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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SYMA Medical Centre ~ in Vannam magazine Triplicane


2 ரூபா மருத்துவமனை : இணையற்ற சேவை
சைமாவின் (ஸ்ரீநிவாஸ் இளைஞர்கள் நற்பணி சங்கம்)


Srinivas Youngmens’ Association (SYMA) founded in 1977, runs a free Medical Centre for the past 29 years -  this medical centre is popularly known as Rs. 2 hospital .. .. here is an article that has appeared in “Vannam” ~ Triplicane tabloid. **
"நோயற்ற வாழ்வே குறைவற்ற செல்வம்" ~ என்ற தொடர் உடல் ஆரோக்கியம் பேணுவதன் அவசியத்தை வலியுறுத்துகிறது.

நாம் வாழும் சமுதாயத்தில் அனைவரும், முக்கியமாக பொருளாதாரத்தில் பின்தங்கியவரும் கூட  தம் உடலின் ஆரோக்கியம் பேணிட திருவல்லிக்கேணியில் "சைமா" தம் ஆதரவுக் கரத்தை நீட்டி இருபத்தியொன்பது ஆண்டுகள் முடிந்து, முகமலர்ச்சியோடு முப்பதாம் ஆண்டில் அடிப்பதிக்கிறது. தான் ஆற்றும் சமுதாயப் பணிகளில் மருத்துவப் பணிக்கு சைமா மிகுந்த முக்கியத்துவம் அளிக்கிறது. மருத்துவப் பணியில் மட்டுமே முப்பதாண்டுகள் சேவை என்பதற்கு வண்ணத்தின் த்ரீ சியர்ஸ் டு  சைமா!

பொருளாதாரத்தில் பின்தங்கியவர்களின் நலனில் அக்கறைகொண்டு சைமா ஆரம்பித்ததே இம் மருத்துவச் சேவை. பொருள் முடை - உடல் ஆரோக்கியம் பேணுவதற்கு தடையாக இருக்கக்கூடாது என்பதே சைமாவின் நோக்கம். அதனை நன்குணர்ந்ததால் தான், மெடிக்கல் சென்டரை தற்கால மருத்துவ உபகரணங்கள் மற்றும் நவீன கட்டமைப்பு வசதியோடு சைமா அமைத்து,  தரமான மருத்துவச் சேவையை, இலவசமாக,  மனமார வழங்கிவருகிறது.

கட்டணமில்லாச் சேவை அலட்சியத்தை ஏற்படுத்தும் என்பதால், மிக மிகக் குறைந்த கட்டணமாக 2 ரூபாய் மட்டுமே மருத்துவ ஆலோசனைக்குப் பெறப்படுகிறது. சென்டர் தொடங்கப்பட்ட 1989 ஆண்டுமுதல் இன்றுவரை, என்றென்றும் இதே 2 ரூபாய் கட்டணம் மட்டுமே தொடரும் என்பது,  விளிம்பு நிலை மனிதர்கள் மீதான சைமாவின் பரந்த மனத்தைக் காட்டுகிறது.
Silver Jubilee celebrations of SYMA Medical Centre
From ® Dr J Radhakrishnan, IAS (Health Secy, Govt of Tamilnadu;  Mrs Pankajam Sridhar (Subha Sridhar lighting kuthuvilakku, Dr K Sridhar, Sr. Vice President - Medical & Director - Plastic Surgery, TA Sampathkumar, President & S. Sampathkumar, Secretary)

கட்டணம் மட்டும்தான் குறைவு; பயனாளிகளுக்கு தரப்படும் மரியாதை, சேவை நோக்கத்துடன் கவனித்தல், பண்புடன் பேசுதல் மிக மிக நிறைவு! இதன் காராணமாகவே, பயனாளிகள் மன மகிழ்ச்சி மற்றும் மன நிறைவோடு “ரெண்டு ரூவா ஆஸ்பத்தரி” என்று அழைத்து மகிழ்கின்றனர். இந்த சேவை சைமாவினரால்  ஸ்ரீ காஞ்சி காமகோடி  மெடிக்கல் டிரஸ்ட் உடன் சேர்ந்து ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்டது. இம்மையம் நடத்துவதில் பிரபல மருத்துவ நிபுணர் திரு கே ஸ்ரீதர் ஆரம்ப  நாள் முதல்  நல்ல ஆலோசனை வழங்கிவருகிறார்.

நோயாளிகளுக்கு அளிக்கப்படும் சிகிச்சை மீது மிகுந்த அக்கறை கொண்ட சைமா மெடிக்கல் சென்டர் பயனாளிகளின் மருத்துவ விவரங்களை,  மருத்துவ அட்டையில் பதிவு செய்து,  மருத்துவம் பார்க்கும் டாக்டருக்கு கடந்தகால மருத்துவ சரித்திரத்தை மனத்தில் கொண்டு மருந்து மாற்றித் தரவும் ஏற்பாடு செய்யப்பட்டிருப்பது மிகச் சிறந்த நடைமுறை.

மன நலம் மற்றும் புறச்சூழல் நோயாளியின் மனத்தை மேம்படுத்தும் வகையில் இனிய வகையில் சென்டர் அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஒரே மருத்துவர் நோயாளிகளை தொடர்ந்து கவனித்தால், டாக்டர் மற்றும் நோயாளிக்குமிடையே நல்லுறவு, புரிதல், நம்பிக்கை மூலமாக மருத்துவ கண்காணிப்பு சிறப்பு பெறும், என்ற கொள்கையில் மருத்துவ ஆலோசனை வழங்கப்படுகிறது. தவிர, புதன் கிழமைகளில் -  கண், சர்க்கரை நோய் , இரத்த அழுத்தம், நரம்பியல், போன்ற பல துறைகளில் சிறப்பு மருத்துவம், பல்துறை சார்ந்த மருத்துவ நிபுணர்களின் மூலம் வழங்கப்படுகிறது. வாரத்தில் இரண்டு நாட்களில் (திங்கள் மற்றும் வியாழன்) காலையில் 'மகப்பேறு நிபுணர்' பெண்களுக்கு சிறப்பு ஆலோசனை என மருத்துவ சேவை விரிகிறது.
Past Presidents of SYMA on stage at 25th year celebrations

மருத்துவ ஆலோசனையும் மருந்துகளும் முற்றிலும்  இலவசமே ! ~ தொடக்கத்தில் மருந்துகள் இங்கேயே தரப்பட்டன.  மருந்தின் தரத்தையும், மக்களின் மன எண்ணத்தையும் வலுப்படுத்தும் வகையில், தற்சமயம்,   இரண்டு மருந்துக் கடைகளுடன் முன்னேற்பாடு செய்துகொண்டு, சைமா மருத்துவச் சீட்டிருந்தால் இலவசமாக மருந்து என்ற  வழிமுறை பின்பற்றப்படுகிறது. இந்த மருத்துவ மையம் ஞாயிற்றுக் கிழமை தவிர வாரத்தின் 6 நாள்களில் மாலை 5 மணி முதல் 7 மணி வரை  செயல்படுகிறது.

