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Friday, 31 October 2014

Precious marble plundered in Battambang by Viet company

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Interview with Mr.Serei Cong about Vietnam's restriction of religious freedom in Kampuchea Krom






Reopening entrance to Preah Vihear Temple from Thai side "unnecessary": Cambodian FM

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PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Cambodian foreign ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said Thursday that reopening an entrance to the 11th century Preah Vihear Temple from the Thai side was " unnecessary" since the country has enough infrastructures to serve tourists to this world heritage temple.


"In my own opinion, currently, a lot of tourists have visited the temple from Cambodia because of good roads and luxurious hotels in the surrounding area of the temple," he told reporters after a meeting between Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and his visiting Thai counterpart Tanasak Patimapragorn.



"Therefore, I think that it is unnecessary to allow tourists to access the temple from the Thai side."



The spokesman's remarks came after the Bangkok Post online reported Thursday that Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will discuss with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen the possibility of developing the Preah Vihear Temple as a joint tourist destination during his visit to Cambodia on Oct. 30-31.



"Tourists could be able to enter the temple from both sides, but we have to discuss the plans first," Prayut was quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying on the eve of his visit to Phnom Penh.

People in Kandal province seized 2 illegal Vietnamese fishing boats ពលរដ្ឋ​ខេត្ត​កណ្ដាល​ចាប់​ទូក​នេសាទ​វៀតណាម​ខុស​ច្បាប់​ពីរ​គ្រឿង

ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ពីរ​ស្រុក ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​កណ្ដាល បាន​សហការ​គ្នា​ចាប់​ទូក​នេសាទ​វៀតណាម​ខុសច្បាប់​ពីរ​គ្រឿង ដែល​ពលរដ្ឋ​អះអាង​ថា​បាន​ប្រើប្រាស់​ឧបករណ៍​ឆក់ និង​មង​ខុសច្បាប់ នៅ​ចំណុច​បឹងធំ ជាប់​ព្រំប្រទល់​ភូមិ​រាំងដេក ឃុំ​គគីរធំ ស្រុក​គៀនស្វាយ និង​ភូមិ​ក្បាលជ្រោយ ឃុំ​កំពង់ធំ ស្រុក​លើកដែក នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី ៣០ តុលា។
ពលរដ្ឋ​ម្នាក់​ដែល​បាន​ចុះ​ឃាត់​ទូក​វៀតណាម​នៅ​កន្លែង​កើតហេតុ លោក ប៊ន បាន ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា​ទូក​វៀតណាម​​តែងតែ​ចូល​មក នេសាទ​ដោយ​ប្រើ​ឧបករណ៍​ខុសច្បាប់។ ខណៈ​ពលរដ្ឋ​នាំ​គ្នា​ឃាត់​ទូក និង​អូស​មក​ច្រាំង ក៏​មិន​ឃើញ​មាន​ឧបករណ៍​ឆក់​នោះ​ទេ ឃើញ​ត្រឹមតែ​សំណាញ់ និង​អួន។ ពលរដ្ឋ​ដាក់​ការ​សន្និដ្ឋាន​ថា ​ប្រហែល​ជា​ជនជាតិ​វៀតណាម បាន​ទម្លាក់​ឧបករណ៍​ខុសច្បាប់​នោះ​ចូល​ក្នុង​បឹង មុន​ពេល​ពលរដ្ឋ​ចាប់​អូស​ទូក​ពួក​គេ​មក​ដល់​ច្រាំង។
មន្រ្តី​សម្របសម្រួល​អង្គការ​ការពារ​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​ អាដហុក​ប្រចាំ​ខេត្ត​កណ្ដាល គឺ​លោក ម៉ែន មករា ថ្លែង​ថា ករណី​​នេសាទ​ខុស​ច្បាប់​នៅ​ក្នុង​​ខេត្ត​នេះ​ពិត​ជា​មាន​មែន។ ក្នុង​នាម​ជា​អង្គការ​សង្គម​ស៊ីវិល លោក​ទាម​ទារឱ្យ​មន្ត្រី​រដ្ឋបាល​ជលផល​អនុវត្តន៍​ទៅ​តាម​ច្បាប់​ប្រសិន​បើ​រក​ឃើញ​ថា ឧបករណ៍​​ដែល​រឹបអូស​បាន​នេះ​ខុស​ច្បាប់។
សូម​រង់​ចាំ​អាន និង​ស្ដាប់​ព័ត៌មាន​ពិស្ដារ...

