Cambodia morning news for January 28

Cambodia morning news for January 28

Cambodia morning newsDisturbing: Cambodia police shoot land protester in Sihanoukville (video)
As Cambodia heads towards a head-on crash with the European Union (EU) and the United States government over political freedom and human rights, disturbing video has emerged of Cambodia police shooting at protestors in Sihanoukville, in the country’s southwest.
— AEC News Today

Cambodia’s bid to be ‘New Macau’ stirs old wounds as Chinese cash in
A businessman leaves a smoky room US$1,500 (S$2,040) poorer from a game of baccarat at a casino in Sihanoukville – an increasingly common scene in the Cambodian beachtown as it becomes a honeypot for Chinese gamblers and investors at a pace worrying marginalised locals.
— The Strait Times

Redundant agencies to be ‘removed’: Prime Minister
In a bid to reduce costs for businesses and make Cambodian products more competitive, the government will eliminate several district-level agencies as well as Kampuchea Shipping Agency and Brokers, also known as Kamsab.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Human Rights Record to Be Reviewed Next Week
Cambodia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, according to UN Human Rights’ press release.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

The red passport emblazoned with the words “Kingdom of Cambodia” in gold might not be what anyone would expect Yingluck Shinawatra, former prime minister of Thailand, to present at an immigration checkpoint.

Six protesters held after police clash
Six people were detained yesterday following a clash between protesters, who blocked a road, and police in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nop district.
— Khmer Times

‘The EU should understand rather than judge,’ says academic Dr Jennar
In october last year, the EU announced it would begin the process to withdraw Cambodia’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement, which allows least developed countries duty- and tariff-free imports into the 28-nation bloc.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Happy eco-campers: protecting wildlife in Cambodia
The path to Preak Tachan ranger station, in Botum Sakor national park, Cambodia, snakes through dense, silent forest.
— The Guardian

Kingdom’s HR record under scrutiny
Next week Cambodia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Universal Periodic Review (UPR) work group for the third time, the UNHRC’s press release from Friday (Jan. 25) stated.
— Khmer Times

Violent clashes break out in Preah Sihanouk, one man shot
A man was shot and a 10-year-old boy injured during violent clashes between nearly 300 villagers and 200 policemen in Preah Sihanouk province on Thursday, with the adult sustaining serious injuries, while the boy was only lightly wounded.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Another UXO, another victim
An anti-tank landmine exploded on Friday (Jan. 26) in Banteay Meanchey province’s Malai district killing one and injuring another seriously.
— Khmer Times

Rice federation to argue against European tariffs on Cambodian exports
The Cambodian Rice Federation (CRF) announced on Wednesday it planned to argue on the international stage against EU tariffs on Cambodian rice exports, saying the decision will cause the Kingdom to lose its competitiveness and hurt its ability to sustain itself.
— The Phnom Penh Post

DefMin: heed not Rainsy’s rant!
The Ministry of National Defense issued a statement asking Cambodians to pay no heed to former opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s urgent request, via Facebook on Friday Jan. 25, that the armed forces disobey the Prime Minister’s orders.
— Khmer Times
PRU Expresses Regret over Channel News Asia’s Article
The Press and Quick Reaction Unit (PRU) of the Office of the Council of Ministers has expressed its regret over an article of Channel News Asia entitled “Hun Sen calls on military to destroy opponents.”
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Crackdown on new type of fishing trap
Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon has directed fishery officials to crack down on those who use a new type of fishing trap and destroy the traps.
— Khmer Times

Piloted Plantation of Imported Potatoes in Mondulkiri Proved Successful
Piloted plantation of imported potatoes in the northeastern Mondulkiri province has proved to be successful, according to local media report.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Longan farmers long to sell in Chinese market
The harvest of the longan fruit has started in the northwestern provinces of Pailin and Battambang, with farmers hoping this year their fruits will be sold in China for the first time.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s opposition leaders in exile to return
The exiled members of banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have told Al Jazeera they are planning to return to Cambodia in the next few months.
— AL Jazeera

Cambodia’s Interior Ministry Has Warrant to Arrest Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy on Return: PM Hun Sen
Cambodia’s Interior Ministry has received a warrant to arrest acting president of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy upon entering the country, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday, daring the opposition chief to honor his pledge to return from self-imposed exile.
— Radio Free Asia

Rainsy still prone to arrest: Hun Sen
Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned Sam Rainsy that he could be arrested by the Royal Cambodian Army should the exiled former opposition leader return to the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Commerce Minister Urges American Businessmen to Invest in Processing of Agricultural Products
H.E. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce of Cambodia, has encouraged U.S. businessmen to invest in processing and development of value chains of Cambodian agricultural products to supply both local and international markets.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Culture Ministry supports land encroachment prevention
The Culture and Fine Arts Ministry says there are still challenges the ministry has to address in order to protect the Kingdom’s culture and heritage sites, despite the work it managed to complete last year.
— Khmer Times

Kampot governor to resolve land disputes
The governor of Kampot province told The Post on Thursday that he has ordered authorities in the province’s districts to collect data on all land disputes in order to bring them to a speedy resolution.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia moves up in talent ranking index #AsiaNewsNetwork
Last year, GTCI ranked Cambodia 108th out of 119 countries on the global talent attraction index. This year GTCI report, compiled by international business school Insead with the Adecco Group and Tata Communications, ranked 125 economies across the world in terms of their ability to attract, develop and increase talents.
— Eleven Myanmar

PM calls on soldiers to end role in Cambodian logging
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday called on soldiers to stop colluding with illegal timber traders and work with law enforcement officers to protect natural resources.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia 10 years ago
Cambodia and Phnom Penh were different places 10 years ago
— The Cambodia Daily

Minister calls for clergy to adhere to tradition
The Ministry of Religions and Cults has instructed clergymen throughout the country to adhere to traditions when presiding over ceremonies.
— The Phnom Penh Post
PM: More Reforms to Be Conducted in Cambodia
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said Cambodia will see more reform in order to further improve investment and trade environment in the country.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

‘Out of control’ situation halts Rainsy
Sam Rainsy claimed on Thursday that his attempted return to Cambodia in November 2015 was cancelled after he received a message from the US embassy that he would face a situation “out of control”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Foreign Ministry Releases Outcomes of 22nd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Belgium
The following is the outcomes of the 22nd ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium on Jan. 21 released this afternoon by the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation:
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

CATA signs tourism deal with Qingdao
With the government aiming to lure 2 million Chinese tourists to the Kingdom by 2020, the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on tourism cooperation with Qingdao’s Culture and Tourism Promotion Board.
— 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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