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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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NA chair stresses on quality and vocational education

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KATHMANDU- Chairman of National Assembly (NA) Ganesh Prasad Timilsina has said that the vocational and quality education were the first priority of the state.

Inaugurating the golden jubilee programme of Pashupati Secondary School of Modi Rural Municipality today, NA chair Timilsina said that technical and quality based education were the foundation of the prosperity of the nation.

On another note, he shared that 339 existing laws will be amended until March 5 and 124 new laws will be enacted.

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Similarly, Gandaki Province Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Minister Bikas Lamsal said that the provincial government was urging federal government to declare Pokhara as tourism capital.

Speaking in the same programme, Pakistani ambassador to Nepal Mazhar Javed said that age old ties between Nepal and Pakistan will be further strengthened and partnership would be fostered in the education sector as well.

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