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1 min blackout to be observed on March 25

  • Published at 07:20 pm March 11th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:35 pm March 11th, 2018
1 min blackout to be observed on March 25
The government has decided to observe a one-minute “blackout” program on the night of March 25, marking Genocide Day, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said. The minister disclosed the above on Sunday after meeting with top officials of the law enforcement agencies at the Ministry of Home Affairs. The “blackout” program will be observed for one minute from 9pm to 9:01pm on March 25. Asaduzzaman also sought cooperation from all in observing the days in a befitting manner. He said the government will not suspend power supply – adding that everyone is expected to switch off their lights. The information about the program will be disseminated through media. Additional security measures will also be taken on the occasion. However, establishments of emergency services will remain out of the purview of the program, said Asaduzzaman. Measures will be taken to maintain security at National Martyrs' Memorial in Savar, Martyred Intellectual Memorial in Rayerbazar, and Suhrawardy Udyan, he said. The minister also said uninterrupted power supply will be ensured at the National Memorial and other approved venues for observing March 26. Medical services, water supply and utility services will be ensured for holding the program peacefully, he added. Special diet will be provided in jails, hospitals and orphanages – marking the day. The minister said if anyone wants to arrange any cultural program marking March 26 he or she has to inform the police. In 2017, the government officially declared March 25 as Genocide Day, marking the widespread killings by Pakistan army on the unarmed Bengladeshis on the black night of March 25, 1971.