Cambodia morning news for July 13

Cambodia morning news for July 13
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Cambodia morning news15 out of 80 Cambodians repatriated from Saudi Arabia tested positive for COVID-19. Tally now 156
Cambodia reported 15 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the tally rising to 156, the Ministry of Health said in a press release issued this morning.
— Khmer Times

Traders let over border to pick up merchandise
Checkpoints are being reopened to Cambodian traders for five hours a day as border markets on the Thai side slowly return to business, according to local authorities.
— Bangkok Post

Substitute holidays set for August
Lieu days for the postponed Khmer New Year holidays will be set from August 17 to 21, a government sub-decree obtained by Khmer Times today revealed.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian yellow banana exports soar 150% in H1 2020
Cambodia exported 147,760 tonnes of fresh yellow bananas to the international market this year as of last Wednesday.
— Fresh Plaza

Cambodia’s Garment Exports Valued at US$3.7 Billion
Cambodia has exported garment products – clothes, footwear, and travel goods – with a total value of US$3.7 billion in the first semester of this year, down 5 percent compared to the same period last year.

The First Regional COVID-19 Testing Laboratory Is Expected to Open within Weeks
A 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing laboratory is expected to open in Siem Reap City early next month as the authorities prepare for the return of foreign tourists.
— Cambodianess

Cambodia Collects $1.6B Tax Revenue in Six Months
In the first semester of 2020, the General Department of Taxation has collected tax revenue for the national budget of approximately USD 1,684.07 million, increased by USD 181.68, an equivalent to 12 percent compared to same period in 2019, according to the press release dated 10 July 2020.
— Fresh News

Cambodia to Sign FTA with China to Boost Agro Exports, Potentially Offset EBA Losses
Prime Minister Hun Sen is scheduled to be in Beijing on August 12 to sign a free trade agreement with his Chinese counterpart. The new agreement is expected to usher in an enhanced level of economic cooperation
— VOA Khmer

Rice production in first half of 2020 hits 75 percent of yearly target
Cambodia’s rice paddy cultivation as of July has fulfilled over 75 percent of this year’s target, data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries revealed.
— Khmer Times

Ministry to Seek PM’s Green Light for First-Round School Reopening
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will ask for permission by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen to reopen schools with high standard safety measures against COVID-19.

Who’s Helping Cambodia Weather COVID-19?
About six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Cambodia has not been spared. Although the country has appeared to succeed in controlling the spread of COVID-19 — with just 10 active patients and no reported deaths as of July 8 — its economy is faltering.
— Hotel Deals Phuket

‘A true man of the people’: Revisiting the murder of Dr. Kem Ley
Four years to the day after the murder of Cambodian social activist Dr Kem Ley, his death is still shrouded in mystery.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Malaysia Deports 132 Cambodian Detainees
Malaysia deported 132 Cambodian detainees on Saturday morning, the Royal Embassy of Cambodia to Malaysia said.

Koh Kong Judge Sent To PJ Prison Over Bag Snatcher’s Death
A Koh Kong Provincial Court Judge Kong Khemara, who allegedly drove his car into a bag thief, had his initial case heard by Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge, Ly Sok.

Officer kills ‘mistress’, crashes into truck
A Tbong Khmum Military Police officer shot and killed his mistress on July 9 in front of Go Club KTV in Ponhea Kraek district’s Kraek commune. He then crashed his car into a truck during his getaway.
— The Phnom Penh Post

A’Jai Women Stabbed To Death In Shack
A woman was stabbed to death in a squatted hut, causing the local authorities to go to the scene immediately.

Kingdom produces PPE gear
Medical supplies from Cambodia have been donated to member countries of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to assist in the fight against Covid-19, said an ADB report published on July 9.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Over US$15 Million Donated to Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation in First Six Months
A total fund of more than US$15 million has been donated to Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation for the first half of 2020 to support Cambodian children’s health care service.

“Steps against disinformation does not restrict freedom,” insists Cambodia Mission
The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Geneva is utterly dismayed at the misleading and faulty conclusion of Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur (SR) on freedom of opinion and expression as to the nature of Cambodia’s human rights integrated responses to the Covid-19.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia Committed to Strengthen Cooperation with Other Countries in the Fight against COVID-19 Pandemic
The Royal Government of Cambodia has expressed its commitment to continue its efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic by promoting and strengthening its good cooperation with the United Nations and other States Parties and relevant institutions.

