Current Science
A Fortnightly Journal of Research
ISSN 0011-3891
Volume 113 - Issue 04: 25 Aug, 2017
In this Issue
In this issue
p. 0532

Guest Editorial
Of launches and lunches
p. 0533 | Shaanker, R. Uma

Correspondence
An IISc–Tsinghua head-to-head evaluation of research using CWTS Leiden Ranking 2017 data
p. 0535 | Prathap, Gangan

Basic science and ‘Make in India’
p. 0537 | Dasannacharya, B. A.

News
Science Last Fortnight
p. 0540

Scientific Video Publication? By JoVE!
p. 0544 | Madhu, K. P.

Meeting Report
Technology, youth and career: a paradigm shift
p. 0546 | Kakoty, Sangeeta; Hassan, Yamin; Narzary, Haina; Adhikari, Nayana; Unni, B. G.

Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru – 28th Mid-Year Meeting
p. 0547 | Rajagopal, Sushila; Sugumaran, Geetha; Sekhar, Savitha; Priya, S.

Commentary
Danger of a single score: NIRF rankings of colleges
p. 0550 | Prathap, Gangan

Opinion
Polarity, asymmetry and aging: are there Yayatis among bacteria?
p. 0553 | Baig, Ulfat; Watve, Milind; Lele, Uttara

Scientific Correspondence
Micropropagation of Symplocos racemosa Roxb., a threatened medicinal tree of India
p. 0555 | Behera, Shashikanta; Barik, Durga P.; Naik, Soumendra K.

Antibacterial activity of some important medicinal plants
p. 0558 | Bisht, Vinod K.; Negi, Bir S.; Bhandari, Arvind K.; Bisht, Rakesh S.; Kaim, Jagdish C.

Bioacoustics or pitfall traps: comparison of a modern and traditional method to estimate Ensifera richness
p. 0561 | Tomar, Manisha; Singh, Abhay Pratap; Diwakar, Swati

General Articles
Print mass media coverage of wildlife in the developing world
p. 0564 | Lyngdoh, Salvador; Dixit, Divya; Sinha, Bitapi C.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/564-570

Bioprospecting of medicinal plants in Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve: Linking conservation with livelihood
p. 0571 | Maikhuri, R. K.; Rawat, L. S.; Negi, Vikram S.; Pharswan, D. S.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/571-577

Special Section: Astronomy
Preface
p. 0578 | Kembhavi, Ajit

Overview of the AstroSat mission
p. 0579 | Megala, S.; Seetha, S.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/579-582

Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope on AstroSat
p. 0583 | Tandon, S. N.; Ghosh, S. K.; Hutchings, J.; Stalin, C. S.; Subramaniam, A.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/583-586

Soft X-ray focusing Telescope aboard AstroSat: early results
p. 0587 | Dewangan, G. C.; Chandra, S.; Bhattacharayya, S.; Chitnis, V.; Stewart, G. C.; Westergaard, N. J.; Singh, K. P.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/587-590

Large Area X-ray Proportional Counter instrument on AstroSat
p. 0591 | Yadav, J. S.; Agrawal, P. C.; Antia, H. M.; Manchanda, R. K.; Paul, B.; Misra, Ranjeev
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/591-594

Cadmium–Zinc–Telluride Imager on-board AstroSat: a multi-faceted hard X-ray instrument
p. 0595 | Rao, A. R.; Bhattacharya, D.; Bhalerao, V. B.; Vadawale, S. V.; Sreekumar, S.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/595-598

Scanning Sky Monitor on-board AstroSat
p. 0599 | Ramadevi, M. C.; Seetha, S.; Bhattacharya, Dipankar; Ravishankar, B. T.; Sitaramamurthy, N.; Meena, G.; Sharma, M. Ramakrishna; Kulkarni, Ravi; Babu, V. Chandra; Singh, Brajpal; Jain, Anand; Yadav, Reena; Vaishali, S.; Ashoka, B. N.; Agarwal, Anil; Balaji, K.; Kumar, Manoj; Kulshresta, Prashanth; Agarwal, Pankaj; Sebastian, Mathew; Kumar
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/599-601

Multi-colour hues of the Universe observed with AstroSat
p. 0602 | Singh, K. P.; Bhattacharya, D.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/602-609

Aditya-L1 mission
p. 0610 | Megala, S.; Seetha, S.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/610-612

Visible Emission Line Coronagraph on Aditya-L1
p. 0613 | Prasad, B. Raghavendra; Banerjee, Dipankar; Singh, Jagdev; Nagabhushana, S.; Kumar, Amit; Kamath, P. U.; Kathiravan, S.; Venkata, Suresh; Rajkumar, N.; Natarajan, V.; Juneja, Madhur; Somu, Pawan; Pant, Vaibhav; Shaji, Nigar; Sankarsubramanian, K.; Patra, Asit; Venkateswaran, R.; Adoni, Abhijit Avinash; Narendra, S.; Haridas, T. R.; Mathew, Shibu K.; Krishna, R. Mohan; Amareswari, K.; Jaiswal, Bhavesh
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/613-615

The Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope on-board Aditya-L1
p. 0616 | Tripathi, Durgesh; Ramaprakash, A. N.; Khan, Aafaque; Ghosh, Avyarthana; Chatterjee, Subhamoy; Chordia, Pravin; Gandorfer, Achim; Krivova, Natalie; Nandy, Dibyendu; Rajarshi, Chaitanya; Solanki, Sami K.; Banerjee, Dipankar
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/616-619

