Cambodia morning news for December 20

Cambodia morning news for December 20

Cambodia morning news

Waste From Chinese Gold Mines Sickens Villagers, Kills Livestock and Fish in Cambodia
Villagers in Cambodia’s Kratie and Mondulkiri provinces are voicing fears for their health following the release into rivers of toxic waste from Chinese gold mines that has sickened local residents and killed livestock and fish, local sources say.
— RFA 

EBA deal withdrawal wouldn’t affect operations, say most EuroCham members
The European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) members in the recent EuroCham Business Confidence Survey 2019 do not expect a withdrawal of the Everything-but-arms (EBA) scheme to have an impact on their operations.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s export up 6.45 percent in the last ten months
The minister, speaking during a ministerial meeting Wednesday, said exported goods during the 10-month period this year were worth some $10,813,000,000 compared to $10,158,000,000 of the same period in 2018. In terms of value, the latest figures showed an increase of 6.45 percent from last year.
— Thmey Thmey   

Patrol finds 200 snares in forest community
More than 200 illegal snares have over the past two weeks been removed from the Prambei Mom Forest community area in Kampong Speu’s Thpong district.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia needs 377 mln USD to achieve 2025 mine-free target
Cambodia needs 377 million U.S. dollars to clear all types of landmines, cluster munitions, and explosive remnants of war (ERWs) in the kingdom by 2025, a senior official said on Thursday.
— Xinhua

A guide to visiting Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains
If you’re willing to take the trip, the Cardamom Mountains offers you the chance to experience one of Cambodia’s greatest natural sites. For those crazy about wildlife, the Cardamom Mountains is a must.
— Wild Life Alliance

Chinese Tourists to Cambodia Grow, But Yield Little Revenue For Locals
More than two million Chinese tourists visited Cambodia in the first 10 months of the year, the government said in a report, representing nearly a quarter increase for the same period in 2018, but a local tourism association suggested numbers had dwindled and yielded little revenue for Cambodians.
— RFA 

Cambodian economic growth among highest worldwide
Phnom Penh, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Senior Cambodian officials and experts expressed their conviction that the national economy will expand by more than 7% this year, one of the highest rates in the region and the world.
— Prensa Latina

Agriculture Ministry Rejects Criticism Over Low Rice Prices
The Cambodian Agriculture Ministry rejected criticism circulating on social media about farmers getting low prices for their rice in the paddy-producing provinces of Battambang, Pursat and Banteay Meanchey. The Cambodian Agriculture Ministry rejected criticism circulating on social media about farmers getting low prices for their rice in the paddy-producing provinces of Battambang, Pursat and Banteay Meanchey.
— VOA

Ordinary Cambodians Can Only Look On, As Cambodia Ranks Among Most Indebted Countries to China
Until two years ago, the lives of Paong Lat’s family revolved mostly around their small farm, daily fish catch, their sales at the local market, and some occasional day labor.
— VOA 

Vietnam, Cambodia hold chemical-spill rescue drill
Two thousand Vietnamese and Cambodian soldiers and civilians took part in a chemical-leak rescue drill along the border on Wednesday.
— VN Epress 

Vietnam, Cambodia hold joint rescue drill
The drill is to implement a protocol on search and rescue cooperation in mainland border area signed between the two defence ministries on July 20, 2017. It is also a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief activity within the framework of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM).
— Nhan Dan  

Thousands of migrant workers deported from Thailand: Official
A deputy provincial governor for Banteay Meanchey yesterday reported Thailand has so far this year deported 9,979 undocumented migrant workers through Poipet city.
— Khmer Times  

Cambodian, Vietnamese soldiers partake in rescue drill
More than 1,000 Cambodian and Vietnamese soldiers yesterday partook in a cross-border disaster rescue exercise along Svay Rieng province.
— Khmer Times 

Mekong countries strengthen river management cooperation
The Mekong River Commission and the Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Center have signed a memorandum of understanding to improve the management of the Mekong river.
— Khmer Times 

Cambodia Releases Outcomes of Minister of Foreign Affairs’ Mission to the 14th ASEM FMM
Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn led a delegation to attend the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM14) held on 15-16 December 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
— Fresh News 

Khmer Rouge cadre case in limbo after split court decision
The pre-trial chamber of the UN-backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal yesterday issued a conflicting decision over the closing order in case 004/2 against former Khmer Rouge cadre Ao An, leaving the case in limbo.
— Khmer Times 

5 Chinese Arrested After Kam. Speu KTV Violence
A violent incident occurred in a remote part of Kampong Speu province at 8.20 minutes on the night of December 18, 2019.
— CNE  

