Cambodia morning news for February 4

Cambodia morning news for February 4

Cambodia morning newsCambodia Court Detains Opposition Activist Over Facebook Post, Pending Bail Hearing
A court in Cambodia’s capital on Friday ordered a member of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) detained pending a bail hearing after questioning him over a post he made on Facebook last month, which said the European Union plans to impose a tariff on Cambodian rice.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia arrests 1,485 suspects of drug-linked crimes in January
(MENAFN) An Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department declared that Cambodian authorities have nabbed up to 1,485 illicit drug suspects in 632 cases in January 2019.
— Mena Fn

Local firms express high hopes for India logistics expo
A delegation of Cambodian firms is en route to New Delhi to attend Logix India, a trade fair where they hope to expand their networks in the world’s fastest-growing major economy.
— Khmer Times

NEC invites observers, parties to monitor polls
The National Election Committee (NEC) announced on Thursday that it is inviting applications from political parties and local and international observers to monitor the third provincial, municipal, town and district council elections.
— The Phnom Penh Post

In prison, Cambodian babies grow in squalid conditions as war on drugs rages
Chanlina was seven months pregnant when she was jailed. For nearly ten months, the mother-to-be was held without trial, for an alleged drug-related offence, at the Correctional Centre 2 (CC2) of Prey Sar, Cambodia’s largest and most notorious prison.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Investing in the future of Cambodia-EU relations
Cambodia and EU relations are currently being clouded by the issues of the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preference scheme.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian, Thai central banks sign deal on cooperation in QR code-based payment scheme, financial innovation
Cambodian and Thai central banks on Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in QR-code based payment scheme and financial innovation, said a National Bank of Cambodia (NBC)’s statement.
— Xinhua

Cambodian PM Hun Sen Took Oath to Protect Throne, Monarchy, Queen Mother, and King
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen took an oath before the late King Sihanouk’s royal body that: “For King Father, I shall protect the throne, monarchy, Queen Mother, and His Majesty King. May your soul Rest in Peace.
— Fresh News

Cambodians in Thailand warned about pollution
The Cambodian embassy in Thailand has advised migrants living there to protect themselves from air pollution which has reached PM2.5 in the air quality index.
— Khmer Times

US-funded project set to boost aquaculture
US-funded project Commercialization of Aquaculture for Sustainable Trade (Cast) was officially launched on Thursday, with the intention to boost aquaculture growth and development in Cambodia by increasing access to fish seed and feed.
— The Phnom Penh Post

USDA’s $17 Million Fish Farming Project
Kandal, Kampong Thom, Siem Reap, Battambang, Pursat and Kampong Cham in Cambodia have been funded $17 million by the US Government for the development and development of freshwater aquaculture.
— Cambodia News English

Foreign tourists visiting Cambodia’s famed Angkor down 8 pct in January
Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archeological Park received 271,050 foreign visitors in January 2019, down 8 percent compared to the same period last year, said a statement on Friday.
— Xinhua

Cambodia’s renewable energy supplies to grow
The Kingdom’s renewable energy supply is expected to grow as more solar power plants are being built and new investors express interest in the sector, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Don’t echo fake news, Chea Serey tells business publishers
Business publishers should refrain from joining other media reports to echo news that could potentially harm business confidence or create panic among fund suppliers, credit suppliers and borrowers, said Chea Serey, Director-General of Central Banking at the National Bank of Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Human rights issue should be addressed constructively: CHRC
Government’s human rights president said that human rights issues had to be addressed through a constructive, non-politicised approach.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Army Commander Urges Forces to Curb Color Revolution, Internal Interferences
Major general Hun Manet, deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), urged all armed forces to be ready to maintain territorial integrity, sovereignty, peace for the people at all times.
— Fresh News

Cambodia nabs 1,485 people in crackdowns on drugs in January
Cambodian authorities arrested a total of 1,485 illicit drug suspects in 632 cases in January 2019, said an Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department report on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Chinese-Cambodians prepare for upcoming Year of the Pig
Noise and smoke fill the air as Cambodians of Chinese descent offer fruits, wine, tea, spring rolls, noodles and fish to their ancestors just three days ahead of the upcoming Chinese New Year.
— Khmer Times

Lanmei Airlines flight to Bangkok returns to Phnom Penh safely after difficulties
A Lanmei Airlines flight to Bangkok with 200 passengers returned safely to Phnom Penh International Airport after experiencing technical problems shortly after take-off on Wednesday. No injuries were reported.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Don’t Compare Cambodia to Venezuela: Royal Academy President (Video inside)
Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC) president Sok Touch told self-exile former opposition leader Sam Rainsy not to compare Cambodia to Venezuela, addressing at the public lecture on Friday at the RAC, Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

RAC: Rainsy’s return improbable
The Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC) held a roundtable discussion at its Phnom Penh HQ on Friday (Feb.1) about the fate of the court-dissolved CNRP, and if opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s return to Cambodia in 2019 is an “impossible” scenario.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Defense Condemns the US for Attempting to Destroy the Kingdom’s Independence and Neutrality
Spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense Chum Socheat once again rejected a statement of the US Intelligence Community for misleading the national and international public and insulting the independence and neutrality of Cambodia.
— Fresh News

Preah Vihear villagers band at PM residence in Phnom Penh, seek resolution to land dispute
Some 200 villagers from Preah Vihear province gathered at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s residence in Phnom Penh on Thursday to deliver a petition seeking a resolution to their long-running land dispute.
— The Phnom Penh Post

S’ville beach’s clean machines
Minister of Tourism Thong Khon, on behalf of the National Committee for the Management and Development of the Bay of Cambodia, handed over two beach cleaning machines to Preah Sihanouk province on Thursday (Jan. 31).
— Khmer Times

Ministry set to improve livelihood in rural areas
The Ministry of Rural Development has announced that it will focus on four areas to improve the livelihoods of people in rural areas.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese Embassy in Cambodia Says CIA’s Behind Cambodian Coup d’état 1970
The Chinese Embassy in Cambodia claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency, intelligence service of the federal government of the United States, was behind the Cambodian coup of 1970, generally seen as a turning point in the Cambodian Civil War.
— Fresh News

Khmer to get social spaces in Japan
The Japan Cambodia Interactive Association (JCIA)​​ plans to create cultural villages in four locations where Cambodians who work/live in Japan can meet and celebrate while they are far from home.
— Khmer Times

Embassy denies US role in Lon Nol coup d’etat
The US Embassy in Cambodia on Thursday claimed on its official Facebook page that there was no evidence the US government was involved in the 1970 Cambodian coup d’etat that precipitated much of the unrest that ravaged the country in the years after.
— 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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