When will Khmerization stop moderating readers' comments?


Anonymous said... 

Khmerization, When are you going to stop moderating the readers' comments? So far, Khmer people have gained almost nothing from your site. People need to see the readers' comments about how to solve Cambodia's problems. People are so sick to click your site and KI's site.
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Khmerization: Khmerization will stop moderating readers' comments when readers and commenters play by the rules - that is stop using offensive language, profanities and stop abusing each other as well as stop posting trolls. Or I will only stop moderating if the majority of readers want me to. Please let me know what you want.  

CNRP TV Daily Report សម រង្ស៊ី "តើយើងចូលសភាបានប្រយោជន៍អ្វី?




Sam Rainsy at Rongko Pagoda in Chamnorm commune, Mongkolborey district, Banteay Meanchey នៅវត្តរោងគោ ស្ថិតក្នុងឃុំចំណោម ស្រុកមង្គលបុរី ខេត្តបន្ទាយមានជ័យ




Sam Rainsy at Phnom Kposs Pagoda in Banon, Battambang




Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha asks Australia to reconsider its decision to send refugees to Cambodia លោក កឹម សុខា ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​អូស្ត្រាលី​ពិចារណា​ឡើង​វិញ​រឿង​បញ្ជូន​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​មក​កម្ពុជា​

ដោយ៖​ អុិត សូធឿត​ | ថ្ងៃព្រហស្បតិ៍ ទី30 តុលា 2014, 

មើលរូបភាពបន្ថែម
លោក​ កឹម សុខា អនុ​ប្រធានគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ ថ្លែង​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នក​សារព័ត៌មាន​នាពេលកន្លងមក
អនុប្រធាន​ទី​១​នៃ​រដ្ឋសភា លោក កឹម សុខា ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​ប្រទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី​ពិចារណា​ឡើង​វិញ​ក្នុង​ការ​បញ្ជូន​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​ពី​កោះ​នេរូ (Nauru) មក​កាន់​កម្ពុជា។
លិខិត​របស់​លោក កឹម សុខា ចុះ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ ខែតុលា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ ផ្ញើ​ជូនឯកអគ្គរាជទូត​អូស្ត្រាលី​ប្រចាំ​កម្ពុជា ​លោក​ស្រី អាលីសុន បឺរ៉ូ (Alison Burrows) សរ​សេរ​ថា កាលពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២១ ខែ​តុលា លោក កឹម សុខា បាន​ជួប​ជាមួយ​អ្នកតំណាង​ជាច្រើន​ដូចជា ព្រះសង្ឃ សិស្ស បញ្ញាវ័ន្ត និង​ប្រជា​ពលរដ្ឋ​កម្ពុជា ដែល​បាន​បាតុកម្ម​តវ៉ា​ប្រឆាំង​នឹង​ការ​បញ្ជូន​ជនភៀស​ខ្លួន​ពី​កោះ​នេរូ ប្រទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី មក​កម្ពុជា។ អ្នក​តំណាង​ទាំង​នោះ​បាន​សម្ដែង​ការ​ព្រួយ​បារម្ភ​ពី​ផលប៉ះ​ពាល់​អវិជ្ជមាន​ទាំងឡាយ ​ដែល​អាច​កើត​មានបណ្ដាល​មក​ពី​កត្តា​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច និង​សង្គម ជាពិសេសការធានា​នូវ​ការ​គោរពសិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​នៅ​កម្ពុជា ​នៅ​មិន​ទាន់​បាន​ដោះ​ស្រាយ​នៅ​ឡើយ។
លោក កឹម សុខា បន្ត​ក្នុង​លិខិតនោះ​ទៀត​​ថា ក្នុង​នាម​លោកជា​សមាជិក និង​ជា​អនុប្រធាន​ទី​១​នៃ​រដ្ឋ​សភា លោក​យល់​ឃើញ​ថា ការ​ព្រួយ​បារម្ភ​​របស់​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​គឹ​មាន​មូលដ្ឋានត្រឹមត្រូវ​យោង​ទៅ​តាម​ស្ថានភាព​ជាក់​ស្ដែង។ លោក​សរសេរ​ថា «ដូច្នេះ ខ្ញុំ​សរសេរ​លិខិត​នេះ ដើម្បី​សំណូមពរ​ឲ្យ​លោក​ស្រី និង​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​របស់​លោក​ស្រី ធ្វើ​ការ​ពិចារណា​ឡើង​វិញពី​ការ​បញ្ជូន​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​ពី​កោះ​នេរូ មក​កាន់​ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រ​កម្ពុជា» ។
កាលពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៦​ខែ​កញ្ញា ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា​ និង​ប្រទេស​​អូស្ត្រាលី​បាន​​ចុះហត្ថលេខា​រួមគ្នា​លើ​អនុស្សរណៈ​ ទទួលយក​ជ​ន​ភៀសខ្លួន​ពី​ប្រទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី​មក​តាំង​ទីលំនៅ​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា។ ប្រទេស​ទាំង​ពីរ​អះអាងថា ក្រោម​កិច្ច​ព្រម​ព្រៀង​នេះ ការ​ទទួល​ជន​ភៀស​ខ្លួន​ត្រូវ​ធ្វើ​ឡើង​តាម​ការ​ស្ម័គ្រ​ចិត្ត​​។

