Monday, 29 November, 2021


This Patna street was featured in a story on PatnaBeats, about the launch of the Bihar capital’s odd-even parking on 2 November 2016 | Twitter

‘My city is fully open’ say users in Patna and Surat on Bharat Bandh, but post image from 2016

New Delhi: National highways, link roads and railway tracks were blocked by protesting farmers during the nationwide Bharat Bandh Monday, resulting in highway blockages and traffic snarls. This led to several people opposing the strike on social media. Some Twitter users furnished 'evidence' to indicate that the strike was a 'failure'. “My city is fully open,” one account posted with an image of a city road brimming with activity and traffic, in an attempt to indicate that the bandh, called by the farmers' union, Samyukta Kisan Morcha, was a washout. Shubham Pathak, whose Twitter account suggests he is from Surat, said: "My city is fully open. Surat do not support Bharat bandh (sic)". His comment received over 1,000 retweets and 1,500 likes. BJP worker Srishiraj received nearly 400 retweets and over 400 likes for his tweet which parroted Pathak's: "My city is fully open. Patna do not support Bharat bandh (sic)." Similar posts from other users were also put up. In many of these tweets,...

New York Times didn’t feature Modi on front page or call him ‘last hope’. Image is fake

Several social media users have been posting an image of a fake front page of The New York Times featuring PM Modi.
This image is being falsely claimed as the revamped look of the Ayodhya railway station in Uttar Pradesh. | Photo: Twitter

Ayodhya railway station isn’t getting that plush a makeover. Viral image is from 2009 report

Ayodhya is getting a revamped railway station, which is currently under construction. However, the viral claim about its new look is false.
A screengrab from the video shared on Facebook.

Video of ‘miracle fish-shaped light’ entering Ajmer dargah goes viral. Here’s the science to it

The video, first shared Sunday by an Ajmer-based Facebook user, has seen users hail the visual as a 'miracle'.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PTI

BJP video celebrating PM Modi’s India vision on his birthday uses image of LA skyline

The 2-minute-42-second video enumerates the many achievements of Modi govt. But the city skyline at 2 minutes and 22 seconds is a stock photo of Los Angeles.
File photo of BKU leader Rakesh Tikait | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Rakesh Tikait didn’t just chant ‘Allahu Akbar’ in UP, he raised ‘Har Har Mahadev’ slogan too

BJP leaders have questioned farmer leader Tikait for leading the Islamic chant at a mahapanchayat in UP, but the 20-second videos don’t present the full picture.
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Viral Aaj Tak news graphic saying ‘Modi has a special plan for Taliban’ is fake

The graphic which says 'America has run away, now India will take care of Afghanistan, the real war will begin now' is being widely circulated on social media as Aaj Tak news bulletin.
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Muslim men did not behead an electrician in UP. Viral video is from Venezuela

The visuals of the beheading are from Venezuela, where a 13-year-old boy was executed by a criminal gang in the country in 2018.
DD News Gujarati is among the media outlets that used the image | Twitter | @DDNewsGujarati

Viral runway image ‘showing Kabul blast’ is over a week old

The image was captured by AFP photojournalist Wakil Kohsar on 16 August last week and can be found on Getty Images website, which has priced it at Rs 23,000.

Muslim driver harassed in UP didn’t paint Pakistan flag on rickshaw, it’s an Islamic symbol

A viral video shows an unidentified man harassing Noor Alam, a tanga driver, and making him chant 'Hindustan Zindabad and 'Jai Hind' because of a crescent moon and star painted on his rickshaw.

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President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China has a negative celebrity list of 88, as Xi doubles down on 3rd term

Chinascope — The Week Behind The Wall is everything you need to know about what’s happening in China this week.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament in New Delhi, on 9 August 2021 | PTI

India has no proposal to recognise Bitcoin as currency: Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament

Sitharaman said the Modi govt doesn't collect data on Bitcoin transactions. Centre plans to introduce cryptocurrency bill that seeks to ban all but a few private cryptocurrencies.


Navy chief commissions INS Vela, calls it ‘potent platform’ for spectrum of operations

This is the fourth of the six submarines the Navy is inducting under Kalvari class submarine Project 75 and the second major induction in less than a week.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.