in the news on-line, 11 October 2012

09:18:57 local time map of china CHINA

* After-work silence spreads among working Chinese:

Yang Jing works in a government department in east China’s Jiangsu Province and, lately, she has not been willing to speak even a word to her family after work.

“I have been busy over the last two months, and I feel so exhausted that I only want to surf the net, not talk to my husband,” Yang said about her after-work habits.
Yang is not the only person keeping silent after work. The habit is spreading from those with occupations that require large degrees of concentration, such as programming, engineering, design and medical professions, to others in a wider range of jobs.

According to a survey carried out by, a major online community in central China’s Henan Province, more than 90 percent of 2,751respondents tend to keep silent after work.
According to a survey by China Youth Daily, 83.1 percent of the 2,750respondents said that they keep silent after work to different degrees, with 34.7 percent reporting feeling melancholy.

The report also shows that 50.1 percent of those surveyed were born after the 1980s, and those born after the 1970s take 30.9 percent.
“I have the symptom of keeping silent after work, what can I do?” “Xiaomofangdeshijie” wrote on Sina Weibo, China’s most popular Twitter-like service. read more.

08:18:57 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Textile industry chases exports:

This was announced today by the secretary of the Viet Nam Textile and Apparel Association (Vitas), Le Tien Truong, who is also deputy CEO of the Viet Nam National Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex).

The call came after garment export turnover reached only about $10 billion in the first nine months of the year as major markets declined.
Vinatex is now seeking new partners in Korea and Canada and increasing exports to China, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East, Truong said.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade is also holding trade promotion programmes in Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia.
Truong added that would support companies exporting high added-value suits, shirts and luxury pants. read more.

09:18:57 local time map of china CAMBODIA

* Holiday blues hit factories:

Garment workers ride in the back of a transport truck in Phnom Penh. Tens of thousands of garment workers will travel back to their home provinces for the Pchum Ben holiday and to register to vote. Photograph: Will Baxter/Phnom Penh Post

Tens of thousands of garment workers will enjoy an early start to the Pchum Ben holiday today as they trek back to their homeland.

Their excitement, however, is not shared by their bosses, who will be left to rue a week-long halt in production.
Enterprise and establishment workers, including garment and footwear employees, have been granted time off by the government to register to vote or verify their details on the electoral rolls in the lead-up to next year’s national election, according to a Ministry of Labour notification issued on August 29.

Those who work in a province other than their homeland are entitled to three days off before the official Pchum Ben holiday that begins on Sunday.
Workers who have to travel within a province have been granted two days off, while others have been granted one day.

Depending on the province and the factory, garment workers will be off work until Tuesday or Wednesday.
Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia Secretary-General Ken Loo said factories will be affected by the week-long interruption in production. read more.

07:18:57 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* Garment workers form human chain in support of the victims of Dhaka fire:

 Last Friday the National Garment Workers Federation (NGWF), War on Want’s long term partner fighting for garment workers’ rights, took out to the streets in solidarity with the thousands of workers and their families who lost their homes and belongings after a devastating fire.

Banner translation: “Garment workers human chain in support of fire victim ready-made garment workers of Begunbari”

On 20 September, a fire broke out at the informal settlement of Begunbari in the Tejgaon area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, burning more than 500 shacks. More than 5,000 people and families lost all their belongings and according to NGWF, nearly 3,000 are garment workers. The shack dwellers, workers and families saved their lives, but they lost their homes and the few possessions they had.

In response to the critical situation, the NGWF organised a human chain, in which hundreds of garment workers participated, demanding a response and support from the government, factory owners and multinational corporations to the victims. NGWF’s President, Mr. Amirul Haque Amin, denounced that: “the garment industry brings 79% of the country’s export earnings, and yet when such a devastating accident happens there is no support to the families and workers.” read more.

* SEC files criminal case against RN Spinning Mills:

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday filed a criminal case against RN Spinning Mills on fraud charges, as the textile company provided fake documents to an inquiry panel of the regulator.

“The case was filed with Motijheel Police Station against the directors, managing director and company secretary of RN Spinning Mills,” said Saifur Rahman, executive director of the SEC. read more.

* First private testing lab for garment industry opens:

Country’s first ever testing lab for garment industry was formally inaugurated Wednesday with a view to providing better services to the exporters at a lower cost. The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has set up it.

