Beware of Hoax WhatsApp Message Asking to Register for Free Laptops Offered by The Government…

There are plenty of online hoaxes spread through social media platforms, especially through WhatsApp. At Fact Crescendo, we are always alert for such online frauds. Due to which we came across this WhatsApp message claiming that government was providing free laptop for the youth and requested users to get register to avail this offer. We […]

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FACT CHECK: Old and unrelated video shared as Cyclone Burevi in Sri Lanka

Cyclone Burevi hit the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka on the night of 2nd December and gradually moved west towards the Bay of Bengal on the following day, without causing extensive damage.  Earlier Department of Meteorology along with Disaster Management Center had issued several warnings for heavy rains accompanied with strong winds especially to the […]

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BMW is NOT offering FREE CARS in SRI LANKA TO CELEBRATE THEIR ANNIVERSARY!

Online hoaxes and scams are aplenty on the internet and social media seems to be its breeding ground. At Fact Crescendo we are always on the alert for such online frauds, including this post published last April by a Facebook page claiming to be an official page of BMW in Sri Lanka with over 26,000 […]

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IS ASIRI HOSPITAL TEAMING UP WITH ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY TO PROVIDE AFFORDABLE MEDICAL STUDIES FOR LOCAL STUDENTS?

While university/higher education is provided free of charge by the government of Sri Lanka, many private universities also offer paid degree programmes in the country. Medical education has been a bone of contention locally, especially a few years ago when a private university, namely SAITM attempted to set up a private medical faculty in Malabe. […]

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Is This Photo Of Spotted Deer From Nuwara Eliya?

Nuwara Eliya is one of Sri Lanka’s most loved holiday destinations. Located in the hill country, its cool climate was sought after even during colonial times. Among the locale’s wildlife attractions are many bird and mammal species endemic to Sri-Lanka, including wild boar, sambar and barking deer. In this context we noticed a viral Facebook […]

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Placard Congratulating President & Prime Minister For Eliminating Coronavirus From Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response from the state was an immediate lockdown for nearly two months which is just now beginning to ease in several parts of the country. While some argued that the state imposed curfew was a harsh one, limiting citizen mobility and access to essential services, others appreciated the government’s swift action to […]

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This Photo Is Not Of The Puttalam – Anuradhapura Highway. Here’s The Truth…

Sri Lanka’s national highways have been rapidly developing since the end of the country’s 26 year long civil war in 2009 with the help of several funders including the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. The new and reconstructed roads have helped improve livelihoods and lower the cost and time of transporting goods to several […]

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Has Colombo’s Air Pollution Reduced As A Result Of The Lockdown As These Images Claim? We Found Out The Truth.

Alongside the growing COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant lockdown, much debate is happening around its positive impacts to the environment as a result of minimized human activity in many parts of the world. While many posts are circulating on social media about the positive impacts to the environment, some fact checks have debunked many such […]

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This Viral Photo Is Not Of The Famous Mahiyangana 18-Bend Drive. Here Is Why…

As a tourist hotspot, Sri Lanka has many interesting attractions and geographic features. The famous 18-bends (hairpin bends) of the Kandy – Mahiyangane – Padiyatalawa Highway is one such feature and driven through by many locals and tourists alike as it is the main route to many religious and tourist locations in central Sri Lanka. […]

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