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  1. "He also said that many motorists ignored traffic tickets until their driving score drops so low that their driver’s licence needs to be suspended. " I have a Thai license and I drive here since 30 years. I never heard about this "score". Can someone explain ?
  2. Police in Takeo and Battambang provinces located and destroyed more than 7,000 marijuana plants during a three-day crackdown which started on Monday. Colonel Yuk Sarath, Kirivong district police chief in Takeo province, said that he led raids on Wednesday and yesterday, when he found ten locations with a total of 3,239 marijuana plants in Preah Bat Choanchum commune. He said that on Wednesday, they found six locations with a total of 2,115 plants covering an area of 1,570 square metres. “We are tracking the owners to arrest them and take court action against them,” Col Sarath said. He said that yesterday his officers also cracked down on another four locations in the commune and destroyed 1,124 marijuana plants over an area of 744 square meters. “We pulled out the marijuana plants and burned them on the spot,” Col Sarath said. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50570249/about-7000-marijuana-plants-destroyed/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 18/01
  3. Tech giant Amazon has come under fire over the sale of bathroom accessories brandishing the images of Cambodia’s ancient temples, prompting the government to send a letter to its head office telling the online retailer to cease offering the products. The products, by Analisahome, include toilet seat covers with images of the Prasat Bayon temple and floor mats displaying Angkor Wat, and are sold for up to $60 per set. The display of Cambodia’s ancient temples on these products offended Cambodians who criticised the products on social media and reported what they found to the government. “This very much affects Cambodia’s international honour,” one user said on Facebook. “Please continue to react to protect the reputation of our culture overseas.” Culture Ministry spokesman Thai Norak Satya could not be reached for comment yesterday. However, Culture Minister Phoeung Sakona said in a statement that a letter of complaint was sent to Amazon. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50570289/amazon-slammed-for-selling-angkor-inspired-decor/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 18/01
  4. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will impose tariffs on rice from Cambodia and Myanmar from Friday to curb a surge in imports, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The decision, which will be in effect for three years, follows a “safeguard” investigation launched last March after a request from the Italian government. Rice is grown in eight southern European countries from Portugal to Bulgaria. The Commission, which oversees trade policy in the bloc, had proposed the tariff measures last year but failed to a get clear majority of the 28 EU states to back the plan in December. In the absence of an opinion by the relevant committee, the Commission took the final decision itself on Wednesday. Cambodia and Myanmar benefit from the EU’s “Everything But Arms” scheme which allows the world’s least developed countries to export most goods to the European Union free of duties. But the Commission said its investigation had confirmed that a significant increase in imports of longer-grained Indica rice from Cambodia and Myanmar had damaged EU producers. From Jan. 18 it will set a duty of 175 euros (£155) per tonne of rice in the first year, dropping to 150 euros in the second and 125 euros in year three, it said. Cambodia and Myanmar already face losing their special access to the world’s largest trading bloc over their human rights records, although that potential sanction is separate from the rice safeguard measures. The Commission said it had found that imports of Indica rice from the two countries had risen by 89 percent in the past five rice-growing seasons, and that a surge in cheap imports had reduced EU producers’ market share in Europe to 29 from 61 percent. EU farming group Copa-Cogeca said it welcomed the Commission’s decision on Wednesday, saying it had recognised a critical situation in a sector that is vital for preventing an exodus from rural areas. Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Susan Fenton source https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-eu-trade-rice/eu-to-impose-tariffs-on-myanmar-cambodia-rice-for-three-years-idUKKCN1PA2AY -- © Copyright Reuters 18/01
  5. King Norodom Sihamoni has lifted the political ban on former opposition party top adviser Kong Korm and his son Kong Bora after the duo submitted requests to the Interior Ministry last week. According to two separate royal decrees signed by the King on Tuesday, Mr Korm and Mr Bora were among 118 CNRP politicians banned from politics by the Supreme Court in November 2017. “This grants political rights to Kong Korm, born April 6, 1941, who was banned from doing political activities for five years in accordance with a Supreme Court verdict on November 16, 2017,” one of the decrees said. General Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, yesterday said King Sihamoni was able to issue the pardon after the National Assembly amended the Law on Political Parties, noting that only Mr Korm and Mr Bora filed requests. “We just received letters from two officials and the King also granted the royal pardon for them,” Gen Sopheak said. “I don’t know how many others will make a request, only they can answer this question. We just implement the law.” read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50569703/kong-korm-and-son-return-to-politics-after-royal-pardon/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 17/01
