Today in the news on-line 11 March 2012

CAMBODIA
Cambodia’s PM removes Bavet city governor for shooting allegation:
The Governor of Bavet city Chhouk Bundit, who is the only suspect of
shooting Cambodian garment workers in a mass protest on Feb. 20, was
removed from his position in order to make way for the court to look
into the case, Men Vibol, deputy governor of Svay Rieng province, said
Thursday.

more at:
http://www.dap-news.co/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8750:cambodias-pm-removes-bavet-city-governor-for-shooting-allegation&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=18

VIET NAM
Vietnam footwear export to Brazil to face barriers:
Vietnam’s footwear export to Brazil this year may slow as the South
American nation is conducting an investigation into locally-made shoes,
said the Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association (LEFASO).
Brazil in October last year launched an investigation into footwear
material imports from China and finished footwear products from Vietnam
and Indonesia over suspicion of tax evasion.

more at in BUSINESS IN BRIEF 11/3:
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/business/19755/business-in-brief-11-3.html

Textile firms meet to boost EU exports:
Garment companies seeking to boost exports to the choosy EU market
need to keep a close eye on consumer tastes and comply with ethical and
environmental norms, a conference heard in HCM City on Thursday.

Alice Baey, home purchasing director of giant French retailer Casino
France and director of Casino Global Sourcing Group and Textile, said
Vietnamese garment and textile products were very good but not good
enough to achieve a long-term presence in the French or European
markets.

more at:
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Economy/221963/textile-firms-meet-to-boost-eu-exports.html

INDIA
Beijing hits out at India for banning cotton export:
China has voiced strong objections to New Delhi’s moves to ban exports
of cotton, describing the measures as an ‘irresponsible act’ that could
cause huge losses to Chinese importers and warning that the moves were
“in violation of international cotton trade” rules.

more at:
http://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/article2974597.ece

GoM on cotton remains inconclusive:
The critical meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to review the ban
on export of cotton remained “inconclusive” on Friday and would
consider the issue thoroughly in the coming days before coming to a
decision.
The ban on export of cotton will continue till then.
Commerce, Industry and Textiles Minister, Anand Sharma said that
another meeting of the GoM could be held tomorrow to take further the
discussions on the issue.
Mr. Sharma has maintained that textile mills were carrying their lowest
ever stocks in the past decade and the decision was taken on the advice
of the Cotton Advisory Board.

more at:
http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/article2978408.ece

Centre may devise new norms for cotton trade tomorrow
The Centre is likely to finalise modalities to regulate cotton trade
on Monday even as it contemplates lifting the ban on exports, official
sources told Business Line.
Official sources said the modalities to regulate cotton trade are being
worked out as the Group of Ministers, which had been asked to urgently
review the ban by the Prime Minister, failed to reach a consensus on
Friday.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2982105.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home

Govt may soon lift ban on cotton exports:
The government may soon lift the ban on cotton exports in the wake of
widespread resentment against the move, Congress sources said on
Saturday.
Party sources said an announcement on lifting the ban may be made
after by-polls in states like Maharashtra are completed.

more at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Govt-may-soon-lift-ban-on-cotton-exports/articleshow/12212536.cms
&
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/govt-may-soon-lift-ban-on-cotton-exports-sources/articleshow/12212296.cms
&
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/233567/govt-decides-roll-back-ban.html

PAKISTAN
Textile Asia exhibition opens:
Pakistan can export its entire home textiles, bed linen, cement and
coarse count cotton yarn to India if trade is open between the two
neighbours.
This was stated by the Federal Advisor on Textile Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig
while speaking at the inauguration of 9th Textile Asia 2012
International textile and machinery exhibition, organised by the
Ecommerce Gateway at Expo Centre here on Saturday.
He said that Pakistan would get a market of over 1 billion people.
India is the largest buyer of Pakistani coarse count cotton yarn these
days. Some of our textile items are hot cake, he added.

more at:
http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/11/textile-asia-exhibition-opens.html

Factories shut after RMG workers go berserk:
The authorities shut down a sweater and a garment factories in Savar
and Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, sine die after workers
staged violent demonstrations on Saturday.

Over 2,000 workers of Elecon Sweater BD Ltd located inside the Dhaka
Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) area in Savar started demonstration at
the factory around 7:00am demanding a pay hike.

more at:
http://www.newsbnn.com/top-news/factories-shut-after-rmg-workers-go-berserk/

Factories shut after RMG workers go berserk:
The authorities shut down a sweater and a garment factories in Savar
and Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, sine die after workers
staged violent demonstrations on Saturday.

Over 2,000 workers of Elecon Sweater BD Ltd located inside the Dhaka
Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) area in Savar started demonstration at
the factory around 7:00am demanding a pay hike.

While demonstrating, the workers assaulted five officials of the
factory.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=36364

Violence shuts two factories in Ashulia:
Owners of Elecon Sweater BD Ltd shut down the company’s factory in
Ashulia yesterday for an indefinite period after workers staged violent
demonstrations.

Over 2,000 workers of Elecon Sweater, located inside the Dhaka Export
Processing Zone (DEPZ), began protests around 7am, demanding a pay hike.

The workers assaulted and injured five factory officials; two of the
injured were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

more at:
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=225821

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CAMBODIA
* Cambodia’s PM removes Bavet city governor for shooting allegation

VIET NAM
* Vietnam footwear export to Brazil to face barriers
* Textile firms meet to boost EU exports

INDIA
* Beijing hits out at India for banning cotton export
* GoM on cotton remains inconclusive
* Centre may devise new norms for cotton trade tomorrow
* Govt may soon lift ban on cotton exports

PAKISTAN
* Textile Asia exhibition opens
* Factories shut after RMG workers go berserk
* Factories shut after RMG workers go berserk
* Violence shuts two factories in Ashulia

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