Where has 10,018 sq kilo­me­ter of Nepali land gone?

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A bizarre fact was re­vealed about Nepal’s ter­ri­tory re­cently. The An­na­purna Post made pub­lic this in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished on it re­cently. We have been read­ing that Nepal spreads in an area of 147, 181 sq kilo­me­ter. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment’s lat­est up­date, Nepal’s to­tal ter­ri­tory is only 137, 162 sq km. Where has the land gone when Nepal has not lost its ter­ri­tory to any war since 1816? The gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials des­ig­nated to fed­er­ate the coun­try and fix the size and num­bers of lo­cal lev­els are blamed for the re­duc­tion of the land area. The re­duc­tion in the ter­ri­tory of Nepal was found while adding the area of all seven prov­inces and 753 lo­cal units. The re­duced area of Nepal is equal to the size of 14 Sin­ga­pores. Al­though it looks like a joke, but it has been a re­al­ity, con­cluded San­tosh Acharya, Deepak Ne­u­pane and Bi­jaya Prasad Sharma in their write-up in the daily. They ar­gued that one can find the re­duc­tion in the ter­ri­tory of Nepal in a book­let pub­lished by the Min­istry of Fed­eral Af­fairs in Oc­to­ber last year. And if one adds the area of each lo­cal units, the to­tal area of Nepal is just 137, 162 sq km. Sim­i­larly, the area of each prov­ince was also found to be re­duced. This is the big­gest blun­der com­mit­ted by the gov­ern­ment. But till date the gov­ern­ment has not cor­rected the book­let, nei­ther has it said any­thing about the wrong in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­nated to pub­lic re­gard­ing the ter­ri­tory of Nepal.

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