Modi-Xi ‘mating’ isn’t a TOI blunder; it’s mere a social media slander

coastaldigest.com web desk
April 27, 2018

It was neither a malapropism nor a Freudian slip-up. The Times of India’s headline screaming that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “mate” six times in 24 hours was mere a photoshopped version of a mischievous netizen – either an Indian or a Chinese citizen!

Millions of people on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media platforms on Friday (April 27, 2018) blindly believed and shared a single column report of the TOI with an obnoxiously sexy headline thinking that the massive blunder was committed by the India’s leading English newspaper.

The viral photo was also shared by some of the senior Indian politicians, journalists, officers and other prominent personalities on Twitter. A few of them went on to claim that it was a deliberate “wardrobe malfunction” by the TOI to grab the people’s attention.

The TOI, however, took to twitter to clarify that it never committed such a mistake. “A photoshopped image of our headline on the Modi-Xi meet is doing the rounds. All our editions carry the correct headline. You can see the difference when the correct & fake headlines are placed together. The one on the right is the photoshopped image with the word 'mate' tilted,” TOI posted on its official twitter handle along with a collage of the photos of original headline and the viral one.

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November 17,2022

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Udupi, Nov 17: A teenage girl lost her life and her fiancé suffered injuries when their two-wheeler was hit by a speeding tipper truck on Wednesday, November 16, NH 66 at Ucchila in Udupi district.

The victim has been identified as Ayisha Nihala (18), resident of Kanchinadka. Her fiancé Mohammed Sharif, resident of Belapur is undergoing treatment in a hospital. 

It is learnt that both Ayisha and Mohammed were engaged and their marriage was to take place in January 2023.

Mohammed is employed in a gulf country and came to native place just a day before the tragedy. Ayesha and Mohammed had gone to Udupi to buy a dress and were returning to Padubidri.

It is said that the negligence on part of the tipper truck driver led to the tragedy. D

Nihala’s father, who is a mason, had reportedly planned to conduct the marriage of both his daughters together. The family members are now shell-shocked by the death of younger daughter. She is survived by father, mother, elder sister and two brothers.

Police said that tipper driver Mohammed Ziyad did not have a heavy duty driving licence. Padubidri police have registered a case and taken the driver into custody.

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November 15,2022

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Bengaluru, Nov 15: Reacting to the recent notices sent by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to Karnataka Congress President D.K. Shivakumar, party MP D.K. Suresh on Tuesday said that it was a ploy to suppress powerful leaders during election time.

Talking to reporters, the Bengaluru Rural MP said: "This is being done to demoralize leaders who are powerful during elections. The IT and ED raids and actions are carried out as per instructions of the Central BJP government in the states which are headed for elections. It is a common phenomenon.

"As a member of the Assembly, Shivakumar will have to attend probes. He has to be within the legal framework. Whatever may be the circumstance, filing of FIR's, summoning or troubling in whatever way, Shivakumar is ready."

Suresh further said that there was no question of getting scared when there is no mistake committed.

"All cooperation would be extended for the probe. We are ready to face any case," he reiterated.

Along with Shivakumar, the ED has also summoned Suresh to New Delhi.

Suresh is the younger brother of Shivakumar and managed to win one of the three seats in the last parliamentary elections.

All remaining seats were swept by the BJP.

The ED's notice to Shivakumar during the Bharat Jodo Yatra was also debated.

Shivakumar had stated that he was summoned deliberately to New Delhi.

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November 25,2022

Bengaluru, Nov 25: The Election Commission on Friday directed officials for a review of the deletions and additions in the electoral rolls of three Assembly seats in Karnataka and ordered the suspension of two additional district election officials after allegations of "electoral fraud" in the state.

The poll authority also directed the chief electoral officer to share a list of all deletions and additions made to the electoral rolls of the Shivajinagar, Chickpet and Mahadevapura Assembly seats after January 1, 2022 with all the recognised political parties so as to enable them to file claims and objections.

The Election Commission directives came a day after the Congress petitioned the poll authority, seeking a detailed investigation into the "voter information theft fraud" in Karnataka.

The Congress had alleged that 27 lakh names were deleted and 11 lakh voters added to the voters' lists of the three Assembly constituencies, claiming that the employees of a private company had collected voters' data, impersonating as government officials.

The commission also appointed officers from outside the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), under which the three Assembly seats fall, to oversee the exercise of ensuring the purity of the electoral rolls. 

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