Welcome to LIFT issue 57

Welcome to LIFT issue 57

It was a climactic and inspiring weekend for Lift. After months of anticipation, TEDxPhnomPenh finally happened, and it was awesome. Lift senior writer Kounila Keo wowed the crowd with her talk about blogging, and the winner of our essay contest, Hoem Seiha, gave a great presentation on his idea to start an education watchdog for Cambodian schools (they will both be online soon).

The other speakers were awesome as well. You can read Lift senior writer Tharum Bun’s liveblog of the event for Voice of America at blogs.voanews.com/khmer-english/musings/, and check out our review of the talks in this issue (page 10).

As always, we have plenty of  ideas for making the Kingdom better. Tivea Koam argues that men need to take it easy when they hit the bottle (page 5), and our cover feature looks at expensive universities and asks “are they worth the extra cash?” (page 6). We also want to hear your view of the border situation at facebook.com/liftcambodia.

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  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group