Prime Minister Baburam Bhattari’s Effigy Burned Down

A one Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal cadres had burned the effigy of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattari. The reason that Rastriya Party-Nepal cadres had burned the effigy of Prime Minister Baburam is for the Prime Minister’s attempts protect the murderers of a journalist named Dekendra Thapa; however, the protest was for an alleged attempt, as no solid evidence has been found yet.

After the protestors held a demonstration, they took it a step further with the bold action of burning Prime Minster Baburam Bhattari’s effigy that stands in front of the Biratnagar Customs Office. This act further riled up the protestors, but nothing deadly resulted from it.

There was a member of the RPP-N that was interviewed about the event, named Dinesh Sah. Sah had stated, “PM Bhattarai has lost the moral right to stay in power on the face of his attempts to shield criminals. This is our symbolic protest against him. We will launch stern protest programs soon.”

Sah and others have mentioned more protests and actions to come in the future. RPP-N Vice-general secretary Prahlad Sah also added to the promise of future action to be taken, as she mentioned the protests and demonstrations will continue until Prime Minister Baburam Bhattari leaves his seat and resigns, and admits to attempting to protect criminals. During the rally, police intervened with only minor resistance from the protestors. What the protestors have in store next time is unknown, and the police will take extra precautions to make sure things do not get out of hand.





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Posted by - April 15, 2013 at 1:19 am

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A Son Burns the Effigy of his Missing Father

2A 52-year old trader took a bold act today, venting out his frustration for his missing father. Barasat Bhola Nath Saha, along with his friends, carried an effigy on Tuesday on the way to performing a demonstration. However, this particular demonstration wasn’t a regular political rally, and that’s what might have shocked the onlookers.

You didn’t have to look closely at the protestors to see that there was no slogan shouting of any kind, and no other events by political parties were being held to accompany the normal effigy burning. All those parts were missing because this was a different type of effigy burning altogether.

For Barasat Bhola Nath Saha, this effigy was the only remaining physical object of his father, Rajaballabh Saha. Rajaballabh Saha has been missing for the last three decades, without a trace or clue to his whereabouts. Naturally, his son has given hope in finding him, thinking him to be long gone. The effigy burning was more of a send-off to his father more than anything else.

As he was heading to the Kajipara crematorium, Saha was crying, but did say a few words: “Forgive me, I was helpless,” Saha said.

One of the other people involved in the act was Rita Saha, Rjaballabh’s daughter. She added to her father’s words: “After a long wait of thirty years, we decided to observe all the rituals performed in a Hindu family following the death of a member. So, we consulted our pundit and decided to perform all the rituals from cremation to shradh ceremony.”



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Posted by - April 15, 2013 at 1:19 am

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Effigy of Pakistan President Burned Down

Another effigy burning took place this past Saturday to protest another devious act that shouldn’t have been so lethal. Workers of Madhya Pradesh Congress Minority Department burned an effigy of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari. This act of burning the effigy of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was done to protest what the activists thought to be an unlawful killing of two Indian soldiers by the troops of a neighboring country.

After the burning of the effigy in MP Nagar, MP Congress Minority Department Coordinator Arif Masood called for a gathering. Masood expressed to the activists and onlookers that the Pakistan army had committed a crime that could not be put up with, horribly killing the Jawans, Sudhakar Singh and Hemraj, across the Loc.

“We are proud of our Jawans who laid down their lives for the country and its people,” said MP Congress Minority Department Coordinator Arif Masood at the gathering after the burning of the effigy.

Masood continued with his venting of the heinous acts that were committed, saying that the future generations will not go without hearing about this sacrifice; the brutal act will be remembered and never forgotten.

In addition, Masood had demanded from the Centre to take bold action against Pakistan for the crimes they have committed. He expressed that the Pakistan always talks of peace; however, they commit brutal crimes on the border. Masood believes that Pakistan should not go unpunished any longer, and that their people should adhere to their talks of peace instead of contradict it.



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Posted by - March 31, 2013 at 1:18 am

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Learn a New Word Every Day

Have you ever tried to join a conversation and not know what someone is talking about because of some of the particular words they’re using? It’s happened to the best of us, and that’s why it’s very beneficial to have a “word of the day” to learn and use. It’s always good to learn new words, as you’ll be able to communicate much better and also enter more conversations.

