Cambodia morning news for February 28

Cambodia morning news for February 28

Cambodia morning newsDrought a ‘grave concern’
Local communities in rural areas across the Kingdom have expressed grave concerns over the severe lack of water for their daily consumption amid a prolonged drought that has caused streams, creeks, lakes and ponds to gradually dry up.
— The Phnom Penh Post

US Congressmen Introduce Cambodia Trade Sanctions Bill
Two US congressmen have introduced a bipartisan bill to review Cambodia’s preferential trade treatment over the country’s human rights record.
— VOA Cambodia

Cambodia, China to Kick Off Annual Joint Military Exercise Amid Waning Western Influence
Cambodia and China will kick off preparations for their third annual joint “Golden Dragon” military exercise on Feb. 28, Cambodia’s National Defense Ministry announced Wednesday, highlighting improved ties between the two countries as Western influence in the Southeast Asian nation wanes.
— Radio Free Asia

Kong Korm urges EBA review reconsideration
Kong Korm, former top adviser to the dissolved CNRP, yesterday said the removal of Cambodia’s preferential tariff access under the Everything-but-arms trade scheme will not improve human rights conditions, but will economically hurt Cambodians.
— Khmer Times

US Lawmakers in Threat to Review Cambodia Trade Privileges Over Hun Sen’s Crackdown
Citing human rights violations, two U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require the Trump Administration to review the preferential trade terms under which Cambodia exports $180 million of goods to the United States each year.
— Radio Free Asia

Squeaky-clean towns in Cambodia
If staying in a squeaky clean town is a top priority, head for Cambodia’s Kampot a sleepy river estuary town on the country’s southern coast.
— TTR Weekly

Cambodia: “Success Story” of a Devastated Country
His Excellency Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, delivered his intervention at the High Level Segment (HLS) of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) from 24-26 February 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the ministry’s press release dated Wednesday.
— Fresh News

China Appreciates Solid Friendship with Cambodia
People’s Republic of China has appreciated advanced and solid friendship with Cambodia, according to local media report.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia-American deportees reconnect with motherland through new tours
A tour group is aiming to showcase Cambodia in a different light while highlighting the plight of deported Cambodian-Americans.
— TTG Asia

Kong Korm: Withdrawing EBA serves Rainsy’s ambitions
Political veteran Kong Korm on Monday sent a letter to EU Ambassador George Edgar accusing his one-time ally Sam Rainsy of using the president of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Kem Sokha, as a means to prevent improvements in democracy and human rights.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen is undefeated: KRP president
Khmer Rise Party president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung said no politician will ever be able to defeat Prime Minister Hun Sen in an election.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian-American Movie Brings Back Hope, Memories of Pre-Khmer Rouge Era
An award-winning Cambodian-American movie featuring a classic song by Sinn Sisamouth is bringing hope and reviving memories of the pre-Khmer Rouge era in Cambodia.
— VOA Cambodia

Over US$45 Million Financing from Japan for Cambodia’s Development Projects
Japan has provided nearly 5,000 million Yen or US$45.3 million as loan and grant aid to develop two key projects in Cambodia, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Gov’t Issues Guidelines to Restore Former Opposition Politicians’ Rights
The Cambodian government last week issued new guidelines aimed at enticing former opposition officials to re-enter political life.
— VOA Khmer

Cambodia-China Golden Dragon Military Exercise 2019 Kicks off Tomorrow
Cambodia-China, the ironclad friends, will hold Golden Dragon Military Exercise 2019 on Thursday, joined by 382 Cambodian trainees and 252 Chinese.
— Fresh News

