Today in the news on-line 6 March 2012

VIET NAM:
Textile industry buzzes with acquisitions:
Several textile and garment firms have seized opportunities in this
difficult economic situation by taking over inefficient factories.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen, general director of Garment 10 Joint Stock
Company (Garco 10), said the company last year acquired machines of a
German firm and started operation in October.
According to Hoyden, the German company had developed its production
facility, but encountered financial problems, could not hire workers
and was forced to sell its factory.

more at:
http://tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/business/textile-industry-buzzes-with-acquisitions-1.63759

Chinese opens textile plant:
The China-based Texhong Textile Group, one of the world’s
largest suppliers of cotton fabrics has officially invested US$300
million in a new yarn plant in the northern province of Quang Ninh.
The new plant will produce cotton core-spun yarns on a 30ha area in the
Hai Yen Industrial Zone.
It will have a capacity of 200,000 spindles and use imported cotton
fibre.
http://www.vietnamnews.com.vn/Economy/221730/chinese-opens-textile-plant.html

Garment makers prepare to deal with tough year:
The garment and textiles industry is facing a hard year, with
the global economy remaining insecure and major importers cutting back,
warned experts.
The country’s major importers such as the US, the EU and Japan will
continue to tighten monetary policies and cut spending, according to
Dang Phuong Dung, general secretary of the Viet Nam Textiles
Association.
Dung said that since Viet Nam became an official member of the World
Trade Organisation (WTO) five years ago, the domestic garment and
textiles industry along with other economic sectors had made flexible
changes to adapt to new conditions.

The garment and textiles industry was seeing the fastest and most
stable growth for many years, and was an industry that Viet Nam had
many advantages in, she said.

more at:
http://www.vietnamnews.com.vn/Economy/221674/garment-makers-prepare-to-deal-with-tough-year.html

INDIA
Centre bans cotton exports:
The Directorate-General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) issued a notification
on Monday prohibiting export of cotton with immediate effect.

According to an official in the Union Ministry of Textiles, about 130
lakh bales were registered for exports so far this season.
Of this, nearly 95 lakh bales were shipped already against the
estimated export surplus of 84 lakh bales for this season (October 2011
to September 2012).
According to the notification, exports against registration
certificates already issued will not be allowed too.

more at:
http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/article2963183.ece

Cotton market in turmoil as Govt bans exports:
Chaos prevailed in cotton trade on Monday after the Government banned
raw cotton exports with immediate effect, catching shippers, industry
and growers by surprise.
In a notification issued, surprisingly early in the morning, the
Directorate General of Foreign Trade said even exports of cotton for
which registration certificates have been issued will not be allowed.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/article2964407.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home

Ban on cotton exports may push up prices with a lag:
The cotton textile industry fears that the Government’s surprising ban
on cotton exports could result in international and domestic prices
shooting up with a time lag.
This may, in turn, have a cascading effect on the entire value chain
starting with an increase in yarn prices, industry sources said.
A similar sequence of events took place the year before last, following
a ban on cotton exports at the time, they said.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/article2964243.ece
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Govt-bans-cotton-export-draws-flak/articleshow/12155848.cms

Rajasthan to host fair on textile industry:
Vastra, an international fair to showcase the entire gamut of products
and services of the Indian textile and apparel industry is to be held
in Jaipur later this year.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/economy/article2964207.ece

Your branded jeans may not be the real thing:
That Tommy Hilfiger jeans or a Polo shirt that you are wearing with
style could be a fake, and may leave you squirming with embarassment in
front of your friends. The arrest of four city traders on Friday has
proved that fakes of leading international brands are finding place in
shop shelves in Chandigarh.

The seizure of fake clothes worth Rs 1 crore shows that the duplicate
clothes business has emerged as a multi-million racket, with links
even in south Indian states.

more ayt:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/Your-branded-jeans-may-not-be-the-real-thing/articleshow/12062627.cms

BANGLA DESH
Textile sector faces blow as India bans cotton export:
The Indian government’s decision on Monday to ban cotton export will
hit the Bangladesh textile sector hard, said local textile millers.

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade of India on Monday said that
export of cotton has been prohibited with immediate effect till further
orders as the world’s second-largest exporter of the fibre moved to
conserve supplies for local mills, reports Reuters.

more at:
http://www.newagebd.com/detail.php?date=2012-03-06&nid=3008
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http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=225140
Adidas, Nike, Puma workers abused in Bangladesh: report:
Bangladeshi workers producing sportswear for Puma, Nike and Adidas are
being physically abused, a British newspaper claimed on Sunday.

Bangladeshis working in factories making clothing for the brands, all
three of which sponsor the Olympic Games that begin in London on July
27, reported being beaten, verbally abused and sexually harassed, The
Observer said.
“In one Puma supplier, two thirds of the workers interviewed had been
beaten, slapped, pushed or had their hair pulled,” the newspaper said.
Many female workers in a factory supplying Adidas said they were made
to remove the dupatta, or scarf, they wore to cover their breasts,
added The Observer, which produced the investigation with the charity
War on Want.

more at:
http://tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/business/adidas-nike-puma-workers-abused-in-bangladesh-report-1.63822

CAMBODIA

Thailand’s gem industry may move to Cambodia:
Cambodia could overtake Thailand’s gem export market to the United
States within five years, officials said yesterday.
Thailand’s growing economic status could soon disqualify it for tax
exemption when exporting gems to the US market, but Cambodia’s standing
as a Least Developed Country would allow it to continue trading tax
free.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030654866/Business/thailands-gem-industry-may-move-to-cambodia.html

Arrest over Kratie gunfire:
The long-time general manager of TTY Company, Un Piseth, was arrested
on Saturday on suspicion he ordered gunfire that injured four
protesters in Kratie province on January 18.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030554859/National-news/arrest-over-kratie-gunfire.html

Protest ban lifted: Court rules in favour of sacked 67:
The Appeal Court overturned a court decision on Friday that had banned
67 sacked hotel workers in Siem Reap from protesting against their
dismissal.

