Cambodia morning news for March 1

Cambodia morning news for March 1

Cambodia morning newsCambodia Anti-Graft Unit Launches Probe of Top Police Official, Winds Down Inquiry Into Another
Cambodia’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has kicked off an investigation into the assets of one top-ranking police official in Kandal province as it winds down an inquiry into those of another in Mondolkiri, drawing praise Thursday from graft watchdogs who urged the government to probe further cases.
— Radio Free Asia

Open Development Cambodia has updated profile page on “Public transportation” by revising the 13 Phnom Penh city bus routes and 874 bus stops
Open Development Cambodia (ODC) has updated profile page on “Public transportation” under Access to public services by revising the 13 Phnom Penh city bus routes and 874 bus stops together with the information in both Khmer and English of distance, operating hour, and map.
— Open Development Cambodia

Vietnam, Cambodia more serious in building strong bilateral ties
Nguyen Phu Trong, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and General-Secretary of the Communist Party, paid an official state visit to Cambodia on February 25-26, in a move to further enhance bilateral relations with Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Commerce Ministry Slams US Congressmen Over Trade Sanctions Bill
A senior commerce ministry official has called on the United States to carefully consider the consequences of imposing trade sanctions on Cambodia over its human rights record.
— VOA Cambodia

PM Hun Sen Warns against Nepotism
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged the ministries and institutions to tackle nepotism issue in their respective units; he appeals for recruitments of civil servants based on credentials, Chhim Phalvorun, senior advisor to Prime Minister Hun Sen, spoke in a press conference on Thursday.
— Fresh News

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Lawyer brings US experience to boost business
Keo Sothie, a former deputy public defender in the US state of Colorado, returned recently to his home country. He said yesterday he was setting up a law firm in Cambodia and was committed to using his knowledge to help society.
— Khmer Times

‘Meng not linked to Rock raid’
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday said Kith Meng, chairman of the Royal Group and president of the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce, was not linked to the almost 50kg of drugs confiscated by authorities in a raid at the Rock Entertainment Centre last weekend.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Three Cambodian cities chosen for Asean urban planning scheme
Phnom Penh, Battambang, and Siem Reap have been included in the Asean Smart Cities Network, and will benefit from the assistance of the Japanese government in creating technologically advanced urban spaces.
— Khmer Times

Vietnam expands routes to Cambodia
Vietnam Airlines confirmed this week it intends to launch new routes from cities in Vietnam to Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville in Cambodia.
— TTR Weekly

Cambodia-China Tax Forum held
The General Department of Taxation (GDT) on Wednesday held the first ever Cambodia-China Tax Forum in Phnom Penh to push awareness of the Cambodian taxation system among the growing Chinese firms in the Kingdom.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia urges Pakistan, India to exercise restraint to avoid further clashes
Cambodia on Thursday called on Pakistan and India to exercise utmost restraint to avoid further clashes, according to a foreign ministry’s statement.
— Global Times

Water Resources Ministry seeks more research funds
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has called on the National Assembly to provide more research funds in order to address increasing temperatures in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Preparations begin for Sino-Cambodian drills
Preparations for the large-scale “Golden Dragon” military exercises involving almost 3,000 troops from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) begin in Kampot on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Outcomes of Cambodia’s Participation in High Level Segment of 40th Session of HRC in Geneva
The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation released here this afternoon a press release on the outcomes of the participation of H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the High Level Segment of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland from Feb. 24-26, 2019.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodia Releases Outcomes of Kingdom’s Delegation to Attend 40th Session of the Human Rights Council
From 24-26 February 2019, His Excellency Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, led a delegation to attend the High Level Segment (HLS) of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the ministry’s press release dated Thursday.
— Fresh News

Immigration department to revoke ‘irregular documents’
The General Department of Immigration said on Wednesday it is working to revoke the “irregular documentation” of some 10,000 foreigners before June 30, after which anyone found to be breaking the law faces imprisonment or deportation.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Dragon rehearsal commences today
About 250 Chinese soliders are set to participate in a joint large-scale military exercise with more than 2,500 members of the Cambodian armed forces in Kampot province’s Chol Kiri district next month.
— Khmer Times

