Cambodia morning news for March 20

Cambodia morning news for March 20

Cambodia morning newsFive More Former Opposition Leaders Re-enter Politics
Samdech Say Chhum, Acting Head of State and President of Senate, granted the rights to re-enter politics to five more former opposition leaders of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), according to the separate royal decrees dated Tuesday.
— Fresh News

Uncoordinated efforts leave Cambodia foreign policy lacking synergy
Amid shifting global power dynamics and intense pressure from the West, Cambodia’s foreign policy strategy in the coming years will aim to diversify its external relations, with a focus on South and East Asian countries.
— AEC News Today

EU Delegation in Cambodia as NGOs Push Government to Preserve Trade Status
A European Union delegation arrived in Cambodia as NGOs in the Southeast Asian country called on the government to uphold the constitution as a way to avoid losing preferential trade terms the EU has threatened to withdraw in response to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s crackdown on opponents.
— Radio Free Asia

Why Taiwanese Are Parking Their Money In Cambodia, Once An Unlikely Go-To Country
Seven years ago, when foreign investors were taking a hard look at the Vietnamese economy, Cambodia came up in conversation as an alternative site for cheap factory labor.
— Forbes

Kingdom’s tobacco industry undergoes decrease last year
Cambodia’s tobacco industry saw a decrease in cultivation last year, despite the Kingdom being granted duty-free and quota-free exports of tobacco leaves to Vietnam, according to Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries data.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodians Urged to Use Care on Social Media Platforms
Civil society groups have urged Cambodians to use social media to promote good governance and social justice.
— VOA Cambodia

Kampong Speu solar farm to start generating energy in April
Amid a dry spell that has led to power cuts across the Kingdom, Electricite du Cambodge announced last week that a 60-megawatt solar power park in Kampong Speu province will start generating power next month, roughly four months ahead of schedule.
— Khmer Times

CMAA: Thirty killed or disabled by UXO this year
At least 30 people have been killed or disabled by unexploded ordnance (UXO) this year, a 76 per cent increase on the same period last year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Project Little Dream’s Fundraiser at Raintree Cambodia
The event marked PLD’s 10th year in Cambodia of building and running village schools in Takéo Province. Their presence in the villages also brought urban medical resources into the rural communities. Looking forward, PLD plans to expand its collaboration with local talents.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Holding firm Groupin gets $5m to fund expansion
Cambodia-based private equity firm Belt Road Capital Management (BRCM) has invested $5 million into Groupin, who has a stake in Little Fashion and Mediaload.
— Khmer Times

Mekong River Commission To Advance its Data and Information Systems
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat is reinvigorating its data, modeling and information systems to provide enhanced and timely information to the public and MRC member countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam, according to the Secretariat top management.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Authorities question men staying at former CNRP HQ
Phnom Penh municipal authorities brought four men staying at the headquarters of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in for questioning at a police station in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on Sunday night.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Clash of political and business titans in Cambodia
When Cambodian authorities swooped on a popular nightclub in central Phnom Penh on February 23, arresting more than 300 people on drug possession charges, the raid set in motion a political firestorm few foresaw at the time.
— Asia Times

Cambodia, India ink ICT deals
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications yesterday signed memorandums of understanding with India aimed at boosting the local ICT and telecommunications sector, including the creation of ‘smart villages’ in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian Court Detains Two Japanese Men, Accused of Killing a Taxi Driver in Cambodia
Siem Reap provincial court detained two Japanese men on Tuesday, accused of “premeditated murder”, according to the order by investigating judge Chou Lim Heang.
— Fresh News

Government replaces Preah Sihanouk governors sacked over Koki clash
Two Preah Sihanouk province deputy governors were appointed on Monday, replacing their predecessors who were removed over a violent land dispute in January this year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

River Festival Attracts More Than 1 Million Visitors
The 5th River Festival, taking place in Kampong Chhnang province from Mar. 15 to 17, 2019 under the theme “River: Connecting Peace, People and Tourism”, attracted over 1 million national and international visitors.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Nuisance Child Beggars Removed in Siem Reap
Anti-drug police detained 10 homeless children on March 18, 2019, after complaint that they always disturbed tourists around the old market in Mondul 1 Village, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap.
— Cambodia News English

