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Times Now Anchors read 30 Chinese dead soldiers names from a fake WhatsApp forward on live TV

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A military stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) escalated on the night of June 15 leading to the death of at least 20 soldiers of the Indian army. While both sides have blamed the other for provocation, speculations on the number of Chinese casualties are on a rise. Journalists and media organisations had first claimed that five soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) were killed and 11 were injured. The figure turned out to be unverified. It was subsequently claimed that 43 Chinese troops lost their lives. This too was misleading information.

Another figure was shared by Times Now as ‘breaking news’ on June 17 — “China accepts 30 soldiers have been killed during the Ladakh standoff” —  citing China-based Global Times as the source. The tweets were later taken down.

Times Now also aired a broadcast on the claim where anchors Rahul Shivshankar and Navika Kumar read out 30 names of Chinese soldiers who allegedly died. This can be watched from 4:30 minutes. However, in the end, Kumar said “Even this list put out by Global Times could be a fake forward.”

The claim that 30 Chinese troops were killed was also tweeted by Prashant Patel Umrao who has often been found promoting misinformation on social media.

Times Now lifts forwarded message

A widely circulating claim across Facebook and Twitter suggested, “A spokesperson for the Western Theatre Command that oversees defences of #China’s border with India has released the names of 30 Chinese troops killed by Indian action.” These were the same names read out by Times Now anchors.

Below is the complete message shared by several on Twitter.

The message, which also sites Global Times as the source, shares a link to the website chinanews.com. Times Now’s broadcast was aired at around 6:40 PM while the channel tweeted the claim at 6:49 PM. Alt News received a query for the message at 5:43 PM on WhatsApp.

The message was circulating on Twitter as well before Times Now’s tweet.

The link to chinanews.com leads to the website’s homepage and not a report. In the past as well, Alt News has debunked elaborate forwarded messages that carry a link to the homepage of news websites to give the message an illusion of credibility.

A search on the Twitter page and website of Global Times reveals that the organisation has not published any number on Chinese casualties. The last two tweets (12) about the military dispute on Global Times talk about the telephonic conversation between Indian foreign minister and his Chinese counterpart. In fact, the names of the “30 dead Chinese soldiers” was also not found on the website.

As of this writing, Beijing has not released the number of casualties, dead or injured. This was tweeted by the editor-in-chief of Global Times Hu Xijin on June 16.

The only numbers floating right now are “43 casualties” reported by ANI based on “sources” and “35 casualties” quoted by “US intelligence sources” according to a website called usnews.com. However, neither has any prominent defence reporter confirmed these figures nor have the governments of both countries released an official number on Chinese casualties.

This Article was First Published by AltNews

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I was not being sexist, says Sunil Gavaskar after clip of his IPL commentary went viral

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New Delhi: On 24th SEP, during the Royal challengers Bangalore(RCB) vs Kings XI Punjab IPL match, Sunil Gavaskar by looking at RCB captain Virat Kohli’s performance, said “Lockdown mein Ye bas Anushka ke bowling ka practice kiye hai, jo dikhai de rahi hai ” (During Lockdown he has  practiced only Anushka’s Bowling, we can see that from his performance).

Here is the viral video:

After the clip of Gavaskar’s comment gone viral, many of twitter users started questioning Gavaskar’s comment. Navika Kumar of Times Now wrote “For Tweeple to troll @AnushkaSharma for @imVkohli performance is disgusting. And the less said about Sunil Gavaskar the better. In fact BCCI should remove him from the commentators’ panel for the MCP attitude. #BoycottGavaskar” Archive

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who’s tweeting about everything nowadays has also supported Anushka Sharma, and wrote “#Anushka remained quiet when I was threatened and called Haramkhor but today the same misogyny coming to bite her, I condemn the fact that she was dragged into cricket by #SunilGavaskar but selective feminism is equally uncool.”

Anushka Sharma also shared her disappointment being dragged into her husband’s poor performance on the ground., She also said Mr  Gavaskar’s name stands tall in the gentleman’s game. But she got disappointed with his commentary of dragging her into the game.

Gavaskar’s Clarification:

While talking to India Today he clarified, that he wasn’t being sexist but he was talking the fact that most of the players have no practice during the lockdown. Because of the lack of practice, lots of players are suffering. He also raised the question that he was just referring to the video which went viral on the internet, where Anushka was seen bowling to Virat on a terrace. He said, what is wrong in my comment, I just talked about what I have seen in the viral video. If someone  misinterpreted my words, that’s not my problem.

