Cambodia morning news for July 19

Cambodia morning news for July 19
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Cambodia morning newsBreaking: Speed cameras to installed on national roads
Speed cameras are to be installed on four national roads and other main thoroughfares in a move to reduce the appalling death toll on the Kingdom’s roads.
— The Phnom Penh Post

African Swine Fever Kills about 3k Pigs in Cambodia: Report
African swine fever has killed about 2,960 pigs in five provinces across Cambodia, including 120 pigs in Tbong Khmum, 90 pigs in Svay Rieng, 40 Takeo, 40 in Kandal and 1,980 in Rattanakiri province, according to the report of the Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday.
— Fresh News Asia

UN report: Deadly mob justice thrives in Cambodia
Deadly mob justice is a “chronic social disease” in Cambodia, a justice official said today at the launch of a UN report which highlights the fatal consequences stemming from Cambodians’ distrust of the justice system.
— Malaymail

Japan notes $50 million in aid to Kingdom this year
Japan yesterday signed an Exchange of Notes to provide aid to Cambodia worth $4.6 million, bringing the country’s development assistance to the Kingdom this year to more than $52 million.
— Khmer Times

Three surrogate mothers charged with human trafficking
Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged three women with human trafficking in connection to a surrogacy business after they were arrested and deported from Vietnam.
— Khmer Times

Ministry clears up reports of illegally imported pigs
The Agriculture Ministry yesterday confirmed that no pigs have been illegally imported from Vietnam into Svay Rieng province recently, setting the record straight after local media reports claimed otherwise amid rising fears of African Swine Fever.
— Khmer Times

Long road for Cambodia bill to reach the White House’
Analysts have questioned whether the “The Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019” bill would be passed by the US Senate and finally signed off by the president after its approval by the lower chamber, the House of Representatives, on Monday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia, Thailand Prepares for Temporary Shelter Establishment for Human Trafficking Victims
Cambodia and Thailand have held bilateral discussion on the preparation for the establishment of temporary shelter for human trafficking victims in Cambodia’s border town of Poipet.

Retail vacancy rate lowest in ten years – CBRE
The current vacancy rate in the retail sector is the lowest seen in the last decade, standing at around 7.9 percent, according to CBRE’s latest report.
— Khmer Times

Discussion and Adoption of Payment and Benefit Adjustment for Workers with Disabilities
Senior official from the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation has chaired a review, discussion and adoption of draft decision on payment and benefit adjustment for workers with disabilities at Persons with Disabilities Foundation (PwDF).

Keep pressure on motorbike drivers without helmets: Sar Kheng
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday reminded traffic police officers not to let up on efforts to crack down on helmetless motorbike drivers in order to save lives.
— Khmer Times

GMAC: Protests hurting industry
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has warned that increasing industrial action is harming the investment climate as the threat of the Kingdom losing access to the EU’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement looms.
— The Phnom Penh Post

More than 70,000 immigrants given residence cards
The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday released a report saying it had issued more than 70,000 immigrants with permanent residence cards in Cambodia since 1994 – the year the Kingdom first adopted the Law on Immigration.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Immigration officials blamed for issuance of irregular documents
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday slammed his subordinates for issuing nearly 40,000 unauthorised administrative documents to foreigners.
— Khmer Times

More than $130 million raised at local bourse
The capital raised at the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX), the local stock market, since it was launched in 2012 has surpassed $130 million, according to a CSX official.
— Khmer Times

Contract farming deals inked to boost rice exports
Twelve agricultural communities in Preah Vihear province on Wednesday entered into contract farming schemes with major rice exporter Signatures of Asia.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, Singapore discuss trade
Singapore is considering increasing imports of Cambodian agricultural products, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Khmer Times

Vietnam, Cambodia hold sixth political consultation
The sixth political consultation between Vietnam and Cambodia was held in Phnom Penh on July 18.
— Vietnam Plus

Pushing TV toward digitalisation
Although there are about 200 terrestrial and cable television channels in Cambodia, only five are broadcast digitally.
— Khmer Times

ELCs Closed since 2012, Only 229 Companies Left: Environment Official
The Royal Government of Cambodia suspended granting new Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) in 2012, but today, the 229 companies are still legally operating, as their licenses have yet expired, secretary of state of Ministry of Environment Srun Darith stated at the Conference on the Prevention of Illegal Logging, held on Thursday at the Council of Ministers.
— Fresh News Asia

Destroying Vehicles Used to Transport Logs Is Done Legally: Spokesman
National Commission for the Prevention and Combating of Natural Resources has destroyed 29 vehicles that illegal loggers used for transporting logs, Eng Hy, spokesman of the National Commission addressed at the Conference on the Prevention of Illegal Logging, held on Thursday at the Council of Ministers.
— Fresh News Asia

Sar Kheng: Dirty money could harm development
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said on Wednesday that money laundering could become a major obstacle to Cambodia’s development and ordered the authorities to strengthen land, sea and air checkpoints as part of the campaign to combat the crime.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese firm plans to invest in cotton if second test a success
Chinese company Jiangsu Lianfa Textile Co Ltd plans to invest in cotton in Pursat province to process fabrics and supply the Kingdom’s garment factories, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Renovation of Parts of National Road 21 to Begin Soon
Renovation of some parts of National Road 21 will begin soon, said a recent news release from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Commerce Minister Discusses Potential of Cambodia’s Export with Singaporean Counterpart
H.E. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce, discussed potential of Cambodia’s export with H.E. Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore, during a luncheon meeting in Singapore on Tuesday.

