Cambodia morning news for December 24

Cambodia morning news for December 24

Cambodia morning news

Crime, corruption & construction: Who wins when gambling ends in Cambodia on Dec 31? (video)
Al Jazeera English 101 East has taken an up close and not so flattering look at the ‘Chinafication’ of the Cambodian coastal city of Sihanoukville and the gambling-fuelled construction bonanza helping drive Cambodia’s robust economic growth.
— AEC News Today

Cambodian Court to Issue Ruling on ‘Reinvestigation’ of Case Against Former RFA Reporters
An appeals court in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh will rule Dec. 30 on an appeal by two former RFA reporters to drop a reinvestigation into pornography charges against them, with a decision on a further investigation into charges of espionage still outstanding, sources said.
— RFA 

National Assembly says yes to four solar projects
Four solar projects, representing a total output of 140 megawatts, were approved during a plenary session of the National Assembly yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Canadian journalist Zsombor Peter, facing criminal charge in Cambodia, urges Ottawa to denounce case
A Canadian journalist who was charged two years ago with incitement to commit a felony while covering an election campaign in Cambodia says he wants to know why the Canadian government has not publicly denounced the case as the trial moves ahead for Christmas Day.
— The Globe And Mail 

2 Cambodia-registered airlines launch new routes to China
Two Cambodia-registered airlines have announced new routes connecting Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, to destinations in China, an English-language daily newspaper reported on Monday.
— Xinhua  

Cambodia’s Working Moms Turn to Baby Formula
Before Sim Ark gave birth to her second child, she didn’t think much about what a workplace needed to accommodate a new mother.
— VOA

Factory owner reinstates workers following protest
The owner of the Sees Global (Cambodia) Co Ltd factory in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district has agreed to allow the return of workers and promised to keep their seniority after more than 500 of them protested on Monday morning.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

U.S. Envoy: Cambodia Should Have Good Ties with China, But Beware of Potential Pitfalls
U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy urged Cambodia to pursue a good relationship with China, but also cautioned against the potential effects the bonhomie could have on their sovereignty and financial sustainability.
— VOA 

Cambodian Government Committed to Further Combat Online Gambling
To ensure national security and combat money laundering in Cambodia, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has reiterated the Royal Government’s commitment against online gambling.
— AKP 

Cambodia: Drop Charges Against Journalists
The Cambodian authorities should immediately drop fabricated incitement charges against two former Cambodia Daily journalists, Human Rights Watch said today.
— Human Right Watch  

PM Hun Sen Reminds Officials Not to Abuse Power to Exploit State Properties
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen reminded his partymen and officials to avoid abusing power to exploit the state properties, referring to land reclamation issue in Koh Kong sea, addressing Sunday at the closing ceremony of Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) mass movement congress, held at Koh Pich, Phnom Penh, according to his Facebook post on Monday.
— Fresh News 

CPP: ‘Pay more attention to the needs of citizens’
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has urged government officials and civil servants to be more attentive in providing better public services to citizens and heeding their requests as the party eyes a near-certain victory in the next general election.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Hun Sen wants pristine coastal areas preserved
Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the governors of the coastal provinces to protect and maintain the beauty of the coasts, prevent wastewater from flowing into the sea and continue to develop the necessary infrastructure for tourism.
— Khmer Times

Hun Manet cautions academy exam candidates against middlemen
Lieutenant General Hun Manet yesterday called on all candidates who sat for a recent military academy entrance exam to be vigilant against brokers or middlemen over the test results.
— Khmer Times 

Lower Mekong countries should negotiate with China as a bloc over river’s sustainability: US
The five lower Mekong countries — Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar — should band together to negotiate with China over the river’s future, which is in peril from damming and other unsustainable development projects, the U.S. ambassador to Cambodia said last week.
— CamboJa News 

Refugee Paroled in California Murder Case, Detained by ICE
A Cambodian refugee who drew support from immigrant groups was released Monday from a California prison after being granted parole in a murder case, then immediately turned over to federal agents for possible deportation, his attorney said.
— VOA

Cambodian Deputy Police Inspector Arrested for Shooting Restauranteur Dead
Authorities in Cambodia have arrested on murder charges a police official accused of shooting a restauranteur in the head at point-blank range over delays in his food order.
— RFA  

Do Not Trade Cambodia’s Peace with “Color Revolution”
Despite the political organization of the “color revolution” being dissolved and its recent attempts to instigate havoc being foiled, the traitor’s group still “pursues” its ambition to claim the power, by secretly carrying on its “previous plan” – but this time under a new image and strategy – in a bid to destroy Cambodia.
— Fresh News 

Over 100 students boycott classes over teacher firings
More than100 students from Pursat province’s Hun Sen Chheu Tom High School are boycotting classes and posting criticism of the school committee on social media after three of its teachers were suddenly removed and transferred several days ago.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Private sector urged to maintain good relations with government
Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Sam Heng on Monday urged the private sector to maintain good relations with the government to boost social and sustainable economic development in Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Police officer recalls interaction with Cambodian peacekeepers
A Bangladeshi police officer who served in a United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan several years ago said his interaction with Cambodian blue helmets had left him with a deep sense of admiration and pride.
— Khmer Times

People affected by expressway project demand fair compensation
Families displaced by the construction of the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway have again asked the government for fair compensation so that they can find new homes.
— Khmer Times 

PM calls for firm coastal protection
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday called on Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara and the governors of the Kingdom’s four coastal provinces to be resolute in protecting beaches from encroachment.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM orders probe on two-star general in Koh Kong
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday ordered a high-ranking government official and local authorities to investigate land reclamation allegedly implicating an army officer in Koh Kong province.
— Khmer Times