Here is the video, which went viral where Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma were seen playing cricket within their apartment compound. According to few sources, a twitter user has recorded the video and posted it. The video was allegedly shot on 16th May 2020. So, it is evident that Sunil Gavaskar was referring to this practice session.

We also found the Times of India Video,

Conclusion: According to our findings, Sunil Gavaskar was just referring to the viral video, and wasn’t being sexist. His comment has been taken in the wrong sense. But he could have avoided bringing Anushka into his commentary.

 

 

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Times Now and Zee News have falsely claimed that Rhea named Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet in her statement to NCB

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Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty for their alleged role in procuring drugs for him. During the on-going investigation, Navika Kumar of  Times Now, on her “The Newshour” show mentioned that the NCB has a list of 25 A-Listers who are allegedly involved in drug consumption. Further, she claimed that top NCB sources have shared details of Rhea’s confession and she has named Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Designer Simone Khambatta in her statement.

Times Now has reported that Rhea Chakraborty confessed that Rakul Preet and Sara Ali Khan have consumed drugs with her and Sushant Singh Rajput in his Lonavala farmhouse. Ever since the show aired, fake news has taken social media by storm. There are various posts that Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet are summoned by the NCB. On September 12, a tweet from a parody account of  Satish Maneshinde, Rhea’s lawyer went viral. The tweet (now deleted) claimed that Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta are summoned soon by the NCB.

Did Rhea name Sara, Rakul Preet Singh to NCB? Drug agency denies the claim

This is not the first time Times Now caught spreading lies. Times Now has also tweeted a screenshot of the tweet made by a fake account pretending to be Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Meetu Singh.

Zee News, Siasat Daily, Odisa TV, and Hindustan Times has covered this fake claim. Zee News heading goes by “Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh memes go viral on internet after Rhea Chakraborty reveals names to NCB”

FactO Check: 

According to Free Press Journal, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has denied preparing any such list of Bollywood celebrities for their alleged drug consumption. NCB deputy director KPS Malhotra has told Free Press Journal that, “We have not prepared any Bollywood list. The list earlier prepared was of peddlers and traffickers. It’s getting confused with Bollywood.” When asked about Rhea’s confessing names f Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta in her statement, the officer said, “The names have not been zeroed upon”.

News 18 reports, ‘NCB has denied that Rhea Chakraborty during interrogation, gave names of 25 A-listers in the film industry who consumed drugs with her and the late actor’.

Conclusion: The NCB has denied making preparing the list of so called 25 A-Listers based on Rhea’s statement. Times Now and Navika Kumar’s report on this issue is found to be false and misleading.

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Fact Check: Sudha Murthy is not selling vegetables.

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Bengaluru: A photo of Mrs. Sudha Murthy, chairperson of Infosys, sorting vegetables is viral across social media with different claims. While some of the social media users claim that Sudha Murthy sells vegetables, one day every year to get rid of her ego. Others claim that she does this as a part of seva at Raghavedra Swamy Mutt. (Archive)

Surbhi, an IRS officer as per her twitter profile shared Mrs. Sudha Murthy’s photo with a fake claim which went viral, received over 3000RT.

Sakshi TV, a regional news channel from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana published the images on their YouTube channel claiming that Sudha Murthy is selling vegetables.

 

FactO Check:

Sudha Murthy has been participating in several seva programs for many years. A simple Google reverse image search has directed us to many websites that talked about her participation in seva programs. One India Kannada has published an article about Mrs. Murthy’s participation in seva programs. There are several images of Mrs. Murthy in the article doing various tasks like serving meals, washing utensils, washing fruits for the Panchamruta in the Mutt.

According to an article published by Bangalore Mirror in 2013, Sudha Murthy spends three days every year in seva programs. As per the article,  She wakes up at 4 am, reaches to the Raghavendra Swamy temple located in Jayanagar, Bengaluru, goes to the kitchen, and spends the next 4 hours cleaning the kitchen, washing utensils, chopping vegetables, and taking care of inventory of stock.

Sudha Murthy believes that “Giving money is easy because it is a simple transaction. But doing physical Seva is not”. She also says that “In the eyes of God we all are equal, but not in the eyes of the society”.

Conclusion: It is true that Sudha Murthy participates in seva programs. But the claim, “Sudha Murthy sells vegetables” made by Sakshi TV and other social media users is found to be false. According to the Mutt officials, Mrs. Murthy was maintaining the storage facility and sorting vegetables, but not selling them.

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