Cambodia morning news for November 26

Cambodia morning news for November 26

Cambodia morning news

Water Festival attendance tops 4 million
The National Committee for Organising National and International Festivals reported that about 4.5 million people visited the Water Festival 2018 in Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times

KNLF member looks to create political party
A Khmer National Liberation Front member released from prison on Tuesday after serving his 18-month sentence is now aiming to create a new political party and lobby the government to delist the group from its terror organisations list.
— Khmer Times

The end of the road for the Khmer Rouge tribunal
On Friday 16 November 2018 the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) handed down a guilty verdict against ageing former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in what’s known as Case 002/02.
— New Mandala

Cambodian Foreign Affairs Minister to pay official visit to Viet Nam
His Excellency Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, will pay an official visit to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam from 26-27 November 2018 at the invitation of Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, according to the ministry’s press release dated on Saturday.
— Fresh News

Sokha’s lawyers get death threat
Four lawyers representing former opposition leader Kem Sokha received death threats in a Facebook post a week after they issued a statement condemning a bet between Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen over how their client’s treason case would end.
— Khmer Times

Water Festival ends as a success
King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen and senior officials attended the last day of the water festival (Nov.23) and the King presented awards to the winners of the boat race.
— Khmer Times

KNLF’s Thuy Vy released after serving time
A member of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) left Prey Sar prison on Tuesday (Nov.20) after serving his sentence.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia chooses mutual interests for all nations, not US or China: Cambodian Youth President
“It’s not about this one or that one, it’s about mutual interests for all nations. Principally, Cambodia welcomes everyone,” Hun Many, son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, spoke at the Bangkok Post International Forum 2018 “Asian Transformation: the Changing Landscape”.
— Fresh News

UYFC to hold mass congress
The Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia is holding a mass congress of youth organisations from throughout the Kingdom tomorrow in the capital.
— Khmer Times

People enjoy festivals thanks to peace, PM says
Prime Minister Hun Sen said that Cambodia was able to celebrate three-day water festival thanks to prevailing peace.
— Khmer Times

Kandal residents in land dispute accept compensation
Kandal provincial authorities and six unnamed companies in Kandal Stung district are handing out money to thousands of families locked in a 400-hectare land dispute in a bid to quell protests.
— Khmer Times

Forty border posts bordering Vietnam planted
Cambodia and Vietnam have planted 40 demarcated border posts in Mondulkiri and Ratanakkiri provinces after the two countries finished defining 84 percent of borderlines.
— Khmer Times

Workers not destroying January 7 dam: Transport Ministry
The Public Works and Transportation Ministry yesterday told the Water Resources Ministry that it had contracted workers to build a bridge alongside the January 7 Dam in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district, not to destroy the dam.
— Khmer Times

Port of Sihanoukville poised for double digit growth
In the bay of Kompong Som of the Cambodian coast facing the Gulf of Thailand, sits state-owned Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS), biding its time for year-on-year top and bottom line container throughput growth, and diversification plans to stave off external headwinds.
— Khmer Times

UnionPay sees robust growth in Cambodia
Reporting tremendous growth in the number of cards issued in the country as well as in the number of transactions, UnionPay has recently revealed that Cambodia is the market in Southeast Asia where it is growing the fastest.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia: Fintech development integral to nation-building exercise
Every country in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is pursuing digital transformation in its own way, and recognises fintech as one of the critical components that will drive tomorrow’s economy.
— Asian Correspondent

France applauds Cambodian Tribunal Court’s conviction of Khmer Rouge leaders
France welcomed the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)’s historic conviction of the former senior Khmer Rouge leaders NUON Chea and KHIEU Samphan of genocide.
— Fresh News

Cambodia to open new embassy in Serbia
Cambodia will open its new embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, according to a press release of Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated on Thursday.
— Fresh News

School calls for additional classrooms
Students and teachers at the Andaung Po Junior High School in Svay Rieng province’s Romeas Hek district are calling for donations for the construction of three classrooms in order to offset a rise in the number of students studying at the school.
— Khmer Times

Grenade explosion injures two Pursat children
Two children suffered injuries following an explosion in Pursat province’s Krakor district on Friday, police said today.
— Khmer Times

Longest boat on display in capital
The world’s longest dragon boat, which was showcased during the Water Festival last week, will now be put on display outside the National Museum for all to see.
— Khmer Times

How indigenous ‘vigilante’ grandfathers protect forest life
At the edge of a forest on the northern plains of Cambodia, an indigenous community is building its own security system.
— Al Jazeera

Plastic Kingdom: art exhibition questions Cambodia’s rampant waste problem
On first arriving in Cambodia’s ever-expanding capital Phnom Penh, one is struck by the rubbish lying on the sides of the street.
— Southeast Asia Globe

AFF Suzuki Cup 2018: Cambodia’s 5 best pass masters from the group stage
Keisuke Honda’s appointment gave Cambodia a clear identity and playing style in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.
— Fox Sports


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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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