In the news 13-14 May 2014

08:48:04 local time map of china CHINA

* Chinese shoemaker breaking “made-in-China” mould:

For Liu Qiongying, her initial motivation for making shoes was simple — to design a pair for herself.

“Being short, I was desperately in need of a pair of high heels to attend my friend’s birthday party, but I searched all the stores in our town and found only disappointment,” Liu recalls of her experience 20 years ago. “I told myself: if you can’t find an ideal pair, then make one.”

Coming home after the party that night, Liu began work on her own ideal high-heeled shoes, a project that took her six months. “I leafed through fashion magazines and picked out the merits of several shoes, and pieced them together as a whole. I brought the draft to a friend who was a patternmaker in a shoe factory, and asked him to make them for me.”

The then high school girl didn’t realize it at the time, but shoemaking was to become not only her passion but a career for which she has been venerated in China. In a country still struggling with its reputation as “the world’s factory,” Liu’s Sheme shoes brand has broken the mould by becoming recognized for high-end design, rather than low-cost manufacture.
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07:48:04 local time map of viet_nam VIET NAM

* Textiles, footwear industries enjoy big surge in exports:

Two key export industries – textile and garments as well as leather and footwear – have posted significant gains in the first four months of the year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

The ministry said textile and garment firms had enjoyed a year-on-year increase of 20 per cent in export value to US$5.9 billion.

Le Tien Truong, deputy general director of Viet Nam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) said many enterprises had export orders until the third quarter and a few had contracts until the end of the year.
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* FTA with EU would boost exports:

The Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement expected to be signed by October will bring “win-win” opportunities of success for both sides’ business communities, delegates told a forum organised in Ho Chi Minh City on May 13.

The EU continued to be the most important market for many key exports of Vietnam, said Jean-Jacques Bouflet, Minister-Counsellor and head of the Trade and Economic section of the EU delegation to Vietnam.

Vietnamese exports to the EU currently enjoy the EU’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which provides developing countries preferential access to the EU market through reduced tariffs. However, preferential tariffs under GSP are unstable since GSP is subject to revision every three years, according to Bouflet.
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* Vietnam will watch China eat its TPP lunch :

20140514 THANHNIENews tpp_grflVietnamese textile investors will miss out on the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership because they lack the capital and collective power to invest in the required yarn factories.

Vietnamese textile investors are going to lose the chance at tariff cuts from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement as they lack money and group power to invest in yarn factories as required.
The TPP is being negotiated between Vietnam and 11 other countries including big economies like the US, Canada, Japan and Australia.
Many expect the overdue agreement to come through soon, lifting tariffs on garments made by TPP members from the yarn stage forward.
Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon Online quoted a local industry insider, Monday, as saying that creating a yarn factory remains beyond the means of local producers, and that as a TPP member, Vietnam will only further enrich the Chinese textile industry.
Vietnam’s textiles and garments are mostly made from Chinese yarn.
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* Textiles, footwear industries enjoy big surge in exports:

Two key export industries – textile and garments as well as leather and footwear – have posted significant gains in the first four months of the year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

The ministry said textile and garment firms had enjoyed a year-on-year increase of 20 per cent in export value to US$5.9 billion.

Le Tien Truong, deputy general director of Viet Nam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) said many enterprises had export orders until the third quarter and a few had contracts until the end of the year.

The orders are mainly from traditional marketslike the European Union, South Korea, Japan, and the United States, he said.
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* Vietnam forecast to become largest ASEAN exporter to US :

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Employees are seen working at a footwear manufacturing plant in Ho Chi Minh City in this file photo.

Vietnam will surpass all other ASEAN nations to become the largest exporter to the U.S. next year, the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam has predicted.

Vietnam currently stands behind Malaysia and Thailand in terms of export turnovers to the U.S., the AmCham said in a report released last weekend. Vietnam will take over the top position in 2015, the report stated.

In 2014, the bilateral trade between the Southeast Asian country and the U.S. is forecast to top US$33.6 billion, with Vietnam’s shipments totaling $28.1 billion.