Residence cards set for over 80,000 immigrants
The Ministry of Interior plans to grant residence cards to more than 80,000 immigrants to better keep track of them.
— The Phnom Penh Post

More relief for incoming travelers to be announced as two more cases of COVID-19 recover in Cambodia
Cambodia is expected to issue new procedures to ease the burdens of in bound travelers into Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Ex-party leader, gov’t critic named as secretary of state
A former political party leader known for being critical of the government has been appointed secretary of state at the Ministry of Rural Development, a royal decree dated July 9 said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Lawmaker Makes Temple Offerings in Thbong Khmum
H.E. San Sarana, a member of parliament from Thbong Khmum province, offered candles, food and soap to Wat Trapeang Phlong and five other temples in Ponhea Krek district on Sunday.

PM assures assistance as concerns for women rise amid pandemic
Prime Minister Hun Sen today assured that additional measures are being expended to ease difficulties faced by women and girls during the pandemic as cases of gender-based violence and subjugation of women’s rights have increased worlwide amid lockdowns.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia rejects UN rights claim
Cambodia’s Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva on Friday hit back at David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression after he raised concerns over the repression of free speech and the right to information in certain countries during the Covid-19 pandemic, including Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Some 15,625 Luxurious Trees Planted in Siem Reap
Some 15,625 luxurious trees have been planted in Siem Reap province to cheer the annual Arbour Day on July 9.

Rattanakiri province connected to power grid
Cambodia’s northeastern Rattanakiri province is finally connected to the grid as the high voltage transmission line was officially put into operation carrying power generated from the Lower Sesan dam 2.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia, S Korea agree to official FTA talks
Cambodia and South Korea agreed on Thursday to launch official negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Construction of Phnom Penh’s Ring Road 3 Almost 40 Percent Complete
The construction project of Phnom Penh’s ring road 3 linking National Road No. 4 in Sangkat Chaom Chau 3, Khan Pursenchey, Phnom Penh to National Road No. 1 in Dei Edth commune, Kean Svay district, Kandal province has been 39.76 percent complete as of late last month.

Workers armed with soft skills
Nearly 2,000 workers from five factories in Bavet town attended a soft skills training event organised by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training to increase productivity and efficiency in preparation for getting new jobs in the future.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia’s exports to U.S. up 26 percent in first five months
The exports from Cambodia to the U.S. during the first five months of this year rose by 25.9 percent to $2.3 billion, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
— Khmer Times

Secretive Creator of ‘Kitchen Story’ Delivers Delicious Recipes Online
Every week, the Kitchen Story Facebook page posts a single instructional food video. A pair of hands and a calm voice speaking Khmer guide you through the ingredients needed for the recipe and steps to make it.
— VOA Khmer

Ministry bans wild orchid trade
Trade of wild orchid flowers, typically found in the Kingdom’s protected areas, has officially been banned following yesterday’s announcement by the Ministry of Environment.
— Khmer Times

“Doeum Chheu Cham Sne”, Not Man-Made Tree, but a Miracle
The presence of a big tree known as “Doeum Chheu Cham Sne” in the middle of newly-constructed road to Sihanoukville of Preah Sihanouk province is not a man-made tree, but a miracle for the locals and tourists.

Snaring may spawn diseases diseases in humans
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has warned that snaring of animals has become a crisis that poses a serious risk to wildlife in Southeast Asia and could spawn the transmission of zoonotic diseases to humans.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Mentally Ill Man Beaten For Knicker Theft
At 11:40 pm on July 11, 2020 at a house on Preah Norodom Street, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmon, a man stole some underwear and clothing from a women. The man was later found to be mentally ill, but people nearby were too angry to control themselves and beat the man.



Feature photo WorldSkills Asean Bangkok 2018
This week’s Cambodia morning news feature photo focuses on focuses on World Youth Skills Day, July 15, with an emphasis on World Skills Asean Singapore 2020.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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