Cambodia morning news for May 6

Cambodia morning news for May 6

Cambodia morning newsEngagement in Illegal Land Invasion Seriously Banned
As land price in Cambodia continues to rise, the Royal Government of Cambodia has urged the public not to engage in illegal land invasions.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodian Journalist Sees Media Situation Deteriorating
Cambodian journalist Aun Pheap used to be a dedicated reporter. He would chase stories for The Cambodia Daily, a local independent paper, and write articles that government officials, businessmen and other powerful players would rather not see published.
— New Delhi Times

PM Hun Sen Urges Journalists to Tell the Truth, Fight Fake News
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged all journalists to uphold media professionalism, speak the truth, and provide constructive criticisms in order to contribute to building a just, peaceful, and developed society, according to his letter released to celebrate the 26th World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2019.
— Fresh News

Employees’ seniority pay to be tax-free: GDT
The General Department of Taxation (GDT) on Thursday said back payments of seniority indemnity for Cambodian employees are tax exempt, while employers can also deduct the payments from their income taxes.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnamese expressway to connect with Cambodian border
Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport is studying a proposal to build an expressway from Ho Chi Minh City to Moc Bai, in the border with Cambodia, according to Vietnamese news outlets.
— Khmer Times

Chip Mong’s community mall breaks ground
Local conglomerate Chip Mong Group last week broke ground on its latest project in the Kingdom, a 5-storey retail mall with 11,000 square metres of floor area.
— Khmer Times

Official Launch of Book on Phnom Penh Development
A book on Phnom Penh development, particularly on transformation of Phnom Penh into a green city, was launched here yesterday afternoon.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2019
This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work event, themed “Safetyand Health and the Future of Work”, was held on May 3 at Neang Kok Special Economic Zone in Koh Kong Province.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia to benefit substantially from China’s BRI: Moody’s
Moody’s Investors Service Inc sees Cambodia, which has a B2 stable rating, as one of the countries that stand to benefit the most from China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
— Khmer Times

Police report major drugs crackdown this year
In the first four months of this year, authorities cracked down on 2,520 criminal cases involving drugs, confiscating more than 300kg of illegal substances and detaining 5,405 suspects.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry of Commerce Approves CTIS 2019-2023 Draft
Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has approved the draft of the 4th generation of Cambodian Trade Integration Strategy (CTIS) 2019-2023 and called for joint implementation from all relevant ministries and institutions to ensure high effectiveness and efficiency.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Rainsy handed eight-year prison sentence by Phnom Penh court
Phnom Penh Municipal Court Judge Ros Piseth handed down two guilty verdicts against Rainsy for “Inciting Military Personnel to Disobedience and Demoralising the Army” and “Insulting King Norodom Sihamoni”.
— The Nation

Cambodian Journalists Mark World Press Freedom Day
Cambodian journalists from different media organisations and other stakeholders gathered here this morning to mark the World Press Freedom Day 2019.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Illegal reclamation site to be inspected on Koh Kong
A mixed working group is due to inspect a site of illegal coastal reclamation in Sre Ambel district’s Chroy Svay commune in Koh Kong, provincial deputy governor Sok Sothy said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

China to Assist Cambodia’s Ministry of Health on Llip Surgery
HE Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, on 3 May, received a courtesy visit from Leung Chun-ying, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the People’s Political Consultative Conference of China, Chairman of the Belt and Road Center, Hong Kong, and GX Foundation.
— Fresh News

Three More BEEP’s Learning Centres Launched
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and the UNESCO Office in Phnom Penh, has launched three learning centres of the Basic Education Equivalency Programme (BEEP).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

RDB says loans to be repaid in time
The Rural Development Bank (RDB) said all loans disbursed under the emergency fund since last October will be repaid in time because the last few rice harvests have been successful.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian sanctuary ravaged by logging
As you approach Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary, five hours north of Phnom Penh, it’s difficult to tell exactly where the park begins.
— Asia Times

CBC’s Commercial Credit Reporting System good to go
The Credit Bureau Cambodia (CBC) announced that it will launch the Commercial Credit Reporting System [CCRC] by the end of May.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia holds live-fire military exercise in SW province
Cambodia began on Saturday a five-day live-fire military exercise at a training ground here in southwestern Kampot province.
— Global Times

Takeo province set to host Royal Ploughing Ceremony
This year’s Royal Ploughing Ceremony on May 22 will be held in Takeo for the first time since the Prince Norodom Sihanouk government was overthrown in a coup in 1970, with the provincial governor and his wife chosen by the King to perform the tilling and sowing rituals.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Municipal court finds Sam Rainsy guilty in two cases
Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced in-absentia former opposition leader Sam Rainsy to a total of eight years in prison for demoralising the armed forces and insulting King Norodom Sihamoni.
— Khmer Times

