Today in the news on-line 7 March 2012

CAMBODIA
Developing framework:
A five-year cooperation framework and plan of action that will aid
Cambodia’s growth and build a stronger platform for future development
was signed last week by the International Labour Office (ILO) and the
Cambodian government.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030654908/Special-Reports/developing-framework.html

More than 40 faint as firm denies exit:
More than 40 workers had fainted at a garment factory yesterday after
officials prevented them leaving the building when four of their
co-workers collapsed, a labour department official said.

The mass fainting occurred at the Nanguo Garment Co Ltd factory in
Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district, where more than 200
workers fainted less than a month ago.

Yov Khemara, provincial director of the Ministry of Labour, said
initial investigations suggested 45 women and one man had fainted
because of a lack of oxygen.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030754901/National-news/more-than-40-faint-as-firm-denies-exit.html

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Union leader hits back at allegations:
Free Trade Union president Chea Mony yesterday rejected a charge in
court that he and two other FTU members incited workers to damage
property during a mass strike last year at the M&V garment factory.

During nearly two hours of questioning at the Kampong Chhnang
provincial court, the trio argued the charges that they incited some
3,000 workers to cause US$850,000 of damages in interruptions to
garment manufacturer M&V’s production chain were trumped up.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030754897/National-news/union-leader-hits-back-at-allegations.html

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Union leader says Macao company wants $850,000 in damages after strike:
Free Trade Union President Chea Mony and his colleagues Khem Cham Nan
and Man Seng Hak appeared in Kompong Chhnang Provincial Court Tuesday
accused of incitement by M & V International Manufacturing Co Ltd,
sources said.

“Two colleagues and I are accused of inciting workers to strike and the
company asked us to pay $850,000 in compensation”, Chea Mony told
reporters after the hearing.

In October last year, Chea Mony led a strike at the company, a
Macau-owned sweater manufacturer with more than 5,000 workers.
Twenty-three workers were later dismissed.
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=11&token=OTI2ZWMyZTk0MTRmOGYzMjUwOGQ4YTkzMWMyMGVj

Japanese ambassador says shooting of workers creates ‘very difficult’:
Japanese Ambassador Masafumi Kuroki has expressed concern about the
recent shooting of protesting workers at the Manhattan Special Economic
Zone in Bavet,  the Cambodia Daily reported Wednesday.

“Japanese nationals are concerned due to this event,” he was quoted as
saying at the Sixth Japan Public-Private Sector Meeting at the Council
for the Development of Cambodia in Phnom Penh Tuesday.
“Safety for investors both inside and outside the SEZ must be
guaranteed so don’t let this event happen again,” Kuroki reportedly
said. “I bring Japanese guests here all the time because Cambodia is
safe but it is very difficult when these events happen.”

The Japanese embassy reportedly said that Tuesday’s meeting was “of an
informal nature” and refrained from commenting on the ambassador’s
remarks.

The gunman who opened fire and seriously injured three workers last
month is suspected of being the governor of Bavet, a casino town on the
Vietnamese border.
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=13&token=ZGQ5ZGNkMTVkMWY1MzZhYzhmYjQzYTRjM2UxYzM0

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Cambodian clothing sector attracts Hong Kong investors
Cambodia has found favour amongst investors in the Hong Kong textil and
clothing sector. Following the sharp hike ……

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=108735

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Large-Scaled Child Labour Prevention Training for Factories Takes
Place:

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VIET NAM
Footwear sector aims to conquer local market:
The Vietnamese leather and footwear sector will strive to increase its
share of the domestic market to ease its dependence on export while
raising the rate of locally made raw materials to 50 percen

more at:
http://tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/business/footwear-sector-aims-to-conquer-local-market-1.63934

CHINA:
Hermes left holding the bag in trademark dispute:
High fashion brand Hermes has found itself holding the bag after a
Beijing court ruled its Chinese-language trademark is legally owned by
a clothing maker from Guangdong province.

more at:
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90778/7750704.html

Hermes left holding the bag in trademark dispute:
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The oversight resulted in a long-running dispute with Dafeng Garment Co
from Foshan, which registered a Chinese-character trademark in 1995
that is pronounced the same as Hermes’ Chinese name – but with a slight
difference in its written form.