The king praises Hun Sen's achievements and developments ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ​កោត​សរសើរ​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ពី​ស្នាដៃ​ដឹក​នាំ​និង​អភិវឌ្ឍ​ប្រទេស

ហ៊ុន សែន ៦១០
លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ពិធី​សម្ពោធ​ដាក់​ឲ្យ​ដំណើរ​ការ​វារីអគ្គិសនី​ស្ទឹង​អាតៃ ក្នុង​ខេត្ត​ពោធិ៍សាត់ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ ខែ​មីនា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Chin Chetha
ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ នរោត្តម សីហមុនី នៅ​ក្នុង​ខួប​១០​ឆ្នាំ​នៃ​ការ​គ្រងរាជ្យ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៩ តុលា បាន​កោត​សរសើរ​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ចំពោះ​ការ​អភិវឌ្ឍ និង​សន្តិភាព​សម្រាប់​ប្រទេស​ជាតិ។
ទោះ​បី​ជា​យ៉ាង​ណា​ក៏ដោយ អ្នក​វិភាគ​សង្គម​អះអាង​ថា ការ​ដឹក​នាំ​របស់ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន មាន​គុណ​សម្បត្តិ និង​គុណ​វិបត្តិ។
ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ មាន​ព្រះរាជ​បន្ទូល​នៅ​មុខ​មន្ត្រី​រាជ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល ព្រះសង្ឃ និង​ពលរដ្ឋ​ប្រមាណ​មួយ​ម៉ឺន​នាក់​ថា លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ជា​មនុស្ស​វ័យ​ឆ្លាត ហើយ​បង្កើត​ឲ្យ​មាន​គោល​នយោបាយ​សមស្រប​មួយ​ចំនួន ដែល​នាំ​ឲ្យ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា ទទួល​បាន​សន្តិភាព និង​ស្ថិរភាព​នយោបាយ។ ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ បញ្ជាក់​ទៀត​ថា ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា និង​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា នឹង​មាន​អនាគត​ល្អ​ទៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ក្រោយ​ជា​មិន​ខាន។
ដោយ​ឡែក​ព្រះរាជសារ​ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ ចុះ​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ តុលា ផ្ញើ​ទៅ​ឲ្យ អ្នកស្រី ប៊ុន រ៉ានី ហ៊ុន សែន ប្រធាន​កាកបាទ​ក្រហម​កម្ពុជា បញ្ជក់​ថា ព្រះអង្គ​សូម​កោត​សរសើរ​ចំពោះ អ្នកស្រី ប៊ុន រ៉ានី ដែល​មាន​សន្តាន​ចិត្ត​ដ៏​ល្អ​ប្រពៃ​ប្រកប​ដោយ​ការ​សន្តោស បាន​បរិច្ចាគ​ទាំង​កម្លាំង​កាយ​ចិត្ត និង​សម្ភារៈ ដឹក​នាំ​មនុស្ស​ធម៌​ចូលរួម​ជួយ​រំលែក​សេចក្តី​ទុក្ខ​លំបាក​របស់​ប្រជារាស្ត្រ ជាពិសេស​ស្ត្រី និង​កុមារ។
លោក ហ៊ុន សែន មាន​កំណើត​ពី​ខេត្ត​កំពង់ចាម។ ដំណើរ​ជីវិត​របស់​គាត់ វិវឌ្ឍ​តាំង​ពី​ជា​ក្មេង​វត្ត ជា​ទាហាន​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម ជា​អ្នក​ការទូត និង​ចុង​ក្រោយ​បំផុត ជា​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​នៃ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា។ លោក​ក៏​ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​ហៅ​ថា ជា​បុរស​ខ្លាំង​នៅ​កម្ពុជា។ លោក​បាន​ដឹក​នាំ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា ជិត​រយៈពេល​បី​ទសវត្សរ៍​ហើយ។
កាល​ពី​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ចុង​ក្រោយ ខែ​កក្កដា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣ គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា របស់​លោក បាន​ធ្លាក់​ប្រជាប្រិយភាព និង​សំឡេង​ឆ្នោត។ លទ្ធផល​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣ គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ទទួល​បាន ៦៣​អាសនៈ ធ្លាក់​ចុះ​ពី ៩០​អាសនៈ។
អ្នក​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​ការ​អភិវឌ្ឍ​សង្គម លោក​បណ្ឌិត កែម ឡី បញ្ជាក់​ថា ក្នុង​រយៈពេល​បី​ទសវត្សរ៍​ក្រោម​ការ​ដឹក​នាំ​របស់ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន មាន​ផល​វិជ្ជមាន និង​ផល​អវិជ្ជមាន៖ «ការ​គ្រប់គ្រង​ប្រទេស និង​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច វា​ស្មើ​សូន្យ ហេតុ​អ្វី​យើង​បាន​មួយ​វា​បាត់​មួយ យើង​បាន​ហេដ្ឋារចនាសម្ព័ន្ធ ប៉ុន្តែ​យើង​បាត់​ធនធាន​ធម្មជាតិ យើង​បាន​នូវ​ស្ថិរភាព​សន្តិសុខ យើង​បំផ្លាញ​សីលធម៌ យើង​មាន​ហានិភ័យ​ជាតិ​ធំៗ​ទាក់ទង​នឹង​ដែន​ដី»

