The second paragraph of a report “A repository of seeds in the Himalayas” (February 17, 2010) was “Nestled 17,500 m high on a cliff top in the Himalayas, Chang-La has the sub zero temperatures and low humidity necessary to suspend seed life for future generations.” It should have been “17,500 feet”.

The first paragraph of an article “China challenges Obama's Taliban plan” (Editorial page, February 15, 2010) was “U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to reconcile with the Taliban in Afghanistan ought to win him a second Nobel, although during the entire period between 1901 and 2009, a Peace Prize was never awarded twice to any of its 97 individual recipients.” A reader said that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize twice in 1954 as well as in 1981 (since they are also included in the list of 97 individual recipients of the Peace Nobel from 1901 till 2009).

The writer clarifies that the Peace Nobel has been awarded to 97 individuals and 20 organisations so far. The reference in the article was specifically to the 97 “individual recipients” — and not to organisations such as the UNHRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which got the award more than once. As in the case of Al Gore and the UN task force on climate change, at times an individual recipient shared the prize with an organisation. But the issue is that there have been 97 individual recipients and none of them ever won twice, while two organisations (the UNHRC and the ICRC) out of the 20 that were recipients won twice.

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