New Delhi: A viral video circulating on social media purportedly showing thousands of cows being transported from Adani port in Gujarat to Arab countries for slaughter has been debunked as misleading and misrepresented.

Claim: The video shared by a user named Sandeep Verma falsely claimed to depict the transportation of cows from Adani port in Gujarat to Arab countries for slaughter. The claim gained traction and was widely shared, accumulating over 1 million views and 10,000 shares across various social media platforms.

Reality: An investigation into the origin of the video revealed that it was initially posted on TikTok approximately five days ago, confirming its location in Egypt. Further scrutiny led to the discovery of the original poster, Hamed ELhagary, a meat wholesaler based in Damietta, Egypt. ELhagary shared the video on April 19, 2024, from Râs El-Barr, Dumyat, Egypt.

The video's context was related to the transportation of livestock within Egypt, particularly in preparation for Eid Al-Adha, a cultural event commonly known as the Festival of Sacrifice. This was evident from the caption accompanying the video on ELhagary's Facebook post, which translates to "Preparing for Eid Al-Adha."

ELhagary's Facebook profile showcased a series of similar videos, indicating his involvement in the meat industry in Egypt. The visual cues in the video, such as the transportation vehicle and the attire of the individuals handling the cows, further supported its connection to Egypt rather than India.

Therefore, the claim that the video depicts cows being transported from Adani port in Gujarat to Arab countries for slaughter is false. The video instead portrays the transportation of livestock within Egypt, particularly in preparation for cultural events like Eid Al-Adha.

The video’s visual cues also debunk this claim. The van seen in the video does not resemble Indian transport vehicles. Instead, it is very similar to the methods commonly used in Egypt. Moreover, the clothing of the people who handle the cows is not typical work clothing in India.

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New Delhi, Jul 22: The government on Monday cited an inter-ministerial group report prepared in 2012 to assert that a case for granting special category status to Bihar is not made out; a stand which came a day after BJP's allies from Bihar demanded the status for the backward state.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha on the first day of the Monsoon session, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said special category status was granted in the past by the National Development Council (NDC) to some states which were characterised by a number of features necessitating special consideration.

These included hilly and difficult terrain, low population density or sizeable share of tribal population, strategic location along borders with neighbouring countries, economic and infrastructural backwardness and non-viable nature of state finances, he said in reply to a question asked by JD(U) member Rampreet Mandal.

The decision was taken based on an integrated consideration of all the factors listed above and the peculiar situation of a state, the minister said.

"Earlier, the request of Bihar for Special Category Status was considered by an Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) which submitted its Report on 30th March 2012. The IMG came to the finding that based on existing NDC criteria, the case for Special Category Status for Bihar is not made out," the minister said.

The Congress-led UPA was in power at the time.

JD(U) leader Sanjay Kumar Jha had voiced his party's demand for the status at an all-party meeting on Sunday. The Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas), also a BJP ally, and the opposition RJD echoed the same demand at the meeting.

The JD(U), though, has already conveyed to the Centre that it is willing to settle for a special financial package in case the status cannot be granted to the state.

The BJD and the YSR Congress had made the same demand for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh respectively in the meeting.

The government has in the past also argued that the 14th Finance Commission report has ruled out the possibility of any more states being granted the status, which includes tax relief and higher central funding for the beneficiary states.