Kareena Kapoor Starts Shooting for Hansal Mehta’s Film In London; See Pic


She wrote in the post, “Day 1 Film number 67 or 68? Chalo guys let’s do this”. She went on to tag Hansal and Ekta in the post. Kareena was seen wearing a black coat, braving the London cold. She also had a suitcase on the side and was facing the camera.

Kareena is all set to play the main protagonist in the new Hansal film. She will play the role of a detective in the film. However, not much is known about the film other than her job. Although, their is much anticipation about the gritty thriller.



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TV Ads Distort Tshibaka’s Position on Birth Control



A super PAC supporting Sen. Lisa Murkowski claims in several TV ads that her top challenger, Kelly Tshibaka, “wants to ban birth control in the mail.” Tshibaka has said she would ban the sale of the morning-after pill via the mail, but the ads leave the misleading impression she would ban all forms of birth control.

The ads attacking Tshibaka come from Alaskans for L.I.S.A. (Leadership in a Strong Alaska), a super PAC that backs Murkowski. The first two 30-second ads each feature a different woman who says some version of, “I’ve seen the video. Kelly Tshibaka says she wants to ban birth control in the mail. That’s nuts.”

The issue of contraceptives by mail is particularly crucial in Alaska, where many of the “communities are located off the road system,” another video states.

A third ad follows the same script, but includes a clip of Tshibaka saying, “I would want to make it illegal to send those pills at all.” A woman in that ad then says, “Kelly Tshibaka says she wants to ban birth control in the mail. That’s nuts.”

The video of Tshibaka is from a small campaign event on March 12. The quality of the audio in the video is not great. We could not make out the entirety of the question Tshibaka was asked, but the gist of it was about making it illegal to order abortion pills by mail, not birth control pills.

“So, yeah, I need to think about that more,” Tshibaka said. “I would want to make it illegal to send those pills at all, so you can’t order those pills. And I know from my time working at Postal Service that we can actually stop sending those pills through the mail. We can actually block them in the mail. If we were to pass that kind of act, the Postal Service can block them using data because I was on the team that developed those models. Creating, so a criminal act of a recipient, the drugmaker, the sender, there’s a whole chain there, right, that we would have to prosecute. It’s an interesting question that I’ll need to think through.”

That clearly marks Tshibaka’s support for banning the distribution via the mail of what is commonly referred to as “the abortion pill,” which is mifepristone taken in conjunction with misoprostol. The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication to end a pregnancy through 10 weeks of gestation.

A man in the audience at the March 12 campaign event then asked Tshibaka if “birth control fall[s] underneath that same category.”

Tshibaka says “it would.” Tshibaka then mentioned abortifacients (drugs that induce abortions), but due to the poor quality of the video, it was unclear to us which forms of birth control she was saying that she believes fall into that category. We reached out to the Tshibaka campaign for clarification, but we got no response.

However, a video posted on Tshibaka’s campaign website makes clear that she considers the Plan B pill, and similar medication known as morning-after pills, to be a pill “that cause[s] abortions” and therefore one that she favors banning via mail. A morning-after pill is taken within five days of unprotected sex to reduce the chance of pregnancy.

“Here’s the truth,” Tshibaka said in the video. “I’m pro-life, and after the Supreme Court decision, some states may not allow abortions. That means that pills that cause abortions like RU-486 or Plan B, they wouldn’t be able to be sold by mail there either. But abortion pills shouldn’t be confused with regular birth control pills, which millions of women, including me, have taken over the years for a variety of reasons. Unlike what the senator and her surrogates are spooking up, no one is coming after our birth control pills.” (RU-486 is the abortion pill.)

In an op-ed for the Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 4, Tshibaka said her words at the March campaign event were being distorted.

Tshibaka op-ed, Aug. 4: Let’s address the biggest lie first – her outrageous claim that I support banning the sale of birth control pills through the mail.

I and members of my family are among the millions of American women who have taken birth control pills. I do not support restricting their sale through the mail or otherwise. Investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in an ad campaign will not change that fact.

