Cambodia morning news for July 23

Cambodia morning news for July 23

Cambodia morning newsCambodia Denies ‘Secret Agreement’ With China For Naval Base Use
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday denied a Wall Street Journal report that Cambodia had signed a secret agreement with China to allow the Chinese Navy use of its Ream Naval base in southwestern Sihanoukville province.
— VOA Khmer

Journalists nabbed over land dispute
Preah Sihanouk provincial military police on Friday arrested two journalists and five others over a land dispute in Sihanoukville.
— Khmer Times

Tycoon in ‘millions of dollars’ fraud case
The Siem Reap provincial court on Sunday charged a businessman with fraud and issuing fake cheques after he was arrested for deceiving people from various provinces out of millions of dollars through an investment scheme.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chip Mong aims to dominate retail industry
Local conglomerate Chip Mong Group announced last week that it has invested $300 million on six retail outlets in Phnom Penh through its subsidiary Chip Mong Retail.
— Khmer Times

Three police officers nabbed over accepting bribes
Interior Ministry’s Anti-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Department has arrested three police officers suspected of attempting to accept bribery in exchange for the release of dozens of Chinese nationals caught operating VoIP scam.
— Khmer Times

Stop using distorted news about China’s military base in the Kingdom: Hun Sen
Prime Minister Hun Sen today refuted an alleged claim that Cambodia has signed a secret agreement with China to allow the latter’s armed forces to use a Cambodian naval base in Preah Sihanouk province.
— Khmer Times

Monk defrocked after posting death photos
A monk who caused social media commotion by uploading photos depicting his death on Facebook left the monkhood yesterday.
— Khmer Times

US national accused of sex crimes against minor
A US national was charged by Siem Reap Provincial Court on Thursday over allegations of sexual crimes against a minor.
— Khmer Times

Made in China: Zero-dollar tourists
In a previous article, The ASEAN Post highlighted the fact that today, in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Chinese mainlanders own more than 90 percent of all businesses.
— The Asean Post

Cambodian Authorities Did Not Approve Importing of Banned Plastic Waste, Official Says
Over a thousand tonnes of plastic waste found recently imported into Cambodia’s port city of Sihanoukville were brought into the country without the knowledge of Cambodian authorities, a senior customs official said on Monday.

Local company fingered over Sihanoukville rubbish
A local company could face sanctions as it is suspected of being the culprit behind the import of 1,600 tonnes of unwanted rubbish in Preah Sihanouk province last week.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Awarded with Honourable Mention at 60th IMO in UK
Cambodia has won an Honourable Mention from the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) held in the United Kingdom, according to a press release of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) issued this evening.

Cambodia Hopes US Fully Implements TAC, No Interferences
The United States under Barack Obama administration 10 years ago signed an agreement with ASEAN, pledging not to interfere in each other’s internal affairs.
— Fresh News Asia

Cambodia launches 5-year nutrition project for mothers, children
Cambodia on Monday launched a five-year nutrition project, aiming at improving the quality of health and nutrition services provided to mothers and children in the country.
— Xinhua

Helmet checks to begin in PP
Phnom Penh authorities will deploy forces day and night at 16 points throughout the capital to identify motorcyclists not wearing helmets, while police will be stationed at two further locations at night to check truck drivers for alcohol and addictive substances.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia to begin rice exports to Indonesia ‘soon’: Minister
Cambodia aims to begin exporting milled rice to Indonesia, one of the biggest rice markets in Asean, in the near future, according to the Minister of Commerce.
— Khmer Times

Property owners asked to report foreign tenants to immigration department
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng has instructed owners of residences throughout the Kingdom to report the presence of all foreign tenants.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China renews data-sharing initiative with the MRC
China will continue to share hydrological data with the Mekong River Commission in order to contribute to river monitoring and flood forecasting in member countries, including Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Breaking: Moreno approved as new EU ambassador to Cambodia
Spain’s Carmen Moreno has been approved as the new EU ambassador to Cambodia, replacing the outgoing George Edgar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesperson Ket Sophann told The Post on Monday.
— The Phonm Penh Post

Four provinces advised to prepare seeds for rice farmers
Local agriculture departments in four provinces will distribute rice seeds to farmers in order to offset damage done by a recent lack of water supply in some areas.
— Khmer Times

Chinese investment strains Cambodian society
The past decade has witnessed an unprecedented and massive influx of Chinese investments and tourism into Cambodia.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Ministry refutes nepotism claim against MCC
The Defence Ministry yesterday refuted an allegation by Radio Free Asia that the selection of Military Court of Cambodia officials was done through nepotism and cronyism.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Defense Minister Regrets over Baseless Accusation that Cambodia Enforces Laws Unfairly and Restricts Freedom of Expression
Cambodia’s Defense Minister Tea Banh, on Monday, expressed his regret over the baseless accusations made by ill-intended groups, accusing the kingdom of enforcing laws unfairly and restricting freedom of expression.
— Fresh News Asia

Cambodia, Indonesia Optimistic of Stronger Tourism Cooperation
Cambodia and Indonesia are optimistic of tourism cooperation between the two ASEAN member countries and committed to bring it to a new level in a near future.

