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Regulator Wants qb, Smart Quarrel Resolved

The Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia (TRC) wants the dispute between mobile operators qb and Smart to be resolved outside of court and has informed the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of its intention to facilitate negotiations between the two, a TRC official said Tuesday.

Sluggish Stock Exchange Lists 2nd Company

Cambodia’s ailing stock exchange, which has remained stagnant since it opened in 2012, finally added a second company to its board Monday with the listing of the Taiwanese-owned Grand Twins International garment factory.

Canadia Investigating Fake $100 ‘Hell Notes’

Canadia Bank said on Thursday it was investigating how two fake $100 notes were allegedly given to a customer who cashed a check.

Phone Scam Promises Gov’t Positions for Cash

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet on Wednesday alerted government officials nationwide of a scam that requests money be sent via mobile phone in exchange for a promotion.

Iconic English Automaker Rolls Into Cambodia

Rolls-Royce, one of the world’s most lavish car manufacturers and distributors, on Monday an­nounced its official entry into the Cambodian market, naming the local HGB Group Co. Ltd. as its sole distributor.

Teenager Charged for Hacking Government Site

A 17-year-old high school student was charged Wednesday after he confessed to hacking a government website and creating a Facebook page on which he encouraged people to attack government websites as well as the websites of pro-government groups, officials confirmed, though the exact charges are not known.

Somaly Mam Steps Down After Exposé

Somaly Mam, a prominent anti-sex-trafficking activist whose back-story as a sex slave has been the center of controversy after it was exposed as a fabrication, has resigned from the organization that bears her name.

Somaly Mam Resigns Following Articles Exposing Fabrications

Somaly Mam, a prominent anti-sex-trafficking activist whose back-story as a sex slave has been the center of controversy after it was exposed as a fabrication, has resigned from the organization that bears her name.

State Regulator Warned Smart Over Luring qb Subscribers

The Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia last week warned mobile operator Smart that it could face legal action for attempting to lure customers away from rival operator qb, and ordered Smart to resolve the issue “immediately,” according to a letter from TRC to Smart’s CEO obtained Tuesday.

Polonsky Files Suit Against Former Lawyers

Wanted Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky earlier this month filed a lawsuit in a London court against celebrity lawyer Alexander Dobrovinsky and his partner, Natalia Levinzon, alleging the pair conspired with “rival business interests” to defraud him of millions and seize his real estate company, according to a statement released Thursday by Mr. Polonsky.

Smart Handed Injunction in Dispute With qb

Smart, Cambodia’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, has been accused of destroying the reputation and financial interest of the much-smaller operator qb, and has been given a court order to cease communication with qb customers and halt promotions luring customers away from qb, according to a court document obtained Thursday.

UK Tech Magazine to Launch Cambodian Edition

The British men’s magazine Stuff, known for its technology and gadget content as well as its covers featuring scantily clad women, will launch its first edition in Cambodia next week, its local publisher confirmed Wednesday.

As Free Man, Polonsky Plans Tourism Mecca

Sergei Polonsky, a Russian fugitive and former billionaire real estate magnate who was recently released from prison in Cambodia, has grand plans for a string of islands off the coast of Sihanoukville.

Royal Pavilions Reduced to Rubble at Veal Mean

One month after workers began removing the dilapidated funeral pavilions put in place in Veal Mean for the 2013 funeral of King Father Norodom Sihanouk, the park is—slowly—being restored to its original grassy state.

Court Temporarily Halts Lease Transfer for Victory Beach

Russian businessmen Nikolai Doroshenko and Sergei Polonsky are locked in a legal dispute over Sihanoukville’s Victory Beach following Mr. Polonsky’s release from prison last month, according to copies of court documents obtained Monday.

Report Shows Workforce Still Lacks Skills

Cambodia lacks the skilled labor force necessary to advance the economy and the government must find ways to create more valuable work as it faces fierce regional and international competition, according to a new report released Thursday by the World Bank.

Survey Says Firms Confident Despite Deadlock

Local and foreign firms have a high level of confidence in the current economic climate in Cambodia despite the political deadlock in the country since last year’s disputed election, and are optimistic about business over the next year, according to a study to be released Thursday by ANZ Royal.

Internet Speeds in Cambodia Faster Than Others in Region

Cambodia’s broadband Internet download speed ranks ahead of some of Asean’s more advanced countries, but is far behind the global average, according to the most recent results of Internet speed tests conducted by the U.S.-based broadband testing company Ookla.

Two Hackers Who Allegedly Targeted Gov’t Site Charged

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged two more alleged members of the hacking group Anonymous Cambodia on Monday, as other members of Anonymous claimed to hack at least four government websites, including that of the National Police.

Anonymous Claims Hack of Cellcard, Vows More Attacks

Members of the global hacking group Anonymous on Saturday claimed to have infiltrated the servers of one of Cambodia’s largest mobile operators and released a video threatening the government and pro-government organizations with more attacks.

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Minor Opposition Parties Speak Out Against Calls for Election Boycott

Several minor opposition parties who have registered to stand in the upcoming national election have expressed concern over calls from the country’s former main opposition party for a boycott of the vote.

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