in the news on-line, today, 21 june 2012

 09:21:23 local time map of china CHINA

* Fair trade badly needed in a time of crisis:

As world waits anxiously for the true dawn of the global economic recovery, restoring stable growth has become the main topic at the ongoing Group of 20 (G20) summit. And to make this happen, it is more imperative than any other time for fair trade to be maintained.
In a speech delivered at the G20 summit, President Hu Jintao called for the resolution to create a free, open and fair global trade environment and oppose all types of protectionism.
“Efforts must be made to keep bilateral and regional trade open and inclusive, and safeguard the multi-lateral trade system,” Hu said. read more.

* ShanghaiTex 2013 forms partnership with Chemtax:

As one of the most influential textile events in China, the 16th International Exhibition on Textile Industry (ShanghaiTex 2013) will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Center, Pudong, Shanghai, PR China on June 10-13, 2013.  In last edition (2011) of ShanghaiTex, the exhibition occupied 92,000 sqm with over 1,000 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions while no. of visitor reached a record high of 55,080. read more.

* H&M sees net profit soar, beats expectations:

Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M yesterday posted a net profit increase of 22.5 percent in the second quarter, easily beating expectations and boosting its share price. (…) The company counted 2,575 stores worldwide at the end of May, and said “China, the US and the UK are expected to be the largest expansion markets for H&M in 2012.” read more.

08:21:23 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Garment, textile exports rise by 6%:

Viet Nam expected to earn about US$7.5 billion from exports of fibre, textile and garment in the first half of this year, up 6 per cent against the same period last year.
In reality, the quantity of garment products exported increased 12 per cent from the corresponding time because of lower prices on the global market.

“This reflected great efforts by the textile and apparel sector in the face of the global economic crisis,” said Le Tien Truong, deputy director-general of the Viet Nam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) in an online conference held by the group in Ha Noi, Da Nang and HCM City. read more.

* Opportunitiesfor garment, footwear and wood furniture businesses:

Coordinationamong sectors and industrial groups is a key measure to help garment, footwear andwood furniture businesses improve their chain value and competitiveness in bothdomestic and foreign markets.
Accordingto the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)’s CompetitiveIndustrial Performance (CIP) report in 2011, Vietnam’s CIP dropped from 72nd in2005 to 58th in 2008/2009 among 118 countries and territories. Its trade andproduction growth of 20-21 percent was still much higher than elsewhere in theworld.
For instance, Vietnam’s exports of manufactured goods reached US$36.4 billion in2009, double the 2005 figure of US$17.5 billion and nearly 6 times higher thanthe 2006 figure of US$6.7 billion.
However, Vietnam’s share of the world market has remainedmodest compared to its neighbouring country, China while there is strongcompetition from other countries in the region.
The Vietnam Leather and Footwear Association (Lefaso) says it exports 91 percent of itsproducts to the EU, US and Japan.Vietnam is placed second andthird among footwear exporters to the EU and US markets despite fiercecompetition from China, India, Bangladeshand Indonesia. read more.

08:21:23 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* Four industries face hit from eurozone crisis:

Thailand is expected to be able to weather the eurozone crisis thanks to the treasury’s 500 billion baht reserves, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong says.
But the government will still need to take measures to curb an imminent rise in unemployment in the textile, electronic, jewellery and rubber industries, he said yesterday. read more.

* Health campaign launched for working people:

The Public Health Ministry on Wednesday launched a health promotion campaign to reduce health risks among the country’s 40 million people aged between 15 and 59, Public Health Minister Wittaya Buranasiri said.
Presiding over the ceremony to launch the campaign in Ayutthaya, the minister cited a 2009 report that one in 10 working people suffered from a chronic disease, the top three of which were coronary artery disease (32 per cent), diabetes (21 per cent) and respiratory disease (27 per cent).
The ministry would collaborate with Labour and Industry ministries to set the criteria for a disease-free, safe-environment business establishment to take care of employees who spent about 53,000 hours at workplaces.
The campaign will include campaigning for healthy food, no smoking and stress reduction. In the first year, it would have one pilot establishment per province and the three pilot companies were Honda, Toyota and Canon.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said 19 billion people of working-age – including 170 million child labourers – were at risk of a health problem – and that 51 per cent of them suffered from non-contractible chronic diseases such as coronary artery disease. to read.

