Bangladesh cuts school, office hours to save power

Students in Bangladesh are spending less time in class, while white-collar workers are putting in shorter hours at the office. The nationwide changes are aimed at saving energy, as fuel prices head higher.

Schools in the South Asian nation are usually closed on Fridays. But starting this week, they will also be shut on Saturdays.

Government offices and banks are open seven hours on weekdays. That's an hour shorter than usual.

Faced with spiraling fuel prices, Bangladesh's government announced it would shut down all of the country's diesel power plants last month. Blackouts have since become a lot more frequent.

One of the main causes of the country's energy squeeze is Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The Bangladeshi government raised the price of gasoline by more than 50 percent earlier this month, sparking protests. Opposition parties are accusing the government of failing to take appropriate measures.