2007ல் திருமதி சுகந்தவல்லி என். ராம ஐயங்கார் நினைவாக இரத்த பரிசோதனை நிலையமும் ஞாயிற்றுக் கிழமை தவிர இதர நாள்களில் காலை 7 மணி முதல் பகல் 12 மணி வரை செயல்படுகிறது. இங்கே பல்வேறு இரத்த பரிசோதனைகள் மிக குறைந்த விலையில் செய்யப்படுகின்றன.  இரத்தத்தில் சக்கரை அளவு பரிசோதனை செய்ய ரூ 20/- மட்டுமே என்பது உதாரணம். நமது நிலையத்தில் செய்யப்படும் பரிசோதனைகள், நாம் இணைந்துள்ளமிக பிரபல நிறுவனமான மெடால்  லேப்பில்பரிசோதனை செய்யப்பட்டு - மருத்துவ விவரங்கள்வெளி வருவதால், மிக்க நம்பிக்கைத்தன்மைவாய்ந்ததாக மருத்துவர்களால் போற்றப்படுகின்றன.

ஈடில்லா மருத்துவச் சேவையாற்றும் சைமாவின் மக்கள் நலத் திட்டங்களைப் பொது மக்கள் அறிந்து அதனைப் பயன்படுத்திக்கொள்ள வேண்டும் என்பதே சைமா நிர்வாகிகளின் ஒற்றைக் கோரிக்கையாக இருக்கிறது. அனைவரும் வருக, பயன் பெறுக என்று சைமா அன்போடு அழைக்கிறது.

மருத்துவ சேவை தவிர சைமா பலபல சேவைகள் செய்து வருகிறது.  சைமாவின் கல்வி மையம் நல்ல தரமான கல்வியை இலவசமாக வழங்கி வருகிறது.  இரத்த தானம் செய்ய விரும்பும் நல்லுள்ளங்கள் சைமா மெடிக்கல் சென்டரில் பதிவு செய்து கொண்டு இரத்த தானம் செய்து நவீன பிரம்மா ஆகலாம்! நமது இணைய தளத்தில் (www.syma.in) இரத்ததானம் செய்ய விருப்பம் உள்ளோர் விவரங்கள் உள்ளன.

மண் மூடிச் சாகும் முன்னே கண் தானம் செய்து மறைந்தும் மற்றவர்களுக்கு விழிகள் தானம் அளிப்பதன் மூலம் இவ்வுலகை கண்டு ரசிக்க முயல்வோம்.  கண் தானம் செய்ய விரும்புவோர் சைமாவை அணுகினால், அதற்கான வழிமுறைகளைக் காட்ட சைமா தயாராக இருக்கிறது.

மழைநீர்ச் சேமிப்பு - :  மழை நீரை வீணாகாமல் நிலத்தடியில் தேக்கி சேமிப்பது மிகமிக அவசியமானது.  ஸ்ரீ பார்த்தசாரதி சுவாமி திருக்குளத்தில் இத்தகைய மழை நீர் சேகரிப்பதில், சைமா பெரும்பங்கு வகித்துள்ளது.  வீடு மற்றும் அலுவலகங்களில் மழைநீர்ச் சேகரிப்பு திட்டம் செய்தவர்கள் அதனை புனரமைத்தும், இதுவரை செயல்படுத்தாதவர்கள் உடனடியாக ஏற்படுத்தியும் நிலத்தடி நீர் மட்டம் குறையாதிருக்க விழிப்போடு இருங்கள் என்ற விழிப்புணர்வையும் சைமா விதைக்கிறது. இதற்காகவும், சைமாவை அணுகினால் ஆலோசனைகள் வழங்கிட சைமா தயாராக உள்ளது. 

நமது சமுதாயத்தை சிறப்பிக்க, நமது சுற்றுப்புற சூழலை மேம்படுத்த, சமுதாய பணிகளில் பங்குபெற விருப்பமுள்ள அனைவரையும் எங்களோடு சேர்ந்து பணி செய்ய - சைமா அன்புடன் அழைக்கிறது. மேலும் விவரங்களுக்கு  :  ஸ்ரீனிவாஸ் இளைஞர்கள் நற்பணி சங்கம், 29 துளசிங்க தெரு, திருவல்லிக்கேணி சென்னை 5 (பாரதியார் இல்லம் எதிரில்); தொலைபேசி : 28445050; மின் அஞ்சல்: srinivasyoungmensassociation@yahoo.co.in  இணையம்: www.syma.in  - தொடர்பு கொள்ளவும்.

SYMA and its social services have been highlighted in many media - “Vannam” ~ is a local magazine ‘ Triplicane tabloid’ – and the article is a subsidized promo.  This issue of Vannam is Deepavali Special and its Editor (Satyan Layout, VR Pillai 2nd lane) is printing 10000 copies.  This is an attempt of SYMA to reach out to more no. of people, trying to make more deserving people utilize our medical services.


Varun Aaron fights back injuries ! ~ list of Indian medium fast bowlers


Sharadul Thakur is the latest entrant .. .. .. Kapil Dev was the crowning glory ~ there were talks that Yograj Singh and Thirumalai Ananthanpillai Sekhar were much faster ! ~ when Umesh Yadav took 10 wickets in a home test, thoughts meandered to the way, India handled new ball – in 1970s – when the spin quartet dominated, Eknath Solkar would bowl a couple of overs, even sunil Gavaskar bowled a couple – ball would be rolled from third man and fineleg and then Bishan Bedi would take over (the quartet could consistently wrap the opponents below 200 is another aspect !)

There were times when we read about camps before Overseas tours, when Barun Burman, Jyoti Prasad .. .. came close to selection and a young lad Kapil Dev was denied extra rotis, stating that there are no pace bowlers in India.  Life has changed .. .. remember that in Chennai 1st division league there were young lads bowling fast – not only locals like Rajamannar, Bharathkumar, Arunkumar, Kalyanasundaram, TA Sekhar, Arun – but from MRF - Vivek Razdan, Subroto Banerjee and Ashish Winston Zaidi.

