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  June 1, 2008                                           Issue #218


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China Cuts Import Duties
China's Ministry of Finance is to temporarily reduce import taxes on 26 commodities, including cotton and food items, in an attempt to relieve pressure on rising prices.
According to the media, between June 5 and October 5, taxes on high-quality cotton imports will be cut to CNY357 (US$51.4) per ton from CNY570.
The government claims the move is designed to alleviate cotton shortages before the new season's crop is available, but it will also help control rising domestic prices.

            
A model wears the Baby Zebra costume by Delicate Illusions on April 7, 2008 at the Adult Halloween Show at the Rio, Las Vegas.  
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Online Sales Soar
Online lingerie sales jumped in April as the dismal weather drove Britons away from the high street.
Lingerie sales on the web rose 72% compared to April 2007 and online clothing and footwear sales increased by a fifth while traditional retail sales of clothing and footwear dropped 1.5% - the worst in eight years for April.
A Yorkshire lingerie retailer, who operates online and also by telephone orders, said his sales went up 35% in April, including a 15% rise in the number of thermal items sold, compared to the same time last year. Chris 
Morley, managing director of Helmsley-based Bella di Notte, said the bad weather had helped to push up demand.
"There was a strong demand for thermals until we got the first glimpse of sunshine while high street retailers had particularly bad results."
Online shoppers spent 325m on clothes and footwear sales in April.           


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 Apparel Importers Pay 
 $2.8M Customs Charge
Three New York based apparel importers have agreed to pay more than $2.7m to settle charges that they defrauded US Customs by evading quotas and undervaluing garments made in China.
In actions going back to 2001, the companies passed off Chinese-made garments as coming from either Russia or Korea, which meant they were able to import goods into the US that would otherwise have been prohibited.
The garments were sold by retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, JC Penney Co Inc, Family Dollar Stores Inc, Kohls Corp and Marshalls, a division of TJX Companies Inc.
Since 2003, the companies and their principals also declared the value of certain goods entering the US to be less than the cost charged by the Chinese manufacturers. 
They created shell companies which were named as the importers.
In total, the three apparel companies - Intertex Apparel Group Ltd, JJ Basics Inc, and Ben's Clothing Inc, trading as Red Zone - as well as their principals Jack Setton, Marc Setton, Vivek Bendre, Jacob Bensadigh 
and Steve Bensadigh, agreed to pay the government $2,798,872.50 to settle the charges.
However, they have not admitted any wrongdoing or liability.


The Trashy Girls pose at the Trashy Lingerie Party   
                
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           Solar Bra
With oil prices soaring and the threat of global warming, Triumph has invented an energy producing bra.
The bra generates a small amount of electricity thanks to its detachable solar panel.
But the Solar Energy Bra can only work if it is exposed to sunlight or electric lighting.
The bra's designers said the power it produces is enough to charge a cell phone or an iPod.
Unfortunately the bra will not be in shops anytime soon.
Along with the solar panel, the bust is fitted with reusable bra "cups" that can hold drinks along with increasing bust size. The cups are there to reduce the use of aluminum cans and plastic bottles.
A spokeswoman for the firm said: "It might be difficult to put it to practical use considering people usually cannot go outside without wearing clothes over it."
She added that to avoid damage, it should not be washed or worn on a rainy day. 

 

 India Bans Underwear Ads
Moving in to clean up the small screen, the government on Friday banned two underwear advertisements, calling them indecent and vulgar. The I&B ministry has issued an advisory to all entertainment and news channels to pull Frenchie X and Lux Cozy advertisements off the air.
In the Frenchie X advertisement, a lissome woman enters a room to find a young man in his briefs and slams the door shut leaving the rest to the imagination. According to sources, the advertisement was being repeatedly screened during the IPL matches that led to viewers' complaints.
The ministry said that there had been an increase in the number of tasteless advertisements of late and these were not suitable for unrestricted public viewing. "We have received a lot of complaints from viewers. So we have asked all channels to refrain from showing such ads," a source said.
The Centre had also recently asked Star News and MTV to run a scroll apologizing for screening the new Axe deodorant advertisement. Both channels have run the scroll for three days. Television channels have also been instructed "to be more careful in future in selection of advertisements and to strictly adhere to the advertisement code".
In Friday's notice, the ministry pointed out that the advertisements were revoked because they were considered "indecent, vulgar and suggestive" and violated rule 7(8) of the advertising code prescribed in the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995. The code lays down that "indecent, vulgar, suggestive, repulsive or offensive themes or treatment shall be avoided in all advertisements".
This is not the first occasion that advertisements have been found objectionable. Channels had been issued a warning in 2007 regarding a similar advertisement of Gen-X and Lux Cozy undergarments. The ministry, in the notice, had asked channels to be more careful in future in selection of content of advertisements.
In February 2007, the government had taken cognizance of complaints regarding advertisements promoting the India-West Indies one-day cricket series on Neo Sports.


                          
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