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Fact Check: Social media users give misleading twist to PM Modi's concept of 'Janta curfew'
Social media users have started interpreting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new term 'Janta curfew' by giving bizarre 'scientific' explanations. India Today Anti Fake News Room (AFWA) has found the claim to be misleading since the PM did not mention any particular 'scientific' logic behind it.
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New DelhiMarch 21, 2020UPDATED: March 21, 2020 17:10 IST


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Indians to observe stringent social distancing through self-quarantine for the 14-hour curfew period on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

On March 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared on television to update citizens about the government's measures to fight Covid-19 and announced a nationwide precautionary curfew for Sunday between 7 am and 9 pm.
PM Modi asked Indians to observe stringent social distancing through self-quarantine for the 14-hour curfew period.
Since the briefing, the PM's new term 'Janta curfew' has sparked a buzz on the Internet. Social media users have started interpreting and explaining PM Modi's concept of 'Janta curfew' in various ways. Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are now flooded with a certain 'scientific explanation' behind the curfew as to how it will break the chain of transmissions of the deadly coronavirus infection.
At the time of writing this article, #jantacurfewchallenge saw more than 27,000 tweets and was the third most trending topic on Twitter in India.
One viral message says, "As coronavirus life at one place is 12 hours and Janta Curfew is for 14 hours so that places or points of public areas where corona may have survived will not be touched for 14 hrs could break the chain."

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Logic behind Janta Curfew :

As corona virus life at one place is 12 hours and Janta Curfew is for 14 hours,
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Several social media users have come up with the same logic. This 'logic' is viral on Facebook as well.


India Today Anti Fake News Room (AFWA) has found the claim to be misleading. PM Modi, while announcing the curfew, did not mention this particular 'scientific' logic behind it. Here you can watch the full video of his speech.

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Coronavirus | PM Modi proposes 'janta curfew': Watch full speech
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation amid the Coronavirus pandemic. He exhorted the people to adhere to a self-imposed 'janta curfew' from 7 am to 9 pm on March 22, 2020. He also asked the people to gather at their doors and balconies at exactly 5 pm on that day to express gratitude to those who have been working tirelessly to battle the pandemic. He also asked the people to not get complacent since the situation in India is better than some other countries. The Prime Minister also asked people to not hoard essential items as their regular supply would be ensured.


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Fact Check: Viral post saying Italians are throwing their money on the streets is false

A pair of images showing currency notes littered all around is going viral on social media with the claim that Italians are throwing away their money on the streets as it is useless to them now. India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim along with the pictures to be misleading.





Arjun Deodia New DelhiMarch 31, 2020UPDATED: March 31, 2020 20:59 IST




With the number of dead and infected due to coronavirus rising by the hour in Italy, a pair of images showing currency notes littered all around is going viral on social media with the claim that Italians are throwing their money on the streets as it is useless to them now.
Facebook user "Manish Dhawan" shared the images and wrote a caption in Hindi which translates to, "Italians threw their money on the streets. They say it's of no use to them now..." The archived version of the post can be seen here.

India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim along with the pictures to be misleading. The one-year-old pictures are from Venezuela.
The misleading post has been circulating like wildfire on social media. With the help of reverse search, we found that these pictures are available on the Internet since March 2019, several months before the coronavirus outbreak.
A report by "Snopes" says these pictures were taken in Venezuela in March 2019. The currency seen lying on the streets is Venezuela’s old currency, the Bolívar Fuerte, which was replaced by a new form of currency, the Bolivar Soberano, in August 2018. Venezuelans threw their old notes on the streets as they became worthless for them.
It was also reported that people in Venezuela looted a bank and then burned the money to show that it was worthless. Many journalists had tweeted pictures with the same information.


