in the news on-line, today, 6 april 2012

MONGOLIA
* Mongolian trademark will be introduced to the world market:
The Mongolian Fur and Cashmere Union, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture
and Light Industry (MFALI), and Agricultural Marketing and Brand
Development project from the Asian Development Bank will release the
Mongolian trademark Tansag Shirhegt to the world market. Mongolia
exports over around 80% of its produced fur and silk products but the
producers were never clearly known as their products were exported
through international outlets. To address this the MGALI proposed that
a Mongolian trademark and logo be established for the fur and cashmere
industry.

more at:
http://ubpost.mongolnews.mn/index.php/2011-07-03-14-20-47/88888934-businesstop/7031-mongolian-trademark-will-be-introduced-to-the-world-market
&
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109792

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CHINA
* China’s cotton stockpiles lead to “uncertainty”:
Efforts by the Chinese government to build the country’s cotton
stockpiles have led to “significant uncertainty” that could weigh on
the global cotton market for years, an inter-governmental group has
warned.
The International Cotton Advisory Council (ICAC) estimates China’s
cotton imports will be 4.2m tons during the season that ends on 31
July, a rise of 61% on the previous year.
It also says China accumulated over 3m tons of domestic cotton and at
least 1m tons of foreign cotton in its national reserve during the
first eight months of 2011/12.

more at:
http://www.just-style.com/news/chinas-cotton-stockpiles-lead-to-uncertainty_id113988.aspx?lk=dm

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* China may import more cotton:
Cotton imports by China may increase on an expanding supply deficit as
the country struggles to boost output, the National Development and
Reform Commission said.

more at:
http://www.shanghaidaily.com/login.asp?url=%2Farticle%2F%3Fid%3D474486%26type%3DBusiness

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* Chinese clothing output dips in Jan-Feb period:
Chinese clothing production has declined, which that of textiles has
inclined in the first two months of 2012

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/apparel-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109794

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VIET NAM
* Future minimum salary for civil servants too low, say readers:
Vietnam is becoming an industrialized and modernized country but the
planned minimum salary for civil servants by 2018 is only VND3 million
($150) per month. It is too low, commented VietNamNet’s readers.
A hundred readers sent their feedback to VietNamNet after reading our
news about the scheduled minimum salary for civil servants by 2018.

more at:
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/en/special-report/20801/future-minimum-salary-for-civil-servants-too-low–say-readers.html

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* HCM City hopes to fill 75,000 positions:
Demand for workers in HCM City will rise by 8-10 per cent in the second
quarter, with companies hoping to fill around 75,000 jobs, the Centre
for Human Resources Forecast and Labour Market Information has said.
Nearly half of the demand will be for unskilled and manual workers and
18 per cent for semi-skilled workers.
Most of the demand is expected to arise in the electrical, electronics,
telecom, mechanical engineering, textile and garment, footwear,
information technology, marketing, and services sectors.

more at:
http://www.vietnamnews.com.vn/social-issues/223121/hcm-city-hopes-to-fill-75000-positions.html

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CAMBODIA
* Two-day respite: Factory shut for repairs after fainting:
The Sabrina Garment factory, where 107 workers fainted on Wednesday
morning, was ordered yesterday to close for two days to clean and
repair its ventilation system, a Ministry of Labour official said
yesterday.

more at:
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012040655462/National-news/two-day-respite-factory-shut-for-repairs-after-fainting.html

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MYANMAR
* Burma’s New Fashion Icon—The Lady:
In the fashion-conscious West, magazines such as People, Vanity Fair
and Vogue love to run covers and photo shoots of all its most
glamourous first ladies—Michelle Obama, Samantha Cameron and, of
course, the seductive Carla Bruni Sarkozy.
These women are considered fashion icons, their stylish outfits and
manicured looks influencing millions of businesswomen and fashionistas
around the world.

more at:
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/2037

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BANGLA DESH
* US: Wal-Mart launches Women in Factories programme:
Wal-Mart has today (5 March) announced the launch of its
Women in Factories programme, a five-year initiative that will empower
60,00 women working in its supplier factories in India, Bangladesh,
China and Central America.

more at:
http://www.just-style.com/news/wal-mart-launches-women-in-factories-programme_id113999.aspx

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* Bangladesh textile dyeing unit fined for pollution:
The Bangladesh Department of Environment (DoE) has imposed a penalty of
Tk 3.9 million on a textile dyeing unit which was found polluting the
environment. According to a DoE statement, a team led by Director
(Enforcement) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury found the textile dyeing unit
based in Bhadam area of Tongi releasing untreated liquid waste in Turag
river near Gazipur.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109793

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INDIA
* Hard to weave a living in handloom town:
Some decades ago, Anakaputhur was a flourishing handloom settlement
with several thousand people, including children engaged in the process
of weft and warp, weaving beautiful handkerchiefs, lungis, sarees and
fabric.
Now, this once respected craft is restricted to a few families here.
The current generation’s declining interest in weaving coupled with the
poor income it generates, has led to the number of active weaving
families drop from around 2,000, five decades ago, to a little more
than 100 at present.

more at:
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/article3284909.ece?homepage=true

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* Social activism and algebra:
Chukka Ramaiah is more than just a mathematician, freedom fighter, and
an erudite educationist, discovers Vishnupriya Bhandaram “If you ask me
to appear for the IIT exam, I am sure I’ll fail,” smiles Chukka
Ramaiah, whose coaching institute has become synonymous with the
engineer’s utopia, IIT. Eighty-four-year-old Chukka Ramaiah has had an
interesting journey.

meer:
http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/society/article3284110.ece

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* Orissa puts ‘VAT on textiles’ on hold:
The Orissa government has put on hold the collection of five percent
value added tax (VAT) on textiles following protests from traders. In
the state Budget for 2012-13, the Orissa government had announced
imposition of five percent VAT on textiles from April 1, 2012. The move
was protested by traders who went on strike and threatened to stop
selling textiles procured from other states.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109796

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PAKISTAN
* APBUMA asks govt to use EDF for upgrading textile sector:
All Pakistan Bedsheet & Upholstery Manufacturers Association (APBUMA)
has claimed that of the Pk Rs. 13 billion collected by the Federal
Government from the textile sector of the country by way of Export
Development Fund (EDF), only Pk Rs. 3 billion has been used for
betterment of the industry.
Stating this, APBUMA Chairman Syed Muhammad Aasim Shah demanded that
the Government should earmark the remaining Pk Rs. 10 billion for
upgradation of the value-added textile industry and help it acquire
state-of-the-art technology and hire skilled manpower.

more at:
http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=109787

map of Asia

MONGOLIA
* Mongolian trademark will be introduced to the world market

CHINA
* China’s cotton stockpiles lead to “uncertainty”
* China may import more cotton
* Chinese clothing output dips in Jan-Feb period

VIET NAM
* Future minimum salary for civil servants too low, say readers
* HCM City hopes to fill 75,000 positions

CAMBODIA
* Two-day respite: Factory shut for repairs after fainting

MYANMAR
* Burma’s New Fashion Icon—The Lady

BANGLA DESH
* US: Wal-Mart launches Women in Factories programme
* Bangladesh textile dyeing unit fined for pollution

INDIA
* Hard to weave a living in handloom town
* Social activism and algebra
* Orissa puts ‘VAT on textiles’ on hold

PAKISTAN
* APBUMA asks govt to use EDF for upgrading textile sector

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