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  • "Black Monday" activists continue protest with symbolic offerings to monks

    Boeung Kak and Borei Keila land rights activists yesterday continued their “Black Monday” protests by making offerings to seven monks, who were meant to symbolise seven detained human rights officials and political prisoners. The protest, which took place Monday morning at the Boeung Kak community, involved 50 land activists making offerings to the monks...

  • Mess of meth surprises during illicit moto bust

    A 23-year-old man who was a regular customer of a thief’s illicit business saw himself arrested on Sunday in the capital’s Meanchey district. Police had received a tip-off that the man had purchased a motorbike from the thief and tailed him to his home, only to uncover 71 packets of methamphetamine in the vehicle. Another... [full post]

  • Coca-Cola Cambodia celebrates development milestone with inauguration of new bottling plant

    Cambodia Beverage Company Ltd., a bottling unit of The Coca‑Cola Company, officially inaugurated a bottling facility in Phnom Penh yesterday as part of its previously announced US$100 million investment in Cambodia from 2015 to 2018. The event was presided by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia and Samdech Kittiprittbandit...

  • Huge raid, scant details

    Military police officers on Sunday raided a company contracted to clear land for soldiers in Preah Vihear province in an operation, led by military police chief Sao Sokha, that deployed 200 troops and three helicopters. Despite the huge display of force, a military police spokesman declined to release details of the mission, though a prominent... [full post]

  • Four capital districts to join new trash scheme

    Four capital districts are slated to agree to a new rubbish-collecting schedule with city contractor Cintri on Wednesday, according to the director of Phnom Penh waste disposal management, Mao Kolmardy. Kolmardy said Dangkor, Ch-bar Ampov, Chroy Changvar and Prek Pnov districts will join the city’s eight others under the agreement with the garbage...

  • Learning curve: Education minister vows better pay, training

    Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron yesterday vowed to bolster teacher salaries and improve training for educators at an international education conference held in Siem Reap. Naron attended the International Teacher Task Force event yesterday, which runs from December 3 to 7, with some 300 policymakers, practitioners and research and development partners...

  • Experts discuss dengue, Zika

    A health symposium hosted by the Pasteur Institute on containing and predicting dengue fever reflected on mixed results yesterday, while some experts took the opportunity to theorise on whether another headline-grabbing mosquito-borne virus – Zika – may already be present in the Kingdom. Tuseo Luciano, WHO malaria program director in Cambodia, said that...

  • Ex-cadre testifies on Sao Phim’s last stand

    Senior Khmer Rouge leader Sao Phim, who killed himself rather than be taken prisoner by the comrades who suspected him of treason, was said to have had his innards scooped out and his corpse stuffed with ice before it was paraded around on a horse cart, a Khmer Rouge tribunal witness testified yesterday. Sin Oeng,... [full post]

  • Sovantha gifts raise eyebrows

    Social media star Thy Sovantha’s announcement that she has received $3 million from international donors to fund a series of university scholarships yesterday prompted calls from civil society leaders for transparency about the source of the money. The claim of receiving $3 million, which is meant to fund 1,000 students, was made on the former... [full post]

  • Official’s car identified in fatal accident: police

    A car belonging to Oddar Meanchey Deputy Governor Vath Paranin was involved in the death of an 8-year-old boy in the province’s Samroang town, though a provincial official said Paranin was attending a provincial meeting at the time of the accident. Thou Sophea, director for Oddar Meanchey’s provincial traffic police, said the victim, Norn Knoy,... [full post]

  • Hollow-core precast concrete plant opened

    Cambodia's first hollow-core precast concrete factory was inaugurated yesterday in Kampong Speu province, according to local media reports. The factory, a joint venture of VCON Group and Phnom Penh Precast Plants, aims to supply the local construction sector with ready-made products for foundations and walls, including injection into existing beams and...

  • Cambodia’s Ka wins second ITF singles title

    Cambodia’s Andrea Ka won her second major singles title of the year by taking the $10,000 ITF Women’s Pro Circuit event in Hua Hin, Thailand, on Saturday. The 24-year-old France-born Cambodian right-hander produced a stunningly bold third-set tie-break following a love set after being swept away in the first set by top seed Chieu Yu... [full post]

  • Bold stare-down turns to belted beat-down

    A stare-down between two garment workers escalated rather quickly in Svay Rieng town on Sunday. The two strangers were separately having a drink with their groups of friends when their eyes locked across their tables. The coincidence was regarded as a challenge, leading to a tipsy tiff that escalated into a tussle, resulting in one... [full post]

  • Month-old mark finds football field fraudster

    As (ILL) luck would have it, a fraudster came face to face with the woman he had duped in the capital’s Daun Penh district on Saturday. The enterprising lady had sought the help of the 27-year-old-man in starting a football pitch. The crafty crook, however, promptly cut off his phone line before making good on... [full post]

  • Customs urged to move online

    Customs authorities should work quickly to adopt an envisioned online registration system for cross-border cargo shipments that would expedite delivery and cut out pesky middlemen who tack on unofficial fees, Transport Minister Sun Chanthol said yesterday. “Online registration is important because right now for the trucks crossing the border [everything is...

