PTI Fact Check:No, Patanjali doesn't sell 'beef biryani'; Image in viral social media posts is morphed with fake claim

October 4, 2022

No, Patanjali doesn't sell 'beef biryani'; Image in viral social media posts is morphed with fake claim
Some social media users have shared an image of a beef biryani recipe pack claiming yoga guru Ramdev's Patanjali is selling the product in the Indian market. The PTI Fact Check Desk found in its investigation that the image of the food product is morphed. National Foods, a kitchen & food solution provider multinational company, sells the spice mix product shown in the image in the Pakistani market. The viral claim that Patanjali sells beef biryani is fake.

PTI Fact Check:Anupriya Patel's 3-year-old video shared as recent; Apna Dal (S) calls viral social media posts fake news

September 29, 2022

Anupriya Patel's 3-year-old video shared as recent; Apna Dal (S) calls viral social media posts fake news
Some social media users have shared a video of Anupriya Patel claiming that the Apna Dal (Sonelal) leader snapped ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and supported Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Yatra. The PTI Fact Check Desk found in its investigation that the video is from 2019 and is being shared now in social media posts with the fake claim.

PTI Fact Check:No, Rahul Gandhi did not meet the 'pro-Pakistan slogan' girl during his Yatra in Kerala; viral claim is fake

September 26, 2022

No, Rahul Gandhi did not meet the 'pro-Pakistan slogan' girl during his Yatra in Kerala; viral claim is fake
A photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi walking with a girl during the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra in Kerala is being shared with the claim that the girl was Amulya Leona Noronha, who was arrested for shouting a pro-Pakistan slogan at a Bengaluru event in February 2020. The PTI Fact Check Desk found in its investigation that the girl with Gandhi in the social media posts was Miva Jolly from Kerala. Miva is the general secretary of the Kerala Students Union (KSU) for the Ernakulam district in the state. The viral claim that the girl with Rahul Gandhi was Amulya Leona is fake.

PTI Fact Check:King Charles did not sign proclamation on US elections, and note atop Queen's coffin did not mention Trump; viral claims are fake

September 22, 2022

King Charles did not sign proclamation on US elections, and note atop Queen's coffin did not mention Trump; viral claims are fake
A claim has gone viral on social media platforms that King Charles III signed a proclamation stating that Donald Trump won the 2020 US Presidential election and was the rightful President by Law. Also, an image of a note with the text 'Trump won 2020' atop Queen Elizabeth's coffin is also being shared by many social media users. PTI Fact Check found in its investigation that the claim that King Charles III signed the proclamation is fake, and the image with the 'Trump won 2020' note on the Queen's coffin is edited.

PTI Fact Check:No, white goat seen at King Charles III's proclamation was not for sacrifice; claim in social media posts is fake

September 18, 2022

No, white goat seen at King Charles III's proclamation was not for sacrifice; claim in social media posts is fake
A Facebook post has claimed that the white goat seen at the crowning and declaration of Prince Charles as King of England was intended for sacrifice. The PTI Fact Check found in its investigation that the white goat amid soldiers dressed in red uniforms is the mascot of the Royal Welsh. The viral claim that the white goat was brought for sacrifice is fake.

PTI Fact Check:Wrestler in video shared on social media is not Bajrang Punia; viral claim is misleading

September 14, 2022

Wrestler in video shared on social media is not Bajrang Punia; viral claim is misleading
Social Media users have shared a video of a wrestling match claiming one of the wrestlers is Bajrang Punia, the bronze medal winner of 2020 Tokyo Olympics. PTI Fact Check Desk has found in its investigation that the wrestler's name is Mosam Ali, and he is from Punjab. The social media posts claiming the wrestler to be Bajrang Punia misleading.

PTI Fact Check:No, Sanjay Raut's photo is not in tattoos on man's back; viral photo is edited

September 10, 2022

No, Sanjay Raut's photo is not in tattoos on man's back; viral photo is edited
A tweet with a photo of former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray looking at tattoos on a man's back has gone viral. In the photo, the man showed his tattoo design with the photos of Uddhav Thackeray and Aaditya Thackeray to the Shiv Sena chief. In the same photo, Sanjay Raut's face is visible around the man's lower waist. The PTI Fact Check Desk has found in its investigation that the photo was edited as the original image of the tattoos didn't have Sanjay Raut's face. The picture in the tweet is edited.