As incomes rise, more Cambodians travel outside the country: ministry
Higher living standards and incomes coupled with attractive tour packages are prompting more and more Cambodians to travel abroad, with outbound tourism numbers rising by almost 14 percent last year, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Wants Cambodia to Become a Nation with Advanced Technology
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said he wanted to make Cambodia a country with advanced technology in response to the current social, commercial and economic needs.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Whatever happened to… / The Amish tuk tuk drivers of Siem Reap?
What started as a beautiful dream involving a pair of tuk tuks and the two American brothers who owned them – who happen to be members of the Amish Mennonite faith – has transformed into a mission to bring clean water to rural communities across Cambodia.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Former Takeo governor back in court as trial continues
The Phnom Penh Municipal court on Tuesday again heard the case of former Takeo provincial governor Lay Vannak, accused of killing his mistress Chev Sovathana in January last year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Rock Raid Latest- Rich or Poor in Drugs Clampdown
17 Khmer and 14 Chinese people remain in custody out of the 312 arrested after the drugs raid on Rock Entertainment Center. The Chinese nationals are being dealt with by the Ministry of Interior’s immigration department.
— Cambodia News English

A Cruise Ship Docks at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port
Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship with over 1,000 multi-national tourists and crew members on board this morning docked at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in Preah Sihanouk province, for a one-day visit.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Huge Drug Bust at Nightclub Owned By Prominent Tycoon’s Brother: Police
Police have detained more than 250 people on drug charges in a raid on a Phnom Penh nightclub owned by the brother of one of Cambodia’s richest men.
— VOA Khmer

Cambodia very attractive to German firms: Germany
German investors and businesses are very interested in the Cambodian market, where they continue to find great support from the government, a German lawmaker said.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian job scam masterminds must be brought to justice
The masterminds behind the job scam involving 47 Malaysians detained in Cambodia recently must be brought to justice, said Sarawak Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family, and Childhood Development Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.
— Borneo Bulletin

KPP told to retitle official name
Interior Minister Sar Kheng has asked Khmer Power Party president Soung Sophorn to change the party’s name, following a request by former party president Sourn Serey Ratha.
— Khmer Times

Cellcard awarded as Cambodia’s fastest mobile network
The Kingdom’s leading mobile operator, Cellcard, has been awarded as the fastest mobile network in Cambodia at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
— Khmer Times

Aqua Wat- Siem Reap to Have New Attraction
The first part of a $ 70 million investment project on 100 hectares gardens is planned to be launched next month in Siem Reap to respond to the needs of local and international tourists.
— Cambodia News English

Siem Reap authorities called on to help with fundraising in public
The Siem Reap Department of Cult and Religion on Tuesday called on provincial authorities to assist with clamping down on fundraising by Buddhists for religious causes in public, saying the practice could affect people’s perceptions of the faith.
— The Phnom Penh Post

First Mobile Job Centre Launched
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MoLVT) has launched the first ever Mobile Job Centre in Cambodia to bring job information and opportunities closer to job seekers across the country.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia-Laos Pledge to Complete Border Demarcation
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong said that Cambodia and Laos pledged to complete border demarcation to transform the border areas to become “peace and development” zone, speaking in a courtesy call with Amphay Kindavong, newly appointed Lao Ambassador to Cambodia, at the Cambodian-Chinese Friendship Palace in Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Fake news alert as Hun Sen’s Facebook page hacked
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called on everyone to fight against fake news, saying someone was trying to spread false information to destroy Cambodian society.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Sees Rise of Foreign Tourists in 2018
Some 6.2 million international tourists visited Cambodia in 2018, up 10.7 percent compared to the previous year – according to an official report from Ministry of Tourism.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cow loans offer help to poor
A Japanese organisation has cooperated with the Appropriate Technology International Movement (AIM) to set up a pilot project loaning cows to poor communities in Battambang province in a bid to improve living standards and reduce external migration.
— Khmer Times

NGOs call for development transparency
The Ministry of Environment has been urged to release the results of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports made in the process of approving development projects to improve transparency and enable further monitoring.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Germany Reaffirms Continued Contribution to Cambodia’s Development
Germany has reaffirmed its continued contribution to Cambodia’s development as well as its continued support to sub-national administration management reform.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Phnom Penh’s Perpetual Plastic Problem
For a moment, it seems that this is land growing in a canal. It is Boeung Trabek in Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh, but in fact, it is a garbage pile that flows through the water.
— Cambodia News English

NGOs want environmental impact report access
Civil society organisations dealing with environmental issues yesterday urged the Environment Ministry to disclose environmental impact assessment reports due to a lack of public information on whether or not companies comply with their reports after development projects have been approved.
— Khmer Times


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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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