Hun Sen tells officials to submit rights reports on time
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered relevant officials to timely file indigenous rights reports to the UN to avoid criticism.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian goods to stock 7-Elevens across Thailand
Some 30 varieties of Cambodian goods will find their way into Thai 7-Eleven stores by early next year, with negotiations extended to bring the US-Japanese brand to the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s first Food Street opens in Kampot
Kampot this week opened the first area in Cambodia dedicated exclusively to street food.
— Khmer Times 

Minister calls for Mekong collaboration
Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol on Wednesday called for further collaboration in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) for more attractive investment, trade and tourism in the region.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia, Thailand navies discuss maritime security cooperation
The bRoyal Cambodian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy on Wednesday met to discuss further cooperation to prevent maritime crimes.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodia, Indonesia Mark 60 Years of Friendship
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Phnom Penh in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia have launched a book and organised a seminar to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relationship between Cambodia and Indonesia in 2019.
— AKP

Cambodia Earns Two Gold Medals in 6th WVVF World Vovinam Championships 2019
Cambodia has won two gold medals from the 6th WVVF World Vovinam Championships 2019, being held in Phnom Penh.
— AKP 

Book fair scheduled to kick off in Cambodia early next year
Over a million English books of almost every genre – fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business, and others – will arrive in Cambodia early next year for the world’s biggest book sale, announced Malaysian home-grown book fair, Big Bad Wolf Books.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodian, Vietnamese Forces Hold Cross-border Disaster Rescue Drill
Over 1,000 Cambodian and Vietnamese forces have been actively participating in the cross-border disaster rescue exercise along the common border at Svay Rieng province (Cambodia) and Long An province (Vietnam).
— AKP

1,853 Construction Project Licensed
The government has licensed 1,853 construction projects by 228 domestic and 240 foreign companies.
— AKP 

Garment workers stage protest after factory ceases operations
Nearly 500 garment workers of Sees Global (KH) Limited in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district are staging daily protests to seek compensation after management announced the factory was sold to another company.
— Khmer Times 

Relationship with Indonesia marked during book launch
Indonesian and Cambodian officials are confident relations will continue to move forward as they marked six decades of diplomatic ties during a book launch yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Human rights as key to diplomatic ties highlighted
Sweden’s new Ambassador Bjorn Haggmark yesterday highlighted respect for human rights as a key element in his country’s relations with other nations, including Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

PM: Fund Raising for Upgrading Calmette Hospital Ends
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has announced to end the fund raising for the modernisation of Calmette hospital, after the campaign started in late November.
— AKP

Member vows to quit SCC if case unaddressed
Cambodian Youth Party president Pich Sros yesterday warned he would quit his job on the Supreme Consultative Council if the government failed to work out a case of land reclamation allegedly implicating an army officer in Koh Kong province.
— Khmer Times

Crash drill goes smoothly at Siem Reap International Airport
A full-scale airport emergency exercise aimed at providing training to relevant officials was yesterday successfully conducted at Siem Reap International Airport.
— Khmer Times

Is the Supreme Consultative Council the ‘real deal’
It has been more than a year since Prime Minister Hun Sen created the Supreme Consultative Council as a forum to promote multi-party democracy.
— Khmer Times

Nearly 50 National and International Airline Companies Operating in Cambodia
Up to now, there are a total of 49 airline companies operating in Cambodia, of which 44 are international and 5 are local air passenger carriers.
— AKP

PM Agrees with CHEA’s Request on Tax Exemption for 2020-2023
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has agreed with the request of the Cambodian Higher Education Association (CHEA) for tax exemption for 2020-2023.
— AKP

REPEX-19 Conducted Smoothly at Siem Reap International Airport
The​ Full Scale Airport Emergency Exercise (REPEX-19) was held smoothly yesterday at the Siem Reap International Airport in Siem Reap provincial city to test its emergency plan.
— AKP

Outcomes of Participation of DPM Prak Sokhonn in ASEM FMM14 in Spain Released
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC) this afternoon issued a press release on the outcomes of the participation of H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of MFA-IC in the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Madrid, Spain.
— AKP

Investment Proposals on US$2 Billion Projects Discussed
Cambodian Investment Board (CIB) has recently convened a meeting to discuss 16 investment proposals worth US$2 billion late this year, according to local media report.
— AKP

PM: Fund Raising for Upgrading Calmette Hospital Ends
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has announced to end the fund raising for the modernisation of Calmette hospital, after the campaign started in late November.
— AKP