The deceptive ads rely on video taken out of context from one of my many town halls, when I was answering questions about abortion and other topics. Pills that induce abortions should not be confused with regular birth control pills that prevent pregnancies.

After getting the endorsement of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America in September, Tshibaka said, “Voters will never wonder where I stand, as I will protect life and oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, while supporting access to birth control without a prescription, both over the counter and through the mail.”

While Tshibaka and others in the anti-abortion camp, including the Catholic Church, consider the morning-after pill to be an abortifacient, the Mayo Clinic, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and others in the scientific community say the morning-after pill is an “emergency contraceptive” that delays or prevents ovulation but does not end a pregnancy.

In 2013, ACOG and several other medical associations addressed the topic in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case, which established that for-profit, closely-held companies couldn’t be required to pay for contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act because of a federal religious freedom law.

“Scientific research shows that Plan B … function[s] by inhibiting or postponing ovulation” and does not “prevent fertilization or implantation,” the brief states. The characterization of Plan B pills as “abortifacients” is “unsupported,” they wrote.

“Abortifacient has a precise meaning in the medical and scientific community and it refers to the termination of a pregnancy. Contraceptives that prevent fertilization from occurring, or even prevent implantation, are simply not abortifacients regardless of an individual’s personal or religious beliefs or mores,” the brief stated. “The medical and scientific record establishes that the emergency contraceptives approved by the FDA, as well as the approved intrauterine devices, do not interfere with pregnancy and are not abortifacients, because they are not effective after a fertilized egg has successfully implanted in the uterus.”

Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, wrote in August, “Scientific evidence suggests that neither the morning-after pill (which is a higher dose of a hormone used in regular birth control pills) nor IUDs stop the implantation of a fertilized egg and therefore do not cause abortions.”

And so, in the case of morning-after pills, Tshibaka does support banning via mail what ACOG and others in the medical community consider a form of emergency contraception. But the ads suggest Tshibaka would ban all forms of birth control via mail, and Tshibaka has made clear on multiple occasions that that is not her position.

More broadly, Tshibaka’s stance on abortion varies considerably from Murkowski’s. The incumbent Republican has said she supports legislation codifying abortion rights.

“I strongly support women’s reproductive freedoms, including the right to abortion established by Roe and Casey. I also believe in limited government and an individual’s liberty to make choices about their own health,” Murkowski said in May after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. “Consistent with Roe and Casey, I support reasonable limits on abortion services related to maternal health. I oppose late-term abortion, as long as there are clear and workable exceptions in the case of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is threatened. I also oppose the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, and oppose any requirement for individuals to provide these services against their religious beliefs.”

In addition to Murkowski and Tshibaka, Democrat Pat Chesbro is on the general election ballot. Chesbro is a strong advocate for abortion rights.

Under Alaska’s new voting system, the top four candidates in the primary, regardless of party affiliation, advanced to the general election, which will be decided by ranked-choice voting.

In ranked-choice voting, which Alaskan voters approved in 2020, voters rank the candidates. If no candidate in the first round receives a majority of votes — 50% plus one vote — then the last-place candidate is eliminated, and the second-choice candidates on those ballots are awarded those votes. The process continues until a candidate receives a majority.

The fourth-place finisher in the primary, Republican Buzz Kelley, dropped out of the race on Sept. 12 and threw his support behind Tshibaka, who finished second behind Murkowski in the Aug. 16 primary.


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‘Saw the DJ Side of Amitabh Bachchan’: Rashmika Mandanna on Shooting ‘Goodbye’


Rashmika Mandanna, who stars in Goodbye with Amitabh Bachchan and Neena Gupta, talked to The Quint about entering Bollywood, her career, Rashmika says that becoming an actor came as a surprise to her.

She recalls, “There was an instance in school when my teachers wanted me to audition for a play and the only thing they came and told me was, ‘Please do not act because you can’t act. Don’t get into this’.”

Talking about working with Amitabh Bachchan, Rashmika says, “Initially, I had a preconceived notion of him being a very strict person, he’s not going to chit-chat with us; you need to be your best in front of him and I went to do that.”

