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In the popular column “Know Your English” (“Book Review” page, July 10, 2007), a question was “Is there a sentence that includes all 26 letters of the alphabet?” The answer was “The quick brown fox jumps over the lady dog.” A number of readers (seven telephone calls, 22 emails) point out that it should have been “lazy dog”.
The first sentence in a report “[Jyoti] Basu appeals for support” (July 9, 2007) was “Veteran Marxist leader, Jyoti Basu, who stepped into his 94th year on Friday ….” It should have been “… who stepped into his 94th year on Sunday (July 8, 2007).”
A Bangalore report “Leaders pay tributes to Chandra Shekhar” (Karnataka, July 9, 2007, page 6) stated that former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar resigned from the Congress in 1975, while another article “The quintessential Congressman” (Op-Ed, July 9, 2007) stated that he was in the Congress till early 1977, leading to a query from a reader. Harish Khare clarifies that there is no official/authoritative account of Chandra Shekhar having resigned or being expelled from the Congress. He was arrested, along with JP and others, in 1975 and on his release became the President of the Janata Party in 1977. So it must be assumed that by his act of becoming President of a different party, he ceased to be a Congress member. The popular understanding also is that since he was arrested in 1975, he must have been expelled, or resigned.
The caption of a standalone AFP photograph (Later editions, July 10, 2007, page 1) was “Dream Launch — Behemoth on Display: Boeing’s new ‘green’ passenger jet, the 787 Dreamliner ….” The Boeing 787 is hardly a behemoth. Boeing calls it a mid-size aeroplane with a big-jet range.
In an AFP report “Porous Saturn moon stuns” (“Newscape” page, July 5, 2007), it was stated in the third paragraph that the U.S. space probe Cassini swooped to within 618 km of Hyperion’s surface, getting a picture resolution as fine as a few kilometres across, while another sentence said that images were taken at a distance of about 62,000 km from Hyperion. The clarification is that the images were taken at a distance of about 62,000 km from Hyperion.
A report “‘Minorities quota will turn reality’” (Tamil Nadu, July 6, 2007, page 1) incorrectly mentioned K. Veeramani to be the founder of the Dravidar Kazhagam. He is the president.
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