Cambodia morning news for January 9

Cambodia morning news for January 9
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Child deaths in Cambodia spark call for construction freeze
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After six children died when a building site collapsed, the Cambodian workers’ union on Wednesday called for a halt to a construction boom that has killed more than 60 people in seven months, while the government vowed to tackle child labour.
— Reuters

Cambodia’s garment workers fret over deadly daily commutes
Gripping her friend’s shoulder as a truck packed with 30 Cambodian garment workers tears down a pot-holed street, Nguon Sanit says her days are bookended by fear of dying on the kingdom’s treacherous roads.

Dolphin death rate spikes
Conservationists have expressed alarm over the increase in the mortality rate of Irrawaddy dolphins in Cambodia’s Mekong River last year, compared to previously.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

FDI to Cambodia Values at US$3.5 billion in 2019
Cambodia attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) worth in total US$3,588 million in 2019, an 11.7 percent increase compared to 2018, pointed out a report, stressing that nearly half of the total investment was from China.
— AKP 

Civil Groups and NGOs Appeal to the Authorities to Act regarding the Kep Tragedy
“If that case is absolved, this will show that there is no law enforcement for the future,” they said in a petition to the government. “The case of the building collapse in Kep, the officers enforcing laws and regulations and the authorities in charge in that case must face the law. Do not forgive anyone: initiator or accomplice.”
— Thmey Thmey 

Foreign Arrivals to Cambodia Projected to Grow at 6 percent in 2020
The number of foreign visitors to Cambodia is expected to keep increasing this year, but at a slower rate compared to the previous years.

Man hacked to death for refusing to drink wine
A 57-year-old man was sent to Svay Rieng provincial police on Wednesday for allegedly hacking his cousin to death the previous day in Donsa Village, in Svay Chrum district’s Donsa commune.
— The Phnom Penh Post

United States to assist in water management, climate challenges
United States ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy said his country is committed to providing technical assistance in the Kingdom’s water resources management and its fight to tackle climate challenges.
— Khmer Times  

Laos links 195MW power to Cambodia
Nearly 200 megawatts of electricity from Don Sahong Dam in Laos has been linked to Cambodia’s national grid after the dam finished tests on four electricity generators.
— Bangkok Post  

Cambodian Court Orders Testimony in Kem Sokha Trial From ‘Witness’ Who Never Spoke With Him
A court in Cambodia’s capital on Wednesday issued a summons requesting that a former elected official with the country’s banned opposition in Banteay Meanchey province give testimony next week at the treason trial of his party’s president, Kem Sokha, despite never having spoken with him.
— RFA  

Cambodia’s 2 largest ports see remarkable rise in revenue last year
Cambodia’s two state-owned ports, Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) and Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP), had seen remarkable growth in revenue in 2019, according to the annual report of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on Wednesday.
— Xinhua 

Firm set to launch 150MW solar power plants in Kingdom
Jinkosolar Holding Co Ltd has announced it is to supply photovoltaic panels for three solar power plants in Cambodia with a combined capacity of 150MW.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

61 Chinese deported From Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Jan 8: Immigration officials at Phnom Penh International Airport expelled 61 Chinese nationals for telecommunication fraud (VOIP), according to news portal Cambodia News English.
— The Star  

The Bigger Problem Behind Cambodia’s Building Collapses
On January 3, another multi-story building under construction collapsed in Cambodia, this time in Kep province, killing at least 36 people, including six children.
— The Diplomat 

US Ambassador Hopes to See Better US-Cambodia Relations
The US Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy says he wishes to see better relations between the United States and Cambodia.
— Fresh News

U.S. Furniture Industry Eyes Cambodia as Vietnam’s Wages Rise
A shortage of workers in Vietnam — a huge beneficiary of the U.S. trade war with China — is getting severe enough that some furniture makers are now scouting Cambodia and Bangladesh for factories, according to one industry chief executive.
— Bloomberg

Cambodia Deports North Korean Workers, Shuts Down Businesses to Comply With Sanctions
Authorities in Cambodia have arrested 16 North Koreans, shortly after announcing that they would shut down North Korean-owned businesses in an attempt to comply with U.N. sanctions, which stipulate that all North Koreans working abroad had to be repatriated by the end of last year.

