Cambodia morning news for December 27

Cambodia morning news for December 27

Cambodia morning news

Almost 8000 Cambodian Casino Workers Lose Jobs
A Department of Labor and Vocational Training spokesman told a local website on December 26, that after it was decided to close online gambling businesses, which will be completed by the end of 2019, a number of casinos have ceased their business operations, which has resulted in the loss of about 7,700 Cambodian casinos worker jobs.
— CNE 

PM urges farmers to diversify crops amid shortage of water
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday called for farmers to diversify beyond rice during the dry season, amid meteorologists’ warnings that a decline in water levels due to drought will adversely impact output and prices.
— The Phnom Penh Post

The Jevit: home-grown Cambodian demining robot saves time and limbs (video)
Necessity is often said to be the mother of invention and no truer is it the case than for Khmer-Canadian mechanical engineering graduate Richard Yim.
— AEC News Today 

Hun Sen defends free market rice pricing in the Kingdom
؛rime Minister Hun Sen yesterday defended the Kingdom’s stance in letting the free market determine the price of rice and blasted critics by saying Cambodia is not a communist country.
— Khmer Times 

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2019 Article IV Consultation with Cambodia
the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation [1] with Cambodia.
— Press Release

Activists: Gov’t Should Stop Sanctioned Individuals From Continuing Illicit Activities
Leading environmental activists and groups have called on the government to prevent recently-sanctioned Cambodian nationals, Kun Kim and Try Pheap, from further exploiting the country’s natural resources for personal gain.
— VOA  

Cambodian Authorities Bar Villagers in Land Dispute From Hearing RFA
Local authorities in central Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang province have warned villagers locked in a land dispute not to listen in groups to reports by Radio Free Asia, saying that broadcasts heard over loudspeaker have disturbed their neighbors, sources in the region said.
— RFA

PM Hun Sen “Concerned” over EU-Indonesian-Malaysian Trade Dispute
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed his concern over EU’s banning on Indonesia-Malaysia palm oil, saying the issue is on-going and will not end easily.
— Fresh News  

PM Hun Sen Urges to Preserve Colonial Buildings in Cambodia (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on authority to preserve the colonial buildings and structures, addressing Thursday at the graduation ceremony of the National University of Law and Economics (RULE).
— Fresh News

PM Hun Sen: Customs and Tax Revenue Collected beyond Target; Cambodia to Achieve 7.1% Economic Growth
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that the General Department of Customs and Excise and the General Department of Taxation have collected more revenue than the set target, exceeded over USD 1.4 billion.
— Fresh News  

Cambodian “bat man” bolsters the fight against dengue fever
Meet Heng Kim Seng, Cambodia’s bat man. In a few years, he went from rice to riches all because of bats.
— MongaBay

What’s in the New Vietnam-Cambodia Search and Rescue Exercise?
Earlier this week, Vietnam and Cambodia held the first iteration of a new search and rescue exercise. The mechanism spotlighted how the two sides are continuing to manage their defense ties amid these wider domestic and foreign policy developments that have tested relations.
— The Diplomat 

(LEAD) KB Kookmin bank to acquire Cambodian bank for US$603 mln
KB Kookmin bank, South Korea’s biggest retail lender, decided Thursday to acquire Cambodia’s largest microfinance company in its latest move to bolster its presence in Southeast Asian markets.
— Yonhap News Agency

Lawyer Wants Court to Summon Foreign Witnesses For Kem Sokha Trial
A lawyer for Kem Sokha said the Phnom Penh Municipal Court should invite foreign witnesses to testify in Kem Sokha’s January 15 trial over treason charges.
— VOA

Cambodian Casinos Shutting in 2020, Non-compliance to Incur Legal Action
Cambodia is on the cusp of a nation-wide online casinos shut down. With a voted ban on the gaming industry, all Internet casinos in the Kingdom should be coming to a halt on January 1, 2020. Those refusing will face stern legal ramifications, a government spokesman confirmed on December 25.
— Gambling

Hun Sen orders Battambang’s 100 year-old bridge be preserved
“There has been news that we will demolish the French colonial era bridge in Battambang province. I wish to re-affirm that all buildings which are older than 50 years will be protected,” Hun Sen said during a graduation ceremony Thursday.
— Thmey Thmey

100,000 Mangroves Campaign
Mangrove forests are being lost at an alarming rate in Cambodia.
Communities in Kampot province, with the help of ActionAid Cambodia, are planting 100,000 mangroves to protect their livelihoods and create a vital natural defence against the climate crisis
— Action Aid International (video inside)

Cambodian citizen arrested at Bengaluru airport, 3 wild pig’s teeth recovered from bag
There are many cases of smuggling at international airports these days, these include smuggling of many illegal things like gold, illegal currency, smuggling of drugs. At the same time, the Customs Department is also fully alert to catch these smugglers. A similar case has emerged from the Karnataka capital Banglore.
— News Track Live

Nippon Express opens dry port and logistics centre in Phnom Penh SEZ
Japan’s logistics operator Nippon Express (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. inaugurated its dry port/Phnom Penh Logistic Centre – a multi-purpose warehouse at the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Monday to service its growing clientele.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia arrests man for trafficking 20 kilos of drugs from Thailand
Cambodian anti-drug police has arrested a local man for allegedly smuggling 20 kilograms of illicit drugs from neighboring Thailand into Cambodia, the National Police reported on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Experts doubt effectiveness of new plan to address Mekong drought
After a year of severe drought that hit the region, the inter-state agency Mekong River Commission (MRC) has laid out new measures to mitigate the effects of the crisis but experts have questioned the effectiveness of the plan.
— Aljazeera

