This post is going to be one of my first ones after almost of five years of break or so… and Abid Omar surely deserves to have the credit to bring me back to this forum which he started online back in 2003 summers, and i happen to be the president of the TISF at that time. Anyways, coming back to the subject of my post, as you all may be aware of the importance of Cotton in today’s textile value chain, i wish to bring to you the commercial side of this fiber trade so that you can comprehend the various market reports on cotton that come to you from various sources as i also plan to share the ones that i send on the TIP alumni mailing group. Continue reading “Cotton”

Will anybody answer my question??

Saturday, 28th June 2008 (9:00am): Me and my friend had to attend a conference at Nawabshah and we were waiting for our coaster in front of KFC restaurant situated at Boat Basin Karachi. My friend took out his cell phone and start reading his text messages. Eventually, two persons riding on a motorcycle came from behind. They surveyed the area and then one of them get of the motorbike, took a round and came in front of us. He pulled out a pistol and loaded it at once. Guy asked me and my friend to give our cell phones to him. We had no option so we did what he asked..!!

Last Week of May 2010 (8:15pm): Me and my brother were studying as we both had our exams the very next day. Eventually, we heard 3 gun shots near our home. We get out of our home and saw people gathered around the dead body of a shopkeeper who was shot down by unknown persons. That poor guy owned a mobile phone shop and was reported to be involved with a political party. Continue reading “Will anybody answer my question??”

Hajj Mubarak and A very Warm Eid Mubarak to all!!!

…..And (one day) when (the child) had become old enough to share in his (father’s) endeavors, the latter said: “O my dear son! I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice thee; consider, then, what would be thy view!” (Ishmael) answered; “O my father! Do as thou art bidden; thou wilt find me, if God so wills, among those who are patient in adversity!”

But as soon as the two had surrendered themselves to (what they thought to be) the will of God, and (Abraham) had laid him down on his face.

We called out to him: “O Abraham,

thou hast already fulfilled (the purpose of) that dream vision!” Thus, verily, do We reward the doers of good:

for, behold, all this was indeed a trial, clear in itself.

And We ransomed him with a tremendous sacrifice,

and left him thus to be remembered among later generations:

“Peace be iupon Abraham!”

Thus do We reward the doers of good…

(AS-Saffaat 37.102-110)

Happy Meaty Meaty Eid Mubarak to all Muslims Nationwide & WorldWide 🙂 Continue reading “Hajj Mubarak and A very Warm Eid Mubarak to all!!!”

Another Important Point to ponder Upon….!!

Pakistani society and culture today is going through tougher times. People’s mindsets are changing and their trends are going the other way. Our society, at large, has become very less sensitive and our public is getting rapidly ignorant of whatever is happening around them. To add it to the spice, we are also facing earthquakes, floods, suicide bombings, target killings, plane crashes, road and train accidents. At the same time, we see less art and few artists (poet, writer, sculpture making etc) and those artists who are working possess very bad level of maturity and understanding of their art.

Generally it has been observed that whenever any society is struggling, it produces more artists with exceptional art works. Sub-continent has produced some of the great artists and their art is still recognized in the whole world. Indian/Pakistani paintings, poetry, literature, novels, editorials, movies and drama serials had been recognized and well appreciated in every part of the world. Continue reading “Another Important Point to ponder Upon….!!”

Increasing cotton prices forecast

As prices of cotton increase, so will the impact on producers (especially home textiles in Pakistan), and eventually on consumers.

The problem is a classic supply and demand imbalance, with the price of cotton rising almost 80 percent since July and prices expected to remain high. “World cotton production is unlikely to catch up with consumption for at least two years,” said Sharon Johnson, senior cotton analyst with the First Capital Group, in an e-mail.

Cotton inventories had been low because of weak demand during the recession. This summer, new cotton crops were also depleted because of flooding in Pakistan and bad weather in China and India, all major cotton producers.

But demand from China, in particular, was rising. And as the economic recovery in the United States began, apparel makers and retailers placed orders for more inventory, spurring even more demand. As prices rose, speculators entered the market, driving prices even higher.

Source: Cotton Clothing Price Tags to Rise, New York Times

What do you think will be the impact in the textile sector?

Photo: Furhan Husain

New and Improved Cafeteria

I have been thinking to write about the new improvements to the cafeteria by the newly formed cafeteria committee comprising of two of our most devoted faculty members Ms Rakhshanda Shah and Mr Mazhar Jamil, who I must say have devoted their lives whole-heartedly that student should get a better and healthy food to eat at Textile Institute of Pakistan’s Cafeteria also know as Eqbal Ahmed Student Center (for those who don’t know). Continue reading “New and Improved Cafeteria”