Starting a Business in Cambodia Is Getting Harder, Report Says

BY  | OCTOBER 30, 2014
Almost every aspect of starting or operating a business in Cambodia is becoming more difficult, according to a World Bank report released Wednesday.
Compared to last year, Cambodia dropped in nine out of 10 categories used to measure the ease of doing business in the country, according to the report, “Doing Business 2015,” which surveyed 189 countries. Cambodia’s overall ranking fell from 134 last year to 135 this year.
The report ranks the ease of starting a business, dealing with construction permits, setting up electricity, registering property, accessing credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.
Only in the category of enforcing contracts did Cambodia maintain the same rank as in 2013: 178.
In the category of starting a business, Cambodia fell from 183 to 184, ahead of only Chad, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Republic, Haiti and Burma.
“Starting a business in Cambodia requires 11 procedures, takes 101.0 days, costs 139.5 percent of income per capita and requires paid-in minimum capital of 26.1 percent of income per capita,” the report says.
“Cambodia made starting a business more difficult by introducing a requirement for a company name check at the Department of Intellectual Property and by increasing the costs both for getting registration documents approved and stamped by the Phnom Penh Tax Department and for completing incorporation with the commercial registrar,” it says.

Prayuth to make first visit

Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha
Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha next to the Thai flag as he arrives at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on October 16, in Milan, Italy. AFP
Analysis
When then-Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha launched a bloodless coup d’etat against a caretaker government on May 22, the Cambodian government at first reacted cautiously.
On the night of the coup, a spokesman said it hoped the military takeover would be “transitional”.
But despite his administration’s close links with the deposed Thai premier, Yingluck Shinawatra, and her brother Thaksin – and its prickly relationship with the Thai military – Prime Minister Hun Sen soon made a series of conciliatory gestures that suggested he recognised that the junta was here to stay.
Today, Prayuth was to arrive in Cambodia for his first official visit since being appointed prime minister by a military-majority National Assembly in August. He was personally invited by Hun Sen on the sidelines of an Asia-Europe summit in Milan earlier this month.
The two-day visit is being hailed as another possible turning point in Cambodia-Thai relations, which have long fluctuated in line with the revolving door of turbulent Thai politics.
“The visit of PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to Cambodia will not only be crucial for the immediate future of Thai-Cambodian relations, it will set the tone for relations over the next few years,” said Paul Chambers of the Institute of Southeast Asian Affairs, affiliated with Chiang Mai University.
“Why? Because both the Thai military and Hun Sen are likely to remain the power brokers in their respective countries over the next several years.”

