Cambodia morning news for May 11

Cambodia morning news for May 11

Cambodia morning newsSix Youth Group Members Arrested and Monks Threatened During Peaceful MFI Protest
Six members of Cambodian youth group Khmer Thavrak including human rights activist Hun Vannak were arrested in Battambang last night while returning from a peaceful protest calling on banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) to suspend loan repayments amid the economic crisis caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
— Licadho

Officers jailed for 16 years for fake military recruitment scheme
A former major general and a former captain in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) were on Thursday sentenced to 16 years in prison for recruiting soldiers without authorization and taking $100,000 in bribes in return.
— Cambodia Daily

Cambodian Police to Ease Crackdown on Traffic Law Violators Amid Coronavirus
The Cambodian National Police Commission said Friday it would ease a crackdown on traffic violations after a public uproar about arbitrary and excessive fines at a time when the population is struggling economically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven-Eleven convenience store chain to make Cambodia debut in 2021
Thai conglomerate CP Group will oversee popular convenience store chain Seven-Eleven’s Cambodian debut in 2021 under a master franchise agreement with 7-Eleven Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Seven-Eleven Japan Co.
— The Mainichi

Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand face doom and gloom
The Covid 19 crisis has dealt a devastating blow to migrant workers who don’t qualify for the government’s financial aid package and have been deprived of the social security benefits they are normally entitled to.
— Khmer Times

Schools to reopen when Covid-19 ‘under control’
Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron said schools will reopen only when the Kingdom and countries in the region have gotten the Covid-19 pandemic under control.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s garment manufacturers’ group urges landlords to slash rental
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) on Friday urged landlords, who lease premises to garment, footwear and travel bag factories, to consider lowering their rental fees by at least 30 percent in order to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

Ministry plans to clamp down on online behaviour
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has warned that social media users who broadcast images, audio and video of content of a sexual nature, that is inflammatory or racist and harms culture and national traditions are forbidden and will be punished.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Traffic accidents on decline
The number of traffic accidents has decreased compared to last year, since the new traffic law sub-decree was implemented on May 1.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Four people placed under quarantine after their runaway
The Siem Reap provincial health department has isolated a family who returned from the United Arab Emirates and ran away from a quarantine centre in Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times

King, Chinese minister talk bilateral friendship
King Norodom Sihamoni received a visit from China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi on Friday at his royal residence in Beijing. The two discussed bilateral friendships and the fight against Covid-19, the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tourism Seaport in Kampot Province Expected to Commence This Year
Construction of tourism seaport in Kampot province will complete soon and the port will commence its operation within this year, contributing as a gateway for tourists to travel to the province.

Hit by Pandemic, A Handful of Garment Factories Switch to Mask Production
As more than 180 factories have suspended operations or shutdown recently in Cambodia, affecting around 200,000 workers, Hong Kong-owned Ming Fai factory worked fast to find an alternative source of revenue to avert the global economic slowdown induced by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
— VOA Khmer

Kampot Durian Farming Boosted
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has boosted the farming of durians in Kampot province, a well-known province for the most delicious durian, the king of fruits, in the country.

Fertiliser imports on the rise
Cambodia imported more than 1.2 million tonnes of fertiliser and pesticide in 2019, a year-on-year increase of 9 percent, according to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
— Khmer Times

Government Discussing Prison Releases to Reduce Crowding and Prevent Virus Spread
The Ministries of Justice and Interior are considering releasing prison inmates across Cambodia to reduce the perennial issue of overcrowding, which will also help alleviate concerns of the novel coronavirus spreading among prison populations.
— VOA Khmer

Korean agencies donate protective kits to public hospitals
Two public hospitals in Phnom Penh have received donations from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Cambodia-Korea Alumni Association to use for combating the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
— Khmer Times

Police Detain Critics of New Traffic Fines, Release Them Following Public Apology
The Phnom Penh Municipal Police detained and “educated” three people over the last week for criticizing the implementation of new, and heftier fines for traffic and safety violations on social media.
— VOA Khmer

France Supports Three COVID-19 Research Projects in Cambodia
France has committed an amount of 400,000 Euros to support three research projects on COVID-19 pandemic in Cambodia.

Vietnamese nationals in Cambodia receive gifts
Some 440 gift packages were handed over to households of Vietnamese nationals in Cambodia and Khmers in the Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times

As endangered birds suffer losses, habitat concerns grow
The population of the masked finfoot, a water bird found in Southeast Asia and Bangladesh, is declining, raising concerns about the health of ecological systems in coastal and inland wetlands, said the East Asian-Australian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) said in a press statement.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Loss of lakes creates flood concerns
Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology Lim Kean Hor has expressed worry about the ability to overcome floods caused by opportunists who fill-in lakes, rivers, canals and ponds.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Two investment projects approved by CDC to create hundreds of jobs
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) has approved two more investment projects which are expected to create almost 687 jobs for the locals.
— Khmer Times

Globally Unique Gecko Found at Cambodia’s Chi Mountain
Wildlife researchers have spotted globally unique reptile species at Cambodia’s Chi mountain in Prey Lang forest of the central province of Kampong Thom.

