Cambodia morning news for July 7

Cambodia morning news for July 7
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Cambodia morning newsBusinesses leave premises over rent burdens
As Cambodian businesses suffer amid the pandemic, many are facing tough choices to either ask for reduced rent or are having to up sticks, in some cases losing large deposits amid existing financial turmoil.
— Khmer Times

Health Ministry: Further quarantine spaces prepared for increasing arrivals
The Ministry of Health has said that Cambodia has prepared four centres for Cambodian arrivals and a further 10 hotels for foreign arrivals in Phnom Penh to service the increasing numbers of foreigners arriving in the Kingdom, as Cambodia expects to begin receiving around 500 arrivals per day.
— Khmer Times

Media owner grilled over ‘insulting’ music video
The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts on Monday summoned the owner of Morodok Media Production for questioning related to a music video said to contain content insulting to the Prey Veng community.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Australia Applauds Cambodia’s Strengthened Stance on Transnational Crime
Australia congratulates Cambodia on the historic passing of new laws combatting money laundering and proliferation financing, that have received Royal Assent and are now in effect, according to a media release of the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh dated July 6.

Firm told to pay Nat’l Road 5 workers
Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company (SMCC) has been ordered to pay wages to 55 workers who are owed back pay by subcontractor D/CON Construction Co Ltd since April for work on National Road 5.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Coffee maker roasted for producing fake product in Cambodia
The Cambodian Ministry of Interior’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send a suspect to court on Monday after she allegedly roasted coffee mixed with soybeans and other ingredients, creating a product which could pose a high risk to consumers’ health.
— The Star

Troublesome British Over Stayer Arrested In Battambang
A foreigner who has no legal visa and had been causing fights and trouble around Battambang had been arrested, according to the Commissioner of Police of Battambang Province.

National Assembly Member Distributes Offerings to Monks in Thbong Khmum
H.E. Keo Piseth, a member of parliament from Thbong Khmum province, offered food, candles and other materials to three temples in Thbong Khmum province on Saturday.

Laotian Caught With 7kg Of Drugs In Tea Packets
Stung Treng: The Provincial Office of the Anti-Narcotics Bureau in collaboration with Trapaing Kralan International Border force and the Stung Treng Provincial Police Force arrested a Laotian man One for drug trafficking and illegally storing more than seven kilograms of drugs (*thought to be methamphetamine).

Boeung Tamok Lake to Lose 300 Hectares for Military Command Center
Prime Minister Hun Sen has decided to cut 300 hectares (2,985,472 square meters) from Boeung Tamok Lake for the Ministry of National Defense to use as a strategic command center.
— Cambodianess

Council of Ministers approves draft law on state assets
The Office of the Council of Ministers has approved the draft law on Control, Use and Management of the State Assets, which aims to ensure that state assets are preserved for the common interests of the country and the people.
— Khmer Times

Officials disinfect workers’ living quarters
In a bid to help stem the spread of COVID-19, one of the Kingdom’s biggest worker unions cooperated with Kamboul district authorities to spray disinfectants in factory workers’ living quarters.
— Khmer Times

European banks implicated in Cambodia’s microcredit scandal
The unfolding microcredit scandal in Cambodia involves two well-respected European banks, BRED in France and Triodos Bank in the Netherlands.
— The Brussels TImes

Cambodia’s tourism to get post-pandemic support for recovery
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, will support Cambodia to restore the tourism sector after the COVID-19 pandemic ends.
— Vietnam Plus

Teams to compile data, give titles to citizens on state land
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon on Monday created 18 teams to compile and compare data on forests which are occupied by citizens in 24 provinces.
— The Phnom Penh Post

LICADHO says ‘no comment’ to spurious MFI video
Cambodia Microfinance Association’s (CMA) verification of a human rights organisation video, heavily criticising the Microfinance Industry (MFI) for predatory lending practices, has verified that “the study has many irregularities”.
— Khmer Times

Italy Decides to Contribute €100,000 to ARMAC’s Operation
Italy has decided to contribute €100,000 to the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC)’s operation.

Sihanoukville families to benefit from concessions
One hundred and eighty-one families affected by the Sihanoukville canal restoration project are set to receive social land concessions in Preah Sihanouk province, Sihanoukville governor Y Sok Leng said on Friday.
— Khmer Times

Rubber exports stretch 17%
Cambodia exported 97,175 tonnes of natural rubber in the first five months of this year, surging 17 per cent compared to the same period last year as the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official Khuong Phalla told The Post on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Draft alcohol law: Striking a balance between health and revenue
In 2015 and 2016, a series of health reports regarding the consumption of alcohol and its effect on society raised questions about the lack of an alcohol law in the Kingdom, amid which the government began drafting what would be its first ever enshrined liquor legislation.
— Khmer Times

Former Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Visits Provinces for First Time Since Arrest
Former opposition leader Kem Sokha has left his home for the first time since his arrest in September 2017.
— Cambodianess

‘No to corruption amid state-land distribution’: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday warned of legal action against anyone caught taking advantage of state-mandated land distributions, two days after he ordered several ministries to oversee the transfer of state-protected land to its long-term occupants.
— Khmer Times

Training programme launched to improve district management
The Ministry of Interior on Monday started a 10-day training course for 130 district heads across the Kingdom to enhance their capabilities and leadership skills. Civil society organisations hope the training will help the government officials to better tackle district-level issues.
— The Phnom Penh Post

UXOs found in two separate provinces safely destroyed
Twenty anti-personnel mines and 60mm mortar tails found by residents in Siem Reap province’s Svay Loeu district and Preah Vihear province’s Choam Ksan district have been destroyed by the Cambodian Self Help Demining (CSHD) team.
— Khmer Times

Gov’t, CSOs discuss Lango
The government’s working group coordinating civil society organisations’ (CSO) proposals and requests to amend the Law on Association and Non-governmental Organisations (Lango) held its latest meeting on Monday at the Ministry of Interior.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Preah Sihanouk authorities warn against mangrove destruction
Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities have warned of legal action without exemption against people who illegally clear and destroy mangrove forests in land grabs.
— Khmer Times

PM to Observe “Chol Vossa” Festival This Afternoon at Champous Kaek Pagoda
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and his spouse Samdech Kittiprittbandit Bun Rany Hun Sen will celebrate Chol Vossa (enter rainy season) or Rainy Retreat at Champous Kaek pagoda in Khan Chbar Ampov, Phnom Penh this afternoon.

BEEP graduates encouraged to pursue vocational training
The Ministry of Education and Unesco today held a graduation ceremony for 10 out-of-school youths who completed the online Basic Education Equivalency Programme.
— Khmer Times

Does COVID-19 Spell the End of the Café Boom in Phnom Penh?
Let’s rewind back 20 years to the early 2000s’ way of spending time at cafés. Back then, fancy air-conditioning systems were not popularized and the main form of entertainment was watching whatever was on the TV.
— Cambodianess

SC upholds dismissal of journalist’s land fraud case
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the lawsuit against a journalist accused of defrauding three property developers of more than $130,000 in an alledged land scam in 2018.
— Khmer Times

Request for Proposal: Artisans d’Angkor seeks consultants for 3-year strategic plan development
Artisans d’Angkor has initiated a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to identify qualified consultants to guide and execute a strategic planning process for the development of a three-year strategic plan.
— Cambodianess

Nearly Burned Buffaloes Returned To Rightful Owners
Chea Borey district military police returned four buffaloes to their owners on July 5, 2020 in Chroy Borey district, Kratie with a certificate from the local authority.



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