Amazon and ASOS quizzed by lawmakers over ‘fast fashion’ sustainability

Bloomberg | Getty Images Completed customer orders sit in a trolley at Asos Plc’s distribution warehouse in Barnsley, U.K. Lawmakers in the U.K. have questioned online “fast fashion” retailers about the impact of their production processes on workers and the environment. Mary Creagh, chair of the U.K. government’s Environmental Audit Committee, wrote to five online-only fashion retailers — including global firms Amazon and ASOS — to request information on areas including staff wages, the life-cycle of the garments sold, and steps being taken to reduce the environmental and social impact…

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FACT CHECK: Once Again, Lawmakers Are Stretching The Facts On Obamacare

President Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence were both on Capitol Hill Wednesday, making competing cases for and against Obama’s signature health care law. Republicans have promised to make repeal of the Affordable Care Act their first order of business, once they control both Congress and the White House. Obama is urging his fellow Democrats to do what they can to preserve the law. If that fails, Democrats plan to hold Republicans accountable for any disruption the repeal may trigger. Both sides are trying to position themselves as the protectors…

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Less Cellphone Time, More Action, PM Modi Rebukes Party’s Lawmakers

\NEW DELHI:  “Beware of sting operations,” warned Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar at the start of the BJP weekly strategy session with all its lawmakers in the two houses. From here on, the hour-long meeting turned out to be yet another pull up your socks cum commandment from the PM session. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit Bhavra in Aliaraj district of Madhya Pradesh – freedom struggle hero Chandra Shekhar Azad’s home town to flag off the Independence Day march programme. It will figure 75 ministers visiting 150…

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