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Cambodia to issue new 100,000-riel banknote featuring royal family pictures

Cambodia will launch a new 100,000-riel banknote (in equivalent to 25 U.S. dollars) in order to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni on May 14, a central bank official said Wednesday. A sub-decree on the issuance of the new 100,000-riel banknote was signed ...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-05/08/c_132368449.htm

Koh Kong Land Dispute Case Delayed Again

The Koh Kong Provincial Court yesterday postponed the hearing of a controversial case against a Thai-owned sugar company that more than 200 families alleged had taken their land for the company’s sugar plantations, lawyers and village representatives said yesterday. Ny Sorphornneary, the lawyer for the families, ...

Locked-up villagers set off protests

More than 100 villagers protested in front of Banan district hall in Battambang province yesterday, demanding the release of six villagers who were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly accepting money to illegally divide state land. The six suspects have been accused of advertising land and then ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012072057527/National-news/land-dispute-locked-up-villagers-set-off-protests.html

Senator Kok An files new lawsuits

A defence lawyer for tycoon Kok An revealed yesterday that the senator had filed lawsuits in March against six relatives of Heng Chheang and his wife, Tep Kolap, both of whom were convicted last December of embezzling US$58 million from An’s wife’s Anco Brothers Co ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012071957513/National-news/senator-files-new-lawsuits.html

Second ‘seccesionist’ arrested in Pursat

Another alleged “secessionist” involved in a land dispute was arrested yesterday in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district, where villagers said authorities continued a prolonged forced eviction that has led to the destruction of some 500 homes. Three other men accused of attempting to create an autonomous ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012071857486/National-news/second-secessionist-arrested-in-pursat.html

Land Project Sees Second Bribery Suspension

A second police official in Ratanakkiri province has been suspended on suspicion that he demanded money from villagers so that their names could be included on a list of people eligible for land titles as part of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s new titling program, police ...

Officer Suspended Over Land Program Graft

A local police official in Ratanakkiri province has been suspended for demanding money from villagers before adding their names to a list of people eligible for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s new land-titling program, police and villagers said yesterday. A total of 1,100 student volunteers are being ...

Recruitment Agency Director Charged With Fraud

The Siem Reap Provincial Court charged the director of a recruitment agency with fraud for allegedly taking money from victims in exchange for promising jobs in the U.S., a court official said yesterday. “Bich Bunara, head of the recruitment agency, was charged with fraud and another ...

Police Detain Recruitment Agency Chief for Suspected Fraud

The director of a recruitment agency in Siem Reap will face fraud charges today at the provincial court for allegedly taking money from victims in exchange for promised jobs in the U.S., police said yesterday. Hong Bunhav, chief of research and investigations section of the Siem ...

As Cambodia Courts US Business, Old Problems Remain

As a delegation of US business owners prepares to travel to Cambodia with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, analysts say they will be tough to court, given Cambodia’s lack of law enforcement. “Investors don’t bring guns, they don’t bring bodyguards—they bring money to invest,” said ...

http://www.voanews.com/khmer-english/news/As-Cambodia-Courts-US-Business-Old-Problems-Remain-161487205.html

High interest rates on loans remain a big hurdle for Cambodian farmers

Sitting in front of her small house in the Chey Thorn commune of Kandal province, 35-year-old Sokhun’s face is etched with worry. She would like to plant crops on her four hectares of land, but she only has enough money to cultivate two of them. She could go to a microfinance finance institution ...

http://www.etmcambodia.com/blog.php?article=487

Government Distributes Land For Landless And Poor People

Samdech Prime Minister Hun Sen on June 14 ordered line ministries to distribute land to landless and real poor people to contribute to strengthening social equity system in the kingdom. “Landless and real poor people will get a plot of land with land titles according to the obvious situation,” Premier said in the launching ceremony ...

http://thesoutheastasiaweekly.com/

Revenue from Post office and Telecommunication

Income from post office activity increased to 3.77 million US dollars in 2011 from 2.164 million in 2010 and that money is small in size but it showed that Cambodian people still need the post ways for sending their goods and other materials. At the same time, revenue from mobile phone companies and desk ...

http://thesoutheastasiaweekly.com/

Gov’t Asks Global Fund to Unblock $20 Million Malaria Grant

A Health Ministry official said yesterday the government was still hoping to recoup the last $20 million of a Global Fund grant for fighting malaria that the international charity has held back because of Cambodia’s poor use of fund dollars. Last week, a spokesman for the ...

Visits short for jailed Boeung Kak spouses

Boeung Kak villager Heng Tong has seen his wife, Heng Mom, for a total of 15 minutes since she was sent to Prey Sar prison after a three-hour trial on May 24. He has been granted three visits and has had to bring money to pay ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012060856675/National-news/visits-short-for-jailed-spouses.html

Commune Chief Collectors’ Scam Follows Election

The commune election had only just ended on Sunday when the scam had started. On Tuesday, a well-dressed man claiming to be the brother of one of Phnom Penh’s newly reelected commune chiefs visited a business to present an invitation. It was convincing: The father of the ...

Strategy for ventures: convince yourself

One of the two partners who have created Cambodia’s leading food and beverage company, with 22 outlets, says business is not merely about money, but more about finding a need and serving the need. Kouch Sokly says entrepreneurs need to find out what the market needs ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012051856228/Business/strategy-for-ventures-convince-yourself.html

Defiance Greets World Bank's Funding Freeze

Government officials yesterday dismissed the World Bank’s recently revealed decision to freeze funding for new projects in Cambodia to protest a Phnom Penh real estate project that has forced thousand of families out of their homes. A housing rights group closely following the evictions said ...

http://www.camnet.com.kh/cambodia.daily

Low Funds May Have Led to CPI Suspension

An official at the Ministry of Planning said yesterday that a lack of funds may be to blame fo the Ministry of Finance and Economy suspending the publication of June’s consumer price index. Sam Saroeun, deputy director of the statistics department at the Ministry of ...

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