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  1. The viruses, both found in bats stored in laboratory freezers, are the first SARS-CoV-2 relatives to be found outside China. Two lab freezers in Asia have yielded surprising discoveries. Researchers have told Nature they have found a coronavirus that is closely related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the pandemic, in horseshoe bats stored in a freezer in Cambodia. Meanwhile, a team in Japan has reported the discovery of another closely related coronavirus — also found in frozen bat droppings. The viruses are the first known relatives of SARS-CoV-2 to be found ou
  2. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport has instructed all public educational establishments to carry out standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent Covid-19 infections when they open the new academic year on January 11. Classrooms will open on January 12 and close in October. The year will be divided into two semesters with a short vacation from April 6-19 and a long vacation from November 1-30, according to a ministry notice last week. Minister Hang Chuon Naron said in the announcement it was important for opening ceremony participants to respect a high standa
  3. Australia will provide COVID-19 vaccine assistance to Cambodia, under the Covax initiative, after the World Health Organization approves one or more currently being tested by several countries. The announcement of COVID-19 vaccine assistance to Cambodia was made during a meeting between Australian Ambassador to Cambodia, Pablo Kang and Cambodian Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng on Friday afternoon. During a meeting at the Ministry of Health, Kang said the Australian government would provide COVID-19 vaccine assistance to Cambodia when the WHO announces it for official use in the fut
  4. The government of China has provided Sihanoukville with clean energy equipment to help the coastal city reduce its carbon footprint and become more sustainable. The news comes less than a week after it was announced that another coal-fired power plant would soon be constructed in the area, one of three coal-fired plants Cambodia’s government has approved this year. The equipment arrived at Sihanoukville International Port on Sunday. The delivery included 2,800 solar bulbs, 200 solar panels, and 200 electric motorcycles that will be used to equip schools and public places, according
  5. The Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Immigration (GDI) deported 542 foreigners in the first nine months of this year for various offences. GDI spokesman Keo Vanthan said the deportees were a mix of 40 nationalities, most of them Chinese. Since 2014, he said the GDI had deported 17,599 foreigners from 104 nations, most were for crimes such as drugs, human trafficking, sex trafficking, kidnapping, cyber bullying and violence. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/more-540-deported-first-nine-months
  6. Chamkar Mon district authorities yesterday held a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the stampede incident at the memorial stupa near the Koh Pich bridge with a small gathering of families. Authorities said they attended the ceremony where monks chanted blessings for the victims of the stampede, which occurred on November 22, 2010. Met Meas Pheakdey, City Hall spokesman, said the small ceremony was held yesterday due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was attended by Chamkar Mon district officials and the families of the victims. During the stampede, 353 people died and hundreds mo
  7. Psod Kbal Trolork or Mekong dolphin or Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) is a national treasure of Cambodia which requires participation from all stakeholders in its conservation. Currently, such species of dolphin is found only in six countries in the world. Cambodia is among the six countries and has the largest population of Irrawaddy dolphins swimming up and down along the Mekong River around Prek Kampi in Kratie province. Mr. Ouk Vibol, Director of Fisheries Conservation, Fisheries Administration (FiA), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries told AKP that Irr
  8. A government official said on November 22 that at least 110 garment factories had closed in the first nine months of the year and left more than 55,000 workers without jobs – but union leaders worry those numbers could be much higher. Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training undersecretary of state Ngoy Rith said as of early September, 111 factories had closed in the garment, footwear and travel product sectors. He added the number of closures was similar to the first nine months of last year, when 110 factories closed.