The word of the day for today is “effigy.” An effigy is a representation of a person, and it’s usually in the form of a sculpture or statue of some sort. There are many effigies for presidents and other important political figures. Usually, if there are protests being held for a heinous act, the effigy of the political leader will be burned in the protest. An effigy can also be an image that represents a person or a representation of someone used for ridicule.

In this past year alone, the word “effigy” has popped up in 43 New York Times articles, most recently on January 5, 2013. It’s a word that is most commonly used in news articles because of the number of effigies that are burned in protest. Now that you what “effigy” means, you can use it.

Learning a new word every day is fantastic, but knowing the definition isn’t enough. You have to use the word as well so that you’ll remember what it means. Try using the new word that you learn at least 3 times throughout the day you learn it.

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Posted by - March 15, 2013 at 1:18 am

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Effigy of a Mammoth Burned in Utah

Burning effigies has been very common in protests, but in Southern Utah, a town burned a 16-foot effigy of a mammoth in celebration of the winter solstice. In addition, the burning of the effigy of a mammoth will also draw attention to the historical importance of the area.

Residents of Pachak and Bluff built the effigy in about three weeks, and they only used sticks and two support poles to do it. The town hopes for the wooden mammoth to influence researchers to delve further into the history of the area because of the demonstration.

The effigy was set on fire with primitive Native American technology: bows and arrows and atlatl spears, all flaming. This gave the demonstration an edge, hopefully catching attention from researchers.

The effigy of the mammoth represents the discovery of the mammoth petroglyphs near Bluff, which is a town located on the San Juan River. Joe Pachak, a rock expert and artist, found the petroglyphs in 1987.

Dr. Andrew Gulliford, a professor of history at Fort Lewis College, believes that the petroglyphs are between 11,000 to 13,000 years old, and may help in further understanding the history in the southwest desert.

Gulliford wants protection of the site for further scientific analysis of the 4-5 miles of space of containing the unique and fine rock art. There are some detractors that say the petroglyphs aren’t as old as Gulliford think they are because the sandstone panels would have eroded by now, and they clearly haven’t.



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Posted by - February 28, 2013 at 1:17 am

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Effigy of President of Honduras Burnt for the New Year

There were several dolls, serving as effigies, burned before the end of 2012, one of them depicting the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo in the country’s capital of Tegucigalpa. In the area, this was no surprise to anyone, as the annual act has been going on for quite some time.

The destroying of dolls serving as effigies that represent the country’s political leaders has been a tradition in Honduras for the past two decades, and this year was no different. Otoniel Martinez, a local carpet weaver, carefully crafted the dolls to look like their counter parts.

Martinez has made the effigies of President Lobo, as well as the speaker of parliament, the former Minister of Finance and the Honduran people, the person who allowed them to come into power. The last of the effigies was crowned with the name “Juan Pueblo, meaning “Juan of the People.”

The burning of these effigies was a very passionate demonstration, as Martinez explains the meaning of the act: “We shall burn this effigy in the hopes that the people will cease to tolerate a slack government, and learn to vote for pertinent suggestions, rather than for beautiful eyes.”

This tradition of burning effigies before the New Year comes upon us is linked to the hopes of leaving behind all the negativity of the year that we’re leaving behind. The act symbolizes entering the New Year with a fresh start where anything is possible. This tradition has had political connections since the start of the 90s.



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Posted by - February 15, 2013 at 1:17 am

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Effigy Turtles on the Mississippi Shores

There’s an odd experiment going on in the Mississippi Sound. Actually, it’s only odd if you don’t know what the experiment is. There will be tires floating around in the Mississippi Sound for the next few months, and although that may not sound odd, know that they will be turtle shaped tires; however, there’s a reasonable explanation for it.

There was a report from the Sun Herald about theses “effigy turtles,” explaining the weird looking experiment going on in Mississippi. These “effigy turtles” will be released in the Gulf of Mexico, in addition to the Mississippi Sound to see where they end up.

The “effigy turtles” have a distinct look to them: a body made of lawn mower tire, a Nerf football in place of a head, and flippers made out of foam rubber mats. These tire turtles are equipped with GPS tracking devices, as well as contact information with instructions on what to do if you run into one.

