The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.

  • At least 15 people were injured when armed police broke up a protest by around 2,000 garment workers in Cambodia on Sunday. Mostly female, the protesters were demanding unpaid bonuses after their plant was closed by a fire, according to police and witnesses. REUTERS
  • India's Textiles Ministry has lowered the country's cotton production estimates to 30.5m bales for the 2010 to 2011 period, down from an earlier estimate of 32.9m bales. It blames unseasonal rain in December 2010 that has affected the crop. According to the Textile Ministry, the total cotton harvest is about 28.7m bales so far in the current season. PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
  • An official enquiry has been ordered into a fire at a footwear factory in Delhi, India which killed at least 10 people, all of whom were workers at the factory. The cause of the fire which broke out on Wednesday evening is not clear. Those killed were trapped inside because the doors and windows were locked for security reasons, according to reports. BBC
  • Indonesia has scrapped import duties for some machinery, goods and vessels to help boost the shipping, textile and film sectors. Machinery used in the textile industry will be exempt from import duties until 31 December, and a 5% import duty will apply from 1 January 2012. DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
  • According to statistics from Tunisia's Technical Textile Centre, textile and clothing exports rose 5.09% in the first three months of the current year compared with the same period last year. The import-export coverage rate stood at 158.4% from last January up to last March, compared with 155.2% in 2010. AGENCE TUNIS AFRIQUE PRESSE
  • A programme to train workers for the apparel sector has been organised by the Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The tenth round of training has started at Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute to try to reduce the skilled labour gap in the apparel sector. The training programme will produce 20 master trainers. THE NEWS