  9. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed and praised Cambodia for being ranked among the top nations with the best COVID-19 containment and impact management. “Collective health is based on strong leadership and individual actions. I commend Cambodia for its decisive action to manage the cluster linked to the 3 Nov diplomatic visit, and the government’s leaders for modeling good public health practices,” said Dr Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for Western Pacific on Twitter on Nov. 20. Dr Li Ailan, WHO Representative to Cambodia on Nov. 21 twitted, “Congratulations to
  10. PHNOM PENH — Government officials dismissed a call made by U.S. lawmakers, to review Cambodia’s privileged trade access and for targeted sanctions, as repetitive and the personal opinion of some American politicians. A group of eight U.S. senators and representatives sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directing his attention to the worsening human rights situation in Cambodia and the recent arrests of youth, environmental, and opposition activists. The letter released November 16, said that Prime Minister Hun Sen was not responding to U.S concerns and that the Treasur
  11. A mob in Kandal province on Wednesday surrounded a man, attacking and killing him for allegedly stealing bananas from a farm. The mob violence took place at 2.30pm on Wednesday at a banana farm in Takhmao city’s Setbou commune. Major Seng Bunly, Takhmao city penal police officer, identified the victim as Yeb Sokkrey, 32, a fisherman in Koh Along Chen commune. Maj Bunly said on Wednesday while Sokkrey was walking alone from a pond nearby a banana farm in Setbou commune, it was alerted there was a thief. “After hearing a loud voice: thief, thief! about 40 villagers rushed
  12. PHNOM PENH — The Cambodian government eased stringent COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements on Thursday, two weeks after more than 1,800 people were contact-traced by a visiting Hungarian minister who tested positive for the virus. Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Wednesday that the government had averted potential community transmission after Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó visited the country on November 3 and had a number of meetings with high-ranking officials, only to test positive on arrival in Bangkok the same day.
  13. U.S. lawmakers have called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for tougher U.S. action against Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, urging stronger diplomatic engagement and the imposition of targeted sanctions against senior leaders of the country’s ruling party responsible for repression of the opposition party. Hun Sen, in power in Cambodia for over 35 years, “has a long record of using violence, intimidation, censorship, and corruption to maintain his rule,” said the Senators in a letter to Pompeo, signed by Senators Edward Markey, Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein, and Ted Yoho, and by Rep
  14. The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) announced that vehicle production in Thailand decreased by 0.8% to 2.15 million units in 2019.
  15. Cambodia exported a total of 25,994 tonnes of milled rice to Australia in the first ten months of this year, a 53 percent increase compared to the same period last year. This is a significant rise, especially for organic and sustainable rice (SRP: Sustainable Rice Platform), Song Saran, President of the Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF), told Pablo Kang, Ambassador of Australia to Cambodia during his recent visit to rice silo and mill of Amru Rice (Cambodia) Co., Ltd. in Kampong Thom province. It is a pride that the Australian government has supported Cambodia’s rice sector
  16. Preak Pnov district police apprehended a fellow police officer accused of raping a woman in a forest while she was waiting for her husband on November 12 in Phnom Penh Capital’s Prek Pnov district. Prek Pnov District Police chief Chhin Kimthuy said on November 17 the suspect, 33, a police official, was sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on the morning of November 17. But by the evening on the same day, he had not yet received a detention warrant from the Municipal Court. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/police-officer-nabbed-raping-woman-
  17. Man PrimeServ, the after-sales brand of German-based MAN Energy Solutions SE, on Thursday said it has signed a five-year service agreement for a 200MW power plant in Kandal province’s Lvea Em district. The plant is one of two main generators comprising a 400MW heavy fuel oil power facility. The other plant will be powered by a 200MW generator from Helsinki-listed Wartsila Oyj Abp and built by China Gezhouba Group Corp subsidiary CGGC-UN Power Co Ltd. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/german-company-signs-deal-service-giant-power-plant
  18. A date has now been set for the completion of a 1.25 megawatt (mW) solar power project currently being constructed on the southern island of Koh Rong Sanloem after global travel restrictions and lockdowns caused multiple delays. The power project that was signed off earlier this year is progressing well and the project should be ready for operation by June 2021 according to Total Solar Distributed Generation (DG) and Canopy Power, the two companies working together to bring the project to light. Overall the solar photovoltaic system will provide in excess of 50 percent of the islan
  19. Human rights activists in Cambodia are under increasing attack by authorities, with growing numbers detained and protesters calling for their release also arrested and deprived of their right to peaceful assembly in a troubling “circular pattern,” a United Nations human rights expert said on Monday. At least 21 Cambodian human rights defenders have been subjected to threats and arbitrary arrest in the past three months, said Mary Lawlor, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, in a news release on Monday. “Excessive force has [also] been used by the security
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