08:21:23 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Workers dig heels in at M&V factory :

The stand-off between about 3,000 disgruntled garment workers and the owners of Kampong Chhnang’s M&V garment factory continued yesterday, with workers vowing not to return to work until all their demands were met.

The workers, who produce supplies for Swedish brand H&M, were demanding a US$7 accommodation and transportation allowance, among other things, Free Trade Union general secretary Mann Seng Hak told the Post.

“The factory rejected all the workers’ demands. They agreed to give $2.50 for transportation and accommodation, and $1 for attendance bonus,” Mann Seng Hak said.

Negotiations between the factory’s owners, provincial labour department officials and union representatives had reached a stalemate, he added.

“The workers still keep their stance, and so do the factory owners, so we cannot continue our negotiation. The workers will keep striking until they get success,” Mann Seng Hak said, adding that the case had been sent to the Ministry of Labour.
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* Press Release- Garment exports continue to increase yet challenges in combating fainting and securing maternity benefits remain:

The International Labour Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia (ILO-BFC) today releases its 28th Synthesis Report on Working Conditions in Cambodia’s Garment Sector, which assesses compliance with Cambodian Labour Law and international labour standards in exporting garment factories.

Notable among the findings is a significant increase (17%) in the number of factories paying workers the attendance bonus of $7 per month, health bonus of $5 per month, and other mandatory wage supplements. However, there are notable decreases in compliance in other areas such as the requirement to pay proper maternity leave benefits.   Compared with the previous Synthesis Report six months ago, there has been an 11% drop in compliance with this requirement, to 54% full or partial compliance. read more.

* Factories still skimping- ILO:

Cambodia’s garment exports exceeded US$1 billion during the first quarter of 2012, yet many factories are failing to pay workers proper maternity leave benefits or address issues of fainting, a labour report says.

The International Labour Or­ganization-Better Factories Cam­bodia’s Twenty Eighth Syn­­­thesis Report on Working Conditions in Cambodia’s Garment Sector, released yesterday, profiles 136 of the 320 factories registered with Better Factories in the six months to April 30.

It found only 54 per cent of garment factories were paying women some or all of their maternity benefits – an 11 per cent drop from the previous six-month period and a 20 per cent fall in just a year. read more.

* Sharp spike in exports to Japan:

Cambodia’s total exports to Japan rose by 18.6 per cent over the first five months of the year compare to the same period last year, according to data from the Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO)’s office in Phnom Penh. Officials said the close relationship in both economic and trade ties contributed to the growth.
The data showed that total exports were worth US$136.2 million during the first five months of the year, compared to $114.8 million the previous year. (….)
According to the data, Cambodia’s main products exported to Japan include footwear, woven apparel, knitted apparel, fish and seafood, rubber and tobacco, while Japan’s main products were machinery, vehicles and pharmaceutical products. read more.

09:21:23 local time map of malaysia MALAYSIA

* Apparel brand to donate 5% of its sales revenue to MNS:

JEEP Apparel, through its recently launched World Environment Day Charity Drive, will donate 5% of its sales revenue to Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) between July 1 and Sept 30.
Proceeds from the sales will be channelled to the MNS Green aid fund, which in turn will be used to raise awareness and conserve environmentally sensitive areas, key habitats and species in Malaysia. read more.

09:21:23 local time map of singapore SINGAPORE

* OLEOPHOBOL CP-U enhances the life of interiors fabric:

Now more than ever, durability is important to manufacturers and consumers. In today’s economic environment, they expect more value and longevity from their furniture or vehicle interiors.   Recognizing these demands, the Huntsman Textile Effects and DuPont Alliance has launched yet another innovative product – OLEOPHOBOL CP-U that delivers maximum performance with minimum environmental footprint for the automotive and upholstery segments. read more.

09:21:23 local time map of indonesia INDONESIA

* Chinese firm to invest $6b in Wonogiri:

The Chinese government through its state-owned China Hi-Tech Group Corporation has pledged to invest US$6 billion in southern Central Java to develop a container port and integrated industrial zones at a number of locations in Wonogiri regency.

In the implementation, the Chinese company will cooperate with Sukoharjo-based PT Sritex textile company as a main partner in which the former will develop cement factories while the latter will develop a textile factory in the planned industrial zone.

