How missiles get their names

How missiles get their names

Deepa Bhasthi | TNN

Bangalore: How do you name a missile? Or a tank? Or an aircraft for that matter? If you thought Agni, Prithvi and Akash were random names scientists just came up with, you couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Developing missile technology is hard work, and for scientists, their baby. Research keeps them up long hours, away from family and friends and it is but natural that great deliberation takes place before christening these babies.
Sanskrit names are always given preference.

Scientists believe such names are powerful. All names are, in one way or the other, connected to the function of the missile, aircraft or tank. Take for instance Agni, the intermediate range ballistic missile. The fire or the energy needed for propulsion is what gave the missile its name.

Explaining the naming procedure, W Selvamurthy, chief controller of life sciences and human resources at Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) said missiles and other products developed by the labs are given names that have a ‘‘functional meaning and/or a scientific rationale’’.

The director of each project, along with the team, proposes a few names that they think would be appropriate. The proposals go to the chief controller of the lab which is working on the project and the final name is decided keeping in mind the functions of the final product.

PRITHVI | Surface to surface missile from the earth
AKASH | Surface to air missile that touches the skies
LAKSHYA | Pilotless target aircraft, all about taking aim
NAG | Anti-tank missile, hits from top like a hooded serpent
TEJAS | Indigenous light combat aircraft that will provide an ‘aura’ for India

Consumers Court:Directs Hospitals (Records)and Insuarance Co (FIRs)

Hospitals must give records within 72 hrs

Prafulla Marpakwar | TNN

Mumbai: In a landmark order, the national consumer disputes redressal commission has made it mandatory for all medical practitioners and hospitals across the country to provide the entire medical records of a patient to him\her or the authorised nominee or legal authorities concerned within 72 hours of the demand.

Simultaneously, the commission asked the Medical Council of India to promulgate a comprehensive notification. Accordingly, a week ago, the MCI directed medical practitioners and hospitals to provide the medical records of a patient within three days of the request.

‘‘In any set of circumstances, hospitals\medical practitioners shall hand over the medical records of the patient to him or his relatives within 72 hours,’’ the MCI said in its circular.

The commission’s directives, followed by the MCI circular, assume significance since the general tendency among medical practitioners and hospitals has been either to avoid a request for medical records or delay it for obvious reasons. However, Hinduja Hospital director G B Davar welcomed the move, saying it was in the interest of patients.

A former dean of J J Hospital, Davar said parting with medical records would improve the relationship between the doctor and the hospital. ‘‘If all records are made available to a patient immediately, there will be no scope for doubt of any kind,’’ he said.

An order by the national consumer disputes redressal commission says all docs, hospitals must provide patient’s medical records within 72 hours of the demand being made
Medical Council of India has directed all hospitals to implement panel’s order “in any set of circumstances”


‘FIR not must to claim theft relief’


New Delhi: Insurance companies cannot reject a theft claim for want of an FIR copy observed the state consumer commission in a recent order. The commission has fined United India Insurance Company Rs 25,000 and Rs 5,000 as cost of litigation, for not deciding the claim of the insured for two years because a copy of the FIR was not furnished, and thereby forcing the consumer to take legal remedy.

Presiding over the commission, Justice J D Kapoor said: ‘‘It is a misconceived notion that the insurance policy covering the risk of theft of household articles or other goods is not indemnifiable unless the person produces a copy of the FIR.’’

According to Justice Kapoor, when a person approaches the police to report a theft, it is the police that decide whether to convert the complaint into an FIR or a daily diary. There is no difference between an FIR and a simple complaint lodged by the person, he added.

In the theft claim case, the complainant Subhash Chander Khanna, had gone to a cinema hall in Jaipur in 2006 where his wallet was stolen. He lodged a report with Jaipur police and filed for a claim with the insurance company. When the insurance company asked for a copy of the FIR, he approached Jaipur police, which issued him only a stamped copy of the daily diary report.

The insurance company did not adjudicate the claim by insisting on a copy of the FIR. When his claim was not settled, Khanna sent a letter to the insurance company saying that if it was not satisfied about the occurrence of theft, it may send investigators or may write to police about the facts.

Justice Kapoor said, ‘‘Since there was no material with the insurance company falsifying the occurrence of theft, it was liable pay compensation for mental agony, harassment and cost of proceedings.

NRI: NZ Sikh Society Protests Police Handling of Navtej Singh Case

Protest over shooting response

June 19, 2008

The New Zealand Sikh Society and the family of slain liquor store co-owner Navtej Singh are to make a formal complaint about the police handling of the case.

The complaint will focus on the police decision to hold back an ambulance from reaching the Manurewa store in south Auckland despite several calls from family and friends saying the gunmen had left the scene.

