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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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FNNTEA starts pre-booking from today

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KATHMANDU—The federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) has opened the annual pre-Dashain booking from today. The transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking after the government agreed to increase public transport fares by 10 percent on Saturday.

The advance booking for bus tickets had remained uncertain because the transport operators associated with the FNNTEA had been demanding the government to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.

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Though they said that the booking would be opened from 21 September, the transport operator associated with FNNTEA did not take any booking till yesterday. Only the private transportation companies started pre-booking from 21 September.

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