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No, Urdu wasn’t replaced by Sanskrit. Sambit Patra shares half-truths!

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India: Sambit Patra is in news again for a wrong reason. Mr. Patra, the spokesperson for BJP party has tweeted images of two railway signboards at Dehradun railway station. The image on the left has Dehradun written in Hindi, English, and Urdu, while the image on the right has the Urdu writing replaced by Sanskrit. Sambit Patra tweeted these images with a caption that just says ‘SANSKRIT’.

The tweet has garnered over 19k retweets and over 97k likes. Many users who retweeted the images believing that the railways had made this change recently, and is going to implement this all over India.

This is not the first-time Sambit Patra is found spreading false information. Patra was caught lying when he claimed that ‘Rajasthan Govt asked money’ for providing buses to transport students from Kota. He also shared a clipped video of Rahul Gandhi to mislead his followers once. In another false claim, he got wrong vehicle details while targetting Priyanka Gandhi.

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A simple reverse image search has directed us towards multiple articles that covered the same incident. The incident happened around early February 2020. According to “Hindustan Times“, the controversy started when a local BJP leader has questioned the railway authorities about not having Sanskrit in the signboards even though Sanskrit has been given the status of second official language in Uttarakhand in 2010.  Following this, some of the railway stations along with Dehradun railway station had new signboards where the Urdu writings were replaced by Sanskrit names. This has stirred up a lot of controversies.

Clarifying the issue, Rekha Sharma, a senior official from Moradabad railway division has said that the division did not receive any official order from the railway headquarters for writing names in Sanskrit and also said that the division would follow any such order only when the state government provides them the station names written in Sanskrit.

“The name was written by the construction agency which was renovating the station. They had put up a board with the name written in Sanskrit. The board was removed as soon as the matter came to light”  – Rekha said.

DRM Moradabad on February 7, 2020 has tweeted a statement from its official Twitter handle providing clarification on the incident. According to the official letter, Sanskrit can be used as an additional language apart from the existing languages in the signboards, nameplates, directional signs at railway stations, but will not replace Urdu.

Here is a paper clipping of Times News Network about the same issue.

Conclusion: The signboards were changed back to how they were before. Sambit Patra is misleading the social media users by not sharing the news that the signboards were changed back to their earlier forms.

ClaimReview: Urdu is replaced by Sanskrit from Railway station board in Dehradun

Claim By: Sambit Patra

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No, 40 passengers of crashed Air India flight aren’t tested Corona Positive

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Kerala: Air India Plan crashed during landing at Kozhikode, Kerala, yesterday around 9 PM. The death toll has touched 19, including 2 onboard pilots. A Malayalam Daily news portal  Mathrubhumi News published a claim this morning that 40 passengers of crashed Air India (Dubai-Kozhikode) flight are tested Positive for COVID-19.

They tweeted “40 Flight Crash victims Test Positive for COVID 19”, archive.

The news went viral and even India Today’s anchor, Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted the news without verifying it. He later deleted the tweet and tweeted clarification referencing to his old tweet.

Many Twitter users shared the claim. here here here here.

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According to articles published by multiple mainstream media, only 2 deceased passengers are found COVID-19 positive. The district collector, Malappuram has also called the claim of 40 passengers being tested positive, baseless and fake.

Malayalam to English: “News that 40 passengers in the Air India flight crash in Kozhikode, tested Covid positive is fake” tweets district collector.

Conclusion: News that 40 passengers in the Air India flight crash in Kozhikode, tested Covid positive is fake and misleading.

 

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No, Burnol India didn’t react to #BurnolOutofStock trend as claimed by IBT India

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Bengaluru: On 5th of August, PM Narendra Modi was in Ayodhya for Ram Mandir Bhoomi puja. A lot of people on social media celebrated the occasion, while some of them started making memes using the “Burnol” word, a widely used pun to troll someone on social media. The hashtags #BurnolSalesRaise and #BuronOutOfStock were trending in Twitter for sometime on Aug 5.

International Business Times India published an article with heading “This is how Burnol reacts to Shree Ram bhakts trending #BurnolSalesRise and #BurnolOutOfStock” . They wrote “In the backdrop of the historic Bhoomi Pujan in Ayodhya, the bosses of Burnol India were delighted over Shree toRam Bhakts trending #BurnolSalesRise and #BurnolOutOfStock on social media. Not only did they acknowledge the trend but also thanked them for doing so”. (Archive)

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IBT India claimed that “the bosses of Burnol India were delighted over Shree Ram Bhakts trending #BurnolSalesRise and #BurnolOutOfStock “, but what’s the truth? Did Burnol India is really happy about the trend?

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The article published by IBT India is based on a twitter account @Burnolindia. If we read the bio of the twitter handle, they have mentioned the word “Parody” 5 times, as many people are assuming that it’s the official account of Burnol India. (Archive)

Please look at the bio of the parody account here. Burnol is owned by Dr Morepen brand, who does not have any social media account as per their website.

Conclusion: International Business Times India has written a story based on a Parody Twitter account. So the article is found to be false and misleading.

NOTE: We have tweeted to @IBT_India asking to delete/update the article as it is based on a parody account and waiting for a response.

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A video of a bull falling from a crane is viral as cruelty against COW during Eid-ul-Adha

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Pakistan: While Muslims across the world were celebrating Eid-ul-Adha(Festival of Sacrifice), a video of a bull falling from a huge crane went viral over social media with a completely wrong narrative. The accident has been given a communal angle to target Muslims during Bakrid.

Asianet News website published an article with caption “cow dropped from crane to celebrate eid in Pakistan video goes viral” with a feature image “Cow Dropped from Crane; who is the animal?”, which they later deleted and update the story to “Cow carried by crane for sacrifice in Pakistan slips, falls to the ground; video goes viral.”. They quoted Tarek Fateh’s tweet with a misleading caption and cropped video.

A video posted by Hnalde Pak Hindus has got over 1.5M view and 3K RT. (Archive), the tweet talk about cruelty against cow.

The same video is also shared by Fake news peddler Tarek Fateh, with an inciting caption that got over 15K RT. (Archive)

It made people think that cows were actually being dropped to celebrate Eid.


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The video which is shared across social media is cropped by the first 5-8 seconds, the part where a bull was being lifted from the terrace has been cropped from the actual video.

The viral video is from Karachi, surjani Sector 5D, the accident happened on 1st of AUG. The story was covered by multiple Pakistani news agencies. According to ARY news, the bull was being lifted off from the 2nd floor on the eve of Bakrid for Kurbani(Sacrifice) when it fell off accidentally. It’s very common in Karachi that people keep bull/cow on the terrace for years and raise them for Kurbani.

We also found another video posted on 24th July  2020, a bull was brought down safely with the help of a crane, there are many such videos of bull being brought down from the terrace during Bakrid. Here, here. People living in apartments or second or 3rd floors, they usually bring the calf and raise them for years for Kurbani and bring them down a day before Eid Al Adha with the help of Crane.

Conclusion: The incident took place when a bull was being brought down with the help of a crane. As per 24 News HD and ARY news, the animal was a bull not a cow as claimed by OpIndia, Tarek Fateh, and many others. The animal wasn’t dropped intentionally as claimed by many in social media.

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