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Why is it called “West Bengal” when there is no “East Bengal”?

Note: This was originally written as an answer to a Quora question: Why is it still called “West Bengal” when there is no East Bengal any more? Calling West Bengal as “Bengal” would indicate that Bangladesh isn’t part of Bengal—this would be wrong. This is Bengal. “Bengal” is the name of a region. A region […]

How is the standard meridian of a country calculated?

My answer to: How is standard meridian of India (or any nation) calculated? (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) The international convention says that longitudinal difference between two standard meridians should be a multiple of 7.5 degrees, so that time difference is always in half hours or full hours (7.5 deg […]

The weird time difference between India and Nepal: 15 minutes!

My answer to: Why is there a time difference of 15 mins between Nepal and India? (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.) India’s standard meridian passes along the 82.5 degrees East longitude, which is towards the west of Nepal’s apparent central meridian. But, the International Convention on time zones dictates that […]