  6. Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts experts have expressed concerns that ancient sites are threatened by land clearing. The sites were classified into three types – religious, such as temples and shrines; ancient burial sites, which have suffered from raiders seeking precious objects; and other ancient sites including villages, ponds, hills and bridges. Voeun Vuthy, the director at the ministry’s Department of Archaeology and Prehistory, told The Post the ancient sites are being disturbed by public and forest land clearing. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ancient-sites-threatened-clearing -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 17/01
  7. On the back of strong growth in the garment, construction and hospitality sectors, the national economy expanded by 7.3 percent last year, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Presenting on the ministry’s latest report during a public forum on macroeconomic management and the 2019 budget law, Chheang Vannartith, the ministry’s deputy director-general, said economic growth in 2018 exceeded the government’s expectations. He said the ministry predicts that GDP will expand at a rate of 7.1 percent in 2019 as a result of strong growth in exports and domestic consumption. During the first eleven months of 2018, exports rose by 16.3 percent, while imports increased by 22 percent, with Cambodia buying mostly construction materials and fabrics, according to the report. The garment sector grew by 7.8 percent last year, expanding faster than in 2017 when it grew by 5.8 percent. With the number of affordable residential projects being raised across the capital growing quickly, the construction sector expanded by 18.1 percent, the report pointed out. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50569205/economy-grew-7-3-pct-in-2018-ministry/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 16/01
  8. A Defence Ministry official yesterday said a two-day meeting is taking place between General Neang Phat, a secretary of state with the Defence Ministry, and Joseph Felter, United States deputy assistant secretary of defence for South and Southeast Asia. “Today at 10am, Mr Felter met with Gen Phat to speak about defence policy and cooperation,” Major General Buth Rum said on Facebook yesterday. In a statement, the US embassy said the meeting will continue today and include discussions on several matters, including the future of US-Cambodia military relations and former opposition leader Kem Sokha, who remains on bail while facing treason charges. “[The officials] will discuss a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and how a productive military-to-military relationship can help Cambodia maintain its sovereignty […] for future generations,” it said. At one point, Cambodia and the US held joint military exercises, but joint-training stopped in 2017. General Ith Sarath, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, at the time said it was because of a campaign against drugs. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50569279/us-cambodia-meet-to-discuss-military-ties/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 16/01
  9. Passenger traffic continued to grow at the Kingdom’s three international airports last year, pushing full-year passenger numbers above 10 million for the first time, according to figures from Cambodia Airports, the French-owned company operating them. The combined number of passengers passing through Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport and Sihanoukville International Airport between January and December last year totalled 10.5 million. This represents a 20 per cent increase over the same period in 2017. Cambodia Airports communications and public relations director Khek Norinda on Monday said an annual growth rate above 20 per cent is satisfactory, and reflective of Cambodia’s strong connectivity with many other international airports. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/international-airports-handle-over-10-million-passengers -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post /16/01
  10. Corporate filings in Hong Kong showed Yingluck used Cambodian passport to register as sole director of a Hong Kong company that was incorporated last year Uncertainty remains over when Yingluck obtained passport, and whether it was diplomatic or civilian passport Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has decided to annul diplomatic passports issued to anyone born outside the country, ordering such passports be issued in only the “most necessary” cases. In a two-page instruction, issued last Wednesday, the prime minister also ordered all government bodies to retrieve such passports for a thorough check, the Phnom Penh Post reported on Monday. The instruction was issued the same day the South China Morning Post reported Thailand’s former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in self-imposed exile since 2017, has a Cambodian passport. source https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2182103/yingluck-shinawatra-used-cambodian-passport-flee-thailand