The Siem Reap court had prevented the former Angkor Villa Hotel
workers, who had been fired after creating a union, from demonstrating.

more at
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030554850/National-news/protest-ban-lifted-court-rules-in-favour-of-sacked-67.html

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Vintage, retro or retro-vintage sexy? :
Trendy Cambodians and their foreign counterparts are combing through
the racks of Phnom Penh’s second-hand clothing boutiques in search of
vintage fashion, but what many are finding is retro – imitation vintage.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030254839/7-Days/vintage-retro-or-retro-vintage-sexy.html

Union leaders call for salary talks with GMAC:
Union representatives have called for
salary talks with Van Sou Ieng, president of the Garment Manufacturers
Association in Cambodia (GMAC), according to a letter distributed
Saturday.

The letter, issued by union leaders Mam Nhim, Ath Thon and Yang
Sophorn, said workers were seeking bonuses of $12 a month, a transport
and rent allowance of $15 a month and a $1 food allowance.
“If there was no overtime for workers, most would stop working in the
factory,” one employer was quoted as saying.

The letter said that the basic salary of $61 was not enough to meet
monthly expenses of about $100.
There was no immediate responses from the GMAC president.
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=MjM1MDhlOTM2MTQ0M2ViNWU0MzNhOTJmM2I4YjNm

Chea Mony sued over strike:
Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court has summonsed Free Trade Union
president Chea Mony and two of his officers to answer incitement
charges at the court tomorrow relating to his alleged involvement in a
mass strike at a garment factory last year, officials said yesterday.
(..)
M&V factory 4 administration chief Yin Nak said the October strike was
contrary to legal procedure.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030554857/National-news/chea-mony-sued-over-strike.html

Chea Mony, colleagues summoned to appear in Kampong Chhnang court:
Free Trade Union President Chea Mony and
his colleagues Khem Cham Nan, and Man Seng Hak have been summoned to
appear in Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court Tuesday, sources said.

The three union leaders were accused in February of inciting workers to
strike.
Chea Mony led workers from M & V International Manufacture Factoring Co
Ltd on a strike in October last year. The Macau-based company has more
than 5,000 workers making sweaters.
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=OTA0NWE3NDI4ZjI2YjEyYTU2MzhmNTY4MmQ4N2Iz
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http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=OTA0NWE3NDI4ZjI2YjEyYTU2MzhmNTY4MmQ4N2Iz

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Court avoids warrant for governor of Bavet:
The see-sawing case against Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith, who
police have alleged shot three female protesters just over two weeks
ago, took another turn yesterday as a summons was issued for him rather
than an arrest warrant.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030654879/National-news/court-avoids-warrant-for-governor-of-bavet.html

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Whereabouts of Bavet governor still a mystery:
Government and police officials were at a loss yesterday to pinpoint
the whereabouts of the Bavet town governor, who has been identified as
a suspect in the shooting of three women at a protest two weeks ago.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030554855/National-news/whereabouts-of-bavet-governor-still-a-mystery.html

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UN labor agency (ILO) troubled by Cambodia’s failure to arrest gunman:
The United Nations’ labor agency said Tuesday international buyers were
“extremely concerned” at Cambodia’s failure to arrest the suspect in
last month’s shootings of three garment workers at a subcontractor for
German sportswear firm PUMA SE.

more at:
http://bikyamasr.com/60698/un-labor-agency-troubled-by-cambodias-failure-to-arrest-gunman/

Garment factories: Minimum wage raise scrutinised:
The presidents of three unions have appealed to the Garment
Manufacturing Association of Cambodia to improve the “miserable” living
conditions of its workers by providing higher wages and better
benefits, a letter received by the Post yesterday shows.

The letter is dated March 2 and signed by Ath Thorn, president of the
Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union; Morm Nhim,
president of the Cambodian National Confederation; and Yang Sophoun,
president of the Cambodia Association of Trade Unions.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030554847/National-news/garment-factories-minimum-wage-raise-scrutinised.html

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VIET NAM
* Textile industry buzzes with acquisitions
* Chinese opens textile plant
* Garment makers prepare to deal with tough year

INDIA
* Centre bans cotton exports
* Cotton market in turmoil as Govt bans exports
* Ban on cotton exports may push up prices with a lag
* Rajasthan to host fair on textile industry
* Your branded jeans may not be the real thing

BANGLA DESH
* Textile sector faces blow as India bans cotton export
* Adidas, Nike, Puma workers abused in Bangladesh: report

CAMBODIA
* Thailand’s gem industry may move to Cambodia
* Arrest over Kratie gunfire
* Protest ban lifted: Court rules in favour of sacked 67
* attached from BetterFactories
1. Mystery surrounds SEZ triple shooting case
* Union leaders call for salary talks with GMAC
* Chea Mony sued over strike
* Chea Mony, colleagues summoned to appear in Kampong Chhnang court
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2. Chea Mony sued over strike
3. Bavet governor’s arrest reported in Svay Rieng
4.Photo said to show SEZ shooter with police
* Court avoids warrant for governor of Bave
* Whereabouts of Bavet governor still a mystery
* UN labor agency (ILO) troubled by Cambodia’s failure to arrest gunman
* Garment factories: Minimum wage raise scrutinised

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