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Indian Textiles Minister takes Twitter route to promote cotton industry

India’s Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani has initiated a new Twitter campaign to promote cotton in the country by asking twitteratis join the movement and post pictures with cotton wearables. Celebrating the cotton industry, Irani tweeted a picture of herself in a cotton saree and encouraged others to share their #CottonIsCool looks as well. The Textiles Minister began the campaign by tweeting that India is among the largest cotton producing countries in the world, […]

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India holds Industry Capacity Building Programme for Japanese market

Government of India organized an Industry Capacity Building Programme on Quality Compliance of Indian Textiles & Clothing for Japanese Market at Hotel Le Meridienin New Delhi on May 17. The programme is being organized in 9 cities across the country. The programme was well attended by the leading textile industry and trade personnel. While addressing the event, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Subrata Gupta outlined Japanese quality consciousness. He said that though India’s manufacturing capacity […]

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Maharashtra (India) to revamp khadi industry

Maharashtra State Khadi and Village Industries (MSKVI) Board has framed the policy with an aim to increase employment for women and to improve khadi sales. “Many of these products have for decades established the identity of the regions they are manufactured in. With the decline of these businesses, not just the identity of that region is lost but thousands of people associated with the industry lose employment too,” Deputy CEO of MSKVI Board Bipin Jagtap […]

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Madhya Pradesh (India) puts Skill Development at top of its agenda

An MoU has been signed between Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC) and Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development Mission (MPSSDM) to train 10,000 youth every year. Chief Minister of the state Shivraj Singh Chauhan and other dignitaries were present on the occasion of MoU signing. The CM said, “Skill development is the need of the hour. It will make the huge population of the country our strength.” The MoU has been inked initially for the […]

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Indian Textiles Minister urges entrepreneurs to participate in Textiles India ’17

At a recently conducted roadshow for ‘Textiles India-2017’ in Panipat, Union Textiles Minister of India, Smriti Zubin Irani, appealed the textile entrepreneurs to participate in the mega event for the textile and apparel industry, which is going to be organized in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from June 30 to July 2, 2017. Irani highlighted the fact that only textile industry has noticed an increase of 20 per cent in the last five years, while the handloom industry is […]

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Odisha, Telangana aim to replicate Tirupur model in T&C industry

Government officials from Odisha and Telangana states in India are planning to replicate the success of the Tirupur garment and textile industry in their respective states. If reports are to be believed, Odisha textile handloom industries department official recently visited the textile town to get information and the cluster’s successful operation over the years. On the other hand, Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao is also believed to have met Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani […]

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Indian Textiles Minister inaugurates workshop on Promotion of Unique Textiles & Handicrafts GI

India’s Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani inaugurated a two-day long national workshop on ‘Promotion of Unique Textiles and Handicrafts GI and Post-GI Initiatives’ being organized under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles, at Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. Irani was also accompanied by Minister of State, Textiles, Ajay Tamta. The Minister highlighted the importance of building consumer awareness on this matter, while addressing the inaugural session. The Geographical Indication (GI) tag helps […]

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India’s Ministry of Textiles observes ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’

Ministry of Textiles in India has decided to observe Swachhta Pakhwada. The fortnight-long observance of programmes, which began on May 1, was inaugurated by Minister of State – Textiles, Ajay Tamta, in New Delhi. The aim of the event is to spread the message of cleanliness and make it a part of lives. The Minister administered the Swachhta Pledge to the officers and staff of the Ministry. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the […]

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India’s Textiles Ministry to soon decide on uniform GST rate

Indian Textiles Ministry is soon expected to take decision on uniform Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate for the textile industry. This was disclosed by Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani during her recent visit to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. A conference will be held soon to decide on the subject, informed Irani while interacting with officials of textile industries associations and stakeholders. Also Read – Indian Textiles Minister meets industry representatives The Minister assured them […]

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India may soon phase out export subsidies

India may soon end up its export subsidy regime in the current form, as according to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, export incentives are not permitted for any sector including textiles, when it reaches certain thresholds. The deadline for ending direct subsidies to textile companies is December 2018. WTO grants permission to least developed countries and developing countries whose Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is below US $ 1,000 per annum at the 1990 […]

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Indonesia rebooting its textile industry

Indonesia has been witnessing a continuous increase in exports of textile and textile products in recent times. As a result, the Government is trying to revitalize the textile industry by introducing new machines and equipment and also issuing economic policy packages. Additionally, there are plans for a special regulation on incentives in the form of fiscal allowance for the export-oriented and labour-intensive industry. Notably, under the incentive schemes planned, industrialists would also get income tax […]

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Kenya offers incentives to textile companies

Kenya has started giving tax incentives to apparel and textile companies, as part of the plan to revive the under-performing manufacturing sector. The move is expected to create jobs and provide affordable new clothes to shoppers. According to new rules, textile companies would be allowed to sell 20 per cent of their annual production locally without sales taxes and without paying import duties on the materials and equipment used to produce the garments, reportedly informed […]

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Creswick Woollen Mills obtains US $ 500,000 grant

Australia-based Creswick Woollen Mills has obtained a US $ 500,000 grant from the State Government to further improve its goal of fibre tourism with an expanded cafe area, animal viewing facilities and upgraded welcome centre. The mills strongly focus on attracting Chinese tourists with a specialised sales area and what is being described as “an interactive fibre tourism experience,” where the process of making woollen products is demonstrated and explained. Also Read –South Africa approves […]

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Gujarat (India) gets new trade body for garment industry

A new trade body – Association of Apparel Manufacturers and Exporters of Gujarat (AAMEG) – has been formed in Gujarat, India, to address the issues being faced by the garment industry. The organization will take care of development and growth of the sector. “Textiles have a strong base in Gujarat. Now, we need to focus on developing the garment industry in the state. We should organise more trade shows to create awareness about fairs, as […]

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Indian Govt. to trademark handmade carpets

Indian Government is mulling to introduce standards and a trademark to strengthen India’s place as the top sourcing destination of handmade carpets and ensure that products comply with quality benchmarks. This has been stated by Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC). The procedure will take two or three years to create parameters on turnover, employment and compliance with effluent treatment norms. According to him, the Textiles Ministry has started the procedure to […]

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