‘Unity’ key in King’s message

King Norodom Sihamoni outside the Royal Palace yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of his coronation in 2004
King Norodom Sihamoni outside the Royal Palace yesterday to mark the 10th anniversary of his coronation in 2004. In his speech, he appealed for unity and political stability. Vireak Mai
Tens of thousands of well-wishers took to the streets near the Royal Palace yesterday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the coronation of King Norodom Sihamoni.
An estimated 20,000 people watched as traditional dancers performed in front of the King, Prime Minister Hun Sen and an entourage of senior government officials seated conspicuously along the wall at the main entrance to the palace.
Members of the military, civil service and the public thronged through the park adjacent to the palace, singing nationalistic songs calling for the awakening of the Khmer people and the safeguarding of Cambodia’s territorial integrity – a theme that permeated the event.
King Sihamoni in his speech to the crowd thanked the Cambodian People’s Party government of Hun Sen for marking the anniversary, and urged the CPP and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party to continue to work together for the sake of stability, development and national unity.
“I would like to express my respect and my appreciation to the senators, parliamentarians, the government and all leaders of the government’s ministries who organised the 10th anniversary of my coronation in a situation of political stability and fully-guaranteed national security,” he said.
“Given this opportunity, I would like to appeal to all Cambodian people to unite as one under the umbrella of the constitution and rule of law … no enemy will encroach on our territorial sovereignty while we are united as one.”

Fireworks Kill 1 at Celebration for Cambodian King

Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni (C) greets people from the Royal Palace during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of his coronation, in Phnom Penh October 29, 2014.
Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni (C) greets people from the Royal Palace during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of his coronation, in Phnom Penh October 29, 2014.
Heng Reaksmey October 29, 2014 

PHNOM PENH—A fireworks accident in Cambodia has killed one person and injured at least seven others at a celebration marking the 10th anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni's coronation.
The accident happened late Wednesday when firework canisters exploded, scattering metal pieces through a crowd.  The incident is being investigated, but officials have said a technical problem is suspected.
Around 1,000 people, including government officials, students and civil servants, gathered in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday for the celebration.

The current king took the throne after his father, Norodom Sihanouk, abdicated in 2004.  Members of the crowd held balloons, Cambodian flags or bouquets of flowers, as Sihamoni gave a speech that appealed for unity, peace and political stability.
Some analysts say the king has made some important decisions since his crowning, although he has fallen short of the historical fame, or infamy, of his father, who died in 2012.
“The king stays far away from politics, in accordance with the constitution,” said Sok Touch, dean of Khemarak University. “But the king plays a role for compromise in politics.  The king is a shadow of the politicians, and he stays neutral.”

Cambodia Arrests US Deserter Sought in Sex Crimes

Police in Cambodia said Wednesday they have arrested a man identified by media there as a U.S. Army deserter wanted in the U.S. state of Florida for offenses involving child pornography.
Col. Oum Phy, deputy police chief in northeastern Kratie province, said Michael Edward Harris was arrested there Tuesday at the request of the Interior Ministry, though he did not know why. Interior Ministry officials could not be contacted for more details.
Court documents in Orlando, Florida, show Harris was arrested in February 2013 on 44 counts of possessing child pornography. According to the arrest affidavit, investigators determined that Harris had downloaded to his computer eight files containing child pornography. They executed a search warrant of his home in March 2013 and found a thumb drive with more pornographic images, it said.
Harris posted an $8,400 bond. When he failed to show up for a January 2014 hearing, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

A Student Killed in Firework Mishap in King's Coronation Ceremony ​ខួប​...

