It’s feasible for India to have two time zones that will increase productivity in six north-eastern states barring Assam according to a scientific study by the country’s official timekeeper.
The Indian Standard Time (IST) applicable across the country is 5.30 hours ahead of the Coordinated Universal Time (UCT, 0.00), which is based on the imaginary longitude line that runs through Greenwich in the UK.
The scientific paper by scientists from the Delhi-based CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) examines the feasibility of implementing a second time zone for the north-eastern states that will be 6.30 hours ahead UCT to save daylight hours.
This means clocks in Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands will run one hour ahead of clocks in the rest of India. Read More
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