Today in the news on-line 29 Feb 2012

Cross-Strait textile and clothing expo to open in April:
The 15th Cross-Strait Textile and Clothing
Fair will be held in the city of Shishi in southeast China’s Fujian
Province from April 18 to 21, according to a Tuesday statement from the
expo’s organizing committee.

This year’s event will focus on chemical fiber textiles, fashion
trends, e-commerce and creative design, the statement said.

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20 women rescued from traffickers:

JOINT operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Human
Trafficking Division, the Blas F. Ople Center, and member-agencies of
the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking rescued 20 women including
several minors bound for Dubai and eventually Syria, Jordan, and
Lebanon from a transit house inside Villanueva Village in Paranaque
City Monday afternoon.
In a press conference following the rescue mission held at the NBI
headquarters in Manila Monday night, Vice President Jejomar Binay, also
IACAT chairman emeritus, vowed stronger action against illegal
recruiters and human traffickers especially of women bound for Syria.

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Vietnam agency cautious with lucrative Africa labor contract:

Vietnam’s labor authorities are checking an order placed by a
Canadian company for construction workers needed in an African country
with a high unemployment rate. Representatives of three Vietnamese
labor exporters have said that the Bangkok-based brokerage company
Silver & Gold is known partner for the Libyan market and unlikely to
introduce them to a fake deal. The company is representing a Canadian
gold mine developer which needs workers in impoverished Mauritiana.

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PM to workers: ‘don’t go’:
Lamenting the steady stream of Cambodian men who are repatriated after
falling victim to fishing boat slavery, Prime Minister Hun Sen said
yesterday a lack of communication, not employment, was driving citizens
to risky jobs abroad.

At a graduation ceremony, the premier told students the demand for
agricultural workers in Cambodia was high but said advertising these
positions remained a problem.

“In Ratanakkiri [province] the labour force wage is high – up to US$5
per day,” he said.

“Cambodia is now in the situation where it lacks labour, while a number
of Cambodian people migrate for work outside the country, even if it is

Unorganised workers spearhead strike in State:

The all-India strike organised by an alliance of eight central trade
unions on Tuesday was “a resounding success” in Karnataka, according to
trade unions, mainly because of the widespread participation of
unorganised workers. “About one million workers in the State
participated in the strike,” said Prasanna Kumar, general secretary of
the Karnataka State Committee of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions
(CITU), one of the eight central unions that spearheaded the strike.
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Europe worried over spread of Bt cotton in India:
India has made rapid strides in cotton production ever since adopting
the genetically modified technology 10 years ago. It has also helped
the country emerge as a key supplier of the natural fibre to the global
market, especially China.

However, the large-scale adoption of genetically modified technology is
causing concern to other nations, especially in Europe. This, in turn,
could begin to hurt exports of other agricultural products exports,
especially ones that are organic and non-genetically modified.

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Textile Ministry sends proposal to Finance Ministry for loan
The Textiles Ministry today said it was in talks with the Finance
Ministry to restructure Rs 1 lakh crore loans extended to the textiles

“We are talking again to Finance Ministry (to recast textiles loans).
It has suggested us that we need to look into the figures a little
deeper,” Textiles Secretary Kiran Dhingra said here.

The industry has been clamouring for relief from the government on the
plea that high interest rates have hit-hard the silk, spinning and
power-loom units.

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Bangladesh needs 1.5m new jobs a yr:

Bangladesh needs up to 1.5 million new jobs each year for the next 20
years to accelerate economic growth, says the World Bank.
Bangladesh along with other South Asian nations has seen steady job
growth and a substantial decrease in poverty over the past three
decades, according to a WB report.
The WB yesterday launched the report styled “More and Better Jobs in
South Asia” at Brac Centre in Dhaka.

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Minor employees of Sri Lanka hospitals to strike today:
The minor employees of Sri Lanka hospitals are to strike work today
demanding immediate solutions to a number of problems in their
The strike is led by the All Lanka Health Workers’ Union and the minor
employees such as attendants, general laborers and sanitary laborers
are to join the protest.
Employees of three hospitals, namely, Maharagama Cancer Hospital,
Castle Street Maternity Hospital and Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital
of Colombo will not join the strike due to essential duties, the
secretary of the All Lanka Health Workers’ Union Gamini Kumarasinghe
A protest demonstration is to be held today at 12 noon outside the
Colombo National Hospital with the participation of the minor employees
of health services.

Union affiliated to Sri Lanka Marxist party sets up a center to fight
against the government:
The National Trade Union Center (NTUC) affiliated to Sri Lanka’s
Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is to set up a center
with people representing various sectors in the country to win relief
for the masses.
NTUC Head and JVP politburo member, K.D. Lalkantha said the NTUC would
initiate the setting up of the center tomorrow (March 1). Lalkantha
says the center would stand by and fight for the people who have been
oppressed by the government.

He noted that forces from all sectors should launch a united fight
against the increase in the cost of living and attacks on the people
who take to the streets to win their demands.
“The united center would include workers from the public, private and
estate sectors and members from the agriculture and fisheries sectors,”
he said, adding that the center would be further broadened to include
representatives from other sectors as well.
Lalkantha pointed out that people should not allow themselves to be
distracted from the price hikes and the spiraling cost of living.

Samurdhi workers forced to participate in govt. protests:

Despite government claims of people participating voluntarily in
Monday’s protests against the US resolution to the UNHRC, calling for
the LLRC recommendations to be implemented, the majority of
participants were Samurdhi workers threatened with termination of their
jobs if they failed to participate, the UNP said yesterday.

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latest tweets (& news)

Convention on the Rights of the Child
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I wonder who they are
The men who really run this land
And I wonder why they run it
With such a thoughtless hand

What are their names
And on what streets do they live
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
Peace is not an awful lot to ask
    David Crosby

I wonder who they are
The people who are buying these clothes
I'd like to know what they've paid for it
How much the makers have paid for this
Fairer income is not an awful lot to ask
Better working conditions is not an awful lot to ask
    A. Searcher

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