PTI Fact Check:9-year-old video of Rajnath Singh shared as recent with a misleading claim

September 9, 2022

9-year-old video of Rajnath Singh shared as recent with a misleading claim
A Facebook user has shared a video of Rajnath Singh claiming that the BJP leader made remarks on the prime minister of his own government on the issue of price rise. The PTI Fact Check Desk found in its investigation that the video in the Facebook post was of a political rally in 2013 when Rajnath Singh criticised the Congress government and the-then prime minister Manmohan Singh on the inflation issue. A short clip from the 2013 rally video has now been shared as recent with a misleading claim.

PTI Fact Check:No, Uber doesn't provide boat service in Bengaluru; memes being shared as fact

September 7, 2022

No, Uber doesn't provide boat service in Bengaluru; memes being shared as fact
Bengaluru, known as India's Silicon Valley, faced an unprecedented heavy downpour over the last few days, bringing Karnataka's capital city to its knees as a significant part of the city sank under rainwater. People started using tractors or boats to help the residents in some areas of the city. Social media platforms have also been flooded with images, videos of waterlogging, and memes on Bengaluru rains. A few social media users are sharing memes and unverified information as facts on Twitter. The PTI Fact Check Desk came across many tweets claiming Uber (An American mobility service provider) has started boat services in Bengaluru. The Desk found in its investigation that Uber has not launched such a service in the city and the information shared on social media platforms is fake.

PTI Fact Check:Video of 2011 Patal Pani Waterfall accident shared with fake Pakistan floods claim

September 1, 2022

Video of 2011 Patal Pani Waterfall accident shared with fake Pakistan floods claim
Pakistan has been hit by one of the worst floodings in decades. During the crisis, scores of videos of similar calamities in the past and elsewhere have been shared on social media, portraying them as recent. While scanning various social media platforms for such posts, the PTI Fact Check Desk came across three tweets showing a video of a family swept away in floods, claiming it happened in Pakistan. The Desk found in its investigation that the video in the tweet was not from Pakistan. It captured an incident that happened in 2011 at Patal Pani Waterfall in Indore. The claim that the video is of floods in Pakistan is fake.

PTI Fact Check:Oxford University doesn't have scholarship in the name of Manmohan Singh; viral claim is fake

August 31, 2022

Oxford University doesn't have scholarship in the name of Manmohan Singh; viral claim is fake
Social media users have shared an image of Dr. Manmohan Singh claiming that Oxford University has a scholarship in the name of the former prime minister of India. PTI Fact Check Desk, during its investigation, found that Oxford University has no such scholarship and that the viral post is fake.

PTI Fact Check:Social media post claiming Dhoni named as Team India mentor for Asia Cup, T20 World Cup tournaments is fake

August 25, 2022

Social media post claiming Dhoni named as Team India mentor for Asia Cup, T20 World Cup tournaments is fake
A Tweet claiming former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been appointed Team India's mentor for the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup this year has been widely circulated on social media. The PTI Fact Check Desk found in its investigation that the viral tweet is fake. There is no verified report about Dhoni being appointed as the Team India mentor for both tournaments.

PTI Fact Check:5-year-old video of fake doctors arrested in West Bengal being shared as recent

August 20, 2022

5-year-old video of fake doctors arrested in West Bengal being shared as recent
Many social media posts recently claimed that the West Bengal Police has arrested fake doctors from some top hospitals in Kolkata. Most of the posts had a video clip showing a news anchor narrating the arrest details. During its investigation, the PTI Fact Check Desk found that the video in viral social media posts was a part of a news bulletin by an English news channel aired in 2017. There is no recent report of West Bengal Police busting such a racket of fake doctors in Kolkata or other nearby cities.

PTI Fact Check:Viral posts of 18% GST on house rent for all tenants are misleading

August 18, 2022

Viral posts of 18% GST on house rent for all tenants are misleading
Many social media users have shared posts claiming that the central government has imposed a new Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate of 18% on house rent paid by all those people who live in rented houses. The PTI Fact Check Desk has found in its investigation that not all tenants need to pay 18% GST for renting a residential property. The new rule, effective July 18, 2022, applies only to tenants registered with the GST system. The viral social media posts are misleading.

