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Prison guards escort Sieng Sarin, left, and Ka Sak from the Kandal Provincial Court on Thursday after they were handed seven-year sentences for their role in stealing relics of the Buddha from a pagoda in 2013. (Jens Welding Ollgaard/The Cambodia Daily)
Prison guards escort Sieng Sarin, left, and Ka Sak from the Kandal Provincial Court on Thursday after they were handed seven-year sentences for their role in stealing relics of the Buddha from a pagoda in 2013. (Jens Welding Ollgaard/The Cambodia Daily)

Five Men Get 7 Years for Theft of Buddha Relics

The Kandal Provincial Court on Thursday sentenced four security guards and a farmer to seven years in prison each for stealing relics of the Buddha from a stupa atop Oudong Mountain in 2013—despite the farmer’s insistence that he carried out the robbery alone.

In 2nd Year of Stricter Exam, Only One Report of Cheating

There was one recorded case of cheating during this year’s grade 12 exam—held on Monday and Tuesday—down from about 20 last year, when the Education Ministry implemented sweeping reforms to stamp out bribes and cheats from the exam process, according to the education minister.

Woman to Receive $10,000 Compensation After Standoff

A woman who locked herself in her home with her children on Wednesday as excavators prepared to flatten her village for development will receive $10,000 in compensation, officials in Kandal province said Thursday, less than half of the amount she demanded after agreeing to end the standoff.

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The Cycle of Rice: Transplanting

In Kep province, farmers have spent the past several weeks transplanting rice seedlings that will be harvested in about four months. Thus begins the first of a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

Bittersweet Scars

A painting by Chath Piersath (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The trees bursting with red flowers lining Phnom Penh’s Sihanouk Boulevard—giving a vibrant hue to the view from Java Cafe’s balcony—are reflected in “The Flame Tree of Knowledge,” Chath Piersath’s favorite painting in his current exhibit, “Scar,” showing at Java.

Pickled Perfection

Hwang Ji-na prepares ‘gimbap,’ a Korean sushi at the Sweet and Spicy restaurant in Phnom Penh (Nataly Lee)

The lunch rush had begun. In the kitchen, silver cafeteria trays were stacked with small dishes of homemade pickled vegetables, then sent out to a breezy dining area filled with Koreans, Western expatriates and a handful of sunburned tourists who had wandered in after visiting the nearby Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

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