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ADRA Cambodia conducts anti-smoking campaign

By: Ly Menghour The Mekong Times Posted: May-13-2008 in
Ly Menghour The Mekong Times

The campaign was organized by the Adventist Development Research Agency (ADRA) of Cambodia in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) to mark this year's Anti-Tobacco Day.

Anti-Tobacco Day is a global antismoking event held annually on May 31.

In Cambodia, Chbar Ampov High School, Chak Angre High School, Pong Teuk High School, Champu Vorn High School, Russey Keo High School and Chroy Changva High School were the focus of Anti- Tobacco Day.

Old Gas Pumps Can't Handle Ever-Rising Prices

By: Expat Advisory Posted: May-13-2008 in
Expat Advisory

It would appear that the designers of the American old-style meter pumps never imagined gas would cost more than $3.99 a gallon (3.8 liters, roughly).

As many as 8,500 of the America's 170,000 service stations have old-style meters that need to be fixed - about 17,000 individual pumps, according to the Petroleum Equipment Institute of Tulsa, Okla.

With new pumps costing between $10,000 and $15,000 each, the expense is not worth it for many station owners who, because of the relatively small profit margin on gas, are not making enough money to replace the pumps with electronic ones.

Illegal Trade across Vietnam-Cambodia Border

By: www.thanhniennews.com Posted: May-13-2008 in
www.thanhniennews.com

Amid escalating world oil prices, Vietnam's gasoline price, which is partly subsidized by the government, is lower than Cambodia's fuel by VND5,500-7,500 (US$0.34-0.46) per litre.

Vietnam's diesel and kerosene prices are also about VND3,000 ($0.19) cheaper.

An Giang Province's Market Management Department estimated some 40,000 to 60,000 litres of fuel were trafficked out of the province daily.

The department named An Phu District, Tinh Bien District and Chau Doc Town as localities where fuel smuggling is rife.

NGOs: Anti-tobacco Law Won't Harm Economy

By: Khoun Leakhana The Mekong Times Posted: May-07-2008 in
Khoun Leakhana The Mekong Times

An alliance of NGOs met yesterday at the National Pediatric Hospital to discuss tobacco control and to call for the swift passage of draft anti-tobacco legislation.

The group also took the opportunity to stress that stronger tobacco laws will not affect the economy as a whole.

"Cambodia, as a signatory to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, has an obligation to rapidly create and adopt policy on tobacco control," said Mom Kong, director of the Cambodia Movement for Health.

Indian Jailed for Siem Reap Motorbike Scam

By: IndianNews Posted: May-06-2008 in
IndianNews

An Indian national has been remanded in custody after he allegedly rented a motorbike for two days and twice tried to sell it for a plane ticket home, police said Tuesday.

Phoeurn Arun, chief of Siem Reap minor crime police, said Dhu Tait Parsad, 31, had rented the bike for $2 an hour and first tried to sell it for $750 and then $600.

Police investigated because the bike had no licence plates and arrested Parsad, who had lived in Cambodia for a decade.

'He says he wanted money for a plane ticket home to India,' Arun said.

Cambodia Promises Broken Rice Exports for Africa

By: Chun Sophal The Mekong Times Posted: April-30-2008 in
Chun Sophal The Mekong Times

This will be the first time Cambodia, a major rice producer with a surplus of over 2 million tons last year, has supplied rice to Africa since the 1970s.

Speaking at the inauguration of a KFC fast-food restaurant in Phnom Penh, Minister of Commerce Chan Prasidh told reporters that the deal "is the honor of poor Cambodia to help poor countries."

Allaying fears over supplies for Cambodians, Cham Prasidh said that "there is no problem in supplying broken rice to poor countries in Africa because Cambodian people do not eat this type of rice."

Cambodian-Foreign Marriages to be Allowed Again Soon

By: The Mekong Times Posted: April-30-2008 in
The Mekong Times

The temporary ban on marriages between foreign men and Cambodian women on March 29 should hopefully be resolved soon, officials said yesterday. Drafts of two sub-decrees stipulating the rules for weddings between foreign men and Cambodian women will be reviewed for a final decision in the near future, said You Ay, secretary of state for the Ministry of Women's Affairs.

NGO Warns of Lethal Roads during Khmer New Year

By: Khoun Leakhana The Mekong Times Posted: April-09-2008 in
Khoun Leakhana The Mekong Times

Tourism experts have announced that visitors to the Mekong Sub-region may be able to buy a single visa for visiting Cambodia and five of its neighbors by 2015.

At least four were killed and scores more injured each day on Cambodia's roads last year but the problems become particularly acute during New Year celebrations, according to an annual report released by HIB to mark its Road Safety Week.

Cambodia Weeds out Marijuana

By: Chun Sophal The Mekong Times Posted: April-09-2008 in
Chun Sophal The Mekong Times

NACD Secretary General Lou Ramin vowed to clean up the narcotics trade at and international drug control convention yesterday in Phnom Penh.

"We have gained victory in rooting out marijuana, but what we are worrying about is the trafficking of synthesized drugs secretly produced in the country," Lou Ramin said. "This is the first successful step in reducing drug trafficking in Cambodia, but [we] are not satisfied with the results as drug trafficking persists."

'Killing Fields' Journalist Dies

By: Expat Advisory Posted: April-01-2008 in
Expat Advisory

A photojournalist for The New York Times since his harrowing escape from the Khmer Rouge, Dith Pran died Sunday at a hospital in New Jersey from pancreatic cancer at the age of 65.

Reporting on the fall of Phnom Penh in 1975 with journalistic partner Sydney Schanberg, he was enslaved into forced labour camps and subsequently endured four years of torture, starvation and desperation. Upon escaping, he crossed the border into Thailand and moved to New York where he re-established his life.

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