Cambodia morning news for April 17

Cambodia morning news for April 17
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Cambodia morning newsCambodia Continues to Ban Entries of Passengers from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States
Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a press release on Thursday stating that the Kingdom continues to ban entries of passengers from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain and the United States until further notice to curb the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.
— Freshnews

Wide Outbreak Possible and Cambodia Needs to Continue COVID-19 Preparations, WHO Says
The World Health Organization on Monday urged the Cambodian government to prepare for a potential large-scale outbreak of the respiratory disease in the country, and to bolster stocks of personal protective equipment, face masks and ventilators.
— VOA Khmer

Health Ministry Downplays Risks of Community Transmission in BKK1
Days after the health minister raised concerns over community transmission in the capital’s Boeung Keng Kang 1 district, officials on Thursday said there was a low risk of COVID-19 cluster infections in the upmarket locality, despite a recent slew of cases of the respiratory disease.
— VOA Khmer

3 Giant Ibis Killed In Preah Vihear
In a single deliberate poisoning event, three Giant Ibis, equivalent to 1-2 percent of the global population, have been killed – part of a disturbing global trend where conservationists are noticing increases in hunting of protected species since the spread of coronavirus began to disrupt traditional economic and social systems in rural areas.

Senate expert commision okays draft law
The Senate’s Commission on Legislation and Justice yesterday finished its study on the “The State of Emergency” and said it does not violate the Constitution or any laws in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Ministry programme to identify families in need, give allowance
Three ministries signed a joint agreement on Thursday to implement a cash allowance programme for pregnant women and children under two years.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian Government Revokes the Decision on Travel Restriction
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a new decision on Thursday to revoke travel restriction, effective from 6 a.m of 16 April 2020.
— Freshnews

Returning workers to be self-quarantined
Health Minister Mam Bun Heng requested the Labour Ministry to order garment workers to be self-quarantined for two weeks after they return to the factories from home in a move to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic
— Khmer Times

Exporters seek delay of EBA withdrawal
The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) is coordinating with the European Branded Clothing Alliance (EBCA) to request a postponement of the EU’s partial withdrawal of its Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Reports No Case of Covid-19 Today While Two Recovered; Total Case 122; Total Recovery 98
Cambodia reported no new case of Covid-19 on Thursday, while two patients recovered today, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 16 April 2020 (updated as of 8:30 a.m).
— Freshnews

Exports through Svay Rieng increase by $237 million
Cambodia’s exports through three Special Economic Zones in Svay Rieng province, which shares a border with Vietnam, have recorded a $237 million rise in the first quarter of 2020.
— Khmer Times

PM warns of fake Facebook pages
Prime Minister Hun Sen reminded Facebook users on Thursday not to be cheated by fake news spread by anonymous people.
— The Phnom Penh Post

International Traffic in and out of Cambodia Drops by More than 90 Percent
Cambodia’s airport traffic has plummeted this month, with flights’ arrivals and departures going down by more than 90 percent due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a government official said on Thursday (April 16).
— Cambodianess

Foreigners still entering Kingdom
Foreign nationals, most of whom are Chinese, continue to enter the Kingdom despite the government’s restrictive measures amid the coronavirus pandemic, revealed Phnom Penh International Airport director Sao Wathana yesterday.
— Khmer Times

Angkor Buddhas unearthed
A group of Apsara National Authority (ANA) archaeological experts have found 21 broken Buddha statues buried in the ground in the Angkor Wat Temple complex after nearly a week of digging.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Safety Reminded As Travel Restrictions Ends
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has reminded his compatriots of road and health safety as travel restrictions during the Khmer New Year’s Day came to an end.

$3.5M for potato seeds project
Cambodia’s Minister of Agriculture Veng Sakhon has told local media that his ministry plans to purchase $3.5 million’s worth of potato seeds, in a project partnering with South Korea to produce potatoes in the Mondulkiri province.
— Khmer Times

Banteay Srey Piloting Collective Farming to Ensure Food Security for Have-nots
Banteay Srey, a district of Siem Reap province, is initiating collective rice farming to ensure food security, especially for the most marginalised, amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam Airlines help repatriate 100 UK citizens home from Cambodia
Vietnam Airlines has repatriated approximately 100 stranded United Kingdom citizens home from Cambodia and Vietnam this week, departing from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday before transiting in Hanoi to pick up more stranded citizens.
— Khmer Times

UN Special Rapporteur Calls for the Cambodian Government to Review the State of Emergency Draft Law
On April 9, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia expressed concerns over the Draft Law on the Management of the Nation during a State of Emergency.
— Cambodianess

J Trust Royal distribute free supplies to help needy families across different districts in Phnom Penh fight Covid-19
As part of its efforts in response to the covid-19 situation in the country, J Trust Royal Bank recently carried out activities that sought to extend help to poorer populations particularly in Phnom Penh.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Economic Growth May Drop Below 0 Percent this Year
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday (April 16) that Cambodia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to be negative in 2020.
— Cambodianess

Three Airports under Construction; Four Others in Construction Plan
Three international airports are currently under the construction in Cambodia while four others are in plan to be built and renovated.

Rubber exporters hit hard by tightened border restrictions
Rubber exports in the first three months of this year declined sharply as a result of tightened measures at border checkpoints to prevent the outbreak of the Covid-19 disease, plantation owners and exporters have said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Indonesia Thanks Cambodia for Curing Its Two COVID-19 Infected Citizens
The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Phnom Penh has extended its gratitude to the Cambodian Ministry of Health for having successfully cured two Indonesian nationals infected with the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Justice Ministry’s Spokesperson: Law on Management of Nation in Emergencies Used Only after State of Emergency Declared
“It doesn’t mean that the country declares the state of emergency after the Law on the Management of the Nation in Emergencies was promulgated,” underlined this morning H.E. Kim Santepheap, Secretary of State and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Justice.

Launch of heavy fuel oil power plant sees delays
The first phase of a $380 million 100MW heavy fuel oil power plant in Kandal province’s Lvea Em district has been delayed from this month until June, a Ministry of Mines and Energy spokesman told The Post on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Children Invited to Join UNESCO Artwork Exhibition
Cambodian children are encouraged to express their creativity in drawing world heritage sites for submitting to UNESCO Little Artists Exhibition.

Cambodia Arrests Another CNRP Activist, Ahead of Khmer New Year
Authorities in Cambodia have arrested a former government official affiliated with the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), RFA learned on Wednesday in the latest in the government’s crackdown on former members of the now-banned political party.

Fisherman runs from Thai boss, found in K Kong
A Cambodian who worked on a fishing boat in Thailand and escaped to the Kingdom with a handcuff on one hand, was found by Koh Kong province’s Mondul Seima district police and detained for questing on Wednesday morning.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Electric Fire In BKK1
A electrical wire fire broke out at about 11am on April 16, 2020 near Boeung Keng Kang High School, Street 71 in Boeng Keng Kang I, Boeung Keng Kang, Phnom Penh.

Businessman jailed over car fraud
Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged and jailed a businessman who cheated three men of more than $30,000 after renting their cars in the capital and later pawning the vehicles.
— Khmer Times



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