Archive for February 2013

Factories Offer $11 Wage Increase; Unions Stick to Demands

A coalition of garment factory owners offered to increase the minimum wage for garment workers by $11 per month, from $61 to $72, during pay negotiations on Tuesday with unions that are set to continue today at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Phnom Penh. 

February 28, 2013

Rubber Firm Clears Kreung Land, Sparking Latest Complaint

Representatives of nearly 200 ethnic Kreung families living in Ra­tanakkiri province’s O’Chum district on Tuesday filed a complaint with local rights group Adhoc, accusing a Vietnamese rubber company of clearing their ancestral land, local officials and a rights worker said.

February 28, 2013

Bird Flu Death Toll Rises to Eight

A 35-year-old man from Kompong Cham province has become the eighth person to die from avian influenza since January 21, in the worst single outbreak of the virus the country has ever seen and the worst outbreak globally so far this year.

February 28, 2013

Finance Minister Lauds Boeng Kak’s Tax Bill

The Finance Ministry has sent a letter to well-known businesswoman Choeung Sopheap thanking her for paying her taxes on the highly controversial filling in of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak lake, and holding her firm up as an example of corporate professionalism.

February 28, 2013

Police Accuse Teacher of Defamation Over Facebook Post

Police in Phnom Penh have summonsed for questioning a schoolteacher who they accuse of defaming officers in a post on the social networking site Facebook about the confiscation of his motorbike last month.

February 27, 2013

NagaWorld Workers on Strike After Firings

More than 500 workers from Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld Casino demonstrated on Monday, in what was their fourth straight day of strike action in front of the casino over wages and the firing of four staff members.

February 27, 2013

Spirits, Possessions Mark End to Chinese New Year

Known as the Hei Neak Ta, or Spirit Parade, Cambodia holds a festival every year to mark the official end of the Chinese New Year. While the holiday is known as the Lantern festival in other parts of Asia, and is celebrated solely on the 15th day of the lunar calendar, festivities in Cambodia can go on for three to four days and often feature elaborate parades with a wide range of spirit mediums.

February 27, 2013

Details of Agreement for New Jet Still Elusive

Details on the government’s acquisition of a new private airliner remained elusive on Monday with officials saying that only Prime Minister Hun Sen and State Secretariat of Civil Aviation Secretary of State Mao Havanall are privy to the agreement to procure the 150-seat French-made Airbus A320.

February 27, 2013

Thailand Denies Hun Sen’s Claims of Rising Border Tensions

A Thai official on Sunday denied that tensions with Cambodia over contested borderland were on the rise, despite a surprise warning from Prime Minister Hun Sen that Thailand is planning to take military action if the International Court of Justice (ICJ) awarded the territory to Cambodia in an upcoming decision.

February 26, 2013
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