in the news on-line, 20 December 2012

06:11:26 local time map of china CHINA

* Adidas workers dissatisfied with compensation:

Chinese suppliers are airing their dissatisfaction with the compensation offered by the German sports wear giant adidas AG, China Business News said on Wednesday.

In August this year, adidas announced it was shutting down an apparel operation in Suzhou, in Jiangsu province, as well as terminating contracts with five suppliers in the country in an attempt to become more efficient by restructuring its business in China.

Sabrina Cheung, corporate communication director for adidas Greater China, said adidas gave its suppliers fair legal notice of its intent to terminate the business contracts it has with them. She said the company has fulfilled all of its contractual obligations but will nonetheless offer its partners advice pertaining to their communication and transition plans.

But according to China Business News, suppliers are not satisfied with the compensation, especially because machines and software systems were tailored for adidas. read more. & read more.
PEOPLEDAILY  CHINADAILY

05:11:26 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Productivity key for garments:

Deputy director of the Viet Nam National Garment and Textile Group, Le Tien Truong, spoke to Vietnam News Agency about the industry’s achievements this year as well as its future development.

What are the main achievements of the garment and textile industry this year?
The industry expects to achieve its goal of exporting US$17 billion worth of goods this year, which means a growth rate of 8 per cent.

However, to maintain this rate over last year, when there was a decrease in average export prices, output must actually increase by 14-15 per cent, depending on the situation in each market.

The global recession has lowered consumption and imports in many markets. This has particularly affected garment and textile exports from Viet Nam.
For example, Viet Nam’s total export turnover to Europe this year decreased by 5 per cent. In the garment and textile industry, this was as low as 2-3 per cent.
read more.
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05:11:26 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* FREE SOMYOT- Court gives a further verdict date:

Over 100 friends, comrades, INGOs, Trade unionsts and Thai pro democracy activists from inside and outside Thailand. attended Somyot’s hearing at the Criminal Court today.

International and local NGOs such as Freedom House, Human Rights Watch and Union for Civil Liberty were also there with diplomats from the EU Delegation, and the embassies of Switzerland, UK, Germany, Sweden, and Denmark.The Criminal Court announced it will pass judgment on lese majeste prisoner Somyot Prueksakasemsuk on 23 Jan 2013.
read more.
And here  you can find Photos of today’s court hearing.
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* Somyot’s wife talks about the case:

Somyot’s wife, Joop speaking at today’s hearing:
See video. (thai)
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* Somyos lese majeste ruling deferred until Jan 23:

The Criminal Court will pass judgement on lese majeste prisoner Somyos Prueksakasemsuk on Jan 23, the judges hearing the case announced on Wednesday.
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Somyos Prueksakasemsuk (Photo by Surapol Promsaka na Sakolnakorn)

Over a hundred people were present at the court when the hearing reconvened on Wednesday morning. They included the defendant’s wife and son, representatives from several European embassies, including Denmark and Germany, and the European Commission. International and local NGOs such as Freedom House, Human Rights Watch and Union for Civil Liberty were also there.

The court read out a lengthy explanation of the Constitution Court’s ruling that the Penal Code’s Section 112, known as the lese majeste law, is not contrary to the constitution.
The court’s ruling was presented in evidence by Mr Somyos and also by another lese majeste defendant in another case, Ekachai Hongkangwan. read more.
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* Court defers judgement in Somyos lese-majeste case to Jan 23:

The Criminal Court has deferred its ruling in the lese-majeste case against Voice of Taksin editor Somyos Prueksakasemsuk to January 23, citing changes in the panel of judges who handled the case for the delay.

The announcement was made yesterday as one of the four presiding Criminal Court judges spent 30 minutes reading out an earlier ruling by the Constitution Court affirming the constitutionality of the lese-majeste law in front of Somyos.

Somyos appeared in court along with more than 100 supporters and observers, including those from the German and British embassies.

Thai people’s reverence for His Majesty the King, said the female judge, citing the Constitution Court’s ruling, “is a unique characteristic found in Thailand and unlike anywhere else”.

The judge further quoted from the Constitution Court’s ruling by adding that violating the lese-majeste law by defaming the monarchy was tantamount to “hurting the feelings of Thai people”, thus the harsher penalty compared to defaming an ordinary person was “justified”.

