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(31-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue63,Page17)

Representatives of 273 ethnic Bunong families from Mondolkiri province submitted a petition yesterday to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet in Phnom Penh, seeking the cancellation of an economic land concession they say has infringed on their ancestral lands. The government awarded the Villa Development Company a 728-hectare concession in 2011 to develop a rubber plantation in Sen Monorom City. Local villagers, however, complain that the company is clearing their resin trees and sacred forests on hundreds of hectares of land outside of its designated concession area in Sokdum commune.

(31-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue63,Page17)

About 200 villagers involved in a protracted land dispute with a rubber company blocked National Road 7 in Tboung Khmum province;s Memot district yesterday to demand titles to land they say they have lived on since 1980.Holding images of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife, Bun Rany, the villagers blocked the major highway from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in front of the district offices and blasted their demands through loudspeakers.

(31-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue63,Page16)

Residents Praise Roundup of Illegal Vietnamese A convoy of police vehicle snaked through Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak II commune yesterday afternoon, stopping at three different location to arrest a total of 12 Vietnamese nationals living illegally in the country, as part of an ongoing nationwide census of foreigners.The two-hour operation was led by Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, and included raids on a garage and a private home on Street 132, and a cafe on Street 598.

(31-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue63,Page16)

After setting up a working group specifically to include some of the country’s more militant union in wage negotiations for the garment sector that it has thrown out unions’ demand for a $140 minimum wage in favor of lower recommendation coming from the government and factory owners.A group of nine union leaders, nine factory representatives and nine government officials—a committee formed to help find common ground on a new wage for the embattled garment sector—held a secret vote on Thursday to choose among three options for a new minimum wage: $110, proposed by factory owners; $121, proposed by the government; or $140, from the unions.

(31-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue63,Page2)

New Thai Prime Minister Pays Official Visit PM Hun Sen yesterday laid out the red carpet for Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan Ocha as Thailand’s leader paid his first visit to Cambodia after seizing power in military coup in May.Mr. Hun Sen—a long-time ally of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose sister Yingluck Shinawatra was ousted in the May coup—warmly welcomed the former army chief to his office building in Phnom Penh, known as the Peace Palace.

(31-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

More than 300 People from communities in a land dispute with Memot Rubber Plantation Co, blocked a portion of National Road in Tboung Khnom province’s Tbong Khmum district yesterday to put pressure on authorities to grant them legal land titles.

(31-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Rather than reaching a consensus on next year’s minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment sector as they were instructed, a tripartite working group will file two suggestions for the wage to the Ministry of Labor, neither supported by unions.

(31-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Cambodia rolls out red carpet for Prayuth In a bid to reset its contentious relationship with Thai military, Cambodia yesterday laid out a lavish welcome for Thai coup leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan Ocha on His maiden visit to the kingdom, which was hailed by the government as historic.With Thai flags flying at full staff outside the Peace Palace, General Prayuth was warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Hun Sen in the opulent reception hall with a brass band, honour guard and a line of bowing foreign diplomats.

(30-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue62,Page2)

A man was killed and seven others were injured last night when fireworks marking the 10-year anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni’s coronation misfired, Sending shrapnel toward revelers in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva district, official said.

(30-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue62,Page17)

A group of union leaders factory owner and government representatives set up to negotiate a recommendation for a new minimum wage in the garment sector is due to meet today for a vote on a final figure, according to those involved in the talks.