1980s was the tale of pace battery of West Indies – they kept coming – fearsome Holder, Roberts,  Holding, Daniel, Crofts, Garner, Marshall, Bishop, Ambrose, Patterson, Walsh .. ..  all could hurtle at great pace and make the ball climb awkwardly not only from a short length but at times coil it up from close to good length, making the life miserable for batsmen. Aussies had their own Thompson, Lillie, Pascoe, Mcdermoot, Bret Lee, Kiwis had some like Bond, Pak keep producing some genuine quickies like Akhthar, Mohd Aamir, Wasim Akram, Waqar and more.

MRF did provide a good platform and trained some Indian aspirants which include   Vivek Razdan, Javagal Srinath, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Venkatesh Prasad, R. P. Singh, Zaheer Khan and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth.   Sachin Tendulkar in his school days trained in the MRF Pace Foundation to become a fast bowler !  Khaleel Ahmed becomes the latest name, who joined the Indian Cricket Team for the Asia Cup coming  from MRF pace Foundation.  The MRF Pace foundation was set up in Chennai in 1987 – Dennis Lillee was the head coach, later the tall TA Sekhar, later Glen McGrath.   

This is about a real pacer who has since played 9 tests taking 18 wickets and equal no. of one dayers with 11 wickets – struggling because of nagging injuries.



In Chepauk nets, we liked watching Karsan Devraj Ghavri bowl [in Buchibabu too] ~ unfortunately, for long he had the ignominy of being the most expensive Indian bowler in Onedayers for that 83 off 11 overs in the inaugural match of Prudential World Cup 1975.  Lewis now has the dubious distinction of the most expensive ODI bowler with figures of 10-0-113-0 in that multiple record-breaking 5th One Day International between South Africa and Australia.

In Asia Cup 2014, at Fatullah, Varun Aaron was fast and furious but not fearsome… for once an Indian bowler was seen bursting out genuine speed. At  Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, he maintained an average speed of 88.2mph, and his fastest delivery clocked 93.2mph on the speedgun. That's 149.99kph. I was excited at his speed; as also that of Umesh Yadav – and both went for runs………

In a country starved of genuinely quick bowlers, Varun Aaron grabbed the headlines when he hit 153 kph during the 2010-11 Vijay Hazare Trophy final against Gujarat. Hailing from Jharkhand, Aaron has been part of the MRF Pace Academy in Chennai since he was spotted by a talent scout at the age of 15. However, his career has been marred with frequent injuries. Read in Cricinfo - Seven stress fractures have slowed down Varun Aaron's career, but he still retains the "madness" to bowl fast and hopes to work his way back into national reckoning or at least the A team. "The madness to bowl fast is still there even after seven stress fractures," Aaron told ESPNcricinfo. "If I wanted to cut down on pace or go by the safer route, I'd have done it by now. Fast bowling in India isn't easy because of the wickets and conditions too, but it's fun at the end of the day when you see the ball thudding into the keeper's gloves." India's fast-bowling resources are well-stacked now, but the desire to get back to doing what he did in Bengaluru in 2015 still exists.

Aaron last played for India in the Bengaluru Test against South Africa in 2015, when he bowled an absolute beauty that straightened late and hit the top of Hashim Amla's off stump. He has now returned to Bengaluru as one of Jharkhand's senior players for the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare knockouts. He had played a vital role in Jharkhand topping Group B with seven wins in nine games (the other two were washed out), taking at least three wickets in each of his last four matches in the enervating Chennai heat. Aaron attributed his improved fitness and rhythm to his county stint with Leicestershire, after "surprisingly" finding no takers at the 2018 IPL auction.

Aaron has added an inswinger and cutters to his repertoire, which is serving him well in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. One such slower cutter tricked Tamil Nadu captain B Indrajith and tipped a thriller Jharkhand's way in the Chennai leg of the tournament. Jharkhand had lost won the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2010-11, when Aaron cranked upto 153kph. Can they regain the title this season? Aaron, certainly, believes so.

Here is the list of fast /medium fast bowlers who have represented India, (though a long list, some names could have been missed out !) : Amar Singh; Nazir Ali; Mohammad Nissar; Rusi Modi; Dattu Phadkar; C. R. Rangachari; Gundibail Sunderam; Subrata Guha; Abid Ali; Umesh Kulkarni; Eknath Solkar; Mohinder Amarnath; Madan Lal; Karsan Ghavri; Kapil Dev; Roger Binny; Yograj Singh; Balwinder Sandhu; T. A. Sekhar; Chetan Sharma; Manoj Prabhakar; Raju Kulkarni; Bharat Arun; Rashid Patel; Sanjeev Sharma; Salil Ankola; Vivek Razdan; Atul Wassan; Javagal Srinath; Subroto Banerjee; Paras Mhambrey; David Johnson; Dodda Ganesh; Abey Kuruvilla; Debashish Mohanty; Harvinder Singh; Ajit Agarkar; Robin Singh; Ashish Nehra; Zaheer Khan; Iqbal Siddiqui; Tinu Yohannan; Lakshmipathy Balaji; Irfan Pathan; Rudra Pratap Singh; S. Sreesanth; Munaf Patel; Vikram Raj Vir Singh; Ishant Sharma; Abhimanyu Mithun; Jaydev Unadkat; Praveen Kumar; Umesh Yadav; Varun Aaron; Vinay Kumar; Bhuvneshwar Kumar; Mohammed Shami; Stuart Binny; Pankaj Singh; Hardik Pandya; Jasprit Bumrah  .. .. .. Shardul Thakur

Interesting

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
16th Oct 2018.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Plane hits compound - flies for 3 hours ~ another was about to land where 4 were waiting !


A few decades ago, one could see scores of people waiting near the compound wall at Meenambakkam, excited to see aeroplane taking off and landing .. no longer these days, as there is so much of air traffic in all major airports.

By any standard, this is unimaginable, knowing this to be underbelly of aircraft that flew with passengers.  According to officials, a car passenger, who passed by road on way to Thanjavur reportedly  was injured as a piece of debris of the wall, which was damaged in the incident, hit her. The passenger has been identified as Manimala of Tiruvarur district. A piece of fence mesh was seen trapped near the tyre of the plane and its bottom was found slashed in the impact, officials said.

