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KATHMANDU, SEP 30 –

Contrary to the trend of ‘baby boom’ (high growth rate) in post-war periods in other countries, Nepal’s census report published on Tuesday shows a significant drop in the growth rate.

Population experts say the population growth could have crossed an average annual growth rate of over 2.25 percent—more than the previous census—had Nepal followed the trend.

However, the absent population played a vital role in the significant drop to 1.40 percent in the annual population growth rate in the post-war situation in the country, they said.

According to the experts, the end of a war in a particular country brings about a baby boom there as people involved in the war return home with the beginning of the peace process. People are psychologically more relaxed and feel safe to spend more time together with the family, which ultimately helps population growth, census expert Bal…

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