“We are part of the investment. Hopefully the textile industry will absorb a huge number of manpower,” PT Sritex general affairs manager Sri Saptono Basuki said on Tuesday.
The textile factory is to be built in the Alas Kethu region in Wonogiri district. The site was chosen because of its barrenness. The cement factories are to be built in Giritontro and Giriwoyo, while the container port is to be developed in Gunturharjo, Paranggupito district. read more.

07:51:23 local time map of myanmar BURMA-MYANMAR

* Workers negotiate pay increase in Mae Sot:

Workers at the M Apparel Co. Ltd  in Mae Sot, Thailand, have successfully negotiated a pay increase and better working conditions with assistance from the Labour Protection Office and the MAP Foundation.

The Yaung Chi Oo Worker Association negotiated a pay increase to the rate of the new minimum wage for all workers, including migrant workers. However, migrant workers are sometimes denied such increases and are paid lower wages, said worker sources.

Thailand increased the minimum wage for the region on April 1.  Workers went on a strike on May 15, which lasted 21 days. According to the law, they are now entitled to a minimum wage of 226 baht (US$ 7.1) per 8-hour working day, excluding overtime. Prior to the new law, the minimum wage was 162 baht per day.

Workers said that prior to the successful negotiation, most workers were earning 60-100 baht per day, which included overtime with no days off. to read.

* Minimum salary bill to be submitted to upcoming Hluttaws:

A bill stipulating the minimum salary and benefits for private sector employees will be submitted to the upcoming Hluttaws on 4 July, according to a Hluttaw official.
A number of workers went on strike in Yangon and some other towns due to extremely low wages in May, and these strikes ended after authorities helped reach agreements between the workers and their employers.
However, the bill will be submitted to the Hluttaw as the current wage agreements are temporary settlement, according to a labor official.
The minimum salary for workers in industrial zones was temporarily set at K 56,700 per month after the strikes. read more.

07:21:23 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* Aminul’s killers fled country- Monnujan:

State Minister for Labour and Employment Monnujan Sufian at a meeting on Wednesday said investigators have already identified the suspected killers of garment workers’ leader Aminul Islam, but the suspects have fled the country.

“The investigation into Aminul’s murder has made a good progress, as four of the suspected killers have been identified,” general secretary of Bangladesh Garments Shramik Karmachari Federation Quamrul Ahsan quoted Monnujan as saying.
He was talking to reporters after the meeting at Srama Bhaban. read more.

* RMG workers block road, burn buses:

Apparel workers blocked a road stretch at Agrabad in Chittagong, suspending traffic for three hours and a half, after one of their fellows had died in a traffic accident on Wednesday.
The workers also burnt two buses and damaged at least 10 others, including a fire engine, and several installations by the road when the workers and the lawmen chased each other.
The incident took place amid growing tension in the apparel sector after the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association had on Saturday closed more than 300 apparel units at Savar in the face of labour unrest for pay  hike. read more.

* Bangladesh’s Viyellatex installs Thies iMaster H2O range:

Savings on utilities as water, gas and electricity and savings in dye stuff and chemicals are being experienced by Viyellatex Ltd, following the installation of a new Thies iMaster H2O dyeing range.
Bangladesh’s Viyellatex Ltd has installed 7 Thies iMaster H2O as part of its growth strategy and is reporting substantial savings in water, electricity and gas, in addition to increased production rates.
The installation was handled by Thies’s sales and service partner for Bangladesh, HOService, which is based in Dhaka.
Viyellatex, which was founded in 1996 as a knit apparel and textile manufacturing company, has in recent years evolved into a vertically integrated organisation where production begins with the import of raw cotton and proceeds through the processes of the processes of knitting, dyeing, washing, cutting, sewing and finishing.
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* RMG crisis to end by Saturday, hopes govt:

The crisis in the readymade garment (RMG) sector may end by Saturday, hopes State Minister for Labour and Employment Monnujan Sufian.
Talking to reporters after a meeting with the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) at the secretariat, Monnujan said the ‘crisis management committee’ discussed the problems with the owners assured and they assured of taking appropriate measures to resolve the crisis by Saturday.
“Measures to resolve the crisis will be taken after the discussions with the representatives of the workers,” she added.
BGMEA leaders also expressed their satisfaction after the meeting. “The discussion with the crisis management committee was fruitful. They assured us of taking measures for the security of our factories,” Siddiqur Rahman, second vice-president of BGMEA, told UNB. read more.