Ith Samheng mulls pension scheme delay
Labour Minister Ith Samheng yesterday said he will look into a request by employers to delay implementing a pension scheme for garment and footwear workers slated for next year.
— Khmer Times

Activist to testify during Sokha’s treason trial
Phnom Penh Municipal Court has summoned a former opposition activist Ma Chetra to appear as a witness in the treason trial of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha next month.
— Khmer Times

SCC raises corruption and ethic violations during meeting
The Supreme Consultative Council is calling on the Education Ministry to address all issues plaguing the education sector in the Kingdom, including corrupt practices and ethic violations.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia and Vietnam sign five-year defence pact
Cambodia and Vietnam have signed a pact to continue defence cooperation over the next five years, including in ensuring security and safety in border areas.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, South Korea to implement Busan agreements
Cambodia and South Korea yesterday discussed accelerating the implementation of agreements to attract more investment signed during a summit in Busan last month.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian law essential in reaching gender equality
“Khmer legislation does not really advance or support women’s participation or women empowerment. There is a lack of female representation in judicial systems, in the legislators and executive branches” Bunn Rachana said.
— Thmey Thmey 

Minister of Tourism says 900,000 tourists visited Sea Festival
“During the first day of the festival, there were about 200,000 people and tourists. The second day of the festival was presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen, there were 400,000 people and tourists. The third day was about 300,000 in total, about 90,000 tourists. There were approximately 6,000 international visitors, exceeding expectations,” he said.
— Thmey Thmey

Chinese Burglars Shot By Armed Homeowner
homeowner, who is also an armed border police officer, fired several shots at two Chinese suspects who were burgling his home.
— CNE

19th Century Photo Of Phnom Penh
Taken from a Facebook post. These photos are of Phnom Penh from either 1866 or 1886. *According to history buff Philip Coggan it is from ‘1873, taken from a park that then existed on the bank of the Bassac River south of the palace’.
— CNE

Mother And Daughter Sentenced Over Killing
Municipal Court delivered a verdict on the murder of a mother and daughter who together killed their husband/son-in-law.
— CNE

Austrian Over Stayer Living In Battambang Wat
Immigration police said the foreigner, identified as STEFAN FINLEY FELIX KONIG, a 34-year-old Austrian national, was a tourist and had arrived in Cambodia at the Pailin international border checkpoint in 2015 and has been missing documents since.
— CNE

Cambodia’s Coastal Areas Attract 1.3 Million Foreign Tourists
Cambodia’s coastal areas are expected to attract some 1.3 million foreign tourists by the end of this year, a year-on-year increase of 4.5 percent, according to Minister of Tourism H.E. Thong Khon.
— AKP

Sea King and Mermaid, Two Attractive Features of Sea Festival 2019
Sea king and mermaid statues, made from plastic wastes, were two main attractive features of the Sea Festival 2019 held in Kampot province last weekend.
— AKP

Cambodian Defence Minister Concludes Five-day Working Visit in Vietnam
Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence of Cambodia, returned home yesterday after concluding his five-day working visit in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
— AKP

Cambodia gets FIM membership
The Cambodia Motor Sports Federation (CMSF) has been formally accepted as a full-fledged member of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, VN boost military cooperation with new agreement
Cambodian and Vietnamese ministers of National Defence signed a five-year bilateral cooperation agreement from 2020 to 2025 to strengthen diplomatic ties, solidarity and military assistance between the two countries.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Petrol station owner sent to Prey Sar for attacking man on premises
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday held the owner of a PTT petrol station in the capital’s Dangkor district in pre-trial detention at Prey Sar prison for attacking a teacher on the premises.
— The Phnm Penh Post

Project launched to combat TB among workers from Thailand
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Cambodian National Centre for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control (Cenat) have launched a three-year project to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) among Cambodian migrants returning from Thailand.
— The Phnom Penh Post

National Assembly approves UN Convention on Sea Law
A total of 110 National Assembly members on Monday convened to review and unanimously approve seven draft laws in a historic session that saw the Kingdom ratify the UN’s Convention on Sea Law (Unclos).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Two in Kampot court for hacking Facebook account of police chief
Kep provincial police sent two suspects to the Kampot Provincial Court on Monday for questioning after they were held for allegedly hacking the Facebook account of provincial police chief Ben Dara to cheat people.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Bavet town deputy police chief charged with murder of woman
The Svay Rieng provincial court issued a temporary detention warrant for Keo Vichet, a deputy police chief in Bavet town, and charged him with murder and unauthorised possession of a weapon following the fatal shooting of a restaurant owner in the town’s Ta Pov village on Friday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘Stop all checks on Chinese venues’
Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kouch Chamroeun has called on provincial and town police to stop the unwarranted inspections of businesses run by foreigners, especially Chinese nationals.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Bottled water production project opened in Stung Treng province
Plan International Cambodia, stakeholders and communities on Friday inaugurated a community bottled water production station for the people, especially for children in O’Svay commune, Borey O’Svay Senchey district, in Stung Treng province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

KR survivors benefit from ECCC’s non-judicial scheme
About 2,200 female civil parties to the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal have benefited from its non-judicial measure scheme, especially access to justice since 2016, according to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Koh Kong General Investigated For Coast Violation
According to a report on December 23, 2019, the Koh Kong Provincial Joint Task Force’s Inspection and Evaluation Team revealed that after receiving information, a force of officials and technical experts to investigate Thu Diet/Tun Dith/Thuot Thanh, a 2 star general, for filling in coastal land with sand.
— CNE

 

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