February 23, 2006


A severe power crisis has hit the Dhaka town. Each day, especially at night electric supply goes off for many hours. The power goes off not at a stretch, but in approximately one hour intervals and rotating in areas. The Electric supply authority calls it load shedding as they have to manage insufficient supplies of Electric and a bigger demand. According to this news this crisis was expected and lack of funds, lengthy procedures and bureaucratic tangle are the usual causes cited. I will not go into details about what problems it is creating for the Dhakaites but they surely are not happy about it.

Elsewhere in the country power crisis has deepened and the farmers are also furious about it.

But absence of electricity did not stop students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET) watching the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka cricket match as they had used uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) as a power source, about 30 of them for the whole match. It may be noted here that the UPS is commonly used in Bangladesh for PCs to backup files and shutting down the PC on the event of a power failure.


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