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NBC committed to strengthen confidence in the riel

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) said it will continue to strengthen confidence in the local currency by stabilising the currency exchange rate and enforcing its existing financial tools to boost the riel’s usage.

Archeologists find ancient phallic statue

An archeological team has found a metre-long tipless stone linga (penis) of the Hindu deity Shiva in the foundations of a temple in Kratie province’s historical Samphu Borak area, a former capital of the pre-Angkor Empire Chenla period.

The foundation aiming to preserve the Kingdom’s elephant heritage

From ancient carvings and statues in magnificent temples, to popular folk legends, elephants have long been a part of Cambodia’s culture and traditions.

NEC announces local elections set for May 26

The National Election Committee (NEC) has announced that the upcoming third mandate municipal, provincial, town and district council elections will be held on May 26.

Rapper deletes song critical of Cambodian social issues

A young musician has deleted from Facebook and YouTube a rap song that was critical of Cambodia’s social issues and announced that he will stop singing the song after officials visited his home in Siem Reap province and allegedly gave him a warning.

Same-sex discrimination declines

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) released a report on Friday which showed that discrimination against same-sex partners in communities has decreased, but they lack major legal protections.

Malaysian poultry producer to set up Cambodian operation

Malaysia-based poultry producer Leong Hup International Bhd unveiled its plans to set up operations in Cambodia, where it already exports chicks and chicken feed, after successfully raising $247 million from its initial public offering (IPO) on the Malaysian stock exchange.

Some 50,000 ballots to be used in Cambodia’s May 26 elections

Some 50,000 paper ballots will be issued for the 3rd Mandate Council Elections that will be held on May 26, said National Election Committee (NEC) spokesperson Hang Puthea.

PM: Warn the public against ‘Sam Rainsy colour revolution’

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday issued a directive to national working groups to educate and inform the public across the country to avoid any actions intended to topple the legitimate government through a “Sam Rainsy colour revolution”.

Lao man sent to court for smuggling 1kg of meth

A thirty three-year-old Lao man was sent to the Stung Treng provincial court on Thursday after his arrest the previous day for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 1kg of methamphetamine into Cambodia, court spokesman Kim Hongsan said.

Tennis Cambodia to host junior, open series

For the first time, Tennis Cambodia is planning to host monthly junior and open series for the tennis playing community, the organisation announced at a press conference on Thursday.

Government: UK-Cambodian trade will remain strong

Two-way trade between Cambodia and the UK will remain strong even if the UK leaves the EU as bilateral trade between the two countries surpassed $1 billion last year, said Ministry of Commerce spokesman Seang Thay on Wednesday.

Kem Sokha’s lawyers request case be closed 

Chan Chen, a lawyer for Kem Sokha, who is currently on bail awaiting trial for treason, told local media on Sunday that his client’s legal team will request that the Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge close his case as no progress has been made.

Forget the rest, here is Cambodia’s very own social media platform

A group of enterprising Cambodian-Muslim youth have created a social media platform called Emazoo that will connect, entertain and facilitate online advertising and sales for users.

First Cambodian car online market launched

Australian start-up AsiaCarGroup has launched the first online marketplace for cars in Cambodia, mykhmercar.com, according to a press release on Tuesday.

EBA withdrawal threatens Kingdom’s bicycle industry

Cambodian bicycle exports to the EU amounted to 1.52 million individual units last year valued at $331 million, according to a World Bank report released on Monday.

Smith learns of Cambodia’s anti-corruption mechanism

Rhona Smith, the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur for Cambodia, met with a senior Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) official to learn about the agency’s methods and progress, and urged the government to step up its fight against corruption.

Rainsy doubles down on King criticism following conviction

Sam Rainsy, the “acting President” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), on Friday called King Norodom Sihamoni “weak” as he stood by previous comments that saw him sentenced to four years in prison for insulting the monarch.

Holiday prisoner pardons to be considered in Cambodia

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana will call a meeting on Monday to review requests for pardons from 252 prisoners, 16 of whom are females, for Visak Bochea Day which this year falls on May 18, the ministry said on its Facebook page on Saturday.

US veteran living in Cambodia sues VA, alleges systemic fraud

Long-time Cambodian resident and US veteran Robert G Thornton has filed a lawsuit with the US Supreme Court against the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), alleging systemic fraud by the VA in its disability benefits programme, according to a VA Watch press release sent to The Post.