Cambodia morning news for January 30

Cambodia morning news for January 30

Cambodia morning news

Wuhan coronavirus cases Pass 6,000, Cambodia denies new case in Koh Kong
The deadly coronavirus, the epicenter of which is Wuhan in Hubei Province, China, continued its deadly spread as death toll climbed slightly while infected crossed 6,000.
— Khmer Times  

Cambodia Opposition Chief Kem Sokha Says International Witnesses Will Clear Him in Treason Trial
Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha on Wednesday urged court authorities to allow testimony from representatives of the countries he is accused of colluding with to topple the government as the third week of his treason trial kicked off, saying they will exonerate him.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia enlists tuk-tuk drivers in fight against trafficking
Thousands of tuk-tuk drivers in Cambodia are to join the fight against human trafficking under a plan by the ride-hailing app Grab to train drivers to spot and report signs of exploitation
— Reuters  

Cambodia’s First Patient with the Wuhan Virus Doing Well, Health Ministry Says
“He looks as if he is recovering,” he said. “He doesn’t have any new symptoms. He can walk and talk to us.”
— Thmey Thmey   

Cambodia too hot for virus
Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng said on Wednesday that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) can be transmitted between people, but it is unlikely it will spread here given Cambodia’s hot climate.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Hun Sen’s actions forcing EU’s hand
As the European Commission is in the final month of a 12-month review of its trade preferences for Cambodia under its Everything But Arms (EBA) programme, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has thrown down the gauntlet to the EU by putting Kem Sokha, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party’s (CNRP) current president, on trial for treason.
— Human Rights Watch

Cambodia and EBA deal: Challenges and responses
The EU’s final decision to strip off its trade preference scheme known as Everything but Arms (EBA) from Cambodia will be made in February 2020. It will come into effect in August should Cambodia fails to comply with the EU’s rigid demands for the unconditional dropping of all charges against former opposition leader Kem Sokha along with his party activists, restoration of the Cambodian National Recue Party (CNRP) and the promise of media freedom.
— Khmer Times 

Prevention Measures Against New Coronavirus
Royal Government of Cambodia has issued series of introductions on measures for the prevention of new Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) spreading, especially in all public and private schools, factories and enterprises.
— AKP 

Cambodia’s Health Minister Calls for Legal Actions on Fake News Spreader regarding Coronavirus
Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng, on Wednesday, has called for legal actions against anyone spreading falsified information regarding coronavirus in Cambodia on social media.
— Fresh News  

Sar Kheng reminds police officers to perform duties professionally
Interior Minister Sar Kheng has reiterated his order for all police officers to strengthen their professionalism, serve the public without discrimination and avoid practicing nepotism.
— Khmer Times 

The Truth About Hun Sen and the Media in Cambodia
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen seems to have forgotten who he is. Praising journalism and defending reporters? That is not the Hun Sen of yore. Yet this month, amid a trial of two Radio Free Asia reporters on “baseless espionage charges,” according to Human Rights Watch, the prime minister claimed that he is actually a friend of journalists, and what’s more, that he wants to become a mentor to reporters when he eventually retires from politics.
— The Diplomat 

Rising corruption in Cambodia: Who, What, Why and How?
Cambodia is currently ranked 162 out of 180 countries, scoring 20 out of 100 in the 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) by Transparency International which rates the country as “highly corrupted”.
— Khmer Times 

The Committee to Protect Journalists Asks the Authorities to Drop Charges Against the RFA Journalists
“Cambodian authorities should stop treating reporters Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin like criminals and drop the bogus charges against them,” Shawn Crispin, CPJ’s senior Southeast Asia representative, said. “The longer their legal harassment continues, the more damage will be done to Cambodia’s already threadbare credibility as a democracy.”
— Thmey Thmey  

Kem Sokha denies US funding accusation in party creation
Former CNRP leader Kem Sokha yesterday in court defended the creation of his Human Rights Party after a deputy prosecutor questioned him on whether the United States financed the party.
— Khmer Times 

Cambodian economy projected to grow 7.1 pct this year
Cambodia’s economy is projected to remain robust in 2020 despite stronger external headwinds, the Singapore-based ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) said in a press release on Wednesday.
— Xinhua 

More than 3,000 Chinese from virus-hit Wuhan visit Cambodia
More than 3,000 Chinese nationals flew into Cambodia from Wuhan after the coronavirus outbreak, before Chinese authorities locked down the city on Thursday to contain its spread, officials said.
— Bangkok Post  

Shortage of masks, alcohol gel amid fears of Novel Coronavirus outbreak
Demand for surgical face masks and hand sanitisers has dramatically increased in the local market as the panic attack resulting from the new deadly Novel Coronavirus outbreak, with the existence of one confirmed case in the Kingdom’s coastal Sihanoukville revealed on Monday evening.
— Khmer Times 

High school to be ‘greenified’ to fight faintings
In response to the fainting of 14 students in Mondulkiri’s Hun Sen Keo Seima High School, authorities there have decided to dig a pond and plant trees to create a healthier environment for the pupils.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Concern but no panic in capital over virus
Despite the scare that Coronavirus is causing in virtually every part of the Kingdom, it is still business as usual for many establishments, especially in Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times 

U.S. Companies to Explore Agricultural Market in Cambodia
A delegation of U.S. agriculture and technology companies will seek understanding on Cambodian market, through an event held by the U.S. embassy in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia, Mongolia Discuss Tourism Cooperation
Cambodia and Mongolia have discussed and agreed on the development of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on their tourism cooperation.

