Cambodia morning news for January 31

Cambodia morning news for January 31
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Cambodia morning newsChinese Visitors to Cambodia Up 70%
Cambodia received 6.2 million foreign tourists in 2018, an increase by 11 percent compared to the previous year, of them 1.9 million were Chinese visitors, up 70 percent.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia’s human rights record under spotlight in third Universal Periodic Review
Cambodia is among the 41 states whose human rights records are under scrutiny at the ongoing 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group.

Beware Cambodia’s Europe Sanctions Hype
For the last 18 months, the Cambodian government has seen foreign conspiracies everywhere it looks. The largest opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was plotting a coup with American backing, the government says, and was summarily dissolved by the Supreme Court in November 2017 as a result. The CNRP’s president, Kem Sokha, was also arrested for “treason,” though the government gave scant evidence of this.
— The Diplomat

Preah Vihear protesters call for release of villagers
Some 100 villagers from Preah Vihear province on Monday protested at the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction, seeking a resolution to their long-running land dispute, as well as the release of 13 villagers who have been detained for alleged land grabbing.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Central Bank says inflation manageable
The Central Bank forecasts the inflation rate will grow by 2.6 percent this year, describing the increase in the general price level of goods and services as “manageable”.
— Khmer Times

Big Bomb Unearthed in Sihanoukville
Sihanoukville: An big old aerial bomb was found in land being dug to prepare a new water network in Sihanoukville.
— Cambodia News English

‘Angkor should inspire, not stop us’ / Cambodia’s top contemporary artists hope to break new ground
Southeast Asian art has historically been steeped in religious and cultural imagery, and the Kingdom is no exception.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Hun Sen compares modern Cambodia to post-war era
Prime Minister Hun Sen has again used Facebook to compare the Kingdom’s current state of development with that of the post-war era. On Tuesday, he posted six photographs – one of a large bombed-out building and five showing current views of Phnom Penh featuring its recently built skyscrapers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Minister to sack slacking weigh station officials
Transport Minister Sun Chanthol on Monday warned that he will sack officials of truck-weighing stations who allow overloaded heavy vehicles to ply roads, leading to damage.
— Khmer Times

First Recorded River Dolphin Birth of 2019
WWF- has announced on the morning of January 30th 2019 that they have spotted the first baby Mekong Irrawaddy River dolphin of this year.
— Cambodia News English

Rubber exports up, but shippers see revenue loss
Despite an increase in shipments, Cambodia earned less than $287 million from dry rubber exports last year, a decrease of 4 percent year-on-year caused by lower prices.
— Khmer Times

Government calls on NGOs to avoid activities linked to crime
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn on Tuesday called on all foreign NGOs to avoid at all costs activities which could be associated or linked to money laundering, financing of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Outbreak reports ‘fake’, livestock raiser association tells consumers
The Cambodian Livestock Raiser Association (CLRA) has issued a statement denying reports that CP Cambodia’s pork and poultry products are unsafe for consumption, calling the articles “fake news”.
— Khmer Times

US Intelligence Chief Warns of Chinese Military Presence in Cambodia
The United States’ top intelligence official has said Washington is wary of a possible Chinese military presence in Cambodia.
— VOA Khmer

Kingdom faces drug trafficking ‘scourge’
Deputy Prime Minister and National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) president Ke Kim Yan on Tuesday said while Cambodia is not a drug-producing country, the scourge is trafficked through the Kingdom to third countries.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Group seeks $300,000 for Rainsy’s return
Former opposition party vice president Eng Chhai Eang has urged supporters to donate money in a bid to raise $300,000 within three months to arrange for Sam Rainsy’s return to Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

‘Kingdom to benefit from stronger ties with Russia’
A senior official at the Royal Academy of Cambodia told The Post on Tuesday that the Kingdom can receive three main benefits from strengthening its economic and political ties with Russia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry of Information Accepts Request to form Cambodia-China Journalist Association
The Ministry of Information has agreed with the request to establish Cambodia-China Journalist Association.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

NGOs urged to avoid money laundering
Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn has urged foreign non-governmental organisations to comply with the Law on NGOs and avoid activities which could be linked to money laundering and terrorism financing.
— Khmer Times

Arn Chorn-Pond / The Khmer Rouge survivor fighting to revive Cambodia’s traditional music
It was a knife-edge decision that helped to save Arn Chorn-Pond’s life. Overworked, underfed and a witness to mass slaughter, he volunteered to play a musical instrument while living in a brutal Khmer Rouge camp in Battambang province in the 1970s.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Mondulkiri authorities hunt poachers
Mondulkiri provincial authorities are hunting poachers who shot at environmental rangers with an AK-47 assault rifle at the Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary, injuring one.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese premier, Cambodian PM welcome launch of China-Cambodia culture, tourism year
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen sent congratulatory messages on the launch of the China-Cambodia culture and tourism year 2019 in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, expressing hope for strengthening the bilateral friendship and ties.
— Xinhua

NGO aims to combat malnutrition
Malnutrition among children under five and women of reproductive age remains a major issue in the Kingdom, according to NGO Plan International, as they announced on Monday a five-year German-backed project to combat the affliction in remote areas of Stung Treng province.
— The Phnom Penh Post

NEC Releases the Process of 3rd Legislature of Council Member Election in May
The National Election Committee (NEC) held here this morning a meeting with all stakeholders to announce the process of the 3rd legislature of municipal, provincial, city, district and Khan council election.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Garment exports increase 24%
Cambodia’s garment and footwear exports last year increased 24 per cent in 2017 as the global economy performed well, driving demand higher in export destinations, according to a National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) report.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Proposal on restructuring local admins approved by Hun Sen
Prime Minister Hun Sen has officially endorsed a decentralisation proposal aimed at restructuring the management of cities and their districts as part of a bid to expand public services and enhancing the roles of local administrations.
— Khmer Times

Entrepreneurs to promote business
Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), an international network of businessmen, said on Monday it is seeking to establish its presence in Cambodia and bring benefits to the Kingdom’s businessmen.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia CPI stagnant: Transparency International
Cambodia’s score in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index has slipped by one point placing the Kingdom 161 out of 180 countries surveyed, the same position it had the previous year.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Investment Potential Presented to Long Beach Delegation
Minister of Commerce H.E Pan Sorasak has presented Cambodia’s investment potentials to a delegation of Long Beach, California, the United States of America, led by its Mayor H.E. Robert Garcia, to strengthen cooperation and attract more investments from the States.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Park ranger seriously wounded in shootout
A park ranger yesterday was shot and seriously wounded during a patrol at a wildlife sanctuary in Mondulkiri province, officials said.
— Khmer Times


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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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