PTI Fact Check:Viral pictures of famous world monuments in Indian Tricolour lights are edited

August 16, 2022

Viral pictures of famous world monuments in Indian Tricolour lights are edited
As India celebrated its 76th Independence Day on August 15, several social media posts went viral with images of some famous world monuments lit up in Indian Tricolour lights. Many users shared the photos claiming that these pictures were clicked to mark the 75th anniversary of India's Independence from British rule. PTI Fact Check Desk has found in its investigation that the images of the world monuments in the Tricolour lights are edited and have been viral on different social media platforms since 2017.

PTI Fact Check:2-year-old image of 'Nitish Sabke Hain' banner goes viral with misleading claim

August 10, 2022

2-year-old image of 'Nitish Sabke Hain' banner goes viral with misleading claim
An image of a banner with the Hindi text 'Nitish Sabke Hain' (Nitish is for all) is going viral with a claim that it was put outside the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) office in Patna on the day Nitish Kumar decided to end his party's alliance with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar. The PTI Fact Check Desk found in its investigation that it was a two-year-old banner and was put outside the JD-U office in Patna before the 2020 Bihar assembly elections.

PTI Fact Check:Delhi's Jama Masjid is not the largest mosque in India, say historians

August 7, 2022

Delhi's Jama Masjid is not the largest mosque in India, say historians
New Delhi, Aug 7 (PTI Fact Check) The imposing Jama Masjid in the national capital’s walled city is not the largest mosque in India, say several historians, correcting the popular perception bolstered by hoardings in the city and also Delhi Tourism’s website. That distinction goes to the Taj-ul-Masajid in Bhopal, they said.

PTI Fact Check:Chimanlal Setalvad did not give clean chit to Gen Dyer for Jallianwala Bagh massacre

July 19, 2022

Chimanlal Setalvad did not give clean chit to Gen Dyer for Jallianwala Bagh massacre
New Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) Activist Teesta Setalvad's great-grandfather Chimanlal Setalvad, a member of the Hunter Commission probing the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, was not party to the panel’s verdict and gave a dissenting judgment holding Gen Reginald Dyer responsible, say historians.

PTI Fact Check:Covid-19 vaccines not linked to sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, say scientists

July 13, 2022

Covid-19 vaccines not linked to sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, say scientists
New Delhi, Jul 13 (PTI) Covid vaccines are not linked to 'sudden adult death syndrome', or Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndromes (SADS), say scientists, countering claims in widely circulated social media posts.

PTI Fact Check:NPCI, Paytm debunk FASTag scam videos

July 2, 2022

NPCI, Paytm debunk FASTag scam videos
New Delhi, Jun 27 (PTI) There is no way a smartwatch can be used to scan a FASTag and siphon money from it, the National Payments Corporation of India and Paytm have said in response to a video that is being circulated widely on social media and has led to alarm in many circles.

PTI Fact Check:TMC debunks report that it proposed Murmu for president in 2017

June 26, 2022

TMC debunks report that it proposed Murmu for president in 2017
Kolkata, Jun 26 (PTI) The Trinamool Congress did not propose the name of Droupadi Murmu as president in 2017, say the party's spokespersons, debunking a media report that it had backed the tribal leader for the post five years ago.

PTI Fact Check:Long term trends show Arctic ice not ‘making a comeback’, say climate scientists

June 16, 2022

Long term trends show Arctic ice not ‘making a comeback’, say climate scientists
New Delhi, Jun 16 (PTI) A report in a news site claiming that Arctic sea ice is increasing and suggesting climate change is therefore not a reality is misleading, say scientists, stressing that climate trends can be estimated using long-term data and not single-year reports.

PTI Fact Check:Qutub Minar has nothing to do with Mughals, built 300 years before Babur arrived

June 9, 2022

Qutub Minar has nothing to do with Mughals, built 300 years before Babur arrived
New Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) The imposing Qutub Minar in the Indian capital was built 300 odd years before the first Mughal set foot in India and has nothing at all to do with the Mughal era, say historians, debunking claims in a section of the media.

PTI Fact Check:COVID-19 vaccines don't cause monkeypox, shingles

June 2, 2022

COVID-19 vaccines don't cause monkeypox, shingles
New Delhi, Jun 2 (PTI) The increase in monkeypox cases has led to a rash of social media posts, many claiming the chimpanzee adenovirus vector used in AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine is behind the outbreak and some suggesting the infection is basically shingles and a “well-known” side effect of the jab.

