Unrelenting rains

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Provinces nationwide – particularly those along the Cambodia-Thailand border – are likely to experience more flooding as a result of a low-pressure system that is expected to bring rain across the country, according to a forecast from the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology. The low-pressure system is currently in the South China Sea moving towards the coast of Vietnam, and is expected to make its way to the Philippines. Cambodia will start seeing the effects of the system from Friday through October 22, according to an announcement.
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Stung Meanchey canal residents get land titles

Source: Khmer Times

Stung Meanchey residents meet with city officials. Supplied

City Hall has announced that more than 500 families who live along the Stung Meanchey canal will get long-awaited land titles after the waterway is developed.

On Friday, City Hall held a public forum with villagers living along the canal to present its plans to develop the area and then issue them land titles.

Deputy governor Mean Chanyada said a 1,350 stretch of the canal, which spans Meanchey and Sen Sok districts and has 562 homes along it, will be developed.

The developments will include drainage infrastructure and new roads, he said.

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Delay to questioning sought in Kem Ley donation case

Source: Khmer Times

Moeun Tola. Supplied

Two members of a former funeral and stupa committee for slain political analyst Kem Ley yesterday requested a delay to their questioning at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, sparked by a complaint from the Cambodian Youth Party over their handling of donations.

According to a request submitted to the court by their lawyers, Moeun Tola and Pa Nguon Tean have requested a delay to their questioning.

Mr Tola said he had not received any summons from the court because they must have delivered it to the wrong address.

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Olympic-size walkway

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Plans for a walkway within the Olympia City development project. Photo supplied

Construction crews will break ground this weekend on a new walkway overpass alongside Olympic Stadium as part of the Olympia City development project. The Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation (OCIC) and a municipal crew will begin work on the walkway, which will be at a five-way intersection where Charles de Gaulle Boulevard and Oknha Tep Phan Street meet.
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Ministry ups scrutiny of NGOs

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Interior Minister Sar Kheng speaks at a forum last week at the ministry’s headquarters in Phnom Penh. Heng Chivoan

The Interior Ministry has instructed provincial officials to urgently report any instances in which activities are carried out by any NGOs or grassroots associations without prior notification, adding that authorities can stop any planned events if they affect “public order and national security”.
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Campaign decries short contracts

Source: Khmer Times

Almost 1,000 workers came out to denounce short-term contracts on Saturday. Supplied

Nearly 1,000 workers from the Collective Union of Movement of Workers on Saturday kicked off a campaign to demand government intervention to end short-term contracts being peddled to a majority of garment workers.

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Japan to continue drainage project

Source: Khmer Times

A boy collects rubbish from a canal. KT/Mai Vireak

The Japan International Cooperation Agency yesterday said it plans to continue working with City Hall to clean drainage pipes to reduce flooding in the capital during heavy rainstorms.

City Hall and JICA workers began cleaning pipes around Wat Phnom last week following heavy floods from a week-long storm front.

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