in the news on-line, 28 June 2013

19:02:25 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Export earnings from garments for kids increase:

Vietnam raked in US$279.3 million from the export of kid clothing in the first five months of this year, up 19.7% over the same period of 2012.

The value is predicted to reach US$351.3 million in June, or a year-on-year increase of 20.2%.
Key export markets, including the European Union, the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea, saw impressive growth.
The US alone accounted for 68.9% of Vietnam’s kid clothing exports in the first four months, and the growth is expected to be maintained in the coming months thanks to positive signs of economic recovery in the market.
The market share of Vietnamese garments for kids was also increased in Russia, Hong Kong, Angola, Pakistan, Israel, Peru, Jordan, and Lebanon.
However, the price of export garments saw a decline of 13.5% compared to a year earlier to US$2.61/item.
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* ‘Good scope for Indian & Vietnamese textiles to cooperate’:

There is great potential for cooperation in the textile sector between Indian and Vietnamese textile firms, which can cooperate to launch Joint Ventures (JVs), Abhay Thakur, the Indian consul general in HCM City, has said.
Vietnam is a leading apparel exporter, but the country imports nearly 80 percent of its raw material requirements, whereas India is strong in textile materials and machinery, and hence an alliance between the two can benefit both sides, Mr. Thakur said.
He was speaking at the India-Vietnam Investment Round Table in Ho Chi Minh City, which was attended by members of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and representatives of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
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19:02:25 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

* Nike to pry into Sabrina crackdown:

More than 300 workers from the Sabrina Garment factory gathered at the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall yesterday as their representatives presented petitions to the US and UK embassies ahead of what Free Trade Union president Chea Mony called a promising visit by Nike next week.

Mony said that on Sunday a representative of Nike, a brand Sabrina supplies, would arrive in Cambodia to meet with officials and investigate clashes at the factory in the past month that left more than 40 injured and eight union members arrested for allegedly causing the violence.
In a letter, the footwear giant urged the Cambodian government to launch an independent inquiry into police violence that injured at least 50 people and allegedly caused two pregnant women to miscarry.
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* Cambodia’s garment export up 22 percent:

In a report by the Commerce Ministry, Cambodia’s garment industry recorded  $2.06 billion in exports in the first five months of 2013 up 22 pct.

The country’s main buyers are from the United States and European countries, with some coming from Canada, Japan, South Korea and China.
Garment export accounts for more than 80 percent of the country ‘s total exports and in 2012, Cambodia earned $4.6 billion from garment exports, according to the report.
There are around 500 garment factories in the country employing around 510,600 earning an average monthly wage of around $80.
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CAMHERALD

* Hong Kong set to strengthen ties:

Economic co-operation between Cambodia and Hong Kong continues apace. Hong Kong is Cambodia’s 6th largest trading partner, and it is the 5th largest source of imports.

From June 1, Cambodian diplomats and a range of government officials can travel to Hong Kong without a visa and stay for 14 days under a new exemption agreement.
In Cambodia, there are 56 Hong Kong-owned garment and footwear factories employing some 35,000 workers. On a recent trade mission to Cambodia, John C Tsang, finance secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, sat down with the Post’s Hor Kimsay to talk about the economic relationship.
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* BetterFactories Media updates 22-28 June 2013, Bandith’s found guilty:

* To read in printed Edtions The Phnom Penh Post:

2013-06-24 Nike asks gov’t for Sabrina inquiry
2013-06-24 Retailer warns Bangladesh
2013-06-26 Bandith found guilty
2013-06-27 Bandith eludes authorities
2013-06-28 Nike to pry into Sabrina crackdown

* To read in printed Edtions The Cambodia Daily:

2013-06-26 Bandith gets slaps on the wrist for triple shooting
2013-06-27 Rights groups decry failure to arrest Bandith after verdict
2013-06-28 Garment workers petition US and British Embassies

* To read in printed Edtions Khmer Newspaper Koh Santepheap Daily:

2013-06-25 Generator smoke frightens workers running in the factory
2013-06-26 Bandith to be in jailed for 18 months

BetterFactories Overview here.
Better Factories Cambodia

18:02:25 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLADESH

* Made in Bangladesh-The true cost of cheap clothes:

When you go shopping and pick up a t-shirt and a pair of pants for the kids for little more than $5 it probably doesn`t occur to you that you`re supporting the exploitation of garment workers.

