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US multinational Walt Disney scraps Business Deal with Chinese Toymaker after it flouted Labour Standards

The factory that manufactures figures of Disney characters, committed the labour violations

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Beijing, November 30, 2016: US multinational Walt Disney has broken ties with a Chinese toymaker after receiving reports that it flouted labour standards, the company said in a statement.

Disney announced it was breaking ties with the Dongguan Qing Xi Juantiway Plastic Factory, but did not provide details about the irregularities, Efe news reported on Wednesday.

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The factory that manufactures figures of Disney characters, committed the labour violations, reported a New York-based non-profit China Labor Watch.

The multinational also said that another Chinese manufacturer, Lam Sun Toy Limited, was also not complying with practices regarding record-keeping, health, fire safety and human resources.

Lam Sun will have the opportunity to maintain its contracts with Disney if it addresses these problems, Walt Disney added.

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The US company also rued that China Labor Watch did not contact them directly, preferring instead to report such irregularities through press releases.

In 2015, the non-profit organisation released a report detailing breaches by five toymakers in China, all of which had contracts with Disney and other companies.

Disney approved its plan for international labour standards in 1996 and has 120 employees in 12 countries, tasked with improving the working conditions of over 30,000 factories associated with it.

Close to 28 per cent of the plants working with Disney are located in China.

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The Walt Disney Company is headquartered in Burbank in California and is the world’s largest entertainment company.

In 2016 fiscal, the company posted a profit of $9.391 billion, a 12 per cent jump over 2015, and its total turnover rose to $55.632 billion. (IANS)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)