* * In a report “UPA, NDA locked in a close race” (May 14, 2009), the opening paragraph in the accompanying box item “National Election Study 2009” was incorrect in saying the CSDS post-poll survey covers 29 States. There are only 28 States and seven Union Territories in India.

The introductory paragraph in the main report was also incorrect in saying it was a presentation of the findings for 10 States. In the list given, they were for nine States and the Union Territory of Delhi.

* * Varun Gandhi was once again described as a BJP leader, in a report “Varun moves Supreme Court” (May 14, 2009). We repeat the corrections issued on March 20 and March 21, 2009: Varun Gandhi is no leader but just the BJP’s candidate for the Pilibhit Lok Sabha constituency (Uttar Pradesh).

* * The fourth paragraph of a report “In the shadow of the Ayatollah” (“Elections 2009” page, May 12, 2009) named Ghulam Reza to be an independent candidate. The Special Correspondent clarifies that Ghulam Reza did announce his decision to contest as an independent (as reported earlier in The Hindu) provoking Congress leader Saifuddin Soz to hold a press conference on the issue. However, he never filed his papers.

The sixth paragraph of the report said that Phunsog Namgyal, a Congress veteran, won the Ladakh Lok Sabha seat in the 1984, 1989 and 1996 Lok Sabha elections. In 1989, he was defeated by independent candidate Mohamad Hassan.

* * With reference to a promo “Real agreement” (“Sport”, May 13, 2009) which said Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United have both signed agreements with Real Madrid regarding his transfer to the Spanish side, and that United will allow Ronaldo to go after July for a minimum of $109 million, the Sports Desk clarifies: There has been considerable speculation regarding Ronaldo’s transfer to Real Madrid. But official word will come in a day or two. The promo story was an AFP report quoting the El Pais newspaper.

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