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January 03, 2014, "Second time zone for India "Seven Sister States" ?", World Time Zone, Alexander Krivenyshev

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Second time zone for India "Seven Sister States" ?

According to media report, the state of Assam (India) wants to move 1 hour ahead of the rest of India or follow the "Chaibagaan time" instead of the Indian Standard Time (IST).

If the state of Assam should get its own time zone, the central Indian government must then approve it for the rest of the so called "Seven Sister States" (Northeast India): Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Meghalaya.

An article from the Times of India, dated May 1, 2010, stated that a panel had been assembled to analyze this second time zone proposal for India. The panel results were to be published in January 2011. Three years have now passed and no further information has been put forth.

Seven sisters' demand for separate time zone gains momentum:
"People from the northeast (of India) have been demanding creation of a separate time zone for the seven states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura so that there is optimum utilisation of daylight. This, in turn, would result in conservation of energy. As the sun rises much earlier in this region than in the rest of the country, votaries here say it is only fair that they ask for the clock to be advanced by at least one-and-ahalf hours."

"Assam, too, is serious about this. Its state science and technology ministry has vowed the state will take up the issue with the Central government. The Centre, in turn, has set up a committee chaired by Ajay Mathur, the director-general of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), to examine the implications of another time zone in India. "The panel will primarily report on energy savings for which various options are being considered. Another time zone for the country is one of them. The report is expected to come out by January 2011," he says."

So, seems that we've heard about this second time zone before but until it is actually approved by the central Indian government, we must wait.

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