Cambodia morning news for May 17

Cambodia morning news for May 17

Cambodia morning news

Remnants of 100 undiscovered ancient temples unearthed in Cambodian jungle
The temples, which in many cases are just foundations, were unearthed in Kratie province’s historical Samphu Borak area of eastern Cambodia’s Kratie Province.
— Daily Mail

Cambodia’s rice exports to China continue to rise in first 4 months
Cambodia exported 95,066 metric tons of milled rice to China in the first four months of 2019, a 66-percent increase over the same period last year, showed an official report released on Thursday.
— Xin Hua

Cambodian internet star who charmed tourists in a dozen languages arrives in China to chase university dream
The Cambodian teenager who became an internet star in November for hawking souvenirs in several languages has enrolled in a private middle school in east China’s Zhejiang province and wants to go to a top university in Beijing.
— South China Morning Post

CDC approves $4 billion in investment projects
he government approved $4 billion worth of investment projects during the first four months of the year, the Council for the Development of Cambodia recently revealed.
— Khmer Times

Prey Sar prison expansion underway
he General Department of Prisons has recently started expanding Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison to solve its overcrowding problem, a spokesman said yesterday.
— Khmer Times

CMAA records 73% increase in mine casualties
The Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority today reported a 73 percent increase in the number of casualties during the first four months of 2019 when compared to the same period last year.
— Khmer Times

World Bank to provide $1 billion in assistance, Ministry says
The World Bank will approve the disbursement of $1 billion to Cambodia to develop priority sectors in the next five years, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
— Khmer Times

77 Prisoners Endorsed for Royal Pardon in Upcoming Visak Bochea Day
Government has endorsed 77 prisoners – nine of them are women – for royal pardon during the upcoming Visak Bochea day, according to local media report
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Credit applications up in first quarter – CBC
The number of consumer credit applications saw a substantial increase in the first quarter of the year, the Credit Bureau of Cambodia (CBC) said in its latest report published last week.
— Khmer Times

NHS psychologist from Colne quits job to volunteer in Cambodia
An NHS psychologist who quit her job to volunteer says she wants to help ‘change the world’, after spending three months working on a project with young people in Cambodia.
— Lancashire Telegraph

Cambodia supports Japan’s Indo-Pacific Strategy
Cambodia was the first country from Southeast Asia that registered the support for the Japan-initiated Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy (FOIP).
— Khmer Times

Almost 40 Ex-CNRP Members Rounded Up for Police Questioning
Almost 40 former opposition members were questioned by police in three provinces across the country over the past few days, while the number of officials summoned to court in Battambang rose to 35, according to opposition officials.

Cambodian King Supports Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese Media
King Norodom Sihamoni said during a visit to Beijing that Cambodia is prepared to further support China’s overseas investment strategy, known as the “Belt and Road Initiative”, state-owned Chinese media reported Wednesday.
— VOA Cambodia

East Anglian Air Ambulance on Cambodian bar advert
An air ambulance charity has distanced itself from a Cambodian bar that used its helicopter in an advert for “all beautiful girls”.

Temple Discovered in Kampong Thom Jungle
According to the Ministry of Environment, the ancient site hidden in the jungle is called Prasat Prasang, and had three temples facing east. According research, the temple was built on bricks, while the base of the was facing northeast. Now, this ruined temple has been almost completely destroyed.
— Cambodia News English

MoU on environment between Forum Syd and Cambodia’s Ministry
Forum Syd, Sweden-based organization focusing on human and civil rights, has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment to enhance the cooperation in the field of environment.
— Scandasia

California governor halts deportations of 2 Cambodian refugees, thwarting Trump administration
Escalating his opposition of Trump administration policies, California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week pardoned two Cambodian refugees that immigration officials wanted to deport.

Cambodian PM rejects claim he supports GCG ASIA’s cryptocurrency trading
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Thursday rejected a claim that he supported cryptocurrency trading, which is illegally operated by GCG ASIA Co., Ltd.

Health Ministry to recruit women, disabled people
The Ministry of Health is set to recruit 1,300 civil servants, giving priority to women and people with disabilities in its recruitment process.
— Khmer Times

Tourism Ministry sets sights on Muslim world
The Ministry of Tourism is targeting visitors from countries in the Middle East, a region believed to have great potential for Cambodia’s tourism market.
— Khmer Times

Siem Reap Province Attracts Over 130,000 Visitors during King’s Birthday Holiday
More than 130,000 national and international tourists visited different tourist attractions in Siem Reap province during the recent King’s Birthday holiday.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Cambodia Earns 3 Medals from International Para Athletics Tournament in Beijing
Cambodian para athletes have earned one silver and two bronze medals from Beijing 2019 World Para Athletics Grand Prix: the 7th Open Athletics Championships in China.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

Police need deep reform: Sar Kheng
Interior Minister Sar Kheng has vowed to implement deep reforms in the national police in a move to cope with complexities of crimes in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Phnom Penh To Host Cambodia Architect and Decor Expo Next Month
Cambodia Architect & Decor 2019, an international exhibition on building materials, architecture, interior design, furniture & décor in the country, will be held in Phnom Penh early next month.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

PM Oli returns home after Vietnam, Cambodia visit
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has returned home this evening after completing an eight-day official visit to Vietnam and Cambodia.
— The Himalayan Times

K Cham Military Police Major Bailed Despite Violent Crime
San Sokhom, a military police major in Kompong Cham province and son of the commander of neighboring Kratie province’s military police, has been released on bail despite being charged over making threats with a firearm, officials said.

Commune Chief Called for Questioning Over UDG Development
Residents living around the $3.8-billion resort project by China’s Union Development Group (UDG) say they are worried for their safety after even their Cambodian People’s Party commune chief has now been summoned for questioning over a dirt road they were building

Cambodia, Nepal Discuss Direct Flights, Opening Embassies
Cambodia and Nepal are discussing joint steps to promote direct flights between the countries and to open the embassies in their capitals in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation, a government spokesperson said.
— VOA Cambodia

Indo-China integration meets Cambodia’s interests
0 Comments Cambodia, which is located between Thailand and Vietnam and has a 440-kilometer coastal zone which is separated from the rest of the country by a mountain ridge, is in need of a “third neighbor” in order to survive economically and politically, and for improving its export opportunities.
— Modern Diplomacy

STR, CTF Partner to Advance Cambodia Hotel Performance
STR, the leader in data benchmarking and analytics for the global hospitality industry, has partnered with the Cambodia Tourism Federation (CTF), a non-profit association that represents the country’s private sector tourism community, to provide tools for hotel benchmarking and performance advancement.
— Hotel News Resource

Cambodia To Mark Visak Bochea Day on Saturday
The annual Visak Bochea Day will be celebrated on the top hill of Preah Reach Troap (Oudong) in Ponhea Leu district, Kandal province on May 18, where a stupa of Buddha’s relics is located.
— Agence Kampuchea Press

His Majesty the King Returns Home from Beijing
His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, arrived home this afternoon after spending three days in Beijing, China to attend the First Conference on Dialogue among Asian Civilisations.
— Agence Kampuchea Press


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Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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