Cambodia morning news for December 24

Cambodia morning news for December 24

Cambodia morning newsFive partners pledge funds for Kingdom
The five stakeholders of the Partnerships for Development Results project – UNDP, the EU, Australia, Sweden and the US – held an annual meeting on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

’Under the table’: Cambodia’s surrogate mothers risk jail for Chinese couples
Pregnant and scared, Yin hides in a house on the outskirts of Phnom Penh — one of an untold number of Cambodian surrogate mothers risking jail time for lucrative payouts from Chinese clients
— The Phnom Penh Post

Blood-hued Phayung almost gone as corrupt officials pave way for logging
At a waterfall in northeastern Buntrik-Yod Mon Wildlife Sanctuary a mature male elephant lay dead, with traces of a highly volatile bullet left in its mouth and its bud. Another AK47 bullet was found buried in its ribs.
— Thai Visa News

Cambodian ruling party recruits seven permanent members
The Congress of Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) Central Committee decided to include seven more permanent members adding to 37 in total, according to CPP’s cabinet chief Mam Sarin on Thursday.
— Fresh News

‘Bewildered’ Rainsy predicts ‘99% of CNRP’ to reject pardon chance
Acting president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy was on Thursday labelled “bewildered” by a senior government official after predicting that “99 per cent” of his party’s 118 banned former lawmakers would not seek a return of their political rights when a proposed law change takes effect.
— The Phnom Penh Post

National Museum secures seventh century artefact
The National Museum on Friday took possession of a seventh century stone tablet after a pagoda in Kampong Speu finally agreed to let go of it after a year of negotiations.
— Khmer Times

25 Thai call-centre gang members repatriated after being jailed in Cambodia
Cambodian authorities handed over 25 Thais to Thai police on Saturday after they had served 10 months in a Cambodian jail for working for a Taiwanese-led call centre scam gang.

Lese majeste ‘violator’ to remain behind bars while appeal is lodged
A violater of the lese majeste law continued to be held in jail in Siem Reap province despite having served his sentence, after an appeal from the provincial prosecutor blocked his release.
— Phnom Penh Post

Dozens of migrant workers deported from Thailand
Fifty-one migrant workers working illegally in Thailand were deported on Wednesday through Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet International Border Checkpoint.
— Khmer Times

Embassy in Thailand slams fake news
The Cambodian embassy in Thailand on Friday clarified that more than 50 migrant workers who returned to the Kingdom through the border in Poipet city last week were not fired by a factory but were in fact working illegally and returned home to get required documents.
— Khmer Times

Ministries ordered to decentralize
The Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the ministries to decentralize and bring their services to subnational levels by 2020.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia PM accuses opposition of spreading fake news, while his control over media outlets is revealed
Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen alleged Friday that the main opposition party he had banned last year is spreading fake news, while it emerged that his government has exerted heavy-handed control of a purportedly independent outlet.
— Radio Free Asia

Eysan: appointment of 100 advisers not a waste
A senoir Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) official has rejected accusations that the appointment of more than 100 advisers is a waste of government money, saying it will in fact boost efficiency.
— Phnom Penh Post

Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway costs approx. US$4B
Finished studying Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said Thursday that the 130km-expressway connecting Phnom Penh and Bavet on the border with Vietnam will come at a cost of $3.8 billion, addressing at the inauguration ceremony of the LM17 port terminal phase II in Kandal Province.
— Fresh News

Cambodian immigrants fear more ICE raids on the horizon
It’s only been a few days since an Omni Air flight carrying 36 deportees, rounded up and detained by ICE earlier this year, landed in Cambodia. But already, immigrant communities in the Bay Area and across California are bracing themselves for more.

Cambodia investigates 3 tons of African ivory abandoned at port
Some three tons of African ivory sat in an unmarked crate in a Cambodian port for more than a year, until a tip from the U.S. embassy led authorities to break it open this week and discover the country’s largest-ever haul of trafficked ivory.
— Voice of America

Customs seize 20 untaxed vehicles
The General Department of Customs and Excise’s Department of Crime Prevention and Suppression this week seized approximately 20 untaxed vehicles which bore illegal government licence plates.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Muslims seek help from PM
The Muslim residents of Poipet town are seeking intervention from Prime Minister Hun Sen after a court ruled in November against returning a 160sqm plot they claim belongs to their mosque.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia expects 7.3-pc growth
Cambodian economy has been projected to grow by 7.3 percent this year, spurred by the robust performance of garment exports, tourism and construction, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia Neav Chanthana said Friday.

Fishing season ends with high yields
The first season for catching the fish used in prahok came to an end last week, with yields being higher than last year but prices staying at a similar level.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian lab first to receive quality award
The Medical Laboratory of the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia has become the first medical laboratory in the Kingdom to be awarded ISO 15189 accreditation, following a six-year quality improvement initiative to meet international standards, laboratory deputy director Cheng Sokleaph said on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Visa QR payments launched
Visa Inc. in cooperation with the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) and other private banks launched Visa QR payments at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra on Dec. 20.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Cambodian businessman ‘to buy Polish giants’
A Cambodian businessman is set to become the saviour of financially beleaguered Polish football giants Wisla Krakow after recent reports that a Cambodian-British consortium is closing in on a takeover of the club.
— Phnom Penh Post

664 hooky handbags hauled away
On December 21, 2018, police detained 10 businessmen at Tuol Pagoda for questioning for violating intellectual property rights.
— Cambodia News English

Take care of your health during winter: Labour Ministry
Labour Ministry and Cambodian Embassy in South Korea have called on all Cambodian migrant workers working there and in Japan to take good care of their health during the cold weather.
— Khmer Times

Khmer Arts Academy shares Cambodian culture with the public in open house
The Khmer Arts Academy opened its doors on Saturday to let the public see parts of Cambodian culture you don’t always get a chance to see.
— Long Beach Post


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