Commerce Minister GM Quader was present at the opening ceremony as the chief guest where D Luis Tejada Chacon, ambassador of Spain to Bangladesh, Antonia Abadin, general counsel of INDITEX and secretary of the INDITEX board, Dr Karen E Kyllo, deputy vice-president, Global Softlines, SGS customer Testing Services, USA were present as guests of honour. read more.

06:48:57 local time map of india INDIA

* No child labour in Indian garment industry: AEPC:

The Apparel Export Promotion Council has flayed a US Department of Labour report which said that the Indian garment industry has been engaging forced child labour.

Stating that the Indian garment industry complied with international labour laws which prohibit child labour, AEPC has asked the department to remove Indian apparels from the negative list.
The US Department of Labour in its annual listing for 2012 has included 21 goods like leather, carpets, brassware, bricks, stones, locks, fireworks and rice, which are produced in India using child labour.

A. Sakthivel, Chairman of AEPC, said, “AEPC would like to reiterate that the garment industry of India is deeply engaged in ensuring compliance with the law and that its efforts encompass the informal sector, including home workers, and facilities serving solely the domestic market.”

‘Executive Order 13126 List’
The US department continues to include India’s apparel export sector under its ‘Executive Order 13126 List’ on the ‘Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labour’. read more.

* Employment or Exploitation: Are suppliers to retailers like Walmart, Carrefour sweatshops? :

It isn’t often that the biggest rivals in the world of retail—Walmart and Carrefour—find themselves on the same side of a negotiations table.

That they did so one afternoon early last month at the old-wordly headquarters of the Southern India Mills’ Association, a body of yarn-makers based in Coimbatore that accounts for half of India’s yarn exports, is a pointer to the heady challenge facing them and the mills.

Over the last year or so, the industry has been rocked by reports from a European NGO alleging the use of bonded labour. India’s textile makers can ill-afford such a name, especially after the back-to-back crises they have had to endure in recent years; neither can retailers given the risk to reputation.

Although not as glamorous as IT, textiles has substantially filled the export coffers over the years. Today, the members of the Tirupur Exporters’ Association, another industry body, account for exports of Rs 12,500 crore.

The southern mills sell their stuff in almost 130 countries. And, after agriculture, textiles is the second-largest employment provider. The coming together of Indian textile mills and western brands is the latest attempt to salvage the situation, even as lawmakers in India and Europe seem to have taken cognisance of the issue.
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* Child labourers rescued:

A total of 16 child labourers, including two girls, were rescued here on Wednesday.

The children were found employed in textile units near P.N. Road and Poyampalayam areas in Tirupur knitwear cluster.
Sources said that action would be taken against the employers of the children under the Child Labour Act. to read.

* ‘Minors herded like cattle to work at units’:

Hundreds of children from the North East, Bihar and Jharkhand are literally being herded like cattle to small-scale units in the city to do menial jobs. This startling fact came to light after Government Railway Police (GRP) grilled several brokers involved in procuring minors for these units.

In the last six months, GRP officials nabbed eight brokers involved in selling hundreds of children to businessmen in the city. And in the last one year, 1,126 children were rescued from various units, especially those located in the Old City, based on the information given by victims and brokers. Along with brokers, police also arrested owners of units who had engaged and exploited these children. Most of the children were rescued from poultry, leather, plastic and other units located in Dabeerpura, Shadnagar, Umdanagar and a few other places. read more.

* Contract jobs dip in Q1: Govt survey:

At least 24,000 contractual workers lost their jobs in sectors like auto, textile, metals and IT during April-June as companies tried to cut cost to beat the slowdown, a labour ministry survey showed.

Ironically, direct employment increased by 0.97 lakh sequentially during the Q1 of 2012-13 mostly in IT and textile industries as companies hired more skilled workers to replace unskilled contract workers. read more.

* Garment units see dull Deepavali:

The approaching Deepavali season does not augur well for stakeholders in the garment units at Puthiyamputhur and Ottapidaram block as unprecedented and frequent power cuts have disrupted production in many units.

With the advent of modern technology, sewing machines that were once operated manually have been converted into power based machines. But with the acute shortage of electricity, it has sorely affected the livelihood of more than 15,000 families involved in the industry at Puthiyamputhur.

