Cambodia morning news for March 31

Cambodia morning news for March 31

Cambodia morning news

Cambodia Prepares Law to Govern the Country in State of Emergency amid Covid-19, Says PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed that the Royal Government of Cambodia has drafted law on governing the country in a state of emergency amid Covid-19.
— Fresh News

Casinos To Close On April 1
Phnom Penh: It has been announced that Cambodia will implement the closure of all casinos starting on April 1.
— CNE

Four more COVID-19 cases detected, tally now stands at 107 in Cambodia
The Health Ministry issued a statement today, saying that 3 of the COVID-19 patients are Cambodian and 61-year-old French man.
— Khmer Times

Asia Album: Chinese medical team in Cambodia helps combat COVID-19 pandemic
he Chinese medical team landed in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, on March 23 to help combat the epidemic, as the Southeast Asian country has seen a spike in new confirmed cases in recent weeks.
— Xinhua

Banana exports booming despite pandemic
Cambodia exported 72,182 tonnes of fresh yellow bananas to international markets during the first three month of this year, a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries report said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Private clinics barred from accepting COVID-19 patients
The Ministry of Health yesterday prohibited private clinics from testing, admitting and treating any patient suspected of having COVID-19, saying any patient under investigation for the disease must be sent to state hospitals.
— Khmer Times

Hun Sen Orders Closure of Casinos, but Factories to Stay Open
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ordered a temporary closure of casinos nationwide to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Cambodianess

Search and seizure for counterfeit test kits
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday issued additional measures for the seizure and destruction of unregistered COVID-19 rapid test kits and medicines being sold in the market.
— Khmer Times

Ministry: Virus test machine unreliable
The Ministry of Health warned on Monday that the online promotion and sale of rapid testing machines for Covid-19 are endangering public health even as the government is fighting the growing pandemic in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Trade across Cambodia-Vietnam border remains stable amid COVID-19 outbreak
Trade activities across the Vietnam- Cambodia border have been maintained despite the halt of entry and exit of citizens and tourists as a measure to curb the spread of the acute respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).
— Khmer Times

Barred Chengdu Flight Passengers Allowed To Leave
On the early morning of the 29th, QD738A flight from Phnom Penh to Chengdu was not allowed to enter Chinese airspace and made to return to Cambodia.
— CNE

TOP NEWS: Cambodia’s Parliament Passes Vote of Confidence to Government Cabinet Reshuffle
Cambodia’s National Assembly has passed an absolute vote of confidence to appoint five new ministers and four senior ministers for the Royal Government’s cabinet as nominated by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
— Fresh News

PM: Not Right Time Yet for Cambodia’s Lockdown
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has called on his compatriots not to worry about the nation’s lockdown as it is not the right time yet for Cambodia to do so, but the cabinet ministers will discuss the draft law on national emergency this week.
— AKP

Cambodia Suspends Exporting White Rice and Paddy Rice to Ensure Food Security
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered to suspend the exports of Cambodian white rice and paddy rice, effective on 5 April 2020 to ensure food security in the Kingdom amid Covid-19 crisis.
— Fresh News

German repatriation flight from Phnom Penh “half empty” – UK tourists stranded in Cambodia unaware of its existence
2 flights to repatriate German tourists in Cambodia that left from Phnom Penh yesterday have been described as “half empty” – with stranded UK tourists expressing anger that they were not informed of the flights – and the chance to get back home – by the UK Embassy.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sens Calls on Repatriated Cambodian Workers in Thailand to Self-isolate for 14 Days
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged repatriated Cambodian workers in Thailand to conduct 14-day self-quarantine and inform their neighbors in order to fight Covid-19 in their communities.
— Fresh News

Free sanitiser distributed to poor people in Kingdom
Around 2,000 litres of hand sanitiser has been distributed to people in various provinces, while another 5,000 litres will be produced for free distribution as the Kingdom grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Prestige Hospital promises new era of medical care in Cambodia
A new player joined the Kingdom’s hospital market yesterday in a bid to boost confidence in the country’s medical capabilities and change the mindset of Cambodians who prefer to go overseas when seeking medical checkups and treatment.
— Khmer Times

World Bank Nominates New Country Director for Cambodia
The World Bank has nominated a new country director for three nations, including Cambodia.
— AKP

Cambodian PM Thanks All Donors and Calls for More Contributions to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic
More than US$10 million have been raised by the National Committee for Combating COVID-19 this month, according to Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
— AKP

Century-Old Wooden Structure Found in Siem Reap Province
National APSARA Authority has discovered a wonderfully designed wooden structure aged nearly 1,000 years old and an artifact in Siem Reap province.
— AKP

Cambodia Post Earns US$11 Million in 2019
State-run Cambodia Post generated US$11 million as revenue in 2019, from postal and transport services, which is similar to that in the previous year, according to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
— AKP

