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QAnon’s ‘independent and self-sustaining’ rise in Japan shows the conspiracy theory’s global spread

Like its US counterpart, Japan’s QAnon community centers on an unsubstantiated belief that Trump is battling to save the world from a cabal of pedophiles, including Democrats and “deep state” agents, and is perhaps most notable for its reverence of Michael Flynn.
The spread of QAnon globally could have real-world consequences such as decreased uptake of Covid-19 vaccines(AP)
The spread of QAnon globally could have real-world consequences such as decreased uptake of Covid-19 vaccines(AP)
Published on Nov 30, 2020 12:39 PM IST
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New day, new villain: Rohit Roy on media coverage of Sushant’s death

Rohit Roy feels that the constant speculations are driving people away from the main discussion - mental health
Rohit Roy will next be seen in Mumbai Saga
Rohit Roy will next be seen in Mumbai Saga
Published on Aug 10, 2020 05:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Navneet Vyasan

Sushant’s case is long drawn battle, says Ananth Mahadevan

Ananth Mahadevan feels mysterious deaths often don’t have closure citing the examples of Marilyn Monroe, Divya Bharti, Jiah Khan and Disha Salian
Ananth Mahadevan feels the film industry can learn lessons from this case(Yogen Shah)
Ananth Mahadevan feels the film industry can learn lessons from this case(Yogen Shah)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 11:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Kavita Awaasthi

Swara Bhasker defends Sushant Singh Rajput’s therapist, says all codes of conduct went out of the window when photos of his body were shared

Swara Bhasker defended Sushant Singh Rajput’s therapist Susan Walker for revealing details of his diagnosis, saying that she did so in a ‘genuinely exceptional circumstance’.
Swara Bhasker defended Sushant Singh Rajput’s therapist for sharing details about his diagnosis.
Swara Bhasker defended Sushant Singh Rajput’s therapist for sharing details about his diagnosis.
Updated on Aug 02, 2020 07:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk

Sushant Singh Rajput’s therapist: ‘He was suffering from depression and hypomania, Rhea Chakraborty his strongest support’

Sushant Singh Rajput’s therapist has talked about the actor’s mental health issues, saying that he would seek therapy from her last year.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s therapist says Rhea Chakraborty was a source of support to the actor.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s therapist says Rhea Chakraborty was a source of support to the actor.
Updated on Aug 02, 2020 08:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Entertainment Desk

Undermining Sushant Rajput’s tragic death

Interrogate power structures, but don’t launch a witch-hunt
Nepotism is a real problem in Bollywood. And that debate must take place. But irresponsible narratives, and all kinds of conspiracy theories, have found their way into the police investigation into Rajput’s case(FILE/HT)
Nepotism is a real problem in Bollywood. And that debate must take place. But irresponsible narratives, and all kinds of conspiracy theories, have found their way into the police investigation into Rajput’s case(FILE/HT)
Updated on Jul 22, 2020 08:18 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent

How Nepal’s PM is harming ties

KP Oli has left little scope for meaningful engagement
If Mr Oli is truly a nationalist, he should worry about the Chinese penetration in every sphere of Nepali polity(PTI)
If Mr Oli is truly a nationalist, he should worry about the Chinese penetration in every sphere of Nepali polity(PTI)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 06:06 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent

Battling coronavirus, with innovative messaging | HT Editorial

The use of social media platforms to disseminate best practices is welcome
Since the outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) has found itself in a difficult position, having to quickly respond to, and dismiss, misinformation. But then, WHO also realised the potential of social media in getting out as much accurate information on protection, hygiene, and the impact of the virus, and started its own TikTok account(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Since the outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) has found itself in a difficult position, having to quickly respond to, and dismiss, misinformation. But then, WHO also realised the potential of social media in getting out as much accurate information on protection, hygiene, and the impact of the virus, and started its own TikTok account(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 10, 2020 10:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent

Facebook bans news outlet from buying Donald Trump -supporting ads

The Epoch Times pushed ads under names such as “Honest Paper” and “Pure American Journalism”, bypassing Facebook’s political advertising transparency rules.
US President Donald Trump(HT image)
US President Donald Trump(HT image)
Updated on Aug 24, 2019 10:33 AM IST
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San Francisco | By Indo Asian News Service

Tiny town near secretive Area 51 braces for alien hunters

Rachel and its surroundings had long celebrated their spot in UFO lore as a tourist draw.
More than 2 million Facebook users have said they plan to go (representational image).(Unsplash)
More than 2 million Facebook users have said they plan to go (representational image).(Unsplash)
Published on Aug 22, 2019 03:15 PM IST
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Rachel | By Reuters

