Adhoc staffers’appeal against extended detention rejected

The Appeal Court yesterday rejected an appeal by four Adhoc staffers against a decision in April to further extend their pre-trial detention by six months.


Spotlight thrown on Battambang vote thanks to case against CNRP candidate

With less than two weeks to go before the June 4 elections, Battambang’s O’Char commune chief candidate Sin Chan Pov Rozet has something bigger to worry about than the campaign: her freedom.


On the campaign trail, Sokha pushes localised budgets

Opposition leader Kem Sokha said in an interview yesterday that his party is aiming to win more than 60 percent of the votes cast at the June 4 commune elections, pointing to his proposal to decentralise development by giving each commune $500,000 a year as a major vote winner.


Drop ICT tariffs to grow: study

Cambodia could add an additional $320 million to the economy over the next 10 years while increasing tax revenue by $24 million if it dropped its tariffs on information and communication technology (ICT), according to new research published yesterday.


Official decries CNRP plan to slash ministry budgets

Government spokesman Phay Siphan lashed out at opposition leader Kem Sokha over a proposal to slash ministry spending, saying that Sokha’s “sad and surprising” policy was another indication that the CNRP does not know how to govern or develop Cambodia.


CPP calls out foreign NGOs for stirring ‘colour revolution’

Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Chheang Vun yesterday accused the United States and four NGOs that run or fund programmes in Cambodia of working to foment “colour revolutions” in a detailed power-point presentation delivered at the National Assembly.


Journos face complaint over seemingly routine reporting

Two journalists for the Cambodia Daily have been named in a complaint to authorities by villagers in Ratanakkiri for asking questions about politics, with the information minister subsequently posting one of the pair’s passport details to Facebook as part of what he called a “reminder” to reporters during the election campaign.


High demand for Chinese speakers

Chinese language skills are in growing demand from companies looking to hire in Cambodia’s job market as China’s influence in the Kingdom is increasingly felt both in the business and tourism sectors, online job portal Everjobs said yesterday.


Government deflects blame over lack of human rights committee

Officials from the government’s Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) yesterday appeared to lay the blame for the delayed establishment of an independent rights body at the feet of civil society.


Sugar rush puts monster mill well ahead of target

Cambodia's biggest sugar mill has finished its two-month production run, producing half a million tonnes of refined white sugar, nearly five times what the company predicted at the beginning of the harvest season, a company representative said yesterday.


Ministry seizes 30 tonnes of cosmetics

In the latest in a string of counterfeit cosmetics busts this year, the Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Counterfeit Committee seized 30 tonnes of what are believed to be fake skincare products at their alleged owner’s home and warehouse in the capital’s Tuol Svay Prey I commune over the past two days.


North Asia Resources to turn cassava into fuel

Hong Kong-listed firm North Asia Resources Holding Ltd announced yesterday that it has purchased 14,000 hectares of an economic land concession in Pursat province from Henan Tianguan Enterprise Group for $53.2 million.


New methods needed for malaria treatment: study

A study published in the Malaria Journal last week suggests that to combat malaria, the outmoded approach of mass anti-malarial drug administration may be effective, but only if local community leaders play a prominent role.


Yin Yi bags $124.5M construction contract

China's Sino Great Wall signed a construction contract worth $124.5 million with Cambodia’s Yin Yi Venture for work on Amethyst One, an 8,100-square-metre mixed-use development located on capital’s Chroy Changvar Peninsula, Reuters news agency reported on Monday.


Three children drown in separate incidents

Three children drowned in two separate cases on Monday morning in Kampong Thom and Battambang provinces.


Single bidder claims 40B riel in repo auction

One financial institution successfully bid in the central bank’s liquidity-providing collateralised operation yesterday, securing the entire 40 billion riel ($9.89 million) on offer in the monthly repo auction at an interest rate of 3 percent, the National Bank of Cambodia said in a press release.


Opposition’s Kampong Thom rally request denied

Kampong Thom provincial authorities have rejected the opposition party’s request to host rallies in two locations in the province, claiming the campaign events would negatively affect public order.


Final call for ISP that seems to have skipped town

The Kingdom’s telecom regulator has threatened to strip the operating licence of a local internet service provider (ISP) whose owners appear to have shut down operations and skipped town.


Rare timber seized in sanctuary

A truck full of high-grade timber was seized in Kampong Speu’s Oral district on Monday afternoon by District Military Police forces and the NGO WildAid’s crime interception team, but the driver remains at large.


Single-visa initiative puts Myanmar flights on course

Myanmar's Ministry of Tourism is pushing forward with the implementation of a “two countries, one destination” campaign that hinges on establishing direct flights between the historic cities of Bagan and Siem Reap.


Banteay Meanchey villagers seek dispute resolution

Almost 100 people from Boeung Snor village gathered at Banteay Meanchey’s Provincial Hall yesterday, demanding that provincial authorities resolve a 13-year-old dispute involving land promised to a group of Khmer Rouge defectors by the government in 1997.


Custodian could spur fund interest

The government is working on legislation that would create a framework for the establishment of a custodian bank in Cambodia, according to securities firms, which claim the absence of this institution could be deterring foreign investors from participating in share offerings on the local stock exchange.


Intervention sought in land dispute

Claiming that district authorities destroyed their crops with bulldozers in February to evict them from their land, villagers representing 25 families from Oddar Meanchey’s Anlong Veng district yesterday petitioned the National Assembly to grant them land titles. Village representative Sat Borath said the area is home to more than 100 families, each of which inhabits and farms between 1.5 and 5 hectares of the disputed land.


Lottery hopes to soar on Wing network

Mohaleap Lotto, a subsidiary of Cambodia’s Royal Group, officially entered the Kingdom’s lottery gaming market this month, hoping to disrupt a business sector currently dominated by black market outlets, a company executive said yesterday.


Stung Treng cattle killed by foot-and-mouth

More than 60 cows and buffalo in Stung Treng’s Siem Pang district have died over the past two weeks following a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, while 200 cattle have been vaccinated to prevent further spread, officials said yesterday.


Trade to level the playing field

Cambodia and Asean occupy an increasingly important location at the crossroads of global trade routes. The Post’s Matthieu de Gaudemar spoke with Arancha González, executive director of the International Trade Center, on the sidelines of the recent World Economic Forum on Asean summit to discuss global trade uncertainty and its impact on the region.


Logging arrest in Stung Treng

A man was accused of illegally collecting and transporting timber after Military Police officials arrested him with over 2 tonnes of illicit rosewood in Stung Treng on Sunday morning.


Axiata sells 10% stake in Cambodia’s Smart

Axiata Group sold a 10 percent stake of its Cambodian subsidiary Smart Axiata to Japanese group Mitsui Co Ltd to form a strategic partnership and further the firm’s activity in the Kingdom, according to a company release on Friday.


Report fingering tycoon in timber crime taken down

A national police spokesman yesterday said a report alleging that tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group was colluding with loggers to launder timber was mistakenly posted on the body’s official site by a “tired” employee who meant to share the information with local reporters but not publish it.


Tobacco deal leaves farmers out

It has been more than six months since Vietnam agreed to waive duties on 3,000 tonnes of Cambodian dried tobacco exports per year, yet local smallholder tobacco farmers claim the agreement has done little to improve their incomes, with some accusing large tobacco companies of hoarding all the profits.