Cambodia morning news for June 12

Cambodia morning news for June 12

Cambodia morning newsCriminal Code to be used in brick kiln child labour cases
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has urged all relevant departments to use the Criminal Code to prosecute brick kiln owners who use child labour. And the owner of a Kandal facility at which a young girl lost her arm will be among the first to face criminal charges.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Rising concern in Cambodia over immigrant workers
While Chinese investment is part of stimulating growth and development in Cambodia, growing numbers of Chinese nationals have been investigated for allegedly committing a number of offenses in the country, including assault, drug trafficking, kidnapping, and organizing prostitution.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Angkor elephant retire in 2020
Cambodia will ban elephant rides at the Angkor Wat Historical Park in Siem Reap by early 2020.
— TTR Weekly

Lightning strikes kill 13 to take number of dead this year to 59
In the last two weeks, lightning strikes have killed 13 people and injured 12 others, while a total of 59 people have been killed by lightning this year, with 56 injured.
— The Phnom Penh Post

International experts provide murder case training
Nearly 100 international experts from around the world are training Cambodian prosecutors, Military Police personnel and police officials in investigative procedures involved in murder cases.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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EDC Signs Contracts to Build 400MW Power Generators in Kandal’s Lvea Em
Electricite du Cambodge (EDC), on Tuesday, signed contracts with CGGC-UN Power and China National Heavy Machinery Corporation to build the 400 megawatts generators powered by oil and gas in Kandal province’s Lvea Em district.
— Fresh News

Banned Opposition Party Sets September For Sam Rainsy Return to Cambodia
Cambodia’s exiled acting opposition chief Sam Rainsy has agreed to return to the country in September, following a decision by fellow party executives to go home to restore democracy in the authoritarian Southeast Asian country, while the government said it has arrest warrants ready for him.
— Radio Free Asia

Safety concerns in Sihanoukville diminish
The influx of Chinese nationals to Sihanoukville has been a hot topic in the Kingdom for the past few years, with many concerned over a reported spike in crime.
— Khmer Times

Distribute indemnity payments: Ministry
The Labour Ministry earlier this week said employers must be prepared to distribute the first round of seniority indemnity payments to their employees, as the policy will take effect at the end of this month.
— Khmer Times

Sar Kheng calls for drug tests on transport company drivers
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday called on owners of transportation companies to conduct a drug test on all potential drivers before they are hired.
— Khmer Times

Secret slaughterhouse video reveals brutal treatment of pigs in Cambodia
Campaigners are calling for animal welfare reform in Cambodia after exclusive footage of an open-air slaughterhouse revealed the brutal treatment of pigs.
— The Guardian

Do not trust the liar – Dy Vichea lashes out at “convict” Sam Rainsy over helicopter bomb plot claims
Lieutenant General Dy Vichea has lashed out at former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen of being behind the death of his father, former chief of National Police General Hok Lundy.
— Khmer Times

Over 160 casino licences granted by the government
The government granted 13 casino licences from January to April, bringing the total number of licences in the industry to 163, according to the Ministry of Finance.
— Khmer Times

Ministry to monitor seniority payments
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training says it will monitor the implementation of seniority indemnity payments to all factory employees in line with the new policy which comes into force this month.
— The Phnom Penh Post

ABA reports $71.8M net profit
ABA Bank, a member of the National Bank of Canada group, recorded a net profit of $71.8 million last year, up 55 per cent from $46.2 million in 2017, its annual report released on Monday stated.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Mine Aides Pledge to Help Kingdom Achieve Mine-Free by 2020 (Video inside)
Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) convened a meeting of joint technical working group of mine actions (TWG-MA) on Tuesday at Sokha Hotel Phnom Penh.
— Fresh News