German city offers 1 million euros to anyone who proves it doesn’t exist

The idea that Bielefeld doesn’t exist was first floated by computer expert Achim Held, who posted the satirical claim on the Internet in 1994 in an effort to poke fun at online conspiracy theories.
City officials in Bielefeld said Wednesday they’ll give 1 million euros ($1.1 million) to the person who delivers solid proof of its non-existence.(AP)
City officials in Bielefeld said Wednesday they’ll give 1 million euros ($1.1 million) to the person who delivers solid proof of its non-existence.(AP)
Updated on Aug 21, 2019 06:41 PM IST
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BERLIN | By Associated Press

Humour: Moonstruck!

Nothing connects science with poetry quite as well as the endlessly fascinating satellite
The phases of the moon supply fitting metaphors for human struggles and successes(Illustration: Sunil Kumar Mallik)
The phases of the moon supply fitting metaphors for human struggles and successes(Illustration: Sunil Kumar Mallik)
Updated on Aug 03, 2019 11:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Rehana Munir

ICC World Cup 2019: Another ex-Pak cricketer says India will lose their remaining games intentionally

Sikander Bakht, who played 26 Tests and 27 ODIs for Pakistan, believes once the Men in Blue are through to the knockout stage, they will lose their remaining games to oust the Green Brigade of the tournament
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - West Indies v India - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - June 27, 2019 India's Virat Kohli celebrates with team mates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith(Action Images via Reuters)
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - West Indies v India - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - June 27, 2019 India's Virat Kohli celebrates with team mates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith(Action Images via Reuters)
Updated on May 27, 2020 10:31 PM IST
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New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service

Special court in Gujarat sentences accused in Godhra train carnage case to life imprisonment

With his sentence, a total of 32 accused in the case have been awarded life imprisonment and 11 convicts were given death penalty. Sixty-three accused have been acquitted in the case by the special investigation team (SIT) court while accepting the conspiracy theory behind the train carnage.
A special court on Wednesday sentenced Yakub Gani Pataliya, an accused in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case — to life imprisonment .(AFP File Photo)
A special court on Wednesday sentenced Yakub Gani Pataliya, an accused in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case — to life imprisonment .(AFP File Photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2019 12:07 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad | By HT Correspondent

Trump blasts theories of body double of his wife Melania

Trump alleged on Wednesday in a tweet that photos of his wife had been altered to make them appear as though a look-alike accompanied him to Alabama last week to survey tornado damage.
US President Donald Trump is not amused by the #FakeMelania conspiracy theories circulating on social media.(AP)
US President Donald Trump is not amused by the #FakeMelania conspiracy theories circulating on social media.(AP)
Updated on Mar 14, 2019 08:14 AM IST
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Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India

‘Very dangerous’: Arvind Kejriwal sees a conspiracy in 10% quota move

Kejriwal tweeted a conspiracy theory that the government move wasn’t just aimed at helping the poor among general category aspirants for jobs and education but part of a far larger game plan to end caste-based reservations.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during a rally in north-east Delhi.(HT file photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal during a rally in north-east Delhi.(HT file photo)
Updated on Jan 09, 2019 04:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Why the farmer suicide debate is counter-productive to understanding India’s agrarian crisis?

In the discourse on agriculture, for instance, farmer suicides are cited as the biggest proof of the agrarian crisis in the country by a large section.
In the discourse on agriculture, fo farmer suicides are cited as the biggest proof of the agrarian crisis in the country by a large section(AFP)
In the discourse on agriculture, fo farmer suicides are cited as the biggest proof of the agrarian crisis in the country by a large section(AFP)
Updated on Dec 27, 2018 07:46 AM IST
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New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore

Online petition hits out at book endorsed by AICTE

Calling all experiments in the book “conspiracy theories”, experts said AICTE was endorsing pseudoscientific claims about supposed inventions of ancient India
Officials from AICTE said the book has references as well.(Pic for representation)
Officials from AICTE said the book has references as well.(Pic for representation)
Published on Sep 29, 2018 12:27 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Shreya Bhandary, Mumbai

Review: The Republic of Beliefs by Kaushik Basu

Kaushik Basu questions the moorings of Law and Economics to show that political groups with retrograde ideas cannot further the cause of justice
A protest in New Delhi in January 2014: Kaushik Basu suggests that change can come only if the beliefs of citizens and the state converge. In the context of violence against women, patriarchal restrictions on women’s mobility are likely to derail justice in cases of sexual assault.(Sonu Mehta/HT)
A protest in New Delhi in January 2014: Kaushik Basu suggests that change can come only if the beliefs of citizens and the state converge. In the context of violence against women, patriarchal restrictions on women’s mobility are likely to derail justice in cases of sexual assault.(Sonu Mehta/HT)
Updated on Sep 28, 2018 07:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Roshan Kishore

Have Indian elections become a marketplace?