Minister asked to examine the possibility of alcohol warnings
The Ministry of Information has written to Minister of Industry and Handicraft Cham Prasidh requesting he examines the possibility of placing warnings on bottles and cans of alcoholic beverages, while it has also prohibited the advertising of alcohol on national holidays.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry bans alcohol ads during Buddhist holidays
The Ministry of Information has issued a letter to all media company owners to postpone the airing of alcohol advertisements during Visak Bochea Day in May and Meak Bochea Day in February.
— Khmer Times

Rainsy handed eight-year prison sentence by Phnom Penh court
Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party, was on Thursday sentenced to a total of eight years in prison on two charges, with security forces ordered to arrest and throw him in jail.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UN rights envoy reiterates call for Kem Sokha’s freedom
The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia yesterday reiterated concerns over the prosecution of former CNRP leader Kem Sokha during a meeting with Justice Ministry officials.
— Khmer Times

A further five CNRP officials summoned for questioning
Another five local officials of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and two supporters were summoned for questioning on Wednesday as “suspects” on grounds of allegedly violating the Supreme Court ruling that dissolved the former opposition party in November 2017.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry calls on journalists to uphold ethics and professionalism
The Information Ministry will today cooperate with Unesco to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in Phnom Penh under the theme of the “media’s role in supporting peace and democracy.”
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s growing bicycle industry at risk from trade uncertainties
Investment in Cambodia’s growing bicycle industry is being put on hold due to trade war uncertainty and a possible end to trading privileges with the European Union.
— Asian Nikkei Review (paywall)

Cambodia To Join UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize 2019
Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment is preparing to join the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize 2019 and other mechanisms to raise and promote environmental understanding in the country.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Press freedom event to be held
The Ministry of Information is to meet with the media and relevant institutions on Friday to mark World Press Freedom Day, while the Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia (UJFC) urged journalists to uphold press freedom for national interests, world peace and justice.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia after 20 years in Asean
Twenty years ago, on April 30, 1999, Cambodia officially became a member the Association of South East Asian Nations, becoming the last member following several negotiations.
— Khmer Times

Port cargo traffic at Sihanoukville sees 16% first quarter rise
In the first quarter of this year, cargo traffic through the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port rose 16 per cent year-on-year, according to Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia To Host 4th Meeting of National Defence and Security Committee of CLV NAs in Late August
The National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia is going to host the 4th Meeting of National Defence and Security Committee of Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) NAs in late August.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Sar Kheng in South Korea to ask for help in anti-crime training
Interior Minister Sar Kheng asked the Korean National Police Agency, also known as the Korean National Police (KNP), to train the Cambodian police in combating terrorism, cybercrimes, cross-border crime and drug trafficking, as well as in protest management.
— Khmer Times

Woman in Banteay Meanchey loses leg after UXO explosion
Explosive remnants of war continue to haunt the Cambodian people with the country at peace, with a 33-year-old woman losing a leg after stepping on a landmine while harvesting bamboo shoots in Banteay Meanchey province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

APF Cooperation and Development Committee Meeting Wrapped Up with Success
The meeting of the Cooperation and Development Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of La Francophonie (APF) hosted by the National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia was concluded yesterday evening with success, after a full day of discussions.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Body of Cambodian shot in Thailand finally repatriated
The mortal remains of the Cambodian logger who was shot to death late last month in Thailand has been sent to Cambodia following negotiations between the Cambodian and Thai region military commanders.
— Khmer Times

‘Drunk’ policeman shoots car
National Police chief Neth Savoeun has instructed officials to take strict action against the Ministry of Interior’s criminal investigation department deputy head after he allegedly shot at a car in a drunken state in Phnom Penh in the early hours of Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

CRC Calls for Donors to Further Support its Operation
Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) has called on national and international donors to continue supporting the humanitarian course of the agency in Kingdom.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia Securities Exchange up 21% yoy in 1Q19
Increased trading in the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) drove the index up 21 percent year-on-year for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 (1Q19), closing at 580.21 points for a market capitalisation of $543.30 million.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Police Chief Orders to Send “Drunk Police Officer” to Court
National police chief Neth Savoeun, on Friday, ordered to send drunk police officer who opened fire on citizens to court.
— Fresh News

Defence Ministry ready for rank restructuring plan
The Defence Ministry yesterday told members of the armed forces to brace themselves for a restructuring initiative ordered by Prime Minister Hun Sen last week in a bid to reduce its number of generals.
— Khmer Times

UN Rapporteur Appreciates Cambodia’s Judicial Progress
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Ms. Rhona Smith has appreciated the Kingdom’s efforts and positive progress in judicial services.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Food safety draft law under study
The draft Law on Food Safety is now being studied by the Council of Ministers and is expected to be approved before the end of the year, government officials said.
— Khmer Times

 

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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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