The Cambodia Daily

Indonesia Seeks Arrest of Casino Employees

The Indonesian Embassy has demanded that police arrest employees of a casino in Kandal province who allegedly tortured three Indonesian citizens who were among 16 illegally detained after $161,000 worth of casino credit went missing, an embassy official said Tuesday.

CNRP Wants Investigation Into Poipet Melee

The opposition CNRP on Tuesday released a statement demanding an “independent, unbiased investigation” into a violent demonstration in Poipet City on Monday, which saw military police fire warning shots above protesting handcart-pullers.

Khin Chamrouen, right, head of the CNRP Youth in Phnom Penh, speaks with police officers outside the municipal court Tuesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Khin Chamrouen, right, head of the CNRP Youth in Phnom Penh, speaks with police officers outside the municipal court Tuesday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

CNRP Activist Recounts Day of ‘Insurrection’ at Trial

A CNRP activist charged with using violence during the opposition party’s alleged insurrection attempt last year told the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday that he had little recollection of the protest after being knocked on the head with a baton.

Global Fund, Gov’t to Continue Probe Into Bribes

Anti-Corruption Unit chairman Om Yentieng on Tuesday said representatives of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will visit Cambodia next week to follow up on bribery allegations against former National Malaria Center director Duong Socheat.

Gov’t Building Tech Institute in Kompong Speu

The government has begun construction on a second Institute of Technology on a 200-hectare campus in Kompong Speu province as part of its effort to better meet the country’s growing demand for workers with engineering and technical skills, the Education Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Cyber Law to Protect Gov’t Honor, Ministry Says

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications said Tuesday that rules punishing people for insulting government officials online would be included in a pending cybercrime law, but insisted that the state had no intention to restrict social media use.

Dancers prepare for a dress rehearsal of Sophiline Cheam Shapiro's Khmer classical ballet ‘Pamina Devi’ on Wednesday. Premiered in Vienna in 2006, the ballet is being staged for the public for the first time in Phnom Penh on Saturday and Sunday. (John Vink)

Staging Grace

The magic starts from the very first note of traditional music and, during the next 80 minutes, the Khmer classical dancers in the ballet “Pamina Devi” transport the audience into a saga punctuated by conflicts, fierce battles and, also, love.

Kingdom of Queens

Gaga Rainbow shoots sparklers from her dress during a performance at Rainbow Bar in Phnom Penh on Wednesday night. (Aria Danaparamita/The Cambodia Daily)

Krin Sopheap says the most difficult part of his transformation into Gaga Rainbow is applying his makeup. “I’m not yet an expert at putting on makeup,” the 22-year-old native of Pursat province admitted. “I only know [how] to do about 50 percent of it.”

Kep Cook-Off

Cooks prepare a dish for the ‘Kep Chef’ competition in Kep City last Sunday. (Taisa Sganzerla/The Cambodia Daily)

In the heat of the late morning, a young man moved frantically around a long table where five chefs rushed to finish preparing a dish of squid with Kampot pepper. “Only two minutes left,” he shouted to the competitors, first in French then in Khmer.

Kim Marintha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday after his trial for the murder of his wife and daughter last year. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

General Tells Court He Murdered Wife, Daughter

A two-star military general described killing his wife and their 6-year-old daughter before packing their bodies into a cooler, but argued he should not be charged with premeditated murder because he had killed them “accidentally.”

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