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Did Pakistan shoot down an Indian Su-30 in 2019?

As of 2021 Radio Pakistan still claimed that in the 2019 shootout with India they shot down two IAF aircraft, a MiG-21 and a SU-30 PAF had shot down two Indian fighter jets namely MiG-21 and Su-30 ...
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Did Jawaharlal Nehru send a plane to Indore to bring back a pack of cigarettes?

There has been this claim going around Twitter talking about the former Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru and his need for cigarettes. For example, Twitter user @RishBagree wrote: Jawaharlal ...
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Were more Indian freedom fighters killed Muslims than any other religion/caste?

I saw this picture which was shared by my Indian friend online for 75th Indian Independence Day: India Gate - New Delhi Freedom Fighters 95,300 names of freedom fighters are inscribed at India Gate, ...
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Was the Chinese ship Da Cui Yun carrying materials for building WMD?

Chinese ship carrying suspected cargo to Pakistan allowed to leave, equipment held back DRDO confirms Chinese ship India stopped was carrying nuclear-capable equipment to Pakistan The above article ...
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Will there be more than 11 million job openings related to Data Science in India by 2026?

This Career Outlook for Data Scientist article claims that analyst predict that there will be more than 11 million job openings by 2026 in the field of data science. Does this claim makes sense given ...
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Is India drastically undercounting covid deaths?

The official count of covid-19 deaths from the Indian government currently (2 September 2021) stands at about 440 thousand, a rate of about 315 per million people (see Our World in Data). This is a ...
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Have 200+ Pakistani military personnel been killed in the past 6 months by "insurgents crossing the border"?

In an Aug 12 story, AP reported the claims of some Pakistani officials that Pakistan has its own concerns, accusing Afghanistan of harboring militants opposed to the Islamabad government. Pakistani ...
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Did the Indus Valley Civilization use cotton as a writing material?

In his book, Science and Secrets of Early Medicine, Jürgen Thorwald writes about the script of the Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa civilizations: (in rough translation) Seals, bronze plaques and clay shells ...
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Did a COVID-19 vaccine trial participant in India develop encephalopathy?

According to an article on thevaccinereaction.org, a 40-year old vaccine trial participant in India experienced acute encephalopathy after participating in a COVID-19 vaccine trial. The article ...
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Did Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1945 say, “Muslims who are opposing Pakistan will spend the rest of their lives proving loyalty to India”?

Check this link Did Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1945 say, “Muslims who are opposing Pakistan will spend the rest of their lives proving loyalty to India”?
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Did India plan to get Pakistan's nuclear facility destroyed by Israel in the mid-'80s?

A 2010 article by Shahid R. Siddiqi in Dawn (a major Pakistani English newspaper) states: After successfully destroying the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981, Israelis planned a similar attack on ...
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Did Pakistan lose each and every war it fought with India from 1947 to 1999?

The speaker in this video says that: The Pakistani army has lost every war it's fought with India from the original war in 1947 until the latest war in 1999 ... This is a recurring narrative that ...
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Was the Babri Mosque built by Emperor Babur by destroying an ancient temple?

This incident is a very complicated one with a lot of strings attached to it. But, what I can understand is the following: In 1992, Babri Mosque was vandalized and destroyed by Hindu extremists saying ...
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Was Kulbhushan Jadhav an Indian spy working for RAW?

On 3 March 2016, Pakistani security forces arrested an Indian person from Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province. They also recovered an ID and a passport from him. The ID said he was a "serving ...
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Did Pakistan ask China to invade India and vice versa in 1962 and in 1999?

I was watching this widely seen (Urdu) video, Pakistani journalist Imran Khan claims: In 1962: China invited Pakistan to invade India (as China attacked India). The USA assured Pakistan that they ...
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Has the polio vaccine used in India from 2005 onwards caused hundreds of thousands of cases of paralysis?

This study from 2018 establishes a strong correlation between the introduction of a new version of a polio vaccine in 2005 in India and a very high number of Non-Polio Flaccid Acute Paralysis (NPAFP) ...
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Did a group of monkeys steal SARS-CoV-2 positive blood samples from a health care worker in India?