Kampong Chhnang authorities call for the removal of structures on state land
Kampong Chhnang authorities call for the removal of structures on state land
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen Orders to Remove Sihanoukville Military Commander and Deputy Governor
Cambodian Premier Hun Sen ordered to remove Sihanoukville military commander and deputy governor for leading a violent raid, using excessive force against villagers during clashes on land issue in Prey Nop district, Sihanoukville late January.
— Fresh News

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Two US Congressmen seek review of Cambodia’s duty-free exports status
Two US congressmen on Tuesday introduced the Cambodia Trade Act bill to ask US President Donald Trump’s administration to review the preferential trade treatment under the General System of Preferences that Cambodia receives from the United States.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Chairs SCRC Meeting
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen is chairing here at the Peace Palace this morning a meeting of the Supreme Consultation and Recommendation Council (SCRC).
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Workers march for sacked colleagues
More than a thousand workers of W&D garment company in Meanchey district marched yesterday to the Labour Ministry urging it to intervene in their labour dispute and demand that all workers are allowed back to work.
— Khmer Times

Sar Kheng demotes top police official
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng has demoted a police major general for “violating the discipline of the police force”, a prakas obtained by The Post on Tuesday revealed.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Tax boss advises Chinese firms to get a better grasp of local law
The head of the tax department yesterday urged Chinese firms to update their information with tax authorities and fully comply with local law.
— Khmer Times

Wildlife sanctuaries confiscate illegal traps, educate poachers
Siem Pang and Siem Pang Khang Lech wildlife sanctuaries’ enforcement teams this month confiscated a total of three chainsaws, two homemade guns, a fish electrocution device and 608 snares, said a BirdLife International Cambodia Programme broadcast on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Manulife Cambodia Recognizes Top Insurance Advisors for 2018 Achievements
On February 23, 2019, Manulife Cambodia awarded its top insurance advisors at an awards ceremony for their outstanding contribution to business growth in 2018, including 36 who are members of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), a global association of leading financial professionals.
— Khmer Times

NSSF: Cause of mass fainting found
A National Social Security Fund (NSSF) working group for the prevention of on-site fainting and work-related accidents and an Olive Apparel garment factory representative claimed on Wednesday that the case, in which some 60 workers fainted, was caused by the smell of engine oil emanating from Sreng Raksmey Company located next to the factory.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry urges calm in ASF scare
As the African Swine Fever sparks concerns in China and the northern parts of Vietnam, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has urged for calm as there are no cases of the disease in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Mobile job centre inaugurated
The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training on Tuesday unveiled a mobile job centre to take employment services to jobseekers across the country, especially those in rural areas, thanks to the completion of the project in collaboration with Swedish organisations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry alerts factories on hot season risks
Labour Minister Ith Samheng has reminded workers to take care of their health, adding that factory owners must monitor the heat in the workplace during the dry season.
— Khmer Times

Striking Workers Block 217
According to a report, W & D Factory workers have been protesting in Russey 2, Stung Meanchey 3, Khan Mean Chey, Phnom Penh.
— Cambodia News English

Businesses asked to relocate
The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall has requested owners of factories, enterprises, warehouses and garages to relocate to the outskirts along the capital’s third ring road, which is still under construction and expected to be completed by 2021.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen Orders to Take Back Mondulkiri’s Phnom Dos Kromom
Cambodian Premier Hun Sen ordered Mondulkiri governor to take back Phnom Dos Kromom to put under the government’s supervision, senior government official told Fresh News on Thursday.
— Fresh News

Rabies phobia
The parking lot at Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh (IPC) is so crowded that many have to park their vehicles in a café and a restaurant across the street.
— Khmer Times

Literary events set for National Reading Day
Literary competitions, free book giveaways and public readings are among the offerings at a National Reading Day lead-up event starting on March 9, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport spokesperson Ros Soveacha told The Post on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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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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