Sar Kheng urges fire safety following deadly blaze
Interior Minister Sar Kheng today issued a fire safety reminder over the current hot and dry spell following a blaze in Mondolkiri province which killed two teenagers on Monday evening.
— Khmer Times

Singapore-Cambodia physiotherapy programme comes to completion
A collaboration between Singapore and Cambodia to upgrade the Kingdom’s physiotherapy practitioners’ educational qualifications to a bachelor’s degree has concluded, Singapore International Foundation (SIF) said in a Friday press release.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Pich Sros questions effects of alcohol ads
Cambodian Youth Party president Pich Sros wants the Commerce and Information Ministries to appear before the Supreme Consultative Council to be questioned over alcohol advertisements and their effects on young people.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Asks Russia to Help Train Cambodian Peacekeepers on Mine Clearance
Cambodia has asked Russia to help train Cambodian peacekeepers on clearance of mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) in order to further improve their capacity in UN peacekeeping operation, according to local media report.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

EDC tackles power shortfall
Electrcite Du Cambodge (EDC) on Monday issued a statement updating the public on its efforts to tackle insufficient electricity supplies during the ongoing dry season.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Spring Equinox on 21st
Every year, the equinox happens twice, when day and night are of equal length. In the dry season, the Vernal Equinox occurs in March, and Autumnal Equinox in September.
— Cambodia News English

Hun Sen receives an honorary doctorate degree
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday was bestowed with an honorary doctorate degree on political relations from Thailand’s Krirk University.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Requests More Loans from the Bank of China to Further Develop Agricultural Sector
Minister of Commerce H.E. Pan Sorasak has requested the Bank of China to provide more loans to Cambodia to further develop its agriculture, said a news release of the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) issued after the minister’s recent meeting with Mr. Chen Changjiang, CEO of the bank’s Phnom Penh branch.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Farmers urged to rethink chemical use
Experts on Monday requested farmers to rethink the use of chemicals, particularly the mixing of them, a practice causing serious impacts on the health of both people and animals, and harming the natural environment.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EDC reduces daytime energy supply to offset shortage
Electricité du Cambodge yesterday issued a statement saying that due to power shortages, it has reduced the supply of electricity in the Kingdom during the day in order to ensure supply at night.
— Khmer Times

Phnom Penh ‘World’s Fastest Growing Airport’
If you’ve looked around the security line and thought that airports are becoming more popular (and more crowded) than ever, you’re actually right.
— Cambodia News English

W&D dispute simmers on
After failing for the past three months to receive seniority indemnity and other benefits, on Monday some 200 W&D Cambodia workers gathered in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house in Phnom Penh to request he help resolve the ongoing labour dispute.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Hosts a Public Consultation Meeting on Road and Railway Impact Assessment
Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have hosted a public consultation meeting on road and railway impact assessment.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Hun Sen raps CLC president over misguided protests
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called on Cambodian Labour Confederation president Ath Thorn to stop encouraging garment workers to protest and demand unreasonable seniority indemnity payments.
— Khmer Times

O’Touk area development ‘a concern’
Civil society organisations monitoring land disputes in Preah Sihanouk province continue to voice concerns over the environmental impact of developing public land after permission was granted to reclaim a site in the O’Touk area to build a boat terminal.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Former lawmakers request clemency
Five more former opposition members have filed requests to Interior Minister Sar Kheng in order to return to politics.
— Khmer Times

Rehab for Camerin as more CNRP submit pleas
Another of the original 118 senior Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) officials banned from politics was granted rehabilitation by Acting Head of State Say Chhum on Monday, as more politicians submitted requests.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Governor asks City Hall to address traffic jams
Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng yesterday urged officials to do more to solve traffic jams plaguing the city.
— Khmer Times

Pi Pay leads Kingdom’s new payment revolution
Cambodian mobile payment app Pi Pay has shown progress since its service was unveiled in mid-2017, with total transaction value amounting to $170 million and total transactions reaching 7.5 million, the firm’s CEO said on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Researchers warn of toxic chemicals
Researchers from the Institute of Technology of Cambodia are appealing to farmers to reduce the use of agrochemicals on crops after it found that some farmers improperly mixed chemicals.
— Khmer Times

PM calls for speedier trial procedures
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday renewed his appeal for the expedition of legal proceedings to reduce overcrowding in the country’s prisons.
— The Phnom Penh Post

 

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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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