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Common language


Nepali is the lingua franca of Sikkim

Nepali is the lingua franca of Sikkim, while Bhutia and Lepcha are spoken in certain areas. English and Hindi are also spoken and understood in most of Sikkim.

Other languages include

Other languages include Dzongkha, Groma,Gurung, Limbu, Magar, Majhi, Majhwar, Nepal Bha-sa, Rai, Sikkimese, Sherpa, Sunuwar,Tamang, Thulung, Tibetan, and Yakha

communication and media


The southern urban areas have English, Nepali and Hindi dailies
The southern urban areas have English, Nepali and Hindi dailies. Nepali-language newspapers, as well as some English newspapers, are locally printed, whereas Hindi and English newspapers are printed in Siliguri. Important local dailies and weeklies[103] areHamro Prajashakti (Nepali dai-ly), Himalayan Mirror (English daily), the Samay Dainik,Sikkim Express (English), Sikkim Now (English), Kanchanjunga Times (Nepali weekly),Pragya Khabar (Nepali weekly) and Himalibela.


The regional editions of English newspapers
The regional editions of English newspapers include The Statesman and The Telegraph, which are printed in Siliguri, as well as The Hindu and The Times of India, printed in Kolkata, which are received with a day's delay in the towns of Gang-tok, Jorethang, Melli and Geyzing. Himalaya Darpan, a Nepali daily published in Siliguri, is one of the leading Nepali daily newspapers in the region.


The Sikkim Herald is an official weekly publication
The Sikkim Herald is an official weekly publication of the government. Online media covering Sikkim include the Nepali newspaper Himgiri, the English news portal Haalkhabar and the literary magazine Tistarangit. Avyakta, Bilokan, the Journal of Hill Research, Khaber Khagaj,Panda, and the Sikkim Science Society Newsletter are among other registered publications.[104]


Internet cafés are well established in the district capitals
Internet cafés are well established in the district capitals, but broadband connectivity is not widely available. Satellite television channels through dish antennae are available in most homes in the state. Channels served are largely the same as those available in the rest of India, although Nepali-language channels are also available. The main service providers include Dish TV, Doordarshan and Nayuma.