Did Sri Lanka release a stamp honouring the Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan?

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A viral post doing the rounds on social media platforms like Facebook shows that the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has been featured in stamps used in Sri Lanka. The post is as follows :

Translation” Dear Mr Pinarayi Vijayan, respectful wishes from the Sri Lankan government. 

The Sri Lankan government in a move to appreciate the efforts by the CM, has released a postal stamp in his                                honour. This is the first time the government of Sr Lanka has used an image of a Malaylee to be featured in their                          postal stamp. Our heartiest congratulations to the CM for making Kerala proud with your achievements.”

 

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Posted by Jayachandran Palloth on Sunday, April 12, 2020

 

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This is a digitally edited image and is not true. The following observations can be made :

  • The time stamp on the post shows that the postal stamp was issued back in 2017. Records (https://stamps.slpost.gov.lk/) show that no such stamp has been circulated in the country.
  • The image also mentions the Ceylon Blue Magpie on the side of the stamp where the name of the supposed featured image is to be entered as per the template followed by Sri Lankan stamps.
  • There is a noticeable font difference as well.
  • On a closer look, it can be easily understood that the image has been edited onto the stamp.

The official Facebook page of Anti Fake News, Division of Kerala has also released a statement stating that this viral post is fake.

 

ചുവടെ നൽകിയിട്ടുള്ളതും സാമൂഹ്യമാധ്യമങ്ങളിലൂടെ പ്രചരിക്കുന്നതുമായ പോസ്റ്ററിൽ പറഞ്ഞിട്ടുള്ള കാര്യങ്ങൾ വ്യാജമാണെന്ന് അറിയിക്കുന്നു.

Posted by Anti Fake News Division Kerala on Monday, April 13, 2020

 

News organisations like Asianet’s fact checking division along with The Indian Express had debunked the same stating that the post was indeed an edit and is fake.

 

 

 

 


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