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06:26:52 local time map of china CHINA

06:26:52 local time map of china * Migrant workers not happy about living in Shanghai:

CHINESE migrant workers say Shanghai is one of the places where they feel least happy, according to a survey by Beijing-based TsinghuaUniversity.

Soaring living costs in the city and the lack of ways to merge into the local culture are main causes of their frustration, according to some migrant workers in the city interviewed yesterday.

There are some 4 million migrant workers in Shanghai – about 40 percent of the city’s total employed population. China has more than 240 million farm laborers who have left their hometowns to work in the cities.  read more.

* Millions of Q1 work safety hazards uncovered:

China uncovered 4.17 million safety hazards in checks of 1.98 million work units in the first quarter of 2012, according to new figures from a national watchdog. read more.

* Orders at Canton Fair signal weak export outlook:

Growth in transactions at the country’s largest trade fair has slowed to a crawl, sending gloomy signals for the export outlook. read more.

* Vancl probed over Wen-themed T-shirts:

A Chinese online fashion retailer is being probed for cashing in on Premier Wen Jiabao’s popularity to promote its latest T-shirts — an act that might have violated the country’s law on advertisement, Beijing commerce authorities said. read more.

* Clariant’s ‘Sense the Difference’ supports sustainability:

Functionality – productivity – and environment – focused products and systems, designed to support sustainability and performance in China’s leather and footwear sectors, will be central to Clariant’s eye-catching presence at the 22nd Shoes & Leather Guangzhou exhibition. read more.

* Chinese model workers ‘tweet’ spirit of hard work:

China’s national model workers are starting to use the power of the Internet to advocate the principle of hard work and the spirits of innovation, diligence and honesty to the country’s more than 500 million Internet users.

On Thursday, over 200 national model workers and the winners of the International Labor Day medals opened accounts on Weibo, China’s most popular Twitter-like microblog service. read more.

* Chinese sewing machine sector posts growth in 2011:

China’s production of sewing machines increased by 6.9 percent year on year to reach 17.06 million units in 2011, according to the estimates of China Sewing Machine Association. read more.

06:26:52 local time map of philippines PHILIPPINES

* Garment companies in China relocating to PH: Purisima

Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima sees more foreign investments coming into the Philippines.

In an interview on ANC Headstart, Purisima said some garment companies are starting to relocate from China to the Philippines, due to rising labor costs in China. read more.

* Labor groups insist on a P90-wage hike:

Labor groups have called on the national wage board to grant the P90 salary hike for minimum wage workers to cope with the increasing prices of basic commodities and services.

During the second leg of the public consultation yesterday, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines and the Associated Labor Unions urged the wage board to heed the voice of the workers. read more.

05:26:52 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Making a love child for others:

Hien, a garment worker in Hung Yen Province in northern Vietnam, has agreed to donate her eggs and rent her womb for VND300 million (US$14,500), all expenses paid.

Under the agreement, Hien, a virgin, would have to sleep with a rich businessman who has been married for ten years but whose wife cannot bear him a child because she suffers from ovarian cysts. The wife is party to the agreement as well.

Surrogate pregnancy is not allowed in Vietnam, but it is an existing service based on real demand and suppliers who need money, with the surrogates also the egg donors, according to a Tuesday report on the news website of Vietnam Cable Television.
read more.

* Vinatex to invest heavily in fiber sector:

Vietnam National Garment and Textile Group (Vinatex) will spend half of its VND24 trillion budget on the fiber sector during the 2011-2015 period.
Vinatex plans to invest in expanding production lines, building fiber and dye factories between now and 2015. Particularly, VND10.42 trillion will be allocated to 20 fiber processing mill projects. read more.

* Quang Ngai sees exports rise 168%:

The central province of Quang Ngai has so far this year earned an export turrnover of US$125million or 54 per cent of the province’s yearly target and a year-on-year increase of 168 per cent.