* Ctg chamber urges PM to solve garment sector crisis:

President-in-charge of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Nurun Newaz Salim urged the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to organise a tripartite meeting comprising the government officials, entrepreneurs and the workers on an urgent basis in order to resolve the recent crisis in readymade garment (RMG) factories at Ashulia in Dhaka. He made this appeal to the PM in an urgent fax message sent to the Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday.
Terming RMG as the largest export item of Bangladesh he said, this sector earned $17.91 billion which is about 80 per cent of the total export in the fiscal 2011-12.
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* Monnujan hears RMG workers:

State Minister for Labour and Employment Monnujan Sufian on Wednesday met with the leaders of the readymade garments workers to end the crisis in the forex-fetching apparel sector.

A day before, after a meeting with readymade garment factory owners, she hoped that the unrest in the Ashulia industrial belt will be over by Saturday. Around 350 garment factories on the outskirts of the capital have halted operations since Sunday following days of violent labour unrest there.

During the four-hour-long meeting at Shram Bhaban, the leaders of the labour organisations raised a host of demands including reopening of the factories and an increase in salary. read more.

* Labour unrest not linked with wage issue-BGMEA:

Labour unrest took place at least200 garments factories in the last three years but most  incidents were not related to wage hikeissue.
“Most incidents occurredduring the period were not relating to pay hike issue rather thanrumours,” Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, president of BGMEA, told The NewNation yesterday.
He added in most cases workersare observing work abstention without any charter of demands and vandalisingfactories and vehicles causing harm to the industry as well as image of thecountry.
The BGMEA leader further said theunrest is taking place even though owners are now paying the workers accordingto the rules of the minimum wage structure.
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* Factories in Ashulia to resume operation from tomorrow:

Ongoing stalemate in the country’s most revenue earning sector may come to an end as the owners of readymade garments, knitting and packaging factories in Ashulia on Wednesday have decided to reopen factories from Thursday after four days of closure, Independent TV reported. The decision of opening the factories was taken during a meeting between Labour Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and leaders of country’s two leading bodies of apparel sector owners– Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh at the concerned ministry in the afternoon. Concerned officials of the ministry were also present at the meeting. read more. & read more. & read more.  & read more.

* Owners agree to reopen apparel units today:

Workers at Ashulia factories to continue agitations if wages not increased
Apparel factory owners at a meeting with the government on Wednesday agreed to reopen their units in the Ashulia industrial zone today after a four-day closure in the wake of a week-long labour unrest.
The labour minister, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, at a meeting with the leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association and the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association at the secretariat called on the owners to reopen their factories at Ashulia on Thursday.
The minister at another meeting with the labour leaders also asked the workers to join work and gave an assurance of steps to resolve the crisis that had hit hard the export-oriented sector.
‘All factories at Ashulia will remain open from tomorrow and I call on the workers to join work,’ Mosharraf told reporters after the meetings on Wednesday.
The labour leaders, however, said that the decision on the reopening of factories would not be meaningful if the workers’ demand for a pay hike and payment of dearness allowance were not met. read more. & read more. & read more.
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* Ashulia RMG workers rejoin work:


In this undated file photo, readymade garment workers are working at a factory. Photo: Star
Star Online Report

After days of unrest and shutdown in Ashulia, most of the half a million workers Thursday morning returned to their factories amid heavy security.
Since June 11, demanding immediate pay hike, thousands of RMG workers took to the streets and fought pitched battles with the law enforcers.
On June 16, in the face of violent protests spreading all over Ashulia garment hub, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA), two apex body of garment exporters, formally shutdown all factories in the industrial belt for an indefinite period.
Upon government assurance the owners on Tuesday announced that all factories would be reopening today.

Since Thursday morning, the usual scene returned to the garment hub of Ashulia with thousands of young men and women walking together to catch the first shifts of their work places.
Deputy Director of the Industrial Police Fayezul Kabir told The Daily Star that less than 20 percent of the total workers had left Ashulia during the unrest.
“Many of these workers who left Ashulia would be returning within a day or two,” Kabir said. to read.