It’s easy to fall into a habit without realising you have one, especially when the habit itself doesn’t seem outwardly to be doing anyone any harm.

So when you go to the shops and pick up a $3 t-shirt and a pair of pants for the kids for little more than $5 – you never really consider this to be a damaging act. In fact it seems like quite a bargain – and who doesn’t love a bargain?

For some in fact, it’s almost easier to keep buying cheap clothes as a one-off, rather than to re-use them. These clothes have become disposable, the clothing equivalent of fast food – we now have fast fashion.
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* Garment Factories in Razzak Plaza closes down indefinately:

Following the recent developments which saw the factories inside Razzak Plaza closing down suddenly due to fears of cracks, the factory now is shut down indefinitely.

The workers have not yet been informed of their wage dues and whether the factory will ever reopen of not. The workers are waiting anxiously for Sunday to get some news. Uncertainty is looming over the fate of 6000 workers with 4 times that size in the form of a family to feed.
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* OECD National Contact Points support Bangladesh Accord:

IndustriALL and UNI welcome the decision of the OECD National Contact Points for OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises to support the Accord on Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety as a robust and credible program which commits the brands to work with local stakeholders to guarantee the safety of workers.

This is the first time that these 45 representatives of national governments have issued any joint statement.  The Guidelines were modified in 2011 to include the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights which require that businesses take responsibility and use “due diligence” to  identify and address supply chain problems.

The NCP’s joint statement builds upon Secretary General Gurria’s previous public statement in support of the Accord. Secretary Gurria said, “This event is a dramatic wake up call for the international textile industry, governments and other stakeholders to address the risks before they result in tragedies such as this.”

At yesterday’s OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dipu Moni, underlined how urgent the situation is and called for higher and transparent pricing, and for buyers to contribute to the long term capacity for producers.  She also asserted that brands must conform to global standards because they have so far failed to deliver on their promises.
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* Wal-Mart, Gap close to deal over RMG safety plan:

Wal-Mart, Gap and other major US retailers are on track to reach an agreement by early next month to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh garment factories, where a building collapse two months ago killed 1,132 workers, reported The Washington Post.

Pressure on Wal-Mart and Gap increased after they refused to join an international accord to increase fire and building safety in Bangladesh, the US-based newspaper added.
The legally binding agreement was signed last month by dozens of large European retailers, including H&M and Inditex, as well as by Abercrombie & Fitch, PVH and other American companies.

Amid growing criticism of their refusal to sign, representatives from Wal-Mart and Gap appeared at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this month to defend a separate plan by a group of North American retailers and industry associations.
The plan has been developed in meetings convened by a District-based nonprofit group called the Bipartisan Policy Center.
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* Wal-Mart, Gap near $50m deal on factory safety:

Gap Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc are among US retailers finalising an agreement to establish a $50 million, five-year fund to improve safety conditions in Bangladesh garment factories, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

The fund for factory safety is contingent on the Bangladesh government meeting certain criteria that would ensure accountability for safety improvements, the Journal reported. A deal could be announced as soon as next month, the newspaper said.
Pressure on Wal-Mart and Gap increased after they refused to join an international accord to increase fire and building safety in Bangladesh. The legally binding agreement was signed last month by dozens of large European retailers, including H&M and Inditex, as well as by Abercrombie & Fitch, PVH and other American companies.
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* US blasts Wal-Mart, Gap’s RMG safety deal:

United Students Against Sweatshops and other labour rights groups have called for protests at Wal-Mart and Gap stores in more 30 cities in the United States, Canada and Britain on Saturday to demand that they join the fire and safety agreement already signed by 50 apparel companies

US labour rights groups and eight senators have called on major US garment retailers including Wal-Mart and Gap to sign on the existing international accord to improve safety conditions in Bangladeshi factories instead of drawing up a new one.
The senators, led by Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), had written to Wal-Mart and other retailers urging them to reconsider signing the existing accord on fire safety in Bangladesh, Washington Post said quoting a statement.

The senators reportedly argued that “only a legally binding global accord signed by US and European retailers — rather than self-monitoring or voluntary initiatives — will ensure worker safety in Bangladesh.”

