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  1. Cambodia and Laos have pledged to keep working to strengthen their 540km border and build on this year’s success in the crackdown on drug offenders. The commitment came after a meeting between Interior Minister Sar Kheng and Laos Minister of Public Security Somkeo Silavong. National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said, “The two countries’ police forces are already cooperating well and exchanging information with each other, especially over drug trafficking. Today is a pledge to keep working at it.” He said cooperation between the countries had led to more than 7,000 people being arrested for drug offences in the first three months of the year. Plans are in place for 145 border posts to be set up. Precise locations have been earmarked for 121 of these, with suitable sites for the other 24 still to be decided in Preah Vihear and Stung Treng provinces. Mr. Chantharith said, “Laos is committed to cooperating with Cambodia to work on cross-border issues in a spirit of friendship and cooperation. Our joint aim is to use the border to help people to travel more and make their lives better.” read more -- © Copyright Khmer Times 26/04
  2. Mech Dara and Erin Handley Local police in Mondulkiri have been left scrambling after they were publicly reprimanded yesterday for failing to act on a report of rape committed against a 17-year-old deaf girl, a case one provincial police official acknowledged had “flaws” in its investigation. The victim’s mother, Cheeng Thoeun, 48, said she had repeatedly begged for commune police to question and arrest the suspected rapist, Rin Bora, 21, on April 18, the day after the crime. She was told they could not make an arrest, citing lack of evidence. When they finally went to question him10 hours later, the suspect had already fled. “This is such an injustice for my family, and I felt very hopeless when the local authorities did not take action,” Thoeun said.Local media reports yesterday cited Mondulkiri Governor Svay Sam Eang blasting police for failing to act swiftly and leaving victims languishing. read more -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 26/04
  3. A PROVINCIAL military police officer, his wife and a villager will appear in court today to be charged and questioned over their alleged involvement in drug use and trafficking in Kampot province. The three, who all live in Sovann Sakor village, in Kandal province’s Kampong Kandal commune, have been named by police as Chea Chandara, 34, an officer with Kampot Provincial Military Police, his wife On Ana, 30, and local man Ly Taohour, 23. Louk Nheav, deputy chief of Kampot provincial police, said police raided Mr. Chandara’s home on Monday and seized two packages of crystal methamphetamine as well as other drug-related material. “Chea Chandara was the mastermind behind their drug use and trafficking,” Mr. Nheav said read more -- © Copyright Khmer Times 26/04
  4. Cambodian heritage criminals convicted in the US will no longer be deported to the kingdom pending the revision of the repatriation agreement between the two countries, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said today. The deportation of ethnically Khmer convicts, despitemost having very little connection to the country nor the ability to speak the language, has been a longstanding problem between the two countries. “We have temporarily suspended the repatriation of Cambodians convicted in the US because we need to amend the repatriation agreement,” ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said during a press conference after meeting with US deputy assistant secretary of state Patrick Murphy. “The policy has long been criticized by Khmer people both in Cambodia and in the US. These deportees seem to be receiving double the punishment. “The first punishment is their imprisonment in the US and the second is their being sent to Cambodia, away from their families, to be forced to live in a country they’ve never known. It is difficult for them to integrate into society,” he explained. “We must show humanity and mercy in regards to sending these Khmer people to Cambodia, so it is necessary for us to amend the repatriation agreement.” read more -- © Copyright Khmer Times 26/04
  5. Ananth Baliga An apparent US State Department budgetary document shows the body gutting foreign aid to Cambodia, completely eliminating all development assistance and slashing health programs funded by the State Department and USAID as well. The document, obtained and published by Foreign Policy on Monday, shows that development assistance to the Kingdom will be cut to zero in 2018, down from a 2016 real spending level of $34.5 million. Similarly, the Economic Support Fund will see a 100 percent cut from its $8 million in 2016. The cuts come in the wake of the Trump administration’s March budget proposal that showed a one-third cut to government development assistance to developing countries. read more -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 25/04
  6. Yesenia Amaro and Sen David Cambodia and Hong Kong yesterday agreed to start a five-year pilot program to send domestic workers to Hong Kong “very soon”, though experts urged caution, noting that migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong have faced a “slew of abuses”. The agreement was reached during a meeting in Hong Kong between a delegation led by Cambodian Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng and Hong Kong Secretary of Labour and Welfare Stephen Sui, said Heng Sour, a spokesman for the Cambodian Ministry of Labour. The move comes only months after Hong Kong’s immigration department announced that, effective March 1, the visa requirements for Cambodian nationals would be relaxed and Cambodians would be able to apply for employment, investment, training and study schemes. read more -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 25/04
