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  1. Many of us are missing travelling right now and some of us even had big plans to travel this year but the pandemic has restricted us to do so. However, one Taiwanese airport has come up with a unique solution for people who are missing travelling. So, at Taipeiâs downtown Songshan airport, people can get a fake travel itinerary, and people can check-in and board the aircraft. However, the aircraft will never leave. © Reuters You are going to travel along with a total of 60 people to nowhere and thatâs the sad reality. Around 7000 people participated to take part and winners were chosen randomly. Also, it seems like such fake flight experiences will increase in the near future. After all, according to WHO, the pandemic is not even close to getting over. Hsiao Chun-wei, 38, said, "I really want to leave the country, but because of the epidemic lots of flights can't fly.â © Reuters According to the people who experienced it expressed that the whole process was very real. The passengers even got boarding passes and proceeded through security and immigration as we used to while travelling. And then boarded an Airbus A330 of China Airlines, where the people also got a chance to chat with the flight attendants. A 48-year woman said, "I hope the epidemic ends soon so we can really fly away.â Not only this, the airport is using the occasion to show off renovations and is also utilizing this chance to acquaint people with the Coronavirus prevention steps. © Reuters Due to COVID-19, fewer flights are flying and the numbers have plummeted by 64% in the first half of 2020. However, domestic travel is reportedly on a rise. In India, recently the government has lifted travel restrictions from everyoneâs beach destination Goa and all you need to do is follow a few rules to keep yourself safe amid the pandemic. View the full article
  2. They say there are always two sides to every story. But while most of us have heard of this, we choose to forget about all it as per our convenience. However, while you and I can choose to overlook such matters, the law doesnât allow authorities to penalise individuals unless both sides of the story have been heard. © Pexels It was this aspect of the âBois Locker Roomâ investigation which ended up revealing a rather filmy twist in the entire secret Instagram groupchat narrative which came to the fore last week. Now with the ongoing investigation in the matter, a latest development is making headlines. It is related to the sensational âgang-rapeâ comment in one of the chat screenshots that went viral. Turns out, the guy, Siddharth who made the outrageous comment is not related to the âBois Locker Roomâ group at all. Instead, the screenshot was from an isolated Snapchat conversation between Siddharth and another guy which got âmixed upâ with the other viral photos. But thatâs not all. © Pexels Further investigation has also revealed that Siddharth wasnât even a real guy, but instead the profile belonged to a minor girl who made a fake account to allegedly check the other guyâs (receiver) response and âstrength of characterâ. For his part, the other guy refused to indulge Siddharth and ended the conversation. He further shared the screenshots with his friends, which included the girl behind Siddharth's profile, to discuss the matter. Now, to give you a quick rewind, after the malicious contents and conversations between the group members of âBois Locker Roomâ was outed, it exposed the underbelly of our flawed education system and failing moral standing. © Pexels Failures not only as individuals, but also as a society which propagates objectification of women and outraging their modesty without inhibitions or any sense of guilt. So it was only expected when the other half of our âmorally soundâ society was outraged by the revelations and made the police jump into action instantly. Now with the recent revelation about Siddharth, the police said that no case will be registered against either of the two participants involved in the conversation. An official involved with the investigation told PTI, "Although, creating a fake id is wrong, her intent was not malicious so we are not filing any complaint." © Pexels Now, while we agree with the officer for not penalising the girl given her honest intentions, we must also take into consideration that creating a fake account and starting a conversation with someone with a hidden motive is anything but right. No matter what the girl had set out to achieve, it was highly unethical for her to take the approach that she did to check the guyâs âreactionâ and âand the strength of his character, especially when someone talks bad things about her.â © Pexels When we call out men for creating fake accounts and using them to harass/threaten women, the girl in this case also needs to be reprimanded for her actions. So, while we call for much-needed strict action against the 27 members of the âBois Locker Roomâ group, there should be some repercussions to the girlâs action as well so that people are made aware of the seriousness of such unethical actions. What are your thoughts on the matter? View the full article