Council OKs energy projects
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has granted official licences approving two projects with a combined capital investment of $100 million in the energy sector, it said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Briton’s 26 Month Over Stay
A foreigner will be deported from Cambodia after Siem Reap police he had over stayed his visa by almost 800 days,
— CNE

Battambang to Host 6th River Festival Next Year
Battambang province will host Cambodia’s 6th River Festival in March next year, according to senior tourism official.
— AKP

Five-year Agricultural Sector Strategic Development Plan 2019-2023 Launched
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) and other stakeholders launched here yesterday the Agricultural Sector Strategic Development Plan 2019-2023.
— AKP

National Military Police probe 2,400 cases of crime in 2019
The National Military Police received 2,550 reports of crime across the Kingdom this year, said a report released at its annual meeting in the capital on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Traffic jams and waste concerns in capital
Phnom Penh Municipal Council chairman Pa Socheatvong said traffic congestion and waste pollution are the leading issues in the capital, ahead of others raised by residents at a public forum on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tens of millions spent on healthcare
The National Social Protection Council yesterday reported the government has spent $43.8 million to provide healthcare services to impoverished citizens and government officials this year through its Health Equity Fund.
— Khmer Times

Apsara Authority to restore ancient ponds during dry spell
The Apsara Authority will deepen eight ancient ponds, which have dried up, and fill them with water for use during a current dry spell in Puok district.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s 6th Trade Centre in China to Be Launched Later This Week
Cambodia will inaugurate its 6th trade centre in China later this week to boost the relations between the two countries, mainly in the fields of trade, investment, culture and tourism.
— AKP

GDT: ‘Tax reforms won’t harm corporations’
The General Department of Taxation (GDT) released a statement on Wednesday aiming to quash fears that the Kingdom’s tax reforms would adversely affect corporate taxpayers, saying the moves are meant to “strengthen tax collection transparently and equitably”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thai-Cambodia drug bust nabs 24-year-old with 20kg of meth
A 24-year-old Cambodian man was arrested and 20kg of methamphetamine seized in a cross-border drugs bust on Wednesday. The methamphetamine was brought into Cambodia from Thailand via the An Ses border Checkpoint in Preah Vihear province on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Phnom Penh Welcomes US$3.4 Billion Construction Projects in 2019
Phnom Penh Capital has welcomed 1,030 new construction projects worth over US$3.4 billion this year.
— AKP

Eight men arrested over Gold Line Club killing
Eight men have been arrested for allegedly beating another to death after an altercation at the Gold Line Club in the capital’s Phnom Penh Thmey commune, Sen Sok district, in the early hours of Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Governors of coastal provinces fight back against encroachment
Governors of coastal provinces have declared their stance against encroachment and land reclamation, instructing local officials to tighten enforcement of the law so perpetrators would receive the appropriate punishment.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Gov’t Forbids Destruction of a Historical Bridge in Battambang Province
Gov’t Forbids Destruction of a Historical Bridge in Battambang Province
— AKP

Cambodian Minister of Agriculture Receives Chinese Delegation from Gansu Province
Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries H.E. Veng Sakhon received here yesterday afternoon a visiting Chinese delegation from Gansu province.
— AKP

Ministry throws weight behind wetlands plan
At a consultative meeting with the Prey Veng provincial administration on Thursday, the Ministry of Environment expressed support for its initiative to turn the wetlands at Boeung Slae lake, in Ba Phnom district’s Batheay commune, into a protected area.
–The Phnom Penh Post

CMAC destroys more than 36,000 mines, UXOs in 2019
Throughout this year, the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) had detected and destroyed more than 36,000 mines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) on nearly 6,700ha of mine-contaminated land across 487 locations in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry eyes 100% land registrations
The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction pledged to complete registering up to 94 per cent of land by next year and 100 per cent of some seven million plots by 2021.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Gov’t calls for more industrial parks to be built along borders
The government has called for more special economic zone developments along the Vietnam border to attract more foreign direct investment.
— Khmer Times

China grants $2.5 for demining operations
The Chinese government has granted more than $2 million in assistance to support demining operations in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

PM asks landlords to freeze rent for garment workers
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday renewed his call to landlords not to raise rent for workers, leading to unions asking the government to issue a directive rather than just a suggestion.
— Khmer Times

Audit department says imposters behind extortions
The Interior Ministry’s Internal Audit Department has refuted accusations that high-ranking officials extorted money from provincial officials and police officers, saying that the perpetrators were imposters.
— Khmer Times

Case of ‘fled’ casino owner pending
Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training spokesman Heng Sour said officials from the Department of Labour are still working on the case of a Chinese employer in Preah Sihanouk province who ran away without paying the workers’ wages.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Third Aeon Mall receives official approval
From being a duo, Aeon Malls are set to become a trio with a third gaining approval from the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) and scheduled to open in 2023.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen wants foreign money to invest in agro-processing
Cambodia’s Prime Minister is calling for more investments on agriculture processing and technology industry in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Restoration of irrigation systems set to begin in four provinces
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, through the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-financed Climate Friendly Agri-Business Value Chains (CFAVC) Sector Project, will begin restoring 32 irrigation systems and dig 800 ponds in Takeo, Kampong Cham, Kampot and Tbong Khmum provinces.
— The Phnom Penh Post

NagaWorld welcomes 2020 with countdown concert and fireworks
It is the biggest night of the year. Head to the Hun Sen Park in front of NagaWorld1 this Dec 31 to be part of the ultimate New Year Countdown celebration with a star-studded outdoor concert for free starting at 9.30 pm.
— Khmer Times

Ministry highlights work to register indigenous lands
The Land Management Ministry has announced it has officially registered thousands of hectares of land for scores of ethnic minority communities across the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

 

 

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