The central province of Quang Ngai has so far this year earned an export turrnover of US$125million or 54 per cent of the province’s yearly target and a year-on-year increase of 168 per cent.

Of the export turnover, mechanical engineering products accounted for more than $63 million, starch posted $20.4 million and garment and textiles were up 82 per cent. Products of Dung Quat Oil Refinery brought $17.5 million.

Despite economic difficulty, the provincial import turnover reached $270 million, an increase of 17 per cent over the same period last year.
The key imports were crude oil, steel, machines, milk and raw materials for garment and textiles. read more.

05:26:52 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* Somyos to challenge constitutionality of lese majeste:

BP is aware that Da Torpedo challenged the constitutionality of her closed trial, but BP is not aware of any person challenging the constitutionality of lese majeste before.

read more. & read more.  & Chiranuch’s case comes to verdict

 

* Workers’ income still inadequate: UTCC

Thai blue-collar workers have shouldered higher debt burden, as cost of living has risen particularly after last year’s floods, according to a survey by University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).

Since the survey was launched four years ago, it showed that the debt burden this year is the highest.

The survey showed that the debt burden among Thai workers hit Bt91.71 billion this year from Bt87.64 billion in 2011.

Thanavath Phonvichai, director of the UTCC’s Economic and Business Forecasting Centre, said the Thai labours still have inadequate income to cover their daily cost of living.

Even after a hike in minimum wage in 7 provinces on April 1, more than 78 per cent of labour still said that their income is inadequate, while only 21.2 per cent said they have not faced any financial problem. read more.

* Weak global economy dents Asian employment outlook: ILO

Asia’s labour-market outlook faces growing uncertainty, with the weak global economy having affected this region and its resilient performance now showing growing signs of fragility, according to research by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
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* Poll: Wage hike makes life better:

More than 60 per cent of workers polled recently believed the government’s 300 baht minimum wage policy would make their life better, Bangkok Poll at Bangkok University reported on Friday.

The pollster conducted a survey on “the life of labourers after getting paid a 300 baht daily minimum wage” from April 23 to 26, seeking opinions from 1,180 workers in Bangkok and nearby provinces. read more.

05:26:52 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Environmental activist Chut Wutty shot dead:

Prominent environmental activist Chut Wutty was shot dead in Koh Kong province today near one of the areas he had fought tirelessly to protect from illegal logging – the Central Cardamom Protected Forest.  read more.

* 1,000 workers strike at Hong Kong-owned factory in Kg Speu:

About 1,000 workers at  Anful Garments Factory (Cambodia) Ltd went on strike Thursday with a list of four demands, a union official said.

Chan Thoun, of the Free Trade Union of Workers, said the factory had not yet sent a representative to talk with the protesting workers.

Located in Kompong Speu’s Samrongtong district, the company makes a wide range of garments including pullovers, t-shirts, tank tops, dresses, trousers, jumpsuits and shirts.
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* Cambodia garment sector fears competition from Myanmar:

The lifting of EU sanctions against Myanmar is bound to have an impact on the Cambodian garment sector, Cambodia Sin Chew Daily reported on Thursday.

The European Union announced earlier this week that it was lifting sanctions against the country. Japan and Canada have made similar announcements since the end of last week.

“The Cambodian garment industry will certainly be affected after EU sanctions against Myanmar are abolished,” Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) Secretary-General Lu Qijian was quoted as saying. read more.

* Despite breaks in rank, workers rally on for seventh day of strike:

More than 700 employees from the SH factory in the capital’s Choam Chao district continued with their seventh day of protest yesterday, as scuffles broke out among workers who wanted to return to the factory and others who wanted to continue the protest.

Investigator for the Free Trade Union Yan Roth Keopisey said three workers suffered minor injuries yesterday, in what he described as a clash between the strikers, employees who wanted to return to work and administration officials.read more.

