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Most likely made up in its entirety While a story like this is easily gobbled up by people with nationalistic sentiments... it does not really paint any of the participants in a very flattering light. Diplomacy is rarely conducted like a shouting match by two teens in an [endowment]-measuring competition. And there are some very iffy things about this ...


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1971 I have the Impression India did a little bit of invading in 1971 From Wikipedia After building tensions during the Bangladesh Liberation war, Pakistan launched a pre-emptive attack against India, which responded with air-strikes. This marked the official start of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered the immediate ...


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Although the person named existed and served in the Royal Flying Corps, the story itself is very likely not true. First the good news. "Dattabraya Laxuman Patwardhan" certainly existed and was apparrently a member of the Royal Flying corps. The London Gazette of 25 March 1919 records his appointment to the temporary honorary rank of Second Lieutenant. The ...


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It seems highly unlikely. The person making the claim claims there are about 64,000 suicides every year, "due to alleged misuse of section 498a of IPC against them." He then goes on to quote the national statistics, showing that there were a grand total of 64,000 suicides by married men in 2012 (along with 32,000 by married women). This would mean that ...


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No, this is not true. Not even for just India, as Indian cobra (Naja naja) has round pupils and subcaudal (tail) scales are divided. There is also no pit visible. It is venomous species of snake. This answer assumes, that author means venomous snakes instead of poisonous, as this is common mistake. Also, Wikipedia should have enough credibility for this ...


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"Black magic" is a really large umbrella for a wide range of claims, but the very definition of any "magic" is that it is somehow supernatural. Naturally (!), no compelling evidence has ever been put forth for any supernatural phenomenon. Once a phenomenon is observable, reproducible, and testable, and shown to exist, it may turn out to violate our current ...


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There were a total of 79,773 deaths by suicide of Indian men in 2012, in which 63,349 were due to non-illness, regardless of false claims of Section 498a or not. For suicide victims by marital status during 2012, refer to user45170's answer: there were 63,343 deaths by suicide of married Indian men in 2012, regardless of false claims of Section 498a or not. ...


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This looks very much as if the units may have been converted to obtain the desired result. Indeed the different conversion factors but similar result in your second link increase the likelihood that there may cognitive bias involved For example, your distance conversions lead to 1 yojan being 29.2608 kilometres. Compare this with Wikipedia's 12–15 km and ...


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... maybe a bit more education hurts even less... but the answer is still no. So to me the description with pits and slit pupils (and also the head drawing) looks like indicating pit vipers. I don't knot about their tail scales, though (and it doesn't seem very practial to me to check...). Pit vipers are venomous. But there are lots of venomous snakes ...


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This seems to be a genuine product. The Hindustan Times report above, which seems to be the origin of most of the non-Indian reports, gives considerable detail on the name of the manufacturing company and the name of the owner, which it would be unlikely for even a semi-reputable newspaper to do without fact-checking. It also gives details about the ...


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That is a diagram for identifying pit vipers. There are many, many venomous snakes in the world, including I believe all of the most deadly ones, that are not pit vipers. The advice is particularly unfortunate for Australia, as not a single one of Australia's 10 most dangerous snakes are pit vipers. All 10 are instead elapids. The origin of this graphic is ...


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This tweet is almost definitely fake, for multiple reasons. According to the screenshot, the tweet was sent on March 31st, 2014. Taking a look at Mr. Modi's tweets between Mar 30 and April 1 2014 reveals no tweets that contains that content. The image linked uses the hashtag "#HSCresults2k17". It is HIGHLY unlikely that Mr. Modi would be tweeting using a ...


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The Maurya Dynasty (322BCE - 185BCE) was an empire that controlled most of the Indian peninsula and extended as far East as modern day Myanmar and as far West as modern day Iran. The Empire was founded in 322 BCE by Chandragupta Maurya, who had overthrown the Nanda Dynasty and rapidly expanded his power westwards across central and western India taking ...


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No. As explained in the 1970 book Politics in India, page 146, endnote 11: A myth has gained currency that Hindi became the official language of the Indian Union by a majority of only one vote. That this is no more than a 'legend," based on a controversial vote at one stage in the discussion in the Congress Assembly Party on what numerals to use in ...