Sam Rainsy's speech in Doung Village, Banon district, Battambang






Post by Special Reporter.




State Councillor Yang Jiechi tells Vietnam to stop 'hyping up' oil rig tensions

Sharp remarks by State Councillor Yang Jiechi suggest little progress was made in resolving oil rig dispute in meetings with Hanoi officials
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 June, 2014, 2:04pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 June, 2014, 9:56am
A senior Chinese official told Hanoi yesterday to stop "hyping up" tensions over an oil rig that Beijing has placed off Vietnam's coast, in remarks indicating that the two countries are still trapped in a diplomatic quagmire over the South China Sea.
State Councillor Yang Jiechi was in Hanoi for the highest-level talks between the two countries since the oil rig deployment early last month caused a nosedive in relations.
The discussions were seen as an attempt to contain the worst diplomatic crisis between the ideological allies in decades. But analysts said Yang's sharp remarks indicated no progress was made during the one-day trip.
In a move that could further stoke tensions, China's Marine Safety Administration announced on its website that another drilling platform, Nanhai No9, would be moved close to Vietnam's coast by tomorrow.
Coordinates released by the administration indicate the area is close to the Gulf of Tonkin, where the countries are negotiating on possible joint development projects. It is not clear if the rig will be in disputed waters.
During a meeting with Yang, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged China to withdraw the rig Haiyang 981 and told Yang that China's behaviour severely violated Vietnam's sovereignty and offended the Vietnamese people, according to the state-run Vietnam News Agency.
But in another meeting with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Yang reiterated that oil rig 981 had been operating within an area of Chinese sovereignty and the current difficulty in the bilateral relationship was a result of Vietnam's "illegal disruptions", according to a summary of the meeting posted on the Chinese foreign ministry's website.
China would adopt all necessary measures to protect its sovereignty and maritime rights, and Vietnam should stop "illegally" disrupting the Chinese operation, Yang said, indicating the oil rig would remain in the location until August 15 as planned.
Vietnam, he added, should stop hyping up the problems and properly handle the aftermath of anti-China riots last month.
The oil platform is about 32km from the China-controlled Paracel Islands, which Vietnam also claims, and 278km from the Vietnam coast. Its deployment has badly strained relations and ships of the two countries, both government and civilian, have frequently clashed or collided.

Risking China’s Ire, India Signs Defense and Oil Deals With Vietnam

By The Tim MagazineVietnam's PM Dung waves next to his Indian counterpart Modi at the forecourt of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New DelhiVietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung waves next to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during Dung's ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India's presidential palace in New Delhi on Oct. 28, 2014Adnan Abidi—Reuters

The agreements were signed during a visit to India by the Vietnamese Prime Minister

The announcement came during Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s two-day visit to India, during which his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi pledged to “quickly operationalize” the $100 million line of credit established during Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Hanoi in September.On Tuesday, India pledged to supply naval vessels to Vietnam and also secured oil exploration rights from Hanoi in parts of the contentious South China Sea, in moves that promise to ruffle a few feathers in Beijing.

Along with an expedited sale of four offshore patrol ships, India will also take up enhanced training programs for the Vietnamese military, according to the Economic Times.
The agreements come at a time when the Vietnam, along with several other Southeast Asian nations, is locked in territorial disputes with Beijing over territorial claims in the South China Sea.

India to supply Vietnam with naval vessels amid China disputes

PM Nguyen Tan Dung and Indian President Narendra Modi at the the meeting (Photo: VNA)
Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, ET Bureau Oct 28, 2014,
NEW DELHI: India and Vietnam today decided to boost their defence and strategic partnership that will see supply of four naval patrol vessels to Hanoi as part of $100 million Line of Credit (LoC) signed last month and enhancement in training program for the military of Southeast Asian nation. The two countries also decided to ramp up cooperation in the field of hydrocarbon, civil nuclear energy and space.
"Our defence cooperation with Vietnam is among our most important ones. India remains committed to the modernisation of Vietnam's defence and security forces," Modi said following his talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung here. Dung is here on a two-day visit close on the heels of President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Vietnam when MoU for 100-bn $LoC in defence was signed.
The two sides signed seven agreements following talks which included two pacts in oil exploration sector besides agreements in the field of culture, tourism and English language training. Notwithstanding Chinese objections, Vietnam offered India rights for exploration in two additional oil and gas blocks in the South ChinaSea region. In a quick reaction, Beijing warned that it will firmly oppose any exploration activity in South China Sea if it undermines its "sovereignty and interests".
The scope of India-Vietnam defence ties will be enhanced and this includes expansion of training programme, which is already very substantial, joint exercises and cooperation in defence equipment, official sources said.
The decision between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, who held wide-ranging talks towards transforming ties to comprehensive partnership, to boost defence and security ties happened amid China's aggression in the region.