The Wal-Mart and Gap alternative “cannot be called an agreement,” said Scott Nova, the executive director of the Workers Rights Consortium, an independent labour monitoring group. “There is nobody to enforce it, just companies and industry associations that represent these companies.
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* Don’t leave Bangladesh: Dipu to OECD countries, int’l brands:

Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni has urged the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries to remain engaged with Bangladesh, including its RMG industry.

She also said the multinational brands and retailers need to engage with Bangladesh RMG conforming to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs).
The Foreign Minister said this while delivering the inaugural address at the first OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business at the OECD headquarters, Paris on invitation by the OECD Secretary General, said Foreign Ministry release on Thursday.

Dipu Moni raised the issues of fair pricing of products and need to support long-term capacity building given an overwhelming female employment in the sector.
Later in the day, she shared an account of the measures taken by the government on ensuring the rights of the workers and overall safety in factories.
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* ‘Bangladesh’s export potential to EU not fully tapped’:

Bangladesh’s export potential to the European Union has not been fully tapped though the country gets very good market access, Ambassador William Hanna, Head of the EU Delegation in Dhaka, has said.
Inaugurating a two-day workshop on ‘Researching and Analysing Export Market’, Ambassador Hanna said the EU is the largest trade partner of Bangladesh, accounting for over 50 percent of its exports.
However, readymade garments (RMG) have the largest share in Bangladeshi exports to the EU countries, and the export of other items from Bangladesh has not been adequate.
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* US set to suspend GSP privileges:

CONCERNS OVER LABOUR RIGHTS, WORKER SAFETY

The United States is expected to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labour rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry’s worst accident.

Congressional aides said the Obama administration would make its announcement on Thursday, the culmination of a yearslong review of labour conditions in the impoverished South Asian nation.

Democratic lawmakers have been pushing for the step. Under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), Bangladesh can export nearly 5,000 products duty-free to the US, its leading market. While the GSP covers less than 1 percent of Bangladesh’s nearly $5 billion in exports to the US and doesn’t include the lucrative garment sector, it could deter American companies from investing in Bangladesh.
The office of US Trade Representative has said a decision would be made by the end of June whether to curtail Bangladesh’s trade privileges. The office did not respond Wednesday to requests for comment.
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* U.S. to Suspend Trade Privileges With Bangladesh:

The Obama administration on Thursday will suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh over concerns about safety problems and labor rights violations in that country’s garment industry, according to Administration and Congressional officials.

The administration has come under intense pressure to suspend trade privileges with Bangladesh after a factory building there collapsed in April, killing 1,129 workers and after a factory fire there killed 112 workers last November.
Officials with the United States Trade Representative’s office declined to comment. Administration and Congressional officials said the official announcement would come later on Thursday

Labor unions and Democrats on Capitol Hill have been pressing the Obama administration to take this step. Under the Generalized System of Preferences, Bangladesh is allowed to export nearly 5,000 products duty-free to the United States, which purchases about 25 percent of the country’s $18 billion in annual apparel exports.
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* US set to suspend Bangladesh’s GSP:

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After a six-year review of safety standards and labour conditions, the US was set to suspend duty waiver for Bangladesh yesterday, in a move that will hurt the country’s exports to American markets, media reports said.

The decision waiting to be announced will slap tariffs back on some of Bangladesh’s exports to US markets under the programme known as the Generalised System of Preferences. However, the scheme does not cover Bangladesh’s main export: garment.
The suspension underlines the lack of progress by the government in improving factory conditions.
The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) declined to comment. Administration and Congressional officials said the official announcement would come later on Thursday, The New York Times reported.
The move came after the US’ largest trade union, American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organisation (AFL-CIO), filed a petition with the USTR in 2007 questioning Bangladesh’s eligibility for GSP.
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daily star bd

* US downgrades Bangladesh trade ties:

The US has suspended trade privileges for Bangladesh until it improves workers’ safety conditions in the clothing industry.

US Trade Representative Michael Froman pointed to several recent fatal accidents in its huge clothing sector.
These “had served to highlight some of the serious shortcomings in worker rights and workplace safety standards in Bangladesh”, he said.
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* GSP Suspension for Bangladesh: A Step Forward for Workers’ Rights and Public Health:

ILRF lauds the US Government’s decision today to suspend Bangladesh from the Generalized System of Preferences trade program.

