodia’s agriculture sector grew at a brisk 5.8 percent annually from 2003 to 2013, according to the World Bank, but the country has struggled in recent years and has averaged less than 1 percent growth since 2013.

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Ministry says factory was operating illegally

Soeun Phal, a 27-year-old security guard, and Kong Phanny, a 61-year-old cleaner, died when a wood-fired steam generator exploded. The guard, who did not know how to operate the machine, had been seen adding more wood to the generator’s fire before the explosion, authorities and workers have said. ...

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Ministry, Cambodian journalists strengthen links to China

Information Ministry officials and state-affiliated Cambodian journalists will receive training from and pay visits to their Chinese counterparts under a new agreement signed by the two countries on Monday.  ...

The announcement follows a forum hosted in October by a senior propaganda officer for the Communist Party of China, who used the platform to call for increased collaboration and sharing of news between Cambodian and Chinese media. ...

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Wood confiscated from timber trader’s land

Authorities in Ratanakkiri province have confiscated about 700 small pieces of luxury-grade wood found on an empty plot of land belonging to Yeay Pralit, a timber trader whom local authorities had long suspected of committing forest crimes, deputy provincial court prosecutor Hak Phoan said on Sunday. ...

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White Building residents asked to help CPP

Land Management Minister Chea Sophara on Friday reminded more than 200 residents and soon-to-be evictees of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building to “help us back” by voting in upcoming elections in return for the government negotiating compensation for their properties. ...

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Coolest holiday for 10 years coming, expert says

If you’re planning to get away next week for Khmer New Year, it might be wise to keep an umbrella on hand. According to the government’s weather authority, the country can expect the lowest holiday temperatures for the past decade amid unseasonal lashings of rain. ...

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Tension flares up again on Cambodia’s border with Laos

Dozens of Laotian soldiers started building a post on a disputed tract of land along the border on Thursday, breaking a deal made just a day earlier between Laos and Cambodia to withdraw forces until after the Khmer New Year. ...

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