Saturday, April 22, 2006

A question of time in Sri Lanka



'What's in half an hour? A lot more than only 30 minutes or 1,800 seconds — as Sri Lankans discovered last week. On 14 April, the government adjusted Sri Lanka's standard time to GMT+5:30 from GMT+6, which had been used since 1996. In doing so, the government completely ignored expert views of scientists and intellectuals. It listened instead to a vocal minority of nationalists, astrologers and Buddhist monks who had lobbied the newly elected president Mahinda Rajapaksa to 'restore the clock to original Sri Lankan time'. Not for the first time, science and reason lost out to nationalism and political expediency...' More

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