Hyderabad: A fake $ 100 note with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's image is viral on social media. Users claim that the United States has declared February 19 as 'World Chhatrapati Day.'
"It is good news and pride for India that the United States has declared that 19 February should be observed as World Chhatrapati Day because the world-famous Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born on this day. Special thanks to the United States for this. Spread this message as much as you can. This is another great honor for India (sic)," the claim reads. (archive)
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The claim that the United States is declaring February 19 as 'World Chhatrapati Day' is false.
NewsMeter searched for reports on this and found that no such news was published by any media organization. We also checked the list of commemorative days observed in the US and did not find this news.
According to The Hindustan Times, Shivaji Day is celebrated in Maharashtra on February 19 every year. "Shivaji Jayanti is mainly observed in Maharashtra. It is a public holiday in the state. The day is celebrated with much fanfare and people organize cultural programmes and processions in his honour".
No other news of any other place celebrating this day was found.
According to the US government website, the $100 note has been changed four times since 1914 and no changes have been made since 2013.
It should be noted that there are several mobile applications that design fake notes such as 'photolab' and 'photofunia' that allow users to create fake $100 notes.
Newsmeter has previously debunked a similar false claim of a fake note with the image of Shivaji. Click here to read.
Evidently, the claim that the US has declared 19 February as 'World Chhatrapati Day.' is false. No such announcement has been made by any official source.