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Mamata Banerjee becomes fake news target again as old post goes viral after BJP run-ins

A viral post claiming Mamata Banerjee said she’d bomb India was originally shared by mobilenews24.com in 2017 & then deleted. The claim is now back.

MP Udit Raj shares old video on dowry dispute to claim Gujarat BJP MLA beat up Dalit man

The video, shot in Gujarat, is of a family involved in a dowry dispute and doesn’t feature any BJP MLA. Udit Raj has deleted the video.

No, the photographs of RSS workers engaging in relief work are not from Cyclone Fani

Viral post of RSS workers’ relief work in Odisha with over 3.8K shares is from cyclones in the South in 2018 and 2017.

Gujaratis mistreated BJP workers, but viral video blames Rohingya Muslims & Bangladeshis

A video shared on Facebook claimed that Hindus in West Bengal have been reduced to second-class citizens & urged people to vote for BJP to change the scenario.

Times Now, Republic fall for fake letter saying PM to hold press conference, delete reports

Letter had claimed that PM Modi was to address a press conference at Varanasi on 26 April.
The fake image that went viral

Bombay Stock Exchange did not flash ‘Don’t vote for Modi’

A fake image of the Bombay Stock Exchange flashing ‘Don’t vote for Modi’ message is being widely circulated on social media.
The image that went viral

Modi govt’s ‘Char Dham’ project in Uttarakhand gets an African facelift, except it’s not real

An image of a swanky road has gone viral with claims that it’s from Uttarakhand. The actual picture is from Tangier in Morocco.

BJP tweets old fake letter claiming Sonia Gandhi ‘wanted to divide Hindus in Karnataka’

The letter allegedly written by Karnataka minister M.B. Patil to Sonia Gandhi was first published by Right-wing propaganda website Postcard News last year.
The fake news being circulated | Twitter

This image of religious harmony seems to be a favourite of political parties to misuse

Congress youth wing in Gujarat shared the photoshopped image on Twitter & Facebook on 9 April to bolster party’s secular image. Last year, the offender was SP.

Rebel AAP leader Alka Lamba sees empty chairs at a BJP rally that wasn’t

Alka Lamba shares Twitter post by an 'NSUI member', but the original picture is from a January 2018 rally in Varanasi.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.