Cambodia morning news for February 20

Cambodia morning news for February 20

Cambodia morning newsGovernment prepares for water shortages
As the dry season takes hold, the government is preparing to tackle a water shortage in six provinces, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US, Cambodia in War of Words Over Detained Opposition Leader
Cambodia and the United States sparred this weekend over comments appearing on a U.S. embassy Facebook page criticizing the Cambodian government’s continued detention of the leader of a now-banned opposition party.
— Radio Free Asia

Higher Student Dropout Rates Along Cambodia’s Border with Thailand
A Cambodian official reported last week that about 23 percent of children in three provinces along the border with Thailand have stopped attending school.
— VOA News

Runway expansion project in Sihanoukville airport to cost $21m
Cambodia Airports, the company that manages all international airports in the Kingdom, said it is investing $21 million to expand the runway in Sihanoukville International Airport to cope with the rapidly growing number of passengers.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia-Japan building durable relations: Message from the Ambassador
It is my great pleasure to be sharing this message with my friends, Facebook video fans and the Cambodian people in this, the week of Japan-Cambodia Kizuna Festival, which is the biggest Japanese cultural event in Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian-Americans Plan Lobbying Campaign to Support Sanctions
US-based supporters of Cambodia’s former opposition party have launched a campaign to lobby US lawmakers to support legislation aimed at placing sanctions on the Cambodian government.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia / Art exhibition invites viewers into a series of dreams at the Kingdom’s newest gallery
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra has launched a new exhibition by Cambodian artist Lim Muy Theam. The collection, entitled ‘Songes’ will be on show for three months, with visitors and locals of the capital welcome to experience this unique collection of lacquer artworks.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Japan to fund two projects worth $43 million
The Foreign Affairs Ministry today said Japan will provide more than $43 million to fund two development projects in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Investigative judge ends probe into Rainsy criminal cases
The investigating judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court has closed the probe into two criminal cases against Sam Rainy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian PM Receives of a Group of U.S. Law Experts
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, received here this morning at the Peace Palace a group of U.S. law experts led by Mr. Matthew Anthony Tayler, Chairman and CEO of Duane Morris LLP.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Thousands of people celebrate Meak Bochea day
Thousands of people, monks and government officials on Tuesday observe Meak Bochea day at Oudong mountain in Kandal province’s Ponhea Leu district where it is home to the relic of the Buddha.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia includes peace as a subject in its school curriculum
“Peace” will now be part of the curriculum for Cambodian students as the Ministry of Education partnered with peace advocacy group, HWPL to include it as a subject.
— The Independent

Cambodian workers to get Japan opportunity
The Japanese government will offer an opportunity for specialised Cambodian workers to work in Japan through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that might be signed in April, Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, Ith Sam Heng said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Police identify suspect involved in scamming S’wkians in Cambodia
The State Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) has identified the local suspect said to be involved in the scam involving Sarawakians in Cambodia.
— The Borneo Post

PM wants swifter pardons for women
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged the Women’s Affairs and Justice Ministries to explore the possibility of pardoning some female inmates outside of national holiday periods, noting that he will consider establishing a body, directly under his control, to assist impoverished women.
— Khmer Times

Hit and Run BMW GS 1200 Found
A CNE reader believes they have spotted the BMW GS involved in a fatal hit and run on National Road 4 on February 7th.
— Cambodia News English

PM calls for mercy in sentencing women with children
In a meeting of the National Council of Cambodia for Women on Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen called for more compassion in the sentencing of female inmates who have children to care for and are divorced and urged greater use of suspended sentencing.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Court completes two Sam Rainsy cases
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has concluded its investigation into two criminal cases of incitement and insult against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy.
— Khmer Times

“Perceiving China-Jiangsu Culture Week” opens in Cambodia
“Perceiving China-Jiangsu Culture Week” kicked off here on Monday, aiming at strengthening cultural exchanges and enhancing friendship between China and Cambodia.
— Xinhua

Police raid lumber mill being operated illegally in wildlife sanctuary
Police forces on Sunday raided a lumber mill that was being operated illegally within Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary in Kampong Speu province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Buddhists across Cambodia gear up for Meak Bochea day
Ministry of Cults and Religion spokesman Seng Somony said his department expects many Buddhists to celebrate Meak Bochea Day on Tuesday, while Cambodia’s youth were also urged to fully engage with their cultural heritage on one of the Kingdom’s most important holidays.
— The Nation (annoying popup)

Police meet private contractors to boost security
A senior police official yesterday met with representatives of private security companies across the Kingdom in a bid to boost cooperation in maintaining security and public order.
— Khmer Times

Ministry urges tree planting
The director of the Forestry Administration at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Keo Omalis, has urged the planting of trees in areas that have been cleared, and at returned economic land concessions and vacant state land.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Electrical Hazards in Siem Reap
Open electrical boxes have been spotted next to the Siem Reap river.
— Cambodia News English

Cambodian PM to chair meeting of Supreme Consultation and Recommendation Council
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will attend the meeting of the Supreme Consultation and Recommendation Council (SCRC), which is scheduled on Feb. 28, a senior official said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Sokha’s lawyers slam Rainsy for bet
Kem Sokha’s lawyers on Monday again slammed Sam Rainsy for using the fate of their client in a bet with Prime Minister Hun Sen, a wager he was almost certain to lose, with one saying he would be “cursed for hundreds of years”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Rare Birds Found Nesting in Preah Vihear
According to Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Cambodia found the first nesting pair of Asian or masked finfoot in Preah Vihear province in four years.
— Cambodia News English

Charcoal vendors agree to stop activities in Oddar Meancheay
Some 30 charcoal vendors in Oddar Meanchey province have signed a written contract agreeing to stop all charcoal-related activities in the Sorng Rukhavoan Wildlife Sanctuary area, a forest community representative said on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Four villages in Koh Kong province face water shortage
Hundreds of villagers in Koh Kong province’s Khemarak Phoumint city are facing a water supply shortage following a drop in the water level at the treatment plant in the city.
— Khmer Times

More Boeung Tamok lake area residents relocated
A third of the 30 families who have been asked to leave Phnom Penh’s Boeung Tamok lake have removed their houses and left the area.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Foreign Minister To Co-Chair 13th JCBC Meeting in Lao PDR
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn will pay an official visit to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) this week, at the invitation of his Lao counterpart H.E. Saleumxay Kommasith.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Kratie tests lake for purity
The Kratie provincial Department of Environment has sent a water sample from a Kratie town lake to the Ministry of Environment to test for chemicals after a cassava processing factory released wastewater into it.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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