  11. Some $190 million will be spent to construct filtration stations in Preah Sihanouk province to address the problem of dirty water flowing into the sea. However, the director-general of public works at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Heng Rathpiseth, who is the project’s organiser, cautioned that the measure will not fully eradicate the problem but will mitigate it and limit its impact on the environment. Nonetheless, he said the $190 million will be spent on constructing a 45km drainage system and filtration stations in the province. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/preah-sihanouk-address-dirty-water-flowing-sea -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 15/01
  12. Two Chinese nationals were placed in pre-trial detention on extortion charges by Banteay Meanchey provincial court on Saturday afternoon after beating four compatriots in Poipet town in an attempt to extract $1 million. Banteay Meanchey court spokesman Sok Keobandith told The Post on Sunday that the suspects have been identified Li Ming, 28, and Peng Shuzhou, 30. Both were arrested by Poipet Military Police on Friday after they and around 10 accomplices assaulted the four others in the January 4 extortion attempt at the Marina Casino in Poipet's Phsar Kandal commune. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/two-chinese-nationals-face-extortion-charges-banteay-meanchey-court -- © Copyright Phenom Pen Post 15/01
  13. Outbreaks of disease, unsolved deaths or bad luck are often blamed by villagers on witchcraft, and sometimes there are violent consequences Phnom Penh seems to have all the trappings of a modern cosmopolitan city: towering skyscrapers, world-class restaurants and painfully air-conditioned shopping malls. But venture a few hours outside the capital and things become different very quickly. There is, particularly in rural provinces, a pervasive belief in the supernatural in Cambodia. Near the end of November, a couple was attacked in Pursat Province – about 200km northwest of Phnom Penh – by a small mob accusing them of killing someone’s daughter with sorcery. The accused husband, 83, was beaten to death while his wife, 72, was shot in the leg with a home-made rifle. read more https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2181970/sorcery-and-black-magic-are-alive-and-well-cambodia-and
  14. PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday threatened to retaliate against the opposition if the European Union withdraws duty-free trading access over human rights concerns. The EU in November began a formal procedure to strip Cambodia of its Everything but Arms (EBA) status, after Hun Sen returned to power in a July general election in which his party won all of the seats after a crackdown on the opposition. “If you want the opposition dead, just cut it,” Hun Sen said in a speech at the inauguration of a ring road around the capital, Phnom Penh, addressing the European Union and referring to Cambodia’s EBA status. “If you want the opposition alive, don’t do it and come and hold talks together,” he said. EBA is an initiative aimed at helping poorer countries. It can be withdrawn in the case of serious violations of human rights conventions. The EU threatened to withdraw the trade preferences because of a crackdown on the opposition ahead of the July election, which the EU condemned as not being credible. Hun Sen, 66, who also marked 34th year of his premiership on Monday, said that he would not forgive those who had appealed to Western countries to cut aid to press his government, and said critics should get ready to flee abroad. “People are prepared to flee, be prepared,” Hun Sen said. “I won’t forgive them.” Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and banned 118 party members in 2017 at the request of the government after accusations that the party was plotting to take power with the help of the United States. The party and the United States rejected any such plot. CNRP leader Kem Sokha was released from prison in September after spending more than a year in jail on treason charges but remains under house arrest in Phnom Penh. He denies any wrongdoing. Other senior party members have left the country, in fear of arrest. EU countries took about 40 percent of Cambodia’s exports in 2016, the bulk from the garment sector that employs about 700,000 people. EU Ambassador George Edgar and the CNRP did not immediately responded to requests for comments on Monday. Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Editing by Robert Birsel source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics/cambodian-pm-warns-of-dead-opposition-if-eu-withdraws-preferences-idUSKCN1P8090 -- © Copyright Reuters 14/01
  15. The Posts and Telecommunications Ministry plans to install fifth-generation Wi-Fi technology in Siem Reap province’s Angkor area to speed up internet and other online services for local and international tourists. Telecommunications Minister Tram Iv Tek on Friday led a meeting to discuss the 5G project with stakeholders at the ministry. According to the ministry’s website, 5G Wi-Fi has a speed of about 20 gigabytes per second and can serve about one million devices at a time within a 20-square-metre radius. “The installing of the 5G Wi-Fi transmitters will not affect the beauty or environment of the site and there will be no extra excavation or construction in the Angkor area,” the ministry said. Ministry spokesman Im Vutha yesterday said that the project to install the 5G Wi-Fi system is an initiative of the ministry to speed up processing tourist arrivals in Siem Reap and also to give them better Internet access. However, he said that the project has not yet been extended to cover the Angkor site which is under the control of the Apsara Authority and ICC Angkor. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50568570/ministry-plans-5g-wi-fi-coverage-for-angkor/ -- © Copyright Khmer Times 14/01