Opportunities for Cambodian firms

Rice exports on Street 118 earlier this year
Rice exports on Street 118 earlier this year. The World Bank and the Asian Development Bank published a report that will help Cambodian importers and exporters be more competitive. Eli Meixler
The present favourable economic environment offers a unique opportunity for Cambodia to establish a competitive investment climate and create more and better jobs for the Cambodian people. An attractive investment climate would help sustain investment flows and export competitiveness in the face of rising wages, competing investment destinations in East Asia and the gradual erosion of preferential access to the EU market.
To help policymakers focus on the most urgent investment issues facing Cambodia, the World Bank Group and Asian Development Bank have just published a joint 2014 Cambodia Investment Climate Report (ICA), the first such report since 2009. It suggests ways to improve incentives for firms trying to invest in Cambodia or expand their business here. This latest ICA provides an in-depth survey of Cambodian firms – formal and informal, rural and urban – across a broad geographic footprint, offering a rich source of material and recommendations for policymakers.
One of the most important constraints to doing business in Cambodia is electricity. Not only is electricity more expensive in Cambodia than most neighbouring countries, but the supply can be intermittent – especially in the special economic zones (SEZs) located near the country’s borders. This means that many manufacturers are forced to rely on generators to supply their power needs.
Overriding these problems is the fact that Cambodia’s power distribution losses as a percentage of output are higher than other countries and have more than doubled since 2004.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

[Cambodian] Villagers Claim Torture by Thai Soldiers After Their Release [Thai soldiers are the worst human rights abusers in Asia] [video inside]

BY  | OCTOBER 29, 2014
Three Cambodian men arrested in Thailand last week were returned to Preah Vihear province on Monday and claim they were tortured by the Thai military before being released, according to a military colonel in the area who provided a video of the men’s accounts.
The three men were handed over to Cambodian authorities at the An Ses border crossing, said Choam Ksan district Governor Chea Kimseng.
“[Monday] at 11:30 a.m., we received three of our villagers from the Thai authorities,” Mr. Kimseng said.
According to a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) colonel stationed at the border, the three men said they were arrested in Thailand on Thursday while searching for wild vegetables.
The colonel, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with the media, said the men told him that Thai soldiers persuaded one of the men to admit he was a Cambodian soldier in order to expedite his transfer back home.
But once he confessed, the colonel said, the Thai soldiers tortured them to get information about the location of Cambodian military troops and supplies.
“The Thai soldiers used pliers to pull out both of his big toenails in order to extract a confession,” the colonel said.
In a video provided by the RCAF colonel, two men say they are among the three returned from Thailand and go on to describe their experiences.
“The Thai soldiers hit my mouth with a belt and they stepped on [my feet] and pulled [my toenails] out using pliers,” one of the men says, without giving his name.

CNRP youth take offer to battle ISIS to US senator [Soung Sophorn is brave, but he is naive and misinformed]

Cambodia National Rescue Party youth member Soung Sophorn
Cambodia National Rescue Party youth member Soung Sophorn talks to the media last year. Soung Sophorn is one of the 50 CNRP youth who is offering to fight Islamic Militants. PHNOM PENH POST
A former opposition party candidate leading a band of youth activists that want to join the US-led fight against the so-called Islamic State has submitted a petition to prominent Republican Senator Ted Cruz asking for support.
Soung Sophorn, 27, the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s failed candidate in Pailin province last election, said he asked Cruz to pass on the group’s request to fight the militants, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, to US President Barack Obama.
While he claims that Cruz replied and promised to write back next month, Sophorn would not provide copies of emails to the Post.
“The important point is that we asked to join [the US] to eliminate jihad, which is an international disease,” Sophorn said, adding that he would soon campaign in the provinces to draw more recruits.
The activist claims to have been put in touch with Cruz by a Cambodian friend in the US who knows him. Spokespeople for Cruz – a possible presidential election candidate in 2016 who has said the US should bomb ISIS “back to the Stone Age” – had not responded to a request for comment as of press time.
The youths’ quixotic quest – which they hope will earn them the US’ “help” in regaining the island of Phu Quoc, or Koh Tral, from Vietnam – has reflected poorly on CNRP leadership, according to some analysts.
But party public affairs head Mu Sochua yesterday said that although she had tried to dissuade Sophorn, “he was acting on his own”.
“Even though he [was] an [election] candidate, he’s still an individual,” she said.