06:51:23 local time map of india INDIA

* Apparel exports to stay weak in current fiscal:

Even as the demand for key textile inputs such as yarn and fabric are expected to revive, apparel exports would lose momentum in the current financial year as demand from the US and Europe, the biggest markets, is likely to remain weak.

Though the rupee is expected to depreciate by 10.5% in 2012-13, exporters are unlikely to reap the full benefits as buyers have started demanding discounts. “In spite of fall in prices, we expect (apparel) export volumes to grow by only 3.5% as demand from Europe and the US is expected to remain weak,” according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). read more.

* OSEM signs MoU with nine agencies:

Odisha State Employment Mission (OSEM) here on Wednesday entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with nine companies for conducting placement-linked training programme in PPP (public private partnership) mode.

In the first phase, 34,183 candidates will undergo training in different areas such as construction, driving, textile and apparel, manufacturing, and service. read more.

* School enrolment campaign:

School enrolment campaign for the academic year 2012-13 to bring out of school children to classrooms was started in Karamadi block by Community Awareness Research Education Trust (CARE-T) last week.

Training programmes for members of Velliangudu panchayat body, sensitisation of parents to child labour and Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, were conducted by the NGO, according to S.M. Prithiviraj director of CARE-T.

The training held as part of the project titled ‘Reduction of Worst For of Child Labour’ (ROWCL) was launched by the NGO to prevent child labour in textile industries. It was launched in November 2011 in the districts of Coimbatore, Dindugal, Pudukottai and Virudhanagar with the support of local administrative bodies, Self Help Groups and Terre Des Hommes, Germany .

According to the NGO, incidence of child labour was high in 12 blocks in these districts. More number of out of school children were identified in the tribal pockets and among backward communities in these districts. The members of the NGO said that the employers exploited young people, especially women, in the name of various labour schemes. The campaign aimed to prevent school students from dropping out of schools to work at industries like textile mills. read more.

* Tommy Hilfiger on expansion spree in India; other retailers entering the market through joint ventures:

American apparel-maker Tommy Hilfiger plans to add 500 stores in India over the next five years to capitalize on the brand’s surging popularity, the company has told the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the nodal agency that clears such foreign investments.

Tommy Hilfiger Arvind Fashion Pvt Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture between the US premium lifestyle brand and Ahmedabad-based Arvind Ltd, will invest Rs 60 crore in 45 company-owned stores; a significant number of the stores will be opened through franchisees, according to a foreign investment application filed by the company and reviewed by ET. read more. (1 Indian crore = 10 million)

* Workers continue stir despite Arvind’s legal action warning:

Despite a strict legal threat from Arvind Ltd., several workers at its Naroda plant continued to abstain from work on Monday. Terming the week-long strike by workers for wage hike as ‘illegal’, the Arvind Ltd’s management on Sunday had threatened strict legal action if the workers fail to turn up for work on Monday.

According to Amar Barot of Textile Labour Association (TLA), “Only a few number of workers are believed to have resumed work on Monday despite Arvind Ltd.’s management threatening a legal action. It is yet to be seen what further steps will the management take.” Arvind management declined to comment. read more.

* Textile mills act cautiously, hike wages to avoid Arvind like strike:

There has been an impact of workers’ strike at Arvind, if not at its own plant at Naroda. Post strike at Arvind’s, other textile mills in the city have hiked wages to pre-empt any untoward incident at their plants.
Among them are Diamond Mills, a textile processing house and Nandan Exim, the denim arm of Chiripal Group. While the former has hiked salaries in the range of Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 per month, the latter is learnt to have offered a pay hike of about Rs 2,000-4,000 per month.
“We had to maintain stability at our processing plant considering the manpower turmoil currently going on in the industry in Ahmedabad. Hence, we have hiked salaries in the range of Rs 1,000-5,000 per month. We believe the hike will help our workers cope with the inflationary trends as well,” said Narendra Patel, founder of Diamond Mills, referring to the ongoing strike at Arvind. read more.

* Workers at Arvind’s voiles plant join ongoing strike:

Over 1,500 workers at the Raipur plant of Ankur Textiles Ltd, the voiles division of textile company Arvind Ltd, went on strike on Monday demanding wage hike, and thereby taking the total number of striking employees at Arvind to over 5,000.