The decision was made in response to a petition filed by the AFL-CIO more than five years ago calling for action by the Bangladesh government to end labor abuses in the garment and shrimp industries. The decision by the Obama Administration to suspend benefits comes on the heels of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed over 1,100 garment workers.

“The Obama Administration took an important step today in support of Bangladeshi workers’ right to stand up to their managers and industry executives and demand safe, decent jobs,” said Brian Campbell, Director of Policy and Legal Programs at the International Labor Rights Forum.
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* Unfortunate:

US decision to affect image more than export, say analysts

The suspension of duty-free access to the United States will dent the image of Bangladesh more than its exports, business leaders and analysts said yesterday.
It might intensify campaigns against Bangladesh over labour standards and influence the EU to take a tougher stance on the continuation of trade privileges for the nation.

They expressed these views as the US decided to suspend the Generalised System Preferences (GSP), a scheme that allows Bangladesh to export nearly 5,000 products duty-free to the US.
“It is very unfortunate for us and an overreaction on the part of the US,” said Atiqul Islam, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.
“We thought the US would maintain GSP facility by attaching some conditions,” he said. “This is a strong message. The decision will impact Bangladesh’s image negatively.”
“We are trying our best to improve labour conditions. But it is not possible to do anything overnight,” said Atiqul, mentioning that Bangladesh is now working on amending the labour law to execute the Better Work Programme of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
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* Bangladesh hopes US to revive GSP:

Bangladesh hopes that the US administration will soon revive its GSP status and the buyers will continue their business with their long-trusted partners.

Affirming that it will remain engaged with all its trading partners to share ideas and collectively address factory safety issues, Bangladesh also hoped that the US-Bangladesh trade to grow further despite the suspension of GSP, a benefit a least developed country is supposed to receive in the developed countries as per the provisions of the World Trade Organization.

“The government of Bangladesh has come to know about the unfortunate development of GSP suspension in the USA. Indeed a section of people, inside both Bangladesh and the USA, had long been campaigning to this effect,” said a Foreign Ministry release on Friday.
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* Garment players look to fill Bangladesh void:

Indian garment exporters are expecting a surge in their order books amid pressure on the Bangladesh industry in the aftermath of two major accidents in the apparel industry that have claimed over 1,500 lives.

Although the US on Thursday looked set to withdraw some of the trade concessions to Bangladesh , the move may not have a major impact since the garment industry in the neighbouring country does not enjoy benefits under the generalized system of preferences scheme, Times of India reported.
Only a small amount of textile goods along with tobacco and sporting equipment is expected to be affected . But, Washington could set the tone for a similar move by the European Union, which allows duty-free imports . Already, EU has warned of a possible withdrawal of concessions if the safety conditions don’t improve.
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* BGMEA for establishing specialized RMG zone :

The leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) urged the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to establish a specialized industrial zone for the Readymade Garments (RMGs) industry on the land sanctioned for extension of the port.

They made the request as a group of representative of BGMEA,  led by first vice-president Nasiruddin Ahmed Chowdhury, recently  met Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority Rear Admiral Nizam Uddin Ahmed.
The CPA chairman expressed his desire to establish a  specialized industrial zone for the RMGs sector on 100 acres of land out of 1,000 acres earlier sanctioned by the government for extension of port.
BGMEA representatives, including director and other senior
port officials, among others, were present.
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BSS

* Spl fund demanded for expanding, modernising weaving industry:

Entrepreneurs concerned on Thursday urged the government to create a special fund for expanding and modernising the weaving industry through increasing investment.

The call was made when a delegation of Bangladesh Specialised Textile Mills and Powerloom Industries Association (BSTMPIA) met Industries Minister Dilip Barua at his office.
BSTMPIA president Azizul Haque led the delegation.
The delegation members also demanded making the terms of loans easier for the investors in the sector as they think the step will help modernise the industry and proliferate the value chain in the country’s apparel sector by creating a strong backward linkage.
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* Tannery relocation: Compensation package finalised:

The project apparently takes shape long after the government initiated the move in 2003-04 fiscal to relocate the tanneries outside Dhaka amid environmental concerns

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A tannery in capital’s Hazaribagh area

The government has decided to pay a compensation of Tk2.5bn to 155 tanneries for relocating the leather processing factories from the capital’s Hazaribagh area to the leather industrial park in Savar.

