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.

  • Turkish textile giant RodiMood has fallen into bankruptcy after a court refused the company's request to suspend a previous bankruptcy ruling handed down in March. The ruling, by The Bakirköy 3rd Commercial Court, was made due to the company's TRY70m (US$32.1m) debt. The case is set to be referred to the Supreme Court of Appeals. The company won't be "shut down", the court noted. RodiMood operates around 130 stores and employs 1,800 staff. TODAY'S ZAMAN
  • Hyderabad is set to get another national centre with the opening of an INR100 (US$16m) National Institute for Footwear Design and Development. The centre - in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh - will be funded through an INR20 government investment, with the balance borne by the state. The foundation stone for the Institute will be laid in the last week of January. THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE 
  • The Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) has called for government intervention to help release funds for exporters stuck in refund regimes, demanding zero ratings on textile exports. PTEA chairman Sheikh Ilyas Mahmood and vice chairman Adil Tahir termed the liquidity crunch as a major hurdle for export promotion. "Now the GSP+ status has brought hope of a significant jump in textile exports but the lack of funds could hurt the outcomes of this duty waiver relief," they argued. THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE 
  • Workplace accidents in Bangladesh's garment industry jumped in 2013, with 1,170 deaths and 1,748 injuries, according to the country's Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE). The Rana Plaza factory building collapse saw 1,135 people killed and 1,248 workers injured. In total, at least 1,727 workers were killed and 2,307 injured in workplace accidents in Bangladesh last year. DHARKA TRIBUNE
  • Turkey has expressed interest to invest in Ethiopia, including its textile and garment industry. Turkey has also explored potential investment opportunities in the country's mining, steel, and food industries. Ethiopia's State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dewano Kedir, urged members of a Turkish business delegation to start operations quickly. ALL AFRICA