Bangladesh Standard Time

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BST in relation with the bordering nations

Bangladesh Standard Time (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ মান সময়), commonly abbreviated as BST, is the time zone of Bangladesh. It is offset six hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time, and is observed throughout the country. Bangladesh observed daylight saving time in 2009 in order to cope with the ongoing electricity crisis but in 2010 the decision was cancelled. Bangladesh Standard Time is calculated on the basis of 90.00° E longitude, which passes over the Harukandi Union of Harirampur Upazila of the Manikganj District in Dhaka Division, Bangladesh.

Day Light Saving Time[edit]

On June 19, 2009, the government of Bangladesh first time ever introduced the UTC+7 offset to utilize daylight savings. Following this decision, the time was advanced by 1 hour on 19 June 2009 at midnight. Prior to that, the country observed a time offset of UTC+6.[1]

Withdraw of DLS[edit]

The decision was not widely welcomed, as it created a lot of confusion initially and gradually citizens faced a change in their lifestyle. The country went back to its original time offset (UTC+6) on January 1, 2010. From April 1, 2010, the country was due to observe daylight saving time, but the cabinet cancelled the decision permanently, deciding to remain in the UTC+6 offset. This decision took into account the unpopularity of daylight saving time due to sufferings and difficulties faced by people of different professions.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bangladesh adopts new time rules. Retrieved on 2009-06-20.
  2. ^ Cabinet cancels Daylight Saving Time Retrieved on 2010-04-18.

Time zone offset: UTC + 6 hours BST is 6 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

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