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Nepal President Approves Map Amendment Bill

Nepal president Bidhya Devi Bhandari on June 18 approved the constitution amendment bill that aimed to update the nepal’s political map including the area of Indian territory.

The bill that was proposed in parliament by law minister Shivamaya Tumbahangphe on 31 May 2020 that included three disputed areas of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura in Uttarakhand is approved by Nepal’s House of Representatives.

After the discussion of the controversial amendment bill in the lower house of parliament that took place on June 9, 2020 was passed with concordant of all 57 member of house voted in favor of the bill with 0 votes against it.

According to the sources, the government in New Delhi called it a violation. “This artificial enlargement of claims is not based on historical fact or evidence and is not tenable. It is also violative of our current understanding to hold talks on outstanding boundary issues,” the government spokesperson had said.

Government of India is also disappointed with the revised map of Nepal and the manner the government of Nepal acted without trying to create a atmosphere for talks. India has rejected the claims of Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura in Uttarakhand as Nepalese territory. Indian government also said that the enlargement of map is not based on historical facts and evidence and violates their current understanding to conduct talks on outstanding border issues.

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