Bangladesh Standard Time

Bangladesh Standard Time (BST) (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ মান সময়) is the time zone of Bangladesh. It is offset six hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time, and observed as a national standard throughout the country. Bangladesh briefly observed daylight saving time (DST) in 2009 to cope with the ongoing electricity crisis, but in 2010 the decision was cancelled by the government of Bangladesh.

The official time signal is given by the Bangladesh Standard Time is calculated on the basis of the 90.00° E longitude, which passes over the Harukandi Union of Harirampur Upazila of the Manikganj District in Dhaka Division, Bangladesh. In the IANA time zone database, it is represented by Asia/Dhaka.

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BST in relation with the bordering nations.

History

Between 1858 and 1941, the Bengal region was under British Raj and used Calcutta time (UTC+5:53:20).[1]

For a brief period in the 1940s, amidst World War II, there were a series of time zone changes in British India.[1][2]

  1. On 1 October 1941, the region switched to UTC+06:30.
  2. On 15 May 1942, the following year, the region switched to UTC+05:30.
  3. On 1 September 1942, the same year, the region was returned to UTC+06:30.

Following the independence of India in 1947, British India was partitioned into India and Pakistan, of which East Pakistan is now Bangladesh. The time zone of East Pakistan was not immediately affected by the partition.

In 1951, the region changed its time from UTC+06:30 to UTC+06:00, the official time zone used today.[1][3]

Daylight saving time

The power division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources proposed the DST scheme, discussing it with representatives from 18–19 different ministries on 5 April 2009, and were asked to return their views by 9 April. Most of the responses from the ministries were positive. June was selected instead of April or May, as the HSC examinations are run from 18 April through 28 May.[4][5] The time was advanced by exactly 1 hour on the midnight of 19 June, and was planned to be set back two months later on the midnight of 30 September. The proposal primarily sought to reduce energy usage, as the energy crisis was the most severe in that period, with power demands of 4,800–5,800 MW against a generation capability of 3,800–4,000 MW. The time zone was advanced from UTC+6 to UTC+7.[6][7][8][9]

Government officials in support of the scheme said that it was easier to save power than to generate more, but ultimately the scheme proved a failure. The change was criticised as early as days after the adoption of the scheme. People had not become accustomed to the change and businesses and shop owners had not followed the government's directives properly. Citizens also complained that the load-shedding situation hadn't improved. Power savings were nulled by increased consumption in the days following the change because of hot weather, as well as any residual savings being consumed by people who previously had less access to electricity.[10] The country went back to its original UTC+06:00 time offset on the midnight of 31 December 2009, months later than the scheduled end and through the winter. Students and teachers were the first to be adversely affected as many had to leave for their institutions before sunrise. In December, the problem became worse, and the cabinet lifted the scheme.[11][12]

DST was due to be observed again from 31 March through to 31 October in 2010. However, on 22 March 2010, the cabinet cancelled the scheme permanently, citing "public interest" and decided to remain in the former UTC+06:00 offset.[11][13]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Bangladesh Starts Daylight Saving Time on June 19, 2009". Timeanddate.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Time Changes in Dhaka over the years 1925–1949". Timeanddate.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Time Changes in Dhaka over the years 1950–1959". Timeanddate.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Daylight saving time likely from June". The Daily Star. 6 April 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  5. ^ M.A. Qader (6 May 2009). "Bangladesh to introduce daylight saving time likely from June 16". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Clocks go ahead from midnight June 19". bdnews24.com. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  7. ^ "Clock goes 1hr ahead June 19 midnight". The Daily Star. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Clock goes 1-hr ahead tonight". The Daily Star. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  9. ^ Melik, James (19 June 2009). "Bangladesh adopts new time rules". BBC World Service. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  10. ^ Wasim Bin Habib (27 June 2009). "DST hardly improves power situation". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Clock goes back 1-hr on Dec 31 night". bdnews24.com. 25 December 2009. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  12. ^ Sharier Khan (23 March 2010). "Why DST failed?". The Daily Star. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Cabinet shelves DST plan". bdnews24.com. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2015.

