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Qutub Minar lit up with colours of Russian flag? Chinese state media spreads fake news

“India lit up the Qutb Minar, one of the landmark buildings in New Delhi, with the colours of the Russian flag," the Global Times had written on Twitter.

Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Published on: March 08, 2022 12:11 IST
Russia Ukraine War, Qutub Minar lit with Russian flag colour lights
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Qutub Minar lit up with colours of Russian flag? 

Highlights

  • The PIB has fact checked the claims that said Qutub Minar was lit in Russian flag colours
  • The tweet by Global Times now stands deleted
  • The post surfaced amid the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine

Reports claiming the Qutub Minar in Delhi was lit up in Russian flag colours have been termed 'misleading' by the PIB. It was first reported by Chinese state media Global Times, which, through its official Twitter handle stated India lit up the Qutub Minar with the colours of the Russian flag. 

“India lit up the Qutb Minar, one of the landmark buildings in New Delhi, with the colours of the Russian flag," the Global Times wrote on Twitter.

The post, however, was later deleted. 

Correcting the claims, PIB said, “Global Times has claimed in a tweet that Qutub Minar was lit up with the colours of the Russian flag. This claim is misleading."

"Qutub Minar was illuminated as a part of the Janaushadhi Diwas 2022 celebrations," it further said. 

On March 5, the Qutub Minar was illuminated to mark the fourth year of Jan Aushadhi Diwas, which is celebrated every year on March 7 under Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadi Pariyojana (PMBJP).

The official handle of the scheme had shared the images on March 6. 

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