more at:
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-03/07/content_14775182.htm

INDIA
Cotton export ban set for review:
The commerce and textiles ministries, headed by Anand Sharma, were
forced to refer the issue of cotton export ban to a Group of Ministers
(GoM) after agriculture minister Sharad Pawar labeled it “highly
objectionable”.
“I was kept in the dark on the issue and have requested the PM for
revocation of the ban. Our production is higher this year and farmers
are complaining of falling prices,” said Pawar, a key ally for the
government, in the aftermath of the poll debacle in UP, Punjab and Goa.

more at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Cotton-export-ban-set-for-review/articleshow/12168775.cms

Cotton exports banned on signs of hoarding abroad:
The government hurried into a ban on export of cotton on Monday after
what it perceived to be signs of ‘hoarding’ overseas by local
exporters, which could crimp domestic supply and spike prices.

Five commodity exporters, including a large multinational, dispatched
11 lakh bales of cotton in February to sister companies in countries,
such as Hong Kong, in anticipation of a ban, prompting the government
to put cotton exports on immediate hold.

more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/cotton-exports-banned-on-signs-of-hoarding-abroad/articleshow/12169145.cms

Adidas sees record profits in 2012 thanks to Olympic:
German sportswear maker Adidas said Wednesday strong demand for its
brand pushed it to record earnings in 2011 and it hoped to beat those
again this year on the back of the 2012 Olympics.

Adidas said in a statement its net profit rose by 18 percent to 671
million euros ($881 million) last year, with earnings per share
hitting a record high of 3.20 euros.

Operating profit grew by 13.1 percent to 1.011 billion euros on an
11.3-percent increase in sales to 13.344 billion euros.

more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international-business/adidas-sees-record-profits-in-2012-thanks-to-olympics/articleshow/12173365.cms

PAKISTAN
Govt urged to regulate cotton, yarn exports:
The value-added textile sector has urged the government to immediately
start regulating cotton and cotton yarn exports to safeguard raw
material supply to the local industry in the light of Indian decision
to ban raw cotton exports.
The leaders of different value-added textile bodies fear that Indian
decision is going to create raw cotton shortage in the world market and
may result in a price-hike.

more at:
http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/07/govt-urged-to-regulate-cotton-yarn-exports.html

BANGLA DESH
India bans cotton exports Importers:
ndia has banned cotton exports with immediate effect, the Directorate
General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said on Monday, as the world’s
second-largest exporter of the fibre moves to conserve supplies for
local mills.
Garments manufacturers and textile mills owners in Bangladesh decreed
the ban saying it will affect the industry in high velue of cotton and
yarn.
On the other hand Indian cotton growers have decried that the ban on
export will deprive them the due price dumping the local market.

more at:
http://www.thenewnationbd.com/newsdetails.aspx?newsid=33132

India’s ban on cotton export to hurt spinners:
Spinners will face yet another blow due to a sudden ban on cotton
export by India, as Bangladesh is one of the major consumers of Indian
cotton, businessmen said.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=225263

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CAMBODIA
*Developing framework
* More than 40 faint as firm denies exit
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1. More than 40 faint as firm denies exit.gif
2. Another mass fainting -40- at factory in Sihanouk ville.gif
* Union leader hits back at allegations
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3. Union leader hits back at allegations.gif
4.Chea Mony questioned over workers’ strike.gif
* Union leader says Macao company wants $850,000 in damages after strike
* Japanese ambassador says shooting of workers creates ‘very difficult’
* attached from Betterfactories:
5. Japanese ambassador airs concerns over SEZ shooting.gif
* Cambodian clothing sector attracts Hong Kong investors
* attached from Betterfactories:
6. Large-Scaled Child Labour Prevention Training for Factories Takes
Place

VIET NAM
* Footwear sector aims to conquer local market

CHINA
* Hermes left holding the bag in trademark dispute
* Hermes left holding the bag in trademark dispute

INDIA
* Cotton export ban set for review
* Cotton exports banned on signs of hoarding abroad
* Adidas sees record profits in 2012 thanks to Olympic

PAKISTAN
* Govt urged to regulate cotton, yarn exports

BANGLA DESH
* India bans cotton exports Importers
* India’s ban on cotton export to hurt spinners

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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
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This afternoon and give
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