Somyos, who appeared in orange prison clothing and was shackled at the ankles, later said he would seek yet another bail hearing soon, adding to the 12 bail requests that have been denied over the past 17 months since he was detained.

He described the negative impact on him and his family of the repeated denial of bail as “incalculable”. “It testifies to the fact that Thailand is not yet a fully democratic society,” Somyos told The Nation. read more.
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05:11:26 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Court Drops Triple Shooting Charge Against Bavet Governor:

The Svay Rieng Provincial Court has dropped all charges against the former Bavet City governor who was the chief suspect in the shooting of three female garment workers during a violent protest at a special economic zone in February, court officials said yesterday.

The court, instead, charged Sar Chantha, Bavet City’s penal section chief, with the triple shooting, a lawyer for local human rights group Licadho said.
Chhouk Bundith, the former governor, was originally the sole suspect named in an Interior Ministry investigation into the February 20 shooting outside a shoe factory producing shoes for the German sports brand Puma.

“We have dropped the charge against him [Chhouk Bundith] and I don’t want to comment on the reason,” said Hing Bunchea, the provincial court prosecutor.
“Based on the evidence and the court’s investigation, [he] was not involved in causing the wounds of the victims,” he said.

Chin Lyda, a lawyer from Licadho representing the three shooting victims, said he had received a court document stating that the charge against Mr. Bundith would be dropped, while a trial will move forward against Mr. Chantha.
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Jill Tucker, chief technical adviser for the International Labor Organization said it was “a sad day” for garment workers in Cambodia.

“The buyers wrote a letter early on to the [government] encouraging there to be a speedy trial and a fair administration of justice and I think that neither of those have happened in this case and the buyers may very well be disappointed,” she said.

“PUMA as a business does not comment on political or judicial issues,” said Kerstin Neuber, head of Puma’s corporate communications, in an email. read more.
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* Cambodia acquits official of shooting protesters:

A former Cambodian governor accused of shooting three garment workers during a labor protest was acquitted in a ruling that prompted outrage Wednesday from rights groups who say it highlights the impunity surrounding the country’s political elite.

Former official Chhouk Bandith was governor of Bavet town, in southeastern Cambodia, when he became the prime suspect in the Feb. 20 shooting of three female protesters. The women were wounded by the attack while demonstrating with 1,000 others for better working conditions and benefits outside their factory, which makes footwear for Germany’s Puma brand and others.

A court in Svay Rieng province ruled Tuesday that it found no evidence to prove the ex-governor was the gunman and acquitted him of the charge of unintentionally wounding the protesters, according to several Cambodian newspapers. Rights groups had initially criticized the charge as too lenient and had called for a stiffened charge of attempted murder.

“I am disgusted at the level of impunity that we are now seeing in Cambodia,” said Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. The political elite “occupy a sphere that is seemingly beyond the reach of Cambodia’s law enforcement and judicial system.”

He urged Puma, the factory’s main buyer, to pull out of Cambodia saying the brand’s image will be tarnished by the blood of the wounded garment workers.

The protest occurred at the Taiwanese-owned Kaoway Sports Limited factory, located in an industrial estate close to the border with Vietnam. Commerce Ministry statistics show that most of its production is shipped to Europe, especially Germany and Italy. read more.
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* ITC defends its use of funds, claiming silk weavers profiting:

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A woman weaves silk on a loom at a small-scale producer in Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district. Photograph: Hong Menea/Phnom Penh Post

The International Trade Centre (ITC) yesterday rejected criticisms over the misuse of expenses and funds for a sector-wide Cambodian silk project, saying its approach was appropriate and well managed.

Mao Thora, secretary of state for the Ministry of Commerce, publicly criticised the ITC during a seminar on Monday, saying that silk industry development has been weak despite funds being provided to the ITC to develop silk works in Cambodia.
Raimund Moser, associate trade promotion officer for the ITC, said the budget for the two-year Cambodian Sector-Wide Silk Project, which was implemented between March 2010 and March 2012, was slightly over $814,000.
“Yearly implementation is about $400,000,” he said. “A big amount of the money has gone to the Silk Association in Cambodia for Khmer Silk Villages who are working on our behalf with a $240,000 grant [for the two years],” he said. read more.
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04:41:26 local time map of myanmar BURMA/MYANMAR

* Chinese companies eye Myanmar’s market:

Chinese companies from various sectors are in talks with Myanmar’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) this month at Nay Pyi Taw for possible investments in bioenergy production, garment and telecommunications.

Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group, a Chinese energy company, proposed on December 7 to produce bioenery as well as to grow plantations for bioenergy supply source in Myanmar.

Dongguan Association of Textile and Garment Industry, an industrial association from South China’s Guangdong province, is interested in setting up garment factories in the country. read more.
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04:11:26 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLA DESH

* 20 RMG workers hurt in stampedes over fire scare in Gazipur:

At least 20 garment workers of a factory were injured in stampedes in panic following fear of fire at Sataish area in Tongi on Wednesday.

Witnesses said the workers of ‘Bonded Fashions’ heard a big bang that originated from electrical short circuit and sparked the electrical wire which resulted in minor fire on the fourth floor of the factory in the morning.
The incident panicked the workers of the factory, who scrambled to get down from the building, leaving 20 injured.
The injured were admitted to different local hospitals and clinics. to read.
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* Garments workers barricaded road for arrear wages:

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A worker of North Pole Garments in Chittagong threatens to smash the windscreen of a car on Airport Road. She eventually restrained herself. The workers of the factory yesterday barricaded the road in front of the Export Processing Zone demanding three months’ arrear wages. Photo: Zobaer Hossain Sikder
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* RMG workers besiege CEPZ office:

Several hundred workers of a closed garment factory on Wednesday besieged the Chittagong Export Processing Zone office pressing for payment of their outstanding wages.

CEPZ sources said the workers of Northpool (BD) Limited, which was closed down two months back, besieged the zone office at about 8:30am.
Chittagong industrial police assistant director Tofael Ahmed said that the workers also tried to block on the airport road, but left the spot following assurance from the CEPZ authorities of taking necessary measures in this regard.
CEPZ general manager Abdur Rashid said that the Northpool (BD) Limited had been closed down due to the bankruptcy of the owner.
The authority is trying to find out a way for the payment of the dues of the workers, he added. to read.
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* Frequent strikes upset BGMEA:

Garment exporters yesterday expressed concern over frequent strikes and road blockades, saying these programmes seriously affect the economy and the apparel sector.

“We are extremely worried over the recent strikes and a road blockade programme,” said Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) in a statement.
It said the country witnessed four such programmes — three strikes and one road blockade — this month, imposed by different political parties, including the main opposition.
“We request the political parties to shun hartal for the sake of the economy,” said the statement.
It said Bangladesh’s garment industry is now facing a crucial time due to the debt crisis in the European countries and a sluggish US economy.
read more. & read more.
daily star bd  UNB

* Outsourcing injustice in apparel:

As American shoppers stormed retail stores for Holiday deals, Bangladesh experienced a much bleaker Black Friday when 112 garment workers lost their lives in a fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. The tragedy in Bangladesh’s industrial district occurred when fire erupted behind the factory’s locked doors, an eerie parallel to the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which claimed the lives of 100 girls in New York City’s garment district in 1911.

The fire at Tazreen factory, an unauthorised sub-contracted supplier to Walmart and other global retail brands, is a reminder that when it comes to human rights and workers’ rights, we haven’t come as far as we might think. As citizens, we expect labour laws to protect us, but as consumers, we are often oblivious to the conditions of those labouring to make the goods that we consume, especially those made in the developing world. In many ways, Americans have succeeded in ridding our economic system of injustice. In others, we have merely outsourced it. read more.
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* Clothing brands cover up safety flaws:

States int’l labour rights forum about accidents at garment factories

Major global apparel companies continue to put at risk the lives of garment workers in Bangladesh by covering up problems identified in confidential audits and ignoring best fire safety practices, a Washington-based labour rights group said yesterday.

Brands and retailers have conducted factory audits but not warned government agencies or workers about imminent dangers, the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) said in its 60-page report, Deadly Secrets.