  • Tanncam takes stake in financial service firm

    Tanncam Investment Company, an Uzbeki-owned investment company registered in Cambodia, has agreed to purchase a 30 percent stake in financial services firm Cambodian Investment Management (CIM) and its related group companies for an undisclosed sum. The transaction will provide equity financing for CIM and its subsidiaries and affiliates: Cambodian...

  • Coca-Cola opens new $100M plant at capital economic zone

    Global beverage giant Coca-Cola officially inaugurated its new $100 million Cambodian production facility yesterday, significantly increasing its local bottling capacity while bolstering the confidence of foreign investors. The 25,000-square-metre factory, situated on 12.5 hectares in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone on the capital’s outskirts, replaces...

  • Top drug cop dubious of production claims

    A Joint operation between police in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo and Meanchey districts shut down a meth lab in Meanchey’s Boeung Tompun commune on Sunday night, which the nation’s top drug cop said would be the first bust of its kind this year if true. Russey Keo district police chief Tieng Chansar said that the... [full post]

  • Chief swiftly sentenced

    A Judge sentenced opposition commune chief Seang Chet to five years in prison yesterday for allegedly bribing the mistress of CNRP vice president Kem Sokha, though the local official’s wife said she hoped Sokha’s recent pardon in a related case was a sign her husband would soon go free. In a two-minute hearing at Phnom... [full post]

  • New National Assembly role for Sokha

    The Cambodia National Rescue Party said yesterday it plans to appoint acting president Kem Sokha to replace Sam Rainsy as head of the party’s lawmakers in the National Assembly but said the title of “minority leader” will still belong to Rainsy, who fled to France a year ago. The party’s intention to appoint Sokha to... [full post]

  • Analyst in CPP’s crosshairs

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and the CPP-aligned news media have launched a public and somewhat off-the-wall attack on academic and commentator Sophal Ear, a longtime government critic, goading him to leave America due to his criticisms of US president-elect Donald Trump before last month’s election. Ear described Trump as “autocratic” and a fellow traveller of...

  • Press ignoring ‘savage crackdown’ in US: Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday complained to US Ambassador William Heidt about the lack of attention from media and rights group being paid to what he termed a “savage crackdown” on protests against US president-elect Donald Trump in the US. Speaking at the opening of the new Coca-Cola factory in Phnom Penh, which the ambassador... [full post]

  • One injured in Siem Reap blaze

    A man was left with burns and a damaged spine yesterday after a fire broke out in the Garden Village Guesthouse in Siem Reap due to an “electrical malfunction”, police said. The town’s acting police chief, Da Chamroeun, said the fire had sent columns of smoke billowing out of the guesthouse and destroyed the upper... [full post]

  • RCAF officer jailed over harassment

    An RCAF officer was arrested yesterday for allegedly sexually assaulting a waitress in a beer garden in the capital’s Kraing Thnong commune on Sunday night. According to a district police officer who asked not to be named, a witness had seen the official – identified as 42-year-old Heng Sambath – get up and walk towards... [full post]

  • Tipsy teen attempts to cleave his own kin

    A pair of disheartened parents had no choice but to call the cops on their child after he chased them with a cleaver on Saturday in Kampot. The 19-year-old had returned home drunk that night, but instead of destroying random household objects as usual, he instead pursued his poor parents. His folks eventually ran to... [full post]

  • Four-on-four fistfight in international uproar

    Yet another drunken conflict erupted between two groups on Sunday, this time in a local restaurant in Preah Sihanouk province. A group of four Cambodians got into a verbal argument with a group of four Vietnamese counterparts, culminating in a brawl that could not be contained as glass containers were used to strike one another... [full post]

  • Breaking: Five years for chief tied to Sokha case

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Court this morning sentenced Sam Rainsy Party commune chief Seang Chet to five years in prison for a plot to bribe the purported mistress of CNRP leader Kem Sokha. Presiding judge Koa Vandy gave no details of the evidence against Chet, who was one of six people imprisoned for a supposed-scheme... [full post]

