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          The ministry of textiles has documented its achievements over the last 3 years. It has launched a special package for textiles, apparels and made-ups to boost exports by $30 billion, create 1 crore jobs and attract investments worth Rs 74,000 crore in 3 years. It also provided support for technology upgradation and modernisation with schemes like A-TUFS.

          Collaboration between Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) and ILO Better Work, signed on May 18, will come into effect from June 1 to offer the garment companies they work with new benefits and to ultimately enhance their ability to improve labour conditions. The collaboration will officially begin with an 18-month pilot.

          The government has initiated the spadework for shifting the financial year to January, from April, to align it with the agriculture production cycle.

           Cambodia's garment manufacturing industry has eclipsed rival Vietnam as a supplier of products to the European Union and is on course to overtake India, a visiting industry insider said yesterday.

          LS&Co. will fund to the tune of more than $350,000 the solutions which have come out of Levi Strauss & Co.’s Collaboratory fellowship on water challenges in the apparel industry. The fellowship brought together entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs committed to the issue. The grant will enable Collaboratory fellows to implement water-saving projects. 

          India is under pressure to agree to eliminate import duty on at least 90 per cent of its traded goods as part of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact being negotiated by 16 countries, including China and ASEAN members.