IFAD President to Visit Cambodia This Week
President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr. Gilbert F. Houngbo, will pay a visit to Cambodia from July 25 to 27, said IFAD in its recent press release.

Breaking: Murder trial of former governor Vannak concludes
The murder trial of Lay Vannak and his ex-deputy police chief brother Narith involving the death of the former Takeo provincial governor’s mistress wrapped up in the capital on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Breaking: Moreno approved as new EU ambassador to Cambodia
Spain’s Carmen Moreno has been approved as the new EU ambassador to Cambodia, replacing the outgoing George Edgar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation spokesperson Ket Sophann told The Post on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Contractor sued following strike of 100 workers in Kampong Speu
The owner of the Borey Cheng Ching II construction site in Kampong Speu province is suing a Taiwanese contractor and his Cambodian wife for allegedly defaming his company following a strike last week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Order called for national exams
The Ministry of Interior has called on the governors of Phnom Penh and the provinces to collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport and specialised institutions to ensure security, safety and order during this year’s Grade 12 national examinations on August 19-20.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Terrible weaknesses in Cambodia’s border control
Border control is an urgent issue for Cambodia as it potentially causes political instability and public protests. Money laundering and the inflow of toxic waste are cases in point.
— Khmer Times

Ensuring Fair Share Among Vulnerable and Marginalised Women and Girls
Ministry of Women’s Affairs is leading the development of a gender assessment’s section on vulnerable and marginalised groups of women and girls to ensure their entitlement to a fair share of Cambodia’s development.

More than 30 companies join SME Expo at Aeon 2
The second edition of the SME Expo was held over the weekend at Aeon Mall Sen Sok.
— Khmer Times

Mekong levels set to rise soon
The Mekong River water levels during the early rainy season in June, were among the lowest on record, according to the Mekong River Commission (MRC). But, the situation is expected to improve at the end of this month.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kingdom’s first tour guide booking app is launched
Guide Direk, the Kingdom’s first tour guide booking app, was launched by local travel agency Matong Co Ltd on Friday to assist tour guides in finding more clients, the agency’s CEO Khim Maland said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

2 Chinese tourists die in van crash in NW Cambodia
Two Chinese tourists died after their tourist van overturned on the Kulen Mountain in northwest Cambodia’s Siem Reap province on Sunday, a district deputy police chief said.

NSSF report highlights traffic accidents among garment workers
Two dozen garment workers were killed and nearly 1,000 others were injured in traffic accidents during the first half of this year, according to the National Social Security Fund.
— Khmer Times

Two men arrested for stealing $2M
Two men were arrested on Friday accused of stealing $2 million from a company after their employer sent them to withdraw the cash in Phnom Penh.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ancient artefacts depicting gods listed as national heritage
Two ancient statues depicting gods have been registered as national heritage by the Oddar Meanchey provincial Department of Culture and Fine Arts after they were discovered by a local farmer last month and then handed to specialists on Friday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Garment workers faint in Phnom Penh factory
Nearly 40 garment workers at the New Fuma Costume factory in Phnom Penh’s Por Senchey district yesterday fainted and were sent to hospital.
— Khmer Times

Land protesters gather in capital
Hundreds of people representing thousands of families in five provinces gathered at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet office yesterday in order to resolve land disputes, including the prosecution of some activists.
— Khmer Times

Breaking: Man headless body found on Phnom Penh train tracks
A man’s decapitated body was found in Phnom Penh’s Kambol district on Monday after being run over by a train.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Six detained amid crackdowns on forestry crimes
Six people were arrested, nearly 20 vehicles destroyed and over 2,000 first-grade timber logs were impounded in a span of four days last week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Man decapitated in canister explosion
A man was decapitated on Saturday when an oxygen canister he was unloading from a lorry exploded at a hospital in Preah Sihanouk province’s Tomnup Roloak commune in Stung Hav district.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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