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India’s textile hub Tirupur to become ‘smart city’

Good news came in for India’s textile hub Tirupur (Tamil Nadu) when it found itself on the list of 30 new cities that are being added to the Centre’s ‘Smart Cities Mission’, as announced by M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation. Besides Tirupur, Tirunelveli, Thootukkudi and Tiruchirapalli from Tamil Nadu have also been placed in the list. Tirupur Exporters Association (TEA) of India has expressed happiness over […]

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Textile industry clueless on draft of UP Textile Policy ’17

Draft of Textile, Handicrafts and Sericulture Policy 2017 has recently been approved by the Yogi Adityanath-led State Government in Uttar Pradesh, India. The draft is however not available in public domain and the industry in the state is not aware about the move. Apparel Resources approached various stakeholders of the state textile and apparel industry and most of them were not very much aware of the initiative… The draft has proposed establishment of private textile […]

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India ratifies two ILO conventions on child labour

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave formal consent to two core conventions of International Labour Organisation (ILO) on child labour, a global commitment to end the worst form of child labour and to ensure minimum basic education for children. The Instruments of Ratification to the ILO was handed over by Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya. The move has been welcomed by the ILO and termed it as “great progress” against child […]

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‘Kerala (India) yet to reap benefits of central schemes’

India’s Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta has urged Kerala handloom and textile industry to avail benefits of central schemes. As many as five MoUs have been signed with handloom industries of states including Kerala for enhanced production and marketing facilities, informed the Minister. The Government is trying to enhance production with powerlooms and for that 50 per cent subsidy is offered for general category applicants, 90 per cent for ST and 75 per […]

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Gorakhpur (India) to get Silk Research Centre

Gorakhpur city in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is expected to get maiden Silk Research Centre. If becomes reality, it will be helpful for the weaver community of the state. Silk produced in the state makes just 3 per cent of total production at the national level. Currently, it produces around 270 metric tonne. “Our endeavour is to take this to at least 15-20 per cent. Regional Silk Research Centre will be established in Gorakhpur. […]

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UP (India) Govt. approves draft on textile policy

UP Textile, Handicrafts and Sericulture Policy 2017 has been approved by the Yogi Adityanath-led State Government in Uttar Pradesh, India. He also gave approval for the establishment of private textile parks on expressways and national highway and has directed officials to identify locations on the expressways and national highways, including Lucknow-Kanpur, Kanpur-Allahabad, Chitrakoot-Jhansi-Lalitpur, Varanasi-Allahabad, Delhi-Meerut, Delhi-Moradabad, Bareilly-Moradabad-Bijnore, Meerut-Nazibabad, Gorakhpur-Varanasi and Gorakhpur-Faizabad for the same. “Our aim is to attract FDIs and private investors to boost […]

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Telangana (India) Govt. allocates Rs. 1,200 crore for textile industry

Rs. 1,200 crore has been allocated by the Telangana (India) Government to the textile sector for FY 2017-18. Of the total budget, Rs. 373 crore is for handlooms and Rs. 827 crore for powerlooms, their modernization and other schemes. This was disclosed by State Information Technology and Industries Minister K. T. Rama Rao. It is pertinent to note that Telangana Government has also initiated the process to formulate textile and apparel policy to facilitate loans […]

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Cold Storage Plant to help restore J&K’s silk industry

To restore the lost glory of Kashmir’s silk industry, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, Agriculture Minister and Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari laid the foundation stone for a Cold Storage Plant at Sericulture Complex in Srinagar. The plant will lease a new life to the sericulture sector of the region by increasing the life of cocoon. Bukhari also said the silk factory at Rajbahg will also be revived soon which will give further boost to the industry. […]

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WB (India) Govt. plans to set-up silk hub in Serampore

Government of West Bengal (India) is planning to set-up a silk Hub in Serampore, Hooghly District. The aim is to develop the region as a major base for silk exports and to sharpen the skills of artisans. Mamta Banerjee, Chief Minister of the state made this announcement. The hub would become a centre of innovation, a place where craftsmen can enhance their skills and also beef up the income of many families who are into […]

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Indian PM aims to make Khadi a global brand

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to make khadi a global brand as it would help rural artisans to increase their income. The Government is putting in efforts to make it a global product identity of India. This was stated by an official close to the development to a business newspaper of the country. Also Read – India’s KVIC notes 33% surge in sales The Indian Government has sought help from the United Nations in […]

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PRGMEA seeks Rs. 60 billion support for garment industry

Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) has urged Government of Pakistan to grant at least Rs. 60 billion for the garment industry in the upcoming 2017-18 budget under the Prime Minister’s Rs. 180 billion package. PRGMEA has also asked the Government to release stuck tax refund claims of exporters, including the withdrawal of local taxes and levies scheme, customs and sales tax rebate, and so on. “The decision is starting to show results […]

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Delhi (India) Government honours handicraft artisans

At least 17 handicraft artisans have been felicitated by Delhi Government at an event by Industries Minister Satyendar Jain last week. These artisans were honoured with the Delhi State Awards – 2012 and 2013 for their excellent craftsmanship. Speaking on the occasion, Jain congratulated the awardees and expressed hope that their excellent craftsmanship will encourage them to keep traditional arts alive. “Even in the age of computerisation, there is no substitute for our traditional handicrafts. […]

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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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