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Ministry: Budget Critics Don’t Value ‘Flesh and Blood’ Sacrifices

Critics of increased peacetime defense spending don’t value the sacrifices of soldiers and personnel, whose salaries and other costs make up three-quarters of the Defense Ministry’s budget, the Finance Ministry said in a statement.

Plans Floated For $100M Underwater Aquarium

The government wants to build a $100 million underwater aquarium along one of the country’s major rivers and is looking to Japan to foot the bill as part of efforts to protect the environment and attract tourists, according to senior officials.

Hun Sen Says New Border Map Will Be ‘Accurate’

Prime Minister Hun Sen took to Facebook on Friday and Saturday to explain why Cambodia was asking France to draw up a bigger version of the colonial-era map the government is constitutionally bound to use to demarcate its disputed border with Vietnam, saying the new map will be more accurate.

Government Seeks New Border Map From France

Cambodia and Vietnam plan to ask France to draw up a new version of a map the countries’ governments have been using to demarcate their long-disputed border, casting fresh doubts on the work that has been done with the map currently in use.

Touting Cheap Power, Hun Sen Denies Damage From Dam

Cambodia has seen no ill effects from a dam built 2 km from its border with Laos, Prime Minister Hun Sen asserted this week as he thanked the Laotian government for its offer to sell cheap electricity to border provinces.

Revenue Falls Nearly 50% In Country’s Largest SEZ

Several months after it was listed on Cambodia’s stock exchange in a bid to raise expansion capital, the country’s largest Special Economic Zone (SEZ) recorded a nearly 50 percent drop in quarterly revenue.

PM Calls for Lower Interest Rates; Banks Balk

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday called for commercial banks and microfinance lenders to help Cambodia’s rice farmers by reducing interest rates for farmers struggling with low prices for paddy rice.

Pkha Rumdoul Slips From Top; Marketing Blamed

After a three-year run at the top, Cambodia’s premium jasmine rice slipped a notch, as a panel of judges at the World Rice Conference in Chiang Mai voted Thailand’s Hom Mali the world’s best rice, with Cambodia’s Pkha Rumdoul coming in second.

Mental Health Professionals Look to Group Therapy to Aid Youth

In a country traumatized by the travails of war and poverty—yet largely stuck trying to medicate its mentally ill back to health—mental health professionals are pushing group therapy in the hope of reaching more troubled children and youths nationwide.

Real Estate Agent Charged in Bookstore Theft, Murder

A real estate agent accused of planning a robbery at a Phnom Penh bookstore that led to the fatal shooting of a soldier moonlighting as a security guard was charged on Tuesday with theft and conspiracy to commit murder.

Australian PM Says Cambodia Still an Option for Refugees

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday that Cambodia would remain an option for refugees being held on the island of Nauru, despite a resettlement arrangement announced on Sunday with the U.S., according to Australian media.

Officials Cut Power Lines For Being Too Messy

Two years after wiring guidelines were first issued in Siem Reap City, disorderly electricity and service cables were cut down over the past week in an attempt to beautify the tourist hub, while also affecting some residents’ and businesses’ services, according to an official.

Police Name Suspect in Phnom Penh Robbery, Murder

Police in Phnom Penh on Sunday identified the suspect they arrested on Wednesday in connection with a November 6 robbery that left an off-duty soldier dead as Chinese real estate agent and ringleader Zhao Jiwey.

Bookstore Burglar Fatally Shoots Soldier During Flight

Police say they are searching for a man who fatally shot a soldier after fleeing a bookstore he had robbed at about 2 p.m. in Phnom Penh on Sunday afternoon.

Chinese Investment Firm to Build $2B Food Processing SEZ

China’s Tianrui Group intends to break ground soon on a $2.1 billion special economic zone outside Phnom Penh that will be devoted to processing agricultural products for export.

Paddy Price Rises, But Not Back to Normal

After diving below $150 per ton ahead of the Pchum Ben holiday, average rice paddy prices climbed this week to $230 per ton, a figure some farmers said was still too low.

Extra Charge for Grocery Bags Nears as Law Is Finalized

A ban on small plastic bags and a charge for shopping bags at supermarkets and malls could be enforced within the year after four government ministries agreed on a draft law last week.

Tax Revenue Rises 20% for First 9 Months Of the Year

The government collected about $1.2 billion in taxes during the first nine months of the year, 20 percent more than the same period last year as the economy further shifted from the difficult-to-tax agriculture sector.

As Vehicle Inspection Units Head to Provinces, Skepticism Persists

Mobile vehicle inspection units will begin to visit far-flung provinces in the coming weeks to help rural car and truck owners have their vehicles checked, though traffic safety experts said they had doubts about the initiative making a difference.

Foreign Ministry Formalizes Public Service Fees

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has opened a new public services office and formalized fees for a broad group of services often used by foreigners as part of a wider government push to collect revenue and boost efficiency.

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Australian filmmaker James Ricketson granted royal pardon

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, who last month was convicted by a Phnom Penh court of espionage, has been granted a royal pardon.

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