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The Nepali language, the official language of Nepal, originally belonged to the Indo-Aryan language family which is also described as Khas Kura, the language of the Khas kingdom. It is written in Devanagari script and originated in the western hilly region of Nepal, some 500 years ago. It was spoken by the Khas people of the Karnali region. It was also known as ‘Gorkhali’ before the term Nepali was adopted. Over the centuries, different forms of Nepali language emerged with distinctive influences with the communities from Sanskrit, Maithili, Hindi, and Bengali making Nepali the common language for all. There are over 17 million Nepali speakers in the world, in countries including Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Brunei, and India. With over 44.6% of Nepal's population using Nepali as their language of communication, we have nearly 30,622 newspapers published in the Nepalese language. Gorkhapatra, Kantipur, Naya Patrika, Nepal Samacharpatra, Nagarik, are a few of the newspapers that are published in the Nepali language.