06:26:52 local time map of malaysia MALAYSIA

* Malaysian-Inspired Islamic Fashion Takes On London:

Malaysian fashion designers took centre stage as the Natural History Museum at South Kensington was transformed to showcase up-and-coming designs of Islamic fashion.

read more

04:56:52 local time map of myanmar MYANMAR

* Human Rights groups want U.S. to go slow:

Nine human rights organizations are calling on the U.S. to prioritize democracy and human rights in Burma by exercising caution when it comes to the relaxation of sanctions. read more.

04:26:52 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* 4 Jamaat activists held in Pirojpur:

Police on Thursday arrested four activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami at Sreeramkathi bazar in Nazirpur police station for their suspected involvement in anti-state activities.

The arrestees are Islami Bank officials Kazi Mosleh Uddin and Kabir Shikder, Mozibar Rahman, a cloth trader and Maulana Saifullah, acting superintendent of Dighirjan Sabdullah Madrasha under the same police
station.

Police said a group of Jamaat activists were holding a secret meeting to launch anti-state activities at Tamanna Garment shop of Mazibar Rahman  at the Sreeramkathi bazar at noon.

Being informed by locals, police launched a drive and arrested the four people from the spot while others managed to flee.  read more.

* Global retailers press Dhaka on unionist’s Aminul Islam murder:

Top global retail associations have demanded a swift and impartial probe into the murder of a prominent Bangladeshi trade unionist in the garment sector, a statement showed on Wednesday. read more.

03:56:52 local time map of india INDIA

* Traders oppose Govt proposal to set up cotton reserve:

Various stakeholders in the textile value chain invariably agree to disagree.
The recent disagreement is with reference to the Textile Ministry’s proposal of creating a cotton reserve to ensure supply of the fibre to the domestic mill sector. Cotton traders oppose this move.
The President of the Cotton Association of India, Mr Dhiren N. Sheth, says that such a scheme would distort the market and unsettle other sectors of the cotton value chain.

read more.

* No time limit for worker to approach labour court for reinstatement:
High Court:

There is no deadline for a dismissed worker to approach the labour court for reinstatement by the employer, the Madras High Court has ruled.
The delay in approaching the labour court can be held against a worker, ruled Mr Justice K. Chandra, hearing a petitition. read more.

* Rural purchasing power waning on inflation, rising input costs:

The rural growth story is slowly losing sheen because of inflation and rising input costs.
In fact, rural price level is higher than urban price level.
The March Consumer Price Index number for rural India stood at 116.3, while that for urban India stood at 114.6.  read more.

* Industries can now purchase power from open market:

The government has invoked special powers under the Electricity Act and directed the central and state regulators to implement a long-pending reform to allow industrial consumers to buy cheaper power from the open market.

The move will help 15,000 large consumers particularly the sick textile, cement and steel industrial units in states like Punjab and Tamil Nadu by ensuring regular supply of electricity at competitive rates and boost business of power bourses and 52 power traders including NTPC, PTC India, Tata Power, Reliance Infrastructure, Jindal Steel, Essar Power, JSW Energy, GMR Energy and Indiabulls. read more.

* From Fibre2Fashion:

* Indo Rama Synthetics delivers modest growth in Q4 FY12

Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Limited, India’s largest dedicated polyester manufacturer, announced its audited annual and Q1 results …..  New RELS technology simplifies eri silk spinning process

* AEPC organizes ‘India Market Days’ at Gurgaon:

Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) an apex body of Indian apparel exporters has organized the ‘India Market Days’ at Apparel …..

* Kazo Fashion to open more outlets in India & Europe:

Kazo Fashion Limited, the India-based womenswear brand that offers international fashion trends at affordable prices, is planning …..

* Armani ties up with Genesis Luxury in India:

The Armani Group is pleased to announce that from April 20th 2012 it will be entering into a partnership with Genesis Luxury Fashion …..