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Till 7pm on Tuesday, Italy reported more than 11,000 coronavirus deaths and over one lakh infections. But the viral pictures are old and have nothing to do with the Covid-19 pandemic.
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ClaimI : talians are throwing their money on the streets as it is useless to them nowConclusionThese are old pictures from Venezuela and have nothing to do with the Covid-19 pandemic


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Fact Check: Did a policeman get beaten up while enforcing corona lockdown?
Some photos are circulating on the Internet showing a man thrashing a cop on the road. It is being claimed that this is the result of police atrocities on people during the lockdown. Users are also requesting policemen to understand the helplessness of citizens.




Arjun Deodia New DelhiMarch 28, 2020
UPDATED: March 28, 2020 20:25 IST



The photos are three years old and have nothing to do with the coronavirus lockdown.

Amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19, several videos and images have surfaced on social media showing policemen thrashing civilians to force them inside.
Now, some photos are circulating on the Internet showing a man thrashing a cop on the road. It is being claimed that this is the result of police atrocities on people during the lockdown. Users are also requesting policemen to understand the helplessness of citizens.


India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the viral post to be misleading. The photos are three years old and have nothing to do with the coronavirus lockdown.
Among others, Facebook user "Devendra Shukla Amethi" shared the misleading post, which has been further shared more than 350 times till the filing of this story..
Using reverse search, we found that the viral pictures were used in a "Daily Mail" article in June 2017. The report says these pictures were taken when an angry mob rioted and attacked police officers after a teenage schoolgirl was allegedly raped in a hospital in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
We also found these pictures in a report by "The Sun" with the same information.
Therefore, it's clear that three-year-old pictures are being passed off on social media as scuffle between police and civilians during the ongoing lockdown.

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ClaimPictures show civilian thrashing a policeman during lockdown.ConclusionThe photos are three years old and have nothing to do with the coronavirus lockdown.
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Fact Check: Viral post saying Italian PM surrendered to Covid-19 is fake

According to the viral post, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte said the country has surrendered to the Covid-19 pandemic as all the reliefs have been exhausted. India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found the viral post to be fake.




Arjun Deodia New DelhiMarch 27, 2020
UPDATED: March 27, 2020 14:00 IST



Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (Photo: Reuters)

With over 8,000 deaths, Italy has recorded the most number of casualties in the world due to Covid-19. Amid this, a quote attributed to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has gone viral on social media. According to the viral post, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte said the country has surrendered to the Covid-19 pandemic as all the reliefs have been exhausted.


The statement attributed to Italian PM Giuseppe Conte reads: "Our control is gone. Infectious disease is killing us. All the possible relief on the earth is over."
India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found the viral post to be fake. The quote is made up as we couldn't find any credible news report saying that Italian PM has given such a statement over Covid- 19 deaths. Even the picture used in the viral post is not of Italian PM Conte but President of Italy Sergio Mattarella.
We also scanned the social media profiles of Italian PM, but couldn't find any such statement given by him.
A website -- Rappler -- also debunked the viral post.
Contrary to the viral post, the report of Rappler says that on March 21, Italian PM said: "We are giving up the most expensive habits, we do it because we love Italy, but we do not give up courage and hope in the future. United we will do it".

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Fact Check: No, this COVID-19 patient is not the wife of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
The woman is seen describing her medical condition in ICU and warning people not to take chances.
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Arjun Deodia New DelhiMarch 21, 2020UPDATED: March 21, 2020 13:53 IST


The woman is seen describing her medical condition in ICU.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his kids have been in isolation since his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive for COVID-19 on March 12 after returning from London.
Meanwhile, a video of a hospitalised woman is going viral on social media with the claim that this is the wife of the Canadian PM, who has been infected with the coronavirus.