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It doesn't look like it. Searching for "Kalam" on http://www.admin.ch (which pruports to be the official site of the Swiss government) brings up one English result, "Indian President to visit Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne and Zurich". It is the press release for President Kalam's visit, dated 17 May 2005, nine days before the date in question. ...


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A Mumbai police report found that Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF): lured the youth to convert to Islam by paying them anything between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 50,000 Source: Zakir Naik's IRF paid Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 to lure youth to convert to Islam: Mumbai Police report International Business Times 10 August 2016 However, since the ...


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Yes, Gandhi slept with girls naked as a part of sexual experiments on attaining celibacy when he was 70 years old. The girls were Manu (Gandhi's grandniece), Abha (wife of Gandhi's nephew Kanu) and Sushila Nayar (younger sister of Gandhi's personal secretary Pyarelal). In his 70s, in the sunset of his life, Gandhi embarked on a new set of sexual ...


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No. The source is apparently the World News Daily Report, which, as @Jamiec has pointed out, is a fake news site, by their own disclaimer, with stories like ferocius 3-metre-tall squirrels in Australia. Their article claims (my emphasis): A retired cobbler from northern India, Mahashta Mûrasi, claims he was born in January 1835, making him not only the ...


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That there was increased levels of radioactivity above the background level found at Mohenjo-Daro. This is unsourced and very vague. "In certain areas of that site, you find increased levels of radiation." In 4000 years, the Trinity site will only have slightly elevated levels of radiation. It won't make a Geiger counter go off-scale high. Radioactive ...


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As far as we can tell, yes. Rangers in Kaziranga park have killed 72 suspected poachers between 2007 and February 10th, 2017 Here is a report from the BBC from February 10th regarding the park and its policy. Its rangers have been given the kind of powers to shoot and kill normally only conferred on armed forces policing civil unrest. They have a chart ...


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Mainstream media reports suggest the fandom is genuine. So, like, likable: Tony Abbott's Facebook popularity soars thanks to Narendra Modi indicates that Indian PM Narendra Modi has a lot of facebook fans, and getting mentioned by him may have slashdotted Abbott: But a spokeswoman for Mr Abbott said the increased traffic was genuine and that no "likes" ...


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The text Aiming at all his visible and invisible foes, the preceptor's son, the slayer of hostile heroes, inspired with mantras a blazing shaft possessed of the effulgence of a smokeless fire, and let it off on all sides, filled with rage. Dense showers of arrows then issued from it in the welkin. can be found on page 481 of this translation. The ...


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This is a religiously motivated idea. And it is very probably a quite terrible idea from a health perspective. It is definitively a terrible idea from a taste perspective. After reviewing the available literature for claims and results we have to conclude that there is no evidence to support these claims. Two experts who should really know the literature on ...


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A lot of it is psychology. It's like the statement that the effect of Voodoo only works if you believe in voodoo. A lot of indians believe in things like the Evil Eye (going so far as to putting fake moles on their babies to Ugly Things Up). A lot of indians are superstitious, from Believing in witches and black magic, to the insane practices of palmistry ...


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There is no evidence that any superatural claims have any sort of validity. This includes all forms of magic. Reference: http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html


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Bishnu Shrestha's story seems to have undergone some embellishments in the re-telling, but the underlying accounts were considered veracious enough for several medals and honours to be awarded. Some notes: Reading the question, I assumed "retired" meant 55 or older. He was 35 years old at the time of the incident. The people arrested for the crime were "...


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Were these pillars built using lathe? Yes, or more precisely given the lack of primary documentation, there is no reason to presume otherwise and is not considered controversial see here and here Evidence for the existence of lathes, at least for woodwork, goes back to, at least, Ancient Egypt. By the 11th century, it was a well established technology ...


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What the text says There is an English translation of The Aryabhatiya with notes is available online. Regarding the spherical Earth, the text says (page 64 of the book) The sphere of he Earth, being quite round, situated in the center of space, in the middle of the circle of asterisms, surrounded by the orbits of the planets, consists of water, ...


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