“We were waiting for Arvind to take some steps for its Naroda plant and were hoping things would turn similar for us in terms of pay hike. However, we have now joined with the striking workers at Naroda, and are demanding a 40 per cent hike in wages from Ankur Textiles,” said Jignesh Patel, a workers’ union leader at Ankur Textiles.
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* We’re hiring more workers on contract basis- Sanjay Lalbhai:

The ongoing strike of its 4,000 workers at the textile conglomerate Arvind Ltd’s Naroda plant is impacting the company’s production adversely. On Monday, another 1,000-odd workers joined the strike in its voiles division. While the Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association is in talks with the Textile Labour Association on behalf of Arvind, the company has been relying heavily on contractual labour to tide over the tough times. In an interview with Vinay Umarji, the company’s Chairman and Managing Director Sanjay Lalbhai tells how the denim major is tackling the issue. Edited excerpts:

Do you think that the demand of workers, 40 per cent hike in wages, is justified?
It is not a question of their demands being justified or not. This is not the right way to raise an issue. There has to be a proper dialogue. And, such a dialogue was already on in the industrial court. The workers should have come to us through the right channel of Majdoor Mahajan (Textile Labour Association). read more.

* Increase in ECR limit to help boost India’s apparel export:

Dr A Sakthivel, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) complimented Dr D Subbarao, Governor, Reserve Bank of India for enhancing the eligible limit of the Export Credit Refinance (ECR) facility from 15 per cent of the outstanding export credit eligible for refinance to 50 per cent.
However, the industry was expecting in rate cut in the Landing Rate. High interest rates are hurting the industry very much. The interest rate cut would enable the industry to perform better and would also be a step towards achieving the export target of US $ 18 billion by 2012-13 set by the Govt. of India.
Incorporated in1978, AEPC is the official body of apparel exporters in India that provides invaluable assistance to Indian exporters as well as importers/international buyers who choose India as their preferred sourcing destination for garments.
to read.

* Silk board to double production to 46,000 mt in 12th Plan:

Proposes Rs 2,800 crore for expansion in non-traditional states says latter?s response encouraging

The Central Silk Board (CSB), under the Union ministry of textiles, has proposed to spend Rs 2,799 crore under the 12th Plan (2012-17) for the expansion of mulberry silk production in the country. This is a jump of 2.5 times over the 11th Plan expenditure. The board has set a target of five times growth in the area under mulberry silk cultivation, from 170,000 to 850,000 hectares during the 12th Plan.

The board is looking at non-traditional states such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand, apart from strengthening production in the traditional states, top CSB officials said. read more.

* Shoppers Stop partners with Shop for Change Fair Trade:

Shop for Change Fair Trade, a not for profit organization working to ensure decent livelihoods for poor farmers India, has announced a groundbreaking association with Shoppers Stop, India’s premier fashion and lifestyle destination. read more.

* Impress to revolutionise digital textile printing in India:

Heralding the beginning of a new generation of printers in the Indian textile industry, AGS Transact Technologies, one of the leading system integrators in the business of transforming touch-points, announces the launch of Impress, a new-age digital textile printer, at Surat from 19th to 21stJune, 2012.
Impress- Digital Textile Printer
is a unique technology in the digital printing segment, launched for the first time in India. Powered by Ergosoft RIP, the world’s premier RIP solution for digital textile production, Impress incorporates the most up-to-date image processing technologies with unique features and benefits. The product enables production of quick prototyping of fabric designs with lesser or related products. read more.

* FICCI comments on Draft Cotton Trade Bill 2012:

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in its representation to Ministry of Textiles on the Cotton Trade (Development & Regulation) Bill 2012, has sought amendments in the Bill so as to ensure that the Bill does not lead to over regulation of the cotton trade and at the same time results in an independent system of data collection for cotton trade. The principal objective of this Bill is to monitor cotton demand/supply in the country and to ensure that minimum standards for packaging are followed in cotton ginning and pressing. read more.

