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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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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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