Cambodia morning news for July 24

Cambodia morning news for July 24

Cambodia morning newsNine governors rapped over drugs
National Police chief General Neth Savoeun yesterday said nine provincial governors have not firmly executed orders to implement measures against illicit drug use and distribution in nightclubs and KTV outlets.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia sees rise in crackdowns on human, sex trafficking crimes in H1
Cambodia has seen a 25.8 percent increase in crackdowns on human and sex trafficking crimes in the first half of 2019, the National Police said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Fifth dead Irrawaddy dolphin of year found
A Mekong River conservation area head ranger told The Post on Tuesday that a fifth Irrawaddy dolphin has been found dead due to illegal fishing.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Revenue from extractive industry reaches $11m
The Ministry of Mines and Energy collected about $11 million in non-tax revenue from the extractive industry during the first five months of the year, according to the latest ministry report.
— Khmer Times

NBC tests new mobile payment app
The National Bank of Cambodia yesterday announced that is testing a mobile payment application system known as Bakong.
— Khmer Times

China dismisses secret agreement report
The Chinese government on Monday dismissed a report by The Wall Street Journal alleging a secret agreement between China and Cambodia was reached to allow a Chinese military presence in Preah Sihanouk province.
— Khmer Times

Australia plans joint Pacific Support Force with allies
Following reports that China might be looking at using a naval base in Cambodia, Australia has decided to set up a joint military training force with neighboring Pacific nations, reports said Tuesday (July 23).
— Taiwan News

Labour Minister submits recommendations to ADB
Labour Minister Ith Samheng yesterday handed over a set of recommendations to the Asian Development Bank, which is creating a social development project focusing on the labour sector in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Casualties from landmine/UXO in Cambodia doubled in H1: report
Cambodia recorded 62 landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) casualties in the first half of 2019, up 100 percent compared with 31 over the same period last year, said an official report on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

US-Cambodia relations approach crisis point
A report in The Wall Street Journal on Sunday concerning Chinese military basing rights in Cambodia raises deep concerns as to the trajectory of US-Cambodian relations and whether they can be rescued from what is rapidly becoming a downward spiral.
— Asia Times

Empty pockets and broken children
Ministries and child protection non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Cambodia recently established a joint-committee for the implementation of the Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children.
— The Asean Post

Senior RCAF official denies ‘fake news’ he will assist Rainsy return
Hing Bun Heang, the deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit, on Monday denied Facebook allegations claiming he is in Thailand preparing to accompany and protect Sam Rainsy on his return to Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

‘Focusing on fragrant rice will help meet export target to Indonesia’
Cambodia can meet its 100,000 tonne annual export target to Indonesia if more focus is placed on fragrant rice, exporters have said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China Urges Relevant Party Not to Over-Interpret Normal Cooperation with Cambodia
China has expressed its hope that relevant party will not over-interpret its normal cooperation with Cambodia.

DFAT Looking for Possible Assistance for Cambodia’s Water Resources Management
Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has received the delegation of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to discuss possible assistance for Cambodia.

Kingdom gets first cars sold abroad from Guangdong
Nine second-hand cars valued at 1.1 million yuan ($160,583) in the Nanshan Pilot Free Trade Zone in Guangzhou, which is the provincial capital of the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, are bound for Cambodia after getting the green light from local customs.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia to buy Russian choppers
Cambodia will be among the first buyers of a new generation of Russian-manufactured multi-purpose helicopters.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, Vietnam will meet 2020 trade target: Ministry
Cambodia and Vietnam are optimistic that they will reach $5 billion in bilateral trade by 2020 as pledged by their governments.
— Khmer Times

APSARA Authority and Private Sector Meets to Address Tourism Issues
APSARA National Authority and a bunch of 54 private institutions operating their tourism services in Angkor resort have gathered to discuss and resolve emerging problems.

Cambodia Requests Japan’s Continued Support in Peacekeeping Forces
Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence, has requested Japan to continue supporting Cambodia, particularly in advancing the Kingdom’s peacekeeping forces.

