Cambodia Morning News For May 31

Cambodia Morning News For May 31

Cambodia morning news

U.S. Demands Cambodia Repay Loan From Vietnam War Era
Cambodia owes more than $500 million for when the nation borrowed to help feed refugees impacted by the war. The U.S. helped create many of those refugees through its bombing of eastern Cambodia.
NPR 

EU extends deadline on fungicide in rice
The European Commission has extended the deadline for Cambodian producers of white rice to effectively eliminate the use of the fungicide Tricyclazole in their exports to the EU, the Cambodia Rice Federation said yesterday.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodia’s Courts Are Government ‘Tools’ Targeting Activists, Opposition: Report
Cambodia’s government is using its control over the judiciary to silence rights campaigners and opposition activists ahead of local elections, Amnesty International said Tuesday, drawing a rebuke from an official who claimed the report does not reflect reality of the country’s courts.
Radio Free Asia 

Payouts accepted by 13 more in White Building
The Ministry of Land Management yesterday convinced another 13 White Building families to accept compensation packages and vacate the site ahead of a major redevelopment project, leaving just 28 holdouts who continue to reject the terms.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Kingsland pens deal for stake in local hotel
Australia-listed property developer Kingsland Global Ltd has entered into a $3.6 million purchase agreement to acquire a 25 percent stake in the Lumiere Hotel in Phnom Penh from the Singaporean firm Vivaz Group Holdings Pte Ltd, according to a filing on the ASX yesterday.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodia seizes over 30 tons of illegal cosmetic products
Cambodian police had confiscated more than 30 tons of illegal cosmetic products in raids on two locations in Phnom Penh last week, the government’s Counter Counterfeit Committee said in a press release on Tuesday.
Xinhua 

Pair Arrested With SUV Full of Luxury Wood
Acting on an anonymous tip, military police in Kompong Thom province on Monday arrested a man and a woman caught with more than 30 pieces of unlicensed luxury-grade timber in their SUV, authorities said on Tuesday.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

Environmental group criticises data on dam
Conservation group International Rivers (IR) on Monday released a statement condemning the data used by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in assessing Laos’ proposed 912-megawatt Pak Beng dam, claiming the figures were “insufficient and outdated”.
The Phnom Penh Post 

Ministries Announce New Investigation Into Ponzi Scheme
The interior, justice and finance ministries on Tuesday announced that they had opened an investigation into an alleged Ponzi scheme that potentially affected as many as 50,000 people.
The Cambodia Daily (paywall)

 

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