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Indian Air Marshal sacked? No, fake news goes viral as he retires in normal course

Amid border tension over the capture of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman by Pakistan, a news story on website The News said that the Indian government has removed a senior air force officer reportedly after Pakistan’s “successful strikes and capturing of a pilot” on February 27. See the screengrab here: Soon, it went viral on social media, especially from ...

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Fake MIG crash images fill social media amid tense India-Pakistan border

As the flare up between India and Pakistan entered the second-day on Wednesday,( February 27, 2019), Pakistan Air Force claimed that it entered Indian space and downed two aircraft. The social media,  especially from the Pakistan-based handles, went on posting images to prove that the crash of MIG aircraft happened this morning, one within their border and the other on ...

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Karnataka CM quote on Pulwama attack tweaked by Times Now? Fact Check

The Times Group’s English news channel Times Now played up an interview with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Feb 19, Tuesday, in which he said one thing but the English version was interpreted as an entirely different one, leading to social media outcry against him. TIMES NOW showed the clipping claiming that the CM said “A befitting reply is ...

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Tricolour on iconic monuments worldwide on R-Day? What’s the fact?

Come Republic Day, images showing the Indian tricolour illuminated on world-famous iconic buildings go viral. These fake images do the rounds every Republic Day since 2015. This year too similar images have gone viral on social media. Actually, in 2017, UAE’s iconic building Burj Khalifa donned the Indian tricolour — saffron, white and green, with the song Jai Ho from ...

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Is vaccine shortage behind delay in nation-wide Pulse Polio programme?

Just 10 days before the country was to take up the pulse polio drive, a news started appearing in news domain that there is a shortage of polio vaccine and the National Immunization Day scheduled for February 3 may be postponed. Online news publication “The Print” published a story on Thursday with a headline that read, “India doesn’t have polio ...

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Warangal mockdrill hits headlines as terror attack; Here’s the truth

A video on Youtube was going viral on social media stating that there was a terrorist attack at the Tirumala-Tirupathi bypass road and that one person was killed and three were arrested. See the Youtube video headline: Here’s a twitter message that reiterated that one person died on spot while three others were arrested. See the message below: Near Tirumala ...

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Did Hyderabad Police ban kite flying? No, truth is different!

When PTI puts out a story, it means hundreds of replications in several publications that usually publish its feed automatically without editing. Similarly, a story was put out by the news agency on January 11 and 12 on the eve of the Sankranti festival in Hyderabad, which also coincides with the city’s popular sport of kite flying from the rooftops ...

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Did Alok Verma help Mallya flee? What’s the fact?

Dear @vineetjaintimes facts matter Alok Verma became CBI Director a year after Mallaya fled. Sad when a paper of record prints motivated lies. pic.twitter.com/0l9haZFJyb — Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) January 12, 2019 The Times of India in its coverage of CBI director Alok Verma’s sacking by the government on Jan. 10, 2019, covered the cases handled by Verma in detail, but ...

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