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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. Lately, Neupane extensively covered the Covid-19 pandemic and health-related issues for the print version of Republica.

A doctor’s fight for COVID-19 risk allowance

Published On: April 6, 2021 03:40 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

Dr Mallik says he will continue his protest unless he gets paid for his hard work in difficult times

Landslide of COVID-19 cases if contact tracing is not resumed, warn experts

Published On: April 4, 2021 11:05 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, April 4: With the sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in India, the number of infections has also been rising in Nepal since the last two weeks.

COVID-19 Crisis Management Center is ‘nonfunctional’

Published On: March 20, 2021 06:30 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

The CCMC sat for a meeting after a gap of three months on Thursday

RNA extraction kits worth 60 million gathering dust

Published On: February 26, 2021 10:48 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

The kits procured by the Nepal Army are expiring in September, but government doesn’t have a plan to use them

How Oli government botched COVID-19 response

Published On: February 22, 2021 06:30 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

Although the number of cases was increasing, the government gave up on contact tracing and testing, and tightened the ambit of testing

Air pollution emergency in Kathmandu

Published On: January 5, 2021 04:58 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

The city has the world’s worst air quality, but the government is yet to take action Kathmandu Valley made a record of having worst air quality in the world, with AQI standing at above 400 μg/m3

Isolation centers are empty, but ICUs are overcrowded

Published On: December 16, 2020 08:00 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

COVID-19 patients only visit hospitals if they experience serious symptoms

Has Sagarmatha’s height increased? Nepal and China to reveal the newly-measured height today

Published On: December 8, 2020 08:40 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

This the first time the government has measured the height of Sagarmatha on its own

Number of COVID-19-related deaths far higher than Health Ministry’s data

Published On: November 29, 2020 08:00 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

As per health ministry’s data, the mortality rate stands at 0.63 percent, while the record maintained by Nepal Army shows fatality rate at 1.02 percent

Despite failing to combat pandemic, govt claims over Rs 20 billion has been spent in COVID-19 response

Published On: November 12, 2020 02:10 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

In the current fiscal year, the government has already spent more than Rs 7 billion for combating COVID-19

Oli govt’s appointments are a mockery of the constitution: experts, NCP leaders

Published On: October 3, 2020 11:00 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

Experts say capable candidates are ignored, while party cadres are landing big government appointments

Govt dismisses media reports on Russia supplying COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal

Published On: September 29, 2020 07:18 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

Several news reports emerged that Russia was supplying 25 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal

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.