Cambodia morning news for December 18

Cambodia morning news for December 18

Cambodia morning newsCambodia hails opening of country’s largest dam despite opposition
Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Monday opened the country’s largest hydropower scheme, swatting aside dire warnings about the environmental impact of the $780 million project and its affect on local communities.
— Phys.org

Union leaders at risk of imprisonment if they take part in protests
Six trade union leaders in Cambodia received two and a half year suspended prison sentences on 11 December. They were also fined the equivalent of $8,600 after being convicted of “instigating intentional acts of violence” among other offences.
— The Canary

Chinese security delegation aims to open training centre
Siem Reap provincial police on Sunday held talks with a delegation from China’s Shanghai Security and Alarm Association to establish a private security training centre in Cambodia.
— The Khmer Times

PM hails ‘troubled’ Koh Kong project
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday lauded the Chinese developer behind Koh Kong province’s $3.8 billion tourism project, despite it causing a decade-long dispute with the villagers there.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia reaffirms commitment to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Cambodia has reaffirmed its commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and express serious concern over the multi-faceted impacts of climate change.
— The Khmer Times

World view: Cambodia denies major China-funded seaport project is a military base
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has been forced repeatedly to deny that China is building a military naval base in Koh Kong province on the Gulf of Thailand.
— Breitbart

Ruling CPP to hold congress tomorrow
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party is set to hold a three-day congress tomorrow aimed at discussing the country’s further development and the government’s achievements.
— The Khmer Times

Chheang Vun meets with Sylvain Waserman to discuss EBA issue
Chheang Vun, chairman of National Assembly’s commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, Information and Media today met with French National Assembly vice president Sylvain Waserman to discuss about Everything-but-arms scheme.
— The Khmer Times

A hard test of mettle
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen recently revealed that he will be asking for a royal decree to grant permission for more than 100 senior members of the now-dissolved opposition party, Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to re-enter politics based on “individual merit,” following a ban last year.
— The Asean Post

Hun Sen: Do not ill-treat Kingdom
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Saturday that foreign governments should not “ill-treat” Cambodia, and accused those suspicious of an alleged Chinese naval base in Koh Kong province of being jealous of the investment from the Asian giant pouring into the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia, Hungary set up joint committee to boost trade ties
Cambodia and Hungary are preparing to set up a joint committee to promote greater economic and trade ties following the official visit of Prak Sokhonn, the Deputy Prime Minister, to Hungary last week.
— The Khmer Times

Kong Korm: ‘Arrogant’ Sam Rainsy has ‘betrayed the people’s will’
Kong Korm, the former top adviser to the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who recently announced his return to the political stage, has blasted Sam Rainsy’s “arrogance”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government refutes US ICE claim
The government has denied claims by senior US officials that Cambodia is one of nine countries that have not cooperated in accepting the removal of nationals found to be in the US “without lawful status”. A further 46 Cambodians are due to be deported from the country this month.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Fighting for a father’s freedom
The decision to fly a drone over an anti-government rally landed James Ricketson in a Cambodian prison for 15 months. This is the inside story of the Australian filmmaker’s ordeal and the fallout for his family.
— ABC News

Police, NGOs review policy aimed for child protection
Contents of the Child Friendly Police Procedure Manual are being reviewed to ensure it helps to protect the rights of minors, said Child Rights Coalition Cambodia (CRC-Cambodia) executive director Son Penh.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘NEA has helped 5,464 people get jobs’
The National Employment Agency (NEA) has so far this year helped 5,464 people to get jobs. It has also sent the applications of 22,854 others to potential employers for review.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sugarcane worker crushed by machine
A sugarcane plantation worker in Kampong Speu province’s Thpong district died on Saturday when a threshing machine crushed her as she slept.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Activists have charges dropped
Phnom Penh Municipal Court dropped the charges against three land activists on December 14, rejecting the accusations of extortion and property damage brought against the trio by the owner of a development company.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Blasts RFA Despite Promises of Welcome to ‘Return’
In a rare phone interview with Radio Free Asia, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has lambasted the U.S.-funded broadcaster despite recent conciliatory comments by his government suggesting RFA was welcome to resume its operations in the Southeastern Asian nation.
— Radio Free Asia