During the previous Deepavali season, the garment industry here fetched an income of more than Rs.10 lakh but this year production could not be executed even for a market value of Rs. 5 lakh, T. Manohar, president, Readymade Garment Traders Association, Puthiyamputhur, said on Wednesday.

The frequent power cuts also affected the quality of the garments, he added.
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* India’s textile-apparel industry to touch $223 bn by 2021: Ficci:

India’s total textile and apparel industry size both domestic and exports is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.5 per cent to reach $223 billion by 2021 from the $89 billion in 2011, according to a white paper by industry body Ficci and research firm Technopak.

“India’s total textile and apparel industry size is estimated at $89 billion in 2011 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.5 per cent to reach $223 billion by 2021.
“The domestic textile and apparel market in India is worth $58 billion and has the potential to grow at a CAG of 9 per cent, to reach $141 billion by 2021,” the white paper on ‘Challenges in Textile and Apparel Industry’ more.

* Ministry for rise in credit flow under Tufs:

It has already recommended the scheme be included in the 12th five-year Plan (2012-17)
The ministry of textiles is considering increasing the credit flow to the power loom and processing sectors under the Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (Tufs). It has already recommended the scheme be included in the 12th five-year Plan (2012-17).

Earlier, 10 per cent subsidy was provided to the garment and processing sectors. Under the restructured Tufs, the weaving sector was also granted 10 per cent capital subsidy for new shuttle-less looms. How-ever, the spinning sector’s interest reimbursement was reduced from five per cent to four per cent. read more.

* Duty-free imports hit hosiery manufacturers:

The government granted duty-free access to 48 garment products from Bangladesh in 2011

Fearing losing out to competition the Bangladeshi textile industry, Ludhiana’s hosiery manufacturers have submitted a memorandum to the prime minister demanding level playing field for the industry in India.

Narender Miglani, general secretary of Ludhiana-based Knitwear Club Limited,says the government’s move to grant duty-free access to 48 garment products from Bangladesh in 2011 has baffled the hosiery textile industries. According to Miglani, the duty-free imports from Bangladesh is affecting the business in Ludhiana.
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* 7 more held in Reebok case:

Seven more accused persons were arrested late on Tuesday night in connection with the Rs 870 crore Reebok India scam.

A senior police officer told TOI that police were on Tuesday night interrogating the accused and verifying their role in the scam. The special investigation team (SIT) had earlier arrested two main accused, former Reebok India MD Subhender Singh Prem and ex-COO Vishnu Bhagat, and three others and all of them are in judicial custody. read more.

06:48:57 local time map of sri_lanka SRI LANKA

* Going green with occupational safety and health:

Top apparel exporter Brandix has extended its support to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for the 2012 National Safety Week programme which ends on Friday, 12 October.

This is the third successive year that Brandix has taken the role of main sponsor of the programme, and the fifth year overall of Group support for the causes it represents.
The theme for this year’s National Safety Week – ‘Go Green with OSH’ (Occupational Safety and Health) is of particular interest to Brandix, a global benchmark for environment-friendly manufacturing practices, Suwan Perera, the Group’s Head of Risk and Control said.

“Brandix is recognized as an example of best practice in the sphere of safety and health at workplaces,” he said. “As one of the largest apparel manufacturing groups in the region, we have, with the support of the many global brands we manufacture for, established very high standards for safety across all manufacturing locations.”
“This year’s focus on new concepts in occupational safety and health at the technical sessions on 10 October is especially significant, as it encompasses topics such as Green jobs and energy efficiency and sustainability in Green industries,” Perera added. read more.

06:18:57 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Textile sector criticises load management plan:

The textile sector has criticised the recent load management plan for industries, which has rendered millions of workers jobless, said official sources on Wednesday.

“The National Transmission and Distribution Company (NTDC) is currently getting 11,000 MW, out of which 5,000 MW is low cost hydroelectricity,” said Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab Shahzad Ali Khan. “During summer the hydroelectricity production declined to 2,000 MW, while power availability in the system stood at 14,000 MW.” read more.


* SHC calls for comments on Baldia fire tragedy:

* Directs civic, law enforcement, building control and factories  regulatory bodies to submit their reports

The Sindh High Court on Wednesday once again directed civic, law enforcement, building control and factories regulatory bodies to submit their respective reports regarding the devastating fire in garment factory fire that killed over 280 people alive in Baldia town last month.

