National Council for Sustainable Development official Tin Ponlok (left) shakes hands with the vice president of the China National Nuclear Corporation, Wang Jinfeng, after discussing a draft nuclear agreement. Facebook
Thu, 17 August 2017

Chinese nuclear pact in the works

Cambodia and China are close to inking an agreement that would bring the Kingdom another step closer to developing its own nuclear technology, officials said yesterday, although it would not be used initially to bolster its electric

Detainees sit on the steps of a building at Phnom Penh’s Prey Speu detention centre last year.
Thu, 17 August 2017

Population at notorious Prey Speu detention centre twice capacity, UN envoy says

Conditions at the notorious Prey Speu detention centre have deteriorated drastically in the past year, according to UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith, who yesterday said the number of detainees had swollen to more than 500 – nearly

Cambodian Navy officials drink beer as they enjoy a lunch break after a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday in Stung Treng province. Facebook
Thu, 17 August 2017

Hun Sen announces ‘new’ brigade

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday announced the formation of a “new” infantry brigade in Stung Treng and the deployment of naval assets to the province following recent border frictions with Laos in the area. Defence Ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat, however, later explained that existing troops would staff the announced brigade, and claimed the moves were not in response to any threats posed by Lao troops, declaring the recent flare-up was “solved”. Dressed in a military uniform displaying his five-star general rank, the premier revealed the plans while visiting soldiers in the province, where long-running border tension culminated on Friday with an ultimatum to Laos ...

Environment Minister Say Sam Al speaks at a consultation workshop on the draft environmental code yesterday at the Phnom Penh Hotel. Facebook
Thu, 17 August 2017

Cooperation on environmental code lagging

The ambitious environmental code Cambodia plans to adopt by the end of this year would require cooperation among a group of ministries, but current efforts to get each on board have met difficulties. The more than 400-page code, which was discussed yesterday at a consultative workshop, aims to promote sustainable development through protection and restoration of the environment. It also assigns greater management control of natural resources to the local level. Brian Rohan, legal adviser at the Vishnu Law Group, said that since many of Cambodia’s environmental laws were created 10 to 20 years ago, changes like the effects of climate change and availability of sustainable energy have arisen.

Traffic passes in front of a pawn shop yesterday in Phnom Penh. City Hall launched an anti-pawn shop campaign to prevent stealing in the capital.
Thu, 17 August 2017

Municipality monitoring pawn shops

Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng said the municipality was half-way through a two-week crack-down on pawn shops in order to prevent the sale of stolen goods at the increasing number of second-hand establishments across the capital.

Vans are loaded with lumber that has been cut into pepper posts last year in Kratie province.
Thu, 17 August 2017

Kratie forestry officer moved up after filmed seeking bribes

A Forestry Administration officer in Kratie’s Chhlong district was transferred to the provincial level on Tuesday after he was filmed asking for bribes from people illegally transporting logged trees for use as stakes on pepper farm

A 29-year-old man was killed by lightning while he and his father were fishing in the open sea in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district on Tuesday afternoon.

Chinese nationals wait for questioning after they were detained yesterday evening in Phnom Penh for allegedly participating in Voice over Internet Protocol scams
Thu, 17 August 2017

Police nab over 200 Chinese in VoIP raid

Police yesterday arrested over 200 Chinese nationals from a condominium in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak II commune for their alleged involvement in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam, the National Police announced yesterday.

Villagers inspect a road that an opposition commune chief was accused of damaging in Kampong Cham province
Thu, 17 August 2017

CNRP commune chief fixes road after damage caused by flood prevention measures

A recently elected opposition commune chief, threatened with legal action for helping villagers build a canal to relieve flooding, has met

Acting Khmer Power Party leader Suong Sophorn speaks to the press on Tuesday in Phnom Penh
Thu, 17 August 2017

KPP leaders set to meet officials over status

Leaders of the Khmer Power Party will meet Interior Ministry officials today to discuss the legal status of the party following the