In the two-minute video, the woman is seen describing her medical condition in ICU and warning people not to take chances. She also said that she can’t breathe without medical equipments, which are seen in the viral video.
India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found the claim along with the video to be false. The woman seen in the video is not the wife of Justin Trudeau but a COVID-19 patient from London.
The video is being shared like wildfire on social media. The caption of the viral video says, The Canadian PM's wife. For people who are still not taking it seriously.
With the help of keywords, we found several news reports regarding the video.
A report by "Daily Mail" says it is the video of 39-year-old Tara Jane Langston who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 15. Tara made this video with her phone in the intensive care unit at Hillingdon Hospital in London, pleading others to take the deadly coronavirus seriously.
As per "Business Insider", since this video was made, Tara has recovered partially and has been moved out of ICU.
Some of Tara's friends have also posted this video on Facebook.
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On March 19, Justin Trudeau said in a tweet that his wife is better and they are working hard to slow down the spread of COVID-19. As a precautionary measure, the Canadian PM is also under the isolation period of 14 days after his wife tested positive for coronavirus.





Therefore, it is clear that the video of a COVID-19 patient from London is being passed off as the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.



 

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Truth video showing Muslims licking leftover food before utensils go for a wash | खाना खिलाने से पहले प्लेटें जूठी करते मुसलमानों वाले वायरल वीडियो का सच! Sansani viral




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क्या मुसलमान खाने में सचमुच थूक कर खिलाते हैं? Does the Muslims really spit in food?
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Fake: Old Video Shared as Muslims Licking Plates to Spread Corona
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CLAIM

A video of a group of boys licking utensils is going viral with the claim that it shows them trying to spread coronavirus.
The message with the video reads: “14 China Muslims hidden at Bihari mosque has been taken to corona virus test by Bihari police. Erode police has caught Thailand Muslim mullahs infected with corona virus. Today Salem Police has caught 11 Indonesian Muslim mullahs at Salem mosque. This video shows that they are applying and putting saliva on spoons, plates and utensils and also they are in the intention of spreading corona virus disease. Nobody knows what's happening in the Nation (sic).”


An archived version of the post can be seen here.

The message claims that many Muslims have been infected across the country and that many have been caught by police in one place as well. It adds that these Muslims can be seen applying their saliva on utensils, which as is known by now, would be a way of spreading the coronavirus.
Many people on Facebook shared the same video.
(Photo: Screenshot/Facebook)
The video was also shared with the same claim on Twitter.
(Photo: Screenshot/Twitter)
The video was also shared on YouTube with a similar claim.


TRUE OR FALSE?
The claim with the video is false and the video is actually of an old incident unrelated to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

WHAT WE FOUND
On searching Google with the keywords ‘Muslims licking plates’, we came across the same video on Vimeo, uploaded on 31 July 2018 by a user called Asghar Vasanwala. According to the description of the video, the people seen in the video are Dawoodi Bohras, who are licking the utensils in an attempt to follow their belief of zero wastage of food.

(Photo: Screenshot/Vimeo)

From here, it is clear that the video was uploaded much before the coronavirus outbreak and cannot have anything to do with the spreading of the virus.

Taking off from here, we ran a search for Dawoodi Bohras – a sect of Shiite Muslims – found that the headgear of the men in the video exactly matched that of the community. According to their website, detailing their culture and traditions, Dawoodi Bohras wear a stiff, hand-crocheted topi that can be white with a border of gold or entirely of gold thread.

(Photo: Screenshot/The Dawoodi Bohras)


Furthermore, the website of the Dawoodi Bohras states that they follow a tradition of eating meals on a steel ‘thaal’, which is designed to accommodate a group of 8 or 9 people. They also strictly follow a policy of no wastage of food - “Bohras have a no-wastage policy so not a single morsel should be left on the thaal when it is taken away”.
An article on their website further explains this policy with regard to a specific event, wherein it says that utensils were examined for leftovers of food and the morsels consumed.



(Photo: Screenshot/The Dawoodi Bohras)

A user on Twitter also replied to the same video saying that the video showed Bohras practising zero wastage of food.

Therefore, it is clear that the viral video simply captures a tradition of Dawoodi Bohras and does not have anything to do with spreading coronavirus and infecting others. The message being shared is fake.


