Cambodia morning news for January 2

Cambodia morning news for January 2

Cambodia morning news

Gov’t to spend $8.2 billion this year
The government will spend more than $8 billion and take out $2 billion in foreign loans this year, according to the 2020 National Budget Law, which was made public on Tuesday after being signed off by King Norodom Sihamoni.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Mekong levels to drop as China conducts equipment tests
The Mekong River Commission on Tuesday reported dam equipment tests in China will affect water levels in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos in the middle of this month.
— Khmer Times

Unions Push Gov’t For EBA Talks As IMF Forecasts Serious Economic Risks
A week after the International Monetary Fund warned of serious downside risks to Cambodia’s economic outlook, trade unions in the country called on the government to work with the European Union to retain critical trade privileges.
— VOA 

Anti-Drug Department issues statement on ‘use of force’
The Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Drug Department has released a statement regarding a video posted on social media showing a group of police officers using force on three men.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Importance of January 7 to youth 
On January 7, Cambodia will celebrate the 41st anniversary of the day on which the Kampuchean People’s Revolutionary Armed Forces and Vietnamese troops captured the capital from the Khmer Rouge.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Top Cop Lauds Crackdown on Opposition in New Year Message
Cambodia’s National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun on Tuesday marked the end of 2019 with a New Year’s message lauding his subordinates for their work cracking down on members of the country’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
— RFA 

Factories given export rights
The Ministry of Commerce granted export rights under the preferential trading system to 78 garment, footwear and bag factories in the first 11 months of last year, its annual report stated.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

7,700 Cambodians Out of a Job after Online Casinos Shut-down
Since January 1, 2020, the Cambodian online casino industry is illegal. Nationwide, inspectors will begin checks to see whether casinos have complied with the government demands.
— Gambling News 

A Young Female Athlete Champions Bokator
The 18-year-old woman, who has been practicing Bokator for about a year, won a silver medal in the Bokator martial arts category in the 2019 national competition.
— Thmey Thme

Siem Reap land broker detained
The Siem Reap Provincial Court on Tuesday decided to detain Chea Hak Srun at the Siem Reap provincial prison for fraudulently taking money from residents of Kokchak commune’s Veal village in exchange for granting permits to build structures in the Angkor Archaeological Park.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Angkor attracts 2.2 mln foreign tourists last year
Cambodia’s famed Angkor Archeological Park received 2.2 million foreign tourists in 2019, down 14.8 percent year-on-year, said a press statement on Wednesday.
— Xinhua 

Family goes on 5,400km charity drive to help needy kids in Cambodia
While many prefer to fly to an exotic destination on a holiday, Mr Kevin Raja and his family hit the road on a charity drive.
— The Straits Times 

Rubber exports grow nearly 24% last year
The Kingdom’s rubber exports saw a 24 per cent increase over the first 11 months of last year compared to the same period in 2018, data from the General Directorate of Rubber obtained by The Post on Tuesday showed.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Fishing season for prahok, meat paste-making officially begins
The Fisheries Administration has announced that the fishing season to make prahok and meat paste will begin early this month.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Land Dispute Representatives From Six Provinces Petition Gov’t
Representatives and villagers across six provinces, representing 27 different communities, gathered in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to advocate and petition the government for a resolution to their long-standing land disputes.
— VOA

Cambodia gets $118M in sovereign loans from AFD
Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) has provided Cambodia with a sovereign loan of 118 million euros ($121 million) for two projects – one to build the Bakheng water treatment plant and another to develop competitive skills.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Great Duke hotel shuts after 23 years, economic reasons cited
The five-star Great Duke Phnom Penh hotel closed its doors on Tuesday after 23 years, with owner Regency Company Limited citing “economic reasons”.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Peace, EBA focal point of politicians’ NY messages
The Kingdom’s top politicians sent out different messages for the New Year, with self-exiled opposition figure Sam Rainsy noticeably changing his tune regarding the EU’s preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Large-scale logging halted in Kampong Speu, Pursat provinces
Police from Kampong Speu and Pursat provinces and officials from environmental non-profit Wildlife Alliance cracked down on illegal logging and wildlife poaching activities in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary and the National Park in the Cardamom Mountains.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Apsara to restore ancient ponds to address drought
Eight ancient ponds in Siem Reap province’s Puok district will be deepened and filled with water to assist farmers during this year’s dry season, the Apsara National Authority said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Win-Win Monument an ‘heirloom for generations’
Minister of National Defence Tea Banh extolled the symbolism of the Win-Win Monument while speaking at a ceremony to commemorate 21 years since the signing of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s “Win-Win Policy”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Parties say aye to keeping the Consultative Council
Members of the Supreme Consultation Council have urged the government to keep the body alive in the next mandate as it has been useful in solving people’s problems.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Sophal handed life sentence
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday sentenced Sin Sophal, 35, to life in prison and ordered her to pay 120 million riel to the family of the victim whom she was convicted of killing and cutting into pieces in June.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Armed Drug Dealers Brought In
Three suspects have been arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon and distributing drugs in Trapeang Thleung 3 village, in Chom Chao 1, Khan Por Senchey.
— CNE

Cambodian PM: Happy New Year 2020
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has sent his first message of the new year to his compatriots.
— AKP

New Program Aimed at Aiding Delivery of Public Services in Phnom Penh
A new program is being put into place in Phnom Penh aimed at enabling nongovernmental organizations to help combat the Cambodian capital’s growing problems stemming from traffic and litter.
— VOA

Executive outlook for 2020
Despite internal and external challenges, the Cambodian economy reached even greater heights last year, with the government reporting economic growth of 7.1 per cent – the highest in the Asean region.
— The Phnom Penh Post

2019 year in review
Cambodia’s largest microfinance institution Prasac raised its registered capital from $110 million to $168 million, an amount five times larger than the National Bank of Cambodia’s (NBC) requirement of at least $30 million.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Families’ evictions to be reviewed
`Phnom Penh Municipal Council chairman Pa Socheatvong said the Municipal Hall has decided to temporarily suspend administrative action against eight families involved in a land dispute at the Russey Keo development area.
— The Phnom Penh Post

School ‘hopeful’ amid move order, inspection
Following an order from Prime Minister Hun Sen, Minister of Nation
al Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection Men Sam An on Wednesday visited the School of Hope, located on a 1ha plot in Preah Sihanouk province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Top cop praises officers for keeping Kingdom safe
National Police chief General Neth Savoeun on Tuesday praised his officers for their sacrifices in maintaining security and public order in the Kingdom last year, especially by preventing a coup allegedly planned by Sam Rainsy.
— Khmer Times

Eight dead, nine injured in Kampong Speu traffic accident
Eight people died and nine others sustained critical injuries in an accident on Tuesday night involving a minivan and a truck in Kampong Speu province’s Kong Pisei district, according to provincial traffic police.
— Khmer Times

 

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