* Surat textiles could be on their way to Pakistan directly:

Synthetic textile fabrics produced in Surat could be on their way directly to Pakistan. This has been made possible after Pakistan …..

* Textile business of Raymond zooms in FY’12:

Raymond Limited announced its audited financial results for the quarter and year ended March 31, 2012. The figures of last quarter ….. Expansion of SGS Textile Testing Lab in Tirupur, India

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* AEPC to improve India’s image as ethical sourcing place:

The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) under the Ministry of Textiles started the formation of Stakeholder Forum, with an aim to integrate perspectives, voices and concerns as well as seek assistance and contributions of various stakeholders of the apparel industry towards developing strategies to improve India’s image as an ethical
sourcing destination.

The programme includes issues pertaining child labor, freedom of association, proper wages and much more. We want to involve all certification agencies so that, DISHA as a certifying agency is recognized by all, he added.  read more.

03:26:52 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Small farmers seek cotton alternatives:

Due to a significant rise in input costs, farmers in Punjab have started abandoning cotton; opting, instead, for less input-intensive crops like sunflowers and maize.
read more.

* Pakistan’s Bonanza Garments eyes Indian market:

The overwhelming response received at Lifestyle Pakistan expo held in New Delhi this month, has made the Karachi-based Bonanza Garments Pvt. Ltd. to think of opening its outlets in India. read more.

* TMA laments non-implementation of EU duty-free package:

The Towel Manufacturers’ Association of Pakistan (TMA) has regretted the delay in implementation of tariff concessions offered by the European Union (EU) to textile products including towels, aimed at supporting the south Asian country cope with economic losses suffered due to heavy floods in 2010.  read more.

map of Asia

CHINA
* Migrant workers not happy about living in Shanghai
* Millions of Q1 work safety hazards uncovered
* Orders at Canton Fair signal weak export outlook
* Vancl probed over Wen-themed T-shirts
* Clariant’s ‘Sense the Difference’ supports sustainability
* Chinese model workers ‘tweet’ spirit of hard work
* Chinese sewing machine sector posts growth in 2011

PHILIPPINES
* Garment companies in China relocating to PH: Purisima
* Labor groups insist on a P90-wage hike

VIET NAM
* Making a love child for others
* Vinatex to invest heavily in fiber sector
* Quang Ngai sees exports rise 168

THAILAND
* Somyos to challenge constitutionality of lese majeste
* Workers’ income still inadequate
* Weak global economy dents Asian employment outlook: ILO
* Poll: Wage hike makes life better

CAMBODIA
* Environmental activist Chut Wutty shot dead
* 1,000 workers strike at Hong Kong-owned factory in Kg Speu
* Cambodia garment sector fears competition from Myanmar
* Despite breaks in rank, workers rally on for seventh day of strike

MALAYSIA
* Malaysian-Inspired Islamic Fashion Takes On London

MYANMAR
* Human Rights groups want U.S. to go slow

BANGLA DESH
* 4 Jamaat activists held in Pirojpur
* Global retailers press Dhaka on unionist’s Aminul Islam murder

INDIA
* Traders oppose Govt proposal to set up cotton reserve
* No time limit for worker to approach labour court for reinstatement:
High Court
* Rural purchasing power waning on inflation, rising input costs
* Industries can now purchase power from open market
* From Fibre2Fashion:
* Indo Rama Synthetics delivers modest growth
* Indo Rama Synthetics (India) Limited, India’s largest dedicated
polyester manufacturer
* AEPC organizes ‘India Market Days’ at Gurgaon
* Kazo Fashion to open more outlets in India & Europe
* Armani ties up with Genesis Luxury in India
* Surat textiles could be on their way to Pakistan directly
* Textile business of Raymond zooms in FY’12
* AEPC to improve India’s image as ethical sourcing place

PAKISTAN
* Small farmers seek cotton alternatives
* Pakistan’s Bonanza Garments eyes Indian market
* TMA laments non-implementation of EU duty-free package

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