Ashim Neupane

Neupane is associated with Republica, English National Daily, since September 2016. He reports and writes on industry, telecommunication, market, trade, among other issues.

Six governments, 19 hunger strikes, 227 days and counting. Dr KC’s modest demands have been ignored

Published On: September 17, 2020 08:58 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

“The government has always agreed to fulfill my demands, but the promises have never been implemented. This fast-unto-death is my decisive battle for reforms in the medical sector."

Nepal Ventilator Bank is providing ventilator machines in the midst of the pandemic

Published On: August 18, 2020 10:56 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: When the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, Nepal had only 600 life-saving ventilator machines – a crucial medical equipment for keeping critical coronavirus patients alive. Of the 600 machines, 25 percent of the machines were defunct.

Kathmandu Valley ‘could become' next hotspot for COVID-19 outbreak

Published On: August 3, 2020 07:50 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, Aug 3: In the last few days, the number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing at an alarming rate in the Kathmandu Valley. More than 75 cases have been detected in the last few days among police personnel at the Nepal Police Headquarters. Likewise, some civil servants, bankers, among other professionals, have also tested positive of late in the Valley.

Chief of Durbarmarg Police transferred for investigation into 15-kg yellow metal case

Published On: July 30, 2020 08:06 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, July 30: The Nepal Police Headquarters has removed Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ranjan Dahal from the post of chief of the Metropolitan Police Circle, Durbarmarg.

Kathmandu Police created a “fake incident site” in 14-kg yellow metal case

Published On: July 30, 2020 11:03 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, July 30: The Metropolitan Police Circle, Durbarmarg, on Tuesday created a ‘fake incident site’ to claim that 14 kg of a yellow metal was seized from Kamaladi region of Kathmandu, said an official at the Metropolitan Police Crime Division.

At least 20 people committed sucide every day during lockdown

Published On: July 28, 2020 12:58 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, July 27: In what is a shocking revelation on mental health crisis, the data compiled by the Nepal Police shows that more than 2,000 people committed suicide during the nationwide lockdown imposed by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Police arrest a man for murdering his nephew some 13 years ago (with video)

Published On: July 19, 2020 08:50 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, July 19: Rohit Gupta, 11, went missing On October 11, 2007. The seventh grade student at Rai School in Jorpati had left home at 5PM. At around 8:30 in the evening, Basudev Gupta [Rohit's father] received a phone call from an unknown number. The unknown individual on the call informed him that Rohit had been kidnapped. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of Rs 250,000. They also threatened Basudev of killing his son if the ransom amount was not paid, and the incident was reported to the police.

Govt appoints Thapa as the new chief of Nepal Police

Published On: July 7, 2020 08:38 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, July 7: The government has promoted Additional Inspector General (AIG) Shailesh Thapa to the post of Inspector General (IG) of Nepal Police.

“Hotel businesses will collapse if the government doesn’t intervene”

Published On: July 4, 2020 11:30 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

Naxal-based Kathmandu Marriott Hotel has already lost Rs 150 million during the lockdown

PM Oli keeps on bragging about Nepalis’ immune system; govt data tells a very different story

Published On: June 22, 2020 12:16 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, June 22: While the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli keeps saying that Nepalis have “strong immune systems” and suggests consuming turmeric to tackle the COVID-19 infection, the government data shows two in three deaths in Nepal are related to chronic diseases.

Proposed changes in Medical Education Regulation draw flak as this disproportionately favors govt doctors to pursue MD courses

Published On: June 17, 2020 03:30 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, June 17: The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) is planning to endorse a controversial Medical Education Regulation that allocates 50 percent seats to the doctors working at the government-run hospitals to pursue doctor of medicine (MD) courses.

Govt slaps two-year travel ban on five foreign nationals

Published On: June 16, 2020 10:01 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, June 16: The government has slapped a two-year travel ban on five foreign nationals for violating the immigration law of Nepal by participating in a youth-led protest on Saturday.

National Testing Guideline is “sure to bring” COVID-19 disaster

Published On: June 6, 2020 01:19 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

As per the guideline, asymptomatic patients will be released from quarantine facilities without being tested

“He was beaten the whole night, and his body burnt by lit cigarettes”

Published On: June 4, 2020 01:35 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, June 4: On late Friday evening, Raju Kushwaha was not feeling well. The 19-year-old from Bagmati Municipality-10 in Sarlahi district was having a conversation with his family members before going to bed. Suddenly, he got a call from his girlfriend at around 10:30PM.

Kathmandu DAO issuing almost 150 travel passes every day

Published On: June 1, 2020 04:02 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, June 1: Dhan Bahadur Gurung’s sister is a mental health patient, who had come to Kathmandu before the government enforced the nationwide lockdown on March 24. After the government enforced a stay-at-home order, his sister was stuck in Kathmandu, and has been staying at a relative’s house.

Ill-managed quarantine facilities putting lives of many at risk, doctors say

Published On: June 1, 2020 11:20 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, June 1: On Saturday, a 35-year-old man from Dullu Municipality in Dailekh died in a quarantine facility. The swab sample of the India-returnee later tested positive for coronavirus.

Sun City Apartments family among 153 arriving by Qatar Airways flight

Published On: April 15, 2020 07:33 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, April 15: Two COVID-19 suspects, who tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, had arrived in Nepal via a Qatar Airways flight on March 18, according to Nepal Police. On Monday, three members of the same family – residing at Sun City Apartments at Pepsicola in Kathmandu – were taken to Patan Hospital after testing positive for the new coronavirus through the rapid diagnostic test (RDT) method.

3 in Sun City Apartments test COVID positive in RDT, samples being tested at Teku

Published On: April 14, 2020 08:20 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, April 14: After three members of a family residing in the Sun City Apartments in Kathmandu tested positive for the coronavirus through rapid diagnostic test (RDT) on Monday, the government is preparing to test the swab samples of the entire residents of the apartments from Tuesday.

Three suspected coronavirus patients admitted to Patan hospital, report awaited

Published On: April 13, 2020 09:53 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, April 13: Three suspected coronavirus patients have been admitted to Lagankhel-based Patan hospital on Monday.

'Nepal has just one ventilator for 114,000 people'

Published On: April 8, 2020 08:52 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, April 8: While the government on Monday extended the nationwide lockdown to a third week to prevent a possible outbreak of COVID-19, several stakeholders in the health sector say that Nepal will not be able to handle an outbreak as it has less than 300 working ventilators for the entire population.