06:51:23 local time map of sri_lanka SRI LANKA

* ‘Footwear, leather industry gaining momentum’:

The country’s footwear and leather industry is gaining momentum and could be positioned to become a sector that caters to both local and international markets. ‘We are having a three prong approach to develop the local footwear and leather industry infusing technology and focusing on the training aspects. As the public awareness on the quality of locally manufactured footwear is high, the industry is poised to become a prominent segment in the retail market, Footwear Advisory Council Chairman Rangith Hettiarachchy told ‘Daily News Business’.

Most of the local producers are keen on meeting the local demand. This industry could be considered as foreign exchange saving industry for Sri Lanka, he said.
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06:21:23 local time map of pakistan  PAKISTAN

* Textile, clothing exports drop:

Pakistan’s export of textile and clothing dropped 9.961 per cent in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year due to weak demand from recession-hit key markets Europe and US.
The exports proceeds from these sectors fell to $11.273 billion in July-May period this year from $12.472 billion over the corresponding period of last year, suggested data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics released on Wednesday.
Last year exports from textile and clothing sector crossed $14 billion. For the current fiscal year, the government has projected a target of $16 billion.
But textile people estimate that export proceeds would hardly touch $13 billion-mark by end June 2012. read more.

* Textile exports to grow at higher pace during FY 2012-13:

Textile sector of the country is expected to grow at higher pace during fiscal year (FY) 2012-13 mainly due to concessions given by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to Pakistani textile products.

“It is hoped textile products would be exported in huge quantity to European Union (EU) after approval of concessions by WTO to Pakistani textile products in February 2012”, said official sources on Tuesday.

Our exporters are expected to comply with different international obligations, like ISO Certifications, produce and export quality product and ensure timely exports, the sources more.

* Swiss chemical process makes eco-friendly jeans:

 It takes lots of water and chemicals to make a pair of jeans, and environmentally conscious clothing makers caught on years ago to the need to make more sustainable versions these popular pants.

But a Swiss chemical company said Tuesday its process for making eco-friendly jeans could streamline those efforts, saving enough water to cover the needs of 1.7 million people per year if one quarter of the world’s jean-makers started using it.

The dying technology, known as Advanced Denim, was described at the 16th annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute. read more.

map of Asia

* Fair trade badly needed in a time of crisis
* ShanghaiTex 2013 forms partnership with Chemtax
* H&M sees net profit soar, beats expectations

* Garment, textile exports rise by 6%
* Opportunitiesfor garment, footwear and wood furniture businesses

* Four industries face hit from eurozone crisis
* Health campaign launched for working people

* Workers dig heels in at M&V factory
* Garment exports continue to increase yet challenges in combating fainting and
* Factories still skimping- ILO
* Sharp spike in exports to Japan

* Apparel brand to donate 5% of its sales revenue to MNS

* OLEOPHOBOL CP-U enhances the life of interiors fabric

* Chinese firm to invest $6b in Wonogiri

* Workers negotiate pay increase in Mae Sot
* Minimum salary bill to be submitted to upcoming Hluttaws

* Aminul’s killers fled country- Monnujan
* RMG workers block road, burn buses
* Bangladesh’s Viyellatex installs Thies iMaster H2O range

* RMG crisis to end by Saturday, hopes govt
* Ctg chamber urges PM to solve garment sector crisis
* Monnujan hears RMG workers
* Labour unrest not linked with wage issue-BGMEA
* Factories in Ashulia to resume operation from tomorrow
* Owners agree to reopen apparel units today
* Ashulia RMG workers rejoin work

* Apparel exports to stay weak in current fiscal
* OSEM signs MoU with nine agencies
* School enrolment campaign
* Tommy Hilfiger on expansion spree in India; other retailers entering the market through joint ventures
* Workers continue stir despite Arvind’s legal action warning
* Textile mills act cautiously, hike wages to avoid Arvind like strike
* Workers at Arvind’s voiles plant join ongoing strike
* We’re hiring more workers on contract basis
* Increase in ECR limit to help boost India’s apparel export
* Silk board to double production to 46,000 mt in 12th Plan
* Shoppers Stop partners with Shop for Change Fair Trade
* Impress to revolutionise digital textile printing in India
* FICCI comments on Draft Cotton Trade Bill 2012

* ‘Footwear, leather industry gaining momentum’

* Textile, clothing exports drop
* Textile exports to grow at higher pace during FY 2012-13
* Swiss chemical process makes eco-friendly jeans

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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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