Cambodia Morning News For April 4

Cambodia Morning News For April 4

Cambodia morning news

Kith Meng Firm Offers Bribe to Delete Article
A representative of a Royal Group subsidiary whose trucks were seized by authorities last week for allegedly attempting to smuggle timber to Vietnam denied any wrongdoing on Monday and offered to pay reporters to remove an article about the seizure from The Cambodia Daily website.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Laos-Cambodia border closed over tensions
In the latest flare up in tensions between the two countries, Lao authorities temporarily shut a border crossing with Cambodia and dispatched more troops to an undemarcated area on the northern border after Cambodian authorities began renovating an old French border outpost.
The Phnom Penh Post

US Naval Aid Unit Pushed Out, Embassy Says
Amid a widening gulf in U.S.-Cambodia relations, the U.S. Embassy said on Monday that a Navy unit specializing in humanitarian work had been forced to leave the country, imperiling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of community projects, including the construction of maternity wards and school bathrooms.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Khmer New Year prices hard to contain
A recent government circular warning tourism establishments against price gouging during the upcoming Khmer New Year is unlikely to discourage the practice, tourism experts said yesterday, describing the document as yet another toothless attempt to rein in prices during the biggest public holiday of the year.
The Phnom Penh Post

VIPs roll into capital’s casino
Nagacorp Ltd, the Hong Kong-listed operator of Cambodia’s NagaWorld casino and hotel complex, posted $3.73 billion in VIP rolling chip volume during the first quarter of 2017, a 34 percent year-on-year increase, while mass market buy-ins and electronic gaming machine (EGM) growth remained steady, the company said in a filing yesterday.
The Phnom Penh Post

U.S. to Give $6 Million to Genocide Research Group
A Cambodian genocide documentation center has received $6 million in support from the U.S. government, the group has said.

China, Cambodia Promise to Deepen Friendly Ties
China is standing by Cambodia. That was the message from a senior Chinese official, Chen Changzhi, who visited Phnom Penh this week, where he met Heng Samrin, head of Cambodia’s National Assembly.

Chevron, Kem Ley’s Murder, and Cambodian Politics
Kem Ley was gunned down in the parking lot of a Caltex station. That location was not randomly selected.
The Diplomat

Cambodia Boosts Ties with China Amid Anxiety
China and Cambodia are moving to tighten their diplomatic relationship further with Beijing expected to bestow sister city status on Phnom Penh and through a separate agreement struck with Shaanxi Province designed to bolster trade and tourism.
The Diplomat

New Land Law Would Levy Fines for Fallow Farms: Minister
In a bid to stymie speculation and increase crop yields, the latest draft of a new Agricultural Land Law would require owners of more than 5 hectares of farmland to put them under cultivation or face fines and court complaints, Agricultural Minister Veng Sakhon said on Monday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Surrogacy plan due soon
Ministry of Interior officials confirmed yesterday that new guidelines for foreign intended parents hoping to leave Cambodia with babies born to surrogate mothers will be released later this week, prompting cautious relief among parents and those involved in the industry.
The Phnom Penh Post

Laotian Soldiers Suspend Construction of Cambodian Border Post
Nearly 20 Laotian soldiers interrupted Cambodian border police clearing grass and small trees in Stung Treng province on Sunday afternoon and prevented them from building a one-person border-crossing post inside an undemarcated area, an official said.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Too Many Tourists a Concern in Cambodian ‘Killing Fields’
The number of tourists visiting Cambodia’s genocide sites has more than tripled during the last 10 years, raising concerns that commercialism is compromising efforts to preserve memorials for 2 million people who perished here under Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge.

Cambodian Opposition Party Makes Changes to Comply With Amended Bylaws
Cambodia’s main opposition party has notified the country’s Ministry of Interior that it has re-endorsed its leadership and removed a slogan to comply with newly amended party bylaws.
Radio Free Asia

Meet Cambodia’s First LGBTQ Dance Company
Prumsodun Ok remembers first being drawn to Khmer classical dance as a young boy. “Even when I was a 4-year-old child, there was something about the dance that grabbed me,” he told NBC Out.

Cambodia to allow foreigners to leave with surrogate babies
The Cambodian government is set to allow foreign couples to return home with babies conceived to surrogates before the ‘womb for rent’ business was banned last year, an official said today.

Cambodia to send 23 demining experts to Israel for 1st time
Cambodia will send a group of 23 demining experts, along with 12 mine sniffing dogs, to Israel this week for a mine clearance mission, Heng Ratana, chief of the Cambodia Mine Action Center, said on Monday.

Bar B Q Plaza crosses borders, starting in Cambodia
FOOD PASSION CO, operator of Bar B Q Plaza, Joom Zap Hut and Hot-Star restaurants, yesterday announced that the company was gearing towards expansion outside Thailand, starting with Cambodia.
The Nation


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