Cambodia morning news for February 26

Cambodia morning news for February 26
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Kingdom’s Economic Growth May Be Lower than Previous Prediction
Cambodia’s economic growth in 2020 would not be at the same rate as previously predicted at 6.5 percent, said Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen.

H5N1 also poses deadly threat, ministry warns
The Ministry of Health’s Communicable Disease Control (CDC) department has called on citizens to excise caution over H5N1 or bird flu that is spreading in the southern province of Vietnam.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Hun Sen’s Plan to Prop Up Economy Reveals Concerns Over EBA, Coronavirus
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday the government will help factories pay 60 percent of workers’ minimum wage for up to six months and offer exporters tax breaks in an effort to mitigate effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and revocation of EU trade privileges.
— VOA Khmer

Poachers caught in Wildlife Sanctuary
Rangers from Mondulkiri provincial environment department detained a Vietnamese national and sent him to the provincial court over illegal trapping and poaching of wild animals in the province’s Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary.
— Khmer Times

Kem Sokha Lawyers to Rejoin Trial After Walking Out at Last Hearing
Four lawyers representing Kem Sokha, who walked out during his treason trial on February 13, said on Tuesday they will rejoin the proceedings and hoped the hearing will proceed smoothly.
— VOA Khmer

PM Hun Sen: All Westerdam Passengers Left Cambodia and No Cases of Covid-19 Found (Video inside)
Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed that all Westerdam passengers had left Cambodia and not a single case of Covid-19 can be found here, speaking at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday.

PM demands explanation amid doubts on COVID-19 diagnosis
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday requested Malaysian authorities to clarify how an 83-year-old American woman who tested positive for COVID-19 upon her arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport fully recovered from the virus.
— Khmer Times

COVID-19 not to affect China’s long-term development goals: PM
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen said here on Monday that the impact of COVID-19 on China’s economy is temporary and will not affect China’s long-term social and economic development goals.
— Khmer Times

Kampot coconut plantation engulfed by flames
At 2:30 am, on the 24th of February, 2020, a fire broke out at Soma Company coconut plantation in Kep Thmey village, Boeung Tonle commune, Teuk Chhou district, Kampot province.
— Khmer Times

Over 8 Million Passengers Use Public Bus Service in 2019
Public bus service welcomed 8,265,107 passengers in 2019, of them 5,474,674 were served free of charge, according to the report from Phnom Penh municipal administration.

Japan aid to improve Kingdom’s agriculture, health and youth sectors
The Japanese government today donated a total of $890,471 for the development of irrigation systems, maternal and child healthcare, and youth capacity building in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Four-month tax break for hotels and guesthouses in Siem Reap
Prime Minister Hun Sen announced yesterday that all registered hotels and guesthouses in Siem Reap will be exempt of all taxes from February until May this year.
— Khmer Times

Civil Society Calls Blocking of Forest Blessing Ceremony “Indefensible”
ivil society groups and grassroots organizations condemned the Environment Ministry’s decision to block Prey Lang community members, monks and human rights monitors from the annual tree blessing ceremony last week, calling the restriction “indefensible.”
— VOA Khmer

CamboJA pushes for further press law amendments
Some 20 journalists gathered on Tuesday at the Corner of Media Landscape in a meeting organised by the Cambodian Journalists Alliance (CamboJA) and the Cambodia Center for Independent Media (CCIM).
— The Phnom Penh Post

South Korea Donates Fire Forest Vehicles to Cambodia
The Republic of Korea has donated five fire forest vehicles to the Cambodia Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries through the Asian Forest Cooperation Organisation (AFoCo).

MS Westerdam to set sail for The Philippines, minus all passengers and some crew
The MS Westerdam cruise ship, docked at Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, will be leaving today for the Philippines.
— Khmer Times

Ministry to donate 300,000 protective masks and suits to China
Defence Minister General Tea Banh said yesterday the ministry will donate 300,000 surgical masks and protective suits to China’s Defence Ministry amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Khmer Times

Task force to review village security
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng will form an ad-hoc task force to conduct nationwide inspections of communes and districts to strengthen the safe village-commune policy.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Angkor Passes Adjusted to Encourage Tourists to Stay Longer
Entrance passes for foreign tourists visiting the Angkor Archeological Park has been adjusted, an effort to encourage foreign tourists to extend their stays in Cambodia as the tourism sector has been affected by the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19.

Over eight tonnes of fake goods destroyed
Authorities in Kampong Thom province’s Kampong Svay district yesterday destroyed more than 20 types of counterfeit products weighing more than eight tonnes which were confiscated last year.
— Khmer Times

Ministry supports ‘sexy’ ban
The Ministry of Women’s Affairs plans to form an inter-ministerial working group soon to monitor, disseminate, educate and take action against those who spread and share pornographic pictures or videos on social media.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM says officials are civil servants, not bosses
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday reminded government officials that they are civil servants, not bosses.
— Khmer Times

Ministry rebuffs allegations of salary, position tampering
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has denied allegations that paperwork is being tampered with in order to selectively promote staff and increase salary scales.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM urges officials to remain proactive
Speaking at a Royal School of Administration graduation ceremony, at the National Institute of Education on Tuesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen urged civil servants to serve the people first, and not always wait for his recommendations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Special inspection group to monitor commune workflow
Interior Minister Sar Kheng said yesterday he has a special inspection group formed to monitor commune authorities to ensure they work properly and use their new allotted budget efficiently.
— Khmer Times

Prison department says inmate suspected of baby’s death
An unnamed female inmate in Prey Sar prison could soon be implicated in the death of an infant who was in prison with the baby’s mother last month.
— Khmer Times

American reunited with his family
Cambodian Americans will hold a rally on Wednesday at Boston Logan International Airport to celebrate the return home of Thy Chea, who was wrongly deported to Cambodia 18 months ago.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Fires cause loss of homes, jobs in PP
Fires which broke out in the capital on Tuesday morning resulted in more than 100 families losing their homes and jobs.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Four underage snatch thieves due in court
Chamkarmon district police in the capital will send four underage suspects to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday after they arrested the group on Sunday at Koh Pich Exhibition Centre on accusations of bag snatching.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Nigerian men and woman arrested for Facebook phishing
Police have arrested two Nigerians and a Cambodian female in connection with Facebook phishing.
— Khmer Times

Online vendor charged over coronavirus face mask con
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged and detained an online face mask vendor for cheating six people of more than $40,000 in exchange for imported protective face masks amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Khmer Times



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