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06/02/2009, Bangladesh - "Clock goes 1hr ahead June 19 midnight", newspaper "The Daily Star"

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"Clock goes 1hr ahead June 19 midnight
Cabinet fixes daylight saving time schedule"

The daylight saving time (DST) will take effect at midnight on June 19, setting the clocks an hour ahead.

The decision came at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.

Briefing reporters afterwards, the prime minister's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said the clocks will be put forward to 1:00am at midnight that day so people could have an extra hour of daylight.

It means offices and businesses will open and close an hour earlier than usual. The system is useful in that it cuts electricity need in the evening, he continued.

Like 70 other countries including the UK, US, Japan, France and Taiwan, Bangladesh is introducing the daylight saving time to save power, as it faces an acute shortage of energy in March-September.

During the period, the demand for electricity shoots up to 5,500 megawatts with average load-shedding ranging between 800 and 1,000 MW a day. Currently, the country produces around 3,800MW of electricity every day.

Azad said the extra daylight would help the power crisis ease off, given that it would be used effectively.

Replying to a query, he said the government has yet to decide how long the DST would be in force.


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