Exports of textile and garment products alone are predicted to reach $9.7 billion by the end of this year, according to the report.

In 2020, Vietnam’s exports to the North American country will rise to $51.4 billion, with textile and garment accounting for $15.2 billion.
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07:48:04 local time map of thailand THAILAND

* Message for Somyot:

“Dear old friend, when I think of you I think that you are one of the few steady things in Thai politics.
You have always been true to yourself and your beliefs.
You are a rare man because you actually like and respect ordinary people like me.
This is what makes you so dangerous to the cynical and hypocritical power politics at play in Thailand today.
We need you to stay exactly as you are, a real democrat and a real human being.”
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07:48:04 local time map of cambodia CAMBODIA

20140513 * Labour leaders decry bail payment and nine arrests:

Labour union leaders denounced the government yesterday, alleging unfair treatment in the wake of nine union worker arrests last week and a hefty bail payment by a union president yesterday.

Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), yesterday paid $25,000 in bail to Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

“Now we’ve paid, but we’re not happy with that and we will continue with the appeal,” Thorn said.

Thorn and another C.CAWDU member were charged with incitement last month after a security guard at SL Garment filed a complaint alleging they provoked violence that injured him. Thorn has appealed the terms of his bail, which state he may not host any public gatherings.

In a separate case, three union representatives arrested in front of Kandal province’s Quint Major Industrial garment factory now face incitement charges in provincial court following their arrest last Friday, Kandal provincial police chief Eav Chamroeun said.

“They were protesting to demand workers receive a base wage of $160 and better working conditions,” Sok Ravuth, president of the Free Union Federation of Khmer Labour said. “They are being temporarily detained in jail.”

Ravuth called the charges unjust.

Defendants – whom Ravuth identified as Div Mannorin, 27, Mouk Manj, 27, and Sok Vichra, 26 – were arrested after officials from Quint filed a complaint that they were inflaming the strike, Chamroeun said.

About 4,000 Quint workers left their posts on April 22, Ravuth said.
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20140513 * Union Leader Manages to Post $25,000 Pretrial Bail:

After having pulled together dozens of donations and loans, embattled unionist Ath Thorn delivered his $25,000 bail to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday.

The bail stems from a charge of inciting violence at a garment factory strike in September and the court had threatened pretrial detention should he fail to pay by next Monday.

“We delivered the bailing money to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court…and the court official registered that they had officially received the money, therefore we have met the court’s obligation,” said Mr. Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union.

“We borrowed money from our colleagues—some lent us $2,000, $1,000, $500—and we continue to collect money from charities to pay back the money,” he said.

Mr. Thorn has also seen harsh restrictions on his freedom of movement, with the court ordering him to avoid public gatherings as well as the factory and workers at the center of the charge.

At court Monday, Mr. Thorn filed a complaint calling for those restrictions to be dropped.
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20140512 * Prominent union leader Ath Thon to pay bail money to court:

Prominent labor union leaders confirmed today that he would bring the bail money of US$25,000 to the court after he was ordered to pay that amount for bail.

90 percent of the money was collected from generous people, workers as well as foreign unions, said Ath Thon, President of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU).

The decision to keep the bail money at the court was made only a week ahead of the deadline fixed by the court.

Ath Thone was sued by the SL factory employer as well as workers. He was accused of inciting workers to commit violence and protests at the SL factory.
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06:33:04 local time map of nepal NEPAL

* Nepal’s garment exports surge 52.8% in first 8 months:

The exports of readymade garments from Nepal increased by a sharp 52.8 percent to Np Rs. 3.615 billion (US$ 37.633 million) during the first eight months of the ongoing financial year that began on July 16, 2013, compared to exports of Rs. 2.366 billion during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, according to the figures released by the Trade and Export Promotion Centre.
Woolen carpet exports fetched Rs. 4.801 billion during the eight-month period, showing a rise of 36.1 percent over Rs. 3.527 billion exports made during the same period in previous financial year, the data showed.
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06:48:04 local time map of bangla_desh BANGLADESH

20140513 * RMG workers, demanding payment of their arrear:

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RMG workers, demanding payment of their arrear salary and bonus, blockaded Dhaka-Narayanganj link road Monday. — Focus Bangla
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* 19 RMG factories closed, 14,000 workers jobless:

A total of 19 readymade garment (RMG) factories were closed down in a couple of months in Dhaka and Chittagong since beginning of the inspection by foreign buyers, especially by the European Accord and North American Alliance.

