Cambodia morning news for February 6

Cambodia morning news for February 6

Cambodia morning newsGovernment dismisses Cambodia smog rumours
The Ministry of Environment has dismissed “rumours” that the current chronic smog gripping Thai capital Bangkok will spread to Cambodia, saying that, unlike its neighbour, the Kingdom does not have a serious air pollution problem.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CMAA official asks China for more demining assistance
A Cambodian Mine Action Authority official has requested the Chinese government to assist the Kingdom in achieving its mine-free 2025 goal by training demining forces.
— Khmer Times

UNICEF calls for action to prevent bullying, harassment for young people online in Cambodia
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday of the dangers posed by online violence, cyberbullying and digital harassment for the 85.7 percent of young people aged 15 to 24 years old who are online in Cambodia.
— Xinhua

Acid attacks: Cambodia victims ‘denied government aid’
Its report focused on 17 survivors, none of whom are said to have received government aid for their injuries.
— BBC News

Activists Caution Cambodian Fishermen on Thai Trawlers
Human rights and labor activists have urged Cambodian workers on Thai trawlers to be cautious amid concerns that the lifting of an EU warning on the Thai fishing industry for compliance following scandals over slavery could have a negative impact on their safety.
— VOA Cambodia

Exchange rate stable after Cambodian National Bank introduces monetary policy
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) annual report said that between January and December last year, the bank injected USD875 million worth of riel into the economy to stabilise the exchange rate. This amounted to a nine per cent decrease from 2017.
— Borneo Bulletin

Are Cambodia’s hydropower plans risky?
Along with most Southeast Asian countries, Cambodia’s electricity consumption over the past decade has skyrocketed.
— The Asean Post

China-Cambodia Military Fears in the Headlines with New US Intelligence Report
Last week, the suggestion that Cambodia could move towards changing its constitution to facilitate growing Chinese military presence in the country led to another series of headlines about Beijing’s rising influence in the Southeast Asian state.
— The Diplomat

Cambodian farmers urged to boost production
Cambodians consumed an average of 540 tonnes of vegetables a day last year, while the country was only able to produce just 400 tonnes of vegetables a day in 2018 according to a recent report from the Ministry of Agriculture, who urged farmers to boost production to meet rapidly growing domestic demand.
— Fresh Plaza

Cambodian PM says large number of civil servants celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Tuesday that a large number of public servants in the kingdom celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival.
— Xinhua

Cambodia ‘fails’ acid attack victims even with tougher penalties
On a March evening in 2017, Sorn Chanty was returning home from beauty school in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, when a man ran at her, grabbed her bag and threw acid in her face.
— Al Jazeera

PM Hun Sen Calls on Cambodian People to Join Population Census, March 3 to 13
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on people to support and join General Population Census of Cambodia, which will start from 3-13 March 2019.
— Fresh News

Exports to Japan up 27 percent in 2018
Trade with Japan increased significantly in 2018, with exports soaring 27.3 percent and imports growing by 17.8 percent, according to the latest figures from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
— Khmer Times

France to Discuss Cambodia’s EBA Issue with EU
France will help discuss with the European Union (EU) on issue of withdrawal of preferences under Everything But Arms (EBA) Arrangement from Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

National Police orders vigilance for New Year
The National Police has ordered town and provincial officials to be vigilant in providing public safety, particularly regarding the activities of criminals, during the Lunar New Year festivities from Monday to Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Water Ministry to implement two mega projects
The Water Resources Ministry and the Asian Development Bank in Cambodia will implement two mega projects totalling $380 million to improve water management in the Kingdom this year.
— Khmer Times

Brexit May Hit Cambodia Hard
“The highest losses by far occur in Cambodia, which has the highest dependence on the UK market according to the share of its exports to the UK of 7.7%,” a report published this month reads.
— Cambodia News English

‘Old temple’ found in Battambang
Villages herding their cows and buffalos deep in the forest stumbled upon an old temple in the Tumnop Tabin area in Sampov Loun district’s Chrey Seima commune in Battambang province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Salt farmers back in the field
Favourable weather conditions have made it possible for salt production to resume in Kampot and Kep provinces, with producers hoping to harvest at least 100,000 tonnes this year.
— Khmer Times

Rising Art Group Showcases Innovation
Cambodian Living Arts has introduced remarkable innovations not only to attract visitor, but also to promote Cambodian performing arts.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Paddy rice production reaches 7.4 million in 2018
Cambodia produced 7.4 million tonnes of paddy rice in 2018, a 3.5 percent increase, according to the Ministry of Agriculture’s annual report.
— Khmer Times

Sao Sokha: Combat forestry crimes
General Sao Sokha, the deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and commander of the National Military Police, on Monday, ordered relevant authorities to put more effort into combating natural resource-related crimes.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Rising Art Group Showcases Innovation
Cambodian Living Arts has introduced remarkable innovations not only to attract visitor, but also to promote Cambodian performing arts.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Third census on track for early March
Prime Minister Hun Sen has appealed to citizens to answer truthfully during the census from March 3 to 13.
— Khmer Times

WWF hails gov’t’s sanctuary move
The World Wide Fund for Nature has hailed the government’s decision to officially approve management zones in Mondulkiri province’s Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary, in what it said was a critical move in protecting both natural biodiversity and indigenous human communities.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Airports Handled More Than 10 Million Passengers Last Year
In 2018, the three international airports in Cambodia welcomed in total 10,553,493 passengers, up 20 percent from a year earlier, and this was the first time the airports handled upwards of 10 million people, according to Cambodia Airports’ news release.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Taskforce reports forestry crime cases
Authorities cracked down on more than 330 forestry crimes throughout the Kingdom last year and 65 people are now in prison pending trial, according to a report released yesterday by the national commission to crack down on natural resource crimes.
— Khmer Times

Khmer Rouge map app launched
The department of Media and Communication (DMC) at the Royal University of Phnom Penh has launched a mobile app and website – Mapping Memories Cambodia (MMC) – to help the public, especially young people, learn about the important locations associated with the Khmer Rouge regime.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UNICEF Calls for Concerted Action to Prevent Bullying and Harassment Among Young People Online in Cambodia
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) warned today of the dangers posed by online violence, cyberbullying and digital harassment for the 85.7 percent of young people aged 15 to 24 years old who are online in Cambodia, and called for concerted action to tackle and prevent violence against children and young people online.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Preah Vihear land dispute drags on
Preah Vihear provincial authorities have requested villagers to stop clearing disputed land and wait for authorities to find a solution according to the “tiger skin formula”, which aims to reduce the impact of economic land concessions (ELCs) on villagers’ farming land.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Top five restaurants in Kampot, Cambodia’s first foodie destination
Since the 13th century, Kampot, a southern Cambodian province in the foothills of the Elephant Mountains, has been known for the cultivation of the finest peppercorns in the world.
— Good Food

Two Japanese Vessels To Visit Cambodia Later This Month
Two Vessels of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will pay a four-day visit to Cambodia from Feb. 25 to 28, 2019, during their training course.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Government suspends agro tax prepayment
The Kingdom’s agriculture sector insiders welcomed the government’s decision to suspend prepayment of tax on profits for companies dealing in agricultural products, saying the move will attract investors to the sector.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges Chinese New Year, 2019.


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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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