The sentence in "10 new Ministers in Jammu & Kashmir Cabinet" (August 30, 2006) was: "With the passage of the bill to reduce the number of ministers to 20 per cent passed last year, the State can have only 25 ministers in the 87-member House." A reader pointed out that this would mean it should be 18 members. Shujaat Bukhari clarifies: "It is actually 20 per cent of both the Houses 87 of the lower House and 36 of the upper House."

* The sentence in "Historic investigation of an assassination", a review of the book Vaimayin Vettri The Investigation into the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination ("Book Review" page, August 29, 2006) was: "He [Rajiv Gandhi] was coming to address an election rally for the 1991 general elections, when the world's first human bomb exploded near him, killing the former Indian Prime Minister and a host of others around him." A reader says this is incorrect and that the first human bomb was 13-year-old Iranian Hossein Fahmideh, who blew himself up in front of an Iraqi tank in 1980. The reader is right. A two-part series aired on November 14, 2005 on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and called the "The Cult Of The Suicide Bomber" (it was presented by former CIA spy, Robert Baer, who returns to the Middle East, to trace the origins of the modern day bomber), says: "The first film starts with the fascinating story of the world's first suicide bomber, who arose in the Iran-Iraq war and is now a hero in Iran. Hossein Fahmideh was a tender 13-year-old in 1980, when he threw himself under an Iraqi tank and blew up himself and the tank's occupants. His highly decorated grave is in the graveyard of martyrs just outside Tehran ... ."

* Referring to the PTI report "Drop in child mortality rate in five States: [National Family Health] survey" (Internet edition, August 29, 2006), Prof. Kamla Gupta, Chief Coordinator, National Family Health Survey-3, India, International Institute for Population Studies, Mumbai, points out a series of spelling errors. She also says that in paragraph 12, a sentence was: "Between 1998-99 and 2005-06, the percentage of married women who have AIDS increased from 20 to 41 per cent in Chhattisgarh, from ... ." It should have been "... the percentage of married women who have heard of AIDS increased from 20 to 41 per cent ... ." Prof. Gupta adds that neither the press release nor the five State fact sheets [Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Orissa and Punjab] provide any estimates of HIV prevalence. "We have, so far, provided information on awareness of HIV among men and women only."

* The website designed and launched by the Controller of Communication Accounts (CCA), Tamil Nadu, is for pensioners of the Department of Telecommunications and BSNL, and not BSNL only as reported in "Website launched" ("Briefly", Chennai city, August 29, 2006, page 6). The annual report released at the function was that of the CCA, TN Circle, and not that of BSNL.

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