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05/06/2009, Bangladesh - "Bangladesh to introduce daylight saving time likely from June 16",newspaper "Asian Tribune", M.A. Qader


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"Bangladesh to introduce daylight saving time likely from June 16"

Bangladesh government has decided to switch daylight saving time from June 16 till September 30 in a bid to ensure maximum use of daylight to cope with crippling power crisis.

Under the daylight saving time, clocks will be turned ahead by an hour, state minister for power Shamsul Haq Tuku told reporters on Tuesday after An interministerial meeting provisionally had decided to introduce the daylight saving system for an 'extra hour' of daylight.

The switch will remain in effect from June 16 to Sept 30 but if implemented the next year, it will come in force from April 1, he said adding more meetings will further discuss the issue before a final decision is made in this regard.

Electricity supplies to homes, businesses and factories across Bangladesh have been cut for several hours a day over the past few months as the country grapples with a power deficit as much as 7000 MW, by some estimates.

Earlier, on April 5 the state minister said the government wanted to introduce daylight saving because it was much easier to conserve 1MW power this way than it was to produce an extra 1MW.

The matter was discussed with all official stakeholders and their opinion was solicited.

An official of the Power Division, who attended the meeting, said they sought opinions from 18-19 ministries and divisions including labor, planning, industry, foreign affairs, telecoms, information, shipping, law, civil aviation, tourism and education. Most of the ministries responded positively.

Representatives of establishment, health, local government, and primary and public education ministries approved of the decision at the meeting, meeting sources said.

Besides, the Meteorological Department in its opinion said that the 9am-5pm office hours can be adjusted to 8am-4pm from April 1 to September 30.

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