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.

India has agreed to support a scheme to boost textile exports to the European Union from flood-ravaged parts of Pakistan with duty wavers. It previously opposed the moves. India has said that it will implement all mutual obligations agreed to under the South Asian Free Trade Area agreement "with full sincerity". TIMES OF INDIA

French apparel company Lacoste is calling for the Thai government to resume anti-piracy pacts that include retail landlords to strengthen the effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection. The company has proposed a strategy to fight counterfeit goods by establishing a stronger group of partnerships, proposing a memoranda of understanding between the owners of Thai and foreign brands, retail landlords, online marketplace operators and authorities responsible for IP issues. BANGKOK POST.

A fire broke out at Usha Cotton Mills in Howrah, India. The fire started from a warehouse storing cotton and spread to the adjoining rooms of the factory. Around 200 workers were inside the factory when the incident occurred. Fire officials said the fire could have resulted from a short circuit or some responsible act by the workers. There were no deaths. TIMES OF INDIA.

Shin Nagai Textile has lowered its full-year revenue expectations from JPY2.9bn to JPY2.4bn, with net profit to fall from JPY90m to JPY28m. The company attributed the downgrade to the impact of the earthquake and tsunami as well as the increase in raw material costs. REUTERS.