  3. Update: An earlier version of the article reported that the government of India had launched this app. The information turned out to be incorrect and we apologize for any inconvenience caused. Recently, the government deemed the highly popular 'Zoom' app as 'unsafe' for video calling purposes. The app seems to be facing a lot of security issues, making it potentially dangerous for business purposes and for holding some confidential meetings. Even companies like Google, SpaceX and even some schools have stopped using it due to the same reason. More recently, a new piece of information started making rounds on the internet claiming that the Government has already launched a new video calling app called 'Namaste' as an alternate to the 'Zoom' app. It started making waves around the internet, however, the Government came up with a clarification saying that it's a fake news and no such app has been launched. Here, check it out - View this post on Instagram A post shared by MyGov, Government of India (@mygovindia) on Apr 21, 2020 at 12:59am PDT We're not entirely sure about the source of this fake news, but you might want to let people know about it since the app is currently trending across the social media. But if you're still interested to know exactly how the app works, here's everything that you need to know - © Namaste Yes, the app is already available to use, however, it's still in beta so you may expect some bugs in its current state. It's only available on the web for now and it'll eventually be available for mobile phones as an app as well. Currently, the website for 'Namaste' reads: "We are facing tremendous demand for NAMASTE and hence you may face some temporary connectivity issues. Please check back soon". In case you're wondering, the app has been created by a Mumbai-based web application and software development company called Inscripts. We faced some hiccups, but we managed to use it to see if it's any good. Here are some thoughts - © Namaste So, as soon as you visit the website, you'll see an option to either create a new meeting or join an existing one. Once you start a new meeting, you'll be asked to allow permission to access your microphone and camera. Once you do that, you'll see a pop-up with the meeting details that you need to share with others so they can join. It's very similar to how you'd invite someone on, say, a 'Google Meet' or a 'WebX' call. The pop-up will have details like the meeting URL, a meeting ID, and code. Anyone with these credentials will be able to join your meeting. Despite the connectivity issues, which we think is due to the sudden spike in usage, it worked just fine. We expect it to get better over time. As of now, there's no word on a date for when the app will get out of beta or when the apps for Android and iOS will be made available. Note: Since we're not sure about the integrity of this app, we suggest you stay away from this, at least for now. View the full article
  4. Facebook will now warn users if they interacted with fake news and hoaxes surrounding the Coronavirus on the popular social media platform. There have been instances where the website has seen dangerous and inaccurate information floating around on the internet and the company will now be taking aggressive efforts to contain misinformation. © Facebook A new notice will be sent to users who either clicked, reacted or commented on posts that contained harmful misinformation about COVID-19. The misinformation will be removed from the social media website by moderatos and an alert will also appear on the website that will direct users to the World Health Organisation knowledge base. âThrough this crisis, one of my top priorities is making sure that you see accurate and authoritative information across all of our apps,â Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Thursday. Facebook will also start promoting stories that have accurate COVID-19 information from a dedicated information centre called âGet The Facts.â These stories will have trustworthy information and usually articles that debunk fake news surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. © Unsplash - Tim Bennett Facebook has already flagged 40 million posts based on 4,000 articles that contained misinformation about the pandemic. The 4,000 articles were reviewed by independent fact-checkers on its platform globally. These posts carried warning labels and 95% of Facebook users avoided to click on these stories. Having said that, some experts have pointed out that it sometimes takes Facebook 22 days to label misinformation which gives it plenty of time to spread on its platform. View the full article
  5. The worldwide pandemic outbreak is doing more harm than imaginable. The situation is a real crisis that the whole world is facing right now and trying very hard to defeat. Yet, as disheartening as it is to see the number of casualties growing, witnessing the dwindling state of the world economy amid the coronavirus outbreak is equally worrisome. © BCCL Of course, we have all received our share of updates and news on Indiaâs economic state amid the COVID-19 crisis, but here is the real problem. Half of those âforwardedâ messages going âviralâ on social media are fake. Whether we like it or not, but this pandemic has indeed given rise to an unwanted infodemic and itâs time we admit it. © BCCL Just like the Chairman of the Tata Group, Ratan Tata, bust fake news about him merely hours ago today. The fake news which was widely being circulated on social media platforms contained a picture of him along with a âmotivational quoteâ which the picture alleged was Mr Tataâs own opinion on Indiaâs economy and whatâs in store for us in the future. © Reuters However, Mr Tata took to his Twitter account to clarify saying, âThis post has neither been said, nor written by me. I urge you to verify media circulated on WhatsApp and social platforms. If I have something to say, I will say it on my official channels. Hope you are safe and do take care.