Cambodian Opposition Lawmaker Wants Probe of Nepotism Claims

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Son Chhay (R), senior member of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, speaks to supporters during a general election campaign in Phnom Penh, July 14, 2013.
 AFP
A senior Cambodian opposition lawmaker has lodged a complaint against a high-ranking, ruling-party official in parliament, accusing him of corruption and nepotism, but is frustrated by the lack of response.


Son Chhay, from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), charged that Mith Karen, parliament’s deputy secretary general and member of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), used his influence to appoint family members to positions in the legislature’s secretariat.



Son Chhay, who is deputy president of the parliament’s Commission on Economics, Finance, Banking and Auditing, submitted the complaint letter to Leng Peng Long, the secretary-general of parliament or National Assembly, on Oct. 21.



“The National Assembly has not taken any action in response to my compliant,” he told RFA’s Khmer Service.



His letter claimed seven of Mith Karen’s relatives were working for the National Assembly secretariat.



He listed them as son-in-law Hang Vicheat, the general director of finance and administration; son Ren Sovana, the deputy director of the finance department; daughter Mith Timean, the internal inspector general; nephew Mith Chanlinda, the inspector director; brother-in-law Hai Semi, a logistics official; ex-brother-in-law Ear Tharady, a personnel director; and son-in-law Tha Lymi, deputy director of the payroll department. 



The Phnom Penh Post newspaper quoted Son Chhay as saying that there could be “more than 20” of Mith Karen’s relatives working in the secretariat.

Opposition leader in public meeting in Banan district, Battambang province




Reign of the quiet king

Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni sits on his throne beside his crown and sword during his coronation ceremony at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on October 29, 2004
Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni sits on his throne beside his crown and sword during his coronation ceremony at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Today marks the 10th anniversary since the King was formally sworn in as monarch. AFP
The King eats alone.
After he wakes in his en-suite bedroom in the Royal Palace, he either skips breakfast or has a small snack before launching into the obligations of the day. He has a light lunch and, for dinner, when he isn’t playing host, just fruit.
Ten years ago today, King Norodom Sihamoni was crowned after his father, the charismatic Norodom Sihanouk, abdicated for the second and final time. The new king was bathed by his parents in water from Phnom Kulen and carried through the palace gardens on a palanquin. A conch was blown and fireworks lit up the sky.
It was a splashy start to what has been a quiet decade.
Little is known about Sihamoni, but interviews with advisers and close associates paint a picture of a reflective, deliberate and cultured man who never wanted to be king, but took on the role graciously, keeping his old friends close and appeasing traditional enemies.
He is an abstemious king, a religious king, but far from an almighty one, as his father and the god-kings before him had been.
He shares his lifelong passion for the arts with his father, a prolific filmmaker. But unlike Sihanouk, who delighted in French wines and gourmet cuisine, Sihamoni is a man of simple tastes.
“Sometimes he has chocolate – when he breaks his rules – especially chocolates from Europe,” said a source close to the palace, who asked not to be named.
Oum Daravuth, an adviser to the secretariat of the Queen Mother Norodom Monineath, said lunch is “rice with fish and vegetables”, and that Sihamoni is “always eating alone”.
As head of state, the King has a tight schedule, explained Julio Jeldres, the former personal secretary and official biographer of Sihanouk, in an email.
He receives official delegations and letters from ambassadors. He meets visitors who come to the country as guests of the government. He reads and signs decrees and laws.
Twice a week, he meets with Prime Minister Hun Sen for an official government briefing.

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ដោយ៖​ ញឹម សុខន​ | ថ្ងៃអង្គារ ទី28 តុលា 2014, 

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