“The brands and retailers collectively possess thousands of confidential factory audits that may reveal workplace hazards and even imminent threats to workers’ health and safety. But it seems they have chosen to cease business with factories to safeguard their reputation and brand images rather than reveal their deadly secrets and tell workers about the risks they face. They have kept their silence.”

The report from the advocacy organisation came in the wake of two recent deadly factory fires in Pakistan and Bangladesh, which together killed some 400 workers and injured hundreds others in September and November.

Auditors demand for a better working environment that requires an additional investment is often ignored when buyers negotiate contracts with manufacturers only on the basis of price and quality of products. read more.
daily star bd

* Cleaner production can boost Bangladesh garment sector:

Adoption of cleaner production techniques can help the Bangladesh apparel industry save about US$ 150 million each year, an official of International Finance Corporation (IFC)-South Asia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) has said.
Presenting a paper on ‘Cleaner Production for the Bangladesh Textile Sector’ during a seminar on ‘Environment Friendly and Resource Efficient Production: the Context of Textile and Clothing Industry’ Naureen Chowdhury, Associate Operations Officer of IFC-SEDF said it is a proven fact that factories which have introduced cleaner production techniques have succeeded in enhancing output even with lesser resources.
The seminar was jointly organized by the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), GIZ and INTERTEK.
Urging the garment unit owners to economically use water and energy, Dr. Ainun Nishat, Vice-Chancellor of BRAC University and a well-known environmentalist, said buyers would move out to other countries if Bangladeshi industry falls short in complying with global standards. read more.
Fibre2fashion

* Govt-industry leaders’ coordinated efforts to find out new markets underscored:

Slump in knitwear export

The local knitwear industry leaders and experts have emphasised on finding out new markets and starting negotiations with the governments of the emerging markets on trade barriers for knitwear export.

Industry insiders said due to the economic meltdown in the USA and Euro zone crisis, country’s knitwear sector has been passing through a crucial time for the last couple of years.

“We have long been facing slump in export orders from our traditional markets like the USA and Europe which have thrown the sector into an uncertain future,” vice-president of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Mohammad Hatem told the FE.  read more.
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* Work on ‘garment village’ in Munshiganj to resume by Jan:

The government has initiated steps to resume construction work of the proposed ‘garment village’ in Munshiganj by next month aiming to relocate about 1000 garment factories to the site by January 2014.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the stakeholders concerned to immediately set up the proposed garment village as the hundred per cent-compliant apparel units approached her to keep them safe from the fire incidents like that occurred recently at Tazreen Fashions near the capital. read more.
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03:41:26 local time map of india INDIA

* ‘MNCs exploiting textile sector workers’:

Textile workers have always been victims of multi-national companies as many such firms try only at sourcing apparels at cheapest prices without looking into social security of labourers globally, according to Mats Svensson, trade unionist and International Secretary of Leadership in Swedish trade union ‘IF Metall’.

“It is a concern that most of the multi-national companies are exploiting the textile sector workers with the help of many entrepreneurs in the respective countries from where they buy the garments,” he said.
Mr. Svensson was speaking at a conference organised by the Indian National Textile Workers Federation here on Sunday. read more.
THEHINDU

* 11 textile units dismantled for flouting pollution norms:

Eleven textile dyeing factories have been dismantled for reportedly flouting pollution control norms and letting out untreated effluents onto drains.

Officials of Pollution Control Board, revenue and Electricity board carried out surprise inspection of units at Kasipalayam, Kollampalayam, Surampatty anicut area and some other places and found 11 textile dyeing factories discharging untreated effluents. All the units were immediately dismantled with the help of earth movers, they said. read more.
THEHINDUBUSINESS

* FICCI charts 10-year roadmap to revive Bengal textiles industry:

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry has outlined a 10-year roadmap for redeveloping textiles sector in West Bengal and to ensure balanced and inclusive growth.

The industry body recently submitted its suggestions for reviving the textiles industry base in the State to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The suggestions in the form of Vision 2022-23 talks about doubling the State’s share in the country’s textiles industry to 10 per cent.
“West Bengal should grow at around 17 per cent to increase the size of its textiles industry to $21.5 billion from the current $2.9 billion,” FICCI said. read more.
THEHINDUBUSINESS

* Fewer bells ring for Indian apparel exports this Christmas:

With Bangladesh and Vietnam giving a tough competition to India, Christmas may not be as merry for apparel exporters as last year. According to industry players, exports have been dwindling by 8-10 per cent, as against an anticipation of 20 per cent growth.