Rashmika also talked about why she decided to work on Goodbye, why she wants to play different characters, the difference between working in the South industry and Bollywood, and much more.

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Pics: Hrithik Roshan, Saba Azad, Tabu at Richa Chadha-Ali Fazal’s Reception


Actor couple Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal hosted a reception for their industry friends on Tuesday. Richa wore a multicoloured outfit while Ali wore a regal black suit.

Several celebrities including Hrithik Roshan, Saba Azad, Tabu, Vicky Kaushal, Manoj Bajpayee, and Divya Dutta. See photos from the event here:



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Ad Distorts Abortion Views of Republican House Candidate from Nevada – FactCheck.org


An ad from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee falsely claims that Nevada Republican House candidate April Becker supports a nationwide abortion ban and “taking away a woman’s right to abortion with no exceptions.” 

Becker has said she supports a ban on abortion except in cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother. Becker also has said she opposes regulating abortion on the federal level.

Abortion became a top issue in the 2022 midterm elections following the Supreme Court’s June ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade — which established a constitutional right to abortion in 1973. 

The DCCC, the party’s official campaign committee for electing Democrats to the House, focused this ad on Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District race between Becker and Democrat Rep. Susie Lee.

The ad, which is titled “April Becker is too extreme and a threat to Nevada women,” was posted Sept. 19 on the Facebook page of AAPI Vote 2022, which is a DCCC campaign that targets Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. The post received over 13,000 views.

 

In the ad, the narrator says, “April Becker is a threat to our rights. She doesn’t care about Nevada women. She supported overturning Roe v. Wade, taking away a woman’s right to an abortion with no expectations for rape, incest or to save her life, and would join extremist Republicans in Congress trying to ban abortion nationwide, including in Nevada. April Becker is too extreme and a threat to Nevada women.”

Several versions of the ad are active on the AAPI Vote 2022 page, according to the Facebook Ad Library.   

“April Becker has not only failed to stand up for southern Nevada’s AAPI community, she’s pushed dangerous policies and is backed by far-right, anti-choice extremists,” DCCC spokesperson Johanna Warshaw said about the claims on the DCCC website. “We will continue to call out her extremism and make the choice clear to AAPI voters this November.”

But the ad exaggerates Becker’s views on abortion.

Though Becker did support overturning Roe v. Wade, Becker’s website says she is pro-life, “with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.” 

We reached out to the DCCC for comment, but didn’t hear back.

Several DCCC press releases say that Becker is backed by the “extremist anti-abortion” groups National Right to Life and Nevada Right to Life, which want to “ban abortion without exceptions for rape or incest.

The press releases suggest that Becker wants to ban abortion without exceptions because she’s supported by these groups. But, as we already said, that’s false.

Becker Doesn’t Support Federal Abortion Ban

The ad on Facebook and other ads and press releases on the DCCC website also falsely claim that Becker supports a federal law banning abortion. 

The Facebook ad cites an article published in May by the Nevada Globe, whose founding editor is conservative commentator Megan Barth, as a source for the claim that Becker supports abortion without exceptions and supports a federal abortion ban.

In Barth’s interview with Becker in the Nevada Globe, Becker responds to a question about what was then the court’s leaked opinion on the possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade. But Becker’s response doesn’t back up the DCCC’s claims.

Becker, May 11, 2022: When they (Democrats) argue about a slippery slope with the repeal, they don’t understand the constitution or Bill of Rights. Any of those types of issues are protected under the 14th amendment. Roe V. Wade should be left to the states. I spent an entire semester studying Roe V. Wade and it was a decision made by judges who violated the separation of powers and made law. Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, you should step back and understand that when judges overstep boundaries, our system doesn’t work properly. I don’t think this [is] going to have any effect on my race or anyone’s race. It would have to be changed by the people of Nevada and is a beautiful example of how our government works.

After the court ruled on Roe v. Wade, Becker said in an interview on Sept. 10 that she interprets the ruling by the Supreme Court to mean abortion laws must be left up to the states and can’t be legislated by Congress.

Becker’s campaign website says that the court ruling “makes any federal action on abortion restrictions unconstitutional,” adding that Becker would vote against any attempt to regulate abortion at the federal level.

