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Has Russia released 500 lions on streets to keep people inside? Fact check

Russian streets

A message has started making rounds on WhatsApp that Russia has taken harsh measures to keep people confined to their homes due to novel coronavirus outbreak. See the message below: The image claimed that Russia unleashed more than 500 lions on its streets to ensure that people are staying indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. The news apparently out ...

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India claps at 5 PM on Sunday to ward off coronavirus? Fact check

Many videos have gone viral on social media claiming that Janata Curfew underway in India, to be followed by a clap from balconies was with a purpose. Twitter and Whatsapp messages claimed describing the clap and sound-making applaud as “sound therapy” meant to ward off evil spirit. In another round of social messages, it was claimed that coronavirus will die ...

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Stray dogs killed ahead of Trump’s visit in Gujarat? Fact Check

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Social media is abuzz with an image of corpses of dogs dumped amid what the claim said was that they were killed in Gujarat ahead of United States President Donald Trump’s India visit. The state visit of Trump will be on February 24 and 25. The US President will visit Ahmedabad in Gujarat and then he will visit the Taj ...

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JNU Celebrating Republic Day first time in 2020? Fact check

For all those who passedout of JNU, this viral messge would come as a shocker. It claims that Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi will be celebrating Republic Day for the first time in 50 years. The viral post further claimed that this has been made possible only because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Here’s the Facebook page by ...

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Old video shown as cops attacked by anti-NAA protesters: Fact check

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A video showing crowds attacking two policemen is being shared on Facebook as anti-CAA protesters beating them. It was shared on facebook with a caption that reads, “Muslims beat police for issuing a challan to them.” It has urged all viewers to share the video widely. “For humanity’s sake, I beg you to please send this video to every group.” ...

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Tata Group not to recruit JNU students? Fact Check

JNU

Amid clashes with outsiders entering and thrashing JNU students, a viral post on social media claimed that Tata Group, one of the biggest business conglomerates in India, has decided not to recruit JNU students for employment. Jawaharlal Nehru University is known for its cream of talent ranging from top scientists, bureaucrats and even Union cabinet ministers in the current government. ...

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Protesting Assam women attacked by Indian Army soldier? Fact Check

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A photo of an army jawan (soldier) pulling the T-shirt of a protesting woman has gone viral recently on social media with a claim that it shows mistreatment of women. It was timed when anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests were being staged across the country. Here’s the message visual on Facebook. The photo was shared with a caption that said: ...

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Rs.2000 note banned from Dec 31? Fact check?

2000 note ban

Ever since the demonetisation in September 2016 and introduction of new Rs.2,000 note, rumours have been around that the new note will also be faced like the older version of Rs.1,000. Similarly, a message on WhatsApp and Facebook started circulating that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is withdrawing the Rs.2000 note from December 31, 2019. The message also claimed ...

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Will Putin, Modi visit Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu? Fact check

Putin and modi

Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit, it was reported in Hindustan Times and other websites that he will visit Jallikattu or Bull Race in Tamil Nadu along with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jallikattu is a part of the Pongal festival where a bull is let loose on a group of people. The crowd then tries to take control ...

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