Cambodia morning news for March 26

Cambodia morning news for March 26

Cambodia morning newsCambodia Oppositionists Defend Seeking Rehabilitation as Hun Sen Issues New Threats
Five former officials from Cambodia’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party on Monday defended their decision to seek political rehabilitation with the government, saying they were trying to keep the country’s trade privileges from being withdrawn by Western countries over anti-democratic actions by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Radio Free Asia

Kingdom should be wary of EBA loss
The EU in October last year announced it would begin a formal procedure to withdraw its Everything But Arms (EBA) trade preferences from Cambodia in response to the Kingdom’s perceived lack of commitment to improve its current human and political rights situation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Gov’t to buy power from companies
In a bid to end ongoing blackouts across the country, the government is planning to buy power from the private sector to supply households.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Urges W&D Factory to Welcome Back Former Workers (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged W&D (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. to accept 100 of its employees to return to work, speaking Monday at the graduation ceremony of Phnom Penh International University.
— Fresh News

Seniority indemnity payments suspended until 2021: Ith Samheng
The Labour Ministry on Friday decided to suspend seniority indemnity payments, except for garment and textile factory workers, until December 2021.
— Khmer Times

Taking transitional justice to Cambodia’s youth
Like young people the world over, the youth of Cambodia are glued to their mobile phones.
— Lowy Institute

Adidas raises EBA concerns
Sportswear giant Adidas has said that the EU should balance the human rights provisions in its trade policies and the impacts of the possible withdrawal of its Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme.
— The Phnom Penh Post

2019 Voter Verification and Registration To Begin in May
Verification and registration of voters for the year 2019 will commence in May, said H.E. Tep Nytha, Secretary General of the National Election Committee (NEC) in the closing ceremony of a training course on verification and registration of eligible voters here in Phnom Penh late last week.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Angkor Gold CEO: Cambodia’s Oil and Gas Industry is Ready to Boom
In the interview below, Burega discussed the company’s announcement in February 2019 regarding its interest in entering the oil and gas industry in Cambodia where they have, “applied for and are in final negotiations with the government for an oil block.”
— Investing News

US aids Prey Lang area with protection fund
The United States has begun making payments towards its $37 million aid for the protection of the Prey Lang protected area.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia will gain economic sovereignty and national pride, says Phillip Bank
The demand for riel is changing with changes in the socio-economic climate of the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Wind and Rain Continues to Cause Damage
On the night of March 24, 2019, high winds whipped through a plantation, damaging crops and a worker’s house in O’Svay commune, Borey O’Svay district, Stung Treng province.
— Cambodia News English

Only Those Rehabilitated Can Re-enter Politics, PM Hun Sen Announces (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reminded the dissolved opposition that only those rehabilitated by the King could re-enter politics; the rest will face lawsuits, speaking Monday at the graduation ceremony of Phnom Penh International University.
— Fresh News

Health Ministry issues alert over foot and mouth disease
The Health Ministry on Friday urged people to be wary of hand, foot, and mouth disease, which spreads during the hot and dry spells and affects children under the age of five.
— Khmer Times

Customs and excise officials raid ‘cut and shut’ car garage in Phnom Penh
Customs and excise officials on Saturday raided a garage selling “cut and shut” cars in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district, confiscating 15 such vehicles.
— The Phnom Penh Post

VOA Discusses Possible Reopening of Office in Cambodia
U.S. international broadcaster the Voice of America (VOA) has discussed with Cambodia to reopen its Khmer service in Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Rainsy Should Not Repatriate through Border, PM Hun Sen Warns (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned former opposition leader in exile Sam Rainsy not to repatriate to the kingdom through border, speaking Monday at the graduation ceremony of Phnom Penh International University.
— Fresh News

Former opposition officials want to see a political solution
Senior member of the former CNRP defended their decision to have their political ban lifted as they want to see a political solution.
— Khmer Times

Calls for integration of traffic law into national curriculum
With the number of traffic accidents rising at an alarming rate, claiming up to six lives a day, the National Police has requested the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport integrate traffic law into the national curriculum from primary through to secondary school levels.
— The Phnom Penh Post

An Indian Naval Ship Visits Cambodia
The Indian naval ship, ICGS VIJIT (No. 31), docked at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in Preah Sihanouk province this morning for a five-day visit in Cambodia.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Rainsy’s Accusation Causes Social Disunity, Says Former CNRP Lawmaker
Former lawmaker of the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party Ou Chanroth said his former leader’s accusation and defamation against him and his accomplices caused “pain” and social disunity, speaking in a press conference in Sunway Hotel on Monday.
— Fresh News

More Waste Issues in Sihanoukville
City officials say that there is a lot of garbage in most of the city, and that the authorities are not ignoring it.
— Cambodia News English

Seniority payments delayed
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has postponed seniority indemnity payments for non garment and footwear workers until 2021, it said in a statement.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sar Kheng defends CNRP dissolution
Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Saturday said the dissolution of the former opposition party was done as a result of their mass demonstrations after the 2013 national election.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Airways Expands Its International Network with One More New Destination — Phnom Penh to Bangkok
Cambodia Airways is expanding its route network on 11th April by launching service departure from Phnom Penh International Airport to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok.
— Fresh News

Court summons sacked teachers for second time
Former National Election Committee (NEC) member Rong Chhun and 10 other former teachers have been summoned for a second time by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to appear on Wednesday in their unfair dismissal case against the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport after their sacking last year.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Vs. Angkor- Beer Trucks Collide
An Angkor Beer and a Cambodia Beer were in a collision in Trapeang Russey Commune, Kampong Svay District, Kampong Thom Province.
— Cambodia News English

PM Hun Sen Urges Water Catchment (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on citizens to catch rain by using reservoirs and urged the authorities to solve water crisis for people facing crisis, speaking at the graduation ceremony of Phnom Penh International University on Monday.
— Fresh News

Ex-CNRP official out of jail
Ban Samphy, a former Siem Reap provincial official of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, was released from prison on Friday, but his family and defence lawyer continue to maintain that his punishment was unjust.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen Aims Judicial Reforms like “Justice Bao” (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that he will reform Cambodian justice system by taking “Justice Bao” as a model, speaking at the graduation ceremony of Phnom Penh International University on Monday.
— Fresh News

PM Calls on Competent Authorities to Be Open for Politicians Granted Royal Pardon
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has appealed to all competent authorities to be open for any opposition politicians who have already been granted the royal pardon.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Kingdom’s black pepper looks to international market
Cambodia has been called “the Kingdom of black pepper production”, with Tbong Khmum province a major production hub despite the struggles the industry is currently facing.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Welcomes Joint Military Drills with All Nations based on Integrity: Defense Minister
Cambodia welcomes military exercises with all nations in the world, not just China, but the drills shall be done in mutual integrity, defense minister Tea Banh spoke at the closing ceremony of Cambodia-China Golden Dragon Military Exercise 2019 on Monday.
— Fresh News

Second Vice President of Cambodian NA Pays Courtesy Call on Vietnam’s NA Chairwoman
H.E. Ms. Khuon Sudary, the Second Vice President of the National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia, has recently paid a courtesy visit to H.E. Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Chairwoman of Vietnamese NA, in Hanoi, as part of her five-day official and friendly visit in Vietnam since Mar. 21.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Customs outline ivory crackdown guidelines
As a member of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), Cambodia has been pursuing ways to improve its law enforcement activities to prevent and crack down on the trafficking of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.
— 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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