Dhaka may advance time by an hour to save energy

April 6th, 2009 - 2:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, April 6 (IANS) Dhaka may forward Bangladesh Standard Time (BST) by one hour from June under a proposed Daylight Saving Time (DST) plan to manage the power crisis.
What it means is that offices and businesses will open and close an hour early, resulting in a change of habit for people.

The reason DST works is because it saves energy as less artificial light is needed in the evening, The Daily Star newspaper said.

The power division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources discussed the issue Sunday with other ministries and asked them to send their views on the proposal by Thursday, State Minister for Power Shamsul Haque Tuku told the media.

If the proposal is approved, all will have to forward their clocks by one hour from June, the minister added.

Many countries including United States, Canada, most European countries, Brazil, and some West Asian countries use DST.

At present, the BST is 30 minutes ahead of neighbouring India.

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