Building a medical system without a foundation?

Among Cambodia’s 11 registered medical schools, many lack basic resources for hands-on training – including cadavers. As a result, instructors, doctors and students worry about the future of the profession in a country already distrustful of its health care system

Cambodia worst in region for rule of law: report

Cambodia ranked 112 out of 113 countries surveyed globally and dead last in the East Asia and Pacific region when it comes to the perceived rule of law, a new report released today states.

NBC survey shows riel perceptions

The central bank released its first-ever national study yesterday on perceptions and usage of the riel and foreign currencies in Cambodia, which aimed at not only understanding existing trends, but also at steering future financial legislation to boost the circulation of Cambodia’s national currency.

US fraudsters found guilty

A former US ambassador to the UN and a late New York state assemblyman were among four men found guilty in absentia yesterday and sentenced to a year each in prison for defrauding a local businesswoman out of $1 million in 2012.

Pastor in Siem Reap arrested over child sex abuse

A South Korean national who was the pastor of two churches in Siem Reap town was arrested yesterday after police received a tip-off that he had allegedly been sexually abusing children for “many years”, authorities said.

Tourism gears for China rising

Cambodia is working to develop more facilities for Chinese tourists, including an accreditation system for tourism establishments, as part of its “China-Ready” strategy announced in May.

Rape, threats recalled at KRT

For Preap Sokhoeum, marriage and childbearing was a grisly affair.

Airports handle more passengers and cargo

The number of passengers handled by Cambodian airports grew by 6.2 percent to 5 million during the first nine months of the year, while cargo tonnage increased by 21.3 percent, reaching 35,125 tonnes, according to Cambodia Airports’ monthly newsletter.

Plans for Peace Accord rally on Sunday remain up in air

Plans for a thousands-strong CNRP-led rally to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords in Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park on Sunday remained up in the air yesterday, with the Ministry of Interior maintaining it had received no request for such a gathering.

Cambodian rice exports cause a stir in Italy

Ente Nazionale Risi (ENR), Italy’s national rice agency, has raised concern over increased European rice imports from countries such as Cambodia, according to rice industry publication Oryza.

Forestry crimes triple, but fines down: report

Illegal forest clearing is taking place at about three times the rate it did last year, but fines for forestry and wildlife crimes have fallen dramatically, according to a progress report released last week by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries (MAFF).

Agro SEZ to grow China exports

A Chinese firm plans to invest at least $2 billion into developing the Kingdom’s first special economic zone geared entirely for agro-processing and storage, with the sprawling zone’s factories and warehouses aimed at meeting the growing potential for Cambodia to export its agricultural produce to buyers in Asia’s biggest economy.

Mondulkiri officials in land row

The director of Mondulkiri’s provincial department of mines and energy yesterday vowed to sue his counterpart in the department of culture and fine arts for defamation, saying he had falsely accused him of seizing two hectares of land in Sen Monorom town.

Casinos pay $37.4M in tax during first 9 months

Tax revenue from Cambodia’s 69 licensed casinos reached $37.4 million for the first nine months of the year, growing 35.5 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a report from the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Four more drowning fatalities

Four children aged between 8 and 12 died in separate drowning incidents in three different provinces on Wednesday, increasing the number of drowning deaths to 16 so far this month.

Angel investors return to help start-ups take flight

Investors from the Mekong Angel Investor Network (MAIN) will arrive in Cambodia today for the group’s third official visit to the Kingdom, with its members scheduled to meet entrepreneurs in Siem Reap before heading to Phnom Penh to hear startup pitches – and possibly sink funds into the projects.

Drug arrests spike 70%

The number of drug arrests across Cambodia since last November rose nearly 70 percent compared to the same period a year ago, yielding some 111 kilos of confiscated drugs, according to a preliminary report by the National Authority for Combating Drugs.

Low marks for Cambodia’s efforts to combat illicit trade

Cambodia ranked third-worst for illicit trade out of 17 countries in the Asia-Pacific region in a recently released index by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) that analysed governments’ abilities to combat illegal trade operations.

Farmer arrested in Kep girl’s murder

Kep authorities on Wednesday arrested a 25-year-old man in connection to the brutal murder of a 7-year-old girl who was apparently killed over a pair of earrings worth about $0.60.

Chinese dual tax burden relieved

An extensive tax treaty that would shield Chinese businesses operating in the Kingdom from double taxation, and vice versa, has been drafted and is expected to be approved imminently, according to a senior Cambodian tax official.

Shipment of live civets seized en route to Vietnam

Thirty-five live common palm civets were seized in a crackdown in Kandal province’s Koh Thom district yesterday and have been handed over to the NGO Wildlife Alliance.

Local distiller ready for infusion of funds

Samai Distillery, Cambodia’s first and only rum producer, is close to securing upwards of $1 million from foreign investors to expand its business operations and production capacity, a move that could see its products sold internationally, the company said.

Job site seeks to curb dangerous migration

The NGO Open Institute has launched a new online service that aims to help Cambodian unskilled labourers find jobs within the country as part of an effort to discourage worker migration in hopes of reducing human trafficking.

Repo auction offers quick liquidity fix

The National Bank of Cambodia rolled out a new mechanism yesterday that offers immediate liquidity to financial institutions to cover their payments and reserve obligations, while giving the central bank greater control over the country’s money supply and moving toward the establishment of a benchmark interest rate.

Workers hurt, killed in crashes

At least 20 garment workers were injured yesterday in Takeo province’s Tram Kak district, a day after an agricultural worker was killed in a similar road accident.

Sihanoukville casino gambled with an expired licence

Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities have ordered a casino that operated in Sihanoukville shut down after it failed to renew its operating licence, local media reported yesterday.