  • New skybridge construction kicks off

    Construction officially began on new additions to Kbal Thnal’s skybridge yesterday, with Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong overseeing the inauguration ceremony. Three new elevated roads will be connected to the original Kbal Thnal overpass over the course of the next 13 months, according to deputy city governor Suy Serith. The new roads will serve as... [full post]

  • Alcohol, anger fuel cleaver murder

    Drunken arguments ended in deaths in two separate cases in Preah Sihanouk and Kampong Speu provinces on Saturday, police said yesterday. In Preah Sihanouk’s Boeng Chum village, 42-year-old Vietnamese national, Hou Chiv Fung, was allegedly killed by a fellow countryman – identified as Yor Yang Ouk, 33 – who had thrown a cleaver at the... [full post]

  • Excavation prompts concerns in Pailin

    The ongoing excavation of the Phnom Preal hills in Pailin’s Sala Krao district has raised questions among villagers about its true purpose, despite authorities maintaining the work is purely for road construction reasons. According to villager Om Sam Ol excavation of the hills had been ongoing for weeks on end, prompting her to believe that... [full post]

  • Ministry questions brick factory report

    The Labour Ministry on Friday sidestepped evidence uncovered by rights group Licadho suggesting the use of debt bondage is rife in Cambodian brick factories, instead choosing to question the group’s methods. The statement, released in response to the group’s December 2 report Built on Slavery: Debt Bondage and Child Labour in Cambodia’s Brick Factories,...

  • Road blocked in Preah Sihanouk land protest

    Dozens of land-dispute demonstrators blocked National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk province yesterday, burning tyres in protest of a resettlement site that they said was too small. The protesters had previously been living around the Kbal Chhay waterfall and had been told to move to a relocation site inside the city after it was determined... [full post]

  • R’kiri tribe gets emotional

    A remote tribe in northeast Cambodia were crucial participants in a new study that concludes the way our bodies express emotions is universal, rather than dictated by the cultures in which we are raised. The work of four American psychologists, the finding is soon to be published in scientific journal Emotion. In order to conduct... [full post]

  • Million-dollar fire: Blaze wipes out capital auto shops

    The cause of a massive fire that destroyed three automobile shops and damaged 13 others in Depo Market in the capital’s Tuol Kork district on Saturday morning has not yet been identified due to “a lack of cooperation from the shop’s owner”, said Prom Yorn, director of the municipal fire department. “Until now, authorities are... [full post]

  • Ten busted in alleged garment truck heist

    Ten people were arrested on Saturday morning in Kampong Speu’s Chbar Mon commune for allegedly attempting to steal garments from a shipping container en route to Preah Sihanouk province for export to Europe, police officials said yesterday. According to Sok Khemarin, chief of the Ministry of Interior’s penal police department, authorities had launched a...

  • Neighbour plays hunch, chases down burglar

    A local lookout played the role of Good Samaritan on Saturday in Phnom Penh when he helped police apprehend a thief. The witness saw a suspicious man enter and exit a rental room, and decided to investigate the situation. He called for the skulking creep to stop, but the man removed all doubt of his... [full post]

  • Jewel thieves foolishly return to scene of crime

    A group of glamorous thieves targeted a jewellery vendor in Kandal’s Koh Thom district on Thursday, but were picked up by police for trying to profit off the pilfered goods the next day. Police said the bold burglars broke into a shop at the local market before returning the very next day to try to... [full post]

  • Thieves who took their time will be doing time

    A group of burglars without a getaway plan were arrested by police on Sunday in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district. The thieving quartet allegedly broke into a student’s room to steal a computer – and the wifi modem for good measure. While the heist was successful, the poorly planned escape saw the thieves waiting patiently... [full post]

  • Mix-up puts couple on wrong end of the stick

    A bathroom break almost ended with broken bones for one Phnom Penh couple who got caught in a case of mistaken identity on Saturday night. The pair pulled over to relieve themselves when six manic men materialised, armed with sticks. They began beating the hapless passersby, who eventually managed to mount their motorbike and make... [full post]

  • Hot merchandise ends up burning capital trio

    Associating with criminals didn’t pay off for one trio of motorbike buyers who were arrested for allegedly purchasing stolen goods in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Saturday. Police were trying to track down a stolen motorbike, but the thief said he had already turned a profit and sold it to somebody else. Following the... [full post]

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