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Nepal’s stolen statues on display in NYC’s museum to be returned home

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KATHMANDU — The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York has agreed to return 11th and 12th century images of Lord Budhha and Uma Maheshwor, which were stolen from Nepal during the 1980s.

An agreement of repatriation was signed between Madhu Marasani, Nepal’s Consular General in New York, and Daniel H Weiss, chairperson of the museum to return the two statues.

The Uma Maheshwor statute in Tangalhiti, Patan, is believed to be made in between 12th to 13th century while the Lord Buddha’s statute in 11th to 12th century. Both the statues were stolen during the 1980’s.

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The Uma Maheshwor statue was gifted by a donor in 1986 and since then, it has been exhibited at the museum. Likewise, the statue of Buddha was gifted in 2015.

Art historian Late Lain Singh Bangdel, in his book ‘Stolen Images of Nepal’, had stated the Uma Maheshwor statue was submitted to the museum in 1983.

Upon knowing that both of the images were stolen, the museum has removed them from the display.

Both the statues are likely to arrive in Nepal by April this year.

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Narayangadh-Muglin road obstructed

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CHITWAN — The Narayangadh-Muglin road section has been obstructed following a landslide in Ichchhakamana Rural Municipality-6 of Chitwan district, on early Thursday morning.

The road section has been obstructed following a landslide at Tope Khola on the Narayangadh-Mugling section of the highway, the District Police Office Chitwan said.

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According to police it will take five to eight hours to remove the landslide debris. Landslides are frequent on this section of the highway whenever it rains as the hill slopes on the road side have been scraped in course of the road widening works.

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