â This post has neither been said, nor written by me. I urge you to verify media circulated on WhatsApp and social platforms. If I have something to say, I will say it on my official channels. Hope you are safe and do take care. pic.twitter.com/RNVL40aRTB â Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) April 11, 2020 People love the manâs honesty and are lauding him for his great work nonetheless. You are doing great work sir,I'm struggling engineering working for as an civil engineer in construction company i hope to become like you one day with all the hard work and honesty... â Sahilwalimbe (@Sahilwalimbe1) April 11, 2020 Nice to see this ð¼ sir. You are inspiration for me Keep healthyhttps://t.co/9jmTYkuXNH â @Tá´sÊá´Ê SÊá´á´Êá´ð¶ð¶ð· (@001___________) April 11, 2020 While others are calling it a âBhaktâ move. These bakth writers , bakth channels, bakth media, bigot party will use famous n credible names to reassure the ppl about an economy that Modi wrecked. Mainly it's an effort to sweep the disastrous economy pre Covid under this excuse of Corona.... Modi got an oppertunity now. â harmony1960 (@harmony1960) April 11, 2020People also want to reassure Mr Tata that their trust in him remains intact. You're our hero. And we trust you. â दà¥à¤µà¤¸à¥à¤¨à¤¾ (@MissSingh16) April 11, 2020 Others are appreciating the fact that he took a stand against fake news. Okay !! Sir .. Good that you took time to make us know this .#StayHomeStaySafe â Gaurav Kumar (@gkgauravanand) April 11, 2020 Blaming the âpresstituesâ we see. Must have been created by ANI and Pliable Prakash! â Shehryar Khanum (@shehryar_khanum) April 11, 2020 While others call him the real motivator for all. Sir, you are the motivation to everyone on this planet.. â Atul puri (@taurasatul) April 11, 2020 Some even want PM Modi to take lessons from Mr Tata. Great Ratan Tata ji. How we wish @narendramodi gives such encouragement to the citizens while at the same time acting in a manner that does not cause pain to many of the citizens. â R S Vidya Sagar (@RSVidyaSagar1) April 11, 2020 Additionally, Ratan Tata announced a donation of Rs 500 crore to aid Indiaâs fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes the manufacturing of PPE for medical workers, test kits and ventilators besides also opening the Taj properties to be converted into treatment facilities for people. The COVID 19 crisis is one of the toughest challenges we will face as a race. The Tata Trusts and the Tata group companies have in the past risen to the needs of the nation. At this moment, the need of the hour is greater than any other time. pic.twitter.com/y6jzHxUafM â Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) March 28, 2020This man is a true philanthropist and knows how to lead through actions. View the full article
  6. Rudraksh Jaiswal recently spoke about the spoilers the 'Thor' actor gave him while shooting for 'Extraction'
  7. WhatsApp has already done a lot in the past to curb the spread of fake news on its platform. But sadly, it looks like nothing can stop these fake forwarded messages that we come across on various groups. And now that the coronavirus pandemic is affecting countries all over the world, it's crucial to curb the spread of fake news. Well, in an effort to limit fake news, WhatsApp is introducing a new limit on forwarding messages, making it a lot more difficult or rather tedious to forward messages. © Reuters With this new limit in place, users can now forward a message to only one chat at a time. WhatsApp will automatically detect if/when you forward a particular message more than 5 times and limit you from forwarding that to more users at a time. WhatsApp is using metadata to identify the number of times a message has been forwarded, so there's nothing to worry about them going through your messages. Here's what WhatsApp says in its blog post - "However, weâve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe itâs important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversations." © Reuters This particular feature will join the existing efforts of the company to curb fake news. Back in 2018, WhatsApp began labeling forwarded messages when things started getting out of hands. We're glad that WhatsApp is constantly on the lookout for ways to make things better and improve its apps. In case you missed it, you can simply use WhatsApp to get accurate and prompt info about Coronavirus from WHO. More of such cool features, please! Source: WhatsApp View the full article
  8. After so many years, the NASA picture of India on Diwali finally has gotten a glow up! The best part is that the picture is not even from Diwali; although yesterday, it really seemed like a lot of people thought it was. But, even on fake Diwali, we cannot escape those stupid Whatsapp forwards about what India looked like during PM Modi's 9pm-9 minutes drill. Even Amitabh Bachchan fell for it and shared a picture of India completely lit up from yesterday. The World sees us .. we are ONE .. https://t.co/68k9NagfkI â Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 5, 2020 The internet collectively after this tweet: I honestly love this new picture, it's so clearly fake that it's hilarious. And of course, Twitter is brutal when it comes to trolling and even someone like Big B is not immune to it. Well, it doesn't help that this isn't the first time he's shared this Whatsapp forward-esque stuff online and a repeat offender gets trolled even more. I seriously wonder whether he was always this stupid? https://t.co/p7NaHPU9LV â Dwai (@BujMit) April 6, 2020Oh no. Ye kheer kha lijye sir pic.twitter.com/92hWHnYtsR â Nehr_who (@Nehr_who) April 5, 2020 Fake news is dangerous. And the #KingOfFakeNews is back appreciating a Whatsapp forward. Request @TwitterIndia to suspend him and save us the daily embarrassment. â Rofl Republic (@i_theindian) April 5, 2020 Great edit. Saar, NASA has Recorded Sound of #Corona begging for Mercy after UNESCO certified Master Stroke by Modi Ji. https://t.co/swohAQuHJJ pic.twitter.com/rldxHv6ch8 â Vin Kerosene ⢠(@DesiVinDiesel) April 6, 2020 Ouch. Amitabh Bachchan in 1970s Angry Young Man Amitabh Bachchan in 2020 Stupid Old Manhttps://t.co/98SRPkabxP â Vinay Kumar Dokaniað®ð³ | विनय à¤à¥à¤®à¤¾à¤° डà¥à¤à¤¾à¤¨à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ (@VinayDokania) April 5, 2020 #FakeNews And this is FAKE, sojao sir â Salman Nizami (@SalmanNizami_) April 5, 2020 Deadly combination. Boomers with smart phones and dumb brains are the worst. https://t.co/Zn7YwbWTSh â AB (@a_bsays) April 6, 2020 Good meme. Whatsapp university be like pic.twitter.com/qlW6PhIOdq â डà¥.