Published: Wednesday 30 September 2009

NO SUITS, TIES, IN SUMMER: In a bid to save electricity, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina has asked all male colleagues and male government employees to wear suits, jackets and ties only in winter. During the hot months, between March and November, they have been asked to wear trousers and shirts which need not be tucked in. Doing so, said Hasina, would minimize the use of air conditioners (ACs) in offices. She has also directed not to turn the ACs below 24C. The country suffers from long hours of power cuts every day as its power plants are unable to meet the country's rising demand: state-owned power plants generate 4,000 MW electricity a day against the demand of 6,000 MW. FLOODS HIT PAKISTAN: Flash floods triggered by torrential rains in Pakistan killed 27 people and rendered nearly 80,000 homeless. The authorities have declared a state of emergency in the North West Frontier Province. The floods may strain the relief effort in the region where two million refugees from Swat valley have taken shelter to escape the army offensive against Taliban insurgents.

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