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Cambodian Youth

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Hip-hop dancing and rap music is a growing a sensation amongst young people in Cambodia.

And the art-form is being used to reach out to some of the country's  most vulnerable citizens, the homeless and drug users.

Cambodian rap and Hip-Hop artists who have achieved fame and success in Cambodia and overseas have established a number of centers in Phnom Penh where young people can come and escape the trauma of drug abuse and poverty by learning how to rap and dance Hip-Hop.

Here's a song called Yuvachun Khmer (Cambodian Youth) by Rock Production.


Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2011 17:18 )

Pakistan Elite Class Love to be Stylish

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Download For Muslims ‘fasting’ during the holy month Ramadan is a religious obligation.

But shopping spreads for the Eid celebration at the end of the holy month are a purely manmade tradition.

It’s become expected in most Muslim countries around the world that on the holy Eid day you need to wear your best and ideally new clothes.

As Yasser Ali Khan in Islamabad finds out rich women take the selection of this outfit very seriously.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 August 2011 16:22 )

Corruption and Cheating a Way of life for Cambodia Students

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Download The Cambodian Independent Teachers association is calling on the government to punish corrupt exam supervisors who have been accused of selling copies of the national exam to students.

Cases of leaked national examination papers have been reported in 15 provinces including the capital.

As Borin Noun in Phnom Pehn reports students say corruption is ingrained in the education system.

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 August 2011 17:32 )

Seoul Allows Private Charities to Send Aid to North Korea

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Download South Korean civic groups are delivering hundreds of tons of flour to North Korea.

For the past year, most forms of cross border humanitarian aid had been banned, since Seoul blamed the north for sinking its navy ship in March 2010.

But the South Korean government still isn’t easing its own stance on providing relief, even as the European Union and other international groups prepare to send aid.

And some observers question if North Korea really is as hungry as it says it is.

Reporter Jason Strother was on hand to watch some of the aid depart for the north from a park just seven kilometers south of the Korean demilitarized zone.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 August 2011 15:19 )

Cambodia Poor Get Free English Classes

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Download A slum area around an abandoned railway line on the outskirts of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh is home to around four thousand poor families.

There is high drug and alcohol abuse here.

But as Sorn Sarath reports there is also a successful free English school here.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 August 2011 15:36 )

Chinese Entrepreneurs in Italy: Friends or Foes?

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Download Increasing numbers of Chinese immigrants having been coming to Italy since the 1990s.

It’s brought with it challenges and in recent years with Italy’s bitter economic downturn populistic politicians have accused the Chinese of stealing jobs and opportunities.

Rebecca Valli in Prato finds out if this is true.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 July 2011 17:48 )

Lakhbeer Singh

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Indian singer Lakhbeer Singh or popularly known as Lakha, is a well known singer of Jaagran - a genre of Hindu religious music that is sung to please God. Thousands of people flocked to an all night sing-along concert, that was recently held in Jaipur.

For more information about the band listen to our interview with the band.

Hear one of their tracks here.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2011 15:01 )

Generation Wave

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Generation Wave is a group of hip-hop-loving, young Burmese, dedicated to overthrowing the military government.

They tried boycotting the election and are demanding a social revolution.

In this next song they rap "Don't Give Up! Be brave say what is not right!"


For more information about the band listen to our interview with the band.

Hear one of their tracks here.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2011 17:16 )

Afghanistan’s Institute of Music

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Download During the Taliban regime in Afghanistan playing music or listening to it was considered religious taboo.

But now the country has a National Institute of Music which has been operating for one year.

At the school women and men learn western and eastern music.

Our correspondent Malyar Sadeq Azad spent a day there.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 July 2011 15:59 )
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