Chinese to help finish Gold Tower 42 by 2019

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Company officials sign a deal to finish Gold Tower 42. Siv Meng

Yunwoo signed an agreement with two Chinese companies yesterday to finally restart the construction of the Gold Tower 42 project, with a new completion date set for the end of 2019.

Speaking to the press at the end of the signing ceremony, Kim Tae Yeon, general director of Yunwoo, said construction will resume next year.
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Government to expand National road 3, 4

Source: Phnom Penh Post

The expanded roads will allow for more development and easier transport of people and goods. Hong Menea

The Cambodian government is planning to expand National Roads 3 and 4 in 2018, either before the election or after it, according to Nou Vattanak, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Vattanak said that a Chinese company is in charge of construction for the project, while the Chinese firm Wan Ann will serve as a technical consultant. National Road 3 will be expanded by two lanes from the Cham Chao roundabout to the Bay Kous area. Continue reading

Oknha accused of logging in protected forest

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Community members gather to inspect illegal logging activities in Preah Vihear’s Preah Roka protected forest. Photo supplied

The environment minister has promised to investigate allegations that a tycoon-owned company is using a land concession to illegally log wood in a protected area in Preah Vihear province.

At a ministry forum on Wednesday, local residents and a representative of rights NGO Ponlok Khmer asked Environment Minister Say Sam Al to intervene to halt alleged illegal logging in the Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary by the Sam Oeun Sovan company, owned by Oknha Dy Duk.
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Ministry to investigate Prey Lang land grabs

Source: Khmer Times

The Prey Lang Community Network in Preah Vihear province has asked the government to investigate the building of homes in a protected area by a group of families claiming they were granted a social land concession.

Phok Hong, a PLCN representative, said the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 2016, and since then, about 700 families have grabbed land totalling nearly 5,000 hectares to build homes.
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Stampede victims remembered

Source: Khmer Times

A total of 353 died in the 2010 stampede. KT/Mai Vireak

Families of victims who died in the 2010 stampede on Koh Pich Bridge said they have still not come to terms with the tragic accident during anniversary ceremonies held yesterday.

Holding a portrait of his daughter in the ceremony to commemorate victims of the stampede, Oum Bunreoung said through tears that he still could not understand how such a thing could happen.
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Conservationists warn government of encroachment

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Environment Minister Sam Al Am chairs meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh. Facebook

Conservation NGOs yesterday raised the issue of alleged land grabs in the country’s protected areas by the military and local authorities at a resources protection forum, asking Environment Minister Say Sam Al to intervene.
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Appeasing the ancestors

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Community members conduct a sacrificing ceremony yesterday to reassure their angry ancestors in Stung Treng’s Kbal Romeas commune after ten of the villagers fell sick. Photo supplied

After being evicted from their homes as water levels rose, 100 ethnic Phnong villagers returned yesterday to their native Kbal Romeas commune – now in the reservoir of the Lower Sesan II Dam – to sacrifice a buffalo in an attempt to reassure their purportedly angry ancestors after 10 of the villagers fell sick.
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