The government has also decided to set up a Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at a cost more than Tk8.28bn in the park, says a finance ministry source.
The project apparently takes shape long after the government initiated the move in 2003-04 fiscal to relocate the tanneries outside Dhaka amid environmental concerns.
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DHAKATRIBUNE

* Time to introduce support price scheme for jute:

Jute, the golden fibre of Bangladesh, has long been defined by some quarters as being a ‘dying’ commodity.

Whether the perception is apt or right is a matter of debate. But it is true the one-time cash-crop of Bangladesh through the passage of time eventually became bereft of its age-old glory.
In the late 1980s, with technological developments leading to fast disappearance of natural raw materials, particularly with the advent of polythene and synthetics materials, jute started to face increasingly competitive pressure from man-made fibres (MMF).
Aggressive pressure from synthetic substitutes has forced the jute industry to seek new opportunities of diversification and alternative uses.
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* Jute sector explores advantage of carbon credit :

Transition to a more sustainable bio-based economy, as a political consequence of the Kyoto protocol on global climate change (UN FCC, 1997), includes a shift of feedstock for energy and chemical industries from petrochemical to renewable resources.The use of non-food crops as major source for renewable resources, however, requires careful consideration of the environ-mental impact.
It is a good sign that also industries have by now recognised that the concept of “eco-efficiency” is an important way for businesses to contribute to sustainable development (Lawn 2001). As a major renewable resource lignocellulosic fibres derived from the structural plant tissues will play an important role in this transition.
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 * Robbery on Dhaka-Chittagong highway:

Incidence of highway robberies has increased in alarming proportion throughout the country.

More than a dozen trucks and covered vans laden with cotton, steel and export goods, mainly readymade garments (RMG), have been hijacked by the highway robbers on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway in recent months. The increasing lawlessness due to banditry and the cries for assistance of those involved in the transportation of goods have gone unheeded for too long.

According to reports published in the media this week, highway robberies are taking place not only on the Dhaka-Chittagong route, the same are also happening on other inter-district roads of the country at a regular level.
The robbers engaged in hijacking loaded trucks and covered vans reportedly maintain direct contact with an unscrupulous section of traders and industrialists. The robbers allegedly sell the looted cotton and steel rods to them.
The traders reportedly make even advance payments to the robbers. The robbers active on Dhaka-Chittagong highway allegedly have spread their network to many places of the country including Gazipur, Narsingdi, Narayanganj, Keraniganj, Jhenidah, Kushtia and some other places.
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     THE SAVAR BUILDING COLLAPSE

* Thailand grants $166,000 for BD:

Thailand has granted Bt5 million (about US$166,000) to assist families of victims in the recent factory collapse in Bangladesh.

Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul made the disclosure.
More than 1,000 people died in the country`s deadliest industrial disaster.
Mr Surapong said Thailand and Bangladesh have always provided humanitarian aid to each other.
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* Rana Plaza: Savar ward councillor on three-day remand:

The same court also rejected bail petition of three garment factory owners

A Dhaka court on Thursday placed Mohammad Ali Khan, a ward councillor of Savar municipality, on a three-day remand in connection with a murder case filed over the collapse of Rana Plaza on April 24.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Toybul Hasan passed the order rejecting a bail petition submitted by Khan’s counsel Moshiur Rahman.
Investigation Officer (IO) of the case Bijay Krishna Khar, assistant superintendent of police from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), produced them before the court with five days’ remand plea.
In the plea, the IO said Khan is a relative of Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza. He cooperated to build the building illegally.
On June 26, CID arrested Mohammad Ali Khan form Savar.
Meanwhile, the same court on Thursday rejected bail petition of owners of three garment factories, housed in the Rana Plaza, and an assistant engineer of Savar municipality in two cases filed over the building collapse.
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17:32:25 local time map of india INDIA

* Garment players look to fill Bangladesh void:

Indian garment exporters are expecting a surge in their order books amid pressure on the Bangladesh industry in the aftermath of two major accidents in the apparel industry that have claimed over 1,500 lives.