On Sept. 13, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina introduced a bill calling for a national ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

But Becker also said in her Sept. 10 interview that she is not interested in a nationwide ban at 15 or 20 weeks of pregnancy, adding, “if a federal law were passed either way, it would be unconstitutional.”

Another DCCC press release about Becker said that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California released the “GOP’s plan for America” if they regained control of the House in the midterm elections and that it includes a nationwide abortion ban, calling it the “Becker-McCarthy plan.” But that’s misleading.

The press release linked to McCarthy’s plan, “Commitment to America,” which does not propose a nationwide abortion ban. It says the party would “protect the lives of unborn children and their mothers,” without specifying how that would be accomplished. During the unveiling of the House GOP agenda at an event in Pennsylvania on Sept. 23, GOP leaders didn’t provide any details about their abortion plan, as Politico reported.

The DCCC also linked to an article about McCarthy by the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund. The article said McCarthy “made a commitment to the extreme MAGA agenda” and part of that agenda is “banning abortion nationwide,” and it linked to Graham’s proposal.

CNN reported McCarthy said he would support a 15-week abortion ban, but also said “McCarthy did not commit to putting any specific pieces of anti-abortion legislation on the House floor if they recapture the majority.”

Contrary to the DCCC’s ad, we could find no evidence that Becker “would join extremist Republicans in Congress trying to ban abortion nationwide.” In fact, she explicitly has said she wouldn’t.

Congressional Power Over Abortion

Becker’s position that Congress can’t regulate abortion has drawn criticism from Democrats and anti-abortion activists, NBC News reported.

“We are firm believers that there is a federal government role here and are advocating that among Republican lawmakers and candidates,” Mallory Carroll, a spokesperson for Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, told NBC News. “We are expecting for anyone who calls themselves pro-life to advocate at the federal level for protections for the unborn.”

When asked about Becker’s stance that abortion can’t be regulated by Congress, Lee, Becker’s opponent, said, “I’ve never heard of that. I don’t know if she’s in a different reality.

Congress does have the ability to pass federal legislation that would either ban abortion or allow abortion, according to constitutional law experts. 

“Yes, Congress does have the power to do either under the Commerce Clause” of the Constitution, Laurence Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard University, told us in an email.

The commerce clause of the Constitution gives Congress power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.”

In United States v. Lopez, the Supreme Court determined the commerce clause allowed Congress to regulate “activities that substantially affect interstate commerce.” The broad wording gives Congress the authority to make legislation on a wide range of topics, such as the environment and abortion, according to the Congressional Research Service.  

“Congress has historically used the Commerce Clause as authority to enact abortion-related legislation,” CRS said in a July report after the Supreme Court ruling on abortion. 

While Congress has usually used the clause to enact legislation, some question if that can continue following the court’s ruling on Roe. 

“Despite Congress’s past reliance on its commerce power to enact abortion-related legislation, some legal scholars question whether the Commerce Clause provides Congress with general authority to regulate abortion,” CRS reported. “On this view, the performance of an abortion at a local clinic does not necessarily involve or affect interstate commerce, and the availability of a contentious medical procedure is traditionally a state matter. Although the Supreme Court has not directly ruled on the issue, at least one sitting Justice has questioned whether Congress can generally regulate abortion under the Commerce Clause. However, as mentioned above, several federal courts of appeals have concluded that providing reproductive health services is commercial activity that Congress may broadly regulate under the Commerce Clause.”


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Morphed image: 2017 Times Now graphic edited to show Rahul ahead of Modi – Alt News


Arun Reddy, the social media coordinator of the All India National Congress Committee, tweeted a screengrab taken from the Times Now news channel on September 26. The image features a graphic containing figures for ‘public sentiment’ toward some of the prominent leaders in Indian politics. It contains a comparison of the numbers for key individuals like Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Among them, according to the graphic, Rahul Gandhi leads the pack with 66%. On the other hand, Narendra Modi is seen in the second position with 15%. The image also shows former Times Now anchor Anand Narasimhan as the host of the show. This screenshot is being shared in praise of Rahul Gandhi.


