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.
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“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.

Suicide cases on the rise, mental health experts warn of a ‘grim situation’

Published On: May 21, 2020 07:00 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, May 20: Earlier this month, police found two dead bodies in Butwal Sub-metropolitan City-19 in Rupandehi district. The police investigation found that the reason behind their death was suicide. They had committed suicide together. This is just an example of a suicide case, which has increased by a significant number after the government enforced a nationwide lockdown on March 24.

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.

Only 70 samples tested on an average per day after lockdown

Published On: April 5, 2020 09:35 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, April 5: Although the World Health Organization has been urging the countries across the globe to 'test, test, test' in order to control the possible outbreak of COVID-19, the government of Nepal has only tested around 850 suspects in the last 12 days since the lockdown was imposed on March 24.

Nepal in second stage of COVID-19 transmission

Published On: April 5, 2020 07:55 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, April 5: With the confirmation of the first locally transmitted COVID-19 case in Nepal, epidemiologists have warned that the case is a sign of possible outbreak of the deadly disease in the country. Alarmed by the latest report, they have urged the government to focus on “TEST” as recommended by the World Health Organisation to contain the disease.

Nepal reports first locally transmitted COVID-19 case, doctors warn of outbreak

Published On: April 4, 2020 11:00 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, April 4: Nepal has witnessed its first locally transmitted case of novel coronavirus on Saturday, more than two months after the country reported its first COVID-19 case on January 24.

Govt yet to trace all passengers on board three aircraft

Published On: April 1, 2020 11:09 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, April 1: Although the government has claimed that it has been able to track down more than 80 percent of the air passengers sharing flights into Nepal with COVID-19 positive individuals, the authorities on the ground say that tracing them has been difficult. Nepal Police have traced little more than 50 percent of the passengers till Tuesday evening.

Nepal Airlines aircraft meets with accident while landing at Nepalgunj airport, all on board safe

Published On: March 28, 2020 12:25 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, March 28: An aircraft of Nepal Airlines met with an accident while landing at Nepalgunj airport on Saturday.

Fourth COVID-19 case reported in Nepal

Published On: March 27, 2020 10:20 PM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, March 27: COVID-19 cases climbed to 4 in Nepal after a person from Dhangadhi tested positive for coronavirus today, the Ministry of Health confirmed.

Docs handling COVID-19 left unaware of man testing positive

Published On: March 26, 2020 06:05 AM NPT By: Ashim Neupane

KATHMANDU, March 26: Although a COVID-19 suspect tested positive for the virus on Tuesday evening, doctors at Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital (STIDH) at Teku were not informed about this, putting the lives of the medical staff involved at risk.