Another Turtle Statue Found at Kandal Sras Srang Temple
Another giant turtle statue, two tridents and crystal stones were found yesterday at the complex of Kandal Sras Srang Temple of Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province, according to APSARA Authority.

K Chhnang court to query commune chief on land matter
The Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court has summoned Kampong Tralach commune chief Yoeun Sophal to appear in court on May 20 as he has been accused of stealing property.
— The Phnom Penh Post

New joint ranger headquarters set up to protect Prey Lang
The Ministry of Environment will set up a joint headquarters in the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary for rangers to monitor and prevent natural resource crimes and encroachment. It will encompass areas in Kampong Thom, Kratie, and Stung Treng provinces.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PRASAC Donates KHR 200 Million to Cambodian Red Cross on the 157th Anniversary of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day
PRASAC Microfinance Institution Plc., as always and once again, donated 200 million Riel to Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) in the celebration of the 157th Anniversary of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on 8 May 2020, under the theme “I Love Peace and Cambodian Red Cross.”
— Fresh News

May Tola charged over FFC fund embezzlement
Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged and jailed May Tola, former deputy secretary of the Football Federation of Cambodia accused of embezzling more than $50,000 in funds between 2013 and 2019.
— Khmer Times

Co-financing of SME Bank Reaches US$150 Million
Co-financing of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Bank (SME Bank) has increased to US$150 million to be ready for support to the field of SMEs in Cambodia.

Cambodian Defense Minister Rejects Accusation that China Is Spreading Covid-19
Cambodian Minister of National Defense Tea Banh rejected the accusation that China was spreading Covid-19, speaking in a phone call with the Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe on Friday.
— Fresh News

Construction of Forest Conservation Main Offices Planned at Prey Lang
Ministry of Environment has planned to construct conservation main offices at “Prey Lang” wildlife sanctuary to increase the effectiveness of protection and development of the large evergreen woodland there.

ARDB ponders interest rate cut
The state-owned Agricultural and Rural Development Bank (ARDB) is considering reducing the interest rate from six per cent to five per cent to encourage more small entrepreneurs to join in the implementation of the government’s $50 million special credit programme.
— The Phnom Penh Post

June deadline set for exporters to update origin info
The Ministry of Commerce is calling on all exporters to update their information on the certificate of origin (CO) of goods automated system for requesting the CO form D for ASEAN export, which will be mandatory from June 1.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cross-border trade with Thailand estimated at just $1.5 million for first quarter
Cambodia’s cross border trade with Thailand fell to $1.5 million in the first quarter as the coronavirus hit the global economy and led to closure of dozens of checkpoints.
— Khmer Times

CMAC removes UXO shells in Sihanoukville
A Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) team on Sunday searched for and inspected 32 unexploded ordinances (UXO) of 60mm and 105mm shells near a commune gas station in Sihanoukville after local authorities discovered the find on Saturday. They suspect more UXO are buried there.
— The Phnom Penh Post

His Majesty the King Extends Condolences over Passing of Vice-President of Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital Foundation
His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, has expressed his deep sadness and sincere condolences over the sudden passing away of Dr. Peter Studer, Vice President of the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital Foundation Dr. med. Beat Richner.

Two Drinking Foreigners Injured In Riverside Fall
Two foreigners sitting on the riverbank slipped into the river, leaving one seriously injured and another who went to help with minor injuries at 2 pm May 9, 2020 at the Riverside Park in Sangkat Kandal Market 1, Daun Penh District.

CEO of Kantha Bopha Foundation passes away
Dr. Peter Studer, chief executive officer of the Kantha Bopha Foundation (Switzerland) passed away on Wednesday at the age of 73 years old due to illness.
— Khmer Times

Baby Found Dead In Phnom Penh Restroom
The body of a young baby boy was discovered at 1 pm on May 9, 2020 in the village of Russey I, Steung Meanchey 3 Khan Meanchey.

CPU Investigating Two Child Deaths
On the 7th of May at about 7pm the body of a baby girl that had been wrapped in a towel and placed in a black garbage bag was located discarded along the banks of the Tonle Sap River in Mok Kumjoul District, Kandal Province.

No Fines For Vehicle Lights In Daytime
Traffic police will no longer fine drivers who leave lights on in the daytime.

Pursat Police Pull Up Pot Plantation
The operation took place at 2:30 pm on May 7, 2020, on a plot of land owned by 53-year-old Suon Sim, located in O’Tapor Village, O’Rapang Commune, Bakan District, Pursat Province.



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