Fact Check: The news behind Indian woman soldier dying in Kashmir is fake

The post was also shared by hundreds of individual accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

A photo collage of a woman soldier is doing rounds on the social media claiming that she lost her life in Kashmir on January 23, 2019.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

India Today Fact Check found this post to be totally false as no woman soldier died fighting this January.

The viral photo collage was posted by a Facebook page Bharatiy Yoddha’, which is followed by over 300,000 users. The post was shared by nearly 1,920 users.

The post was also shared by hundreds of individual accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

The viral post contains three photos of a woman soldier who, the post said, were martyred and two photos of the cremation ceremony. The translation of the viral post’s caption written in Hindi reads, Alas! Kashmir (23/1/19) Kavita Saini martyred, she was posted in Kashmir. May God rest her soul in peace. Pay tribute by writing Jai Hind..Jai Hind).

India Today Fact Check spoke to DIG of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Dinakaran, who confirmed that the message attached to the viral post was completely false as no woman soldier have died fighting on the border in last one year. The officer also confirmed that the CRPF has never deployed women on the Kashmiri borders.

A Facebook profile named Kavita Saini’ also had these images uploaded on her timeline.

Through Kavita’s Facebook account, India Today Fact Check got a link to another Facebook user’s account which had posted more images of the same woman.

When the images were zoomed in, the name on the woman’s uniform badge revealed that her name is Kajal Kumari and not Kavita Saini.

A Google search about Kavita Saini showed an article published by Aaj Ki Satta, which also claimed that a woman named Kavita Saini was martyred in Kashmir.

The district bureau chief of the portal, Suresh Piplodiya told India Today TV that he had received this information from someone in Rajasthan and that he couldn’t confirm the source of the information.

The remaining two images claiming to be of the soldier’s funeral also do not belong to her. The first one belongs to Lance Naik Hamraj’s funeral who was killed by Pakistani soldiers on the LoC in 2014. The second one dates back to May 2017 when two Nagpur children died a tragic deathfrom electrocution.

India Today Fact Check also found that a Twitter account with Kajal Kumari’s name and her pictures in uniform. However, the account hasn’t shown any activity since March 2018.

The news behind Kavita Kumari’s death while fighting on Kashmir’s border is absolutely false.


Indonesia woos Indian airlines to boost bilateral trade

During 2017, about 485,000 Indian visitors – or more than 1,300 a day – had travelled to Indonesia and the number for 2018 was expected to be about 600,000, the people cited above said.(REUTERS)

Indonesia is keen on Indian carriers starting flights to the country and renewing their air services agreement as part of efforts to boost bilateral trade and commercial relations, people familiar with developments said.

The leaders of India and Indonesia had directed civil aviation authorities of both sides to discuss enhancing of traffic rights through bilateral air services consultations during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Jakarta in May 2018. They had also emphasised the urgency of establishing more flight connectivity.

“Air connectivity continues to be a challenge as no Indian carrier is flying to Indonesia now. Given the number of Indians who visit Indonesia every year, the routes should be profitable for Indian airlines,” a person said.

During 2017, about 485,000 Indian visitors had travelled to Indonesia and the number for 2018 was expected to be about 600,000, the people cited above said. The issue of Indian carriers starting flights had become more pressing as Indonesian airlines will touch the limit of 28 direct flights a week to India under the existing air services agreement, they said. Garuda Indonesia had started direct flights between Bali and Mumbai from April 2018 and Batik Air and Air Asia Indonesia have launched flights serving Indonesian and Indian cities.

The people also said there was a lot of room for increasing bilateral trade, which had touched almost $20 billion in 2017. At the same time, India’s rice and bovine meat exports had increased and Indonesia is discussing the import of sugar from India, they said. Indonesia has invited Indian businesses to help develop the port on Sabang island, close to Malacca Strait and efforts are on to convince Indian businesses of the advantages of investing there, they added.


IIT-Madras: Indian Institute of Innovation

g_105463_iit_madras_280x210.jpgIIT-Madras’s focus on core technology has attracted entrepreneurs in droves
Image: P Ravikumar for Forbes India

The incubation cell on the third floor of the IIT-Madras Research Park is an epicentre of nervous energy. The glass door is flung open every few minutes as entrepreneurs, fresh out of brainstorming sessions with their mentors, storm to their workstations to put the learnings to test. Some are building energy-efficient batteries and smart farming technologies while others are putting together remotely-operated vehicles that would deep dive into oceans to facilitate underwater inspections.

But what a majority of the startups at the incubator have in common is they are the so-called deep tech startups, that are heavily reliant on science and technology—artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, computer vision and robotics—and are seldom consumer-focussed, a sharp contrast to investors’ favourites such as online retail, payments or ride-hailing companies.

The incubation cell’s single-minded focus on such businesses, which may struggle to find a footing elsewhere be it for lack of investors or experts to handhold them, has attracted founders by the droves. This, despite the facilities being housed in Chennai, about 350 km from Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley and startup hub. “All the entrepreneurs here are core technology people who speak the same language and understand issues that impact technology-focussed ventures. Exchange of ideas becomes even easier with people on the same wavelength,” says Ankit Poddar, chief executive at Swadha Energies, which develops power saving technologies.

Tamaswati Ghosh, chief executive at the incubation cell, says the only motive of the incubators at the institute—apart from this nodal incubation cell set up in 2013, there are three others focussed on social impact, biotechnology, and healthcare and medical technology—is to nurture innovators, not make money. At the same time, they prepare the startups to survive an unforgiving world outside. “Our seed funding support ranges from ₹5 lakh to ₹50 lakh, which is typically disbursed in tranches, based on milestones. The initial ₹5 lakh is a grant and funding beyond that is given as a soft loan at 6-8 percent annual interest. Minor equity is taken for overall incubation support, with emphasis on mentoring—technical, compliance and business—and access to a host of services,” says Ghosh. “The startups have to demonstrate they can absorb a loan and pay us.