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Old, unrelated video shared as Muslims licking utensils to spread coronavirus infection
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group of Muslim men are licking utensils and cutlery is floating across social media platforms and messaging applications. It is being claimed that they intend to spread the coronavirus infection. Alt News has received multiple requests on its official mobile application to fact-check the video.






The message shared along with the video alleges, “14 China Muslims hidden at Bihari mosque has been taken to corona virus test by Bihari police. Erode police has caught Thailand Muslim mullahs infected with corona virus. Today Salem Police has caught 11 Indonesian Muslim mullahs at Salem mosque. This video shows that they are applying and putting saliva on spoons, plates and utensils and also they are in the intention of spreading corona virus disease. Nobody knows what’s happening in the Nation.”
The clip has also been shared with a message claiming that the incident took place in Nizamuddin. “Stay aware, stay safe. Coronavirus is not spreading in India but it is being spread in the country. An example of this is Nizamuddin. (सतर्क रहें सुरक्षित रहें भारत में कोरोना फैल नहीं रहा बल्कि फैलाया जा रहा है। इसका ताजा उदाहरण निजामुद्दीन से मिले.)”

Nizamuddin has been identified as a coronavirus hotspot after several preachers of Tablighi Jamaat tested positive in three different locations across the country. The organisation led a congregation at its headquarters (Markaz) Banglewali Masjid in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area in mid-March, for which the Delhi government has now filed an FIR against a mosque preacher. Tablighi Jamaat maintains that its gathering was not illegal because it was held before Prime Minister Modi announced the first lockdown (Janata curfew) on March 22. However, the Delhi government claims that the congregation breached its order banning large gatherings on March 13. Ironically, this was the same day when the Health Ministry declared that COVID-19 was not a health emergency. The March 13 order, however, did not extend to religious gatherings and only a subsequent order passed on March 16 did. If reports are to be believed, the congregation was held between March 13 to 15.


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One of the messages shared with the video claims that 14 Chinese Muslims hiding in a mosque in Bihar were apprehended by the police and taken for coronavirus testing. Alt News had earlier debunked a similar claim. A video of Kyrgyzstan citizens in Patna was widely circulating with the false claim that they were people from Iran and Italy hiding in a mosque to evade testing.
A keyword search on Google – ‘Muslims licking utensils’ – threw up several results including a Vimeo link from July 31, 2018, which carried the same video. According to the description, these are Dawoodi Bohras licking leftover food from utensils to not waste even a morsel.

The description also says that the men were following orders of “Syedna”. Syedna Aali Qadr Mufaddal Saifuddin is the 53rd and current Da’i al-Mutlaq (highest authority in the faith) of the Dawoodi Bohras.
We found that the video was shared even earlier, on July 30, 2018, on Twitter where the user wrote, “Bohras eat together in a big “thaal”. This one is from a jamatkhana where on several occasions there is food served. What’s happening here is taking not wasting food at an extreme level.”

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Speaking with Dainik Bhaskar, religious leader of the Bohra community in Bhopal, Burhanuddin, said, “It is a custom in Bohra community that not even grain of food is wasted. For this purpose, grain committees are set to teach kids to not waste food. This video is of one such committee where utensils are being cleaned after the meal.”
Therefore, a video of Bohra Muslims licking plates and spoons to not ‘waste’ leftover food has been shared as people from the Muslim community spreading coronavirus infection.


Note: The number of positive cases of the novel coronavirus in India is over 1,700. This has caused the government to impose a complete restriction on movement apart from essential services. Globally, more than 8 lakh confirmed cases and close to 42,000 deaths have been reported. There is a growing sense of panic among citizens, causing them to fall for a variety of online misinformation – misleading images and videos rousing fear or medical misinformation promoting pseudoscience and invalid treatments. While your intentions may be pure, misinformation, spread especially during a global pandemic, can take lives. We request our readers to practice caution and not forward unverified messages on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.