Swedish official to monitor Sokha’s trial
Swedish embassy officials will closely observe the January 15 treason trial of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha, according to an official.
— Khmer Times 

Ministry report shows rise in drug crimes last year
The number of drug-related crimes in the Kingdom rose by 19 percent from the previous year and more than 20,000 suspects were arrested, according to the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug trafficking department.
— Khmer Times   

Customized Vehicle License Plates Now Available in Cambodia
As indicated at the ministry’s website, prices will range from 2 million riels (around $490) for basic ones to 1 billion riels (around $246,000) for truly special plates. And the process to obtain them will involve three phases: purchase, offer and bid.
— Thmey Thmey  

WFP Cambodia Country Brief, November 2019
US$ 1.11 million six months (December 2019 to May 2020) net funding requirements
— Relief Web 

Foreign exports hurting local brick kilns
Brick kiln owners have complained about falling prices due to the rise in imports from neighbouring countries amid the boom in the construction sector.
— The Phnom Penh Post (video)

Registered vehicles increase 13 percent in one year
Registered vehicles have risen 13 percent in one year because of rapid economic expansion and rising incomes, according to the annual report from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
— Khmer Times

Sacombank presents gifts to poor Vietnamese in Cambodia
Representatives from Sacombank Cambodia, a subsidiary of the Sai Gon Thuong Tin Commercial Joint Stock Bank, presented gifts to 100 needy Cambodian families of Vietnamese origin in Phnom Penh on January 8, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year festival.
— Vietnam Plus 

Kingdom records thousands of TB cases
The National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control yesterday said there were 22,000 cases of tuberculosis in the Kingdom last year.
— Khmer Times  

NA President to Attend 28th Annual Meeting of Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Australia
A high-level delegation of the National Assembly (NA) of Cambodia will take part in the 28th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-28) to be held in Canberra, Australia from Jan. 13 to 15.
— AKP 

Cambodian-American seeks US election
A prominent member of the Cambodian-American community in the United States has announced she is running to be a Select Board member in the Massachusetts town of Bedford.
— Khmer Times 

KTV Raid Nets 14 Kilos Of Drugs
11:50 pm on 7 January 2020, Unit A1 of the Anti-Narcotics Division investigated Karaoke No. 56, Street 230, Sangkat Teuk Laak 3, Khan Toul Kork, Phnom Penh.
— CNE 

US begins 2020 as celebration of diplomatic ties
The US embassy on Wednesday kicked off a year-long celebration of the 70th anniversary of US-Cambodia diplomatic relations at the capital’s Futures Factory in Daun Penh district.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia-U.S. Mark 70th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Ties
U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. W. Patrick Murphy and the embassy’s staff this afternoon travel around Phnom Penh on three-wheel rickshaw to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and the U.S.
— AKP  

Sixty-one Chinese nationals deported over fraud scams
Cambodian immigration police forces deported 61 Chinese nationals, including six women, on Wednesday through the Phnom Penh International Airport.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Concerned over US-Iran Tension; Urges for Peaceful Resolution
Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign and International Cooperation, said Wednesday that the Kingdom is concerned over the escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, and that Cambodia wants to see the two sides resolve the issues peacefully through dialogue.
— Fresh News

Personalised number plates arrive
The Ministry of Public Works and Transport announced that motorists can apply for personalised number plates for their vehicles from Tuesday. It is launching the service in a bid to modernise number plates and to make it easier for officials to manage the collection of revenue.
— The Phnom Penh Post (video)

Building material import value increased 50 percent in 2019
The value of building materials imported into Cambodia to supply the construction sector increased by 50 percent in 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.
— Khmer Times

Heng Samrin heads to Australia for regional parliamentary meeting
National Assembly President Heng Samrin will lead a high-level delegation to Australia on Saturday for a regional parliamentary meeting in Canberra.
— Thmey Thmey

Moto Dop Stones Highlander
A car window was smashed at 2 pm on January 8, 2020, on Russian Boulevard, Ta Nguon Village, Sangkat Kakap 1, Por Sen Chey district, Phnom Penh. A female passenger was injured.

Train Clips Merc In Sen Sok
A Mercedes-Benz was hit by a train at 3:25 pm on January 8, 2019 in Kok Kaing commune, Sen Sok district, Phnom Penh.

CDC Approves 4 Investment Projects in Early January
Early this year, four new investment projects worth in total US$17.2 million have been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC).

Four in M’kiri court for logging
Mondulkiri provincial Forestry Administration sent four men to court for their involvement in a forest crime in Keo Seima district.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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