News Summary for 07-09-2016

Grenade Attack in BKK3

Police check the crater left in the road where the grenade exploded. The shrapnel damaged other vehicles and some nearby shops.At least three people were injured in a grenade attack last night in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Keng Kang 3 commune.

A local police officer in Chamkamorn district at the scene of the crime said the three people – two men and a woman – were injured when someone threw a grenade at a car driving along Street 163.

A suspect has been arrested, but police were still in the process of interrogating him at press time and did not release his name.–attack–in-bkk3/

Bank of China to expand operations in Cambodia

Umbrella-toting pedestrians walk past a Bank of China branch during rain squalls in Hong Kong.Bank of China, one of the five biggest state-owned commercial banks in China, will expand its operations in Cambodia by opening new branches in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, a local bank executive said yesterday.

Chen Chang Jiang, CEO of Bank of China Phnom Penh branch, said that the bank aimed to have the two branches completed by the end of this year.

“This will allow more Chinese investment to come into the country and open Cambodia up to China,” he said.

Three Hurt in Phnom Penh Grenade Blast

Onlookers and officials stand in front of a pickup truck damaged by a grenade blast on Street 163 in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district on Tuesday night.A grenade explosion in a residential area of Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district on Tuesday night injured three people and rattled the city, leaving officials searching for a motive.

Pools of blood and an inch-deep hole could be seen on the road about 30 minutes after the explosion occurred at about 7:40 p.m. on Street 163 in Boeng Keng Kang III  commune. The windows of a pickup truck were blown out in the blast.

CCHR Call to Review Dredging for Sand

An aerial view of a platform where workers collect sand north of Phnom Penh.The government should immediately place a moratorium on issuing new sand dredging licenses until an in-depth investigation into the long-term environmental impact has been conducted and revoke the licenses of companies found to be contravening their environmental impact assessments – or for not having one – the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) said yesterday.

According to a briefing note released by CCHR on the impact of sand dredging on the human rights of affected communities, the reliance on natural resources for food and livelihoods by more than three-quarters of the population makes environmental protection a human rights issue.

Summit to Skip Sea Dispute, But Tension Lingers

Prime Minister Hun Sen, second from right, poses with other regional leaders at the Asean Summit in Vientiane on Tuesday.As Asean leaders gather in Laos this week, reports suggest Cambodia may be spared its now customary role as Beijing’s South China Sea spoiler.

But even if the topic is sidelined at this year’s Asean Summit in Vientiane, Prime Minister Hun Sen will continue to face accusations that Cambodia’s loyalty to China has been purchased—charges that analysts warn threaten unity within the regional bloc as some members continue to compete with Beijing over rival claims to swaths of the sea.

Fleeing Factory Owners to Pay

The Ministry of Labor plans to issue new regulations for factoriesThe Ministry of Labor is preparing to enact regulations that would provide some amount of monetary relief to workers left in the lurch by factory owners who flee the country.

The widespread practice has led to a number of months-long protests as more and more factory owners continue to leave without notifying any of their employees or paying them their final wages.

Ministry explains tax hikes on heavy transportation vehicles

A truck loaded with soil travels along a road in Phnom Penh's Chroy Changvar district in 2014.The Ministry of Economy and Finance on Monday sought to explain a recent hefty increase in taxes imposed on heavy transportation vehicles, saying it was prompted by a need to support infrastructure maintenance expenditures and cover the elimination of taxes on vehicles smaller than 150cc.

The clarification from the General Department of Taxation came in the wake of the ministry’s June 16 announcement of the tax hikes – the first in 18 years, with some rates increasing as much as 166 per cent. The hikes had been met with displeasure in Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Tbong Khmum and Prey Veng provinces.

Zika Leaflets to Be Distributed

Lab technicians testThe Health Ministry has ordered all provincial health departments to print leaflets about the Zika virus to distribute them throughout the Kingdom.

According to a Facebook post on Monday by the Health Ministry’s Communicable Disease Control (CDC) Department, Health Ministry spokesman Ly Sovann said: “All people need to understand about the Zika virus.

“Please all 25 provincial health departments, download the attached documents and then print them to use for health education and distribute to people to understand about the Zika virus,” he said, adding that all Facebook users could download the files at any time.

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