Cambodia morning news for July 8

Cambodia morning news for July 8

Cambodia morning newsExperts warn dengue could spread further
As the death toll from dengue fever has risen to at least 30 at Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals alone, health specialists have warned the disease could spread during the rainy season and urged parents to remain cautious, take good care of their children and protect them from being bitten by mosquitoes.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Newly-elected council members to undergo course
Newly-elected council members from three political parties will have to undergo additional courses on how to coordinate their efforts to serve the public.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia issues new rules on contracts and compensation
On March 29, 2019, the MLVT enacted its Notification on the Registration of Foreign Employment Contracts, which significantly improved the requirements for employment contracts submitted as part of the work permit application process for foreign employees.
— Bangkok Post

Border troops give hope to returning Cambodian-Vietnamese kids
Undocumented, deported Cambodian-Vietnamese kids in southern Vietnam lack access to public services and often depend on border troops for education.
— VN Express

Ministry ‘must stop issuing permanent residency certificates for immigrants’
The Ministry of Interior has confirmed that the deadline has passed for foreign nationals to apply for permanent residency.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UN Human Rights Council 41: Cambodia
The UK welcomed Cambodia’s support for their UPR recommendation to protect victims of trafficking and forced labour; but called for the release of all political prisoners.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

ASF fear strikes Takeo province
Authorities in Takeo province are on the lookout for African Swine Fever following reports that hundreds of pigs are sick or dying in Angkor Borei district.
— Khmer Times

Solar energy to be prioritised
Electricite du Cambodge (EDC), the national electric utility, is aiming for a considerable increase in the amount of renewable energy produced in the country within the next few years, a senior official said Friday.
— Khmer Times

85 pieces of Khmer Artefacts Returned to Cambodia
A total of 85 pieces of Khmer artefacts from prehistoric, pre-Angkorian, Angkorian and post-Angkorian periods have been voluntarily returned from Dr. Fumiko Takakuwa, a Japanese national, to the Government and people of Cambodia.
— AKP

Cambodia Bans Any Foreign Military Bases in the Kingdom, PM Hun Sen Reiterates
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reiterated that Cambodia does not allow any foreign military bases on the Kingdom’s territory, speaking in a meeting with over 1,200 Cambodians living in Europe.
— Fresh News Asia

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Lauds Cambodia’s Progress
H.E. Ms. Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has spoken highly of the economic development of Cambodia.
— AKP

Tobacco costs 3% of GDP, 15,000 people die each year
A new study has found that the Cambodian economy loses approximately $663.5 million per year – equal to three per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) – as a result of tobacco use, while 15,000 people die every year from tobacco-related illnesses.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia buys power generator from Finland
Cambodia has officially signed an agreement to buy a power generator from Finland, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s official Facebook page.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia-Russia Jointly Fight against Terrorism and Cyber Threats: Russian Ambassador to Cambodia
Russia and Cambodia are galvanizing bilateral cooperation in all areas and actively participating on the global stage, including in the fight against terrorism and cyber threats, Russian Ambassador to Cambodia Dmitry Tsvetkov said in an interview with TASS on Wednesday.
— Fresh News Asia

Foreign Companies Interested in Different Fields in Cambodia
Six international companies have shown their interest to invest in Cambodia, mainly in the areas of health, energy and technology.
— AKP

Defense Minister to Participate in the 13th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting
Minister of Defense Tea Banh will lead Cambodian senior delegation to participate in the 13th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) from 10-12 July 2019, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand.
— Fresh News Asia

TOP NEWS: Interior Minister Sar Kheng Sues Sam Rainsy over Incitement using Hok Lundy’s Death
Cambodian Minister of Interior Sar Kheng filed a lawsuit to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court (PPMC) against Sam Rainsy, former opposition leader, for incitement, which would lead to social insecurity and political instability.
— Fresh News Asia

Gov’t launches revenue strategy
The government launched the Revenue Mobilisation Strategy 2019-2023 on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Minister hails progress in Kingdom’s judicial system
Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana highlighted improvements made to the Kingdom’s judicial system at the 2nd Session of the 6th Legislature on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Keeping the Khmer language up to date
Thanks to a booming economy and an influx of foreign investments, foreign language skills, especially English and Chinese, are playing a more important role than ever in the labour market.
— Khmer Times

Agriculture Minister Discusses Fisheries Project with EU Ambassador
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has discussed a fisheries project funded by the European Union with its Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. George Edgar.
— AKP

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Downplays Possible Loss of EU Preferential Trade Scheme
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Friday reiterated that he is not concerned with the possibility of losing duty-exempt status for the country’s products in the European market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme.
— RFA