à¤à¥. (@itsdhruvism) April 5, 2020 For sure. Amitabh Bachchan has fully taken to the role of 'family unkle' spouting nonsense at every gathering https://t.co/U069GCdLU0 â Raghav Chopra (@RaghavChopra_) April 6, 2020 People are not holding back. Some grow wiser with age and some end up like the Big B... https://t.co/Kn93A6FgSh â Noah (@indyraprap) April 6, 2020 So proud. UNESCO announces @SrBachchan as the Most Vulnerable person for Fake news. Proud Moment! https://t.co/B8vbCs910u â திர௠(@thirumarant) April 6, 2020 Maybe both? Is he seriously this dumb or is he doing it for Modi? https://t.co/lcilM3xDp7 â Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) April 5, 2020 Yes please. Your parody accounts all fall short. U r the legend. Next time release mars image also. https://t.co/DJEuOBo2Z1 â Hari Prasad Srinivasan (@HariTVT) April 6, 2020 View the full article
  9. The Internet is an absolutely crazy place. It will make you see stuff and believe things you shouldnât. But with its superpower of virality, topped with the invention of great photo editing tools, we often find ourselves looking at viral photos which seem too real. Alas, thatâs the honey trap we tend to fall for every other day. Just like these 5 photos that went viral online because people believed them to be true but actually turned out to be fake. These photos created a lot of buzz around themselves because they were posted on the internet at an opportune moment and exploited an already roaring online trend. From changing the original context to photoshopping images, these have them all. 1. Prince Charles & Kanika KapoorNo wonder Prince Charles....#Corona #KanikaKapoor pic.twitter.com/k44ALoMDfz â Rajan ð®ð³ (@MissdOportunity) March 25, 2020Soon after it was announced that Prince Charles had tested positive for coronavirus, pictures of Prince Charles and Kanika Kapoor, who also tested positive for COVID-19 last week, happily chatting together began doing the rounds online. People on Twitter even began suggesting that this was probably how the Prince of Wales contracted the infection. However, in reality the pictures are from an old event and not recent. 2. âLast Momentâ Picture Of APJ Abdul Kalam © Twitter Soon after former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalamâs sudden demise due to a cardiac arrest in 2015, this image started doing the rounds on multiple online platforms claiming this was the âlast momentâ right before he passed away. However, thatâs false because this picture originally dates back to 2007 when APJ Abdul Kalam accidently slipped on a dais during an award function at the Sangeet Natak Akademi. 3. PM Modi Touching Sonia Gandhiâs Feet © BCCL In April last year, a photo showing PM Modi touching Sonia Gandhiâs feet went viral on social media. The context of the picture claimed that PM Modi was begging Sonia Gandhi to go easy on him following Rahul Gandhiâs attempts to uncover the PMâs âjumlasâ. However, it later turned out that the image was photoshopped from a 2013 picture of PM Modi touching LK Advaniâs feet during a public event. 4. Ranu Mondalâs Scary Makeover Photo © Instagram Ranu Mondal was one of the biggest online sensations of last year, and became an overnight social media celebrity after her melodious rendition of Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai broke the internet. However, following the news of her âmakeoverâ, pictures of Ranu in gaudy makeup began surfacing online. People began spewing hate on the makeup artist for the terrible makeup, but it later turned out that the picture had been edited which made Ranu look as weird as she did. The makeup artist took to her Instagram account to make things clear. 5. Ranbir-Aliaâs Wedding Invite © BCCL In October last year, an invitation card went viral online claiming that it was Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhattâs official wedding invitation for the coupleâs âJanuary 2020â wedding. The invitation details bore the names of Ranbir and Aliaâs parents and claimed that the couple is set to tie the knot on January 22, 2020 at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. However, on closer inspection many discrepancies were noticed and the card was confirmed to be fake. View the full article
