Today in the news on-line 1 March 2012

Union leader meets with Manhattan factory management in Kompong Cham:
The Free Trade Union said Wednesday that
President Chea Mony and two colleagues had met with management from the
Manhattan garment factory in Kompong Cham to negotiate four outstanding
demands from workers.

The meeting included delegates of the Garment Manufacturers Association
in Cambodia (GMAC) and followed a strike last week by about 1,000
workers who seriously disrupted traffic by blocking National Road 7
between Kompong Cham and Phnom Penh.

Interior minister asks union leader to keep protesting workers
under control:
Interior Minister Sar Kheng asked Free Trade Union President Chea Mony
to tell workers to stop blocking roads and committing violence when
they go on strike, sources said Wednesday.

In a letter to the union leader, the minister said that protests had to
follow procedures including negotiations and discussions to ensure
there was no violence, the sources said.
Sar Kheng, who is also a deputy prime minister, also expressed thanks
to Chea Mony for a letter last week in which he urged the minister to
ask police to stop harassing protesting workers.

Bavet city governor suspected of shooting protesting Cambodian garment
workers: Interior Minister:
The Governor of Bavet city Chhouk Bundit is suspected of opening
gunfire at Cambodian garment workers in a mass protest for salary
increase on Feb. 20 and injured three female workers at that time, the
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng said Thursday.
“The police have already known the identity of the suspect–the
governor of Bavet city Chhouk Bundit is the suspect in the shooting,”
he told reporters after a Southeast Asia Regional Workshop on Child

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Warrant sought for shooter:
The Ministry of Interior has sought a warrant for the suspect who shot
three people at a protest outside a shoe factory last week amid more
allegations from government and police officials that the perpetrator
was Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said yesterday that a
complaint had been filed seeking an arrest warrant for the suspect.

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Make buying private power hassle-free: Textile industry:
The textile industry in Tamil Nadu has urged the State Government to
make buying of power from private sources hassle-free.
With the State unable to meet the power needs of the industry, textile
companies, which can afford to buy private power should be allowed to
do so “freely and unconditionally,” said Mr K. Selvaraju,
Secretary-General, South India Mills Association.
According to Mr Manickam Ramaswami, Chairman and Managing Director,
Loyal Textiles, buying private power is riddled with huge paperwork,
red-tape and transaction costs, says.

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Bangladesh urged to import cotton from Kyrgyzstan:
Visiting former President of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbaeva on Wednesday
urged the Bangladesh government to import better quality cotton from
Kyrgyzstan. The former Kyrgyz president made the call when she met
President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban. Welcoming Otunbaeva at
Bangabhaban, President Zillur Rahman thanked her for her visit to

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Falling EU demand hits leather export:
Leather garments manufacturers and exporters are confronting higher raw
material prices and depressed demand from the European Union (EU).
As a result of this exports of apparel and clothing of leather declined
by around 11 per cent during first half of current fiscal over the
corresponding period last year.
Fawad Ijaz Khan, Chairman Pakistan Leather Garments Manufacturers and
Exporters Association (Plgmea) told Dawn on Wednesday that on strong
demand from China prices of hide and skins had surged on the world
markets which also impacted domestic prices upward.

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Grim future for Pakistan’s textile industry:
Power shortage and economic woes take their toll as many factories
are forced to close down.
Pakistan is the fourth largest cotton grower and third biggest
consumer of the fibre in the world.
Of late, a combination of severe energy crisis and economic mismanagent
is forcing many factories in the country to close down. Experts say
that Pakistan’s textile industry, considered the backbone of its
economy, is on the verge of collapsing.

Kamal Hyder reports from Lahore in Punjab province.

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