It was an air accident - the Dubai-bound Air India Express plane was flying at a speed of 250 km and possibly overloaded when its tyre hit an equipment used to guide a pilot to land a flight and then brushed the compound wall during take-off at the International Airport here early on 12.10.2018, officials said.  This is not a new airport –  the one at Trichy was established by the British during World War II and was primarily used by the British Airforce during the world wars. Warplanes were brought to the airport and taken to a workshop in Ponmalai, 2 km away for repair and maintenance.  The first known history of flight landing at the airport dates back to 1936 when the first airmail for Colombo from India was carried by the TATA's "Goodwill Flight", piloted by H.D. Barucha on 23 December 1936, which took off from Bombay for Colombo after stopping at Hyderabad, Madras and Trichinopoly.

On Friday, it was reported that a Dubai-bound Air India Express flight with 133 people on-board brushed against a wall at the airport – fortunately all  passengers were safe. The plane lost contact with air traffic control officials and landed in Mumbai after around four hours, they said.  The  Dubai-bound Air India plane flew for three hours with extensive damage to its body.  The  pilots, apparently unaware of the damage to the Boeing 737 aircraft, reported that "all systems were functioning normally", but the flight was diverted to Mumbai anyway as precaution. It turned out to be a "very, very close shave" for with 136 passengers and crew members. It was only when the plane landed in Mumbai early morning that it was found that its fuselage or body was practically "shredded". The plane could even be a write-off. "The pilot in command reportedly has a flying experience on the B 737 aircraft of 3600 hours, including about 500 hours as commander.

Miles away, a near miss involving an Air Canada plane which almost landed on a crowded taxiway instead of a runway at San Francisco airport last year could have been the 'worst aviation accident in history,' according to an official report. The Air Canada Airbus A320 carrying 140 people was cleared to land on Runway 28-Right at San Francisco International Airport shortly before midnight on July 7, 2017. But inadvertently, the pilot lined up for Taxiway C, where four planes were waiting to take off. 'Only a few feet of separation prevented this from possibly becoming the worst aviation accident in history,' said Bruce Landsberg, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board while announcing the agency's report issued Friday.

'The incident airplane descended to an altitude of 100 ft (30 meters) above ground level and overflew the first airplane on the taxiway,' the report said. 'The incident flight crew initiated a go-around, and the airplane reached a minimum altitude of about 60 ft and overflew the second airplane on the taxiway before starting to climb,' it added, noting none of the five flight crewmembers or 135 passengers aboard the Air Canada plane were injured.   According to reports, over  1,000 people were at imminent risk of serious injury or death.

Other contributing factors were 'the flight crew's failure to tune the instrument landing system frequency for backup lateral guidance, expectation bias, fatigue due to circadian disruption and length of continued wakefulness, and breakdowns in crew resource management.'  Just moments after receiving permission to land on the designated runway, the Air Canada pilot returned to the radio sensing that something was amiss. 'Uh, Tower, I just want to confirm - this is Air Canada 759 - we see some lights on the runway there, across the runway, can you confirm we're clear to land?' The tower responded: 'Air Canada 759 confirmed clear to land Runway 28-Right. There is no one on 28-Right but you.' An unidentified man's voice then broke in - presumably a pilot in one of the aircraft waiting to take off. 'Where's this guy going? He's on the taxiway,' he said. Air traffic control immediately told the Air Canada pilot not to land. The pilot of a United Airlines plane on the ground told the tower meanwhile that 'Air Canada flew directly over us.'

Scary to say the least !

With regards- S. Sampathkumar
14th Oct 2018.

WI falter again ... Umesh Yadav's remarkable feat


Umesh Yadav achieved something great today ~ a 10 wicket haul.. .. he has played 40 tests – has taken 117 wickets – in ODIs 73 matches 105 wickets – statistics will never reveal the true greatness of this speedster .. read more !
Another West Indian capitulation, as expected from a team, which is pale shadow of what Clive Lloyd led to India those decades.  But, then lot has changed .. .. actually they did well this morning restricting Indian lead but .. another display of poor batting doomed them.  There have been many chaos ..
Even before the tour started came the news of Chris Gayle opting out of West Indies duty to play in T20 - and this time even T10 - leagues. Even odder considering the 2019 World Cup is only eight months away. But Jason Holder didn't find this turn of events surprising. The West Indies captain felt the opener was "tapering off" and hoped that in his absence, some of the younger players seized the opportunity.  The team is shaken – Windies are about to lose their head coach Stuart Law at the end of the year. Before that, in 2016, they lost Phil Simmons. And before that, in 2014, they lost Ottis Gibson.

Today, at Hyderabad, another  West Indies Test in India, another three-day finish. By the end of it, it seems scarcely believable that West Indies had at one point put India under such pressure that they risked a serious injury to Shardul Thakur for a few extra runs. That was when West Indies' talismanic leader Jason Holder had dragged West Indies back into the contest, but India somehow managed to eke out a 56-run lead, which proved decisive thanks to another batting failure.  With this win India has 10  consecutive Test series wins at home including the two one-off Test series against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. It is the joint-longest streak for any team at home. Australia had two such streaks ending in 2000 and 2008. No other team has more than eight home series victories in a row.

Today, the mercurial Umesh Yadav was on a hat-trick twice; he didn't get it, but became only the third Indian fast bowler to take a 10-for at home, paving the way for India's 10th straight series win at home with only the fourth Man-of-the-Match award for a fast bowler in India this decade. It is staggering the match ended when it did. Only 14 wickets had fallen in the first two days. West Indies had managed to stay competitive, and had at one point put India under pressure on the second afternoon with four wickets down for 162. Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane then bailed India out, and began the day only three behind West Indies' 311.

This morning it was Jason Holder show – his 5 for 56 is the first five-wicket haul by a West Indies fast bowler in India since Kenny Benjamin's five for during the Mohali Test in 1994. The only other two overseas fast bowlers to have taken five-fors in the last two years are Josh Hazlewood and Ben Stokes.  He is the first West Indies fast bowler since Courtney Walsh (in 2000) to take four five-wicket hauls in a calendar year.  He is on a real high 33 wickets in six matches at an outstanding average of 11.87 - the best for any fast bowler with a minimum of 30 wickets in a calendar year in the last 100 years.

