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Lem Nat, a newly-elected 31-year-old commune chief in Siem Reap’s Balaing commune. (Supplied)

Young Commune Chiefs Aspire to Create Jobs, Speed Up Services

Two newly elected 31-year-old commune chiefs are among the youngest in their positions in the country. They say they bring energy and ideas, including more environmentally-friendly trash disposal and a “one village, one product” program to encourage the specialization of produce.

A photo of the damaged car posted on July 11 to the Phnom Sruoch district police's Facebook page.

Head-On Crash on Unfinished Expressway Injures Six

The Transport Ministry has “never allowed” anyone to use the under-construction Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway — but motorists are using it anyway, leading to repeated accidents including a head-on collision on Monday that injured six people.

Tourist-Friendly Tonle Bati Next in Line as Lake Losses Ramp Up

Two-thirds of Tonle Bati lake — a popular weekend getaway — will be filled in by a developer, official documents show, as three other lakes in Kandal and a further area on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok have been privatized by Hun Sen’s decree.

A community member living near Kampong Speu’s Metta forest surveys land clearing on June 8, 2022. (Roun Ry/VOD)

Soldiers Rip Up Community’s ‘Forest of Loving Kindness’

As Kampong Speu’s Metta forest is rapidly destroyed, locals’ allegations against Brigade 70 soldiers are multiplying: a monk’s phone confiscated to prevent photos of forest clearing, seven Buddha statues destroyed, and the land sold to tycoons for dirt mining.