A decline in manufacturing competitiveness of Indian apparel players coupled with demand erosion from West European and North American markets has led to the scenario.

“We were anticipating a steady growth of 20 per cent, especially during Christmas, in apparel exports. However, the scenario has been worsening since sometime resulting in a further decline of 8-10 per cent in apparel exports instead,” said Rahul Mehta, president of Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI). read more.
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* Textile park in Perambalur, SIDCO industrial complex in Ariyalur:

25 grade wall structures in tributaries of the Cauvery; eco-tourist centre at Muthupettai lagoon in Tiruvarur

Industrialisation in the two backward districts of Perambalur and Ariyalur is set to get a push with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announcing setting up of a textile park on the Tiruchi-Chennai national highway in Perambalur and a SIDCO industrial complex in Ariyalur.

Farmers from the delta region too have good news with the decision to construct 25 grade wall structures in the various tributaries of the Cauvery, channels and drainage to enable restoration of theoretical bed level in order to provide effective irrigation to farmers at an estimated cost of Rs.68.55 crore.

Establishment of an eco-tourist centre at Muthupettai lagoon in Tiruvarur district and promotion of eco-tourism at Panchamalai near Thuraiyur in Tiruchi district, setting up of a fossil museum in Ariyalur, a new bus stand for Karur, and expansion of the existing ones in Pudukottai and Gandharvakottai are among the significant development projects for the central region announced by the Chief Minister at the conclusion of the three-day conference of district collectors and police officers in Chennai on Wednesday. read more.
THEHINDU

* I am…:

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Remember all those times you bought ready made clothes that fit perfectly except for that extra inch around the arms or the waist? Those shopping in Ameerpet rarely have that problem because help is close at hand. For years, tailors or ‘alteration specialists’ as they are better known have worked on perfecting the fit of many a pair of jeans or salwar-sets.

Y. V. Raghavarao is one among them. One has to wait at least five minutes before you catch his attention. Eyes fixed on the red and black Kurta he is working on, his dexterous fingers folding and holding the polka dotted chiffon in place, time is money for the tailor from Tenali, Guntur.

Every day from 11:00 in the morning to 10:30 late at night, Raghavarao can be found in his usual spot, right next to Big City Factory Outlet in Ameerpet. Most of his work comes from Big City itself.

“They give me all their alteration work so that is where most of my customers come from. Besides that I also get customers from all over the area,” he explains, even as his feet continue to pedal the old Singer. A weekday afternoon is a good time to stop by at his shop, because he is busiest in the evenings and the weekends.
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03:41:26 local time map of sri_lanka SRI LANKA

* Sri Lanka apparel sector becoming an OEM supplier to the world market:

Sri Lanka’s apparel sector has progressed from its origins to the ODM stage (original design manufacturing) and is now striving to stamp its seal as a leading international OEM (original equipment manufacturer) supplier to the world market, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka Rishad said today.

Addressing the inaugural event of the 22nd Annual Ransalu national textile exhibition on Tuesday (December 18) at BMICH in Colombo, Minister Bathiyutheen said Sri Lanka’s textile and handloom sphere is now stepping beyond its ‘ODM supplier tag’ in the global market.

Sri Lanka’s textile and apparel sector encouraged by the direct sourcing of world’s third largest retailer TESCO’s as well as recent backing from the Indian government for its revival, has performed well this year. read more. & read more. & read more.
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* Sri Lankan govt to strengthen Ihala Madampella handlooms:

The Sri Lankan Government would soon act to provide a boost to the handloom industry in Ihala Madampella village, Divulapitiya, Sri Lanka’s official news portal quoted Attorney Pushpa Rajapaksa, Chairperson, Liya Abhiman Organization, as saying.
She said the Economic Development Ministry and the Industrial and Commerce Ministry of Sri Lanka would soon initiate steps for strengthening the handloom industry in the village, which is home to several handloom textile producers.
The Attorney shared the information during a ceremony held to distribute handlooms and other tools to 122 textile producers who underwent skill upgradation training at the Handloom Textile Design Development and Services Centre at Ihala Madampella. The beneficiaries include 65 producers who underwent training in the first phase, and 57 in the second phase. read more.
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* CB warns against  public sector borrowings, wage increases:

The Central Bank has warned that wage increases could fuel inflation while a spike in international commodity prices and fiscal slippages continue to worry the monetary authority.
It has urged the government to limit domestic borrowings to budgeted levels so that monetary policy would have the desired affect on the economy.

