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Last updated: 23 Feb, 2017  

Ministries ink MoU for welfare of artisans in SC category
Saurabh Gupta | 21 Feb, 2017
Ministry of Textiles and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment have come together to step up interventions for the economic development of an estimated 12 lakh scheduled caste artisans.
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Handicrafts exports from northeast poised for quantum jump
Raymond Kharmujai | 20 Feb, 2017
Country's north-eastern states, one of the richest in terms of eco-friendly crafts, exported handicrafts and handloom products to the tune of Rs 1,121.75 crore during the year 2015-16.
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Delhi's handicraft fair evokes mixed responses
SME Times News Bureau | 20 Feb, 2017
The 43rd edition of the Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF) - Delhi Fair Spring 2017 evoked mixed response from exhibitors with some expressing disappointment over low sales while others termed it "a good show".
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Irani discusses custom related issue of carpet exporters
SME Times News Bureau | 13 Feb, 2017
Textile Minister Smriti Zubin Irani Friday held a meeting with Najeeb Shah, Chairman, Central Board of Excise & Customs & Dinesh Gupta, Director (Drawback) and Ministry of Finance in her chamber regarding the issue raised by the Carpet Exporters for damaging carpets by the Port Authorities for price determination, composition etc. meant for exports.
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Surajkund International Crafts Mela to kick-off today
SME Times News Bureau | 01 Feb, 2017
A splash of colours, rhythm of drum beats and joie de-vivre are all set to merge here as the curtains go up on the annual Surajkund International Crafts Mela on Wednesday.
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'Education of kids of artisans to be linked with industry participation'
Saurabh Gupta | 10 Jan, 2017
Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani Monday said that open school education for the kids of artisans to be linked with industry participation.
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Textile Minister makes four announcements for artisans
Saurabh Gupta | 03 Nov, 2016
The Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani has announced a review of the stall allotment policy at Dilli Haat; the Minister has said that the policy will be modified in two weeks. Smt. Irani announced also that allotment of stalls will henceforth be made only for artisans belonging to handicraft clusters, in order to ensure that allotment is made for genuine artisans.
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Handicraft export council draws strategy to address GST issues
SME Times News Bureau | 13 Oct, 2016
GST is one of the biggest taxation reforms in India and is a comprehensive tax levy on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods and services at a National level. GST is all set to integrate the state economies and boost overall Growth.
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Tamta opens Indian Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Show 2016
SME Times News Bureau | 22 Jul, 2016
Union Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta has declared open the 9TH edition of the Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show (IFJAS 2016) on 21st July, 2016 at state-of-art India Expo Centre and Mart, Greater Noida on Thursday.
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'Low wages causing labour shortage in gems & jewellery sector'
SME Times News Bureau | 04 Jul, 2016
Lower average salaries in Indian gems and jewellery sector compared to other manufacturing areas, has led to acute labour shortage, a joint study by industry chamber ASSOCHAM and Thought Arbitrage Research Institute (TARI) said on Sunday.
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