Ministry warns of coming drought

Source : Khmer Times 

The ministry wants farmers to be prepared. KT/Mai Vireak

The Water Resources and Meteorology Ministry is calling on all Cambodians to conserve water due to fear of drought during next year’s dry season.

The dry season is expected to commence in February and it will end in May.

On Monday, the ministry said in a statement that January temperatures will range from 17 to 28 degrees Celsius, especially in mountainous areas. Continue reading

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Sharp decrease in approved construction projects

Source : Khmer Times 

Despite the drop in the number of approved projects, Phnom Penh’s skyline continues to expand quickly. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Ministry of Land Management this week reported a 19 percent drop in the number of approved construction projects for 2018, with only 2,867 projects being greenlighted, compared to 3,052 last year.

Total investment in construction projects this year totalled $5.2 billion, down from 2019’s $6.4 billion. Continue reading

Vendors cheer electricity price cut

Source : Khmer Times 

Vendors will see the price of electricity drop to about only 740 riel per kilowatt. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Market vendors in the capital yesterday welcomed the government’s decision to reduce the price of electricity from 1,000 riel to only 740 riel per kilowatt hour.

Last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the government’s decision to bring down electricity costs while speaking at the launch of the Lower Sesan II hydro project. Continue reading

Increase in land dispute resolutions

Source : Khmer Times 

A land title is given to a Kratie villager. Supplied

The Land Management Ministry yesterday announced it solved 364 out of 990 land dispute cases reported throughout the country this year, an increase when compared to last year’s 208 solved cases.

A report issued yesterday noted that the ministry’s cadastral survey commission solved 263 of the cases, while the ministry’s working group solved 101. Continue reading

Factory fire claims last victims

Source : Khmer Times

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The three remaining victims of a fire last week at the Golden Rice Factory in Kampong Speu province’s Odong district died on Saturday, an official said yesterday.

Choek Borin, provincial labour department director, said that two of the victims died while being treated in Vietnam, while the third died in Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh. Continue reading

Kampong Chhnang court put two land grabbers in detention

Source : Phnom Penh Post 

Kampong Chhnang authorities inspect the location where two suspects were caught red-handed ‘clearing protected forest land’. Photo supplied

The Kampong Chhnang provincial court on Saturday ordered the detention of two suspects charged with illegal forest clearing in Rolea Ba’ier district, said the deputy provincial prosecutor Long Sitha.

“The investigating judge ordered them to be detained. I do not remember which article of the law, but it concerned the preservation of forest land,” Sitha said. Continue reading

New public-private mechanism to ‘fill gaps’ in tourism development

Source : Khmer Times 

Tourists visit the Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap. KT/Mai Vireak

A new mechanism has been established to facilitate cooperation between the government and members of the private sector in boosting tourism development.

The Board on Tourism Marketing and Promotion seeks to strengthen the promotion of Cambodia as a tourism destination abroad. Continue reading