  10. In a bizarre twist of events, Brazilian football legend and 2005 Ballon dâOr Winner Ronaldinho has found himself quite far from his World Cup days - getting the chance to play for a prison futsal tournament in Paraguay. Ronaldinho and his brother have been arrested for entering Paraguay with fake passports. His fake passport shows his correct name, birthplace, and birthdate, but it falsely suggests that heâs a naturalized Paragauay citizen. [@Santula] pic.twitter.com/qOVEi7xPmi â Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) March 5, 2020The footballer, renowned for his technical skills and iconic career at F.C. Barcelona and A.C. Milan, was arrested this Thursday along with his brother and agent Roberto de Assis Moreira for trying to enter the country with a fake passport. Both Ronaldinho and his brother are sharing a cell in Agrupación Especializada of the National Police of Paraguay. And It just so happens that days after one of the world's greatest footballers entered the facility, the prison are staging a futsal tournament. Extra reports that the competition normally takes place every six months and so was planned prior to Ronaldinho's arrival. Typically, there are 194 inmates involved and split into ten different teams. Initially, authorities told the media that the star would be allowed to spectate the tournament - until this post surfaced from ABC TV journalist Ivan Leguizamon. Al ser negada la libertad a Ronaldinho, es inminente su participación en el torneo de presos de la Agrupación Especializada. De hecho, anoche ya se comprometió con sus compañeros carceleros. En qué equipo va a jugar y qué condiciones le impusieron. Hoy a las 18:00, por @ABCTVpy. â Iván Leguizamón (@ivanciclon) March 10, 2020Loosely translated, the tweet reads: "When Ronaldinho is denied freedom, his participation in the tournament of prisoners of the Specialized Group is imminent. In fact, last night he already got engaged with his fellow jailers. In which team will you play and what conditions were imposed." Naturally, several football fans, especially across Ronaldinhoâs home country of Brazil, exploded onto social media, where they debated on the playerâs release and whether he would take it easy on his rival inmates. ð§ð· The first picture of Ronaldinho playing football in a Paraguayan jail has been released. I still can't believe it. His team won the game 11-2. Ronaldinho scored 5 goals & assisted 6. Iconic. ð pic.twitter.com/IPN4AErAw1 â FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) March 14, 2020He didnât, demolishing the opponent team with 5 goals and 6 assists. Fans reacted with immense support, cheering on the inmates and expressing their disbelief: ð§ð· The first picture of Ronaldinho playing football in a Paraguayan jail has been released. I still can't believe it. His team won the game 11-2. Ronaldinho scored 5 goals & assisted 6. Iconic. ð pic.twitter.com/IPN4AErAw1 â FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) March 14, 2020 ð§ð· The first picture of Ronaldinho playing football in a Paraguayan jail has been released. I still can't believe it. His team won the game 11-2. Ronaldinho scored 5 goals & assisted 6. Iconic. ð pic.twitter.com/IPN4AErAw1 â FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) March 14, 2020 ð§ð· The first picture of Ronaldinho playing football in a Paraguayan jail has been released. I still can't believe it. His team won the game 11-2. Ronaldinho scored 5 goals & assisted 6. Iconic. ð pic.twitter.com/IPN4AErAw1 â FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) March 14, 2020 Some even contributed wild theories suggesting that Ronaldinho deliberately landed in prison to experience an inmateâs life. This guy is on holiday. â Adefemi Lawalson (@ophemmi) March 14, 2020While thousands of fans are incredibly jealous of the inmates who got to play alongside the legend, he still remains in jail. In Paraguay, the maximum time for the investigation period is six months but Ronaldinho and his brother will be hopeful the process is completed a lot quicker. View the full article
  11. The arrest was made in connection with a property allegedly bought illegally from a government entity more than 34 years ago
  12. The entire concept of patriotism and national pride is so tricky, donât you think? Every time anything or anyone threatens our âastuteâ beliefs one bit, we are quick to dangle this two-sided sword over their head and call them (out) names. But I really wonder, why has it become so easy for any random person to threaten our sense of national pride. Take for instance this video that went viral on social media claiming that the Taj Mahal was recently cleaned for the âfirst time in 300 yearsâ owing to US President Donald Trumpâs visit to India. People from left, right and centre joined the bandwagon within minutes of the news break and decided to bash the administration and the government for: a) Not doing it in â300 yearsâ b) Doing it for Trumpâs visit. I mean, talk about catch-22 and you probably wonât find a better example to lead the discussion with. Anyhow, forget the others, tell me why did you join in on the bashing game as well? What irked you so much that all you saw was red, and all that came out of your mouth was senseless filth? Which patriotic bone did it smash that you had to sit with your hurt pride in the corner and go about spewing hate against authorities? © Twitter Because guess what? Turns out that the âviralâ video of the Taj Mahal getting water clean-up therapy wasnât even authentic. As per an India Today fact check report, the monument shown in video is not the Agra Taj Mahal, but instead a replica of it located in an amusement park named Peopleâs Mall in Bhopal. All it takes is perhaps 10 extra seconds and an open-minded scrutiny to notice the obvious signs that the monument in the video is the real Taj Mahal. © YouTube But what did you do, without even caring to verify the credibility of the viral video you decided to believe the âdoctoredâ narrative that was being fed to you. I get it, you are pissed that the Taj Mahal or any other historical monuments, for that matter, arenât being given the kind of care they deserve. Or maybe you simply hate the state