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Did Pak govt.s’ Covid website made a blunder with PoK map as claimed by Republic TV?



Delhi: A screenshot from website is going viral in India claiming that Pakistan agreed that POK belongs to India on their official website, Many journalists shared the screenshot from Pakistan’s COVID website. Republic world wrote an article “Pakistan Government Website Blunders Out The Truth, Confirms That PoK Is A Part Of India” (Archive).


Many Journalists goofed up with Google maps.

Anjana Om Kashyap tweeted “पाकिस्तान, ये डर अच्छा है! भारत का सही नक़्शा दिखाया।” (Pakistan, good that you are actually scared and showed the real map of India), got over 4.5K RT and 21k Likes. (Archive)

Ashish Singh a journalist(from his bio) tweets “Finally, Pakistan has officially accepted that J&K is an integral part of India.”, tweet archive here. The tweet went viral with 3.4K RT and 11K likes. Many twitter users copied his tweet and tweeted the same. Look at some here.

Aditya Chaudhary another journalist(from his bio) has shared the screenshot on his tweet(Archive), many users copied his tweet “पाकिस्तान ने भी माना ये है भारतवर्ष का नक्शा”. It can be found here.

Facto Check:

When we started looking at the claim, we found an article published by Washington Post with heading “Google redraws the borders on maps depending on who’s looking”, which shows two versions of the view of google maps of Kashmir. The left side is a view of Kashmir when you see from Paksitani which shows full POK as a disputed line and right side in the view from India which shows POK and J&K is part of India.

Indian Map

For more details on how Google showed disputed maps please watch this Washington post video “Google maps changes disputed borders based on where you’re searching from”.

To validate the above claim of Republic and other social media about Pakistan agreed POK belongs to India, we used a VPN to view the map embedded in the website (Now they’ve removed the maps section from their website), we found exactly the same view what was published by Washington Post. We also found an article from Outlook and the Hindu “Google Maps Shows Kashmir Border As ‘Disputed’ When Seen From Outside India” published in FEB 2020.

Indian Maps

Conclusion: According to Washington Post, Google has a mechanism to show the disputed borders based on Location and where you’re viewing from, we strongly believe POK is part of India but the claim of Pakistan agreed the POK is part of India on their official COVID website is found to be false.

Verdict: FALSE

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An old video from Israel is being shared with a false narrative mocking Indian army



India: A video is going viral across social media which takes a dig at the Indian army, mocking the armed forces. A Facebook page “J&K update 24×7”, shared a video in which a soldier gets knocked over by a rolling tire while trying to kick it. The video was shared with a caption, “Indian forces with border area”,  and it has garnered almost 2.4k likes and 1.3k shares on Facebook. The video was also viral in WhatsApp groups. (Archive)

Indian forces with border area😁😁😁😀😀😝😝 like this page

Posted by J&K update 24×7 on Thursday, June 25, 2020

FactO Check:

A simple reverse image search led us to multiple YouTube videos from different sources. The video can also be found in DailyMotion. The incident happened in June 2014, in Israel when the Israel armed forces were trying to control a riot between them and the Palestinian protesters.  

A YouTube channel, “polster2”  also shared this video on June 7, 2014.

Conclusion: It is evident that the incident happened in Israel, on June 2014 and has nothing to do with the Indian Army or Jammu and Kashmir border area. The claim is misleading, fake and made intentionally to disrespect the Indian armed forces in a public platform. We request the audience to verify the sources before posting or sharing content across social media. 

ClaimReview: Indian Army soldier at border area knocked down by a rolling tire. 

Claim By : Facebook Page, J&K update 24×7.

Fact Check By Facto News: FALSE

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A video from U.S. is being shared as Indian Army patrolling over Pangong Tso Lake, Ladakh



Ladakh: India has lost 20 brave soldiers in the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese troops near Galwan valley. Ever since the incident, several unrelated images and videos claiming to be of the Indian army are doing rounds across social media.

Recently a video is viral on social media with a claim that the Indian Army is using Apache Helicopter for patrolling over Pangong Tso lake.( This lake is situated at Galwan Valley)

Many Twitter users shared this video with the same claim. In the viral video, it can be seen that some helicopters are flying over a lake. (Archive)

Tweet reads as,

Superb…Our Apache attack helicopters patrol over Pangong Tso in Ladakh 👏🏼👏🏼 Appreciate


Here is what he replied when a twitter user told him this video not from Ladakh.

This video is also posted by many users on Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook. Ramayan Bhakt. Kuldeep Singh.

FactO Check:

We have received multiple requests from users to verify this viral claim. We did a frame by frame analysis of the video and took some screenshots and did a reverse image search of the screen grabs. In our search, we were directed towards a YouTube link, uploaded by a channel named “Down To Fly”. According to the channel owner, the video is from a location called “Lake Havasu”, and was uploaded on 22 Jan 2018.  “Lake Havasu” is located in Arizona, USA.

It is evident that this video is from USA and has no connection with Pangong Tso lake or Indian Army.

Conclusion: Viral video claiming to be of Indian Army patrolling with apache helicopter is fake. This is a 2-year-old video, from Havasu lake, Arizona.

ClaimReview:  Indian Army using Apache helicopter for patrolling over Pangong Lake.

Claim By: Maj Gen Brajesh Kr
Fact check by Factonews : FALSE

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A mock drill video from Pune being shared as ‘Corona patients are now found on the roads’




Pune: Maharashtra is one of the hotspots in India with maximum number of corona virus cases. A video of the patient being picked from road by four men in PPE gear, and taken to the hospital in an ambulance is going viral.

A Facebook user posted the video with the claim, “पुण्यातील रस्त्यांवर कोरोनाचे रुग्ण सार्वजानिक ठिकाणी सापडण्यास सुरवात झाली आहे, भयानक परिस्थिती आहे, सर्वांनीच आपली व आपल्या कुटुंबाची काळजी घ्या ….सुरक्षित रहा”

Translated from Marathi “The patients of Corona virus are now found in public places in Pune. It’s a terrible situation. Everyone take care.

There are many other users sharing this video with same claim. Please find here.

FactO Check:

With the help of reverse image search, we found a tweet of Pune Mirror, with the caption “#PMC health officials conducted a mock drill at Deccan Corner to know the response time of concern authorities in case a COVID related emergency arises“. With these tweets, it clear that it wasn’t a real incident in Pune city but a mock drill conducted by PMC health workers.

Conclusion: A mock drill video from Pune is being shared in the wrong context. Any such mock drill video should be shared with a watermark, as it goes viral on other platforms without caption and it could be misleading.

ClaimReview: The patients of Corona virus are now found in public places in Pune

ClaimBy: Facebook user

Fact Check by FactoNews: FALSE

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