Nepal | July 14, 2020

Police halt operation of businesses in valley

Share Now:


Police personnel today shut down shops and businesses across Kathmandu valley that had been operating in defiance of the ongoing lockdown.

The police forced people to shut down their businesses, especially retail and wholesale shops, in Thamel, New Road, New Baneshwor and Koteshwor, asking people to strictly follow lockdown rules in force till June 14.

With no end in sight to the nationwide lockdown imposed on March 24 that has effectively halted all economic activities for the past two-and-a-half months, traders, firms and industries have begun defying restrictions to resume operation. As the government has delayed easing lockdown measures, traders have started defying the lockdown by opening their businesses.

However, police personnel halted market operations reminding people that the lockdown was still in force and opening shops and businesses was against lockdown norms.

Deputy Inspector General Niraj Bahadur Shahi, spokesperson for Nepal Police, said opening businesses amid the lockdown was not allowed. “The lockdown continues till June 14 and the government has not yet decided on the new lockdown modality.

Retailers and wholesalers cannot operate till the lockdown is in force,” he added.

The private sector has been constantly putting pressure on the government to ease lockdown measures that prevent opening of businesses, mobility and transportation services. Moreover, the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry had recently asked the government to review its decision to extend the lockdown, stating that businesses were bound to collapse under the present lockdown modality.

Meanwhile, Naresh Katwal, president of Nepal National Traders Federation, said business activities had resumed gradually following consultations with the District Administration Office, Kathmandu.

“Businesses cannot remain shut forever. Moreover, we had also consulted the DAO before opening markets,” he said, adding that the government and police should allow resumption of businesses.

Earlier, NNTF had decided to open shops and other businesses across the country till 11:00am daily from June 5 by adopting necessary precautionary measures against COVID-19.

A version of this article appears in e-paper on June 10, 2020, of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Man kills uncle in Kaski

POKHARA, JULY 12 A man killed his uncle in Madi Rural Municipality, Kaski, last night. Police said Nawaraj Sapkota killed his uncle Pitamber Sapkota, 78, by attacking him with a khukuri over a minor domestic dispute. Ward Chairman Satyaraj Sapkota said Pitamber died on the spot. He said tha Read More...

Two held with banned pharmaceutical drugs in Siraha

SIRAHA: Police in Siraha district on Sunday arrested two persons in possession of banned pharmaceutical drugs at two different places. A team of police in civvies deployed from Bariyarpatti Police Post arrested Chandan Kumar Yadav (20) of Shreepur in Bariyarpatti Rural Municipality-2 in possessio Read More...

Man Utd's De Gea needs more trophies, says Solskjaer

Goalkeeper David de Gea will not be content with personal accolades and needs to win more major trophies at Manchester United, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said. De Gea, 29, has won United's Player of the Year award four times since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2011 but the club have Read More...

21 injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego

SAN DIEGO: Twenty-one people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, military officials said. The blaze was reported shortly before 9:00 am on USS Bonhomme Richard, said Mike Raney, a spokesman for Naval Surface Force, US Pacific Fleet. Read More...

Broad 'nowhere near done' despite omission, says Stokes

SOUTHAMPTON: Stuart Broad's England career is "nowhere near done" despite the paceman's omission from the test series opener against West Indies, stand-in skipper Ben Stokes has said. A "frustrated, angry and gutted" Broad sought future reassurance after being dropped for the test as England Read More...

African nations scramble to track COVID-19

ADDIS ABABA: Long after the funding for his project was frozen, Bilal Endris has kept a lonely watch over cemeteries in Ethiopia’s capital by slipping cash to gravediggers to alert his team to any sudden spikes in burials. In a nation where fewer than 2% of deaths are registered, an increase in Read More...

Blanket-ban on Indian news channels lifted

KATHMANDU: The Multi-System Operators that had recently stopped broadcasting all Indian news channels in Nepal, have now decided to undo the blanket-ban. Some news channels, however, will continue to face the restriction. The Nepali cable operators revised their earlier decision on Sunday evening Read More...

Dhangadhi Sub-metropolis offers concessions to landlords pulling down roadside houses

DHANGADHI: Kailali's Dhangadhi Sub-metropolitan City has started offering concessions to people who have demolished their roadside buildings providing space for the widening of the road. The sub-metropolis has offered a cent per cent discount on services like drawing new maps and registration of Read More...