In what is seen as a major breakthrough in regional cooperation, the Bangladesh government has given the go-ahead to allow gas piplines from Myanmar to pass through its territory into India. This was agreed at a tripartite meeting in Yangon on January 12-13. India’s Union minister for petroleum, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Bangladesh’s energy minister K.M. Mosharraf Hossain and Myanmar’s Lun Thi inked the deal. It allows Bangladesh and India to inject or tap natural gas from the pipeline. It is expected to boost the economy of both Bangladesh and the northeastern states of India. Finer details of the 290-km, $1 billion pipeline will be worked out in a few weeks in Dhaka.