The point of the experiment, according to the researchers interviewed, are to see if dead turtles that were found on the Mississippi shores in the past few years actually died in the Mississippi shores. These turtle effigies will provide researches the appropriate information to determine whether the turtles died there or not. This will help the researchers delve further into the situation to see what causes the deaths of the turtles in the Mississippi shores if they do indeed die there rather than just wash up on the Mississippi shores.




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Posted by - January 31, 2013 at 1:21 am

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Effigy of Watermelon Holding President Obama

Effigies are everywhere, and more often than not they’re used to ridicule a public figure, even if they’re initially meant to be a symbol of praise. One of the effigies that has caught attention recently for its controversy is one of President Barack Obama.

A Kentucky man made an effigy of President Obama: a mannequin wearing a President Obama mask holding a watermelon. The Kentucky man claims that the First Amendment of the United States of America defends the spectacle that has been offensive to many people.

Kentucky man Danny Hafley of Casey County told news reporters that he believes he has the right to freedom of speech. “I don’t know how other people will take it.”

Hafley made matters worse, and put more targets on his back by making an equally controversial statement about placing the watermelon in the mannequin’s hands. He claimed that his “buddy” might get hungry just standing out there to explain the watermelon. The spectacle is definitely racially controversial, and Hafley isn’t making any new friends by his comments.

Hafley claims that there have been many onlookers that have stopped to take a picture with the effigy.

Hafley proclaims that he’d be rich if he charged money for all the people taking pictures with his creation.

This display was put up during Election Day, and it hasn’t been taken down since. Hafley says that he doesn’t have any plans of taking it down any time soon.



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Posted by - January 30, 2013 at 1:16 am

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Protestors Incinerate Effigy of the Pakistan Government

Protestors made some bold movies to highlight the killings of two army personnel. The two army personnel were killed by Pakistani Rangers; however, that is just the beginning of what triggered the commotion. After the two army personnel were killed, one of their bodies was brutalized by the Pakistani Rangers: the last straw that led to a bold demonstration by some activists.

The protestors from Bharatiya Yuva Morcha burned the effigy of the Pakistan government in the Bacheli main market to express their hate for the act that was committed. The same activists also staged an effective demonstration, as they raised anti-Pakistan slogans to further protest the heinous act that occurred.

In addition to the protestors’ actions, the Morcha members asked the Union Government to provide a suitable reply to the Pakistan Government, concerning the intolerable act that the Pakistani Rangers had committed. There has been no reply as of now by the Union Government.

The protestors were made up of various ranks, such as Bharatiya Yuva Morcha Mandal General Secretary Amlendu Chakrabart, Mandal President Dhan Singh Nag, Vice president K Prasad, and District Secretary Ajesh Kumar.

Additional participants in the protest against the Pakistan government:  Jay Prakash Gupta, Sonu Gunjam, Rahul Malekar, Rajesh Mhullkar, sammer Majumdar, Ashish Shende, Dilwar, Avinash Vishwas, BJP Mandal president mahendra Adhikar, and General Secretary Vijay Patel.

These are just several of the participants in the protest that included the burning of the effigy of the Pakistan government held at the Bacheli main market in retaliation for the killings of two army personnel.


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Posted by - January 24, 2013 at 1:21 am

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Effigy Pot Shows Unique Funerary System in Oaxaca

There was a recent discovery in Mexico that have people scratching their heads: a very well-made effigy pot that was discovered a couple of months ago within a funerary temple. It was found in the Aztompa Archaeological Zone in Oaxaca, and has been since released by archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

The ceramic effigy pot represents a human being that is suspected to be 1200 years old, and the colors are very much intact. Looking at the body of the effigy, there are a series of characteristics that hint it may be a superior or high-ranking individual that lived in the old metropolis of Aztompa.

What makes this effigy pot stand out is the representation of the person’s unique clothing that’s made of feather cloak, a sash, earflaps, and a tassel necklace. In the same area, there was a smaller red pot that contained a goddess’s representation and the skeletons of two people.

Archaeologists will continue to conduct more tests to figure out more about the mortuary context where the effigy pot was found. Some of the testing will include carbon 14 and collagen tests that will be done from a sample of the skeleton. Archaeologists will hope to find out when the tombs were constructed and when the burials took place.

The tombs in Aztompa are of high interest to the archaeologists because they represent a unique kind of funerary system in comparison to the funerary system of the Monte Alban and Valle de Oaxaca areas.

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Posted by - January 23, 2013 at 7:03 pm

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