An article from Reuters claims that a health care worker in India was assaulted by a team of monkeys and robbed of the blood samples that he was carrying: LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A troop of ...
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Was the Nazi Hakenkreuz logo based on the Indic swastika?

"Swastika" is sanskrit word for an ancient geometrical symbol, broadly used in Indic cultures. Amongst countries that were involved with World War II, it is associated with the Nazi flag, designed by ...
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Are there only 1,200-1,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India and Japan, as of March 30, 2020?

According to Coronavirus (COVID-19) map, as of March 30th there are only 1,263 confirmed cases in India and 1,866 in Japan. Meanwhile, there are already 142,000 in US, 9,661 in South Korea, and 41,...
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Was the 1971 Pakistani surrender in Bangladesh the first public surrender in history?

In 1971 India invaded east Pakistan, which ended in the "public surrender" of the Pakistani military on the 16th of December, and modern day Bangladesh is the result. Many of the articles and videos ...
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Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 while U.S. emissions have fallen?

The following meme has been shared circa Dec 2019 on social media and several blogs: The text reads: China's Carbon Emission Change Since 2000: +208% India's Carbon Emission Change Since 2000: +155% ...
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Were the women of Travancore, India, taxed for covering their breasts by breast size?

There are some claims regarding a weird tax which existed just over a century ago in a part of India. Several articles say that this tax existed. For example, the Economic Times: State of ...
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Did India shoot down any Pakistani F-16 on 27th February 2019?

According to DG ISPR of the Military of Pakistan, Gen. Asif Gafoor, on 27th February 2019, Pakistan Air Force's jets engaged IAF's jets and "shot down two IAF jets". On the same day, India claimed ...
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Was the debris of a missile presented by India authentic?

In February 2019, Indian officials presented the alleged wreckage of an AIM-120C5 AMRAAM missile as evidence that Pakistan used an F-16 in the shooting down of IAF jets (as only an F-16 could fire ...
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Were official poverty rates in India distorted by changes to dietary needs?

In this January 2006 episode of BBC Hard Talk, then Director of Action Aid India, Babu Mathew, was asked whether poverty amelioration is linked to economic growth in light of the fact that in 1978 ...
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Does this statue outside a school in India depict a Hindu Brahmin begging in front of Virgin Mary?

This video was circulating on social media with the following caption: At the entrance of St. Mary's H. S., Manapparai, Tiruchy, Tamilnadu, a brahmin is depicted as begging in front of Virgin Mary. ...
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Are the various claims regarding Ancient Indian Science made in the AICTE/MHRD new book "Bharatiya Vidya Sar" for a Indian Elective Course true?

This question is based on the following petition and this and this news article. Background The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has proposed a new textbook that will discuss the ‘...
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Is this meme about the former prime minister of India true?

Recently the former prime minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away due to illness. Since then this meme has been circulating on social media: Image transcript: Even America could not ...
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Did the vedas accurately describe the planetary system like elliptical orbits and Sun being the centre?

There is a book called 108 eternal truths which claims many things which have been proved wrong on this site. It makes the following claims about vedas describing the planetary system. The Vedas are ...
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What was the real reason for India pulling out of the 1950 World Cup? [closed]

There is a common claim that India refused to play with shoes during the 1950 FIFA World Cup. However it does mostly seem to be a myth. This, this and this article clearly seem to debunk this myth. ...
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Did India conduct a fake military strike across the Western border in 2016?

On 29 September 2016 Indian government claimed that they conducted a 'Surgical Strike' (military operation) across the Western border with Pakistan. Pakistan military rejected the claim ...
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Did 64,000 married Indian men take their own lives in 2012 after charges of domestic abuse?

Section 498a of the Indian penal code makes it an offence for a husband or his family to subject his wife to cruelty or harassment. Hridaya-Nest of Family Harmony is a Men's Rights organisation that ...
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Does drinking cattle urine have health benefits?

Recently, a provincial government in India has decided to promote cattle urine as a health drink: Cow urine to be promoted as health drink in Uttar Pradesh BJP government in UP prepares proposal ...
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Does India finance terrorists in Pakistan?