Although the US on Thursday looked set to withdraw some of the trade concessions to Bangladesh , the move may not have a major impact since the garment industry in the neighbouring country does not enjoy benefits under the generalized system of preferences scheme.
Only a small amount of textile goods along with tobacco and sporting equipment is expected to be affected . But, Washington could set the tone for a similar move by the European Union, which allows duty-free imports . Already, EU has warned of a possible withdrawal of concessions if the safety conditions don’t improve.

Foreign buyers, Indian garment players said, have begun reviewing their sourcing orders from Bangladesh after the latest accident in which over 1,100 died after a building with several garment factories collapsed. For instance, Walt Disney has announced its intention to stop sourcing from Bangladesh, which has overtaken countries such as India to emerge as one of the largest exporters of readymade garments.
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* Textile entrepreneurs demand bank for marketing, raw material:

Textile entrepreneurs in the country’s biggest man-made fabric (MMF) industry, which is based in the city, has sought the support of the ministry of textile for setting up a marketing and raw material bank for the powerloom cluster.

Industry sources said most of the weavers in the decentralized sector do not have organized information about what to produce, where to sell and procure required raw material.
In order to achieve the goal, a federal association or district level co-operative society should be formed to undertake the supply of raw material by establishing raw material bank and marketing of the fabrics.
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TOInew

* Textile Ministry asked to come out with National Fibre Policy soon:

For the textile industry in the region, from the spinning mills to garment exporters, one of the main needs to get back to growth is raw material security and stability in prices.

The industrial associations stressed this demand at a meeting the Union Textile Minister K.S. Rao had here on Wednesday.
According to the Southern India Mills’ Association, the Ministry should come out with the National Fibre Policy soon. The cost for transport of cotton, which is the main raw material of the mills, from the northern States by road is high and measures should be taken so that the mills can use the sea route. The Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) should be implemented with retrospective effect so that all the units that have invested during the last few months get the benefits.
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* Eight textile processing units removed:

Officials from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board removed eight illegal textile processing units that were functioning in Erode on Thursday.

The board sources said that a survey that was conducted by them recently showed that some textile processing units that were functioning at CS Nagar and Agraharam areas were polluting the groundwater by discharging a large quantity of effluents into the drains without treating them.

Bleaching units
During the drive that was conducted on Thursday the officials removed two bleaching units in CS Nagar, five bleaching units, and a yarn dyeing unit at Agraharam. According to board sources, all the units that were removed on that day were manual processing units where bleaching and yarn dyeing was done in cement tanks. “The units were established recently – after the drive was conducted in the locality,” they said and added that such drives would continue.
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* Maharashtra’s ‘Advantage Vidarbha’ attracts textile firms:

The ‘Advantage Vidarbha’ initiative of the government of Maharashtra, a state in western part of India, aimed at drawing prospective investors, especially textile firms, to the state’s backward region of Vidarbha, has started paying dividends.
Around 26 projects have already been launched in the region following the initiative, and Raymond Group, one of India’s leading integrated textile players, is now going ahead with setting up of a project.
As the company announced its expansion plans during ‘Advantage Vidarbha’, the state government allocated 25 acres of land to Raymond in Yavatmal district of Vidarbha region early this month, Maharashtra’s Minister for Textiles Mohd. Arif Naseem Khan told PTI, Economic Times reported.
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17:02:25 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* Pakistan eyes US market:

Pakistan seeks tariff concessions and greater access to United States (US) market in order to boost gross domestic production (GDP) growth in coming years, senior government officials and diplomats said.

Talking to Khaleej Times on the sidelines of second US-Pakistan business opportunities conference, they were confident of positive outcomes and quick progress on key issues to remove tariff barriers and obstacles, hurting bilateral trade and investment.
“This meeting is a sequel to the London conference held in October, which was a good start and we need to build on and further the positive bilateral trade between US and Pakistan,” Munir Qureshi, secretary, ministry of commerce, said.
Pakistan and the US have made significant progress on bilateral Trade and Investment (BIT) treaty at the second US-Pakistan business opportunities conference.
Javed Malik, former ambassador and adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said progress on BIT was encouraging and the two sides would soon sign the agreement. He said there was wide scope for US and Pakistani businessmen to increase cooperation in various key sectors like energy, agriculture, education, IT and telecom, among others.