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पड़ताल : कौन है ये लड़की, जो इस Viral Photo में Jawaharlal Nehru को Kiss कर रही है | The Lallantop
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Women kissing India's first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in viral photos on social media are actually his niece Nayantara Sehgal and sister vijayalakshmi pandit.




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False: US, UK Asked PM Modi To Lead 18-Nation Coronavirus Task Force

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A viral message stating that that 18 countries, including the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK), want India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead a task force to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, is false. The viral message has misinterpreted reporting by WION News, which only highlights engagements carried out by the Indian government under the prime minister with leaders of the world, on the pandemic.

The below message came to BOOM on its WhatsApp helpline (7700906111). The message of text states:

"18 nations including USA and UK wants NARENDER MODI as leader for TASK FORCE for CORONA..what a proud moment for INDIA..believe in him and INDIA will win."

It accompanies a video, in which Indian news agency WION's reporting can be seen.

A screenshot of the message and the accompanying video can be seen below.

Using parts of the message BOOM found this to be viral on Twitter.

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18 nations including USA and UK wants NARENDER MODI as leader for TASK FORCE for CORONA..what a proud moment for INDIA..believe in him and INDIA will win [https://abs] #IndiaFightCorona #modihaitomumkinhai

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India is not leading a coronavirus task force anywhere in the world. The message misinterprets reporting by WION, an Indian news outfit associated with Zee Media Limited. While they only report on all interactions that the government and PM Modi held internationally on COVID-19, it does not mention any country asking for an Indian-led international task force, including the UK or the US.

In their video, WION reports of recent engagements that India carried out with the rest of the world. On March 15, India interacted with leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) on COVID-19, and set up a SAARC COVID-19 fund where India contributed $10 million. This can be read here.The initiation of the meeting came from Prime Minister Modi on March 13 through a tweet. However, SAARC is a regional body of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangaldesh and Pakistan, and does not include the US and UK as being claimed.

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I would like to propose that the leadership of SAARC nations chalk out a strong strategy to fight Coronavirus.

We could discuss, via video conferencing, ways to keep our citizens healthy.

Together, we can set an example to the world, and contribute to a healthier planet.

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Second, WION reported that Prime Minister Modi did interact with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom over the telephone on a range of issues, including international cooperation on COVID-19, which has been documented by the British side here and by the Indian side here. Nowhere in this interaction is a mention of a global task force made, where climate change, and stronger bilateral relations were also discussed.

WION then reported on a G20 (Group of 20) collaboration on COVID-19 comment that was made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, but he said it would have to go through Saudi Arabia, who has the G20 presidency for this year. He also said that G20 leaders were holding a planned meeting of G20 central bankers and finance ministers. WION's reporting ends reports that G7 nations were planning similar collaboration.

The meeting of G20 finance minsters first took place on March 23 under Saudi presidency. The G20's press release on the meeting can bee seen here. A second meeting attended by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 31, again under the presidency of Saudi Arabia. This can be read here. None of these releases state an Indian-led task force of any kind.

On March 26, the leaders of the G20 met via telecoference to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, in a meeting chaired by the King Of Saudi Arabia, and which was attended by the Indian prime minister. The G20 countries pledged $5 trillion to stimulate the world economy, and mitigate the social and economic effects caused by COVID-19.

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At #G20VirtualSummit PM @narendramodi emphasized the need to put human beings at the center of our vision of global prosperity & cooperation while calling on #G20 to come out with a concrete action plan to fight #COVID19 global pandemic
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According to the official Press Information Bureau release by the government on this meeting, "PM thanked the King of Saudi Arabia for convening this extraordinary session of G20." Nowhere in this release was there a mention of a task force to be led by India. It can be read here.

This is not the first time BOOM has debunked news reports being misquoted by Whatsapp forwards. BOOM debunked a message that said that the lockdown in Maharashtra would extended till April 30 and a message stating that the financial year will be extended to July 1.



 
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