According to a letter from His Majesty the King Father Norodom Sihanouk to his son
His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni dated May 25, the scientific name for Sihanouk's
chemotherapy treatment he is currently undergoing in Beijing is RITUXIMAB THERAPY.
** The Ministry off National Assembly - Senate Relations and Inspection has not been
completed yet but it has a nickname already: Krasoon Men Sam An.
** Sources along the riverfront say that rumors are circulating that the Municipality
has a plan to solve the increasingly snarled traffic along Sisowath Quay. Rather
than enforce the no parking regulations or use the old Funcinpec-initiated plan of
making the street one-way, as was done in 1993, the new proposal is to widen the
road by eating up some of the sidewalk along the river.
** On March 21, 2005, the Royal Government passed a decree that lists the following
animals and plants as "symbols" of the Kingdom of Cambodia: Kouprey (Bos
Sauveli), Giant Ibis (Pseudibis Gigantea), Royal Turtle (Batagur Baska), Mekong Carp
(Catlocarpio Siamensis), Sugar Palm (Borassus Flabellifer), and Chicken Egg Banana
** Mercy sakes alive! Tempers are getting a bit heated among some donors. Sources
say DANIDA's Mogens Christensen "flew off the handle" and "raked over
the coals" USAID's Paul Randolph at a donor meeting this week. At issue was
USAID's plans to fund a local governance project that would involve working with
the Commune Councils. As many as ten donors - mostly European - have been providing
funds to support and strengthen the Commune Councils. One beef is that the USAID
project will allegedly set up an entirely new parallel structure to that already
in existence. USAID cannot comment publicly on the project as bidding is still underway.
** A new 32MW power plant was inaugurated on June 9 at Stung Meanchey that increases
by 35% the National Grid System's total capacity. The press were invited to cover
the opening, but they had difficulty finding anyone who would answer questions. However,
there was someone handing out a flyer suggesting what questions to ask.
** One company's director says his new secretary is on a steep learning curve. She
came in to his office and told him that "Three women from Hell" wanted
to see him. It turned out they were from Helen Keller International.
** Curious minds want to know what the deal is with the CMAC guys clearing UXOs at
the new Ariston golf course in Sihanoukville?