It is worth noting that this picture is being shared in the context of Congress’ ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra‘, which began from Kanyakumari on September 7. As part of this initiative, several Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, will campaign for the party across the country. The yatra will conclude in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar after 150 days. However, the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ has been targeted by the opposition since it was kicked off. Readers can find related reports here.

The Rajasthan Youth Congress tweeted the image while praising Rahul Gandhi. (Archived link)

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh also retweeted the photo, amplified by Twitter handle ‘@CSBSiinm’.


Twitter handle ‘@UnitedWithINC’ also amplified the image. (Archived link)

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The screenshot is also widespread on Facebook.


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It is worth noting that the anchor seen in the screenshot is Anand Narasimhan, who was formerly with Times Now channel. He is currently a senior anchor at News18. Hence, we suspected that the screengrab might be out of date.

Next, Alt News performed a reverse image search, which led us to a Times of India article dated December 19, 2017. The report, which also carries footage from Times Now, covers the 2017 Assembly elections held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. In the video, anchor Anand Narasimhan explains that most of the conversations about Rahul Gandhi are happening on social media. At the same time, 15 percent of people are talking about Prime Minister Modi on social media. The other leaders who appear on the screen are Hardik Patel, former Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani.


A side by side comparison of the viral image and original screengrab is given below. The differences between the two are clear.


The Times of India uploaded the video of this broadcast to YouTube on December 18, 2017. The video report discusses the results of the 2017 Assembly polls held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

The results of the 2017 Assembly elections in Gujarat were declared on December 18, 2017. The BJP secured 99 seats, whereas the Congress won 77 seats. The results of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections were also released on the same day, in which the BJP won 44 seats, and the number of seats that the Congress got was 21.

To sum it up, a screengrab of a Times Now broadcast from the 2017 Gujarat-Himachal Assembly elections was edited and falsely shared as recent. Many Congress supporters shared it in praise of Rahul Gandhi.

Update: The detail about the image being doctored has been added to this article later.

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Fact-Check: Did UP electricity dept issue notice only to mosqes & madrasas for stealing power? – Alt News


A few days ago, media outlets reported that 400 mosques and madrasas in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur were operating on stolen electricity. According to these reports, the electricity department issued notices to those running the mosques and madrasas asking them to install electricity connections within a week. If they failed to comply, action would be taken after an inspection campaign.

On September 25, Live Hindustan reported that more than 400 mosques and madrasas were running on stolen electricity. The report included a statement by executive engineer Bhishma Singh Tomar who stated, “About 400 mosques and madrasas in the city do not have electricity connections. A list of these establishments have been sought from the police. There is an appeal to all of them to install an electricity connection within a week. If they fail to do so, their electricity connection would be cut and charges would be filed under electricity theft. (Archived link)


Another report by Live Hindustan dated September 26 mentioned the use of stolen electricity by more than 400 mosques and madrasas. (Archived link)


Navbharat Times also published a report with a similar claim on September 26. (Archived link)


RSS mouthpiece ‘Panchjanya’ also claimed that mosques and madrassas in Rampur were issued notices over electricity theft. (Archived link)


Fact-check

Alt News performed a keyword search to get to the bottom of this claim. This led us to an article by The Times of India dated September 25. According to this article, 59 temples and 115 mosques in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur were asked to get electricity connections. This article has been written by journalist Arvind Chauhan.


We saw that Chauhan had called the claim made by Live Hindustan ‘misleading’ in a September 26 tweet. He also shared the list of 59 temples and 115 mosques in this tweet.

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Alt News reached out to Vishal Malik, the zonal secretary of Rampur PVVNL (Paschim Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited) to gather more information on the matter. He stated that the department had urged all religious places running without power connections to submit applications for electricity connections within a week. This includes both temples and mosques. It is worth noting that the department did not single out mosques in its directive to install power connections. Malik also informed Alt News that executive engineer Bhishma Singh Tomar had shared an advisory on this in a WhatsApp group consisting of local journalists. Along with this, he also shared the list containing details of the 59 temples and 115 mosques, along with their location and operators. Vikas forwarded both these messages to us.