Chinese ‘prank’ threat video is no joke for Cambodia
‘Preah Sihanouk province, in the next three years, whether safe or chaotic, will be under my control,” declared a Chinese man in a white T-shirt, as another 19 men stood behind him shirtless, in a video that went viral on social media last month.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Meal Temple Group invests in Myanmar’s food delivery startup Freshgora
Meal Temple is looking to address more than 100M people in frontier markets by the end of the year, and grow its tech to a super app model Meal Temple Group, a Cambodia-based food delivery and logistics company with operations in Laos, has announced a strategic equity investment into, an on-demand food and grocery delivery startup in Myanmar.
— e27

Club drug bust sees 17 sent to court
Following the arrest of 408 people who tested positive for drugs at a raid on Phnom Penh’s Luxurious nightclub on Saturday, 17 suspects will be sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

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Preah Sihanouk Province Expecting a World-Class Trade Centre
A new world-class trade centre invested by China-based Prince Real Estate Group will emerge soon in Preah Sihanouk province.

Ministry: Councillors to be appointed by next Monday
The Ministry of Interior announced that the appointments of third mandate councillors from 25 provinces and cities will take place between Wednesday and Monday, a National Election Committee (NEC) official told The Post on Sunday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s Success on Non-Timber Forest Product Enterprise Development
While around 68 percent of Cambodian rural households rely their livelihood on forest resources, the government and development partners are working hard to promote community-based enterprises to both preserve the resources and generate income from non-timber forest products.

RCAF, Red Cross discuss security management
Representatives of about 20 Asia-Pacific countries gathered yesterday in Phnom Penh to begin a three-day security workshop to discuss armed conflicts and law-enforcement operations.
— Khmer Times

NA instructs ministries to curb tobacco consumption
The National Assembly is urging ministries to curb smoking in public as a government official highlights a decrease in the consumption of tobacco goods.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Integrating Constitution in Primary and Secondary School Curriculums
Cambodia is mainstreaming basic contents of the Kingdom’s constitution into both primary and secondary education curriculum.

Becoming the Kingdom’s first advanced robotics manufacturer
CushyBots, a startup specialising in robotics and associated software services, plans to invest $200,000 to set up its manufacturing base in Cambodia in a venture that will bring children closer to their parents and grandparents.
— Khmer Times

Court summons police officer over alleged threats
Takeo Provincial Court has summoned a high-ranking National Police officer to answer a complaint that he prevented four farmers from using excavators to deepen a canal after threatening to burn their vehicles in Bati district in April.
— Khmer Times

Woman held over friend’s gruesome murder
Phnom Penh Military Police on Monday arrested a woman who allegedly killed a friend and chopped the body into pieces over a debt in Daun Penh district on June 3.
— Khmer Times

Garment workers injured in crash
Twenty-two garment workers were injured in a traffic accident today between a cement truck and the truck carrying them to work in Kampong Speu province’s Basedth district.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia handing out gambling licenses like Halloween candy
Cambodia’s government continues to hand out new casino licenses like they were Halloween candy, while slow-rolling the country’s long-awaited gambling legislation.

Minister supports elephant breeding
Environment Minister Say Samal has expressed support for Airavata Elephant Foundation’s plan to create a breeding centre in Ratanakiri province to replenish the local elephant population.
— Khmer Times

Support local products: Ministry
Environment Ministry officials, NGOs and local communities are appealing to the public to support the local forest industry in order to lift impoverished families out of poverty.
— Khmer Times

Community-based groups key to natural resource protection
The Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme for Cambodia (NTFP-EP Cambodia) considers non-timber forest product (NTFP) groups and associations the key to encouraging social and environmental protection in Cambodia, said an NTFP-EP Cambodia press release.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Fourth ancient artefact handed over to Takeo museum this year
Takeo authorities said on Monday that the province’s residents were the main source of artefacts and statues received by its museums.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Pre-AMS Workshops 2019 Focus on Five Key Topics
The pre-summit workshops of the 16th Asia Media Summit 2019 (AMS Angkor 2019), taking place in Siem Reap provincial city on June 10-11, focused on five important topics.

Man, 68, to appear in court for rape of seven-year-old
A man alleged to have repeatedly raped a seven-year-old girl in Kratie province’s Snuol district will be sent to court on Tuesday, the provincial police said.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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