Ou Chanrath calls on RFA to make apology
Former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker Ou Chanrath claimed that Radio Free Asia (RFA) disseminated “baseless information” against him, and called on the radio’s journalists to be “professional and neutral”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia requests Laos to extradite one Cambodian criminal
Cambodia is requesting Laos to extradite one Cambodian criminal, charged of cheating Cambodian people with money worth of US$60 million, according to senior police official on Monday.
– Fresh News

Ministry studies riverbank collapses
Officials from the Mines and Energy Ministry and Kandal provincial authorities yesterday met to discuss action to prevent more riverbank collapses in Mok Kampol district following appeals from local residents.
— The Khmer Times

Police note rise in foreigner crimes
The National Police has ranked Chinese nationals as the top perpetrators of crime and victims of crime in the country, according to a report obtained by the Khmer Times yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Spotlight: Chinese-built largest hydropower plant inaugurated in far NE Cambodia
The Chinese-built Lower Sesan II hydroelectric power station was inaugurated here in far northeastern Cambodia on Monday after almost five years of construction. The 400-megawatt dam is the largest and the seventh one built by China in the Southeast Asian country.
— Xinhua

SMEs are ‘engine of economy’
The Ministry of Commerce declared on Saturday that it will solve market issues hindering the development of Cambodia’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME). But the announcement was met with scepticism by business owners in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Production of oil to start in 2019, says official
Cheap Sour, the director-general of the General Department of Petroleum at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said Cambodia will be ready to commercially produce oil in early 2020, while exportation may also be in the pipeline in the future.
— The Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen reassures reduced electricity price
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced to reduce electricity price for the year 2019-2020 to promote people’s living, addressing at the inauguration ceremony of Lower Sesan 2 Hydroelectric Project in Stung Treng province on Monday.
— Fresh News (video)

CSX optimistic after index closes on unprecedented 416.3 points
The Cambodia Securities Exchange’s (CSX) market index showed an increase of more than 22 per cent at the end of this year compared to the beginning of the year, closing at 416.3 points on Friday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Top corporate leaders share their views with The Post about Cambodia’s financial sector
“Cambodia’s economy and market outlook remain strong for 2019 and beyond. Rising incomes and wealth combined with an expanding population provides great opportunities across the financial sector.”
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen urges electricity authority to supply electricity in response to demand
Addressing at the inauguration ceremony of the Lower Sesan 2 Hydroelectric Project on Monday, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged the Electricity Authority to supply electricity to meet the needs of people.
— Fresh News (video)

Vingroup launches first smartphones
Vietnam’s largest private conglomerate Vingroup unveiled its first made-in-Vietnam mobile phones on Friday in the fast-growing country where it will face tough competition from tech giants like Samsung, Oppo and Apple.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Bosch leads Kingdom in road safety
After first venturing into Cambodia 14 years ago, world-leading multinational engineering and electronics company Bosch has established itself as one of the Kingdom’s leading technological and engineering suppliers, particularly in the automotive industry.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Unicef aims to address malnutrition
Unicef yesterday launched a Nutrix production facility in Phnom Penh in a bid to address malnourished children.
— The Khmer Times

New fish-based therapeutic food launched in Cambodia to treat kids with malnutrition
A new fish-based wafer snack – Nutrix, produced to treat severe acute malnutrition in children, was launched in Cambodia on Monday, according to a joint statement.
— Xinhua

French professors to help research orchid flower in Siem Reap
The National Museum of Natural History of Paris has promised to help conduct the research on varieties of the orchid flower at Cambodia’s first orchid research and conservation centre in Siem Reap province.
— The Khmer Times

Chaktomuk comes alive with dance through the decades
On the 8th of December, Chaktomuk Theatre, a home for many ballet, cultural and artistic performances, came alive once again with the 4th Annual Year-End concert.
— The Khmer Times

 

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With a decade of experience as an editor and journalist, Roy has edited mastheads across Australia and Southeast Asia, from the remote island communities of the Torres Strait to Cambodia’s only award-winning newspaper, The Phnom Penh Post.

A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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