An Indian pace bowler taking 10 wickets in a Test is a real rarity.  The great Kapil Dev did that in Pongal Test 1980 at Chepauk, Chennai taking 11/146 against Pakistan and winning the man of the match; again against the mighty WI at Ahmedabad Kapil had figures of 10/135 (in that Test Kapil took 9/83 in the 2nd innings – in the first Maninder 4 and Roger Binny 3 had restricted the Windies).  Back in Feb 1999 against Pak at Koklata, Javagal Srinath took 13/132 and now Umesh Yadav has 6&4 finishing at 10/133 .. .. no mean achievement that !

One will understand its significance, when they extrapolate this statistics : at Rajkot against Windies in 1st Test, Umesh bowled 11 & 3 overs; against Afghanistan 6 & 7; against Srilanka at Nagpur 2017 – 16 & 29; at Kolkata 20 & 5; in a match at Galle, he bowled 14 & 9 .. .. ..no doubt – he has great stamina, delivering speed consistently, but in home conditions, when the spinners come on too early and with India playing 3 spinners – the pacers of Umesh Yadav ilk are neglected lot and end up throwing from the deep – and he has a good flat throw at that.  With the Captain not trusting and with so limited opportunities, Umesh Yadav has really done well.  Kudos to him.

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has asked the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to "submit his explanation within a week" a day after he was named in an anonymous #MeToo post. An allegation made by a woman claiming to be a former colleague of Johri was posted on Twitter on Friday night. ESPNcricinfo has also seen communication that shows that the BCCI had been alerted as long ago as January 2017 to a harassment case allegedly involving Johri in his previous employment. It is not clear if the allegation made on Friday, to which Johri has to answer, is the same case the BCCI was alerted to in January 2017. Johri has not made any public comment; calls and messages to him remained unanswered. The allegations have appeared as a part of the 'me too' movement. Though, the said allegations do not pertain to his employment with the BCCI, the Committee of Administrators of the BCCI has deemed it appropriate to seek an explanation from Mr Johri in relation to the allegations. He has been asked to submit his explanation within a week. Future course of action will be considered on receipt of his explanation."

The woman behind the Twitter allegation claims to have been a colleague of Johri before he had moved to working with a "niche satellite channel". It was posted by a verified Twitter account of a person who has published several such anonymous allegations on behalf of others. This is the first high-profile person involved in Indian cricket administration to be named in the #MeToo exposes.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
14th Oct 2018.

Navjot Singh Sidhu ~ another gaffe ~ this time on South India


Experience is the comb that life gives you when you are bald; Age has been the perfect fire extinguisher for flaming youth.;  Beware of the naked man who offers you his shirt.;  A fallen lighthouse is more dangerous than a reef;  The ball went so high that it could brought an airhostess down with it;  Its very difficult to kill a man who is hell bent upon committing suicide!"; No one reads a book to reach the middle - its the end that matters ****

~ quotes from a Man, who first played in Ahmedabad in 1983, then at Chennai, then had to wait 5 long years for his next of his total of 51 tests.  In all he made 3202 test runs with 9 centuries and 4413 runs in 136 ODIs with 6 centuries.  For statistical reasons, he would well remember that Test in Dec 1983 – his 2nd – he made 20 – Gavaskar made 236* and Sidhu bowled his only over in International Cricket.


            remember seeing Navjot singh Sidhu play at Chepauk against Malcolm Marshall and Michael Holding, survive for sometime – dubbed as a ‘strokeless wonder’ returned with greater resolve at the same ground in Chennai, in  Reliance WC hitting Australian attack for 5 sixers that had Mcdermoot, Bruce Reid and Simon O Donnel. After retiring, his style of speaking, sidhuisms and colour of turban were to be watched out !  ~ that was the first ever ODI at Madras, the 1st match of Reliance
WC 1987  ~ so Sidhu has reasons to remember Chennai !!

Another Cricketer who had played along, whom I had seen at Chepauk, Imran Khan became the Prime Minister of Pakistan in a pampered ceremony – there were plans to invite India’s great Cricketers including Kapil Dev for the swearing-in ceremony, but that was not to happen as  reportedly they  ultimately decided on a "simple ceremony" that would include just a few of his close friend.  Navjot Singh Sidhu went there, played to the gallery and stirred fire for hugging Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.  Among the many strong critics was Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who  too, criticised his cabinet minister, Sidhu, for his 'hugplomacy'. "Everyday our jawans are getting martyred. To hug their Chief General Bajwa...I am against this," Captain Amarinder said.  "To say that 'I don't know General Bajwa'...it is written on their uniform. That's wrong for him (Sidhu) to have shown the affections he did for the Pakistan Army Chief," the chief minister added. He further said that his own regiment lost one Major and two Jawans a few months ago. Singh also questioned casualties due to firing from the Pakistani side of the border, "Whether the man who pulled the trigger is to be blamed or the man who gives the order? Which is the chief, and the chief is General Bajwa."

Navjot Singh Sidhu, who returned from Pakistan seemed to be the least concerned about being criticised for embracing the Pakistan Army Chief. Speaking to the media in Amritsar, Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he was a guest in Pakistan and occupied the seat that was offered to him. On being asked why he gave a hug to the Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa, Sidhu said that he "had gone to Pakistan to show love and received the same in return". Now comes the other gaffe - Speaking at a literary festival in Kasol, Sidhu said, "If I go to Tamil Nadu, I don’t understand the language. Not that I don’t like the food, but I can’t take it for long. That culture is totally different. But if I travel to Pakistan there is no difficulty. The language is the same and everything there is just amazing."

The Punjab tourism and culture minister was apparently trying to highlight the cultural affinity Punjab shares with Pakistan. However, by drawing a comparison over the sensitive lingual divide issue, Sidhu, in the process, has perhaps compounded his troubles.
Tamil Nadu has supported him, he has played in Ranji, Tests, ODI and had been here many a times – for IPL too, he would have visited the State and its capital many a times, but has the boorishness to talk about the cultural barrier. Navjot Singh is no stranger to controversies.  Sidhu walked out of India's 1996 tour of England citing differences with captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Following this, he was banished from the team for ten Tests by the BCCI eventually making a return in the 1996–97 tour of West Indies. In the second Test at Queen's Park Oval, he scored a double century. The 201, his highest score in Tests lasted 11 hours.
After 19 years of cricketing  career and few more as commentator, Sidhu joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2004 and contested the general election from Amritsar. He won the election and held the seat till 2014 winning also the next election. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2016 from Punjab before he resigned from the position the same year and quitting the party. In 2017, he joined the Indian National Congress and was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly from Amritsar East.

He was a good Cricketer, who waited for his turn and waited patiently for easy deliveries to milk runs ~ but in politics has been rather impatient and often courts controversies with gaffes.  We also need to know whether this comment on south India is his individual opinion or that his party ??