  7. What about 5 MAY? In 2018 this day will NOT be a public holiday but this year?
  8. Mech Dara and Erin Handley By yesterday morning, two bodies had bled out on the dirt in a Kandal village, the bloody aftermath of Cambodia’s latest chilling incident of mob violence, this time in Kandal Stung district’s Roka commune. And though both men were murdered, seemingly no one will face a court, with police apparently willing to place responsibility on a mob mentality. The first man, Lounh Lon, 62, was a father to seven daughters who rebuffed the persistent requests of one suitor, Suon Ottara, 35, who was seeking to marry one of them. At 10pm on Sunday, Ottara allegedly hacked Lon to death as he lay sleeping in a hammock next to his wife, Wor Rey, 60, and their 10-year-old grandson. read more -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 25/04
  9. A Chinese casino gambler was arrested for involvement with counterfeit money in Preah Sihanouk province on Sunday. Provincial police chief Major Chuon Narin said the suspect was 34-year-old tourist Ke Riping. He was arrested in Sangkat II and has been detained for questioning. Police confiscated equipment for printing fake US dollars. No currency was found on the suspect. The suspect will be sent to the provincial court for questioning today. read more -- © Copyright Khmer Times 25/04
  10. Chinese locomotive and railway equipment giant CRRC Zelc is to conduct a feasibility study into the investment potential of Cambodia to help improve the kingdom’s railway system while contributing to the One Belt; One Road initiative. CRRC vice president Zhang Liquiang said that as the company expands abroad, Southeast Asia will be a good frontier market. Speaking in Changsha city in Hunan province, Mr. Zhang s said the company will conduct research about the Cambodian market for investment and business cooperation potential. "Our company produces locomotives and constructs railways here in China,” he said. “For the Asean market, we have already been to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. “In Cambodia we will contact the relevant authorities to seek a possible study into the potential to enter the market," he said. read more -- © Copyright Khmer Times 25/04
  11. PHNOM PENH, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday jointly inaugurated a bridge connecting southern Cambodia's Kandal province and southwestern Vietnam's An Giang province. The concrete bridge has a total length of 427 meters in which half was built by Cambodia and the other half was developed by Vietnam, said Cambodian Transport Minister Sun Chanthol. He said the project took 27 months to be completed at a total cost of 36 million U.S. dollars in which more than 15 million dollars were paid by Cambodia and the rest was covered by Vietnam. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said the project would contribute to broadening bilateral economic cooperation, trade and tourism, and to improving living conditions for the people of the two countries. "Cambodia believes that the project will contribute to boosting Cambodia-Vietnam trade volume to 5 billion U.S. dollars in coming years," he said in a speech broadcast live on social media. For his part, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the inauguration of the bridge was part of the activities that the two countries had organized to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. "The bridge alongside its connecting road becomes the shortest road linking capital Phnom Penh to Vietnamese border," he said. source
  12. One man died and two were injured as thunderstorms wreaked havoc in Kampong Thom province’s Baray district over the weekend. A 51-year-old farmer was hit by lightning in Banlang commune on Saturday afternoon. “The victim Yan Phat took his cow to graze in the same rice field every day, but on that day there was a rainstorm and he was struck by lightning. He died at the scene,” a local police officer said. Two other men were injured when a house collapsed on them during the storms, which destroyed several local homes. The victims were sent to hospital. According to the National Committee for Disaster Management, six people were killed and 19 people injured in natural disasters during the first three months of this year. About 500 houses were also damaged. In 2016, natural disasters killed 21 people and injured 193, the report said. read more -- © Copyright Khmer Times 24/04
  13. The Cambodian government is calling on people around the world to follow the lead of a London art dealer and hand over any valuable relics they might have from the country’s past. A priceless set of antiques from the Angkor era was delivered to the Cambodian Embassy in London on Thursday. It contained Khmer jewelry and sandstone statues and was voluntarily delivered by the Jonathan Tucker Antonia Tozer Asian Art gallery. Culture and Fine Arts Minister Phoeung Sakona said the return of the Khmer antiques reflected their unique cultural value and she called on individuals, museums and institutions around the world to voluntarily hand over such artifacts to Cambodia. She said, “Cambodia considers that this valuable act not only helps to promote the culture of our nation but also contributes to the reconciliation and psychological healing of Cambodian people who suffered under a prolonged civil war and in particular, the victims of torture and tragedy at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.” Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts Secretary of State Thai Norak Satya paid tribute to the gallery’s cooperation and respect for Cambodian culture. He said the Embassy in London is completing the legal requirements and packaging for the received antiques to be sent home. Mr. Norak Satya said the gallery had announced plans last November to display and sell Indian and Southeast Asian artifacts and these included various Khmer items mentioned in a 2008 book “Khmer Gold: Gilts for Gods”. read more -- © Copyright Khmer Times 24/04
  14. Yesenia Amaro A city Hall spokesman announced yesterday that the municipality will ban any public gatherings by unions representing many of the garment sector’s 700,000 workers on International Workers’ Day, even as Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday reportedly touted the country’s achievements in the sector in a speech marking the day. Ath Thorn, president of the Cambodian Labour Confederation, said the confederation submitted a notification on April 10 informing the municipality of its plans to gather about 3,000 workers near Wat Phnom on May 1. It also informed officials of a march to the National Assembly to deliver a petition seeking amendments to various articles of the controversial Trade Union Law. As of yesterday, Thorn said he has not received a response. read more -- © Copyright Khmer Times 24/04
  15. Banteay Meanchey provincial police intercepted hundreds of Cambodian laborers as they tried to cross illegally to Thailand over the weekend. Provincial deputy police chief Ork Samnok said there had been a surge in workers trying to cross after Khmer New Year. “Our provincial officers cooperated with border police to prevent illegal laborers attempting to cross,” Mr. Samnok said. “Over four days we stopped about 400 to 500 people who were seeking risky jobs in Thailand.” He said his forces were joined by officers from border police unit 911 located in O’Beichoan commune, O’Chrou district. “We educated the laborers about the danger of crossing the border illegally and allowed them to go back home,” he said. read more -- © Copyright Khmer Times 24/04