Cambodia escapes Japanese visa suspension as a move to combat COVID-19
Japan has announced yesterday, issuance of Visa to Japan has been banned for 11 more countries, in addition to the 40 banned earlier, which included China, South Korea, and Iran. Saudi Arabia and Europe.
— Khmer Times

Commentary on forthcoming Khmer New Year and possibility of COVID-19 spike
The Khmer New Year, which will be ushered in mid April is a time for family gatherings, visits to pagodas which are often very crowded for the three main days and a lot of interaction is done without any social distancing.
— Khmer Times

Cases of asymptomatic patients low, late detection and uncontrolled travel could see a spike in COVID-19
Asymptomatic COVID-19 patients refer to those who do not show any symptoms, including fever and cough, but their tests for the novel coronavirus are positive.
— Khmer Times

60 foreigners detected positive for COVID-19 since start of pandemic in Cambodia in January
As of yesterday morning, March 29, there are in total 103 COVID-19 patients in Cambodia, including 43 Cambodians, 36 French, 12 Malaysians, 5 British, 2 Americans, 2 Indonesian, one Canadian, one Belgian, and one Chinese Of them, 21 have recovered.
— Khmer Times

Smart Axiata announces $1 Million COVID-19 Relief Fund
Smart Axiata today announced a 1 Million USD COVID-19 Relief Fund in a demonstration of support as the Kingdom deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

Tourists stranded in Cambodia over health cert
Tourists in Cambodia are stranded in the country due to restrictions set by airports to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
— New Straits Times

Tourism hit in coronavirus fight
Reports of the virus hit the world late last year then thousands of emerging cases in China’s Wuhan city in Hubei province made international headlines.
— Khmer Times

Workers get $100 handout in lieu of wages
Nearly 100 construction workers accepted a $100 handout from an employer to return to their hometowns after work was suspended at a construction site in Preah Sihanouk province’s commune four.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen: Government Considers Allocating $500M Loans to Banks and MFIs with Low Interest Rates to Help Citizens amid Covid-19
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that the Royal Government of Cambodia considered allocating USD 500-600 million to banks and microfinance institutions at low interest rates.
— Fresh News

S. Korea provides US$10mil to Cambodia for school feeding programme
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on Monday (March 30) provided grant aid of US$10mil to Cambodia for implementing and expanding the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, said a World Food Programme Cambodia (WFP)’s press statement.
— The Star

Outgoing Russian Ambassador Bids Farewell to Cambodian PM
The Russia Federation’s Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Dmitri Tsvetkov bid farewell here this afternoon at the Peace Palace to Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.
— AKP

Siem Reap forest fire are under control, officials say
The Siem Reap provincial authorities are joining hands to extinguish a fire that has engulfed around 10ha of flooded forest in the Veal Krom area in Siem Reap town’s Chreav district since Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

NBC issues licence to SBI Lyhour Bank Plc
SBI Lyhour Bank Plc, a subsidiary of Japanese internet banking giant SBI Holdings Inc, was awarded an official licence by the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) to operate in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Special Loan Package Prepared to Help Banking Sector
The Royal Government of Cambodia is going to use a budget reserve as special loan package to help the banking sector in a bid to restore business environment in Cambodia impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.
— AKP

Ministry: Modern telecoms a boon
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has improved communications, services and the work of people throughout the Kingdom, said its undersecretary of state, Meas Po.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen blasts rights defender over comments
Prime Minister Hun Sen has criticised Licadho’s Am Sam Ath over statements the latter made about security measures the government has taken amid COVID-19 fears.
— Khmer Times

‘Logging rampant despite pandemic’
Forest activists claimed they had observed more cases of deforestation in the Prey Lang area than before the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Activist faces defamation charges for Facebook post
Environmental activist Kreung Tola has been sent to the Mondulkiri Provincial Court for defamation after he accused Sre Pok Wildlife Sanctuary chief Pen Pheaktra of allowing forest crimes to take place in the areas he managed.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ruling upheld in Vannak case
The Appeal Court on Monday upheld the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s verdicts for former Takeo provincial governor Lay Vannak, his brother Lay Narith, who is former deputy provincial police chief, and his drivers Men Sakmay and Choem Vuth for murdering Vannak’s mistress Chev Sovathana.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Inmates seek amnesty ahead of the New Year
The National Commission for Review and Evaluation of the Ministry of Justice has asked 155 prisoners to submit requests to the government to ask if their sentences can be commuted or pardoned before Khmer New Year in April.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Strong wind and lightning destroy houses, kill three
In the first three months of this year, storms and lightning killed three people, injured five and damaged more than 150 houses and public buildings, according to data from the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Passapp driver gets life for drug trafficking
Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday sentenced a man, a Passapp motorbike driver, accused of possessing and trafficking in four kilograms of methamphetamines, ketamine and ecstasy, to a life sentence and a fine of $10,000.
— Khmer Times

 

 

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