Cambodia morning news for December 17

Cambodia morning news for December 17

Cambodia morning newsPM rejects $20 billion mining investment which endangers forests
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday reminded people that he had rejected a proposed Titanium mining investment worth about $20 billion in Koh Kong province because the project would devastate a huge swathe of forests and endanger wildlife.
– The Khmer Times

He wanted to expose Cambodia’s virginity trade. Now, he’s in prison
A Cambodian woman says she sold her daughter’s virginity for $1,000 because they needed the money. Dressed in a school uniform with a backpack on her shoulders, the girl confirms her mother’s account.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Cambodia seizes over 3 tons of rare African ivory
Cambodian authorities said Saturday that they have seized more than 3 tons of rare African ivory hidden inside an abandoned shipping container, the country’s largest haul of elephant tusks in the last four years.
— Associated Press

Cambodian footwear workers stage protest over low severance payments
More than 1,000 Cambodian workers from a footwear factory in the capital Phnom Penh staged a protest on Friday after they failed to reach an agreement with management over the amount of severance pay they will receive for refusing to relocate to a new facility.
— Radio Free Asia

‘Grave concern’ as Cambodia deports Taiwanese alleged scammers to China
The deportations raise questions about Taiwan’s ability to participate in joint investigations with Asian trade partners.
— The Diplomat

Crackdown nets over 1,000 illegal Chinese
A Joint task force, which included the Svay Rieng provincial department of labour and vocational training, has fined over 1,000 Chinese nationals who live and work illegally in Bavet town
— The Phnom Penh Post

Land reclamation being monitored
Prime Minister Hun Sen has expressed willingness to support the amendment of existing laws – or support new ones – in order to prevent unauthorised reclamation projects in the Kingdom’s coastal areas.
— The Khmer Times

Adhoc lawyer seeks bail for RT news fixer
A lawyer representing rights group Adhoc will seek bail for Rath Rott Mony, a news fixer who was charged with incitement to discriminate over his involvement in the production of a Russia Today sex trafficking documentary dismissed as “fake news” government.
— The Khmer Times

The last 92 Irrawaddy dolphins in Mekong River may not survive
Experts are concerned that the Mekong dolphin is unlikely to survive Cambodia’s modernisation as a new dam is planned.
— Al Jazeera

Rise in Cambodians facing deportation from US
More than 100 Cambodian refugees convicted of crimes in the United States faced deportation this year, according to a report issued last week by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
— The Khmer Times

Cambodia bans foreign military bases in the kingdom, PM Hun Sen reassures
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told the United States not to harm and kill Cambodia and that Cambodia does not allow foreign military bases on the Kingdom.
— Fresh News

Supreme courts of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia bolster cooperation
The supreme courts of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia have agreed to strengthen bonds in the combat against criminals and the settlement of trans-border civil cases.
— Nhan Dan

Poverty and demand from China fuel illegal Cambodia surrogacy
Shortly before 24-year-old Lee left for China, her parents borrowed $300 from a lender in their village to buy a suitcase for their pregnant daughter and clothes for the baby she was expecting.
— Al Jazeera

Rats, roaches and an ‘overpowering’ smell of urine
Australian filmmaker James Ricketson describes how he was ‘packed like sardines’ alongside paedophiles and murderers during 14-month stint in one of Cambodia’s worst prisons.
— Daily Mail

Ex-CNRP adviser set to return
A former adviser to the Supreme Court- dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) announced on Thursday his intention to return to politics, the same day the National Assembly approved a law allowing for the return of a host of banned opposition politicians.
— The Phnom Penh Post

New US deportees set to arrive
US embassy spokesman Arend C Zwartjes confirmed on Thursday that 46 Cambodians will be deported from the US to Cambodia later this month, even as some NGOs are criticising the Trump administration for repatriating them.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Jarai villagers hand over their homemade arms
Fourteen homemade guns were handed in to Bakeo district police on Wednesday by Jarai minority villagers from Ratanakkiri province’s Kak commune.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police officer arrested on narcotics charges
A policeman will attend the provincial court in Kampong Thom on December 14 on drugs charges, after he was detained by anti-drug police on Wednesday in Siem Reap province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Budget for next year approved
King Norodom Sihamoni on Wednesday signed off on a $6.7 billion budget for 2019, an 11.4 percent increase when compared to this year’s $6.09 billion.
— The Khmer Times

Ports propel share index to record levels
Shares at the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) closed at the highest in a year on Friday, propelled by a rise in the share prices of Sihanoukville Autonomous Port and Phnom Penh Autonomous Port, as well as news of a surge in trading accounts.
— The Khmer Times

Cambodia-Vietnam trade reaches record high in 2018
Bilateral trade between Cambodia and Vietnam reached record highs this year with trade volume amounting to $3.06 billion during the first 10 months of 2018, an increase of 36 per cent on the same period last year, according to Vietnamese government data.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EU grants millions to fisheries sector
European Union representatives in Cambodia have approved a budget of about $98 million for a programme to help support the Kingdom’s fishery sector from 2019 to 2023.
— The Khmer Times