The Election Commission is considering imposing a cap on the amount of money a political party can spend on campaigning
A cap, of between 50 and 70 lakh rupees of election related expenditure per candidate, exists even today. It is another matter that almost every candidate under-reports this number, making a mockery of the cap(HT)
A cap, of between 50 and 70 lakh rupees of election related expenditure per candidate, exists even today. It is another matter that almost every candidate under-reports this number, making a mockery of the cap(HT)
Updated on Sep 01, 2018 04:17 PM IST
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By Udayan Mukherjee

Tree census in Sector 91 following complaints

After protests from residents and environmental groups, the authority had stopped cutting trees.
The forest department will have a confirmation on the number of trees cut by Wednesday.
The forest department will have a confirmation on the number of trees cut by Wednesday.
Published on Aug 29, 2018 03:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Noida | By Snehil Sinha

Turkey’s crisis can be solved if Erdogan stops with his conspiracy theories

The latest evidence that it is can be found at the heart of Turkey’s current economic crisis. Turkey is saddled with debt and its currency, the lira, is plunging, yet the central bank has been all but prohibited from defending the currency by raising interest rates, because Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan believes that raising interest rates actually causes inflation.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey’s crisis starkly demonstrates, even the most deeply held of misbegotten beliefs eventually run up against reality(AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey’s crisis starkly demonstrates, even the most deeply held of misbegotten beliefs eventually run up against reality(AP)
Updated on Aug 18, 2018 06:44 PM IST
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By Nina L Khrushcheva

Diet Sabya brought a smile to my face, Sabyasachi on Instagram handle calling out fashion copycats

Read on for what fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee said about Diet Sabya, an anonymous Instagram account that bluntly names and shames established and emerging designers, stylists and photographers for copying others’ designs.
Fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee with actor Kareena Kapoor Khan at Lakme Fashion Week 2016. (IANS File Photo)
Fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee with actor Kareena Kapoor Khan at Lakme Fashion Week 2016. (IANS File Photo)
Updated on Jul 24, 2018 12:46 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanya Panwar

PM assassination plot: There are holes in this bucket of conspiracy theories

It is silly that the police authorities did not consider all the discrepancies in their theories before linking Dalits to Maoists
Ravindra Kadam, Pune’s joint commissioner for law and order speaks during a press conference regarding the arrest of five persons with Maoist links on June 7, 2018.(HT Photo)
Ravindra Kadam, Pune’s joint commissioner for law and order speaks during a press conference regarding the arrest of five persons with Maoist links on June 7, 2018.(HT Photo)
Published on Jun 12, 2018 11:22 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan

Former US President JFK was not shot from grassy knoll site: Study

Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, while riding in a presidential motorcade at Dealey Plaza, in Dallas, Texas. Oswald was arrested shortly after the shooting.
US President John F. Kennedy in an undated photograph courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.(Reuters File Photo)
US President John F. Kennedy in an undated photograph courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2018 12:38 PM IST
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Press Trust of India, Washington | By Press Trust of India

A tiger is stalking villages of Jhargram, and it’s all anyone can talk about

A month after it was first caught on camera, the big cat is still all anyone can talk about in Jhargram, West Bengal. There’s impatience and fear, conspiracy theories (‘there is no tiger’) and heated debates at chai shops over the best way to catch it.
In the last week of February, cattle began to go missing on the edges of the Lalgarh forest. ‘We thought it was hyenas,’ says farmer Bangeshwar Mahato. On March 2, camera trap footage confirmed it was an adult Royal Bengal tiger - the first tiger sighting ever recorded in the region.
In the last week of February, cattle began to go missing on the edges of the Lalgarh forest. ‘We thought it was hyenas,’ says farmer Bangeshwar Mahato. On March 2, camera trap footage confirmed it was an adult Royal Bengal tiger - the first tiger sighting ever recorded in the region.
Updated on Apr 02, 2018 01:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Dipanjan Sinha

Who stole the lunch? US man’s hilarious tweets on office drama after co-worker’s lunch was stolen will surely grip you

Zak Toscani live-tweeted the investigation that was called by his co-worker whose lunch got stolen from his office’s refrigerator.
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Updated on Mar 31, 2018 03:16 PM IST
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