Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Answers to some of the shout-box queries

vinod: What is SLP?

A special leave petition is filed by an aggrieved party (with a High Court order) before the Supreme Court, only on the special leave granted by the High Court. If the High Court while passing its orders, does not grant that leave, the aggrieved party cannot approach the Supreme Court with an SLP. Instead it has to go with a Civil Appeal. This will take longer to get admitted and adjudicated.

rakshanda: has any male tennis player ever won the ' boxed set ' ?

No. It is a Grand Slam-related accomplishment. It is winning a "boxed set" (not seat) of Grand Slam titles – winning the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles at all four Grand Slam events.

The top men's singles players have played comparatively little doubles, and very little mixed doubles. Three women have completed the "boxed set" during their careers:

Doris Hart

Margaret Smith Court

Martina Navrátilová

rakshanda: why does our ports have greater turnaround ?

Our ports have a greater turnaround time. That is they are less efficient. Our procedures and systems are slow. It is a reflection of our laxity in work, procedures and systems.

roopa: Hi what is the meaning of seeded and unseeded in Tennis world

'Seeded' means ranking of the players within a given tournament, as opposed to ranking of players in general for a year. Players in Tennis tournaments are "seeded" to determine who plays whom in the first round of the tournament. The number 1 seed is considered the top player in a given bracket; the number 2 seed is second-best; number 3 seed is third best and so on. Seeding is based on that player's current world rank, though a "selection committee" might be used to make the actual determination of who gets what seed in a given bracket of a tournament. Once the players are all seeded, the top seed will play the last seed in the first round, the second-seed will play the second-lowest seed, and so on.

The reason for seeding is to keep the top players in each bracket from meeting each other as long as possible, so that a Number 1 Seed can never defeat a Number 2 seed in the early rounds of a tournament. Likewise the third and fourth seeds will have to go through several rounds against lesser opponents to meet the top-seeded players. This keeps the big names in a tournament as long as possible, as well as ensuring that matches near the end of the tournament will be as exciting and evenly matched as possible.