Bangladesh has ordered officials to strictly enforce the shop opening times to minimize electricity consumption as the country reels from soaring summer temperatures and constant blackouts. The military backed emergency government slapped a ban on shops opening after 8 PM in an attempt to divert power for activities of the agriculture sector. The World Bank has put Bangladesh's power shortfall at 700 to 800 megawatts, as some of the aging plants have to be shut for maintenance. If we compare the power situation of our country with Bangladesh, we are facing a far more severe power shortfall of 3000 megawatts or more. Most of the power is consumed during the peak hours from 07:00 PM to 11PM in markets, shops and wedding parties. Our regular day in big cities starts after 11:00 AM and ends at 02:00 in the morning. If we could change our lifestyle and open up our shops from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM daily, we can get the maximum benefit from natural daylight. The same lifestyle is also in accordance with the Islamic values and is recommended for good health as well. If our Prime Minister could order this change of life style, it would be a turning point for our declining economy because the electricity so saved could be diverted toward industries and agriculture. -BASHIR HUSSAIN AZAD, Chitral, via e-mail, May 3.