With reference to the report "Left may review support to UPA after polls: Brinda" (April 20, 2006), CPI (M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat in an SMS says: "I had stated that the party would make a fresh assessment of the political situation after the polls. Secondly, the report puts the number of suicides [of farmers] at 15,000, instead of 1,500." (The report mentioned her as saying the Left would make a fresh assessment of its support to the UPA Government at the Centre after the elections to the five State Assemblies.)

The sentence in "Dogra replaced as envoy" (April 20, 2006, page 1) was: "Soon after, New Zealand High Commissioner Graeme Waters was informed and a request for an "agreement" (French for acceptance) for Mr. Ernest made." (The report was about India withdrawing accreditation to Harish Dogra as its High Commissioner to New Zealand and appointing Kadakath Pathrose Ernest instead.) Though the reference to "agreement" was made twice in the report, a reader says it is incorrect. Alliance Française of Madras clarifies: "The French word is `agrément' which means `authorisation, approbation or approval in official/diplomatic language'."

It is the Liberhan Commission and not Liberhans Commission, as mentioned in the sub-heading and text of "It was `an act of national shame'" (April 20, 2006). The commission, headed by Justice Manmohan Singh Liberhan, is probing the sequence of events leading to the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

In "Kunte, Sharma steal the thunder" ("Sport", April 18, 2006) a report on the National "A" men's chess championships at Visakhapatnam a reader says there is a factual error in the sentence where "J. Deepan Chakravarthy slipped into a minus against D.K. Sharma in a Sicilian Tiannamov Variation." It is "Sicilian Taimanov Variation".

The missing link. The last paragraph in the report on the Monte Carlo Open ("Sport", "Flawless Federer cruises ahead", April 20, 2006) has confused a reader. It was about how "Germany's Nicolas Kiefer was joined as a winner by 15th-seeded compatriot Tommy Robredo". Kiefer is a German, while Robredo is a Spaniard, he says. Editing removed a crucial paragraph; how two-time Monte Carlo winner Juan Carlos Ferrero, 11th-seeded Spaniard, overcame Argentine Juan Chela (6-1, 6-2). Ferrero in turn was joined as a winner by compatriot Robredo.

In The Hindu Crossword 8580 ("Variety", April 18, 2006), the clue for Across 19 should read as (3,4) not (4, 3), as published. The clue was "Means of getting a tan in overcast conditions" and the answer, "Sun lamp". In Crossword 8581 ("Variety", April 19, 2006), the clue for Across 14 should read as "Iliad ... " (not Illiad, as published).

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