Santosh Pokharel

The contributor for Republica.

COVID-19 tally in Gandaki Province climbs to 37 with first five cases reported in Parbat

Published On: June 2, 2020 07:29 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, June 2: Parbat district has reported its first case of novel coronavirus disease. Five persons from the district were diagnosed with this viral infection.

Bodies of South Korean trekker and Nepali guide recovered from Annapurna region

Published On: May 1, 2020 01:17 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, May 1: Bodies of a South Korean trekker and a Nepali guide have been recovered on Friday morning from the Annapurna region, police said. They were missing after an avalanche hit the region in January

Pokhara is empty, but amazingly beautiful  (with photos)

Published On: April 15, 2020 08:00 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, April 15:  The three-week-long restriction order enforced by the government has been extended for 12 more days, until April 27.

Local government delivers medicines for chronic patients at their doorstep

Published On: April 14, 2020 09:16 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, April 14: Rewati Subedi, who suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes, was extremely worried over the ongoing lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading. The medicines which she needed to take daily were running out of stock and all of a sudden everyone were told to follow the stay-home order. However, now she is relieved thanks to the initiation taken by the local government.

Officials kept mum about machine that could test 140 samples daily

Published On: April 7, 2020 03:05 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, April 7: It has come to the fore that officials at Pokhara Hospital and Research Center kept mum over an efficient machine at the hospital which is capable of testing 140 samples for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). It has been speculated that they acted ignorant over the machine in order to avoid possible hassles on their way if it was revealed that 'the machine is in working condition'.

Tourists reluctant to go back home

Published On: March 29, 2020 10:57 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, March 29: The District Administration Office of Mustang district sent 58 foreign tourists to Kathmandu on Saturday. But 10 foreign tourists who came in contact with the government officials in the district declined to go back to Kathmandu. They are currently staying in hotels in the district.

Amid lockdown, 145 stranded trekkers rescued from Mustang

Published On: March 26, 2020 07:50 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, March 26: A total of 145 foreign and Nepali trekkers stranded in Mustang district have been rescued and sent to Kathmandu via land route in the past three days.

NOC to increase storage capacity at Gagangaunda depot

Published On: March 14, 2020 10:10 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, March 14: Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) is planning to expand its fuel storage capacity at the Gagangaunda depot. According to the officials of the NOC, the current storage at the depot is not able to meet the demand and needs to be expanded to fulfill the current market demand.

Gandaki steps up monitoring at projects employing Chinese workers

Published On: March 11, 2020 09:45 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, March 11: Health officials of Gandaki Province have said that they have upped monitoring in settlements near project sites where Chinese nationals are working to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Corona affects movie business in Pokhara

Published On: March 10, 2020 05:07 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

Though the shows in the theaters are running according to their schedule, there has been decrease in the number of moviegoers in Pokhara.

COVID-19 effect: No Holi fervor among Pokhara folks (with photos)

Published On: March 9, 2020 05:00 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, March 9: In the previous years, tourism entrepreneurs of Pokhara used to gather together for grand Holi celebration. Lakeside, the main tourist hub used to be vibrant with Holi colors.

Gandaki Province lacks infrastructure to countner coronavirus threat

Published On: March 5, 2020 10:07 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, March 5: Health workers in Pokhara have reported the lack of infrastructures to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus. Being a tourist city, Pokhara is considered a sensitive zone for the contagious diseases. According to health workers, isolation wards need to be set up as a precautionary measure, but there are not enough isolation wards.

‘It is becoming difficult to keep business running’

Published On: March 2, 2020 09:49 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Mar 2: Hit hard by the impact of coronavirus outbreak, local entrepreneurs have suggested to the government to take needful measures to prevent further slide in their business. They have even warned of protest if the government failed to address to their concerns on time.

Pokhara hoteliers report huge booking cancellations

Published On: February 27, 2020 08:59 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Feb 27: With COVID-19 coronavirus cases rapidly rising in various countries, hotel bookings in Pokhara have plummeted markedly.

Relief for passengers as competition brings airfare down

Published On: February 25, 2020 08:40 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Feb 25: Passengers in the Pokhara-Kathmandu route are flying for Rs 2,800 per person which earlier used to cost up to Rs 5,050. Earlier, the passengers could not get the tickets easily and used to have complaints that the tickets were not available for cheaper price in the route.

Youth goes missing as a boat capsized in Fewa lake

Published On: February 24, 2020 05:37 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Feb 24: A youth has gone missing after a boat capsized in Fewa lake in Pokhara on Monday afternoon.

Pokhara eyes more tourists with direct flights to Biratnagar

Published On: January 30, 2020 08:45 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Jan 30: Pokhara is set to have easy connectivity with eastern part of the country with the beginning of direct flight service to Biratnagar.

Preparations at Pokhara hospitals inadequate

Published On: January 30, 2020 07:40 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Jan 30:  One of the topmost tourist destinations in the country, Pokhara receives quite a good number of tourists, including Chinese. This has made the locals here quite concerned over the possibility of the spread of coronavirus and they expect the authorities concerned to put in place the required safety measures. However, preparations by the authorities are not impressive.

Nepal Army begins rescue and search operation in Annapurna region ( with photos)

Published On: January 22, 2020 06:00 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Jan 22: Nepal Army has started rescue and search operation in Annapurna region where four South Koreans and three Nepali have gone missing since last week.

7 trekkers including four SKoreans still missing in avalanche: Police

Published On: January 19, 2020 08:22 AM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Jan 19: A total of seven trekkers including four South Koreans and three Nepalis are still missing following Friday’s avalanche near the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), police said.