“Any upward adjustment to wages without a corresponding increase in productivity could lead to an upside risk to inflation. If wage increases outstrip productivity improvements this could lead to cost push inflation.
Therefore, any wage adjustment should be in-line with productivity increases, to prevent the emergence of wage induced inflationary pressures,” the Central Bank said in a recent report. read more.
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03:11:26 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Prgmea launches fire safety trainings:

The Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), in collaboration with Accordia Global Compliance Group and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), has launched a one-day workshop to enable the whole textile value-added sector to get certified with the social and safety compliance so that Pakistani exports to the USA and European Union may not be affected. The day-long training programme was held on Dec 18, Tuesday at PRGMEA North Zone office.

The officials from 1122 and civil defense, Ministry of Textile, International Labor Organization, Department of Labor were invited on the Certificate Distribution Ceremony.

PRGMEA Central chairman Sajid Saleem Minhas in his opening remarks said that there is need to change the mind set as importance of fire and safety cannot be overlooked. He also added that with a view to avoid such incidences in future, the focus of the industry should be the implementation of fire and safety rules and regulation by taking adequate measures for ensuring safety of their workers at their facilities to comply with the social and other requirements of their foreign buyers.
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* Fire safety training course held at PHMA:

World-wide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) on Wednesday organised a fire safety training course at PHMA House in collaboration with Accordia Global Compliance Group (AGCG). Director WRAP Bangladesh Liaison Office Saifullah Khawaja apprised participants of key problems hampering search and rescue operations during and after fire at factories.

He urged them to evolve SoPs at their factories to avoid casualties in case fire erupts and facilitate the flow of workers in a proper manner. He warned them that it took only 90 seconds for the fire to spread.
He said that more people were killed because of smoke inhalation than fire itself.
He also wanted factory owners to make their own regulations if there were none in the state’s laws to protect workers.  read more.
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* PCCC employees yet to get 20 percent raise:

Despite the directives of Sindh High Court to release the revised salaries to Pakistan Central Cotton Committee’s (PCCC) employees in compliance with the notification of Ministry of Finance, the authorities concerned have not yet complied with the court orders.

Sources said that the Finance Division had increased 20 percent Ad-hoc relief and enhanced the conveyance allowance in the Budget 2012-13 for the Government employees along with autonomous bodies and corporations. They said PCCC had already adopted a National Pay Scheme since 1973 and again in 1992 under the instructions of Finance Division and since long availing basic pay scale of Government of Pakistan and ad-hoc relief as and when announced by the Finance Division. read more.
BUSINESSRECORDER

* Gas suspension has literally paralysed textile sector: APBUMA:

Khwaja Muhammad Younus, Chairman All Pakistan Bedsheets and Upholstery Manufacturers Association said that suspension of gas to the textile sector for indefinite period of time has literally paralysed it leaving hundreds of thousands of workers unemployed. He was addressing a meeting of APBUMA specially called to discuss the impact of forced gas suspension.

Khawaja Younus said that the textile sector is entrenched owing multifaceted crisis and will have the toll on all the social and economic conditions of the country. He was of the view that the foreign reserves of the country are already under severe pressure as the payment has to make to IMF and country is solely relying on exports and remittances to meet the requirements. “It is clear in case of shutdown of textile sector, we will not be able to meet the export orders on time which means fewer dollars in terms of export realisations,” he added. read more.
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* ‘Romania has huge potential for Pak textiles’ – KCCI Chief:

Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s President Muhammad Haroon Agar urged Ambassador of Romania to invite Romanian investors to invest in Pakistan.