It is worth noting that the text used in the advisory is misleading since it mentions masjids, madrasas, maulvis and the caretakers of the masjid. However, there is no mention of temples or priests anywhere.

The readers can download this pdf file by clicking here. Below is a list of the temples and mosques in the gallery that was sent to the WhatsApp group of journalists.

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Where did the ‘400’ figure come from?

As per a Live Hindustan report, executive engineer Bhishma Singh Tomar had called for a report from the police. On this basis, he claimed that 400 mosques were using electricity without power connections. Alt News got in touch with Tomar to gather information on this. He said that the advisory had been issued to both temples and mosques, and not to any one religious community. He added that it was for all religious places which used electricity without a power connection.

When we asked Bhishma Singh Tomar about the list based on which he made the misleading claim about 400 mosques and madrasas using electricity without connection, he replied that he had only one police station list which he had sent to the WhatsApp group of journalists. It includes 59 temples and 115 mosques. He said that by taking a total of four police stations, he estimated that more than 400 mosques and madrasas were using stolen electricity. When we asked him whether any notice had been issued to the operators of the temple and mosques, he said that no one was issued any notice. Rather, it was an advisory that had been circulated.

Overall, executive engineer Bhishma Singh Tomar issued a misleading advisory and made a misleading statement in the media. On the basis of incomplete information, media outlets claimed that only mosques and madrasas in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur were running on electricity without power connections leading the electricity department to issue a related advisory. In reality, the advisory was issued to all religious places, including temples, to install power connections.

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Iran Hijab row: Turkish TV drama scene shared as man dancing at daughter’s last rites – Alt News


On September 13, Iran’s ‘Morality Police’ arrested 22-year-old Mahsa Amini from Tehran for not wearing her hijab according to official dictates. Mehsa Amini died three days later, allegedly in police custody, on September 16. Following the incident, protests have been raging across Iran. According to a report by the Iran Human Rights Organization, 75 protesters have been killed by security forces so far.

Against this backdrop, a video of some people standing with coffins on their shoulders with a dancing elderly man in front of them is viral on social media. It is being claimed that a father had promised his daughter that he would dance at her wedding, but is now dancing on her grave. The daughter was purportedly killed by the Iranian regime for protesting against the killing of civilians over how they wore their hijabs.

Pakistani journalist Ahmed Quraishi shared the video, claiming that the man seen dancing in front of the coffin in the video was the father of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, whose death in police custody has sparked protests in Iran. (Archived link)

Another user tweeted the video with a similar claim. It garnered over 4.5 lakh views as of this writing. (Archived link)

Another user named Pallavi amplified the video claiming that it featured the father of a woman who was killed for protesting against the killing of civilians over hijabs. (Archived link)


The video is attracting a lot of traction on social media platforms in several countries. JK Rowling, author of the popular fantasy novel series Harry Potter, also retweeted the clip.

Fact-check

Alt News performed a keyword search related to the viral video, and found a tweet posted by Iran’s official news channel Press TV. In this tweet, the outlet dismissed the viral claim and added that this video was part of a Turkish drama named Ata Ocaği.

This is a scene from the 78th episode of the Turkish drama Ata Ocaği. This video was uploaded on YouTube by a channel named Xəzər TV on January 9, 2018. Scenes from the viral video appear here between the 19:26 and 20:18 mark.

To sum it up, several social media users mistakenly shared a video of a Turkish drama with the false claim that the man dancing in front of a coffin was the father of a woman killed in the ongoing protests over the hijab in Iran.

