Cambodian-American composer Chinary Ung has been awarded this year’s John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award, an annual prize worth $50,000 given by the New York-based Asian Cultural Council. The annual award, announced on Monday, is usually given to a single artist for an individual’s contribution to the visual or performing arts of Asia. To mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Asian Cultural Council, the prize was awarded to three recipients this year. Mr. Ung, 70, shared the honors ... Write a comment
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The government is planning to create two new departments within the Ministry of Interior that will be charged with handling immigration issues and the provision of identity documents, a police spokes­man said Tuesday. National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said that official approval has been granted for the creation of a new general department of migration and general department of identification, and staff have been selected. “The Ministry of Interior has made a proposal to the gov... Write a comment
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Landmines and other ordnance killed or injured 40 people during the first two months of the year, according to the latest figures from the government’s Cambodian Mine Action Authority. This year’s tally is nearly twice the number of casualties from old mines and ordnance during the same period last year. According to the report, the 40 casualties included six deaths, eight amputations and 26 people who suffered other injuries. Heng Ratana, director-general of the government’s Cambodian... Write a comment
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The recent CPP and CNRP’s approach towards resolving Cambodia’s month-long post-election political im­passe through both open and behind-the-scenes negotiations has brought a new round of mixed reactions among Cam­bodian people, in particular those who are voters. The two conflicting parties must have reached a point of “mutually hurting stalemate” or in other word a “ripeness” for solution of their conflict. They may, sooner or later, iron out their antagonistic differences an... Write a comment
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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has written to King Norodom Sihamoni to wish him luck on the occasion of Khmer New Year, less than two weeks after the government condemned him for supposedly disrespecting the King. In a letter dated Saturday and released publicly yesterday, Mr. Rainsy thanks King Sihamoni for carrying out his duties competently. “I would like to express the highest gratitude to Your Majesty, with great reverence, that Your Majesty has fulfilled the highest duty as the King an... Write a comment
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Cambodia urgently needs public finance reform to address its persistent budget deficit, which is caused by one of the lowest tax revenues in the developing world, according to a report from the Deloitte University Press. The March edition of the press’ quarterly Asia Pacific Economic Outlook says total tax revenues last year were $881 million, just above five percent of gross domestic product (GDP). “This figure is much below corresponding levels in developing- and emerging-economy peers... Write a comment
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Ath Thorn, the embattled president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (CCAWDU), said yesterday that he plans to call on his members—mostly garment factory workers—to help fund a $25,000 bail order that would keep him from being detained on allegations of incitement. Questioned last week at the municipal court over allegations that he incited a violent strike, threw rocks and injured a worker at Phnom Penh’s SL Garment Factory last year, Mr. Thorn was told... Write a comment
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Killings over environmental and land disputes around the world are on the rise and Cambodia ranks near the top, according to a new report by Global Witness. In the report, Deadly Witness, the U.K.-based environmental watchdog group says at least 908 people have been killed in 35 countries for protecting their rights to land and the environment since 2002, and that the rate has accelerated in the past four years. Though far behind Brazil—which topped the list with 448 deaths—Cambodia rank... Write a comment
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There is no official Khmer New Year celebration in Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison. As far as prison authorities are concerned, April 14, 15, and 16 are just like any other days. But for two prisoners—a rogue Cambodian-American lawyer locked up for assaulting journalists and a British businessman accused of defrauding millions from U.K. pension funds—the average day can be quite odd. Gregg Fryett, the Briton, and David Chanaiwa, the lawyer, march to their own beat. While the majority of p... Write a comment
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At 7:45 a.m. Monday morning, a ceremonial drummer began beating time at the temple atop Wat Phnom to mark the departure of the angel Tungsa Devi in a mist of incense. At 8:07 a.m, the second of seven angel sisters, Koreakeak Devi, arrived on the back of a tiger, grasping a cane in her left hand and a sword in her right to usher in Khmer New Year. Sesame oil, cosmetics and other offerings are put on display in a family home in Phnom Penh on the first day of the Khmer New Year yesterday. Aroun... Write a comment
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