Cambodia morning news for April 5

Cambodia morning news for April 5

Cambodia morning newsCambodian Prime Minister Threatens to Cut Citizens Electricity if They Complain About Outages
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday threatened Cambodians who complain about regular power outages, that he would order the state provider to turn off their supply if they continued to voice their grievances.
— VOA Khmer

Kingdom’s economy set to slow despite robust growth
The Cambodian economy is projected to slow slightly this year compared to last year, despite robust growth of around seven per cent, an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released on Wednesday said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Human rights council responds to UN recommendations
The Cambodian Human Rights Committee on Tuesday responded to the criticisms made by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council during its Universal Periodic Review in January.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy Calls For Algeria-Style Overthrow of PM Hun Sen
Cambodia’s exiled acting opposition chief Sam Rainsy has called on the public to draw inspiration from a recent leadership change in Algeria and oust the country’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, saying he would throw his support behind a top-ranking ruling party official if he is willing to challenge the strongman.
— Radio Free Asia

Chinese-built hydropower project has high responsibility to protect environment: Cambodian official
The Chinese-built Lower Sesan II Hydroelectric power station has high responsibility for social and environmental protection, a Cambodian environment official has said.
— Xinhua

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Minister Defends Chinese Development in Koh Kong, Seeks Stronger US Ties
Defense Minister Tea Banh has dismissed concerns that a Chinese development project in Koh Kong province could be used for military purposes, and reiterated Cambodia’s commitment to keeping its territory from being used to host a foreign military base.

With water comes big dreams
Under a hot scorching sun, not far from the Mekong River, water streams and ponds along the dusty village road are drying up.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Welcomes More Than 1.24 Million Foreign Visitors in First Two Months
Over 1.24 million international tourists visited Cambodia during the first two months of this year, according to the Ministry of Tourism’s latest statistics.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

NagaCorp to invest up to US$4bln for Cambodia’s Naga 3
Asian casino investor NagaCorp Ltd says it expects to invest between US$3.8 billion and US$4 billion in another extension to NagaWorld casino resort in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.
— GGR Asia

‘Product import controls could save $400M’
The tourism industry could save some $400 million from the control of imported tourism-based products to the Kingdom, Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Heavy Rain in Kampong Speu and Kampong Chhnang
On the night of April 3, 2019, parts of Phnom Sruoch district, Kompong Speu province, recorded 68.0 mm of rain.
— Cambodia News English

Environment Ministry and USAID launch Prey Lang project
The Environment Ministry and the United States Agency for International Development yesterday launched the Greening Prey Lang Project to promote sustainable livelihood and law enforcement in the Prey Lang community in four provinces.
— Khmer Times

Phnom Penh to host women’s awards
Phnom Penh is to host the first Australia Awards Cambodia Regional Women’s Leadership Initiative the first step towards the establishment of a regional forum connecting women from across Asean with the official launch by Australian Ambassador Angela Corcoran on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

ACCB: Loving Animals, Not Keeping as Pets
“Loving animals doesn’t mean keeping them as pets in the house,” stressed Mr. Michael Meyerhoff, Country Director of Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB), in an interview with AKP.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Wells for drought-hit villagers in Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun and NGO CBN Cambodia on Tuesday provided forty freshly-dug wells to villagers in Prey Chhor district who are facing water shortages.
— Khmer Times

Government notes 25 UN UPR rights recommendations as political
The government on Tuesday said it had “noted” 25 recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), saying they were part of a political agenda and linked to the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
— The Phnom Penh Post

City Hall refutes claims about Tonle Bassac tributary project
Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng yesterday said that reclamation work at the Tonle Bassac River tributary near the Koh Pich Exhibition Centre is to build a water treatment plant and a sidewalk, and also to beautify surroundings.
— Khmer Times

12 Cambodian garment workers injured in truck crash
Twelve Cambodian garment factory workers were injured after their open truck collided with a large truck in Cambodia’s southwestern Kampong Speu province on Thursday, the national police said.
— Xinhua

Save The Children launches EU-funded welfare project
Save the Children launched an EU-funded project on Wednesday – Responsive and Effective Child Welfare Systems Transformation (React) – which aims to ensure proper legal protection and quality services for children, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic service said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Rural Roads Improvement Project III Launched
The phase III of the Rural Roads Improvement Project was launched in Phnom Penh earlier this week in a meeting chaired by Cambodian Minister of Rural Development H.E. Ouk Rabun.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Exports of milled rice up 6 pct in Q1
Exports of milled rice rose by 6 percent during the first quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2018, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Agriculture.
— Khmer Times

Sihanoukville opens first public toilet
The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration on Tuesday launched its first public latrine facility with 17 toilets at the Independence Beach Park to ease visitors’ difficulties and conserve the coastal environment.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia to give 165 Chinese the boot over illegal gambling ring
This past March, police in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province conducted raids of two locations suspected of running illegal online gambling rings.
— Calvinayre

Rise in garment workers delivering babies
The number of garment workers who delivered babies and received bonuses from Prime Minister Hun Sen rose significantly during the first quarter of this year compared to the same period last year, the National Social Security Fund said in its latest report.
— Khmer Times

PP gov’t denies claim of Tonle Bassac landfilling
Phnom Penh Municipal Hall has denied plans to fill in a tributary of the Tonle Bassac River in the capital’s Chamkarmon district, claiming the river’s flow is being redirected as work begins on the construction of a new walkway.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian democracy unique: official
Prum Sokha, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Public Service, yesterday said the same democratic standard in western countries cannot be applied in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Minsitry calls for more vigilance during storms
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology called on Wednesday for increased vigilance as Cambodia continues to be in a trough of low atmospheric pressure while facing high pressure from Thailand, leading to dry season rains, sudden strong winds and lightning strikes.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia has repaid 19 pct of external debt: Ministry
Following erroneous reports in local media, the Ministry of Economy and Finance yesterday clarified that public debt stood at $7.02 billion as of the end of 2018 and that the country has already repaid 19 percent.
— Khmer Times

USAID, government unveil green project
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Environment on Wednesday announced the implementation of a five-year, $21-million Prey Lang Forest Green Project in a bid to strengthen the management of the forest.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Smart’s partner BIMA wins award for mobile innovation in health
BIMA, Smart Axiata’s partner for delivering mobile-based health and insurance products to customers in Cambodia, scooped the ‘Best Mobile Innovation for Health & Biotech’ Award at the prestigious GSMA Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards) in Barcelona in February 2019.
— Khmer Times


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This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Mine Awareness Day, April 4.


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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