Cambodia morning news for May 1

Cambodia morning news for May 1

Cambodia morning news

May 1 sees enforcement of steep traffic fines
The government today said motorists must carry their driver’s license and vehicle technical inspection certificate at all times as traffic police nationwide introduce the enforcement of hefty fines on traffic law violators starting today.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Controversial State of Emergency Draft Signed into Law
Acting head of state Say Chhum promulgated the controversial state of emergency legislation into law on Wednesday, despite severe concerns over its ability to abuse citizens’ human rights and freedoms.
— VOA Khmer

Poachers kill 3 near-extinct giant ibises amid pandemic pressure in Cambodia
The giant Ibis, a mega-sized bird that can stand more than a meter (3 feet) tall and weigh more than 4 kilograms (9 pounds), was once thought to be extinct in Cambodia.
— Focusing On Wildlife

All is not well in the garment sector as exports drop by 50 percent in second trimester
Cambodia’s exports of garment and footwear products are expected to drop from 50 to 60 percent due to the impact of COVID-19 crisis during the second trimester of 2020.
— Khmer Times

New Normal? Better Normal!
In these times of Covid-19, the big challenge for most of us is how to protect ourselves and our families from the virus and how to hold on to our jobs.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian NGOs Press Government to Demand Vietnam Remove Military Posts in Disputed Border Area
Cambodian NGOs and opposition figures are urging government authorities to demand that Vietnam remove a string of military shelters set up in a disputed border area, calling the tents’ presence on the border an attempt to encroach on Cambodian territory.
— Radio Free Asia

Motorists rush for licences
In light of a new traffic sub-decree which will raise fines for traffic violations on May 1, a surge of people applied for driving lessons, licences and vehicle inspections over the past two days, said the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Will Not Extend Visas to Foreigners Who Do Not Register on FPCS, Effective 1 July
Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration said it will not issue visa extension for foreigners who did not register on Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) by 1 July 2020.
— Fresh News

NGO rolls out inclusive learning app for students with disabilities
Children with disabilities generally grapple with equal access to education owing to the special needs they require to interpret information or express themselves.
— Khmer Times

Unions and Workers Cancel May Day Events in Light of Virus Outbreak
Worker unions and rights groups have decided to cancel all planned events for the May Day holiday on Friday, and will instead hold an online conference on labor rights.
— VOA Khmer

Interior minister urges efficiency
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng advised subordinate officials on Thursday to continue working together and dividing roles and duties to streamline efficiency. He said the number of officials following his directive had increased remarkably.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Council claims corruption
The Supreme Council for Consultation and Recommendations, which is made up of 16 political parties, has urged the government to look into inaction and illegal activity by corrupt officials that the council said is leading to a dual legal system.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Pandemic: Businesses more lax with health checks amid no new cases
Customer-facing businesses such as restaurants and convenience stores have become complacent in testing customers’ temperatures, ensuring face masks are worn and providing hand sanitiser, in sharp contrast to previous measures being undertaken last month and against health ministry recommendations.
— Khmer Times

Local airports slump as extreme restrictions continue
Cambodia’s airline industry continues to be severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the number of passengers flying in and out of the Kingdom’s three international airports drops by 96 percent on a daily average basis.
— Khmer Times

Coronavirus brings trouble to Cambodia’s garment industry
Hundreds of garment factories in Cambodia and elsewhere in Asia are facing serious financial problems because clothing brands have either canceled their orders or stopped placing new ones over the past several weeks.
— Khmer Times

Only 0.3 Percent Unemployment Rate in Cambodia
Some 99.7 percent of the total 10 million workforces in Cambodia have jobs, according to a message of Prime Minister of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen on the 134th International Labour Day.
— AKP

Interior Ministry Ups Traffic Fines in Another Attempt to Curb Violations
After repeated failures, the Cambodian National Police has increased traffic fines by up to five times starting May 1 in an attempt to force motorists to obey and comply with the Traffic Law.
— VOA Khmer

Vietnamese soldiers still at disputed border stretch
Vietnamese soldiers who set up tents at a disputed border stretch in Kandal province have refused to dismantle them.
— Khmer Times

Today Marks 21st Anniversary of Cambodia’s Membership in ASEAN
The Kingdom of Cambodia became a full-fledged member of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on April 30, 1999 and today marks the 21st anniversary of its membership.
— AKP

Cambodia Reports No Case of Covid-19 Today; Total Case 122; Total Recovery 119
Cambodia reported no new case of Covid-19 on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 30 April 2020 (updated as of 8:30 a.m).
— Fresh News

Prime Minister Hun Sen calls on civil servants and workers to just stay home on Labour Day
All workers and employees, including those in the civil service has been called on to stay home during the upcoming Labour Day celebrations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
— Khmer Times

CCF in dire need of rice donations
The Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF), which assists poorer communities, is facing financial hardships due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
— The Phnom Penh Post

