* * A sentence in the first paragraph of “A difficult choice” (Editorial, February 8, 2010) was “For the cooking fuels — kerosene and LPG — it calls for a nuanced approach but even here an immediate price rice of about Rs.100 for an LPG cylinder and Rs.6 for a litre of kerosene sold through the public distribution system (PDS) is suggested.” It’s “price rise”.

* * The last sentence in “Facing up to Gaza truths” (Editorial, February 8, 2010) was “Finally, in an attack on a civilian occupied U.N. compound on January 6, 2010, the IDF massacred 40 Palestinians ….” The year should have been 2009.

* * The second paragraph of an article “Cracks in Hindutva brotherhood” (Op-Ed, February 6, 2010) said that Abu Azmi is a Samajwadi Party (SP) MP. He is an SP MLA (Maharashtra). He represented Uttar Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha from November 2002 to November 2008.

* * In connection with the last line in an article “Water, aspirations, nature” (Op-Ed, February 5, 2010), its author Ramaswamy R. Iyer says: “The full title of [18th Century Irish satirist] Swift’s pamphlet (1729) is ‘A Modest Proposal: For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick’. The ‘modest proposal’ was that the children should be sold to the rich as food. By citing that pamphlet, the last paragraph of the article was intended to be a piece of grim irony.

“In the penultimate line, the phrase ‘not with a whimper but a bang’ was an inversion of the last line of T. S. Eliot’s poem ‘The Hollow Men’.”

* * The heading of a report “Jaitley wants talks with Pakistan to be open-ended” (Delhi, February 6, 2010, page 10) was incorrect. What Mr. Jaitley said was that talks would be open-ended and not prioritised to discuss a particular subject, say, terrorism.

* * The strapline of a report “Maratha outfits to intensify agitation on Shivjayanti” (February 4, 2010) was “They are demanding reservation for Maharashtrians in education and employment”. The Staff Reporter clarifies: “This is misleading. The outfits are demanding reservation for members of the Maratha caste and not all Maharashtrians.”

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