Cambodia morning news for August 21

Cambodia morning news for August 21
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Cambodia morning newsPM’s Bodyguard commander hits back at US
The commander of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit (BGU) Hing Bun Heang on Sunday dismissed a short video clip that went viral on social media in which he says he is preparing for a war with the United States over its aggressiveness towards the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s King Pardons Land Activist Tep Vanny, Three Others
Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni on Monday granted royal pardons to prominent land rights activist Tep Vanny and three others convicted for their roles in a protest over a land grab in the capital Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak Lake community.
— Radio Free Asia

16 Political Parties to Attend Tomorrow’s Forum with PM Hun Sen
The forum for the 20 political parties between the Royal Government of Cambodia represented by Prime Minister Hun Sen and other representatives of the 20 political parties will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, 21 August 2018, according to an invitation letter from the cabinet addressed to the political parties which Fresh News received late Thursday.
— Fresh News

Wing: Leading the charge on financial inclusion in Cambodia
As the last of the sun’s rays set over Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace, Ratanak sits patiently in his red tuktuk, hoping to catch a fare from some of the tourists spilling out of the palace grounds. He has been working as a driver in Cambodia’s capital city for the last decade, saving money to send home to his family in Kampong Speu Province.
— Southeast Asia Globe

NBC recruits banks for QR code system
A new QR code-based payment system, which is being developed in cooperation with Thailand, will launch next year, representatives of the central bank announced last week.
— Khmer Times

CDC Grants License to Two New Factories
The Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) approved two new factories in Cambodia with a total investment of approximately $10 million.
— Fresh News

Study to shed light on air transportation industry
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and China are conducting a joint study on improving air connectivity in the region and developing new air links between them.
— Khmer Times

First highway to break ground in November
Construction of the Kingdom’s first-ever highway, stretching 190 kilometres to connect Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, was confirmed to start in November.
— Khmer Times

Worldbridge, UNDP and UNIDO ink MoU to bolster development efforts
Worldbridge International, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for three projects based on affordable housing, green logistics and connectivity for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s filmmakers are daring to reinvent the industry
Forever plagued by the low-budget horror and comedy flicks that have always proved successful among local audiences, and the war films that continue to shape outsiders’ perspectives of the country, a new group of filmmakers in Cambodia is daring to reinvent the industry
— Southeast Asia Globe

Paris Peace Accords are still important for Cambodia
Following the July 29 general election, the UN has called on the new CPP-led government to create an environment for open and inclusive political debate that allows all voices in Cambodia to be heard.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian cassava catches mosaic virus
Cambodia’s plans to boost its cassava industry has hit a snag with an outbreak of the mosaic virus. Thailand, a main importer of Cambodia’s cassava issued a warning in June that it may ban the produce if necessary.
— The Asean Post

CIC unveils investor training program
Private equity firm Cambodia Investor Club (CIC) on Saturday launched a new business program called Beyond Investment Opportunity (BIO), which aims to accelerate investment activity in the Kingdom by educating investors and entrepreneurs.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Mekong flooding continues to disrupt roads
As flooding continues to take its toll on provinces along the Mekong River and beyond, traffic on a busy national road leading to the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk has been disrupted, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Education Minister: Grade 12 National Exam Holds under “Law, Transparency, Justice, and Acceptable Results”
Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Hang Chuon reassured that the Cambodian grade 12 national exam is held based on four principles – law, transparency, justice, and acceptable results.
— Fresh News


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She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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