Hello TMians and readers,

First of all, a prosperous and Happy New Year to all of you. May this year bring all kinds of happiness and prosperity to you and your family. This year’s new year issue is based on ‘Science’ and we dedicated to all the scientists who have changed the world for us.

I want to congratulate all the Nobel Prize Winners in the fields of Medicines, Physics, Chemistry. The ceremony of this prestigious prize happened a few months back in Sweden like always. In the field of Physics, one half of the prize was awarded to Rainer Weiss and another half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Throne for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves. In Medicines, it was awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm. On the other side, for chemistry, Noble Prize was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank, and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.

We also congratulate all the scientists and researchers at ISRO for the successful Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty-second flight.  The launch carried 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Remote Sensing Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites on 12th January from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.  This flight is officially designated as PSLV-C40. In the succeeding seven minutes, Cartosat-2 series satellite, INS-1C, and 28 customer satellites successfully separated from the PSLV in a predetermined sequence.

We also salute the effort of Government of Assam for the first draft launch of National Register of Citizenship this new year. This has been on the agenda of the newly formed state government in Assam. The Assam Accord 1971 has to be respected and the illegal Bangladeshi Immigrants has to be filtered out otherwise, the actual Assamese people will lose its existential value as this land always belongs to them. There is the second draft of NRC getting ready for the launch soon by the government. In the first launch, the NRC list proved to be a draft of the Big NRC draft, with 13.9 million cases remaining under scrutiny and names of only 19 million of the 32.9 million applicants passed the acid test.

We, at Thousand Miles severely denounce the attempt of Karni Sena against the movie Padmaavati directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali (for reason of protest against Karni Sena we won’t call it as ‘Padmaavat’). They have vandalised and destroyed public property and they went against the decision of Supreme Court which is a punishable offense by law. We request the state governments and the central government to take a stringent action against this fringe group.

Coming to the theme of our magazine’s current issue, we have a good collection of articles based on Science. The interview with Prof. Bruce C. Berndt was put forwarded by GonitSora.com for us for this issue. We thank them for their support to this issue. We hope and expect you would go through our content and put forward your constructive criticism for us.

From the desk of Editor-in-Chief