Some 14,000 workers of these factories have already been jobless because of the inspections being conducted by the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and Alliance for Bangladesh Worker safety.
Accord, a platform of 150 European retailers and Alliance another platform of 27 North American retailers were formed in last year, following the Rana Plaza Tragedy, that claimed 1136 lives and injured 2500 others, to help improve the fire and structural integrity of the country’s RMG sector.

The Accord and Alliance took initiatives to inspect the RMG factories, from where the brands and retailers outsource their products, as part of their programme to make the country’s apparel sector compliant and free from all hazards. Alliance planned to inspect some 650 factories while Accord planned to inspect nearly 1700 factories.
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* BD may miss extended deadline forpicking 200 addl garment inspectors:

‘Procedural complexities’ blamed

inspectors for the country’s ready-made garment (RMG) factories due to some ‘procedural complexities’, sources involved with the process said.

According to them, any further delay in the appointment of the inspectors might lead to an adverse impact on the efforts to revive Bangladesh’s generalised system of preferences (GSP) facility in the US market and keep continuation of the same benefit in the EU markets.

The government pledged to complete the appointment process by June, after it failed to meet the March 31, 2014, deadline for it, as had been set by the Sustainability Compact in a bid to ensure the assessment of the required safety compliances and working atmosphere in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector.
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* Accord & Alliance to meet Buet engineers tomorrow to solve disputes:

The Accord should consider the Buet’s recommendation on the required concrete strength of RMG factory buildings, otherwise, 50% RMG factories will face closures

The Accord and Alliance, two platforms of American and European Union retailers, are going to hold a meeting with the engineers of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) tomorrow to resolve the disputes created over inspection of the RMG factory buildings.

As there is a dispute over the outcome of the ongoing factory inspection between the local engineers and the engineers of Accord and Alliance, a tripartite meeting will be held to settle the dispute, said a member of the review committee on condition of anonymity.

The review panel suspended inspection of the apparel factories recommended either by Accord or Alliance as soon as the rift surfaced.

Both the Accord and the Alliance used to recommend the review panel to further visit and scan the factories if they find any risky building. Being a neutral body, International Labour Organisation (ILO) will mediate the meeting to reach a consensus over the required concrete strength of a RMG factory building.

According to the Buet engineers, the concrete strength of a building is to be 2,400 pound per square inch (PSI) for stone-made structure and 2,100 for brick-made structure, while Accord considered the concrete strength should to be 1,750 PSI for brick-made structure.

“Evaluation of the existing RMG buildings is the toughest job although the inspection is going on in a hasty manner, Sheikh Sekender Ali, Professor of Civil Engineering Department of BUET,” told the Dhaka Tribune.

He also said there were some disagreements with the Accord’s method in calculating the concrete strength and others standards.

“The Accord should consider the Buet’s recommendation on the required concrete strength of RMG factory buildings, otherwise, 50%  RMG factories will face closures,’’ said an official.
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* GSP suspension a temporary matter:

US envoy Dan Mozena said the suspension of GSP (generalised system of preferences) facility of Bangladesh is not a permanent matter.

Bangladesh may get back the facility as the government is now conscious about the ILO (International Labour Organisation) standards.
The GSP facility is not the main factor for the progress of the readymade garment (RMG) industry. In near future Bangladesh will become the best garment exporting country in the world, he added.
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* EC set to meet in Dhaka to review progress in Compact programme:

The European Commission (EC) will soon take stock of the progress in the Sustainability Compact programme it is running in Bangladesh to see what the country could achieve in last one year regarding improvement of working conditions in the apparel industry.  

