Fact Check: Is this a Dog guarding over its Master’s Grave? Find out the Truth!

“Man’s best friend” is a popular phrase used to describe domestic dogs referring to their close relationship, loyalty, friendship and companionship with humans. There are many real life stories about dog’s loyalty and love towards its master that we come across on social media and mainstream media. We found one such story trending on social media, where it […]

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FACT CHECK: Did UNESCO Release A Statement About The Recent Deforestation In Sinharaja? Find out the Truth…

Dr. Punchinilame Meegaswatte, Secretary of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU), stated that there is no threat of deforestation in Sinharaja reserve as claimed by many. This statement had been a hot topic on both mainstream media and social media, over the past couple of weeks. A number of media organizations in the […]

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FACT CHECK: Are These the Images of Deforestation in Various Parts of Sri Lanka? Here’s the Truth!

Deforestation is a hot topic in Sri Lanka these days. Ever since Bhagya Abeyratne spoke about it on Sirasa Lakshapathi program, social media was abuzz with various kinds of images claiming to be of deforestation happening in various parts of the island. We noticed a particular Facebook page that had posted a number of posts […]

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Former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has NOT converted Buddhism.

An image of former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wearing monk robes is circulating on social media claiming that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has converted to Buddhism and thus we can see him in the robe attire. The image is going viral on Facebook and Twitter. The caption of the post mentions that “World cup […]

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FACT CHECK: Is This the Photo of Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma’s Newborn Baby? Find Out the Truth…

Photos of newborn kids of celebrities and prominent families attract a lot of attention on social media. Sometimes unrelated photos get viral as photos of newborn children get viral as kids of celebrities. Recently we did a couple of fact checks in Sinhala on photos wrongly claimed to be of newborns of Rajapaksa family. You […]

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FACT CHECK: Don’t Fall for This Spam Message in Name of WHO…

Many online hoaxes and scams spreading through social media platforms, especially through WhatsApp are always at Fact Crescendo’s watch. We have debunked several spam messages circulating on WhatsApp.  Few days back, we came across a WhatsApp message, which claimed that World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to provide 500-dollar benefit. However, our investigations revealed that […]

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FACT CHECK: Is Tamil language replaced by Chinese from public signboards in Sri Lanka? Here’s the truth…

We have debunked several misleading content, which implied that Tamil language had been replaced by Chinese Mandarin script in some of the key public places in Sri Lanka. Here are few examples: Link 1 | Link 2 On a similar note, photos of a name board, which did not feature Tamil text, was shared once […]

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Altered Images Showing Tamil language Removed from Prominent Display Boards in Sri Lanka Go Viral….

Increasing influence of China in Sri Lanka under the Rajapakshas has been an issue raised by the detractors of the regime and the opposition. We see a lot of campaign against this on social media as well. Sometimes false and misleading claims are also made on social media while trying to prove a point. Here […]

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FACT CHECK: Rise in Sri Lanka’s cattle slaughter with the opening of South Asia’s largest meat processing plant? Here are the facts…

A resolution banning cattle slaughter in Sri Lanka was unanimously passed in the parliament few months ago, but a final decision on this is still pending. In this context, images of Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa, elder son of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, opening a meat-processing factory, claimed to be the largest of its kind in […]

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FACT CHECK: Was this video taken in Kattankudy during the Burevi Cyclone?

The recent Cyclone Burevi which hit the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka on the night of 2nd December, gradually moved west towards the on the following day, without causing extensive damage.  The Department of Meteorology and Disaster Management Center both had issued warnings about heavy rains and strong winds especially in the identified risk zones […]

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