Daylight Saving Time (DST)
- According to Norway-based Time and Date, DST is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from the standard time during the summer and back again in the autumn.
- This is done to make better use of natural day-light, India does not follow daylight saving time as countries near the Equator do not experience high variations in day time hours between seasons.
- Recently Lebanon delayed the start of Daylight Saving time by a month.
- Lebanon has woken up in two time zones amid an escalating dispute between political and religious authorities over a decision to extend winter time for a month.
- Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati issued a decision on Thursday to delay entering daylight savings time till April 20, instead of rolling the clocks forward an hour on the last weekend of March.
- On Saturday, the influential Maronite Church said it would disregard the decision and would set its clocks forward on Saturday night.
- Mikati’s decision was seen as an attempt to score a win among Muslims by allowing those fasting during Ramadan to break their fasts at approximately 6pm instead of 7pm.