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I&B to combat fake news with FACT module: Report

The government will setup a fact-checking module under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to combat the spread of fake news, reported The Times of India on November 16. This module will be called FACT — find, assess, create and target. This development comes after a fake letter in which PM Narendra Modi congratulates former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi over the Ayodhya verdict circulated in Bangladesh. The letter has the appearance of being bondafide, it is a pale yellow colour with "Prime Minister" on the letter head, and is undersigned by PM Modi. The letter is addressed to former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SA Bobde, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer. All the judges were on the bench that delivered the Ayodhya verdict on November 9. It said that the Ayodhya verdict was a “stupendous contribution to Hindu Rashtra” and "Hindus will be grateful to you and your team for your commendable and memorable decision, which will make a new history for Hindu Rashtra". PM India Narendra Modi writes a congratulatory letter to the Chief Justice & his bench for upholding & contributing the Hindu Rashtra. One of its kind !! pic.twitter.com/2eYNIXofYk — Teymur Syed (@TeymurSyed) November 12, 2019 The Minister of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the letter was an attempt to undermine the friendship between India and Bangladesh. The Indian High Commission in Dhaka also issued a statement and called the letter “completely fake and malicious”. https://twitter.com/MEAIndia/status/1194617691169910785?ref_src=twsrctfwtwcamptweetembedtwterm1194617691169910785&ref_url=httpsscroll.inlatest943612ayodhya-verdict-bangladesh-media-reports-claiming-modi-congratulated-sc-judges-are-fake-says-india How the fact…

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