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Elephant Electrocuted by High-Tension Line in Herd’s Path

An elephant was electrocuted by a high-power electric line early on Wednesday in a village in Preah Sihanouk province frequented by the animals, according to provincial authorities.

Minister: School Quality Improving, Dropout Rate Still High

While acknowledging low enrollment, especially in higher grade levels, Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron Tuesday’said the government is making efforts to improve schools throughout Cambodia.

Cambodia’s Largest MFIs Eye Future as Commercial Banks

Cambodia’s largest microfinance institution, Prasac, underwent a shuffle in shareholders this week as part of a multimillion dollar deal with one goal in mind: to transform into a licensed commercial bank.

Sri Lankan Firm Buys Majority Ownership of Largest MFI

A Sri Lankan conglomerate has acquired majority ownership of Prasac, Cambodia’s largest microfinance institution (MFI), for $186 million, according to an announcement on Friday.

Foreign Rock Band Celebrates the Groove They Found in Cambodia

Drama afflicts most rock bands. But when the three musicians behind Road to Mandalay rehearse and perform, they sink into the heavy drum beat, complex guitar riffs and driving bass right away—no drama needed.

Pre-War Rock Band Revamping Music With Film Festival Support

Almost all of the members of Drakkar, Cambodia’s hit rock band in the years leading up to the Khmer Rouge regime, have died or disappeared since the band’s heyday, but their songs live on in vocalist Touch Seang Tana’s head.

Food Festival Organizers Feast on Waste Management Data

Between sips of iced tea from a sweating plastic cup, Pen Odam, 20, admitted he doesn’t always recycle plastic, simply because he doesn’t see recycling bins in Phnom Penh.

Street Life

Thousands of homeless teens eke out a hardscrabble existence in Cambodia’s cities, bereft of family, shelter, cash and—sometimes—hope

Japanese Firm to Construct Coal-Fired Plant

A Japanese company announced plans on Monday to build a coal-powered electrical plant in Preah Sihanouk province, mere months after Cambodia ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change that seeks to reduce global carbon emissions.

Malnutrition-Fighting Fishy Snack Prepared for Production

A healthy new snack supplement for malnourished children that was created specifically to please the Cambodian palate will be swimming into health centers by the end of the year for children aged 2 years or younger.

Women Activists Advocate for Equality on Valentine’s Day

Safe sex blogger Catherine Harry started her Valentine’s Day by posting a blunt message to her online followers: Only have sex if you’re ready.

Mobile Firms Told to Pay Up—Or Else

Cambodia’s mobile phone companies have been ordered to report their revenue and pay their taxes to the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry before the end of the month or face public shaming.

New Siem Reap Airport Construction Ordered, But Details Sparse

The government agency that oversees the country’s airports is set to create a committee to assess the redevelopment of Siem Reap’s international airport, signaling the potential end of Cambodia Airports’ current monopoly.

Cambodian Mobile Operators Race to Expand 4G Coverage

Cambodia’s three major mobile phone companies are locked in a race to become the first to cover the entire country with high-speed 4G mobile broadband internet.