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Viral Posts Claiming Kolkata NRS Medical College’s Doctor Has Succumbed To Injuries Are False
Posted On : Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:11 PM
Fake posts are being shared on social media claiming injured junior doctor, Paribaha Mukherjee, of Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College has died after succumbing to his injuries. The fake message is viral with a communal narrative to claim how after a septuagenarian of a minority community died a ‘natural death’, ‘his men’ came and killed a young doctor. Mukherjee sustained grievous injuries in the recent clash between doctors and kin of a deceased patient at NRS medical college in West Bengal.
A women safety helpline dead since 2017 lives on through misleading Facebook posts
Posted On : Thursday, June 13, 2019, 5:29 PM
Facebook posts publicising a helpline number for women travelling alone at night in auto-rickshaws and taxis, are misleading, as the number has been defunct for several years now. The text of the graphic, which includes a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asks women travelling alone at night in autos and taxis – to send an SMS to the number 9969777888 following which the vehicle will be tracked using GPRS, the message claims. The post refers to an actual helpline created by the Mumbai Police in 2014 but which was shelved in 2017 as it failed to take off, thus making the message redundant and misleading. The number, in fact, no longer exists. The same message was debunked in 2016 by the official Twitter handle of the Delhi Police and by the Bengaluru City Police two years later.
‘1098’ is not a Helpline to pick up the food leftovers
Posted On : Monday, June 10, 2019, 6:57 PM
A WhatsApp message is being shared widely saying that PM Modi has announced a Helpline service- ‘1098’ that picks up the leftover food from functions, parties, homes etc., and feeds the hungry children. But actually, it is a free Tele-helpline launched by CHILDLINE India Foundation(CIF) in 1996 to rescue the street children in distress. Given the extent of spread of this fake message, the CIF has put a notice on its website “childlineindia.org.in” clarifying the public that its helpline is only meant to protect and take care of the street children in distress and have nothing to do with the collection of food leftovers.
Message Announcing Saturdays Off for Banks From 1 June is Fake
Posted On : Thursday, June 6, 2019, 5:38 PM
A viral message claims that from 1 June, all banks will be closed on Saturdays. The message further states that the Reserve Bank of India has officially approved a five-day working week for banks and that the timings henceforth will be from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The message reads: "Bank will be remain closed on every Saturday from 1st June | RBI has approved 5 days working for Banks. Timing 9:30 am to 5:30 pm." The viral message circulating on social media is fake. The Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) has denied issuing any instructions that commercial banks would have a 5 day week.
Pressing the ‘cancel’ button twice on an ATM does not prevent pin theft
Posted On : Thursday, June 6, 2019, 5:18 PM
A viral forward claiming that if you press the ‘cancel’ button twice on an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) it can prevent someone from stealing your PIN number, is false. The message, which has been shared on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, claims it is an advisory from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and further advises people to make it a habit before every transaction.
No, This Is Not A Childhood Photo Of Narendra Modi With His Mother
Posted On : Thursday, June 6, 2019, 4:51 PM
A black and white photograph of a toddler with his mother is viral on social media with the claim that it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s childhood photograph along with his mother Heeraben Modi. The same photograph went viral in 2016 on Facebook with the misleading claim. BOOM performed a Google reverse image search which threw up several news articles that identified the toddler as Former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam with his mother Ashiamma Jainulabiddin.