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Viral Video Claiming Nepal Has Started Producing Petrol Is False

At a time when Nepal has been conducting exploration of petroleum products with the support of the Chinese government, a video claiming that Nepal has started producing oil is going viral on TikTok. Newschecker found the claim to be false. TikTok user @rohitoli_3_official posted a...

Old News Clip Of Earthquake Shared As Recent Incident

A 10-second news clip claiming that an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter Scale jolted Kathmandu at 5:26 am on Tuesday. The video further claims that the epicentre of the quake was Belkot in neighbouring Nuwakot district. Newschecker found the video to be old...

Edited Video Falsely Claims Singer Samikshya Adhikari Has Killed Herself

A video claiming that Nepali singer Samikshya Adhikari has committed suicide allegedly after she learnt that cine artist Purna Bikram Shah, popularly known as Paul Shah, has been released from jail, is going viral on TikTok. Newschecker found the claim to be false. Nepali cine...

Viral Video Claiming To Show Yeti Airlines Crash Is Edited

At least 68 people died in the worst domestic air disaster when Yeti Airlines flight NYT 691 crashed shortly before landing at the newly inaugurated Pokhara International Airport on January 15. The plane carrying 72 people, including the crew members, took off from Kathmandu...

Viral Video Falsely Claims Home Minister Lamichhane Had A Fistfight With Prime Minister Dahal

A video claiming that newly appointed Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane challenged Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal after a fist fight at a meeting is being shared on social media. Newschecker found the claim to be false. CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, known by...

Old News Clip Recommending Shutdown of Schools To Contain Coronavirus Resurface

At a time when the government is  urging the public to adopt safety protocols amid the rising fear of a new Covid wave in the country, a viral video is doing the rounds claiming that the health ministry has announced the shut down  of...

Home Minister Lamichhane Left For Kanchanpur To Hunt Nirmala Panta’s Killer? No, Claim Made In Viral Video Is False

A 10-second video claiming that newly appointed Home Minister Rabi Lamichhane has reached Kanchanpur with a team of Nepal police and sniffer dog to search for the killer of Nirmala Panta, a 13-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in July 2018, has gone...

Video Claiming The Arrest of Nirmala Panta’s Killer Is False

The infamous rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta, a teenaged girl from Kanchanpur, shocked the country in July 2018, and the case has still remained a mystery. Nirmala Panta went missing on July 26, and her body was recovered, the next morning, from...

Year In Misinformation: Top 10 Fact Checks of 2022

The year 2022 witnessed many international events from Russia-Ukraine war to Sri Lanka's economic crisis, Iran's uprising against repressive regime to death of UK's Queen Elizabeth II and FIFA World Cup in Qatar, among other incidents. Alongside these global events, many incidents from floods...