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Bangladesh to cut school and office hours as it battles power shortage

The South Asian country last month shut down all 10 of its diesel power plants after Russia's invasion of Ukraine drove up the cost of imported fuel

On April 16, as evening peak time approached, the cost of electricity at the exchange climbed up to Rs 10.31 per unit by 4 pm
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government has decided that schools will remain closed for two days, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told reporters.

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Bangladesh will close schools for one extra day a week and cut office timings by an hour to save power, a government official said on Monday, as the country battles a shortage after shutting down all of its diesel-run power plants.

The South Asian country last month shut down all 10 of its diesel power plants after Russia's invasion of Ukraine drove up the cost of imported fuel. Bangladesh began daily two-hour power cuts last month, but many parts of the country go without electricity for much longer.

The shut plants account for about 6% of Bangladesh's total power generation capacity of

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First Published: Aug 22 2022 | 10:38 PM IST

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