Bangladesh to turn back clock to save energy
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Last Updated: Friday, December 25, 2009, 13:28
Dhaka: In order to maximise the use of daylight and reduce electricity usage, energy-starved Bangladesh has decided to put the clock back by an hour on December 31 midnight.

"Clocks will be adjusted backward by an hour at 11:59 pm on December 31," an official handout said here today referring to a cabinet decision taken at a meeting held last night with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The statement said clocks will be advanced by an hour on March 31 under the government's Daylight Saving Time (DST) programme and be readjusted backward to the standard time on October 31 every year.

With the readjustment, Bangladesh is to become GMT+6 from GMT+7 again for the next seven months.

The energy-starved nation readjusted the clock in June this year bringing forward its Standard Time by one hour as part of a campaign to maximise the use of daylight to reduce electricity usages.

Energy ministry officials earlier said they expected that around 250 megawatt could be saved with the introduction of DST as Bangladesh is facing electricity shortage of nearly 1,500 MW.

Many countries including the United States, Canada, most European countries, Brazil, and a few Middle-eastern countries have introduced DST.


First Published: Friday, December 25, 2009, 13:28

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