Clocks and watches go forward one hour in Bangladesh

First published: 22-06-2009

In a bid to halt energy overuse and regular power outages, Bangladesh has decided to move all of its clocks and watches forward by one hour.

The measure will mark the first time which the country has introduced such a measure, with state minister for power Shamsul Haque Tuku revealing the facts to the general public last week.

It is hoped that up to 200 megawatts of electricity will be saved each day and the plan will be repeated in future years in order to prevent more indoor lighting and electricity being used unnecessarily.

The country's predominantly gas-fired power stations have been largely questioned for their ability to meet the needs of a more technologically-demanding generation.

This move by the Bangladeshi government will see clocks going ahead of Greenwich Meridian Time by seven hours as opposed to six.

The Royal Observatory is home to British timekeeping, setting a precedent the world follows using the Greenwich location as a zero point to set clocks and watches around the world.

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