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
14th Oct 2018









 

Restraining anger ~ appreciating good things : சினங்காப்பான்


It was otherwise unremarkable Saturday afternoon  - there was not much of crowd as I stood behind two persons at Spencers Royapettah opp to AIADMK Office – the woman in front sulked and displayed anger at the petite girl manning the counter ! – have seen this many a times, people getting frustrated at the delay and some mix-ups (in rates / discounts / quantities) and  show their wrath on those at the counter ** (the scene may not be any different – replace the name of the Super market / fruit shops – same counter, same type of small people – irate men and women !)

Somehow entire Chennai would appear rude and angry.  Miles away, in USA – one often hears ‘road-rage’  -  something most motorists experience at some point or another, but something very few people act on. When the phrase was coined in the 1980’s, it referred to rampant shootings on Interstate 405 in California. And while many of us are never likely to experience that level of roadside aggression, we may encounter aggressive drivers that use rude words and gestures in a futile attempt to move traffic forward. Aggressive driving tactics are dangerous to the driver and other motorists on any roadway, as it puts everyone at higher risk for collision and injury as well as property damage.   It leaves a bad taste too.

Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco came  under fire after his rude behaviour towards a ball boy at the Shenzhen Open in China. During the second set against Yoshihito Nishioka, the 34-year-old gestured at the ball boy to run faster while asking him to fetch the towel. Upset at the ball boy for being slow, Verdasco gesticulated rather angrily.  Miami Open title may not be closely followed but a couple of years ago, Djokovic after  losing the second set against Andy Murray, was  furious, stalked back to his chair screaming at his box, angrily snatching his towel from the ball-boy, who for his part looked thoroughly traumatised by the experience.  Different was Dimitrov, the Bulgarian in recent times has helped ball kids in any kind of stress on court. Once he helped a ball girl who wasn’t feeling well and escorted her out of the court.  In another, the Bulgarian suffered an upset 7-5 7-6 (7-2) loss to Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the second round but he won the hearts of the crowd for the touching exchange with an unlucky ball boy. The boy was moaning rather loudly after being hit by a serve coming at over 200km/h. Both players showed immediate concern and while the boy bravely pushed on, it all become too much as he started to cry. Dimitrov, despite being only a matter of points away from the defeat, held up the match as he went over to console the injured boy, patting him on the head and giving him his wrist band.

Anger is common restraint is no so common ~ this is what Thiruvalluvar has to say :

செல்லிடத்துக் காப்பான் சினங்காப்பான் அல்லிடத்துக்
காக்கின்என் காவாக்கால் என்.

சினம் பலிக்குமிடத்தில் அதனை வராமல் காப்பவனே அருளால் காப்பவனாவான். அது பலிக்காத இடத்தில் அதனைத் தடுத்தால் என்ன? தடுக்காமல் இருந்தால் தான் என்ன?.  செல்லிடம்' தாழ்ந்தவரும் வறியவரும் அதிகாரமில்லாதவருமாம். 'அல்லிடம்' உயர்ந்தவரும் செல்வரும் அதிகாரத்திற் சிறந்தவருமாம்.

According to Thiruvalluvar – it is great to restrain anger at the place where one can easily show it i.e., against people lower than your stature, how would it  matter – in knowing how would one restrain one’s anger at higher places and those at the helm and more powerful than thy !!

Communication is an art ~ in olden days, people used to write letters –  now rather  than mere words, usage of graphics and symbols, can enhance expression of feelings such as happiness, anger, surprise, sadness and more.   There are ‘emojis’.  In psychology and philosophy, emotion is a subjective, conscious experience characterized primarily by psycho-physiological expressions, biological reactions, and mental states. Emotion is often associated and considered reciprocally influential with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, and motivation.  It also is influenced by hormones and neurotransmitters. Emotion is often the driving force behind motivation, positive or negative.  .. .. the World would be a much better place, if only people can restrain their anger and be courteous to others.

** at Spencers’ shop as my turn came – the girl gave a sheepish smile trying to hide the bashing she had just received – then went running to query something on chaste Hindi- I was taken aback – asked her how did she learn speaking Hindi so frequently – more surprise was in store, as the little Neetu told me that she hails from Darbanga, in Assam, Hindi comes naturally and that she had learnt Tamil for working here !  (I asked for the feedback form, she came with a complaint register – and I registered my hearty appreciations for the good customer service, and more for her fluency in languages) – Goodness is perhaps everywhere, only we miss to see many a times !! – to be recognized, first it has to be observed !!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
14th Oct 2018.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Emu runs on road in Barcelona - is killed accidentally !


Sure none of us would recognize ‘genus Dromaius’ - the largest bird native to Australia and the only extant member of the genus – unless we know its common name ‘the Emu’.  It is the second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. Emu is common over most of mainland Australia.  They have long thin necks and legs. Emus can travel great distances at a fast, economical trot and, if necessary, can sprint at 50 km/h (31 mph) for some distance at a time.

Is it a distinct trait of the State – to get lured by fast promises, put all their money and then cry hoarse when they are cheated ? -  Why don’t people realize that ‘you can never get any unrealistic % of yield in any business’ and that one should only do the business which is known to them or atleast the one which they can understand – and not leave things to others and then blame the others for not paying !  What else and how can people wait – they went in large numbers lured by the advertisements in Coimbatore, with no exception in Krishnagiri, Pollachi, Mettupalayam, Tirupur, Perundurai, Dharapuram and Salem – all dreaming it to be a viable option.  The farms and vacant lands were soon turned to Emu farms with security deposit and investment raised either from farm money or by loans at a high % of interest. ~ Public memory is so short that they perhaps have forgotten in 5 years. 

Those were the days when people  from Agriculture, to Spinning and textile mills – all requiring knowledge and labour, got lured and ran after  Emu rearing believing it to be an easy paying option and shortly reality slapped them on face ..  the economies of scale also hurt – as reportedly the meat price came down heavily with more emu meat available in the market.  The oil processing and other industrial ventures would remain only in newspaper advertisements.  It was a bubble waiting to burst ! – people have invested in cine-field; finance companies termed as ‘blade companies’; multi-level marketing not selling any product but asking them to enlist more people in chain; and many other similar activities. 

