Cambodia morning news for March 27

Cambodia morning news for March 27
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Prime Minister Hints at Declaring State of Emergency; Criticizes Price Gouging
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday he was considering the possibility of declaring a state of emergency, though he said it in the middle of an irate speech criticizing price gouging.
— VOA Khmer

‘Overstay’ charges might be waived
Sok Phal, Secretary of State at the Interior Ministry, has exclusively told Khmer Times that he is seeking approval from the Minster of the Interior Sar Kheng to waive overstay fines for tourists stranded in the country due to the ongoing severe disruption to flights caused by COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

Nanchang Airport Closes Sihanoukville Flights
March 26. From 00:00 on March 26, Nanchang, (Jiangxi province), will stop inbound flights from Sihanoukville, Cambodia, for a period of 14 days.

Authorities detail 40,000 migrants, toll reaches 98
The Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed two more cases of coronavirus infections, raising the total to 98.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Online Tourist Accommodation Log Launched to Prevent Covid-19 Spread
Ministry of Tourism launches an online system of tourist accommodation management for all hotels and guesthouses to better prevent the epidemic of Covid-19.

Borders still open to trade, PM says
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Cambodia remains open to cross-border trade with neighbouring countries, but the borders will remain closed to citizens and travelers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Beer gardens ordered to be shuttered to stem COVID-19
The Tourism Ministry yesterday issued a directive for the indefinite closure of beer gardens across the Kingdom in a bid to quell rising COVID-19 figures.
— Khmer Times

More than 170 Chinese tourists quarantined in Bavet city
Svay Rieng Provincial Health Department has quarantined 174 Chinese nationals to ensure they are not infected with COVID-19 upon their arrival in Bavet city last night, an official said.
— Khmer Times

Interior Minister: Over 40,000 Cambodian Workers in Thailand Repatriate as of 26 March
Cambodian Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said that from 22-26 March 2020, approximately 40,000 workers repatriated from Thailand after learning that the host country announced to close borders.
— Fresh News

City bus, water taxi services shut down to prevent spread of coronavirus
The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration today temporarily closed public city bus and water-taxi service linking the northern part of Phnom Penh to Takhmao city in Kandal province via the Mekong River amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s aviation sector hard hit by Coronavirus pandemic
Cambodia has recorded a staggering 40 percent decline in flights coming in or going out due to COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

Japan requested to recruit 100,000 for skilled workforce
Minister of Labour and Vocational Training, Ith Sam Heng, has asked Japan to increase the number of Cambodian workers to 100,000 in future as it plans to recruit 30,000 skilled workers in building maintenance alone.
— The Phnom Penh Post

New factory to produce bags, masks
On Tuesday, the government approved HK Burltex Manufactory Co Ltd to build a factory to produce bags and facemasks.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Pandemic writ large now on Kingdom’s biggest screen
Pixled Media International (Cambodia) Co Ltd, which has the largest full high-definition LED screen in Cambodia, positioned right in the centre of Phnom Penh, has offered its services to make people aware of the potentially fatal COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

National Assembly Approves 1,000 MW Coal-Fired Plant Projects
National Assembly this morning approved coal-fired power projects with a production capacity of nearly 1,000MW.

National Assembly approves Royal Group’s 700 MW coal-fired power plant project
The National Assembly this morning (March 26) discussed and approved Royal Investment Group’s proposed investment in the construction of a 700mw coal-fired power PLANT AI Botom Sakor district, Koh Kong province.
— Khmer Times

Mine Exploration Licences Open for Public Bidding
Ministry of Mines and Energy announced to open for applications for public bidding on mine exploration licences in four areas in three provinces.

Chinese assess investment opportunities in Kampot
A group of Chinese investors are looking for investment opportunities in the seaside province of Kampot, with plans to develop a deep-sea port with potential for tourism, industrial and agricultural sectors.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Call for cashless electricity payments
Electricity Authority of Cambodia (EAC) has called for licensed private electricity distributors to receive cashless payments for electricity bills to prevent possible COVID-19 infections.
— Khmer Times

Mysterious century-old structure found at bottom of Angkor pond
The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has discovered a mysterious 1,000-year-old structure of a wooden building at the bottom of a pond after the Angkor Wat temple’s conservation team completed restoring its northern cave.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Struggling textile industry gets reprieve with new tax breaks
The government has decided to waive 50 per cent to 100 per cent tax on the textile industry for six months as a means of easing its financial burden, stated a Ministry of Economy and Finance prakas.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia, Russia to boost bilateral trade, looking at FTA
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong met Russian Ambassador to Cambodia Dmitry Tsvetkov in Phnom Penh this week and said both countries had good diplomatic relations that continue to be strengthened by Russian contributions to the Kingdom’s economic growth.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia-Indonesia trade rise to record high in 2019
Bilateral trade between Cambodia and Indonesia jumped 46 per cent to a record high of more than $792 million last year, from $543 million in 2018, the Ministry of Commerce said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Canada’s aid package to fight virus delayed
Billions in economic aid announced last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to help Canadians deal with the coronavirus pandemic hit a snag Tuesday when opposition parties rejected giving his minority government unprecedented spending powers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Chinese Nationals Are Detained at the Bavet International Border
Chinese nationals on March 24 were detained by the authorities at the Bavet International Border in Svay Rieng Province so they could be questioned over their travel history and as a measure to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Cambodianess

Ministry to clear case backlog
The Ministry of Justice plans to launch a six-month campaign to clear a backlog of some 10,000 court cases, of which 70 per cent involve drug crimes, said Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Two inmates ask Supreme Court to have their convictions overturned
Two people sentenced to 14 years in prison each for killing a barmaid during an argument in Banteay Meanchey province in August 2016 are at the Supreme Court appealing to be released from prison.
— Khmer Times

Former CNRP activist nabbed for offering online English classes
Authorities detained a high school teacher in Kampong Chhnang province on Thursday after he was caught conducting online classes despite the fact that schools had been ordered to close temporarily to prevent Covid-19 infections.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Soldiers, residents trade blame over illegal logging in Mondulkiri
INDIGENOUS people in Mondulkiri province plan to file a complaint with the provincial court against a military officer from the Army Base “K1” in O’Raing district’s Dak Dam commune, for clearing forest land for personal ownership within the Phnom Nam Lear Wildlife Sanctuary.
— The Phnom Penh Post



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