CPP looks to hit opposition’s pocketbooks for parliamentary boycott

Lawmakers who boycott meetings of the National Assembly or “insult and look down” on other MPs will have their salaries slashed and may be banned from future parliamentary meetings, according to a proposal made by the ruling CPP yesterday.


Council to weigh garment salaries

The government’s Labour Advisory Council will this afternoon consider three separate wage proposals, ranging from $147 to $171, before determining next year’s minimum wage for the garment sector after a final tripartite meeting yesterday resulted in no consensus.


UN Envoy, states slam Cambodia on rights

Addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday, Special Rapporteur for Cambodia Rhona Smith denounced the government for using the country’s judiciary as a weapon to stifle political opponents.


A failing grade for competitiveness

Despite the persistently high rates of corruption that are seen widely as a major impediment to doing business, and poor access to quality higher education, Cambodia has moved up a notch in the latest World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, released yesterday.


Sar Kheng pushes Phnom Penh to clean up sidewalks

Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng yesterday urged Phnom Penh authorities to rein in street vendors dominating roads and pavements, claiming they cause traffic congestion and created an eyesore for tourists.


Cambodia seeks new meet with Vietnam on border issues

Cambodian officials have invited their Vietnamese counterparts to another meeting to discuss long-standing border issues that went unresolved at an ambitious but ultimately fruitless confab in late August.


National debt hits $5.7B, but deemed manageable

Cambodia's national debt stood at $5.7 billion as of the end of June, totalling about a third of GDP, according to a report on the national budget submitted to the National Assembly yesterday.


EU provides satellite training for Forestry Administration

The European Union has begun training Cambodia’s Forestry Administration to use satellite imagery to crack down on deforestation.


New direct flights to connect with China

Spring Airlines, China’s largest low-cost carrier (LCC), will launch two new direct flights on Friday between Cambodian and Chinese cities, the airline announced yesterday.


MP mulls suing Hun Manet in US court

One of two opposition lawmakers viciously beaten outside the National Assembly last year by troops from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal bodyguard unit says he’s considering lodging a lawsuit against the premier’s son, Hun Manet, in the US.


Samsung replacement phones now available

The local subsidiary of Thai Samsung Electronics announced yesterday that owners of Samsung Galaxy Note 7s who applied for a replacement following global reports of defective batteries could pick up their new phones today if they wanted to receive them before the Pchum Ben holiday.


Migrant voters’ hopes get boost in Thailand

Thailand's Ministry of Labour will call on employers to allow Cambodian citizens working in the neighbouring kingdom to return home to register to vote, Thai officials said yesterday.


CSX announces first liquidity provider

The Cambodian Securities Exchange (CSX) has registered Golden Fortune (Cambodia) Securities Plc as the exchange’s first liquidity provider, allowing the securities firm to facilitate trading by buying or selling shares in a stock when other individual traders are not available or willing to deal.


100-kilo carp caught in Tonle Sap

A 100-kilogram Siamese giant carp that had been caught in a fisherman’s gill net was freed and released into the Tonle Sap lake by Fisheries Administration officials on Tuesday.


GDT delays extends its deadline for property tax

The General Department of Taxation announced that it has extended the property tax payment deadline until the end of October, a month beyond its traditional end-of-September deadline.


New education aid announced for floating villages

More than 13,000 vulnerable children in 137 floating villages along the Tonle Sap river and Tonle Sap lake in Kampong Chhnang and Pursat provinces will have access to early childhood education under a $2.7 million project announced yesterday.


NagaCorp pulls out of bid for a Cyprus casino

NagaCorp Ltd, the operator of Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino and hotel complex, announced that it has pulled out of the running for exclusive rights to build and operate a casino in Cyprus, according to an announcement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange yesterday.


Tbong Khmum locals seek daughters’ repatriation

Seven families from Tbong Khmum’s Dambe district yesterday sought the assistance of rights group Adhoc in repatriating their daughters – one of them underage – from Malaysia after they were cheated by two brokers.


Innovation for a fruitful harvest

The integration of technology into Cambodia’s agricultural sector is vital to increase the competitiveness and overall performance of the Kingdom’s harvest, but efforts to push for widespread adoption of innovative solutions have been slow to take off, industry experts and stakeholders said at a forum in Phnom Penh yesterday.


New pangolin protections announced

Yesterday was hailed as a “good day for pangolins” after a meeting of signatories to the CITES wildlife protection treaty decided to move the Asian species of “scaly anteater” to the agreement’s Appendix 1 category, which bans all commercial trade in the small mammals in the region.


Cambodia's economy on growth path: ADB

Despite uncertainty over the global economy, which has been stymied by a continued weak recovery in many developed economies, Cambodia will continue on its projected growth rate for the rest of this year and into 2017, buoyed by sustained growth from China and India, the Asian Development Bank (ABD) said yesterday in a reiteration of its previous growth forecast.


Imports of food to get new testing

Camcontrol, the Kingdom’s quality control body for imports and exports, yesterday announced a new plan to build three mini-laboratories at border checkpoints in order to more thoroughly inspect imported food.


Life insurer targets low-income workers

An obscure NGO is providing life insurance coverage to low-income individuals, mostly garment workers, offering a financial safety net for the families of its policyholders, but triggering the concern of insurance regulators who take issue to its unlicensed operations.


Man shot dead with homemade firearm in Preah Vihear

A man allegedly admitted to murdering his illegal logging partner with a homemade rifle on Tuesday in Preah Vihear’s Chey Sen district, according to local police.


Cambodia will chair LDC bureau at WTO

Cambodia has been selected to chair the Global Coordination Bureau of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) next year, state-owned media outlet AKP reported yesterday.


Minimum wage vote looms for key sector

The government’s wage-setting body, the Labour Advisory Council (LAC), will Thursday afternoon discuss – and quite possibly rule on – a wage proposal emerging from today’s final tripartite meeting of garment industry stakeholders.


Discarded SIMs lead to decrease in users

The number of active SIM card users in Cambodia has decreased to 19.2 million from a late-2015 high of 21 million, Moa Chakyra, director-general of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication, was quoted as saying in state-owned media outlet AKP yesterday.