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Iran's DST Goes into Effect Tuesday

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TEHRAN, March 20 (ICANA) – Iran will observe Daylight savings time (DST), turning forward its official time by one hour at 00:00 hours local time (0330 GMT) on Monday March 21.
Sunday, March 20, 2011 11:10:39 PM
Iran's DST Goes into Effect Tuesday

The longer hours of daylight in the evenings will run until September 23, 2011 when Iranians will turn back time clocks by an hour.

Iran had observed daylight savings time for 15 years until March 2006, when the administration of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad decided to temporarily stop the practice, saying the pause will allow experts to better study whether or not DST affects energy consumption as it was originally intended.

After a year of serious debate over the issue, the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) passed a bill to return to the practice in 2008. The bill was also approved by the country's Guardian Council.

The official Iranian time will change once at the beginning of the Iranian calendar year and once again at the start of the second half of the year.

Daylight savings time -- also known as Summer Time -- has the ultimate goal of reducing energy consumption. It involves adjusting the official local time forward during spring and summer months for a longer utilization of the sunlight. Observation of local time is then adjusted to better reflect natural time -- the sun -- for winter.

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