                                   It was the turn of thousands of  farmers, to get  lured by private firms – and they promptly lined up, queuing up to invest in emu farms in Salem and Erode in the hope of making a quick buck, investing life savings or borrowing money to start a business.   Within a few months, farmers started complaining that they were suffering losses and were being cheated. There had been  advertisements in television channels and newspapers  offering freebies and mentioning ‘rag to riches’ stories and people started investing without knowing ‘what Emu was’ and the ‘nuances of Emu farming’.  They got carried by empty prattles of some Firms offering the chicks and buying the same back at a higher price after a few months !!  - they believed that emus would grow big, inturn making them richer, which was not to happen……….  They got carried by the offer of Emu Farms,  demanding  Rs 1.5 lakh as deposits and the promised return of  Rs 6,000 per month for three years and – as a freebie,  a gold coin.     .. .. .. and more easily gullible with star actors who preach wisdom in their speeches endorsed this product. 

Emus use their strongly clawed feet as a defence mechanism. Their legs are among the strongest of any animals, allowing them to rip metal wire fences. They are endowed with good eyesight and hearing, which allows them to detect predators in the vicinity. The plumage varies regionally, matching the surrounding environment and improving its camouflage. Males and females are hard to distinguish visually, but can be differentiated by the types of loud sounds they emit by manipulating an inflatable neck sac. It was claimed by the sellers that Emus are raised throughout the world, can adapt  to a variety of conditions ranging from the cold winters to the extreme heat and that they live  up to 40 years. 

In a first of its kind case in Tamil Nadu, well known Tamil actors Sarathkumar and Sathyaraj, both brand ambassadors of Susi Emu Farms in Perundurai  reportedly were booked on charges of “criminal conspiracy.” The film stars had appeared in advertisements endorsing the fancy schemes of the firm which later defaulted several crore rupees due to thousands of depositors from various parts of the State.

Emu after all is a flightless bird – but can run much faster, performing the vanishing act along with the money invested on it.  Elsewhere in Barcelona, the emu was not lucky – as Spanish police accidentally killed an escaped emu after chasing the animal through the streets of a Barcelona commuter town. The emu reportedly died 'from stress' after being followed by police on motorbikes, who later pinned it down on a street corner.

MailOnline posted a video and news item showing the panicking bird run down a one-way street in Sant Cugat del Vallès, a town some 12.5miles north of Barcelona on Wednesday afternoon.  Police officers chased down the escaped emu in motor cycles. It is not known where the emu may have come from, but it is possible it escaped from a farm or an animal park. Local animal right activists have asked the local council to investigate where the animal came from and if the owner had the legal right to keep the emu.

Police officers not so well trained for such oddities, managed to chase it down and brought it down holding its neck but in the melee, the flightless bird succumbed to what was reported as ‘mental stress’.  Representatives from the Animalist Party Against Mistreatment of Animals [PACMA] questioned what an emu, which is native to Australia, was doing in the Barcelona commuter town.  It also demanded that   local police receive training in how to safely capture and retrieve escaped wild animals which may not naturally occur in the area. 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.
12th Oct 2018.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

road accidents ~ MACT - Appeal ~ what is Consortium ??


                                     Vehicles on road are ever increasing and so does accidents !!   In a Civil Society, Courts are of great importance – they protect constitutional rights of the citizens and provides equal opportunity to all the subjects.  There can be Civil and Criminal disputes and Courts provide justice, equality and neutrality. The courts’ function is to adjudicate legal disputes between parties and carry out the administration of justice in accordance with the rule of law.  Still there could be differences – there  could be differences even in well-settled matters – necessitating appeals / reviews ~  Motor Insurance and liability arising out of use of motor vehicles in public place is well defined -  here is an interesting  case decided by the Supreme Court of India in a special leave petition filed by a private Insurance company recently.   This SLP had been filed by the Insurers challenging the compensation awarded  on certain counts by the Punjab & Haryana High Court.


The cause of action arose on 1.12.2013, when a person riding a motorcycle was fatally injured in a road accident involving his vehicle and a Renault car.  The victim was taken to Govt hospital but succumbed to his injuries.   There appears no dispute of the accident, death and other basic factors.  The   father,   brother,   and   sister   of   the   deceased   filed   Claim Petition   under   Section   166   of   the   Motor   Vehicles   Act,   1988 before   the   Motor   Accidents   Claim   Tribunal,   Yamuna   Nagar.  An eye-witness to the accident was examined and deposed that the accident occurred due to rash & negligent driving of the driver of the car.  Sadly, the deceased was only 24 years old and had been engaged in the business of manufacturing Namkeen products.

The Claimants contended  the income of the deceased was Rs. 15,000 per month. However, since no proof could be brought in,  MACT took the income to be that of an unskilled worker i.e. Rs. 5,342 permonth on the basis of the Notification dated 13.08.2013 issued by   the   Labour   Commissioner,   Haryana   prescribing   minimum wages for different categories of work.  MACT computed compensation taking  income @ 5342 – deducting personal income @ 1/3 – take the multiplier 7 (as per the age of the father !) add loss of future income – loss of love and affection @25000 + funeral expenses @15000 totalling Rs.339208 and awarded the same with interest @ 7% from the date of claim until realisation with costs. 

The MACT did not award any compensation to  the brother of the deceased, as he could not be considered to bea dependent. Compensation was awarded to the aged fatherand the unmarried sister of the deceased, who were held to be dependents.  The Insurance Company and the driver of the vehicle –were held to be jointly and severallyliable to pay the compensation.
                                                                                                                              
The petitioners, i.e.,  father and sister of the deceased filed an Appeal against the order of the MACT before the   Punjab   and   Haryana   High   Court   praying   for enhancement of compensation.  The   High   Court   held   that   the   facts   relating   to   the accident were admitted and proved before the MACT. It was established that the deceased had died as a result of the rash and negligent driving of driver of the car. High Court found that the MACT had used the wrong   principle   for   application   of   the   multiplier.   The multiplier ought to have been taken on the basis of the ageof the deceased, and not of his father.The   High   Court   re­assessed   the   compensation   reckoning monthly income at Rs.6000/-  + future prospects @ 50%; deduction of personal expenses @ 1/3rd of total income;  Multiplier @ 18 (as per age of deceased) + loss of love and affection Rs.100000/- (for 2 persons) + funeral expenses @ Rs.25000/-  = total compensation awarded  Rs. 14,21,000/-   with   interest@ 9% from the date of filing the   claim   petition   till realization.

