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Belgium to reopen rights probe on Total in Myanmar

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:07

From Reuters : April 15, 2005 : Belgium is set to reopen an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed by French oil giant Total in Myanmar following a court ruling, the plaintiff's lawyer said on Thursday.

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The energy ties that bind India, China

by admin — 2008-11-12 22:02

By Ramtanu Maitra, From Asia Times : April 12, 2005 : Myanmar newspapers have reported that India will soon start a feasibility study on building a deepsea port in Dawei, in Myanmar's southern Tanintharyi division. Subsequently, the Myanmar Ministry of Transport made clear that the Dawei deepsea-port project stands as one of the priorities among future programs of BIMST-EC, the Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand-Economic Cooperation grouping (which was also joined by Bhutan and Nepal last July).

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Talks on tri-nation gas pipeline to continue, says Indian minister

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:07

From The Independent, Bangladesh : April 8, 2005 : Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Manishankar Aiyer on Friday told the visiting Bangladesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain that he expects to visit Dhaka soon for the Myanmar, Bangladesh, India gas pipeline talks.

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Rangoon proposes a committee meeting regarding tri-nation gas pipeline to be held in Dhaka on April 20-21

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:07

From Narinjara News, Bangladesh : April 4, 2005 : Burma has proposed that Bangladesh hold a tri-nation committee meeting concerning the Burma-Bangladesh-India gas pipeline in Dhaka on April 20-21, reported a Bangladesh news agency.

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Daewoo Finds New Gas Mine in Myanmar

by admin — 2008-11-12 22:01

Na Jeong-ju, From The Korea Times : March 31, 2005 : Daewoo International said Thursday that its overseas energy development team has found a gas reserve in the sea off Myanmar whose size could be as big as the one it discovered earlier, which contains up to four to six trillion cubic feet of gases.

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ILO to Crack Whip on Junta

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:08

Marwaan Macan-Markar, From Inter Press Service, Thailand : March 25, 2005 : A month after it was spurned by Burma's military regime, the U.N. labour agency has come down hard on that South-east Asian nation's junta, declaring that sanctions may have to be imposed due to continued labour rights violations.

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Aiyar proposes Iran-India gas pipeline extension to China via Myanmar

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:08

From The Independent, Bangladesh : March 18, 2005 : Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar has said that the Iran-India gas pipeline through Pakistan had enough safeguards against disruptions in supplies and proposed its extension to China via Myanmar.

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Myanmar bars foreign firms from new onshore oil and gas exploration

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:09

From AFP : March 14, 2005 : YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's military government has barred foreign firms from onshore oil and gas exploration and production, opting to reserve the operations for state enterprises, the Myanmar Times reports.

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Bangladesh sets conditions to allow India-Mynamar pipeline

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:10

From The Financial Express, India : March 13, 2005 : Bangladesh has set strict pre-conditions, including improving trade imbalance and transit rights to Nepal, for allowing the $1-billion Myanmar-India gas pipeline to pass through its territory.

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Mosharrof Aiyer to discuss gas pipeline

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:10

Shahnaj Begum, From The Independent, Bangladesh : March 10, 2005 : The government will extended an invitation to Indian Petroleum Minister Moni Shankar Aiyer to visit Bangladesh sometime in April.

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Daewoo Drills Natural Gas in Myanmar Again

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:11

Na Jeong-ju, From The Korea Times : March 4, 2005 : Daewoo International has successfully produced natural gas from its second test drilling of a gas mine in Shwe, Myanmar, where it found a 140-meter-thick reserve spanning a few kilometers.

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Tri-nation gas pipeline: No deal unless Delhi meets three conditions, says Dhaka

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:11

From The Independent, Bangladesh : March 3, 2005 : Bangladesh rejected an Indian offer to construct an Indo-Bangladesh rail track and also set conditions for signing deal on the planned trination gas pipeline.

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Delhi agrees to Dhaka's strings to gas pipeline

by admin — 2008-11-12 11:37

Sharier Khan, From The Daily Star, Bangladesh : March 1, 2005 : India has agreed to Bangladesh proposal to give it corridor access for Nepal and Bhutan's hydropower and trade of various commodities.

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Dhaka, Yangon, Delhi to sign deal in March

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:11

From The Daily Star, Bangladesh : February 28, 2005 : A tripartite accord between Bangladesh, India and Myanmar will be signed next month in Dhaka for the proposed trans-border natural gas pipeline.

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ILO team leaves Yangon after failing to meet top generals on forced labor

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:12

From Agence France Presse : February 23, 2005 : A high-level team sent by the UN's International Labour Organisation on Wednesday cut short its mission to Myanmar, after failing to meet top generals to assess the junta's commitment to fighting forced labour.

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Dhaka, Yangon to finalise road link

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:12

Rafiq Hasan, FromThe Daily Star, Bangladesh : February 17, 2005 : Myanmar Foreign Minister (FM) Nyan Win will come to Dhaka on February 24 for giving final endorsement to the project of the proposed road link between Dhaka and Yangon.

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Magurchhara Blowout- Dhaka to go to int'l court for compensation

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:12

From The Daily Star, Bangladesh : February 16, 2005 : Bangladesh will go to the international court seeking compensation for the damage caused by fire in the Magurchhara gas field. The 1997 fire damaged gas worth Tk 3,900 crore, State Minister for Energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain said in parliament yesterday, replying to a question by a Jamaat lawmaker.

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Tri -Nation Pipeline Meeting Now on Feb 27-28

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:13

From BD News, The New Age : February 15 2005 : BDNEWS, Dhaka :The first meeting of techno-commercial working committee on a tri-nation pipeline to take gas from Myanmar to India over Bangladesh will be held in Yangoon on February 27-28.

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Construction work on a road in Myanmar begins next month

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:13

Shakhawat Hossain, From The Financial Express, Bangladesh : February 9, 2005 : Construction work on a vital road in Myanmar will begin next month to connect Bangladesh with the East-Asian Highway, sources said. "A final decision on the route was taken at the meeting of technical committees between Bangladesh and Myanmar in Yangon recently," said Communication Minister Nazmul Huda.

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Dhaka to Make Fresh Review of Gas Pipeline Project

by admin — 2008-11-11 12:14

Imran Rahman, From Arab News, Bangladesh : February 5, 2005 : The future of the tri-nation gas pipeline project is set to come under fresh scrutiny by the government of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia following the sudden postponement of the 13th SAARC summit after India expressed her inability to attend the meet scheduled to be held in Dhaka on Feb. 6-7.

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