Indian Standard Time is the time observed throughout India, with a
time offset of UTC+5:30. India does not observe daylight saving time
(DST) or other seasonal adjustments, although DST was used briefly
during the Sino–Indian War of 1962, and the Indo–Pakistani Wars of
1965 and of 1971. In military and aviation time, IST is designated E*
= Echo*. Indian Standard Time is calculated on the basis of 82.5 °E
longitude which is just west of the town of Mirzapur, near Allahabad
in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The longitude difference between
Mirzapur and the United Kingdom's Royal Observatory at Greenwich
translates to an exact time difference of 5 hours and 30 minutes.
Local time is calculated from a clock tower at the Allahabad
Observatory though the official time-keeping devices are entrusted to
the National Physical Laboratory, located in New Delhi.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Zulu forces of King Cetshwayo routed British forces at the Battle of
After holding the title Prince of Wales for six decades, King Edward
VII became the second oldest man to ascend to the throne in British
Russian Revolution: Peaceful demonstrators led by Father Gapon were
massacred outside the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg on Bloody
The U.S. Supreme Court delivered its landmark legal decision in Roe v.
Wade, striking down laws restricting abortion during the first six to
seven months of pregnancy.
Andrei Sakharov, a key architect of the Soviet hydrogen bomb and
winner of the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize, was arrested in Moscow following
his public protests against the Soviet war in Afghanistan and exiled
Wikiquote of the day:
If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a
citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from
other lands, but a continent that joins to them. -- Francis Bacon