Incentives on export of basic raw material withdrawn NEW DELHI: Yielding to the textile industry's demand as also to rein in inflation, the Central Government has scrapped the customs duty on imports of raw cotton and withdrew incentives on export of the basic raw material with effect from July 8 to boost its domestic availability.

PROTECTING GROWERS: Shankersinh Vaghela (left), Union Textile Minister and E.V.K. S. Elangovan, Minister of State for Textiles, at a press conference in Bangalore on Monday.

In the present paper an attempt has been made to study the waste management strategies of textile industries in general and bleaching and dying industry in particular and suggest techno-economical line of treatment of the same. The TDS, chlorides and sulphates are the matter of concern in the treated effluent.

In the wake of constant rally in the prices of raw cotton, the textile industry has demanded an immediate ban on cotton exports as well as removal of 10 per cent Customs duty and 4 per cent additional Customs duty on the imports of the commodity for the current year. "Due to non-availability of cotton at an affordable price, 10 per cent of the spindles have stopped working in the spinning mills," said S Dinakaran, vice-chairman, Southern India Mills Association.

US, EU have flexibility to shield 65 sensitive textile products from immediate formula cuts. As members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) are fighting out on the emerging Doha spaghetti trade deal with increasing number of flexibilities, India yesterday demanded that the existing system of preferences provided by the United States and the European Union to developing countries must be retained for 65 sensitive textile products in these two markets, trade negotiators said.

Suman Tarafdar, Ruchi Kapoor Khadi, jute, bamboo, straw. Words gauranteed to strike terror in the heart of any fashionista, irrespective of how politically brave a face she puts on. And all this recent talk of eco-friendly fashion is not helping any. Till now. A brave, intrepid lot of designers have taken it upon themselves to do their clothes

In view of rising prices of raw jute, the Indian Jute Mills Association has urged the textiles ministry to exempt raw jute from speculative futures trading. In a letter to the rriinistry, Indian Jute Mills Association (IJ-MA) Chairman Sanjay Kajaria said that futures trading in raw jute till 2004-05 had not created any impediment since the volume of trade was negligible.

Leading Hong Kong clothing manufacturers are coming together to reduce the environmental impact of their factories in response to growing pressure from international retailers. The group, the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium, is being launched today, World Earth Day. Many Chinese suppliers are being told to clean up operations from their US and European customers. Leading the charge is Wal-Mart. The world's biggest retailer will in October convene a meeting of 1,000 of its suppliers to set goals for reducing their impact on the environment.

on april 11, the Jodhpur bench of the High Court of Rajasthan ordered closure of 126 industries operating in non-conforming areas in Pali, infamous for pollution from its dyeing and printing industries. The court issued two orders in response to petitions filed by industry groups

As early as 1950, the union government had approved in principle the need to reserve certain items of cloth production for the handloom sector. Under the Handloom (Reservation of Articles of Production) Act, 1985, the textiles ministry issued an order stating that certain varieties in 22 items of cloth, including saree, were to be reserved for the handloom sector.