Cambodia morning news for December 13

Cambodia morning news for December 13

Cambodia morning news

Cambodia Responds to EU over Human Rights Concern
Cambodia’s government said on Thursday it had responded to the European Union over human rights and political concerns and urged the bloc to consider that nearly one million female workers would be affected if it suspended trade benefits.
— VOA 

Ministries Must Monitor for Cheap Rice Price, Hun Sen Says
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday ordered government ministries to monitor rice millers to ensure that they used government-funded loans to help rice farmers profit rather than lower the price of rice, following the announcement of a $50-million government rice subsidy last week.
— VOD 

PM Hun Sen: Government Takes Measures on RFA Journalist over Pornography, Not Publications
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen strongly denounced the allegations made by the oppositions, accusing the Royal Government of oppressing right to freedom of press following the arrests of reporters of Radio Free Asia (RFA).
— Fresh News

PM committed to meet Trump during Asean-US Summit
Despite recent diplomatic setbacks with the United States, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said he was committed to attending the Asean-US Summit in the United States early next year to hold talks with President Donald Trump.
— Khmer Times

Kingdom implores EU to consider reform efforts as part of EBA review
Improvements to gender equality and labour rights were among initiatives highlighted by the government in its official response yesterday to a European Commission report on the possible suspension of the Kingdom’s Everything-but-arms trade status.
— Khmer Times

Vendors Allege Foul Play After Principal Kicks Them Off School Campus
Vendors selling food and drinks at a Phnom Penh high school campus are speaking out after the principal expelled them from the grounds, saying the school needed the space to build a new library.
— VOD

Cambodian General Thanks Thai Military Official For Blocking Sam Rainsy’s Return
Senior Cambodian general Ith Sarath thanked a visiting Thai military official on Wednesday, during a meeting in Phnom Penh, for blocking opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s planned return to Cambodia through Thailand in early November.
— VOA

PM Hun Sen: Cambodia’s Expressway to Finish before 2023 SEA Games (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed that the construction of the expressway in Cambodia is in line with regional and global integration, connecting transport networks from one country to another.
— Fresh News 

Cambodia’s Draft Law on Access to Information Fails to Meet International Standards: Rights Groups
Cambodia’s recently introduced Draft Law on Access to Information, which could strike a blow to systemic graft in the country, “has numerous shortcomings” and should be amended to include key recommendations that would bring it in line with international standards, according to rights groups.
— RFA 

Cambodia says relocated Vietnamese families cannot own land
However, the governor, Sun Sovannarith, added the relocated families are setting up new homes on the designated 40-hectare area in the province only by way of renting small individual plots from a Cambodian landowner.
— Thmey Thmey

Condemned Sihanoukville Trees to Be Blessed by Mother Nature
An environmental group plans to bless decades-old trees in Sihanoukville on Sunday in a bid to prevent them from being cut down to build a road.
— VOD

Rehabilitated CNRP Leaders to Form New Party
A group of former CNRP leaders, who have received political rehabilitation, announced to form a new political party, according to a press release dated 12 December 2019.
— Fresh News

MRC says Cambodia’s Mekong River not yet hit by blue-green hue phenomenon
So Nam, a chief environment management officer at the MRC Secretariat, said the blue-green hue phenomenon has not been evident in Cambodia yet.
— Thmey Thmey

Drug Youths Caught Robbing Sam Rainsy’s Furniture
Two suspects were arrested by Meanchey district police while looting four wooden chairs and a wooden table from a property on December 12, 2019, at 2 am. The house in Prek Takok Village 2, Chak Angrere Commune, Meanchey District is said to belong to Sam Rainsy.
— CNE

Sihanoukville Stone Burial Blessing
On the morning of Thursday December 12, 2019, the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration organized a ceremony and burial of a sacred stone at the Golden Lions.
— CNE

Opennet Employee Shocked During Installation
A man working for OpenNet suffered an electric shock at around 9:35 am on December 12, 2019 on National Road 6 in Kien Khleang village, Prek Leap commune, Chroy Changva district.
— CNE

Mine action authority continues push for mine-free Kingdom by 2025
The government and foreign donors have spent about $500 million to clear land mines and war remnants in the Kingdom over the last 20 years, making formerly mine-strewn areas safe for cultivation.
— Khmer Times  

Say Samal supports climate change action
Environment Minister Say Samal has called on developed countries to increase funding to tackle climate change issues faced by Cambodia and the world.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM Supports Minebea’s Investment in Cambodia
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, received here yesterday afternoon visiting President and Chief Executive Officer of Minebea Mitsumi Inc., Mr. Yoshihisa Kainuma.
— AKP 

US told to refrain from interfering in Sokha case
Senior Cambodian officials said on Thursday that the US can monitor Kem Sokha’s trial as it wishes but would not be allowed to interfere in court procedures.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Sar Kheng seeks migrant worker safeguards
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday led an anti-human trafficking day event in Phnom Penh and told thousands of attendees that authorities are continuing crackdowns on crimes involving the smuggling of persons abroad.
— Khmer Times

Kingdom welcomes 13 newborn Irrawaddy dolphins in 2019
The Kingdom has welcomed 13 newborn Irrawaddy dolphins in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces so far this year, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
— Khmer Times 

Cambodian Delegation Attends 19th ASOMM in Thailand
A delegation of Cambodian Ministry of Mines and Energy attended the 19th ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting on Minerals (ASOMM) in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday.
— AKP 

Japan’s Minebea given the right to use ‘Made in Cambodia’ label for export
Japanese electronics manufacturer Minebea said that the company is to produce toys that will carry a “Made in Cambodia” label for export to the international market.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Information Minister Lauds AKP-VNA Cooperation
Cambodian Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith has highly appreciated the relations and cooperation between the Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP), Cambodia’s state-owned news agency, and Vietnam News Agency (VNA).
— AKP

UAE firm sets sight on oil in Kingdom
Mubadala Petroleum, one of the UAE’s largest oil and gas companies, is looking for investment opportunities in the Cambodian oil sector, said a senior official at the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Crackdown on vehicles with unpaid tax
The General Department of Customs and Excise at the Ministry of Economy and Finance vowed to take legal action against those using vehicles with unpaid tax and unapproved modifications after relevant authorities had advised them through educational announcements.
— The Phnom Penh Post

M’kiri community objects to land demarcation
Representatives of the indigenous community in Mondulkiri province on Wednesday submitted three petitions to voice their objection against the planting of stone markers around the Doh Kramom mountain area by provincial officials last week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CMVIC launches new vehicle inspection centre in the capital
CMVIC Inspection Company on Thursday launched the opening of its fourth mobile vehicle inspection centre in Phnom Penh.
— The Phnom Penh Post

SmartEdu scholarships given out to 20 students
Twenty outstanding Cambodian high school students received SmartEdu scholarships worth $300,000 from Smart Axiata Co Ltd over the weekend. The scholarships will help pay their university tuition and provide a monthly allowance until they graduate.
— The Phnom Penh Post

First Cambodian electric motorbike has official launch
Voltra Motors, the manufacturer of the first Cambodia-made electric motorbike, has officially opened its doors to the public.
— Khmer Times

PPAP and PAS grow strongly in 2019
Listed companies Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP) and Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS), the country’s sole deep-sea port, yesterday announced that they have experienced strong growth in 2019.
— Khmer Times

Cellcard launches Christmas Appeal
Cellcard today launched its special Christmas Appeal to raise funds for the Friends International charity which works to get disadvantaged youth off the streets and into the classroom.
— Khmer Times

 

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