Update for Asia/Calcutta timezone

Nicholas Alphonso nichalp at gmail.com
Sun Jan 9 08:24:13 UTC 2011

>>And yes, capitals can change, good point.  I was thinking about the case
of a new zone that needs a name.  For that, I would >>start with the capital
if it's in the zone, otherwise the biggest or best known town.  Then, once
the name has been assigned, leave >>it alone.

Kolkatta/Calcutta used to be a major city in the past, but other cities in
India have overtaken it in significance. This trend has been observed for
three decades now. If I may be at liberty to use Google Fight to compare the
trends on Google, then by comparing Bombay/Calcutta & Mumbai/Kolkata, it
throws up a highly skewed ratio in favour of Bombay/Mumbai.

I'm not sure if there is a precedent before for changing names of a time
zone in such a fashion, but I make my request so that the timezone name
chosen is not archaic ie reflecting historical trends -- but rather
reflecting current and future realities that have been fairly stable over
several decades.

I think changing the timezone name to Asia/New Delhi would be more
representative of the country since India follows a single timezone.


On 5 January 2011 08:06, Marshall Eubanks <tme at americafree.tv> wrote:

> On Jan 4, 2011, at 5:00 PM, Philip Newton wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 22:57, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
> >> But capitals change too (for example, Kazakhstan).  No naming principle
> >> will work everywhere, and it's probably better to stick with the
> principles
> >> that we have.  The question here is when one principle (use the
> most-populous city)
> >> should override another one (avoid name changes).  It's not a slam-dunk
> case
> >> either way, which is why I asked for further comments.
> >
> > FWIW, I'd favour the "avoid name changes" principle.
> >
> > There are a number of zones which have "the wrong" name (typically
> > this means "not the current capital"). As long as the city stays in
> > the zone, I'd tend to keep it.
> Not to mention the countries with more than one capital.
> Regards
> Marshall
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Philip
> > --
> > Philip Newton <philip.newton at gmail.com>
> >
> >
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