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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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Fact Check: Images from a Bangladeshi short film falsely being shared as from a Madrasa



A collage of images where a Muslim man wearing a skullcap behaving inappropriately with a girl is viral across social media with a claim that Maulvi Sahab is abusing a student in a Madrasa. Last week there was a similar claim that went viral, where a Bangladesh teacher sexually harassing a student is viral as from Indian Madrasa. Please find it here.

This time, a similar claim is viral targeting Madrasa. A Twitter user @bhagwa_surajTPN has posted a screenshot from the video with a caption questioning the dignity of Indian Madarsa. The caption reads as, “मदरसे में मौलवी साहब सलमा को कलमा पढ़ाते हुए बंद करो ये मदरसे जो अश्लीलता वेश्यावृत्ति के अड्डे बन गये हैं ( Maulvi sahib Salma teaching Kalma to Salma in madrasas, these madrasas which have become the bases of obscenity prostitution)”.

The claim is viral across Facebook as well. A user Shatrughan Kumar has posted the photo in a Group called Hindu Rashtra Hindustan.

FactO Check:

A reverse image search of the viral photo took us to multiple YouTube videos. After going through multiple videos, we have identified that the viral photos were actually taken from a Bangladeshi Short film (Watch here). The short film is about sexual exploitation and sexual offenses and was published on YouTube, a year ago. We also found a video posted by BD Teach News channel which has the same images. The Channel with over 1 Million subscribers calls out the actor for having a beard and wearing a skull cap and acting in obscene films, just for views and money.

Conclusion: It is evident that the images used in the viral claims are from a short film and not a Madrasa. The above claims are fake, misleading, and Islamophobic.



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Fact Check: No, Girls dressed up in lungis in the viral image are not protesting a ban on jeans



A picture of group of girls dressed up in lungis is going viral across social media with a claim that a college in Kerala has imposed ban on wearing Jeans, and these girls have protested the ban by wearing lungis. Many users across Twitter and Facebook have shared this viral image with the same claim.

Shahid Siddiqui, a former Member of Parliament and Managing Director & Chief Editor of Weekly Nai Duniya has shared the viral image with a claim, “College in Kerala banned jeans, girls came in lungis, college still thinking what to do next”. The tweet has garnered over 735 retweets and 5k likes. Archived here

To our surprise, Khushbu Sundar, ex-Congress leader and now BJP leader from Tamil Nadu has retweeted the same image tweeted by a Twitter account @WomenWithTruth. Khushbu said in her tweet, “If this is a true version, Bravo!!! more power to you”. Archived here

The viral image is also shared in Facebook by many users with a similar claim College in Kerala banned jeans, girls came in lungis, college still thinking what to do next. इसे कहते हैं रचनात्मक प्रतिरोध। जियो भारत की बच्चियों और डूब मरो नैतिकता के ठेकेदारों ….” Please find here and here. The same image was also viral in 2016. Many users have shared the same image, with the same claim. Times of India Fashion & Beauty has shared the image from their official Twitter handle with the same viral claim.

FactO Check:
A reverse image search of the viral image has directed us to several articles published in 2015. Tupaki, a popular South-Indian website for film news, has published an article on August 12, 2015, featuring the viral image along with Mahesh Babu’s lungi-clad look in the movie Srimanthudu. The article claimed that the image is from USA, where young Indian fans of Mahesh Babu expressed their love for their favorite actor by wearing a lungi.

Conclusion: The same image was also viral in 2016. Some of the social media users claim that this picture is older than 2015, and it is from a college fest. We found out in our research that there was no ban on Jeans in colleges in Kerala in 2015 or even now. So the above claims are baseless and false.

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Unrelated Video of a woman viral as nurse completed IAS and posted as Collector



A video of a woman walking through a room surrounded by people cheering, touching her feet and showering her with rose petals is going viral across social media with a claim, “She was a Nurse in Trivandrum Medical College. She completed IAS, and posted as District Collector in Kudagu. Because of her nursing experience, she could help Kudagu District to totally come out of Covid. She is getting a special treat and honor from the people of Kodagu”. The video is viral across Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

A Twitter user @tweetanum shared the video from her account with the same claim. (Archive)

Some other Twitter users @N4LLANANBAN and @umakantpandya has also shared the same video with the same claim. The viral video was also shared across Facebook. Many users on Facebook have shared this video to public groups even though Facebook has flagged the content as false information. here, here, here, here.

FactO Check:

FactO News has already debunked this fake news/claim when the same video was shared with a claim by falsely identifying the woman in the video as Hathras rape case victim. Now the same video is viral again with a different claim. A reverse image search of some keyframes of the video would direct to a video posted in an YouTube channel on 5th March 2020. The caption of the video reads as”GRAND WELCOME DIAMOND LEADER SAFE SHOP MS NAZIA MADAM”. We found many videos of Nazia in YouTube which proves that she is NOT the District Collector of Kodagu, Karnataka.

What is a Safe Shop?

According to their website,  they sell fashion, health/beauty, and lifestyle products. Their business model is based on MLM architecture.

Who is the Woman?

The woman in the viral video is identified as Nazia Anwata (aka Nazia Madam), a senior associate with Safe Shop. She was supposedly the first woman Diamond leader of Safe Shop, India. You can find multiple videos of her speeches in different Safe shop events here.

Conclusion: It is evident that the woman in the viral video is not the District Collector of  Kodagu, KA. She is Nazia Anwata, a Senior Associate of Safe shop, a Delhi-based MLM business. So the above claims are false and misleading.


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