Today in the news on-line 8 March 2012

CAMBODIA
Analysis: Employed, empowered:
Today is International Women’s Day, and there is no better occasion to
shine a light on the valuable contributions of women and girls in
Cambodian society.

According to the National Institute of Statistics, 52.4 per cent of
Cambodian women in 2009 were self-employed, but just 0.3 per cent of
the women in Cambodia were classified as employers.
Women are also twice as likely to face wage discrimination or find
themselves in unpaid work.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030854925/National-news/analysis-employedempowered.html

Victim rejects ‘pay-off’:
The price of justice in Bavet town is cheap if the alleged efforts of
local officials to bribe shooting victim Buot Chinda are any
indication.
In the border town known for gambling and garment factories, municipal
officials yesterday offered Buot Chinda her choice of US$1,000 or a new
motorbike for her silence over town governor and sole suspect Chhouk
Bandith’s role in her near-fatal shooting, both her brother and a
deputy village chief said.

About seven municipal officials from the town in Svay Rieng province
paid the family a visit at their Prey Phdao village home in Bavet
town’s Chrak M’tes commune to make the offer in exchange for
thumb-printing an agreement not to press charges, her elder brother Sam
Sinat said.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030854941/National-news/victim-rejects-pay-off.html

+ Attached from BetterFactories
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2. Motorcycles, money offered to SEZ victims.gif

Cambodian PM Removes City Governor For Shooting Allegation:
The Governor of Bavet city Chhouk Bundit, who is suspected of being
involved in shooting three garment workers last month, was removed from
his position to make way for the court to look into the case.

more at:
http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v6/newsworld.php?id=650782

Union fears fainting workers will fall again:
Many of the 50 workers who fainted as the temperature soared to almost
35 degrees Celsius in the crowded Nanguo Garment Co factory on Tuesday
were back at work yesterday, despite only a minor – and enforced –
change to the building’s ventilation system.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012030854937/National-news/union-fears-fainting-workers-will-fall-again.html

+Attached from BetterFactories:

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4. Workers faint daily in Sihanoukville, NGO says.gif

CHINA
Hide & Seek:
European leather designers give wings to Haining’s global dreams
The dusty streets of Haining, a city in East China’s Zhejiang province,
may not be as grand as the glittering avenues in Paris, the fashion and
brand capital of the world and the design home of the global fur and
leather trade.
But Haining could soon give Paris a run for its money with its own set
of unique designs and brands that will not only reinforce China’s
standing in the global leather trade, but also help the nation shed the
imitation tag.
(..)
With more than 3,000 manufacturing companies and more than 70,000
employees, one leather jacket is produced every 1.3 seconds in this
city. According to statistics from the China Leather Industry
Association, China’s leather and fur industry reported a total profit
of 3.1 billion yuan ($491 million, 387.6 million euros) during the
first nine months of 2011, a year-on-year growth of 24.6 percent.

more at:
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2012-02/10/content_14575975.htm

INDIA
India’s cotton export ban to have serious impact: International body:
xpressing dismay over India’s decision to ban cotton exports, the
International Cotton Association (ICA) today said the move will have
“serious consequences” on world cotton trade.
The government on March 5 has banned exports of cotton.

more at:
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/232722/indias-cotton-export-ban-have.html

Apparel exporters’ body seeks higher depreciation on plant, gear:
‘Machinery used in the garment industry susceptible to frequent
technological changes’
The Apparel Export Promotion Council has sought increase in the rate
of depreciation on plant and machinery. Mr A. Sakthivel, Chairman,
AEPC, said the Government had reduced the rate of depreciation from 25
per cent to 15 per cent in 2005-06.
This assumes a life span of plant and machinery at 25 years.
However, machinery used in the garment industry is susceptible to
frequent technological changes, he said in a memorandum submitted to
the Finance Minister.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/economy/article2970898.ece

BANGLA DESH
RMG workers block road in Gazipur over death rumour:
Garment workers blocked Kaliakoir-Nabinagar road for over three hours
following a rumour of deaths of three fellow workers in a road accident
in Gazipur Sadar upazila early Thursday.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=36321

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CAMBODIA
Analysis: Employed, empowered
Victim rejects ‘pay-off
Attached from BetterFactories
1. Victim rejects ‘pay-off’
2. Motorcycles, money offered to SEZ victims
Cambodian PM Removes City Governor For Shooting Allegation
Union fears fainting workers will fall again
Attached from BetterFactories:
3. Union fears fainting workers will fall again.gif
4. Workers faint daily in Sihanoukville, NGO says.gif

CHINA
Hide & Seek

INDIA
India’s cotton export ban to have serious impact: International body
Apparel exporters’ body seeks higher depreciation on plant, gear

BANGLA DESH
RMG workers block road in Gazipur over death rumour

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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
I'd like to ride right over
This afternoon and give
Them a piece of my mind
About peace for mankind
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The people who are buying these clothes
I'd like to know what they've paid for it
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