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Fourteen-year-old Diksha Shinde who, according to ANI, has been selected by NASA to be a panelist for a fellowship | ANI

Indian teen finds fame as NASA panelist, but social media fact check claims ANI report is fake

ANI report says Diksha Shinde was selected by NASA as a panelist for its MSI Fellowships Virtual Panel, but people point out discrepancies on Twitter. ANI stands by report.
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AAP MLA Atishi files police complaint against Delhi BJP chief for tweeting ‘fake news’

Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta tweeted a video of rainwater gushing into a bus and wrote that a DTC bus was floating in a 'world-class swimming pool' built by the AAP-led Delhi govt.

WhatsApp vs Modi govt: Privacy or politics? This is what they’re fighting over

At the heart of WhatsApp's petition against the Modi govt's new IT rules is the right to privacy, and this case could prove to be an important test of its application in India.
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Twitter handle of Barkha Dutt’s Mojo Story among 8 booked for ‘fake news’ on Unnao deaths

Journalist Barkha Dutt said the use of IPC sections that are punishable with prison is 'pure intimidation' and that she is ready to face the case in court.
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SC seeks govt reply on plea for regulating Facebook, Twitter over fake news, hate speech

The apex court was hearing a petition seeking directions to Centre to frame laws for prosecuting those involved in spreading hate and fake news through social media platforms.
Voters stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station in Mumbai

Don’t publish election surveys without verification — PCI issues new advisory for newspapers

New guideline part of PCI’s updated Norms of Journalistic Conduct, edition 2020, which was uploaded to media watchdog’s website Friday. Also includes advisory on Covid reporting.

The BBC is struggling to survive the era of fake news

2019 survey saw 44% choose BBC as a single source for impartial news. But many British newspapers have been urging readers that BBC is a wasteful left-wing racket, extorting public.
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House panel on IT wants Facebook to share profiles of its India employees

Facebook India head Ajit Mohan and two other representatives were questioned on tech giant's mechanism to deal with hate posts and fake news.
Adani Wilmar sells a whole range of FMCG products under the Fortune brand | Screenshot

Viral video claiming Adani has taken over Indian Railways is false, it’s just an ad

The short minute-long video shows a train with posters of ‘Fortune Chakki Fresh Atta’ and ‘Adani Wilmar’ stuck on it.
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Reader View: Controversies unlikely to dissuade people from vaccines but govt must build trust

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If anything is Angela Merkel’s legacy, it is her custodianship of the liberal world order

Whereas most other world leaders are “men of action” who go off like proverbial firecrackers when crises emerge, Merkel preferred to do her homework.

Bitcoin, Ether tumble as China declares all cryptocurrency transactions illegal

London: Bitcoin, Ether and other digital tokens tumbled as China intensified its push to rein in crypto speculation and mining. Bitcoin fell 7.8% to $41,220 as of 7:41 a.m. in New York. The losses were more severe in other coins, with Ether, EOS, Litecoin and Dash all falling more than 7%. Crypto-related stocks also came under pressure, with Marathon Digital Holdings Inc. tumbling 6% in U.S. pre-market trading. China’s central bank said all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal, according to a Q&A statement on PBOC’s website. It’s an urgent task for China to root out crypto mining and the crackdown is important to meet carbon goals, according to the guidelines on the website of the nation’s economic planning agency. Bitcoin looks headed toward the $40,000 level or lower, Fawad Razaqzada, an analyst at ThinkMarkets, warned. China’s strict approach is part of the reason why Bitcoin prices collapsed in May and have struggled to regain previous all-time highs above $60,000. “The risks are skewed to...

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks during the induction of a medium-range surface-to-air missile system (MRSAM), in Jaisalmer on 9 September 2021| PTI

Rajnath Singh talks ‘lessons’ from Taliban takeover, hits out at ‘irresponsible states’

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says turmoil in Afghanistan and the region is a result of 'aggressive designs and active support to non-state players'.

Does India matter? Yes, Kamala Harris’s ‘sermon’ to Modi reminds him why

Democracy is the most important of the 3 Ds Modi keeps listing. If that is damaged, India’s most powerful PM in five decades also gets publicly admonished, if gently, by US V-P.
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