Software giant Microsoft has become the first private donor for the Khmer Rouge trial,
a spokesman for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) said
on January 11.
Microsoft Singapore has contributed a donation of $100,000 to the United Nations
side of the ECCC budget to be used in the general operations budget, spokesman Peter
According to the ECCC, the donation by the Singapore division of Microsoft is the
first from a private source.
"The $100,000 from Microsoft Singapore was made towards the general operating
budget and came with no strings or restrictions," he was quoted as saying in
The $56-million dollar joint UN-Cambodian tribunal still faces a near $8-million
shortfall, mainly on the Cambodian side, and Foster said contributions from the private
sector were much appreciated.
Hundreds of vendors from Veal Yun market in the provincial town of Svay Rieng gathered
in front of the provincial hall on January 6 to protest against a newly authorized
local company charging higher fees for security and other services in 2007, newspapers
In a complaint sent to the provincial governor, vendors said the new company, owned
by businessman Hou Yan, is collecting $11 to $24 for security services per month
depending on the number of stalls a vendor operates. Last year he only charged $5
to $5.40 per vendor, Rasmei Kampuchea reported.
The vendors say they could not afford the new market taxation. They requested provincial
Restaurants in Battambang town are gearing up for the paddy rat season, a news agency
reported January 11.
"The last rice has just been harvested, so the rats are ready. They are coming
onto the market now, and the next three months while they are in season are very
good business for us," restaurateur Chhrut Hen, 24, told Deutsche Presse Agentur.
"We can make an extra $200 when rat is in season," Hen says. According
to Hen, only paddy rat is served, and not common city rats.
Vendors say those who have developed a taste for rat span all social classes. Hen
says her restaurant sells at least two kilograms of rat meat each night.
Ho Chi Minh City party chief Le Thanh Hai and Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema met
on January 11 to discuss cooperation projects between the two cities, a state-run
Vietnamese news agency reported.
Key projects include a new hospital - the Cho Ray-Phnom Penh Hospital - being built
on Phnom Penh's Street 51, a project to supply fertilizer to Cambodian farmers, rubber
plantation development projects, and projects in tourism and education.