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Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 while U.S. emissions have fallen?

The gross emissions numbers are essentially accurate Here's a chart from the U.S. Energy Information Administration: The World Bank and the International Energy Agency have similar values, but ...
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Is this meme about the former prime minister of India true?

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. ...
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Did Pakistan lose each and every war it fought with India from 1947 to 1999?

According to Wikipedia, there have been four declared wars between India and Pakistan. None of them were "won" or "lost" in that neither party in any of these wars was forced into ...
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Was this Indian from British India the first to strike Berlin during World War I?

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 ...
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Did 64,000 married Indian men take their own lives in 2012 after charges of domestic abuse?

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 ...
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Were the women of Travancore, India, taxed for covering their breasts by breast size?

This appears to be a myth manufactured by S. N. Sadasivan from oral history. He wrote: The breast tax was levied as soon as a woman of the Ezhavas and castes below, attained puberty and more ...
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Can venomous snakes be determined by these pupil, nostril and scale patterns?

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. ...
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Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 while U.S. emissions have fallen?

The first point of the question about the actual emissions statistics has already been answered but let me add some information relevant to the second point Secondarily, is it the implied claim that ...
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Did 64,000 married Indian men take their own lives in 2012 after charges of domestic abuse?

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 ...
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Was the Speed of Light known in 13th century India?

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 ...
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Are "Hitler" brand ice cream cones sold in India?

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 ...
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Can venomous snakes be determined by these pupil, nostril and scale patterns?

... 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 ...
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Did Switzerland declare a "Science day" in honour of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam?

It doesn't look like it. Searching for "Kalam" on http://www.admin.ch (which purports to be the official site of the Swiss government) brings up one English result, "Indian President to visit Federal ...
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Can venomous snakes be determined by these pupil, nostril and scale patterns?

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 ...
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Did Narendra Modi tweet this?

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 ...
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Was the Babri Mosque built by Emperor Babur by destroying an ancient temple?

TL;DR: It's inconclusive. i.e cannot be sufficiently answered. There is a massive amount of information on Wikipedia articles. Here I will only do a limited analysis of a few statements on Wikipedia. ...
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Was the official language of the Union of India selected by a single tie-breaker vote?

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. ...
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Did Gandhi sleep naked with girls when he was elderly?

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 ...
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Is there any evidence of Dr. Zakir Naik paying people to convert to Islam?

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 ...
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Does drinking cattle urine have health benefits?

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 ...
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Was the ancient Indian city of Mohenjo-daro destroyed by a nuclear weapon?

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 ...
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Is this Indian Man, Mûrasi, 179 years old?

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 ...
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Do Kaziranga National Park workers shoot and kill poachers?

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 ...
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Are (former Australian Prime Minister) Tony Abbott's Indian Facebook likes fake?

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 ...
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Was the Nazi Hakenkreuz logo based on the Indic swastika?

tl;dr: The words "Hakenkreuz" and "swastika" describe one and the same symbol, one time in Sanskrit and English, one time in German. Some believe that this 'is' an ancient Germanic ...
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Did the Indian Mathematician Aryabhata state that the earth was round and calculate diameter of earth

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, ...
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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?

Yes but be careful You're looking at 'confirmed cases' - this isn't a good comparitive measure of actual cases as each country has their own approach to testing. Japan and India have been noted for ...
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Is the United Kingdom funding forced sterilization in India to combat climate change?

According to the UK government, £174,500,790 was provide for Reproductive and Child Health Programme Phase II with a start date of 15 December 2006. Then, according to an India government site, a cash ...
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Was Hoysaleswara Temple built with lathes?

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 ...
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