The government, the European Union (EU) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) agreed on the programme last July, a few months after the deadly Rana Plaza incident, and launched the US$24.21 million initiative in October.

Since then, the Compact programme has been providing technical support for building and fire safety assessments, strengthening and supporting labour, fire and buildings inspection, building occupational safety and health awareness, capacity and systems and providing rehabilitation and skills training for the victims of the Rana Plaza and Tazreen Fashions tragedies.
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* US firm to enter garment business in Bangladesh:

Tau Investment to tie up with 24 apparel factories and pour $200m

Tau Investment Management, a New York-based firm, will enter the lucrative garment business in Bangladesh with an investment of $200 million.

“We will start investing at the field level within the next three to six months as our primary work is at the final stage now,” Oliver Niedermaier, chairman of the investment firm, told The Daily Star last week.
Tau will buy minority shares in some factories for five to six years, and expand the production units, if necessary, to produce garment items for the global market, he said over phone from Hong Kong.
“At least two dozens of factories have agreed with our proposal and we are at the final stage of negotiations,” he said. Niedermaier, however, declined to disclose the names of the factories.
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* Steps underway to make Bangladesh’s RMG compliant:

Accidents in the country’s apparel sector have come as a severe blow when it is struggling hard to comply with global outcry for workplace safety.

The fire at the Aswad Composite Mills in Gazipur may add to the concerns of global retailers. They may weigh the option of keeping outsourcing their products from Bangladesh apart from putting pressure on the sector to put a safety system in place.
The fire caused deaths to nine workers and left as many injured. Reportedly the factory is one of the top safety compliant units.
However, the factory authority will pay Tk 500,000 in compensation and another Tk 200,000 in insurance benefits to the family of each worker who died.
The company will also bear all the costs of treatment of the injured workers.
The buyers have expressed condolences but did not make any negative gesture.

True, the country’s garment sector, which is the second biggest supplier to the global market next only to China, has equally become vulnerable to fire and such other accidents because of its very size.
The inspection system of factories needs to be immediately upgraded. It is heartening to know that the global coalitions of the US and EU retailers have already developed their factory inspection and verification regimes to allow a factory to make clothes for them only if they fulfil their compliance requirements.
Their presence on factory floors may help overcome many shortcomings.
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* MARKET ACCESS, INVESTMENT: Dhaka urges Washington to form 2 committees:

Dhaka, keen to get duty free access to the US market, has requested Washington to establish two committees on market access and investment, senior commerce ministry officials said.

The committees comprising public and private sector representatives could hold period meetings to identify and remove the hurdles to boost trade and investment between the two countries, they said.
The US has not, until now, responded to the request the commerce ministry conveyed recently, they said.

Bangladesh’s long-standing expectation to get the duty free access to US market is justified because of its women empowerment records as well as growing trade with the US, commerce secretary Mahbub Ahmed told New Age Thursday.
He said that both the issues would get further momentum if the US accepted the proposals to form the two committees to deal with market access and investment.
He also said that US could invest its surplus capital in Bangladesh offering the most liberal and friendly foreign direct investment opportunities.
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* Probe of govt factory sales, Latif assets launched:

The government has launched investigation into allegations against the then textiles and jute minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui of selling three state-owned textile mills with lands and some assets of other establishments at surprisingly lower prices.

