Today in the news on-line 12 March 2012

CAMBODIA
Big brands pressure Cambodia on protest shootings:
Retail giants Puma, Gap and H&M have urged Cambodia to fully probe the
recent shooting and wounding of protesting garment workers as the sole
suspect, a local governor, remained at large Monday.

The international buyers voiced “deep concern” over the February 20
incident in which a gunman opened fire at a rally by thousands of
workers demanding better working conditions at factories in eastern
Svay Rieng province.

more at:
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=11&token=YmM5MGI3MmQ2YjM1ZTAxMzViZjkzN2NjNjI5ZTg5
&
http://news.malaysia.msn.com/regional/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5984486

+ATTACHED from BetterFactories:

1. Brands urge gov’t act on SEZ shooting.gif
2. Gov’t, garment sector silent over letter urging SEZ probe.gif

VIET NAM
France remains a good market for apparel exporters:
Local apparel exporters still have a great chance of tapping the French
market despite tough competition and global economic woes, foreign
experts said at a seminar in HCMC late last week.

Foreign garment exporters have been facing fierce competition to secure
a market share in France and the European Union, said Jo Bueters of
French retailer Casino Group which is operating the Big C supermarket
chain in Vietnam.

more at:
http://www.tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/business/france-remains-a-good-market-for-apparel-exporters-1.64586

INDIA
Roll-back on cotton export ban: Govt. issues notification:
Under immense political pressure, the government on Monday lifted the
ban on cotton exports within days of imposing it to augment domestic
supplies.

more at:
http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/article2987246.ece?homepage=true
notification:
http://164.100.9.245/Exim/2000/NOT/NOT11/not10610.htm
&
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/233567/govt-roll-back-ban-cotton.html

Ban on cotton exports goes but norms made stringent:
The Centre has withdrawn the ban on raw cotton exports that was imposed
last week.
A notification withdrawing the ban that led to a hue and cry being
raised in various quarters was issued this morning.
However, no fresh registrations for exports will be done, it said,
adding that the process has been suspended “until further orders”.

more at:
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article2987026.ece?homepage=true

Government rolls back cotton export ban:
Under immense political pressure, the government today lifted the ban
on cotton exports within days of imposing it to augment domestic
supplies.

more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/government-rolls-back-cotton-export-ban/articleshow/12231008.cms

Government not to allow fresh cotton exports:
India will now prohibit fresh cotton exports and permit only quantities
already registered but not shipped, the trade secretary said on Monday,
fuelling uncertainties as the world’s second-biggest producer continues
to flip-flop with its trade policy.

more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/government-not-to-allow-fresh-cotton-exports/articleshow/12230340.cms

Flip-flop on cotton export ban: The inside story

It’s been a bizarre week, even by UPA II’s standards. On March 5,
commerce ministry suddenly banned cotton exports. On March 9, it said
the ban will be lifted.

more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/foreign-trade/flip-flop-on-cotton-export-ban-the-inside-story/articleshow/12227057.cms?adcode=13

map of Asia

CAMBODIA
* Big brands pressure Cambodia on protest shootings
* ATTACHED from BetterFactories

VIET NAM
* France remains a good market for apparel exporters

INDIA
* Roll-back on cotton export ban: Govt. issues notification
* Ban on cotton exports goes but norms made stringent
* Government rolls back cotton export ban
* Government not to allow fresh cotton exports
* Flip-flop on cotton export ban: The inside story

latest tweets (& news)

Convention on the Rights of the Child
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I wonder who they are
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
Peace is not an awful lot to ask
    David Crosby

I wonder who they are
The people who are buying these clothes
I'd like to know what they've paid for it
How much the makers have paid for this
Fairer income is not an awful lot to ask
Better working conditions is not an awful lot to ask
    A. Searcher

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