and central government so irrevocably, that you want to challenge them every step of the way. But how does that justify your ignorance and your faulty decision to spread 'wrong' as 'right' just because it aligns with the narrative you want to believe? First off, the Taj Mahal in Agra has been undergoing restoration and renovation, though in parts, for years now. It began with the Southern Facade of the main structure in June 2017, and as of July 2019 the restoration work had begun on the minarets. © indafrica Furthermore, the entire process of cleaning marble, which uses the Fullerâs Earth technique is essentially slow, but has been made even slower due to the Archeological Survey of Indiaâs decision to take up the cleaning in parts, so as to keep the tourist visits to the monument open. Choosing to not only accept but also propagate false news without doing a basic personal fact check is just not acceptable in todayâs time when we know the kind of repercussions fake news can have. © Twitter On that note, let us tell you how conveniently some people spread the news that the Taj Mahal was cleaned after 300 years, even though it was the two tombs inside the main building that reportedly got the cleaning. The tombs got Fuller's Earth cleaning for the first time, though the Taj Mahal has been subjected to this clean-up procedure five times already. © Twitter This may have been done for the big fat Trump visit, and we agree that this too was long overdue, but that still doesnât redeem you for spreading fake news and adding into all the hate and aggression that is so readily available all around us these days. We need to do whatâs right, but not by taking the wrong steps. That will only make us one of them. View the full article
  13. Various news regarding the coronavirus have started popping up since the outbreak of the mysterious virus
  14. Angelina Jolie will be joining forces with BBC to executive produce BBC My World
  15. Former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah. Photo: FileFAISALABAD: Former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said on Thursday he was granted bail in a fake case after six months hence he didn't accept it as justice. The Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) leader held a press conference after being released a day after the Lahore High Court granted him bail in the narcotics smuggling case. Sanaullah said he was granted bail after six months hence he had not been provided justice. "With Allah as my witness, I want to state categorically that I never used heroin," he said. Sanaullah said he had suffered for the past six months due to the false case against him. Referring to the trauma that he suffered due to incarceration, he demanded relevant authorities take action against the injustice he suffered. He said that the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) had secured 15kg heroin from a godown and produced false witnesses to back up their claims against him. "If it was such a large network, why weren't others [involved in drug trafficking] arrested?" he asked. "I used to stand 100 percent with my party before. Now, I stand with them 1000 percent," he added. The PML-N leader said he had been stating since day one the case against him was a concocted one. Sanaullah said he will repeat the same words on the floor of the parliament. Sanaullah was arrested by ANF officials on July 1 from Faisalabad while he was on his way to a meeting. ANF claimed the former Punjab law minister was in possession of 15kg heroin when he was arrested. The LHC released its detailed verdict in the Rana Sanaullah case earlier today (Thursday) in which it raised several questions on the way the probe was conducted. The court questioned in its judgement why, even though the former provincial minister was accused of operating a narcotics trafficking network, the ANF never sought his physical remand to investigate that allegation. The court further questioned why formal documentary proceedings of the seizure of narcotics were not conducted at the time of arrest, and why a sample of only 20 grams of the heroin recovered was sent for testing when the seized quantity was a much higher 15kg. The judgement also gave some weight to the 'political victimsation' argument made by Sanaullah.
  16. The National Basketball Association (NBA) have a norm of starting out every game with the national anthem of the United States of America (the Canadian national anthem is also sung when a game takes place in Toronto). As a member of an American basketball franchise, every teammate must stand in the line as the anthem plays in the background, even if you are not an American. You aren't forced to sing the anthem along, you aren't forced to stand still, you aren't forced to not look anywhere you want. This makes sense. What doesn't make sense is the way the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) is trying to shove Chinese patriotism down the throats of those who do not even belong to that country. Recently, a former NBA player and one of the top French athletes to make it to the top of the game, Guerschon Yabusele, was fined by the CBA for not looking at the Chinese flag during the national anthem ahead of the game. View this post on Instagram Crazy game last night #BuzzerBeater #2020 ð A post shared by Yabusele 𧸠(@guerschony) on Dec 7, 2019 at 5:52am PST The Nanjing Tongxi Monkey King Power Forward has been given a “serious warning” and fined 10,000-yuan (Rs. 1 Lakh approx) for what they felt was a disrespect to their national pride. It wasn't even as if Yabusele was challenging the Chinese sovereignty or protesting the norm. Television footage shows that the athlete was standing in line with the rest of his teammates and it was just that he had kept his head down, which by the way, all NBA players (American or not) do all the time. A game is about to start, players have tons of things going on inside their brain. Even if they knew that they weren't supposed to hang their head, it is okay to forget about it sometimes. This act of enforcing patriotism by making foreigners “respect” your nationality is simply shameful. And while Yabusele has made no comments about the whole situation, it is rather disappointing to see the French government not stepping up and dealing with the injustice that they saw happening to one of their own. View the full article