The Prime Minister’s Office on April 22 formed a five-member committee headed by its director general 1 to examine the process of privatisation of state-owned factories and assets under the textiles and jute ministry amidst allegations of irregularities in the process against ministry officials including the then minister, officials at the ministry said.
Officials concerned alleged that textiles and jute ministry in the previous tenure of the Awami League-led government sold three state-owned textile mills with lands and some assets of other establishments at surprisingly lower prices in violation of the rules.
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* Bangladesh’s garment exports grow 15.38% in July-April:

The exports of readymade garments from Bangladesh increased by 15.38 percent to US$ 19.97 billion during the first ten months of the ongoing fiscal year 2013-14, as against exports of $17.307 billion made during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, as per the latest data released by the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).
Segment-wise, woven apparel exports grew by 13.91 percent year-on-year to $10.166 billion during July-April 2013-14 period, whereas knitwear exports soared by 16.96 percent to $9.803 billion.
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* Leather industry hits record exports: $1b:

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The leather industry has crossed the record $1-billion mark in exports in the first ten months of this fiscal year on the back of competitive pricing and quality improvement.

Between July and April, the leather industry exported $1.06 billion of products, whereas the exports receipts for the whole of fiscal 2012-13 stood at $980.67 million, according to data from the Export Promotion Bureau.
Mohammed Nazmul Hassan Sohail, managing director of Leatherex Footwear Industry Ltd, a leading leather goods exporter, said the export figures would have been much higher if political unrest had not hurt the sector last year.
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* Cotton demand likely to double by 2022:

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Bangladesh’s cotton consumption is expected to almost double by 2022, strongly retaining its position of world’s second largest cotton importers, according to a new study.

The local consumption is expected to increase from 9% in 2010-11 to 16% by 2022, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Agricultural Outlook 2013-2022 released recently.

“Use of cotton in the domestic spinning mills increases every year riding on growing apparel industry,” said Mohmmad Ayub, president of Bangladesh Cotton Association.
Bangladesh’s apparel industry relies heavily on cotton-based yarns, as knitwear and denim production account for nearly three-fourths of the country’s export earnings.

According to Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), a platform of the spinners, the number of fabrics manufacturing units in 2013 stood at 782 from 777 in 2012.
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Executive Director and Company Secretary of Metro Spinning Mills Limited Mohammad Mohsin Adnan said that his company will expand spinning capacity from 45,000 spindles to 97,800 by this year.

“Many units of the spinning mills in the country still remain unutilised due to gas crisis,” he said.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts that Bangladesh raw cotton consumption will stand at 3.9 million bales of raw cotton in 2013-14, which was 3.7 million in 12-13 and 3.2 million in 2011-12.

Yarn consumption in 2013-14 is forecast to increase to one million tons from 980,000 tons in 2012-13 while fabric consumption is forecast to reach 6.6 billion meters from 6.4 billion meters during the period, the report said.
The OECD-FAO outlook said China is expected to retain the role as the world’s largest importer that it had held shortly after the end of MFA (multi-fiber agreement), drive its consumption up sharply but at a reduced level.

“As China’s share of world imports falls from 41% in the base period to 23% in 2022, Bangladesh and Vietnam are expected to nearly reach double their share, surpassing China in total,” it said.
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* 3 cops closed on extortion charge in Khulna:

Three policemen, including a sub-inspector of Terokhada Police Station, were closed to the District Police Lines on Tuesday on charge of realising extortion from the family of a Rana Plaza victim.

Locals said Abdul Kuddus Mollah of Bhabanipur village received Tk 72,000 as compensation for the death of his sister Asma in the Rana Plaza collapse.
SI Milton of the Terokhada police along with two constables went to the house of Kuddus on May 10 and took him to a place one kilometre off the house.
Later, they beat Kuddus and demanded Tk 5 lakh as extortion, saying he received Tk 72 lakh as compensation.
They also threatened to put him in crossfire. The policemen freed Kuddus after his brother paid them Tk 19,200, according to UNB.
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06:18:04 local time map of india INDIA

* 33 injured in Bhestan cylinder blast:

Thirty-three people including two women, 12 children and 19 men, were injured in an outbreak of fire at an industrial unit in Umiya industrial estate in Bhestan on Monday. Sources said that the fire resulted from a cylinder blast due to a short-circuit.

The injured include workers of a powerloom unit and onlookers, who had gone there to see what had happened after the blast.

Forest department officials said that the building housed a scrap godown on ground floor along with a powerloom and an embroidery unit on the first and second floors, respectively.

