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A pact to improve safety in Bangladesh's $20 billion apparel industry has been signed in Dhaka by representatives of the Bangladeshi government, private sector, and labor-rights groups. The National Tripartite Plan of Action provides for more regular factory safety inspections, stricter penalties for violators, and greater commitments to workers' rights. However, the Bangladeshi government has criticized the International Labor Organization for voicing concerns that recent amendments to the country's labor laws still fall short of international standards where labor rights are concerned. [WWD]