  17. Anand Mahindra took to his Twitter and shared a picture of a shayari (couplet) to explain the importance of mobile phones in everyone's life today. However, he committed one mistake thinking that the couplet was actually written by Gulzar. Turns out, Gulzar didn't write it and the internet pointed it out soon after Anand Mahindra shared it. He shared an image that said, "Khud se zyada sambhal kar rakhta hoon mobile apna, kyunki rishtey saare ab isi mein kaid hain (I care more about my phone than myself because all my relationships are trapped in it).” Thank you Gulzarji, for giving me the logic for remaining wedded to my device! ððð½. (Even if this was a tongue-in-cheek comment, it's true that mobiles help us stay connected!) pic.twitter.com/P3NTrQ0Z16 — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 9, 2019 He also wrote a caption saying, "Thank you Gulzarji, for giving me the logic for remaining wedded to my device!” Now, this isn't a line by Gulzar and netizens have flooded Mahindra's post soon after it was shared online. Here's what they have to say: This one is already listed in #NotByGulzar database #NBG @ThePuccaCritic https://t.co/7LxSrAkCg8 pic.twitter.com/XE4IluUCeY — Pavan Jha (@p1j) December 9, 2019 @anandmahindra -Incorrect credit and interpretation too . The quote is a sarcasm and not endorsement of the utility of mobile phones. — Rahul Ekbote (@rahul_ekbote) December 9, 2019 It's so true [not sure if he actually said it though :) ] — Rohit (@RohitMishraa) December 9, 2019 Are you sure that these lines are from Gulzar saab?? Seems has his name on credits only. — Vjdorby (@Aazaad_Hind1857) December 9, 2019 A very beautiful quote @anandmahindra sir. But just want to point out that I couldn't find any reference of Gulzar sahab making this shayari, so unsure of its verification. Sometimes people make a quote with popular figure's name and their picture and people tend to believe it. — the_millennial (@kunal_kaklij) December 9, 2019 Gulzar may not have written these lines. #WhatsappUniversity — Prithvi (@The_BeardMan_) December 9, 2019 Gulzar has penned the lyrics for a lot of Bollywood films such as Parichay, Mausam, Aandhi, Masoom, Maachis, Slumdog Millionaire, Omkara, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Raazi. He is one of the most celebrated writers and lyricists of our nation. While Anand Mahindra committed a mistake by sharing the couplet but whoever wrote it, did write the truth. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. View the full article
  18. What can possibly go wrong with celebrities endoring popular brands? Ask Kartik Aaryan or maybe his abs and you will have your answer. On one hand where people are still fighting to put a ban on fairness creams, Kartik Aaryan is asking men to get rid of chest hair *to get the ideal body* if you want to impress women, in his latest endorsement featuring a hair removal cream and the hashtag 'Find Your Sexy'. In case you haven't seen the ad, we'll tell you so you can put your 25 seconds of time to some other better use. The ad features two Kartik Aaryan - one is Harry, the perfect shirtless guy and other is Hairy, who probably needs no explanation. Harry is uber popular among the women because he uses hair removal cream to get rid of his chest hair. Result? Harry gets more girls than Hairy. Is it just me or does anyone else smell toxic masculinity here? Men can look and be however they want to. No one, irrespective of their gender, 'needs' to look a certain way to 'impress' anyone. But, that's not the reason why Kartik Aaryan is getting trolled. He's getting trolled for his photoshop abs. It's ironic how his abs got him in trouble, given how the whole idea of endorsement revolves around his 'clean' chest and abs. Forget haters, even the fans could tell that his body was heavily and badly photoshopped to make his abs look better. View this post on Instagram By popular demand, @kartikaaryan did @veetindia put you on the #Gandi #diet? ð¤£ðð¤£ð𤣠. . . #beautyplus #lol #dietsabya #photoshop #fake #abs A post shared by Diet Sabya (@dietsabya) on Dec 7, 2019 at 6:25am PST Kartik Aaryan was recently seen alongside Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday in Pati, Patni Aur Woh which released last week. View the full article