“The whole thing started with a spark in the transformer near the building. There was a spark and a small fire,” said an official. This apparently led to the blasting of a leaking LPG cylinder.

“The blast occurred due to combustion and the impact was such that a wall on one side of the compound was broken creating a big hole,” said chief fire officer with Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) Pankaj Patel.
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* Implement wage pact: powerloom workers:

A group of powerloom workers submitted petition during the weekly grievance day meeting held at the Collectorate on Monday seeking early implementation of the wage agreement arrived between them and the Master Weavers’ Association.

They said that they were on strike since last March 10 seeking 75 per cent increase in wages in addition to festival and national holiday wages at the rate of Rs. 300 a day for those working in powerlooms under operation in the houses.

But the Master Weavers’ Association members said that they could give 23 per cent increase in the wages only for those workers working in the factory-based powerlooms and not for those working in the house-based powerlooms.
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* Labour unions allege fund diversion in mills:

Even as over 500 workers of State-run Swadeshi Cotton Mills and the Sri Bharathi Mills here wait to get their salary almost halfway into this month, labour unions have demanded a CBI inquiry into what they alleged to be large scale diversion of funds given by the government to the mill management.

Swadeshi Cotton Mills and Bharathi Mills, are the units of Swadeshee-Bharathee Textile Mills Ltd., a public sector undertaking of Government of Puducherry. These mills were taken over by the State government in 2005 from National Textile Corporation (NTC).

“We are shocked to see a notification from management stating that the salary would not be paid on the due date under unavoidable circumstances.
The notification also stated that the date of salary disbursal would be announced later,” said P. Gnanasekaran, secretary of INTUC. Seeking intervention, R. Devarasu, vice-president of CITU said: “These mills are in bad shape due to mismanagement. Though the management received financial assistance from the territorial administration, the funds were being diverted for irrelevant purposes. Hence the livelihoods of workers have become uncertain now.”

V.S. Abishegam, secretary of AITUC told The Hindu, “The management has taken this unilateral decision without any prior notification to workers or without consulting labour unions. We demand immediate intervention of the government and order a CBI probe into alleged irregularities.”
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* India’s 2013-14 cotton yarn exports at $4.7bn: Texprocil:

The exports of cotton yarn from India in fiscal year 2013-14 are likely to be around 1.35 billion kg worth US$ 4.7 billion, according to a study by the Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council of India (Texprocil), reports Business Standard quoting PTI.
India exported 1.082 billion kg of cotton yarn valued at $3.75 billion in April-January 2013-14 period, Texprocil data shows.
The study says that high quality is ensuring firm orders for Indian yarn from international markets. Is sees the country’s cotton yarn exports to meet target, despite high raw cotton prices and seasonal fluctuations generally witnessed in April each year.
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05:48:04 local time map of pakistan PAKISTAN

* New textile policy by June 30 :

Federal Minister for Textile Industry Abbas Khan Afridi on Monday informed the National Assembly that textile policy is being revised and being redesigned by the Ministry, which will be completed by the 30th of June.

Replaying to a question of Shakila Luqman, he said new Textile policy will be implemented for the next five (5) financial years, 2014-2019.
The Minister said that Cabinet, while approving the Textiles Policy 2009-14 approved financing plan of Rs. 188.6 billion, however, up till now a total of only Rs. 28.75 billion have been released by the Finance Division.
Replaying to another question, he said the Pakistan Textiles and Clothing Exports during July to 10th April 2013-14 were Rs 1,118 Billion.   Pakistan exports were in 711 HS Tariff Lines to 193 countries in said period. USA, China, UK, Germany, Bangladesh are Pakistan’s top five export partners.
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* Textile: Ministry trying to revive sick industries, says Afridi:

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The minister asked the FCCI to finalise their study on sick units so that the government and related ministries could approve the most appropriate option. PHOTO: FILE

Federal Minister for Textile Industry Abbas Khan Afridi on Sunday said that the textile ministry was already deliberating revival of sick industries as it would play a major role in enhancing textile exports and harvesting the benefits of GSP Plus.

