Karnali Pradesh

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Karnali Pradesh

कर्णाली प्रदेश
Phucksumdo lake.jpg
Kanjiroba Mountain.JPGNarakot Sinja Valley.JPG
Karnali bridge.jpgSimikot N.jpg
RARA Lake Mugu.jpg
From top going clockwise:Phoksundo lake, Sinja Valley, Simikot, Rara lake, Karnali Bridge and Kanjiroba
Location of Karnali Pradesh
Location of Karnali Pradesh
Districts of Karnali Pradesh
Districts of Karnali Pradesh
Country   Nepal
Formation20 September 2015
CapitalBirendranagar
Largest cityBirendranagar
Districts10
Government
 • BodyGovernment of Karnali Pradesh
 • GovernorDurga Keshar Khanal
 • Chief MinisterMahendra Bahadur Shahi (NCP)
 • High CourtSurkhet High Court
 • Provincial AssemblyUnicameral (40 seats)
 • Parliamentary constituency12
Area
 • Total24,453 km2 (9,441 sq mi)
Area rank1st
Population
 (2011)
 • Total1,570,418
 • Rank7th
 • Density64/km2 (170/sq mi)
 • Density rank7th
Demonym(s)Karnali/Karnalese
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NST)
GeocodeNP-SI
Main Official LanguageNepali (96.47%)
Other Official Language(s)1. Magar (1.1%)
2. Tamang (0.9%)
HDI0.469 (low)
Literacy62.77%
Sex ratio95.78 /100 (2011)
Websitewww.karnali.gov.np

Karnali Pradesh (Nepali: कर्णाली प्रदेश) is one of the seven federal provinces of Nepal.[1] The total area of the province is 24,453 square kilometres (9,441 sq mi). According to the 2011 Nepal census, the population of the province was 1,570,418.

At first it was known as Province No. 6. The Provincial Assembly named this province Karnali Pradesh in February 2018. It borders the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north, Gandaki Pradesh to the east, Sudurpashchim Pradesh to the west, and Province No. 5 to the south.[2] Birendranagar is the capital city of the province.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

Karnali is the largest province of Nepal. It has an area of 24,453 km2 (9,441 sq mi) but the population of the province is very low. The population of the province is 1,701,800, which is least in ranking.

The province is surrounded by Gandaki province in east, Province No. 5 in south-east and south, Province No. 7 in west and Tibet Autonomous Region of China in north.

The province has occupied higher mountains land of north and mid-hills of Nepal. It contains Kubi Gangri, Changla and Kanjiroba mountains in north. The Shey Phoksundo National Park with Phoksundo lake is located in this national park. It is the largest national park in Nepal. The Rara lake is the largest lake of Nepal which is also located in Karnali Pradesh. Karnali River is the biggest river of the province which is thought to be the longest river of Nepal. Seti River and Bheri River are tributaries of Karnali.

Government and administration[change | change source]

The Governor acts as the head of the province. The current Governor is Durga Keshar Khanal.[4] The Chief Minister is the head of the provincial government. The current Chief Minister is Mahendra Bahadur Shahi.[5] The Chief Judge of the Surkhet High Court is the head of the judiciary.[6] The current Chief Judge is Hari Kumar Pokharel.[7] The province has 40 provincial assembly constituencies and 12 House of Representative constituencies.[8]

Karnali has a unicameral legislature, like all of the other provinces in Nepal. The term length of provincial assembly is five years.[9]

Administrative subdivisions[change | change source]

Karnali is divided into ten districts, which are listed below. A district is administrated by the head of the District Coordination Committee and the District Administration Officer. The districts are further dived to municipalities or rural municipalities. There are 25 municipalities and 54 rural municipalities in the province[10]

  1. Dailekh District
  2. Dolpa District
  3. Humla District
  4. Jajarkot District
  5. Jumla District
  6. Kalikot District
  7. Mugu District
  8. Salyan District
  9. Surkhet District
  10. Western Rukum District

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Nepal Provinces". statoids.com. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  2. "Prov 6 named as Karnali, permanent capital in Birendranagar". www.myrepublica.com. 24 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. "Government finalises provinces' governors and temporary headquarters". nepalekhabar.com. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  4. "President of Nepal administers oath to Chiefs of seven provinces | DD News". ddnews.gov.in. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  5. "Mahendra Bahadur Shahi set to be Province 6 CM | Setopati - Nepal's Digital Newspaper". setopati.net. Retrieved 2018-04-28.
  6. "High Courts get their chief judges". Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  7. "Newly appointed High Court chief judges sworn in". January 26, 2018.
  8. "CDC creates 495 constituencies". The Himalayan Times. 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  9. "First Provincial Assembly meeting begins in 4 provinces". Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  10. "स्थानिय तह". 103.69.124.141. Retrieved 2018-04-27.

Coordinates: 29°30′N 82°25′E / 29.500°N 82.417°E / 29.500; 82.417