ICRC seeks aid for prisons
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is asking charities and development partners for $160,000 to purchase hygiene kits for Cambodian prisons.
— The Phnom Penh Post

TVK2 to continue providing special education support beyond COVID-19 pandemic
The newly launched TVK2, currently oriented at distance learning, will continue its role to provide special education support even after COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

Mekong Levels Rise to Normal
The water levels across the vast majority of lower Mekong basin have now returned to their normal long-term averages, says the Mekong River Commission (MRC), event they are still lower than those of the 2018 and 2019 dry seasons.
— AKP

Two Butterfly Species Recorded in Cambodia
Scientists have recently recorded two species of the genus Hidari Distant 1886 for the first time in Cambodia, according to Cambodian Journal of Natural History.
— AKP

Over 80,000 Poor Pregnant Women and Children Aged Under 2 Years Supported
As of April 27, about 84,776 poor pregnant women and children aged under 2 years have received support from the Royal Government of Cambodia.
— AKP

273 Prisoners Assessed for Jail Term Reduction and Elimination
A list of 273 prisoners, 24 of whom are female, has been endorsed for assessment for the royal pardon from His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni during the upcoming Visak Bochea Day on May 6.
— AKP

Two Foreigners Arrested in Drugs Bust
Anti-Drug Department of Cambodia’s National Police arrested two foreigners and charged them with drug trafficking after they seized around 140,000 ecstasy tablets weighing nearly 60 kilograms, in Phnom Penh.
— Cambodianess

5 Arrests After Man Murdered For Gold Teeth
In a brutal murder case, a group of suspects robbed a man on a motorcycle and seized the victim’s gold teeth.
— CNE

Briton Mark Aspinall In Court On Gun Charges
On April 29, 2020, a British man, MARK DEAN ASPINALL, a 57 year old, was sent to Phnom Penh court for questioning.
— CNE

Ministry works to aid migrant workers
The Interior Ministry is looking for a strategy to help more than 90,000 unemployed migrant workers who returned from Thailand during Khmer New Year and are now unable to go back to their jobs because of an ongoing lockdown.
— Khmer Times

International school agrees to fee discount
The Education Ministry said that PARAGON International School management agreed not to increase school fees for this academic year for all grades after parents of the students staged a protest.
— Khmer Times

Coca-Cola: A beverage company to a social distancing messenger
In a clever display of adapting with the times, the Coca-Cola company redesigned its household name brand to signal solidarity – temporarily separating its normally intertwined letters to promote the message of social distancing.
— Khmer Times

Local livestock numbers increase to fill demand
Local livestock numbers have been reported to be on the rise, showing that local production will soon be able to increase supply to local markets, which currently still depend strongly on imports.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian sanctuaries home to critically endangered species
The Ministry of Environment revealed Tuesday about 60 species of critically endangered species inhabit Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. Meanwhile, nests of the Oriental pratincole bird, which migrated over 8,000 kilometres from Australia to the Kingdom, were found in Takeo province’s Boeung Prek Lapouv Protected Landscape.
— Khmer Times

Further job losses spark social unrest fears
With the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training’s announcement earlier this week that a total of 130 garment factories have now applied to suspend operations, putting an estimated 100,000 workers out of work and affecting a further 400,000 who are dependents, as the Coronavirus continues to wreak economic havoc, concerns have been raised that social unrest could become a problem in the already struggling economic environment.
— Khmer Times

Further gold production on horizon for Cambodia
Renaissance Minerals (Cambodia) Ltd, a subsidiary of Australia-listed Emerald Resources NL, said it has raised more funds during the first quarter of the year, with more development activities towards gold production next year.
— Khmer Times

$144 million ruling: latest setback for Parkson
The adverse ruling handed down by a Phnom Penh court this week against Parkson Cambodia is the latest setback for the Malaysian retail giant whose other units in Indochina are reeling from stiff competition and the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak.
— Khmer Times

Road improvement moving fast
Construction work for the first stage of the National Road 5 Improvement Project, from Battambang province to Banteay Meanchey province, is now 80 percent complete since work started in March 2018, according to a Public Works and Transport Ministry report.
— Khmer Times

Plans for ‘digitalisation’ of Gov’t underway
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) said it has been working on developing a draft of the government’s digital policy framework, in a move to respond to emerging digital innovation and global technology trends.
— Khmer Times

Kingdom-VN trade hits $732M in Q1
Bilateral trade between Cambodia and Vietnam reached $732.4 million in the first quarter of this year, up 15.20 per cent compared to the same period last year, said a report from the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Stung Treng court charges, releases officer
Major-general Chan Sam Ath was found guilty of violating the Forestry Law by the Stung Treng Provincial Court on Wednesday, but he will not be imprisoned because of poor health due to abdominal surgery.
— The Phnom Penh Post

S’ville police searching for a killer
PreahSihanouk provincial police are searching for a murder suspect after a body was found in the forest on Wednesday at Samrung commune, Prey Nop district, Preah Sihanouk province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

 

 

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