Officials praise work on African Swine Fever containment
Provincial agriculture officials in ASF-hit areas yesterday said the situation is improving because officials have taken necessary steps to contain outbreaks.
— Khmer Times

NA President Requests Sweden’s Support in Capacity Building Area
Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly (NA), has requested Sweden’s support in building the capacity of Cambodia’s education, agriculture, development of smart city, tourism, women’s empowerment and digital economy.

Banh takes aim at sanctions
Minister of National Defence Tea Banh on Monday criticised sanctions imposed on Cambodia by “superpowers and organisations” as unjust and as a political trend against the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CMAC removes US bomb buried seven meters underground
Cambodian Mine Action Centre experts on Monday removed a USMK82 bomb found by villagers in Kompong Speu province’s Kong Pissey district.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia and Sweden to strengthen labour cooperation
Cambodia and Sweden are seeking to strengthen cooperation in the labour sector.
— Khmer Times

Ministry seeks ringleaders behind dispute protests
The Ministry of Land Management has asked authorities to search for the ringleaders who incited people in Tboung Khmum province’s Dambae district to join a protest over land which villagers had already sold to others.
— Khmer Times

More action against wildlife trafficking needed: WCS
The Wildlife Conservation Society yesterday called on the government to take strong measures to prevent illegal wildlife trade, noting that traffickers are using Cambodia as a transit country to export wildlife products from African to Asian markets.
— Khmer Times

Dviation Cambodia lands Cebu Pacific as launch customer
The Cambodian arm of one of Asia’s leading aviation management and maintenance companies has landed a Philippine budget carrier as its first customer.
— Khmer Times

Siem Reap court detains CEO in fraud case
The Siem Reap Provincial Court on Monday placed Dim Soun Nat, the CEO of real estate firm Enarita Development, in pre-trial detention and under court supervision for his involvement in a “fraudulent” multi-million-dollar investment scheme.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Renovated Part of National Road 55 to Put into Use Soon
Renovated parts of National Road 55 that stretches for 180 kilometres with nine metres wide will be put into use in a near future after 42 months of rehabilitation.

Cambodia Attends China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week in China
Cambodian delegation is attending the 2019 China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week happening in Guiyang – the capital of southwest China’s Guizhou province.

Heng Samrin briefs outgoing ambassador on democracy
National Assembly president Heng Samrin yesterday told outgoing Swedish Ambassador Maria Sargren that human rights and democracy are improving in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Industrial exhibition to be held in August
The Kingdom is set to jointly hold its 8th Cambodia International Machinery Industry Fair and 8th Cambodia International Textile & Garment Industry Exhibition next month, said a press release on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Timber, trucks seized in forest crimes crackdown
More than 15 cubic metres of timber and a total of 15 trucks were seized by the National Committee for the Prevention of and Crackdown on Natural Resources Crimes in eight cases on Sunday, while six people were released in Pursat province after paying fines.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sihanoukville road widening opposed
More than 100 families living on Street 200 in Sihanoukville submitted a petition to provincial governor Kuoch Chamroeun on Monday seeking his intervention after it was announced that the street would be widened to between 30m and 40m.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Construction of National Road 10 Linking Pursat and Koh Kong Planned
The government is planning to build National Road 10 linking Thmar Da in Pursat province to Koh Kong province – an investment that will cost about US$180 million.

Activists launch ‘Rescue Island’ campaign for Koh Kong Krao
Environmental activists have launched the “Rescue Island” campaign to urge the government to preserve Koh Kong province’s Koh Kong Krao island, Cambodia’s largest, as a national park.
— The Phnom Penh Post

India’s GoAir to fly to Phnom Penh
Indian budget carrier GoAir has announced that it will launch the first direct flight between India and Cambodia later this year.
— Khmer Times

APSARA Authority to Establish Cycle Lane in Angkor Resort
The 23.2-kilometre-long cycle lane in Angkor resort called “Angkor Cycle Circuit” will be constructed shortly to facilitate travels among locals, students and tourists.

A Mekong Dolphin Found Dead in Kratie Province
A Mekong river dolphin has been found dead at Kakot village, Sambok Commune, Chit Borey district, Kratie northeastern province.


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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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