Aggrieved by the Order of the High Court, the Insurers filed SLP before the Apex Court, seeking setting­aside the judgment of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.  The grounds of appeal were :  i) the High Court erroneously awarded 50% towards future prospects whereas following the judgment of   National Insurance Co. Ltd.  v.  Pranay Sethi, it should have been 40%;  ii) the deduction should have been  at ½, and not at 1/3rd, as he was a Bachelor;  iii) minimum wages ought to have been taken at Rs. 5,341 and not Rs. 6,000 - the prevailing rate of minimum wages in Haryana atthe time of the accident. iv) father and sister of the deceased could not be considered as dependants, and were not entitled to compensation. In the case of death of a bachelor, onlythe mother could be considered to be a dependant.  V) 1 lakh on love & affection and 25000 towards funeral expenses was erroneous and  only Rs. 30,000 could have been awarded as per the judgment in  Pranay Sethi (supra).  The dependents of the deceased refuted the grounds raised by the Insurance company, and reiterated their claim for enhanced compensation.

On the grounds of challenge by the Insurance Company – the Apex Court held that :

1.     issue   of   Future   Prospects,   a Constitution   Bench   of   this   Court   in  Pranay Sethi (supra) has held that in case the deceased was  self employed or on a fixed salary, and was below 40 years of age, an addition of 40% of the established income should be granted towards Future Prospects.  Future Prospects are to be awarded on the basis of: i. the nature of the deceased’s employment; and ii. the age of the deceased.  Since no evidence was brought in on salary, the income is assessed on the basis of  minimum wage of an unskilled worker.  Taking age @ 24, future prospects awarded at 40% of the actual income of the deceased, instead of 50% as awarded by the High Court.

2.  On the question of deduction on the count that victim was a bachelor,  citing the   judgment   in  Sarla Verma  (supra)   wherein   this Court   took   the   view   that   where   the   family   of   the bachelor is large and dependent on the income of the deceased, as in a case where he has a widowed mother and large number of younger non ­earning sisters or brothers,   his   personal   and   living   expenses   may   be restricted to one­third, as contribution to the family will be taken as two­ third. Considering   that   the   deceased   was   living   in   a
village, where he was residing with his aged father who was about 65 years old, and Respondent No. 2 ­ an unmarried sister, the High Court correctly considered
them to be dependents of the deceased, and made a deduction of 1/3rd  towards personal expenses of the deceased. The   judgment   of   the   High   Court   is,   therefore, affirmed on this count.

3.   income though claimed at Rs.15000/- Court found that Rs. 6,000, taken  is marginally above the minimum wage of an unskilled worker at Rs. 5,342/- and felt not suitable to being interfered with.

4.  to the contention of Insurer that  father and the sister of the deceased could not be treated as dependents,   and   it   is   only   a   mother   who   can   be dependent of her son, the Court felt that this  contention deserves to be repelled. The deceased was a bachelor, whose mother had   pre-­deceased   him.   The   deceased’s   father   was about   65   years   old,   and   an   unmarried   sister.   The deceased was contributing a part of his meagre income to the family for their sustenance and survival. Hence, they   would   be   entitled   to   compensation   as   his dependents.

5.  On Insurer’s contention on loss of love & affection – the Court again citing Pranay Sethi stated that this has  set out the various amounts to be awarded as compensation under the conventional heads in case of   death.   The   relevant   extract   of   the   judgment   is reproduced herein below : “Therefore, we think it seemly to fix reasonable sums. It seems to us that reasonable   figures   on   conventional heads, namely, loss of estate, loss of consortium   and   funeral   expenses should be Rs. 15,000/­, Rs. 40,000/­ and Rs.   15,000/­   respectively.  The principle of revisiting the said heads is   an   acceptable   principle.   But   the revisit  should  not  be  fact-centric  or quantum­centric.    Though the Court cited the  afore­said judgment,  and decreased funeral expenses to Rs.15,000/-, maintained the  amount awarded by the High Court towards loss of love and affection.   The MACT as well as the High Court  did not award any compensation with respect to Loss of Consortium and Loss of Estate, which are the other conventional heads.  The Apex Court stated that Motor Vehicles Act is a beneficial and welfare legislation. The Court is duty ­bound and entitled to award “just compensation”, irrespective of whether any plea in that behalf was raised by the Claimant. In exercise of our power under Article 142, and in the   interests   of   justice,   we   deem   it   appropriate   to award an amount of Rs. 15,000 towards Loss of Estate to Respondent Nos. 1 and 2.

In legal parlance, “consortium” is a compendious term   which   encompasses   ‘spousal   consortium’, ‘parental consortium’, and ‘filial consortium’. The   right   to   consortium   would   include   the company,   care,   help,   comfort,   guidance,   solace   and affection of the deceased, which is a loss to his family.  With   respect   to   a   spouse,   it   would   include   sexual relations with the deceased spouse. Spousal consortium is generally  defined as rights pertaining to the relationship of a husband­wife which allows compensation to the surviving spouse for loss of “company, society, co­operation, affection, and aid of the other in every conjugal relation.” Parental consortium is granted to the child upon the premature death of a parent, for loss of “parental aid, protection, affection, society, discipline, guidance and training.” Filial consortium is the right of the parents to compensation in the case of an accidental death of a child.  Consortium is a special prism reflecting changing norms   about   the   status   and   worth   of   actual relationships.  

In sum and substance, the Court upon review  reckoned compensation as : Income 6000 + future prospects 40%; 1/3rd deduction towards personal expenditure X multiplier of 18 =  Rs. 12,09,600 (Rs.5,600 x 12 x 18) + Loss of love and  affection: Rs. 1,00,000 (Rs. 50,000 each) + funeral expenses Rs. 15,000 +  Loss of estate: Rs. 15,000 + loss of Filial  Rs. 80,000  and awarded a total compensation of Rs.14,25,600/- alongwith Interest @ 12% p.a. from the date   of   filing   of   the   Claim petition till payment.

The Hon’ble Court held that the Insurance Company and R 3 were held jointly   and   severally   liable   to   pay   the   compensation awarded.  The court further held that the Appellant – Insurance Company will pay the full amount   of   compensation   awarded   hereinabove   to Respondent   Nos.   1   and   2   and   can   recover   50%   of   the amount from Respondent No. 3 (owner of insured vehicle).

There are learning for everybody, especially for the Insurers

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
10th Oct 2018.

Case citation :  Civil Appeal no. 9581 of 2018 - arising out of SLP (Civil) No. 3192 of 2018)
Magma General Insurance Co. Ltd. …Appellant Vs Nanu Ram Alias Chuhru Ram & Ors. …Respondents