Exchanging views with the Romanian Ambassador to Pakistan H.E. Emilian Ion he highlighted the real and true potential of Pakistan with all its strengths. He said that Romania is a seventh largest European Union Market and has enormous potential for Pakistani products especially in textiles.

There is an excellent opportunity for Pakistani entrepreneurs to collaborate in textile and leather sectors in Romania. Pakistan can supply cotton yarn and fabrics for processing and value addition in Romania. Pakistan has benefited a great deal from Romania in industrial equipment for cement factories, refinery, power equipment, agricultural equipment, transport means, machine tools. Romania has been importing textile goods, leather, rice, and other food products, confectionaries, pharmaceuticals, sports goods from Pakistan. read more.
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* Cotton production remains lower:

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The figures of cotton production in Pakistan and India have been issued by Cotton Ginners Associations of both the countries, which showed that total domestic cotton production remained lower than previous year in both the countries.

According to the statistics issued by Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA), the total domestic arrival of seed cotton (phutti) up to December 15 was 10,768,861 bales, 267,157 bales (2.42pc) lower than previous year. The report further said that up to December 15 total export of cotton was 171,946 bales whereas 8,853,314 bales have been purchased by the textile mills and 1,743,601 bales are lying pending for sale in ginning factories. read more.
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     THE KARACHI FIRE:

* Baldia factory fire: Court calls for report on forensic tests:

The Sindh High Court has called for a detailed report on whether the various mandatory forensic tests at the Baldia factory fire site were carried out or not.

The division bench, headed by Justice Maqbool Baqir, was hearing a petition on Wednesday seeking a judicial inquiry of the fire at Ali Enterprises, where more than 250 people were burnt alive on September 11.
The Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan among some factory workers and human rights organisations have taken the owners to court over their alleged negligence that led to the tragedy.

Various tests were to be carried out at the factory after the blaze but the authorities have yet to disclose if they have done any such forensic tests, argued Amir Raza Naqvi, the factory owners’ advocate.
He also gave the court a sealed envelope containing the details of the factory owners’ assets. The judges made the envelope a part of the record but said the decision to disclose the details shall be taken later. read more.
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map of Asia

HEADLINES:

CHINA
* Adidas workers dissatisfied with compensation

VIET NAM
* Productivity key for garments

THAILAND
* FREE SOMYOT- Court gives a further verdict date
* Somyot’s wife talks about the case
* Somyos lese majeste ruling deferred until Jan 23
* Court defers judgement in Somyos lese-majeste case to Jan 23

CAMBODIA
* Court Drops Triple Shooting Charge Against Bavet Governor
* Cambodia acquits official of shooting protesters
* ITC defends its use of funds, claiming silk weavers profiting

BURMA/MYANMAR
* Chinese companies eye Myanmar’s market

BANGLA DESH
* 20 RMG workers hurt in stampedes over fire scare in Gazipur
* Garments workers barricaded road for arrear wages
* RMG workers besiege CEPZ office
* Frequent strikes upset BGMEA
* Outsourcing injustice in apparel
* Clothing brands cover up safety flaws
* Cleaner production can boost Bangladesh garment sector
* Govt-industry leaders’ coordinated efforts to find out new markets underscored
* Work on ‘garment village’ in Munshiganj to resume by Jan

INDIA
* ‘MNCs exploiting textile sector workers’
* 11 textile units dismantled for flouting pollution norms
* FICCI charts 10-year roadmap to revive Bengal textiles industry
* Fewer bells ring for Indian apparel exports this Christmas
* Textile park in Perambalur, SIDCO industrial complex in Ariyalur
* I am…

SRI LANKA
* Sri Lanka apparel sector becoming an OEM supplier to the world market
* Sri Lankan govt to strengthen Ihala Madampella handlooms
* CB warns against public sector borrowings, wage increases

PAKISTAN
* Prgmea launches fire safety trainings
* Fire safety training course held at PHMA
* PCCC employees yet to get 20 percent raise
* Gas suspension has literally paralysed textile sector: APBUMA
* ‘Romania has huge potential for Pak textiles’ – KCCI Chief
* Cotton production remains lower
* THE KARACHI FIRE:
* Baldia factory fire: Court calls for report on forensic tests

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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