The five articles of Gandhiji were auctioned on March 5, 2009. The third paragraph of a PTI report “Arrival of Gandhi memorabilia may be delayed” (March 16, 2009) had the auction date as February 5.

The text of a report “Chola-Chinese link to the fore” (Tamil Nadu, March 16, 2009) had the phrase “header and structure”, used twice, which was explained to involve an arrangement of bricks in alternate vertical and horizontal alignment. A reader points out that the phrase is “headers and stretchers”. In civil engineering, it is used to denote how bricks are used in alternate layers of headers or stretchers or in different combinations to ensure breaking of joints and proper bonding in brick-masonry works.

The caption of the accompanying photograph in a honey story “Snail’s pace — 13.5 hours to cover 340 km” (Tamil Nadu, March 14, 2009) was given as “Madurai-Villupuram passenger”. The picture showed a metre gauge train and engine (YDM4) while the train referred to in the report (701SR) is a broad gauge train. A file picture had been used. (The report was on how the Villupuram-Madurai passenger takes over 13.5 hours to cover a distance of 340 km.)

The first paragraph of a report “India pulls out of Indo-European Meeting” (March 13, 2009) had a reference to the “Aspen Europe-India Dialogue”. Vaiju Naravane from Paris clarifies: “The Aspen Institute is an international non-profit organisation founded in 1950 as the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies. It is dedicated to ‘fostering enlightened leadership, the appreciation of timeless ideas and values, and open-minded dialogue on contemporary issues.’ The institute and its international partners seek to promote the pursuit of common ground and deeper understanding in a non-partisan and non-ideological setting through regular seminars, policy programmes, conferences, and leadership development initiatives. The institute is headquartered in Washington DC and has campuses in Aspen (Colorado, its original home) and near the shores of the Chesapeake Bay at the Wye river in Maryland. Its international network includes partner Aspen institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon (France), Tokyo, New Delhi and Bucharest, as well as leadership initiatives in the United States and in Africa, India and Central America.”

The second paragraph of a PTI report “Scindia helped me during my ‘baby’ steps: Sonia” (March 11, 2009) was “‘My lasting regret is that on May 13, 2004, when a secular government [UPA government] was formed in Delhi, he was not there to share that satisfaction,’ said Ms. Gandhi, who spoke of the ‘warmth and humanity’ of the late leader.” A reader said that the UPA Government was formed on May 22, 2004. Mrs Gandhi had said “… my lasting regret is that on 13 May, 2004 on the exhilarating day of our victory when we were able to form a secular government in New Delhi, he (Madhavrao Scindia) was not there to share our satisfaction.” While counting of votes in the parliamentary elections began on May 13, 2004, and the Congress and its allies were declared to have won, Dr. Manmohan Singh assumed the office of Prime Minister on May 22, 2004.

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