A stolen figure of goddess Laxmi Narayan has returned to its home in Nepal. The idol was being worshipped at Patan's Patko Tole till 1984 when the statue went missing and later traced to a museum in Dallas, US. The figure was officially handed over to the Nepal Embassy in US during an official ceremony last month after the Nepali authorities provided evidences proving its origins to the Himalayan nation. "This statue which was kept in museum of Dallas, our mission there held four rounds of meeting and we provided them the evidences which belong to us. We have provided the documents as evidence and it matched, after matching those evidences Government of United States of America agreed to return it back and handed it over to our Embassy there," said Yadav Prasad Koirala, Culture Secretary of Nepal after the figure returned in Kathmandu.
Rhododendron flowers are on the verge of its extinction in Himalayan region of Himachal Pradesh. The environmentalists and the scientists are worried about the extinction. The state had already declared the pink Rhododendron as the 'state flower of Himachal Pradesh' as this flower is endangered wild flower species. Suresh C Attri, Environment Officer said, "The Rhododendron flower is also 'State flower'. The plant of this flower is found in 1,500 meters to 3,000 meters in north Indian Himalayan region. With the rise in temperature and rainfall, it has been worsely affected. It survives in the temperature below 15 degree Celsius and acidic soil. Researchers had also confirmed its extinction. We need to conserve and save it across the Himalayas."