A division bench, headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, repeated notice after none of government departments filed comments despite issuance of direction to them on the last hearing.
Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and other non-governmental organisations had moved the court to seek judicial probe into Baldia town factory inferno that killed over 280 workers on September 11, 2012.
Petitioners had sought constitution of a judicial commission to fix responsibility for incident and suggest monetary compensation to legal heirs of inferno victims.
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* JI will pay for orphans till Matric:

The Jamaat-e-Islami has distributed initial amount of Rs5 million to about 200 families affected by the September 11 fire at a factory in Baldia. It will also pay a monthly stipend of Rs2,500 for each child of a victim till they matriculate. The orphaned girls would be fully assisted till they complete their education.

JI Pakistan chief Syed Munawar Hassan distributed the cheques at a small ceremony at the party’s Karachi headquarter on Wednesday.
He admitted that it was a small amount and could not compensate for the lives lost but it would hopefully mitigate some of the financial problems.

So far 259 people have been declared dead in the incident. Out of this 202 were residents of Baldia and Orangi towns, six from the central district, one from Bin Qasim. Also, 39 bodies have yet to be identified. The heirs of 11 victims have not approached any government authority. to read.

* Mourning day:

This refers to the PPP’s decision of observing a day of mourning on Oct 8 for those who were killed in a firing incident at a PPP gathering in Khairpur.

A few weeks ago, almost 300 people perished in a fire accident in a Karachi factory but the Sindh government did not announce any mourning for them.
This is just one example.
Let us rise above political affiliations and think for every life in Pakistan, regardless of ethnic or religious origins.
to read.

06:18:57 local time map of uzbekistan UZBEKISTAN

* Uzbek Prosecutor General’s Office ignores children in cotton fields:

Officials in the Uzbek Prosecutor General’s Office have not accepted a complaint filed by the Human Rights Alliance of Uzbekistan about college students being forced to pick cotton.

“Insane” is what was said to insult a well-known human rights activist, Elena Urlayeva, when she came to file a complaint with the Prosecutor General’s Office about the use of child labour in cotton fields on 9 October.

“I asked them to receive my complaint in which I wrote in detail about the fact that college students in Uzbekistan were sent to pick cotton on a mass scale and have been in terrible conditions there,” Urlayeva said.

However, staff members of the Uzbek Prosecutor General’s Office flatly refused to accept it from her.
“If you worry about others’ children, then you are `insane’,” this is approximately what Urlayeva was told, and then she was threatened with police detention for 15 days. read more.

* ‘Several Arrested’ Over Uzbek Teenager’s Death:

An Uzbek official says several people have been detained over the death of a teenager who was allegedly beaten by police officers last week.

An official in Uzbekistan’s southern Shahrisabz district told RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service on condition of anonymity on October 10 that a total of 24 people, including several police officers, have been questioned in connection to the case.
The official said some of them have been detained.

The official also said that authorities haven’t yet received forensic examination results to establish the cause of the death of 18-year-old Navruz Islomov, who reportedly died of his injuries in hospital on October 6.
Local residents say police officers beat Islomov after he decided to leave early from the field where he was picking cotton because he was feeling read.


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Under “special reports” you can find: an overview of articles about the Garment factory Fire in Karachi (and Lahore).

* After-work silence spreads among working Chinese

* Textile industry chases exports

* Holiday blues hit factories

* Garment workers form human chain in support of the victims of Dhaka fire
* SEC files criminal case against RN Spinning Mills
* First private testing lab for garment industry opens

* No child labour in Indian garment industry: AEPC
* Employment or Exploitation: Are suppliers to retailers like Walmart, Carrefour sweatshops?
* Child labourers rescued
* ‘Minors herded like cattle to work at units’
* Contract jobs dip in Q1: Govt survey
* Garment units see dull Deepavali
* India’s textile-apparel industry to touch $223 bn by 2021: Ficci
* Ministry for rise in credit flow under Tufs
* Duty-free imports hit hosiery manufacturers
* 7 more held in Reebok case

* Going green with occupational safety and health

* Textile sector criticises load management plan
* SHC calls for comments on Baldia fire tragedy
* JI will pay for orphans till Matric
* Mourning day

* Uzbek Prosecutor General’s Office ignores children in cotton fields
* ‘Several Arrested’ Over Uzbek Teenager’s Death

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