Cambodia morning news for January 2

Cambodia morning news for January 2
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Cambodia morning news2018: A year marked by historic CPP win
The ruling party won a landslide victory in polls that garnered both criticism and praise internationally, while the EU began the process of withdrawing access to its ‘EBA’ trade deal and Kem Sokha was released on bail.
— Phnom Penh Post

Party law amendment divides former opposition members
As the amendment to the Law on Political Parties awaits approval from the King, former opposition members on two sides of a leadership divide within the CNRP seem to have different plans when it comes to having their political bans lifted.
— The Khmer Times

Union distances itself from striking workers
The Cambodian Council of National Unions yesterday issued a statement blaming recent garment factory strikes in Phnom Penh on instigators.
— The Khmer Times

Thousands demand compensation
About 1,000 people locked in a land dispute with Heng Development Company in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district yesterday descended upon the Boeng Kyang Commune Hall demanding compensation for their loss of land.
— The Khmer Times

Laos, Cambodia agree to deepen ties, resolve border dispute
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen have agreed to work together to deepen bilateral ties and resolve border disputes between the two neighbors.
— Brinkwire

Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument inaugurated in Cambodia
The Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument was inaugurated in Sen Monorom city, Mondolkiri province of Cambodia on January 1 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the victory against the Pol Pot genocidal regime (January 7, 1979-2019).
— Vietnam Plus

Vietnamese fishermen caught in Cambodian waters
Ten Vietnamese fishermen found inside Cambodian waters were charged by the Koh Kong provincial court on Sunday, following their arrest by marine police on Friday near the province’s Koh Chhlam island.
— Phnom Penh Post

Government ensures workers of their seniority pay
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has told workers not to worry about their seniority payments, which come into effect this year, and requested them not to pay attention to “villainous incitement”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Reaping new benefits in Temple Town
Despite the general consensus that the property market in Siem Reap has slowed down, many experts are bullish on the potential of the area. In fact, some speculate that the market is simply catching up to changing market demographics.
— The Khmer Times

Drug seizures rise despite drop in arrests
The National Authority for Combatting Drugs yesterday issued a year-end report that showed a 12.5 percent increase in the amount of drugs seized by police, despite a drop in the number of arrests.
— The Khmer Times

Hun Somnang to replace Hy Prou as intel chief
Major General Hun Somnang, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s intelligence department, is set to replace retiring director Lieutenant General Hy Prou, according to a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on December 25.
— The Khmer Times

Silk centre calls on private sector to take sericulture to the next level
Following a very successful year for the Kingdom’s sericulture sector in which its foundations have been cemented, the silk centre at the Royal University of Phnom Penh is ready for expansion.
— The Khmer Times

Prince Group’s IT building completed
Sihanoukville’s Prince IT Building, described by the developers as a centre for information technology firms, was completed last week.
— The Khmer Times

Families get silt equipment back
More than 100 families from Mkak commune in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district on Sunday regained five trucks and one tractor impounded by officials from the Ministry of Mines and Energy for unauthorised silt excavation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Endangered birds spotted in sanctuaries
Nests of five critically endangered bird species were found in the Siem Pang and Siem Pang Kang Lech wildlife sanctuaries last year, according to an annual report issued yesterday by Birdlife International Cambodia.
— The Khmer Times

Cambodia arrests over 16,000 drug-related suspects in 2018
Cambodian authorities arrested 16,232 illicit drug suspects in 8,018 cases in 2018, said an Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department report on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

UDG denies links to naval base
The vice president of China’s Union Development Group has dismissed reports that it is involved in the construction of a Chinese naval base in Koh Kong province.
— Khmer Times

Angkor ticket sales earn $116 million in 2018
The Angkor Archeological Park, which include the famed Unesco-listed Angkor temples, generated $116.6 million in income from entry tickets in 2018, an 8 percent increase compared with the year before, according to a statement.
— Khmer Times

Kingdom chosen among top destinations
The United Kingdom’s edition of National Geographic Traveller, the world’s leading travel magazine, included Cambodia in its ‘Cool List’ of places to visit in 2019.
— Khmer Times

CSX closes 2018 at all-time high
The Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) closed 2018 at an all-time high of 480.98 points, rising 40 percent year-on-year for a market capitalisation of $442.92 million (1.77 trillion riel) on the back of robust trading in the tail-end of the second half of the year.
— Khmer Times

Three million young people attend school
Content image – Phnom Penh PostYoung children attend school.While Unesco’s Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/8 says 264 million young people worldwide are not attending school, according to the 2017-2018 national statistics 3,143,252 Cambodians were enrolled.
— Phnom Penh Post

More Than 1 Million People Enjoy Their New Year Countdown at Win-Win Memorial
Cambodian leaders and the general public gathered last night at the Win-Win Memorial in Sangkat Prek Tasek, Khan Chroy Changvar, Phnom Penh, in a New Year countdown event in a peaceful and joyful environment.

This Filipino family discovers Cambodia as the most family-friendly country
Serif, the son of Cambodia-based Filipinos Camille and Borky Perida, enjoying playtime at the park across the Royal Palace

New airport to be operational in 2020
The Dara Sakor International Airport, in the southwestern province of Koh Kong, to be partially operational by the end of 2020.
— Khmer Times

Craftsman’s palm tree products in Pailin province a huge success
In front of a handicraft workshop in Pursat province, hundreds of sugar palm tree products are displayed on long tables, their uniqueness attracting curiosity from those passing by.
— Phnom Penh Post

Traffic deaths dip slightly
Nearly 1,800 people died and 5,000 were injured in traffic accidents last year, an annual report showed yesterday.
— The Khmer Times

Man falls out of plane in Siem Reap
A man who snuck into a plane’s landing gear died after falling 30 metres during take off at Siem Reap International Airport on Monday.
— The Khmer Times

One missing following collapse of Kandal riverbank
One child is missing in Kandal province after he and three of his mates slipped and plunged into the Mekong river as they were playing nearby a recently-collapsed portion of the riverbank.
— Khmer Times

Pig truck tips
Police said a traffic accident caused many pigs to die and wounded many more, but no people were hurt.
— Cambodia News English

Couples explain why interfaith marriage works
Couples and religious heads explain how to sustain an interfaith marriage in a nation that is 95 percent Buddhist.
— The Khmer Times

310 foreigners arrested for drugs in 2018
Cambodian authorities arrested 16,232 illicit drug suspects in 8,018 cases in 2018, said an Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department report on Tuesday.
— Cambodia News English

Captivating Royal Ballet debuts
The Royal Ballet of Cambodia will showcase its latest grand production Neang Watthana Devi for the first time in Cambodia in January, following performances in Switzerland and the UAE.
— The Phnom Penh Post

A spectacular start at NagaWorld’s 2019 New Year Countdown
It was a star-studded affair at NABA Theatre @ Naga2 on the eve of December 31 as various entertainers graced the stage leading up to midnight. From dancing, singing to live music – there was something for everyone on that magical night.
— The Khmer Times



Feature photo AIP Foundation

This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo focuses on the death, pain, and loss that typically occurs at this time of year on Asean roads due to drunk driving, speeding, and a failure to wear protective helmets when travelling on motorbikes.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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With a decade of experience as an editor and journalist, Roy has edited mastheads across Australia and Southeast Asia, from the remote island communities of the Torres Strait to Cambodia’s only award-winning newspaper, The Phnom Penh Post.

A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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