External links

2006 AFC Challenge Cup

The 2006 AFC Challenge Cup was held between 1 and 16 April 2006 in Bangladesh. Sixteen teams were split into four groups, the top two in each group qualifying for the quarterfinals, and from then on a straight knockout contest. There was no qualification stage. The cup winner was Tajikistan. The fair play award was won by Sri Lanka and Tajikistani Ibrahim Rabimov won the most valuable player award.

ATN News

ATN News is a 24-hour news television channel in Bangladesh. It is a sister channel of ATN Bangla, another Bangladesh satellite TV channel.

Bangabari Union

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Bangladeshi calendar

The Bangladeshi calendar (Bengali: বাংলা সাল, also called the Bangla Year) is a civil calendar used in Bangladesh, alongside the Gregorian calendar and the Islamic calendar. According to some historians, it is based on his Tarikh-e-Ilahi (Divine Era), introduced by the Mughal Emperor Akbar on 10/11 March 1584. Others state that only traces of Akbar's influence survive, and its roots are more ancient Hindu Bengali calendars. The calendar is important for Bangladeshi agriculture, as well as festivals and traditional recordkeeping for revenue and taxation.

Bangladeshi land revenues are still collected by the government in line with this calendar. The calendar's new year day, Pohela Boishakh, is a national holiday.

Bhutan Time

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Dhakirgaon

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Iajuddin Ahmed

Iajuddin Ahmed (1 February 1931 – 10 December 2012) was the President of Bangladesh, serving from 6 September 2002 until 12 February 2008. From late October 2006 to January 2007, he also served as Chief Advisor of the caretaker government. From October 2006 to early 2008, his responsibilities as President included the Defense Ministry of the caretaker government.

With a doctorate in soil science, Ahmed became a full professor at the University of Dhaka and chairman of the department. Beginning in 1991, he started accepting appointments to public positions, as chairman of the Public Service Commission (1991 to 1993) and of the University Grants Commission (1995 to 1999). In 2002 he won election as president. In 2004 he helped establish the private university, Atish Dipankar University of Science and Technology (ADUST).

Kalni Express

Kalni Express (Train no. 773/774) is an intercity train which runs between Dhaka (capital of Bangladesh) and Sylhet (north-eastern major city). Kalni Express was conceived to be the non stop train of Dhaka-Sylhet route of Bangladesh Railway but it has since lost that status.

Lalmoni Express

Lalmoni Express (Train no. 751/752) is an intercity train which runs between Dhaka (capital of Bangladesh) and Lalmonirhat district. Lalmoni Express has been considered as one of the popular trains since its inception in 2004. The train connects several important cities, such as: Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Bogra, Natore with Dhaka. It is one of the long-distance travelling trains of Bangladesh.

List of time zone abbreviations

This is a list of time zone abbreviations.

Manikganj District

Manikganj (Bengali: মানিকগঞ্জ [mɑnɪkˈɡondʒ]) is a district in central Bangladesh. It is a part of the Dhaka Division.

Outline of Bangladesh

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Bangladesh:

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Parabat Express

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Shonar Bangla Express

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South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

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SAARC was founded in Dhaka on 8 December 1985. Its secretariat is based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The organization promotes development of economic and regional integration. It launched the South Asian Free Trade Area in 2006. SAARC maintains permanent diplomatic relations at the United Nations as an observer and has developed links with multilateral entities, including the European Union.

Suborno Express

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Vishuddha Siddhanta Panjika

Vishuddha Siddhanta Panjika (Bengali: বিশুদ্ধ সিদ্ধান্ত পঞ্জিকা) is a panjika (almanac) that was first published in 1297 Bengali year (1890 AD). Madhab Chandra Chattopadhyay of the Bengal of undivided India was the first editor.

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