Cambodia morning news for November 21

Cambodia morning news for November 21

Cambodia morning newsKingdom approves 41 projects worth $1B
Data from the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) show that it approved a total of 41 investment projects worth more than $1 billion from September until mid-November.
— Phnom Penh Post

The dangers of cornering Hun Sen
Soon after November rolled in, reports surfaced of a bet between Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen and Cambodian National Rescue Movement (CNRM) leader Sam Rainsy on the fate of former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha, who is on bail awaiting trial on treason charges.
— The Asean Post

Cambodian PM Hun Sen and US Ambassador Commit to Promote Cambodia-US Ties
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Outgoing US Ambassador to Cambodia William A. Heidt expressed commitment to better promote Cambodia-US cooperation, speaking in a farewell call on Tuesday at Phnom Penh Peace Palace.
— Fresh News

Cambodia-Laos to Sign MoUs on Education and Other Sectors during PM Hun Sen’s Visit to Laos in December
The newly-appointed Ambassador of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to Cambodia Amphay Kindavong informed Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that Laos has already prepared documents and Memorandum of Understanding on education and other sectors to be signed with Cambodia during the premier’s official visit to Laos in December, speaking in a courtesy call on Tuesday at Phnom Penh Peace Palace.
— Fresh News

Cambodia says no China naval base being built
Cambodia will not allow foreign military bases on its soil, strongman premier Hun Sen said Monday, swatting away United States (US) concerns about a possible Chinese naval site near hotly contested seas.
— The Asean Post

Clearing landmines around UNESCO world heritage site
APOPO is delighted to announce support from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that allows for the expansion of the Cambodia landmine clearance program into the province of Preah Vihear.
— Reliefweb

Going Deeper in Cambodia
“Imogene, you are alone in a 13th-century temple…Imogene, a beautiful daybed with crisp linens and a masseuse waiting for you.” It takes me an embarrassingly long minute to realize the Frenchman is telling me to imagine my surroundings, but only seconds to grasp that it’s his favorite way to start a sentence.
— CN Traveler

How Wild is Cambodia’s Water Festival?
Marking the end of the monsoon season, the Cambodian Water Festival of Bon Om Tuk is a centuries-old thanksgiving tradition.
— Discovery Code

Hun Sen Denies Claims Chinese Port Could Be Used as Naval Base
Hun Sen said that he would not allow Cambodia to become a “stage for conflict” or for “testing ideologies or arms”.
— VOA Cambodia

Vulture conservation groups trying to keep vultures from leaving Kingdom
Vulture conservation groups are spending more than $1,000 per month to feed Cambodian vultures in Stung Treng province in a bid to discourage them from flying off into neighbouring countries where they could get killed.
— Khmer Times

Government’s “Flying Penthouse” Charter Jet to be Sold by Owners
Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is being forced to reduce debt by selling assets, including the company’s “flying penthouse” often chartered by Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to media reports.
— Cambodia Daily

Authorities net more than 40 tonnes of counterfeit medicines
The Interior Ministry’s Counter Counterfeit Committee (CCC) on Tuesday announced that more than 40 tonnes of counterfeit goods were confiscated in Phnom Penh last week.
— Khmer Times

New Generation Schools discussed at parliament meeting
Hun Many, chairman of the National Assembly’s education commission, on Monday held a meeting with Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron to discuss the government’s policy on New Generation School.
— Khmer Times

EU eco-school promotes awareness
An EU-funded eco-school in Svay Rieng province is paving the way to serve as an example for other schools across the Kingdom to remind students that they have a greater role to play in reducing climate change.
— Khmer Times

US seeks to produce bicycles in Kingdom, move away from China
Cambodian exports of bicycles to the US are expected to gain from recent tariffs imposed by the US on China, thanks to several bicycle producers who have unveiled plans to move to the Kingdom, a report from a leading industry portal said.
— Phnom Penh Post

Ministry pushes for migrant worker safety
The Labour Minister on Monday reminded licensed employment agencies to ensure the safety of migrant workers who are going to work in Hong Kong.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s beleaguered opposition and the fight for democracy
In June 2017, Cambodia’s pro-democracy opposition party made unprecedented gains in the local commune elections, casting serious doubt on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ability to extend his 33-year rule in the following year’s national election.
— Al Jazeera

Interior Ministry will recruit more prison officials to counter growing inmate population
The Interior Ministry’s prison department said on Tuesday that it will recruit more prison guards due to an increase of inmates in recent years.
— Khmer Times

Charges dropped against ‘forest clearance’ officials
A former investigating judge at Kampong Speu provincial court has dropped charges against two senior environment officials who had been sued for “malicious denunciation, forest clearing and land grabbing for private ownership”. The case dates back to 2010.
— Phnom Penh Post

Education Ministry to focus on teacher training during new mandate
The Education Ministry will focus on teacher training, including improving teaching methods, as part of its new mandate for the next five years.
— Khmer Times

Interior Minister Sar Kheng’s son promoted to lieutenant general
In a new round of promotions criticised by some social analysts as biased, at least two children of top government officials have risen rapidly to higher ranks.
— Phnom Penh Post

Japanese and Cambodian volunteers clean up city
The Environment Ministry, in collaboration with the Japanese embassy and City Hall, on Sunday launched a community garbage collection drive involving about 800 Cambodian and Japanese volunteers in the capital.
— Khmer Times

Supreme Court call for review of trafficking case
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Appeal Court to review the case of a woman who was sentenced to eight years in prison for sending another woman to China for marriage.
— Phnom Penh Post

Mu Sochua calls for ‘reconciliation’ to solve ‘crisis’
Former deputy leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Mu Sochua on Monday called for “reconciliation” between Cambodian politicians to solve what she claimed is the current political “crisis”. She also called for the “strengthening of the rule of law” in the Kingdom.
— Phnom Penh Post

Ecotourism policy draft approved
The Council of Ministers on Monday approved the draft national policy on ecotourism. It will be sent to the national assembly this week before it is turned into law, said Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan.
— Phnom Penh Post

 

Feature photo The Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC)

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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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