Responding to a question on the US-Pakistan conference, Malik said it was a very successful event, which laid down foundations of better understandings and future cooperation. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was committed to promoting e-government in order to facilitate businesses and citizens of the country. He said the third US-Pakistan business opportunities conference was likely to be held in Pakistan, however there no decision had been made.
He said Pakistan urged the US government to extend the period of Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for more than one year as it was presently renewed on a yearly basis.
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pakTODAY The Express Tribune

* No more crutches for textile sector:

With the introduction of two percent value added tax on supplies for the textile value chain, the FBR has replaced the zero-rating regime for the textile industry, effectively bringing an era to a close.

Moreover, according to the SRO 98(1)/2013, all companies as defined in Income Tax Ordinance 2001 as registered for sales tax, have already been subjected to withholding tax at one-fifth of the applicable rate of sales tax on all purchases. Furthermore, the persons registered as exporters are also now to be subjected to withholding tax of one-fifth of the applicable rate of sales tax on all purchases from registered persons.
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* First effluent treatment plant being set up to meet WTO standards:

The federal government is going to set up a combined effluent treatment plant at Khurianwala Industrial Estate, Faisalabad to meet the requirements of the international market and comply with environment protection standards of the World Trade Organization (WTO), The Express Tribune has learnt.

The project is estimated to cost Rs3.617 billion, of which Rs534.9 million will come as foreign investment, according to an official close to the development. The plant is projected to be completed by 2015.
Domestic funds will be shared by the federal and Punjab governments whereas technical and financial assistance will be taken from a foreign donor agency or country on soft terms and conditions.
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A survey reveals that textile units of Faisalabad mostly use chemicals like detergents, dyes, soda ash, salts, acid and enzymes and discharge wastewater into municipal drains and rivers without any treatment, causing serious damage to water quality and the landscape in surrounding areas.
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HEADLINES TODAY:

VIET NAM
* Export earnings from garments for kids increase
* ‘Good scope for Indian & Vietnamese textiles to cooperate’

CAMBODIA
* Nike to pry into Sabrina crackdown
* Cambodia’s garment export up 22 percent
* Hong Kong set to strengthen ties
* BetterFactories Media updates 22-28 June 2013, Bandith’s found guilty

BANGLADESH
* Made in Bangladesh-The true cost of cheap clothes
* Garment Factories in Razzak Plaza closes down indefinately
* OECD National Contact Points support Bangladesh Accord
* Wal-Mart, Gap close to deal over RMG safety plan
* Wal-Mart, Gap near $50m deal on factory safety
* US blasts Wal-Mart, Gap’s RMG safety deal
* Don’t leave Bangladesh: Dipu to OECD countries, int’l brands
* ‘Bangladesh’s export potential to EU not fully tapped’
* US set to suspend GSP privileges
* U.S. to Suspend Trade Privileges With Bangladesh
* US set to suspend Bangladesh’s GSP
* US downgrades Bangladesh trade ties
* GSP Suspension for Bangladesh: A Step Forward for Workers’ Rights and Public Health
* Unfortunate
* Bangladesh hopes US to revive GSP
* Garment players look to fill Bangladesh void
* BGMEA for establishing specialized RMG zone
* Spl fund demanded for expanding, modernising weaving industry
* Tannery relocation: Compensation package finalised
* Time to introduce support price scheme for jute
* Jute sector explores advantage of carbon credit
* Robbery on Dhaka-Chittagong highway
THE SAVAR BUILDING COLLAPSE:
* Thailand grants $166,000 for BD
* Rana Plaza: Savar ward councillor on three-day remand

INDIA
* Garment players look to fill Bangladesh void
* Textile entrepreneurs demand bank for marketing, raw material
* Textile Ministry asked to come out with National Fibre Policy soon
* Eight textile processing units removed
* Maharashtra’s ‘Advantage Vidarbha’ attracts textile firms

PAKISTAN
* Pakistan eyes US market
* No more crutches for textile sector
* First effluent treatment plant being set up to meet WTO standards

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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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