Mr Singh, 30, died in Middlemore Hospital 24 hours after being shot while apparently offering no resistance to three armed robbers at the Riverton Liquor Store in the Randwick Park area of Manurewa on June 7.

The first 111 call following the beginning of the robbery was received about 9.05pm but police did not enter the store until 9.31pm and paramedics entered at 9.38pm – 20 minutes after they arrived at a “safe point” near the scene.

Police later said they had to establish where the gunmen were before they entered the scene so nobody else’s life was at risk.

At a meeting of about 15 community leaders last night it was decided to lodge a formal complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority. New Zealand Sikh Society spokesman Daljit Singh said the complaint was not being made for financial gain but to ensure no one else was put in the same situation.

“Every person should have that right that if he, or she, needs medical help it should arrive immediately.

“The family was sitting in the meeting … actually it was their decision [to make the complaint] and the New Zealand Sikh Society took the matter from them and said okay, we are ready to support you if you want to do that.”

Mr Singh said a rally against crime would also be held on Saturday afternoon in Manukau.

Sandeep Verma, spokesman for the victim’s family, said the Sikh Society was helping the family to get justice.

“There are still some unanswered questions from the police and the other authorities about why Navtej Singh didn’t get the treatment when he was shot.

“He might have survived … if he had got the treatment [earlier].”

Mr Verma said the family didn’t know what the outcome of the complaint would be, but hoped it would bring about change that was “helpful to the community”.

* Two men were charged with Mr Singh’s murder, aggravated robbery and armed robbery charges last week. Two other men have been charged with armed robbery.


Gujjars: Methods adopted Right or Wrong?

Gujjars have a grievance.

Their share of the reservation pie is negligible.

Meenas were just as poor and deprived as they were once. Meenas got themselves listed as STs, Gujjars for some reasons didn’t.

There were other reasons too. They could have used the interim period to improve their educational standards, taken up vacancies entitled to them in schools colleges and technical institutions. They missed the opportunities for getting on the bandwagon for government jobs.

Now things have changed.Today they see Meenas lording over them every day in the villages, Police stations, Government daftars, and every where else.

Gujjars have lost out in the race for the pie. They realise the loss.

Going up the ladder of education would take decades. Worse, Vajapayee in a deft move included jats in the list along with them. They are aware they have no chance of performing bettter than the jats, who are much better off educationally, financially, socially.

The shortest, fastest, quickest way forward was to get themselves included in the list of STs.

Today the systems in place, political, judicial, or administrative do not allow for logical working out of problems and arriving at solutions. Governments of the day and political parties are highly cynical and manipulative.

Today ability to demonstrate raw power and ability to pressurise  alone yields any results. Gujjars had realised this. The methods adopted were a direct result of this realisation.

Results are there for all to see.

The Government of Rajasthan in a clever political play has taken steps, that go against Supreme Court directives and the constitution.

Gujjars have withdrawn their agitation. Temporarily.

What next?

Extracts from Mail Today.

Reservation politics may not pass the legal hurdle

By Gyanant Singh in New Delhi

THE Vasundhara Raje government has probably given more than it can to the Gujjars. The state government has breached the 50 per cent cap on reservations put up by the Supreme Court in the famous Indra Sawhney case in 1992. The constitutional validity of the state government’s proposed decision to increase the percentage of reservation from 49 per cent to 68 per cent, to appease the Gujjars and the poor among the forward castes is, likely to be challenged before the courts.

The Supreme Court is already examining the legal validity of 69 per cent reservation in Tamil Nadu and the matter is likely to come up hearing after the summer vacations. Though the Rajasthan government has managed to pacify the Gujjars, it would find it hard to defend its decision which was directly in conflict with the Supreme Court judgment restricting reservation to 50 per cent. The background in which the state government took the decision would also work against it in any court of law.

Except Tamil Nadu, no other state has exceeded the reservation limit
But for Tamil Nadu, there is hardly any state government which has exceeded the limit reservation set by the Supreme Court. Though the apex court is looking into the validity of the law enacted by the state having ahistory reservation since 1921, in view of special circumstances, it has allowed the state government continue with it with certain conditions.

Though the court had set alimit on reservation, this had not barred state governments from introducing separate quota for certain groups needing special protection by carving out quota within aquota. Faced with asimilar situation, the Maharashtra assembly had enacted alaw in 2001 accommodate groups such as Denotified Tribes and Nomadic Tribes under special categories under the OBC quota.

Recommending asimilar formula, the Centre had earlier advised the Raje government enact alaw like Maharashtra but the state government under pressure from various groups did not agree. The state government managed to convince Gujjars to give up their claim for Scheduled Tribe status through aseparate quota. But the challenge is probably far from over. It may now legal hurdle