Cambodian Delegation Attends the 7th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit
A delegation of the Cambodian Ministry of Environment has attended the 7th Philippine Electric Vehicle Summit in Manila, the Philippines.

Networked Trade Platform in Singapore Presented to Cambodian Commerce Minister
H.E. Pan Sorasak, Minister of Commerce of Cambodia, has explored a new customs system of Singapore shared by the Networked Trade Platform (NTP) during his official visit in the country on July 16, according to the ministry’s news release.

Banteay Meanchey faces possible drought
Tens of thousands of hectares in two areas in Banteay Meanchey province are facing damage due to inconsistent rain over the past week.
— Khmer Times

More than 80 percent of LGBT people in Cambodia face family violence
A Rainbow Community Kampuchea report on Wednesday noted that more than 80 percent of lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in the Kingdom suffer emotional violence from their family members.
— Khmer Times

Holocaust Survivor’s Experiences First Translated into Cambodian
The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) will launch a Cambodian book version of the Holocaust survivor’s experiences on 19 July, 2019 at the Sleuk Rith Contemporary Art Gallery inside the National Institute of Education (NIE) which will be presided over by Her Excellency, Ton Sa Im, Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport (MOEYs), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) of the Swedish Embassy in Phnom Penh will share some remarks.
— Fresh News Asia

New joint committee to tackle child abuse
Ministries and child protection NGOs have jointly established a committee on the Implementation of an Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation spokesman Touch Channy said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

KRP head finds‘irregularities’
Khmer Rise Party (KRP) president Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung claimed he found irregularities in the distribution of more than 17ha in Kampong Chhnang province that the government had allocated for the relocation of over 500 families from river banks.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Researchers say ELC distribution should favour more farmers
Academics are urging the government to reform economic land concession procedures and provide additional support to villagers in need of enough land for farming.
— Khmer Times

Japan Plans to Construct a Modern Building for Siem Reap Referral Hospital
Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is helping to construct a modern building for Siam Reap referral hospital.

Rubber exports up 24 percent in first half of the year
Cambodia exported 104,261 tonnes of rubber in the first half of the year, an increase of 24 percent compared to the same period in 2018, official figures show.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Hosts the 6th Political Consultations with Vietnam
Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs held in Phnom Penh this morning their 6th Political Consultations.

CMAA Receives SDC Delegation
First Vice President of Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), Senior Minister H.E. Ly Thuch has received a visiting Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) delegation.

Plastic cups runneth over at Cambodia’s Rubbish Cafe
As Southeast Asia grapples with massive tides of rubbish hitting its beaches, a Cambodian coffee shop owner is looking to build a business out of some of this waste as a way to promote sustainability.
— Yahoo News

Money mules cite Chinese connection
The General Immigration Department said two accused South Korean money mules detained at Siem Reap International Airport confessed that they were hired by unnamed Chinese nationals to bring about $2.2 million in cash into the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Officials warned as exams near
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has warned of disciplinary action against education officials who commit misconduct during this year’s Grade 12 national examinations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Regional gaming summit to be held in Cambodia
Gaming industry players in the Mekong Region will be descending on Cambodia in a few months for one of the biggest regional events of the industry in the last few years.
— Khmer Times

More China air links to Cambodia
Two Chinese owned airlines are increasing their services to Sihanoukville, a port town in Cambodia famed for its beach hotels and casinos.
— TTR Weekly

UK hotel chain to invest in Cambodia
Cambodia is among several countries where a major hotel chain from the United Kingdom is planning to invest.
— Khmer Times

Oz launches water scheme
The Australian embassy last week launched the Cambodia-Australia Water Utility Improvement Programme (WUIP) which aims to support the Kingdom’s water operators and improve water service delivery throughout the country.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Three Forestry Administration officials summoned over Mondulkiri logging
Mondulkiri provincial court prosecutor Hieng Sopheak on Wednesday summoned three Forestry Administration officials to appear at the provincial Military Police headquarters by August 24 for questioning over misconduct and alleged collusion with timber traders.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Kampong Speu indigenous group concerned over land loss
The Suoy indigenous people of the Kor Dauntey community in Kampong Speu have expressed concerns over the loss of reserve land for future generations after allegedly receiving a $2,500 per hectare offer.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Six clinics in Preah Vihear shuttered
The Preah Vihear provincial health department on Tuesday shuttered six clinics for administering illegal injections and distributing expired medicine in Choam Khsan district.
— Khmer Times

Dozens of wild species vulnerable to poaching
A community forest chief in Oddar Meanchey province yesterday raised concern over the poaching of wild animals and illegal logging in Sorng Rukhavon community forest.
— Khmer Times

Bag snatcher’s 15-year prison sentence upheld
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the verdict of a lower court which had sentenced a man to 15 years in prison for snatching a bag and causing the death of a husband and wife in 2017 in Phnom Penh.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Man charged for destroying statues of Buddha
Takeo Provincial Court yesterday charged and jailed a farmer for destroying five large Buddha statues inside a temple in Koh Andet district.
— Khmer Times

Two women sent to court for possession of 1.5kg of drugs
The Banteay Meanchey provincial police sent two women to court on Wednesday accused of possessing more than 1.5kg of illegal drugs, while a 13-year-old boy was released after he was found not to be involved.
— The Phnom Penh Post

TLC organisation wins Grassroots Justice Prize
Siem Reap-based This Life Cambodia won the Grassroots Justice Prize in a ceremony held in New York on Monday, beating 200 other organisations from 65 countries.
— Khmer Times


Feature photo Kandal Province

This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo focuses on Asalha Puja, July 16.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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