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Eighteen statues of the Hung Kings, the mythical founders of the Vietnamese nation, will be installed in Pleiku’s Dong Xanh (Green Field) Park as part of activities held to mark the 2009 International Gong Festival to be held in Gia Lai Province from November 12 to 15.

Hung Kings on a pedestal

Ha Noi sculptor Ha Tri Dung has used steel and concrete to make the 3.25m high statues.

The veteran said they are his homage to the 18 kings.

They cost the Gia Lai Culture and Tourism Company more than VND600 million (US$33,000) to make.

Diwali raises $12,000 for charity

The Indian Business Chamber in Viet Nam (Incham) raised VND210 million (US$12,000) for charities from the proceeds collected from the Diwali festival last Friday.

The money was given to representatives of Long Hoa Buddhist Temple’s Orphanage and Nguyen Dinh Chieu Shool for visually impaired children during the show.

The rest of the money will be donated to victims of Typhoon Ketsana in Da Nang City by Dhananjay Kumar, the Incham chairman.

More than a thousand Indians, Vietnamese and expatriates of other nationalities flocked to Sheraton Hotel to join the celebration of Diwali, one of the most important Indian festivals of the year.

On the occasion, Incham also introduced its new website

Smile festival to be held in HCM City

Operation Smile and pharmaceutical giant Abbott will conclude its celebration entitled Twenty Years of Smiles – A Journey of Miracles with a Smile Festival and Concert at HCM City’s Le Van Tam Park on November 14.

During a gala dinner and auction to launch the nationwide celebration last week in Ha Noi, attended by Smile Ambassador Jackie Chan, singer My Tam bought a painting entitled Winter at a price of US$16,000 to donate to Operation Smile Viet Nam.

Since 2003, Abbott has donated nutritional products, medicines and medical equipment worth over $4million, as well as $500,000 in cash, to the Operation Smile programme over the world.

Toyota starts volunteer campaign

Toyota Viet Nam’s Go Green Club has launched its Green Street campaign to mobilise young volunteers from Ha Noi’s Giang Vo ward to collect waste in the community and participate in other activities to raise awareness about the environment, including a green game show and setting up green clubs at primary and secondary schools in the ward.

The Go Green Club was launched last year by Toyota in conjunction with the Viet Nam’s Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Education and Training.

US publisher breaks into market

Local readers will have an opportunity to select from more than 2,000 titles from US-based Sterling Publishers from now until Friday at Xuan Thu Bookstore in HCM City.

More than 15,000 copies of the books will be on offer. They span a range of interests, including do-it-yourself, literature, art, body and mind, current events, home decorating, science and nature, travel, puzzles and games, crafts, and pets, among others.

The publisher’s best-selling titles are also featured in the event, including Puff the Magic Dragon, Letter to Sam, Classic Starts Series, Windows on the Complete Wine Course and The Good Housekeeping Cookbook.

The exhibition marks the diamond jubilee of the publisher which was founded in 1949 and ranks among the US’s 25 largest publishers.

Ten per cent discounts are available for all publications, and the first 100 people who buy more than VND200,000 (US$11) will receive gifts from the publisher.

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