Chinese state councilor meets Cambodian deputy PM on cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met here on Sunday with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong on bilateral ties with both sides vowing to enhance cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative.
— Xinhua

Law on consumer protection to pass next year: Ministry
The Consumer Protection Law is expected to be approved by the Council of Ministers early next year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Khmer Times

Lower Sesan II plant set to launch
The Hydropower Lower Sesan II power plant, which will be launched next week, is set to add another 20 per cent to the Kingdom’s current total electricity production, said a senior official of the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cross-border rail transport agreement to be delayed
Cambodia continues to wait on Thai officials to be ready to sign the agreement on cross-border rail transportation, with the upcoming elections in Thailand likely to delay the process even further, according to a Cambodian public official.
— The Khmer Times

Cambodian PC brand targets growing regional market
A Cambodian startup has produced an affordable laptop geared for students and businesses, part of a new crop of personal computers in Asian emerging markets that seem to have skipped directly to smartphones.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Research institute introduces new irrigation power supply
Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon on Wednesday met with Ma Chengxiang, director of China’s Gansu Research Institute for Water Conservancy, to discuss the use of solar power for irrigation systems.
— The Khmer Times

Cambodia seeks to double tourism arrivals by 2025
Cambodian has ambitious plans to increase the number of tourism arrivals from six million in 2018 to 12 million by 2025 as it builds two new airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and renews, enlarges and modernises the one in Sihanoukville.
— Investine

Coastal provinces to receive 4M visitors
Speaking at the opening of the 7th Sea Festival in Koh Kong province on Thursday, Tourism Minister Thong Khon projected that coastal provinces will receive more than four million tourists by the end of the year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

GMS governments seek digital connection
Ministers of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) expressed their commitment to increase regional cooperation in digital connection and adopt a Cross-Border Transport Agreement to enhance trade and tourism exchange in the region, said a statement from The Council for the Development of Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Exhibition on China’s hi-tech innovations opens in capital
The month-long China Mobile Science and Technology Museum International Tour Exhibition opened in the capital yesterday to showcase scientific and high-tech innovations to the public, especially youths.
— The Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Sihanoukville to have four water treatment plants
The four treatments will be built in the areas of Independence Beach, Sokha’s company, O’Samart, and O’chheuteal Beach with the financial contributions of approximately $3.1 billion from major hotels in Sihanoukville.
— Fresh News

Cambodian Foreign Affairs delegation attends the 4th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation
The 4th MLC Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, under the theme “Enhancing Partnership of Shared Prosperity”, aims to review the progress of the implementation of the Five-Year Plan of Action​ of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (2018-2022)
— Fresh News

Cambodia releases outcomes of official visit of foreign affairs to Romania
The purpose of this visit, which took place against the backdrop of the 55th anniversary of Cambodia-Romania diplomatic relations, was to further deepen political trust and expand across-the-board cooperation between the two nations.
— Fresh News

DaraPay commitment to offer more financial choices to the Cambodians
DaraPay, one of the newestmobile payment solution providers in Cambodia,held a private gathering to celebrate its 1st Anniversary.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Phillip Capital now a growing insurance presence in Cambodia
PhillipCapital, headquartered in Singapore, operates in financial hubs of over 15 countries, including Australia, Cambodia, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, UK, UAE, USA and Vietnam.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CMAC meets Thai counterparts over joint demining work
The Cambodian Mine Action Centre and Thai Mine Action Centre met on Wednesday in Thailand’s Sakeo province to select areas to be jointly demined along the border.
— The Khmer Times

Row over traditional masked dance averted with double Unesco listings
In a classical performance known as khon in Thailand and lkhon khol in Cambodia, dancers in glittering papier-mache masks wage a battle of good and evil, enacting scenes derived from the Indian epic Ramayana.
— The Straits Times (paywall)

The struggle to save teen ‘love huts’ in Cambodia
For the Kreung ethnic minority living in Cambodia, the practice of building “maiden huts” allowed young women to experience courtship on their own terms—and sometimes led to true love and lasting marriages.
— Vice

Cambodia to host international bike race at coastal province
Cambodia will host international bike race at the coastal areas to promote the kingdom’s potential tourism sector with the support from Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club.
— Fresh News

Koh Kong Sea Festival a success
Cambodians and foreigners alike went to Thailand during their attendance of the two-day 2018 Sea Festival in Koh Kong.
— The Khmer Times

Preah Sihanouk has to restore its image, PM says
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday called on Preah Sihanouk province authority to restore its image and strengthen security and social order following complaints of crime.
— The Khmer Times

Authors address decline in reading
Two prominent authors are encouraging the public to get off Facebook and start reading books.
— The Khmer Times

 

Feature photo Eng Kok-Thay / DC-Cam

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