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Bangladesh goes dark in electricity blackout as national grid link to India power supply fails

  • A Bangladeshi man walks in a shopping mall during a blackout in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    A Bangladeshi man walks in a shopping mall during a blackout in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladeshi garment workers walk out of their work stations after the garment factory they are employed in closed early due to a blackout in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    Bangladeshi garment workers walk out of their work stations after the garment factory they are employed in closed early due to a blackout in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Bangladeshi customer walks past a salesgirl in a shopping mall during a blackout in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

    A Bangladeshi customer walks past a salesgirl in a shopping mall during a blackout in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed, but power was restored to many parts of the country within a few hours, an official said. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

Bangladesh's state power company says the country has been hit with an electricity blackout after a transmission line bringing power from neighboring India failed.

Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. Managing Director Masum-Al-Beruni says the blackout hit around noon Saturday and covered all parts of the country connected to the national grid.

Bangladesh began importing electricity from India last October 2013 through a 400-kilovolt transmission line that runs from Baharampur in the Indian state of West Bengal to the southwestern Bangladesh town of Bheramara.