Dipu Moni urges the UNHCR to resume repatriation process of the Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh; Exports fell by 4.60 percent in April, 2012; Bapex determines presence of around 150 million barrels of oil in old gas fields of Kailashtila and Haripur in Syl
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  • According to reports, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has urged the UNHCR to resume repatriation process of the Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh. She made the request during a meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on May 13, 2012, on the sidelines of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Ministerial Meeting at Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, said a press release. Mr. Guterres, however, opined that there might be some differences in understanding between the UNHCR and the government of the countries concerned about different aspects of this refugee problem. To clarify the issues, he suggested that Bangladesh government may consider sending a team to Geneva or the UNHCR may send a team to Dhaka. 1

    Meanwhile, according to reports, Bangladesh’s exports fell by 4.60 percent to $1.90 billion in April, 2012 compared to a month ago due to the ongoing debt crisis in the EU and readjustment of prices of finished goods by international buyers. The debt crisis has also dampened the demand for Bangladesh's main export earner readymade garments in the Eurozone. According to the reporters, this is one of the major causes that are pushing down the growth of exports from Bangladesh. 2

    Reports noted that Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Ltd (Bapex) has determined, through a seismic survey, presence of around 150 million barrels of oil in old gas fields of Kailashtila and Haripur in Sylhet. No less than 40 percent of this small reserve could be commercially produced, said Bapex Managing Director Mortuza Ahmad Faruque. This implies that around 700 barrels a day could be produced from the two fields under Sylhet Gas Field Company Ltd. 3

    In other developments, a four-day-long conference between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) began on May 14, 2012 in Shiliguri of India. 4

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