PTI Fact Check:India doesn't have a national language, Hindi, English are official languages

May 12, 2022

India doesn't have a national language, Hindi, English are official languages
New Delhi, May 12 (PTI) Two of India’s best known film stars, Ajay Devgn and Kangana Ranaut, were at the centre of debate recently for their claims that Hindi is the national language. But that is an incorrect assertion as India does not have a national language.

PTI Fact Check:Can Muslims surpass Hindus in population numbers? Experts say practically not possible

April 24, 2022

Can Muslims surpass Hindus in population numbers? Experts say practically not possible
New Delhi/Shimla, Apr 24 (PTI) The Akhil Bhartiya Sant Parishad's Himachal Pradesh in-charge Yati Satyadevanand Saraswati has urged Hindus to give birth to more children to avoid India becoming an Islamic country.

PTI Fact Check:Ingredients list in Haldiram’s packet not in Urdu but Arabic, no animal oil used

April 16, 2022

Ingredients list in Haldiram’s packet not in Urdu but Arabic, no animal oil used
New Delhi, Apr 16 (PTI) Snack food giant Haldiram’s was propelled to a Twitter trend after a TV channel aired a video accusing it of misleading consumers by describing a product's ingredients in Urdu language on its label, and also asked whether animal oil was used.

PTI Fact Check:Chennai eateries not dishing out biryani laced with birth control pills

April 12, 2022

Chennai eateries not dishing out biryani laced with birth control pills
Chennai, Apr 12 (PTI) Roadside vendors in this Tamil Nadu capital are not spiking biryani, that ever popular layered rice delicacy, with birth control pills as claimed in multiple Twitter posts, health officials here confirmed after conducting inspections.

PTI Fact Check:Bhagat Singh never wore a yellow turban, only four real pics of him: historians

April 11, 2022

Bhagat Singh never wore a yellow turban, only four real pics of him: historians
New Delhi, Apr 11 (PTI) A popular, much circulated picture of freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in a yellow turban is based on a 1975 painting. In reality, the revolutionary, who was only 23 when he was hanged on March 23, 1931, never wore a yellow turban, say historians.

PTI Fact Check:Goa has its own version of a Uniform Civil Code

April 4, 2022

Goa has its own version of a Uniform Civil Code
Panaji, Apr 4 (PTI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said soon after taking oath that his government would form a committee to implement a Uniform Civil Code in the state, projecting it as the first in the country to do so. The reality is somewhat more nuanced and not so clear cut.

PTI Fact Check:Khatkar Kalan is Bhagat Singh's ancestral village but he never lived there

March 23, 2022

Khatkar Kalan is Bhagat Singh's ancestral village but he never lived there
New Delhi, Mar 23 (PTI) Khatkar Kalan, the Punjab village with an enduring connect to India’s freedom struggle, will forever be associated with Bhagat Singh as his ancestral place. But the freedom fighter was not born in the village and never lived there either.

PTI Fact Check:No seat in UP where margin of defeat less than 200

March 17, 2022

No seat in UP where margin of defeat less than 200
Lucknow, Mar 17 (PTI) A claim that the BJP, which has come back to power for a second consecutive term in Uttar Pradesh, won seven seats in the assembly polls by 200 votes and 23 seats by 500 votes is incorrect.

PTI Fact Check:Study finds mailed letter caused Covid in Beijing, experts say airborne still dominant mode of infection

March 16, 2022

Study finds mailed letter caused Covid in Beijing, experts say airborne still dominant mode of infection
New Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) A recent study from China has traced a cluster of Omicron infections in Beijing to a contaminated letter received by post. However, experts here advised caution and said airborne transmission is still the dominant route of infection for the virus.

PTI Fact Check:Proposed Bose statue in India Gate not first, Delhi has kept Netaji legacy alive

March 15, 2022

Proposed Bose statue in India Gate not first, Delhi has kept Netaji legacy alive
New Delhi, Mar 15 (PTI) A statue of Subhas Chandra Bose to be installed in the canopy facing India Gate will not be the first in India’s capital, as has been widely claimed in social media.

PTI Fact Check:Experts debunk claim that Covid boosters lead to positive HIV test

February 18, 2022

Experts debunk claim that Covid boosters lead to positive HIV test
New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) There is no scientific evidence to back a widely shared claim on social media that Covid boosters can lead to HIV, a supposition attributed to French virologist Luc Montagnier, say experts.