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Conspiracy theory on bird flu linking bird death to Jio 5G trial goes viral: Check details



Conspiracy theory on bird flu linking bird death to Jio 5G trial goes viral: Check details

A viral message on social media claims that birds are actually dying due to 5G tests conducted by Reliance Jio and people are being misled to believe that bird flu is spreading in India.

Several Twitter and Facebook users have posted a message in Hindi which translates to, “Birds are dying due to Jio 5G testing in India and people are being fed lies that bird flu is spreading.”

There has been an outbreak of avian influenza in several states leading to bird deaths and state governments halting the import of chicken.

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The Union government has not permitted any telecom entity to test 5G technology in India. Union IT and telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recently said that the much-awaited trials for 5G technology will commence soon.

In February 2019, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), while releasing a white paper on “Enabling 5G in India”, said the forum envisages 5G to be launched in India by 2020 along with the rest of the world.

The Reliance spokesperson categorically denied the viral claim and called it “fake news”. According to the spokesperson, “When the government itself has not yet given a nod for any trial, where is the question of 5G trial for Jio!”

As per reports, leveraging Qualcomm’s technological prowess, Jio has indigenously developed a 5G product, which has already been tested in the US. But no such test has been conducted in India so far, confirmed Reliance.

Ananda Banerjee, an ornithologist and author of the book “Common Birds of the Indian Subcontinent”, says that “though cellular network radiation has always remained a concern worldwide for birds and the animal world, it cannot be pinpointed as the main reason for sudden bird deaths”.

The Union government’s department of animal husbandry and dairying confirmed that there has been a sudden outbreak of Avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, in some parts of the country.

Source: IndiaToday

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