  19. If you have ever wanted to get a bargain from Delhi's infamous Gaffar market, you could have been buying counterfeit products. In fact, Xiaomi has disclosed due to its anti-counterfeit measures, a complaint was filed with the local police and raids were conducted in the Karol Bagh market. In the raid, the police and Xiaomi representative retrieved fake or counterfeit products with Xiaomi's branding at multiple stores in the market. © Xiaomi Over 2000 products were seized from shop owners and were arrested for allegedly selling counterfeit Xiaomi products. Amongst the counterfeit products, it was found that products like Mi Powerbanks, Mi Neckbands, Mi Travel Adaptor with Cable, Mi Earphone Basic with Mic, Mi Wireless Headsets, Redmi Air Dots, Mi 2-in-1 USB Cable and others were being sold at a number of stores. © Xiaomi According to Xiaomi, “The police found out upon interrogation that the four suppliers have been managing this business for years now. These counterfeit products were allegedly sold in retail and wholesale to the customers from their retail shops: Galaxy Mobile Accessories, BCM Plaza, Shop No. 14 - Sega Market, Shop No. 2 - Lotus Plaza.” © Xiaomi The counterfeit industry is estimated to be valued at $650 billion annually according to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and is not limited to technology products. In most cases, consumers can identify a fake product by looking at the packaging, quality of build materials, branding and logo details. Some products now come with a barcode or a serial number that can be double-checked from the company's official website. “Illicit suppliers and retailers attempt to seize the opportunity to cheat consumers and introduce fake products in the market. It is strictly advised to all customers to purchase authorized products from authorised stores of the brand and partner outlets and also to be cautious and aware of purchase decisions.” Xiaomi said. View the full article
  20. From spotting a rare talent from across the world to sharing inspirational and sometimes funny stories; Anand Mahindra and his Twitter account, never fail to impress us with his knack of spotting the best of the world. However, this time Mahindra asked some pertinent questions that most people wanted answers to, but never dared to ask and sparked a heated debate on social media in the process. The debate is on whether some people genuinely need wheelchairs at the airports or just fake it. Reuters Mahindra asked his followers if we Indians are more unfit, have more senior citizens who travel or just "jugaadus" who order wheelchairs to get faster access through queues. In his tweet, he wrote, "Only flights to & from India at most airports have so many wheelchairs pre-ordered. Trying to figure out why. 1) Do elderly Indians travel more than others? 2) Do we have more infirm/unfit people? 3) Are we just jugaadus who order wheelchairs to get faster access through queues!?" Only flights to&from India at most airports have so many wheelchairs pre-ordered. Trying to figure out why. 1) Do elderly Indians travel more than others? 2) Do we have more infirm/unfit people? 3) Are we just jugaadus who order wheelchairs to get faster access through queues!? pic.twitter.com/eyIm5O4KB1 — anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) November 2, 2019 Surprisingly, most people went with the option number three and revealed that most people ask for a wheelchair simply for convenience and to clear the security check faster. Some even gave instances where they saw people walking around the Duty Free stores and shopping and then later using wheelchairs to board the plane. One of the Twitter users said that international airline companies call it IAS - Indians Assisted Service. It's definitely the third! I've seen fairly fit looking people walking quite effortlessly during check in, switch to wheelchairs from security and immigration in mumbai. — Swathi Rishi (@Swathirishi) November 2, 2019 International airline companies jokingly call it IAS - Indians Assisted Service. Also common to see people walk around in duty free and then come back to their chairs. Genuine cases are rare. We are a laughing stock. — Chitra Subramaniam (@chitraSD) November 2, 2019 The last reason! — Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) November 2, 2019 Most of the wheel chairs are just scam. They don't really need it but take it as it is free. US airports charge even for a trolley may be charging wheel chairs in India will bring their usage down — Dr.P.S.VishnuVardhan (@drpsvvardhan) November 2, 2019 However, there were many who disagreed with Mahindra and mentioned how wheelchairs have actually been helpful and a boon for their elderly family members. This is a boon to my 83 year old father who uses it when he criss crosses our country thrice a year to visit me and my siblings in hyderabad, delhi and bengaluru. He has chronic arthritis and also suffered hip fracture a few months ago. — à°¶à±à°°à±à°¨à°¿à°µà°¾à°¸ ð®ð³ (@srinimv2004) November 2, 2019 Most of these are parents of folks settled in the west and many times are not well versed with navigating airports, their children hence ask for wheelchair assistance so that they don't miss connecting flights. It's opportunity for airlines to make money from what is complentary — Dimag Ki Batti (@batti_ki) November 2, 2019 U all are walking so you feel its easy to be in wheelchair. Just sit in a chair for a whole day. U will feel like dying. Those who all r teasing, seems u never faced it. Plz THANK God that u all r not facing.. I know because my son is wheelchair user from birth.. — Anchal verma (@Harshasheesh02) November 2, 2019 This lady on my flight last month was hale and hearty but needed a wheel chair because she could not read or understand English. So the wheel chair attendant managed her movement from departure gate to plane seat and then from plane seat to arrival gate where her son was waiting pic.twitter.com/IPkfyfvLJn — Amith (@amithpr) November 2, 2019 Sir, Tweet not in good taste. Please do not discourage such moves.#India has to go long way to achieve #DisabilityFriendly environment. #RPWD Act 2016 — Om Prakash, MD (Psychiatry) (@ompsychiatrist) November 2, 2019 View the full article
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