He stated this while talking to a delegation of textile exporters headed by Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) President Engineer Suhail Bin Rashid that briefed him about the importance of revival of sick industries in Faisalabad.

The minister said the government was fully aware of the importance of the value-adding sector, adding that it was not only a major foreign exchange earning sector but was also providing huge number of jobs. He asked the FCCI to finalise their study on sick units so that the government and related ministries could approve the most appropriate option.
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* Plea: Textile sector appeals to reduce sales tax :

Value-added textile sector has urged the government not to increase sales tax from the current 2% to 5% as it will increase corruption in the system and adversely affect the export-oriented industries.

“With a sense of grave concern we have learnt that the increase in sales tax on exports from 2% to 5% is on the cards and the government will be imposing 5% on exports,” a joint statement of the value-added textile sector said on Tuesday.

The statement said that the value-added textile exporters are already burdened due to the rising tariff of electricity, gas and other essential raw materials leading to high costs of doing business in Pakistan compared to competing countries.
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* APTPMA seeks withdrawal of SRO 351(I):

All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) has rejected recently issued SRO 351(I)/2014 by the FBR and called for its immediate withdrawal for the survival of the business community.

APTPMA Central Chairman, Sheikh Muhammad Ayub in a press statement said the SRO 351(I) would not only increase the problems of the traders but also the corruption because of the repeated intervention of government agencies in smooth running of businesses.
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* Trade delegation to Europe: nomination of TDAP scam’s accused as leader stuns FIA:

A staggering nomination made by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) of one of the accused of TDAP’s multi-billion scam as leader of a business delegation for Europe has raised serious questions about the authority.

Mehmood Ahmed Rangoonwala of M/s Terry World Textile, Karachi, who reportedly defrauded TDAP to get Rs 74.77 million fake trade subsidy, has been named by the Chief Executive of TDAP to lead a business delegation to Europe, a letter of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) sent to secretary TDAP and DG, Textile & Clothing Division, TDAP, said.
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* Netherlands to host textile conference in Pakistan:

In a bid to strengthen its trade relations with Pakistan, the Netherlands would soon be hosting a textile conference in the country, said Ambassador of Netherlands to Pakistan Marcel de Vink during a recent meeting with Federal Minister for Textile Industry Abbas Khan Afridi in Islamabad.

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The textile conference would be held with the support of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which is keen to work with Pakistan for development and implementation of compliance standards in the textile industry, he added.
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05:48:04 local time map of uzbekistan UZBEKISTAN

* Karakalpakstan students expected to weed cotton fields:

University and college students in the Republic of Karakalpakstan have been notified of the imminent start of the cotton season.

Students from Karakalpakstan State University are scheduled to start their farming duties in the Turtkulsky district on May 16.
The agricultural area traditionally assigned to the university is situated in the south of Karakalpakstan and more than 200 km from the capital Nukus.

In the past the students have often found themselves in conditions that are barely liveable yet expectations for their efforts are always high.

No only that: Students are expected to pay for everything – water, electricity, gas. Given accommodation in the houses of local residents they are even asked to pay for electricity should they wish to charge their phones.

The board provided usually consists of lunch only and is only a basic pasta. Students are expected to provide for all other meals themselves, which then become an extra burden on their families.
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TURKEY

* Turkey is world’s 7th largest textile exporter:

Turkey is world’s seventh largest exporter of textiles and textile products, as per the Textile Industry Sector Report released by the Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO).

According to a statement issued by ISO, the country’s textile exports in 2005 totaled US$ 7.08 billion, whereas in 2012, Turkey’s textile exports amounted to $ 11.09 billion, making it the seventh largest exporter of textiles in the world.

However, as per the report, during 2005 to 2011, the number of entrepreneurs, employees, production and investment in terms of value of the overall manufacturing industry (including textiles and clothing) in the country registered a decline.
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* Turkey is world’s 7th largest textile exporter

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