On February 2014, India's 5th national security advisor Ajit Doval was seen giving away speech in Sastra University saying that: ... India needs to go into the 'offensive-defensive' mode when ...
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Was the deposed Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif working for India? [closed]

The former PM of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, who was banned from Politics for life by the Supreme Court of Pakistan is widely alleged as a guy who was working to uphold Indian interest in Pakistan. “...
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Was Aryabhatta the first to invent place value system and zero?

I was shocked when I read on a blog that Aryabahatta, an Indian guy born in 476 AD discovered zero. Surely people knew about zero before that. But his greatest contribution has to be ZERO, for ...
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Did Marconi steal and patent Jagadeesh Chandra Bose's wireless technology?

https://web.archive.org/web/20161026225031/http://indiainnings.in/108Facts/marconi This is an excerpt from a books called 108 Facts eternally India As early as 1885, J. C. Bose had demonstrated ...
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Did the Indian Mathematician Aryabhata state that the earth was round and calculate diameter of earth

Aryabhata was a genius mathematician, no doubt. But there is also the books about astronomy supposedly written by him. It is believed by Indians that he stated that earth was round. He belonged to 476 ...
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Were the BOSS Linux update servers hacked in 2015?

The Hackology Blog claims that update servers for BOSS Linux were hacked in 2015, eventually allowing access to Indian military and government servers. This website claims that: Hackers infected the ...
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Are the quotes mentioned relating to weapons similar to nuclear weapons correct translations? [duplicate]

These are some quotes by Hindus which suggest that there were mentions of nuclear weapons in Ancient India. These are copy and pasted across many sites without citing sources or telling us where it ...
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Did archeologists find radioactive skeletons in Mohanjo-daro?

There is a viral claim, copied across many web-sites that ancient people in India had nuclear weapons. Part of the evidence is another claim - that radioactive bodies were found in Mohanjo-daro. ...
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Are Indians immune to Israeli stink bombs?

Russian Television network, RT report that: An Israeli crowd control stink bomb known as the Skunk, which smells like raw sewage and rotting bodies, destined for employment in the restive region of ...
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Is the Airtel music ad the most streamed song and most downloaded ringtone?

This image was forwarded to me on Whatsapp The Airtel Music Ad composed by A R Rahman was the Most Streamed Song in the World in the Year 2005-2009. Also it is the Most Downloaded Ringtone in the ...
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Can venomous snakes be determined by these pupil, nostril and scale patterns?

This image was recently shared by an Australian Facebook friend: The source appears to be a Facebook post of a man from India with a staggering 380,000 shares from around the world! There are ...
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Did an Indian man make an airplane or flying device in 1895?

I've come across a lot of Indian sources claiming that an Indian man named Shivkar Bāpuji Talpade made an airplane or flying device in 1895. Shivkar Bāpuji Talpade (1864 – 1916) was an Indian ...
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Was Hoysaleswara Temple built with lathes?

I saw this very popular video a few days ago: Hoysaleswara Temple, India - Built with Ancient Machining Technology? Here is a related article. It claims the following If you look closely, you ...
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Was Lal Bahadur Shastri poisoned?

On 11 January 1966, the Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri passed away in office. He died in Tashkent, at 02:00 on the day after signing the Tashkent Declaration, reportedly due to a heart ...
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Did Narendra Modi tweet this?

This post on facebook claims that Narendra Modi tweeted: Dear HSC students please don't get upset with your results. Remember i am a chai wala & Arvind Kejriwal is from IIT Kharagpur #...
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Was the Speed of Light known in 13th century India?

The following links claim that there is evidence of the correct speed of light in a Rig Veda Commentary: Quora: Did Sayana know the Speed of Light Speed of light in the Rig veda In the hymn, the ...
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Do antibiotic resistant infections kill 700,000 people a year?

The BBC news website ran a piece earlier this month by Dr Michael Mosley, which included the following claim: The problem is not, of course, confined to India. It's estimated that antibiotic-...