Watched the video of ‘King of Bahrain with robot bodyguard’? Here’s the truth about it

Akshata Shetty | coastaldigest.com
August 15, 2020

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Newsroom, Aug 15: A one-and-a-half-year-old video has now started going viral on social media platforms with a claim that the King of Bahrain arrived in Dubai with his robot bodyguard.

A text message with the viral post claims: “King of Bahrain arrives in Dubai with his robot bodyguard fitted 360 with cameras and inbuilt pistols. Technology is moving very fast than ever in history.”

Since its upload on several accounts, the video has garnered millions of views and thousands of reactions across social media platforms.

It is clear from the reaction of some viewers that the video is being perceived just as what is being claimed, that the ‘King of Bahrain arrived in Dubai with a robotic bodyguard.’

What’s the fact?

When coastaldigest.com fact-checked the post, it realised that the fake news was moving faster than the technology.

The video of the robot which went viral was in fact a clip from an International Defence Exhibition held in Abu Dhabi in February 2019.

The eight-foot tall robot, known as Titan was the centre of attraction at the exhibition. Visitors were stunned by the robot which used to comes out wearing a military vest every after an hour to greet them in Arabic and English.

The man in the video is also not the Emir of Bahrain. The Emir of Bahrain is Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

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January 23,2021

Patna, Jan 23: Jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad would be shifted to AIIMS Delhi from Ranchi hospital as his health condition deteriorated, sources said on Saturday. 

Son Tejashwi Yadav said that Lalu Prasad’s health condition is serious and he will meet Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren today. “Our family wants better treatment for him (Lalu Prasad Yadav) but it is for doctors to analyse what treatments can be provided here, after all test reports come. His situation is serious, I’ll meet Chief Minister tomorrow,” Tejashwi Yadav said. 
 
A report by Aaj Tak also said Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is undergoing treatment at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi, may be shifted to AIIMS Delhi if his health condition worsens. Lalu was rushed to the hospital on Thursday evening when his health suddenly worsened. He is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. 

With special permission of the jail administration, the RJD chief’s wife Rabri Devi and sons Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap met Lalu Prasad at the hospital on Friday evening. Lalu Prasad is serving jail term in Ranchi following his conviction in the fodder scam cases. 

After paying a visit, Tejashwi said his sugar levels have shot up. According to the report, Lalu’s lungs have shown water deposition which could be a risk factor in developing to pneumonia.

Meanwhile, the Jharkhand government led by Hemant Soren is keeping an eye on Lalu Prasad’s health status. Jharkhand health minister Banna Gupta had met Lalu Prasad at the hospital on Thursday.

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January 13,2021

Big Tech is doing a horrible thing to US': Trump on social media clampdown  post Capitol siege

Washington, Jan 13: Free speech is under assault in the United States like never before, outgoing President Donald Trump said as almost all major social media outlets moved to block him following the breach of the Capitol Hill by his supporters.

In his first public speech on Tuesday after the January 6 storming of the US Capitol, Trump, in a Texas border town, addressed for the first time several issues, including impeachment proceedings against him, last week's incident itself and the call to invoke the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution wherein he can be removed by his cabinet members.

"Free speech is under assault like never before. The 25th Amendment is of zero risk to me but will come back to haunt Joe Biden and the Biden administration. As the expression goes, be careful what you wish for," Trump said in his remarks at a border wall in Texas.

"The impeachment hoax is a continuation of the greatest and most vicious witch hunt in the history of our country and is causing tremendous anger and division, and pain far greater than most people will ever understand, which is very dangerous for the USA, especially at this very tender time," he said.

Referring to last week's events, Trump said millions of Americans watched on as a mob stormed the Capitol and trashed the halls of the government.

"I have consistently said throughout my administration, we believe in respecting America's history and traditions, not tearing them down. We believe in the rule of law, not in violence or rioting," he said.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it a very difficult year and a difficult election for the US, Trump said.

"Now is the time for our nation to heal, and it is time for peace and for calm, respect for law enforcement and the great people within law enforcement. So many are here is the foundation of the MAGA agenda and we are a nation of law, and we are a nation of order," the President said.

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January 16,2021

Joe Biden names Indian-American Sameera Fazili as deputy director of National  Economic Council

Washington, Jan 16: US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Indian-American Sameera Fazili to a key White House position related to the economy. 

Sameera Fazili has been named as Deputy Director, National Economic Council at the White House, the Biden-Harris Transition announced on Friday.

The National Economic Council coordinates the economic policy-making process and provides economic policy advice to the US president. Fazili is currently the Economic Agency lead on the Biden-Harris Transition.

She was earlier posted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta where she served as the Director of Engagement for Community and Economic Development. Fazili is the second Kashmiri-origin Indian-American appointed to a key position in the incoming Biden administration.

In December, Aisha Shah was named as Partnerships Manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy. In the Obama-Biden administration, Fazili served as a senior policy advisor on the White House's National Economic Council and as a senior advisor at the US Treasury Department in both Domestic Finance and International Affairs.

Prior to that, she was a clinical lecturer of law at Yale Law School. Originally from Buffalo, she now lives in Georgia with her husband and three children. Fazili is a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College.

Before her time in government, Fazili was a clinical lecturer at Yale Law School's community and economic development clinic, where she helped start a CDFI bank and a local anti-foreclosure initiative, and expanded the clinic's work to international microfinance.

She also worked at ShoreBank, the nation's first CDFI (community development financial institution) bank. Her work in finance has spanned consumer, housing, small business, and microfinance. She received her law degree from Yale Law School and her bachelor of arts in social studies from Harvard College.

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