What does Cambodia Book Fair mean to you?
The 8th Edition of Cambodia Book Fair just came to an end last week with a significant increase of the total visitors to almost 180,000 for the three-day period.
— Khmer Times

Book marks 60 years of friendship between Kingdom and Indonesia
The Indonesian Embassy on Thursday held a book launch at a hotel in the capital to mark Cambodia and Indonesia’s 60 years of friendship.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CCC passes amendments on 10 articles of Trade Union Law
The Constitutional Council of Cambodia (CCC) on Thursday reviewed and approved the draft law on amendments to 10 articles of the Law on Trade Unions amid criticism from local and international civil society organisations.
— The Phnom Peh Post

YouTube hailed in tackling online abuse in Kingdom
Cambodian officials said recent policy expansions by YouTube to tackle racial discrimination and gender identity-based harassment will help. But abuse on social media remains an issue in the Kingdom as there are currently no laws to combat it.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Rural students to receive enriched rice from WFP
The UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) announced its collaboration on Thursday with a Cambodian company to provide rural students with micronutrient-enriched school meals.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tonnes of ‘fake seasoning’ seized
Siem Reap police officials on Wednesday seized 18 tonnes of suspected counterfeit seasoning, detained a suspect and are on the hunt for the operation’s ringleader.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Train Runs Over Drunk’s Arm
A man who apparently passed out drunk on the train line was run over at 5.10 am on the morning of December 19, 2019 in Prey Sal Village, Kakap 2 Commune, Porsenchey District.
— CNE 

CDC approves three projects worth $11M
Three investment projects worth more than $11 million were approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) this week, a CDC press release said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Video game console maker to relocate part of its production to Cambodia
MinebeaMitsumi Inc, a Japan-based electronic device manufacturer, said on Tuesday that it will relocate part of its video game console production in China to Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Real estate agency plans expansion
Century 21 Zillion Holding, a sub-franchise of real estate agency Century 21 Cambodia, is preparing an expansion across the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

New shopping mall in capital ‘reveals opportunities’
The five-storey Chip Mong Noro Mall in Boeung Keng Kang I (BKK1) district was officially unveiled to the public yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Kingdom’s air passenger traffic grows 12 percent
Passenger traffic at Cambodian airports grew by 12 percent in the first eleven months of this year because of new air routes and new airlines being put into operation.
— Khmer Times

Graphic designer accused of forging government website
Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday charged a man accused of running a forged government website and fabricating hundreds of documents issued to drivers.
— Khmer Times

A tour to remember: Inside the home of Sheikh Majibur Rahman
From the outside, the house looks modern and quaint, overlooking a road and riverfront. Its gardens are well-maintained and fresh. However, this home has a dark past.
— Khmer Times

Ministry wants century-old bridge in Battambang province preserved
The Culture Ministry wants a colonial-era bridge in Battambang province to be preserved following a suggestion that it should be demolished.
— Khmer Times

CMAA seeks 2,000 soldiers to partake in mine-clearance
The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority is seeking 2,000 army personnel to engage in demining so the Kingdom can to achieve its mine-free goal by 2025.
— Khmer Times

Singapore-Cambodia on show at upcoming art festival
The Embassy of Singapore, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism, will be organising a special festival in February to commemorate 55 years of bilateral ties with the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Ancient vases handed over to Apsara Authority
Villagers in Siem Reap province on Wednesday handed over two ancient pieces of pottery they had unearthed while clearing land for cultivation in 2011 and last year to Apsara Authority.
— Khmer Times

WFP project blends regular and fortified rice
The World Food Programme Cambodia and Green Trade Company yesterday launched a project to blend regular rice with fortified rice to be used to provide free breakfast for children in targeted schools next year.
— Khmer Times

United States shows interest in energy sector
Ambassador Patrick Murphy has expressed willingness to push private investors in the United States to work with the Kingdom’s oil and gas sector, so long as Cambodia is keen to coordinate with them.
— Khmer Times

The Inconsistent Actions of the Former EU Trade Commissioner
Over the past two plus years, the EU has been of the view that democracy and respect for human rights in Cambodia has deteriorated. This prompted the EU to launch the procedure that could possibly lead to the withdrawal of its “Everything But Arms” (EBA) scheme.
— Fresh News

Old French Lag Caught For Illegal Entry
At 10:30 am, 19 December 2019 A foreigner named PATRICK JEAN BAPTISTE DALLARI , a 61-year-old French national, came to the office of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police Office to apply for a lost passport.
— CNE

 

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