KERALA KAUMUDI SENDS UP CHANDRAYAN 2, AND COMES DOWN WITH A CRASH

A reputed Malayalam newspaper, Kerala Kaumudi, committed a grave error today.

KERALA KAUMUDI SENDS UP CHANDRAYAN 2, AND COMES DOWN WITH A CRASH

A reputed Malayalam newspaper, Kerala Kaumudi, committed a grave error today.

The countdown to the launch of Chandrayaan 2, which was scheduled for

2.51 am, was called off 56 minutes and 24 seconds before lift-off at

1.55 am, following a technical snag.

But Kerala Kaumudi went ahead and printed that "India's Chandrayan 2

mission started today at 2:15 am with the blessings of 1. 3 billion

citizens of India." They added for good measure that the Indian

President, Mr.Ram Nath Kovind, and the ISRO Chairman, Mr. Dr.K

Sivanand, along with 5000 guests witnessed this historic moment, which

of course never took place.

Kerala Kaumudi is a brand which had its inception over 106 years ago,

in 1911. The media house's flagship daily is among the largest

circulated newspapers in Malayalam. its readers surely expect more

from the newspaper.

In the age of social media and fake information the print media has a

responsibility to verify its news before going to town with it.

Credibility is all.