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After Distributing Cash, Group Denies CPP Links

Representatives of a group known as Cambodia Youth Movement 157, which counts Defense Ministry officials among its leadership, on Sunday handed out money to eviction-threatened indigenous families in Koh Kong province’s Areng Valley on behalf of Hun Manet, the son of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

A Vietnamese soldier stands alongside Vietnamese civilians who brawled with Cambodian activists in Svay Rieng province on Sunday. (Ma Chettra)
A Vietnamese soldier stands alongside Vietnamese civilians who brawled with Cambodian activists in Svay Rieng province on Sunday. (Ma Chettra)

CNRP, Svay Rieng Officials Spar Over Border Trip

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Monday defended a CNRP lawmaker who was reportedly attacked by Vietnamese civilians during a trip to a disputed patch of the border in Svay Rieng province, while provincial authorities said that the trip was provocative and violated the “culture of dialogue.”

A new van operated by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications is parked outside the Phnom Penh post office Monday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Posts Ministry Launches Low-Cost Van Service

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications on Monday launched a low-cost van service that will shepherd passengers and goods across the country in what he said he hoped would be a profitable venture for the government.

Assembly Passes Part of 2013 Budget Despite Opposition

Sixty-seven CPP lawmakers on Monday approved the government’s revenues and expenditures from 2013 despite the protest of 43 opposition CNRP lawmakers, who said reported revenues were inordinately low and called on the government to carry out a transparent audit.

A traditional ethnic Kreung groom hut is seen in the Tong Kropu community in Ratanakkiri’s Ochum district last weekend. (Hannah Reyes/Ruom)
A traditional ethnic Kreung groom hut is seen in the Tong Kropu community in Ratanakkiri’s Ochum district last weekend. (Hannah Reyes/Ruom)

Shacking Up

Perched on stilts 2 meters off the ground, a bamboo hut stands out amid homes of unpainted wood. A sarong, a belt and a pair of boxer shorts hang out to dry over the porch railings. This isn’t your average bachelor pad. In these hills of Ratanakkiri, indigenous Kreung tribes traditionally build a girl or boy their own hut when they come of age.

Dr. Ngor’s Killing Fields

Haing Ngor on the set of ‘The Killing Fields’ (Haing S. Ngor Foundation)

On February 28, 1996, Haing Ngor, a Khmer Rouge survivor who found fame in his Oscar-winning role in “The Killing Fields,” was gunned down behind his house in Los Angeles. Two years later, three members of the “Oriental Lazy Boyz” gang were found guilty of killing the doctor-turned-actor during a botched robbery.

Land and Sea

Chef Sebastien Rubis’ signature dish, ‘Meat of the Sea’ (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Chef Sebastien Rubis of The Plantation hotel in Phnom Penh holds the philosophy that no matter how many elements there are on a plate, there should be a common thread running through them.

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The homepage of the Commerce Ministry’s website, which was overhauled in April

New Commerce Ministry Website Lacks Facts

As the only finalist in its category at Thursday’s Cambodia Information and Communications Technology awards, the Commerce Ministry looks likely to take home first prize for its newly overhauled website. But two months after the website went live, not everyone is singing its praises.

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