Cambodia’s rice export to China up 66 percent in 6 months
Cambodia shipped 118,401 tonnes of rice to China in the first half of 2019, an annual increase of 66 percent.
— Vietnam Plus

City Hall calls for PassApp company and drivers to negotiate
City Hall has called for PassApp rickshaw drivers and the company to negotiate a solution after 300 drivers held yet another protest to demand the company drop plans to cut charges for trips and also submitted a petition.
— Khmer Times

Tuk-tuk drivers protest fares
Tuk-tuk drivers say they’re on the losing end of a battle between Cambodian PassApp and rival Grab. PassApp announced a new pricing scheme to entice customers into using their service as it grapples with stiff competition from Singaporean Grab.
— The Phnom Penh Post

City Hall launches bus app
In a bid to improve public transportation services, City Hall on Friday launched an app that enables travellers to track the location of city buses.
— Khmer Times

SECC issues first of new licence to CIC Partners
Cambodian Investors Capital Partners Plc (CIC Partners) on Thursday announced that it obtained a licence from the Securities and Exchange Commission of Cambodia (SECC) as the first “fund management company” in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ban on living inside buildings under construction
Land management minister Chea Sophara has banned construction workers from using the construction sites they are hired to work on as their temporary shelters in order to prevent risk of fatality.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Delegation Attends 43rd Session of World Heritage Committee
A Cambodian delegation led by Ms. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts has been now in Azerbaijan, to attend the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee being held in Baku from June 30 to July 10.
— AKP

Hun Sen: No ‘applause’ from those seeking ‘regime change’
In a speech to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said those attempting to bring about regime change in Cambodia “at all costs” would never appreciate the Kingdom’s efforts at improving human rights.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian girl escapes life of poverty to land scholarship at University of Melbourne
Sophy Ron spent eight years of her childhood surrounded by garbage and toxic fumes while living in a notorious Cambodian rubbish dump nicknamed “Smoky Mountain”.
— The New Daily

Storms claim one life, damage hundreds of homes
One man died, a woman was injured and nearly 100 houses were damaged by storms that hit Banteay Meanchey province on Friday.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen wants joint drills with Thai and Vietnam
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday told Cambodians living in Switzerland that he wants to request Thai and Vietnamese sides to conduct joint drills along the border.
— Khmer Times

Local chiefs accused of selling 503ha of community land
Villagers in Mondulkiri province’s O’Raing district have accused the chiefs of Pou Treng village and Dak Dam commune of allowing traders to continue clearing 503ha and colluding to sell community land to business people since April.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Prime Minister touts success of Geneva mission
Prime minister Hun Sen has said that his mission to participate in the 7th Aid-for-Trade Global Review at the Headquarter of the Word Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland is a great success.
— Khmer Times

Kampot Builds New Clean Water Production Plant
The southwestern province of Kampot has been constructing a US$10-million clean water production plant invested by Anco Water Supply Co., Ltd.
— AKP

Riverbank collapses in Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham’s governor on Friday asked the NCDM to help stop any further collapses of a riverbank in Stung Trang district.
— Khmer Times

Ten Battambang temples given model status for age and beauty
Ten temples in Battambang have been given “model” status to draw on the increasing numbers of tourists visiting the northwestern province, as the bid to have the provincial capital included as a Unesco cultural and historical heritage city is being prepared for submission.
— The Phnom Penh Post

DPM files more complaints against Sam Rainsy
Interior minister Sar Kheng has filed a complaint against Sam Rainsy at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 2 for incitement to commit felony.
— Khmer Times

Former court clerk charged for abusing of power
Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday charged a former Appeal Court official for alleged corrupt practices after he was sacked.
— Khmer Times

Court summons NPH director over the death of a boy
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has issued a summons for the director of the National Pediatric Hospital (NPH) and a doctor to appear before it over the death of a child.
— Khmer Times

Woman seriously injured in clash with authorities
A woman sustained serious injuries on Thursday in a brief clash with Chamkarmon district authorities while she and nearly 200 others marched to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet in Phnom Penh to deliver a petition seeking a solution to their land dispute with a private company.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian woman may see reduction in 165–year prison sentence
Cambodian Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana yesterday said a woman sentenced to 165 years in prison over numerous convictions could possibly have her sentences consolidated.
— The Sun Daily

Families of kids killed in hit and run reject $4K
The parents of three schoolchildren killed in a hit and run accident in Preah Vihear province last week, which involved Choam Ksan district Forestry Administration chief Kim Chet Thavy, rejected compensation of $4,000 per family offered by the authorities on behalf of the suspect on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Drug trafficking suspect ‘kills himself’ in detention
A drug trafficking suspect reportedly committed suicide on Wednesday evening while he was held in a detention room at the Kampong Chhnang provincial police headquarters.
— 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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