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2 stolen ancient idols returned to Nepal

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KATHMANDU — Two ancient idols, which were stolen from Nepal during the 1980s and were kept on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, were finally returned to Nepal after 30 years, the Department of Archeology (DoA) said on Wednesday.

Madhu Marasini, Nepal’s consul general in New York, handed over the stolen idols of Uma Maheshwor and Buddha to the official of DoA in Kathmandu amid a function.

“We are thankful to the museum board for deciding to send us back our valuable idols,” he said.

Chief archeologist of the DoA Shyam Sundar Rajbansi informed that the idols arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday morning and were subsequently handed over to the department.

After the idols were handed over to the department, the authorities sent those idols to the National Museum in Chauni for display.

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The idols of Lord Buddha of Yatkatol Temple and Uma Maheshwar of Tangalhiti, Patan are presumed to be of 11th and 12th centuries respectively.

Earlier on March 5, the government had signed an agreement with the museum for the handover of the idols that rightfully belong to Nepal. The museum authority was supportive throughout the handover process, Marasini said.

According to the US museum, the Uma Maheshwar statue was gifted by a donor in 1986 and since then it has been exhibited at the museum whereas the statue of Buddha was gifted in 2015.

The museum not only removed the idols from display but also agreed to return them to Nepal, after the Nepali authorities informed the museum administration that both the statues were stolen, giving reference to the book ‘Stolen Images of Nepal’ written by Lain Singh Bangdel in 1989 AD.

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Dozen injured as police baton charge protesters

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JUMLA — Police resorted to baton charge after intense protests from students and locals on Thursday in suuport od agitating Dr Govind KC at Karnali Academy of Health Science premises.

The government has prewpared to airlift Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging a hunger strike at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla, adn sent a speicial team anf Nepal Army helicopter from Nepalgunf.

Protests then have erupted at the vicinity of the institution.

The Karnali province government official’s team had reached KAHS to make preparation to send Dr Govinda KC to Kathmandu for medical treatment, forcefully, if necessary.

Karnali CM and Law Minister were barred from seeing the agitating doctor by the students inside the hospital premises and were met with protest outside as they were exiting the academy.

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Meanwhile, over a dozen students and doctors have been injured in the police lathicharge. Students as well as locals are protesting against the government’s move to airlift Dr KC to Kathmandu demanding the government to carry out talks and fulfil Dr KC’s demand in Jumla itself, before taking him to Kathmandu.

The security personnel have also misbehaved with the members of media and threatened to vandalise their equipment if they took photographs of the incident.

After dozens being injured, Dr KC has agreed to come to Kathmandu.

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