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No, viral video doesn’t show Rahul and Cong leaders inebriated during Bharat Jodo Yatra – Alt News


A video of Rahul Gandhi and some other Congress leaders coming out of a restaurant is making the rounds on social media. It has been claimed that the politicians were inebriated as they were coming out of a bar during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

BJP supporter Prabha Upadhyay tweeted the visuals and wrote, “Rahul Gandhi and senior Congress leaders coming out fully drunk from a local bar in Kerala during Bar Jodo Yatra.” (Archived link)

Rishi Bagree, another BJP supporter, also amplified the footage and wrote that the leaders were all intoxicated and inebriated. (Archived link)


Fellow BJP supporter and right wing handle @BefittingFacts also shared the video, adding, “Are they coming drunk at Bharat Jodo Yatra?” (Archived link)


Similarly, numerous social media users posted the video and claimed that Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders were seen coming out of a bar and were intoxicated while on the road for the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Fact-check

We spoke to other Congress leaders who were present when the photo was being taken. They informed Alt News that they were recorded while walking out of an eatery named ‘Malabar Restaurant’ in Kerala’s Kollam district, where they had gone to have dinner.

Based on this information, we reached out to the manager of the aforementioned restaurant. He revealed that Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders had come to dine at the restaurant. The manager clarified that the establishment was not a bar and did not serve liquor. Along with this, he also sent us the CCTV footage from the same night. The clip clearly shows that Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders were simply having food while seated at the table.

Congress leader Pawan Khera posted a tweet warning Rishi Bagree, who had shared the video out of context, of legal action.

To sum it up, a number of social media users, including several BJP supporters, falsely claimed that Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders were seen leaving a bar in an inebriated state during the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’. In reality, Rahul Gandhi and the Congress leaders seen with him were coming out of Malabar restaurant in Kerala after having dinner.

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Our American Century – FactCheck.org


Political leanings: Republican/Conservative

2020 total spending: $5.5 million

Our American Century is one of many political committees managed by long-time PAC treasurer Cabell Hobbs.

The super PAC was established in 2012, originally under the name Geaux PAC, by its treasurer, Michael D. Thompson. As a super PAC, officially known as an independent expenditure-only committee, Our American Century advocates for the election or defeat of federal candidates without coordinating with candidates, campaigns or political parties. It can accept unlimited contributions, but it must disclose its donors.

In 2017, Geaux PAC was renamed to Our American Century, and in 2018, Hobbs assumed the role of treasurer. In the three election cycles prior to Hobbs becoming treasurer, the super PAC never raised more than $67,000. 

Over his career, Hobbs has worked for numerous committees associated with well-known GOP politicians. He currently serves as treasurer for the John Bolton PAC and assistant treasurer for the Ted Cruz for Senate campaign committee. During the 2004 campaign, Hobbs was the assistant treasurer for the Bush-Cheney ’04 Compliance Committee for Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush and his running mate, Dick Cheney.

In 2020, Our American Century raised nearly $7.7 million, predominantly from two donors: Fred Eshelman, founder of Eshelman Ventures investment company and founding chairman of Furiex Pharmaceuticals, who donated $7 million, and Tim Dunn, CEO of CrownQuest Operating, who contributed $550,000.

Our American Century spent $5.5 million on the 2020 presidential election: $2.1 million in support of then-President Donald Trump, and $3.4 million against the election of Joe Biden. 

In December 2020, Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan election watchdog, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that alleged Our American Century violated the Federal Election Campaign Act when it paid for a Trump campaign ad during the 2020 campaign.

On Aug. 10, the super PAC agreed to pay a $14,000 fine for failing to disclose that it “made six ad buys from Google” for the Trump campaign ad in four swing states in late October, according to a FEC letter to Hobbs. The ad carried a disclaimer that said it was “[p]aid for by Donald J. Trump President, Inc.,” even though the super PAC paid between $5,100 and $251,000 for the ad buys, the FEC said.

In the 2022 election cycle, Our American Century has received over $12 million, as of Aug. 31. Large donors include Steve Wynn, co-founder of Wynn Resorts and former finance chair of the Republican National Committee, and Save America, a Republican leadership PAC formed by Trump. They have contributed $10.35 million and $1 million, respectively.

As of Sept. 30, the super PAC has spent $6.75 million on independent expenditures, including $5 million against 10 Democratic senatorial candidates, since the start of September. 

Our American Century has been most active in Pennsylvania, where it is supporting Republican Mehmet Oz for Senate. In total, it has spent over $2 million advocating for the election of Oz and the defeat of his opponents. Mehmet faces Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the Nov. 8 general election. 

Fact-checking Our American Century:

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