Swiss Investors to Seek Investment Opportunities in Cambodia
A delegation of Swiss Chamber of Commerce will pay a visit to Cambodia to seek understanding on investment opportunities in the Kingdom.
— AKP 

Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital Denies Fake News on a Case of Coronavirus (Video inside)
President of Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital Ngy Meng, on Wednesday, denied a fake news on a case of coronavirus identified at the hospital.
— Fresh News

War remnants casualties rise in Cambodia
Cambodia has recorded a 33 per cent rise in the number of casualties from landmines and unexploded war remnants from 2018 to last year, local media reports say.
— The Australian  

Fugro awarded offshore Cambodia geotechnical contract
Fugro has been awarded a geotechnical contract by KrisEnergy for the Apsara oilfield in Block A, offshore Cambodia, as part of the nation’s first hydrocarbon development.
— Oilfield Technology

131 dead from coronavirus in China as Cambodian victim shows recovery
There are more than 70 confirmed cases in 17 places outside of China, including the US. And the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised its travel precautions for China to its highest level.
— Khmer Times 

Trial against two accused in rape-murder
The Appeal Court on Wednesday heard the 2017 case of two men accused of raping and killing a girl in Bavet commune’s Ta Pov village in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet town. They had earlier been sentenced to life in prison by the provincial court.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kandal Province Police Finds the Bodies of the Two Boat-Accident Victims
Police officers who were searching for the bodies of the two victims found them floating in the river about 250 meters from the site of the accident.
— Thmey Thmey  

Forest crimes see a drop in Ratanakkiri
Government officials and civil society organisations in Ratanakkiri province report a significant decrease in the number of forest crimes, noting that perpetrators are no longer using large vehicles to transport the timber.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Kandal Province Police Finds the Bodies of the Two Boat-Accident Victims
Police officers who were searching for the bodies of the two victims found them floating in the river about 250 meters from the site of the accident.
— Thmey Thmey

Cambodia, China wrap up first round of trade talks
Cambodia and China have wrapped up the first round of negotiations on a free-trade agreement (FTA) resulting in positive outcomes, which the two countries will continue to discuss in the second round of talks scheduled to be held in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

KrisEnergy commissions Dutch based Fugro for offshore Cambodia geotechnical studies
KrisEnergy has contracted Fugro for geotechnical investigations for the Apsara oil field project in block A offshore Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

This Week’s Temperature Forecasted to Be 18-33 Degrees Celsius
Temperature in Cambodia this week is not much different from that of last week, i.e. between 18 and 33 degrees Celsius, according to a new forecast by the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.

Ministry launches code of ethics to protect 1.2M migrant workers
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training on Wednesday launched a code of ethics for private recruitment agencies to follow in order to better protect migrant workers.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

First Round of Cambodia-China FTA Discussions Wrapped Up
Cambodia and China have wrapped up their first round of negotiations on free trade agreement (FTA), agreeing on some points raised by the working groups of each side.

2019-nCoV affecting CSX trade
The outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and confirmation of the first infection in Cambodia on Monday is affecting the local bourse, an official of the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) said.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Interior ministry hands out vehicles to police units
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday handed over 22 Ford Ranger pickup trucks to the capital and provincial police commissariats. He also gave another three similar vehicles to the districts as part of a push to supply police vehicles to all district police commissariats by 2021.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Unidentified Battambang Man Determined To Die
At 9:30 am on January 29, 2020, an unidentified man was seen in Prey Teng 2 village, Bavel district, Battambang province, swallow rat poison.

Dutch firm to do geotechnical survey at Apsara oil field
Krisenergy has hired the services of Dutch company Fugro to conduct a geotechnical study of the Apsara oil field – a move that will speed up plans to begin oil extraction in Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Battambang City Residents Warned After UXO Find
A notification dated 29 January warns citizens living along the river in Battambang City to stay away from the park or remain indoors.
— CNE 

Community bemoans man’s poaching arrest, says he is mentally ill
The Mondulkiri Provincial Court has charged and detained a man over wildlife poaching in Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri’s Koh Nhek district, leading to an outcry from a local forest chief.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry aims for provinces to be open defecation free by 2023
The Ministry of Rural Development is aiming to eliminate the practice of open defecation in five provinces by 2023 through sanitation education.
— Khmer Times 

Headless body found in capital’s Prek Pnov
Prek Pnov district police are searching for the head of a murder victim who was found with his hands tied behind his back and his head decapitated on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Local authorities searching for forest arsonists in B’bang
Specialists from Battambang province’s Forestry Administration, along with Samlot district authorities, are conducting a joint search for arsonists responsible for the recent forest fire in the Dos Kramom mountain area located in Ta Sanh commune.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry launches code of conduct for private recruitment agencies
Labour Minister Ith Samheng has reminded private recruitment agencies to operate with integrity and strictly adhere to the code of conduct for agencies in order to ensure the safety of workers.
— Khmer Times

Soldiers rotate to replace peacekeepers in Lebanon
A total of 184 soldiers have been deployed to Lebanon to replace the Kingdom’s United Nations peacekeeping forces there.
— Khmer Times


Feature photo BirdLife International Cambodia Programme

This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo focuses on raptors of Asean, here the Grey Vulture.


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