Probing the heliosphere using in situ payloads on-board Aditya-L1
p. 0620 | Janardhan, P.; Vadawale, Santosh; Bapat, Bhas; Subramanian, K. P.; Chakrabarty, D.; Kumar, Prashant; Sarkar, Aveek; Srivastava, Nandita; Thampi, R. Satheesh; Yadav, Vipin K.; Dhanya, M. B.; Nampoothiri, Govind G.; Abhishek, J. K.; Bhardwaj, Anil; Subhalakshmi, K.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/620-624

X-ray spectrometers on-board Aditya-L1 for solar flare studies
p. 0625 | Sankarasubramanian, K.; Sudhakar, Manju; Nandi, Anuj; Adoni, Abhijit Avinash; Kushwaha, Ankur; Dey, Arjun; Joshi, Bhuwan; Girish, V.; Tomar, Ishan; Majhi, Kamal Kumar; Kumar; Olekar, Manjunath; Bug, Monoj; Pala, Manohar; Thakur, Mukund Kumar; Badagandi, Rajeev R.; Garg, Sarthak; Sridhara, N.; Umapathy, C. N.; Gupta, Vinod Kumar; Agrawal, Vivek Kumar; Yougandar, B.; Agarwal, Anil; Ramadevi, M. C.; Ravishankar, B. T.; Singh, Brajpal; Sitaramamurthy, N.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/625-627

Development of the Thirty-Meter Telescope project
p. 0628 | Stone, Edward; Bolte, Michael
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/628-630

India’s participation in the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory project
p. 0631 | Reddy, B. Eswar; Ramaprakash, A. N.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/631-638

The Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory facilitating transformative astrophysical science
p. 0639 | Skidmore, Warren; Anupama, G. C.; Srianand, Raghunathan
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/639-648

India and the Square Kilometre Array
p. 0649 | Diamond, Philip; Gupta, Yashwant
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/649-656

The first direct detection of gravitational waves opens a vast new frontier in astronomy
p. 0657 | Raab, F. J.; Reitze, D. H.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/657-662

Cosmic sirens: discovery of gravitational waves and their impact on astrophysics and fundamental physics
p. 0663 | Dhurandhar, Sanjeev; Sathyaprakash, Bangalore S.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/663-671

LIGO-India – a unique adventure in Indian science
p. 0672 | Souradeep, Tarun; Raja, Sendhil; Khan, Ziauddin; Unnikrishnan, C. S.; Iyer, Bala
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/672-677

Multi-messenger astronomy
p. 0678 | Bhalerao, Varun
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/678-681

Scientific capabilities and advantages of the 3.6 meter optical telescope at Devasthal, Uttarakhand
p. 0682 | Omar, Amitesh; Kumar, Brijesh; Gopinathan, Maheswar; Sagar, Ram
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/682-685

The Multi Application Solar Telescope
p. 0686 | Venkatakrishnan, P.; Mathew, Shibu K.; Srivastava, Nandita; Bayanna, A. R.; Kumar, Brajesh; Ramya, Bireddy; Jain, Naresh; Saradava, Mukesh
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/686-690

MACE gamma-ray telescope – a status update
p. 0691 | Koul, Ramesh
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/691-695

National Large Solar Telescope
p. 0696 | Hasan, S. S.; Banerjee, D.; Ravindra, B.; Sankarasubramanian, K.; Rangarajan, K. E.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/696-700

India-based Neutrino Observatory
p. 0701 | Datar, Vivek M.; Mondal, Naba K.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/701-706

The upgraded GMRT: opening new windows on the radio Universe
p. 0707 | Gupta, Y.; Ajithkumar, B.; Kale, H. S.; Nayak, S.; Sabhapathy, S.; Sureshkumar, S.; Swami, R. V.; Chengalur, J. N.; Ghosh, S. K.; Chandra, C. H. Ishwara; Joshi, B. C.; Kanekar, N.; Lal, D. V.; Roy, S.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/707-714

Review Articles
PGPR-assisted phytoremediation of cadmium: an advancement towards clean environment
p. 0715 | Verma, Chhaya; Das, Amar Jyoti; Kumar, Rajesh
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/715-724

Research Articles
Pharmaceutical patenting trends on drugs and lifestyle diseases: an analysis of Indian and global status
p. 0725 | Singh, Vikram; Chakraborty, Kajal; Vincent, Lavina
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/725-732

Understanding relationship between melt/ freeze conditions derived from spaceborne scatterometer and field observations at Larsemann Hills, East Antarctica during austral summer 2015–16
p. 0733 | Bothale, Rajashree V.; Anoop, S.; Dadhwal, V. K.; Krishnamurthy, Y. V. N.; Rao, V. V.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/733-742

Channel morphology and hydraulic geometry of River Kolong, Nagaon district, Assam, India: a study from the standpoint of river restoration
p. 0743 | Goswami, Dulal C.; Bora, Minakshi
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/743-751

Dry biomass partitioning of growth and development in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) crop using CERES-wheat in different agro climatic zones of India
p. 0752 | Singh, P. K.; Singh, K. K.; Gill, K. K.; Niwas, Ram; Singh, R. S.; Sharma, Sanjay
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/752-766

Screening of autochthonous intestinal microbiota as candidate probiotics isolated from four freshwater teleosts
p. 0767 | Nandi, Ankita; Banerjee, Goutam; Dan, Suhas Kumar; Ghosh, Pinki; Ghosh, Koushik; Ray, Arun Kumar
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/767-773

Research Communication
Offshore wind to meet increasing energy demands in India
p. 0774 | Alluri, Satya Kiran Raju; Shit, Trishanu; Dhinesh, G.; Gujjula, Devender; Phani Kumar, S. V. S.; Ramana Murthy, M. V.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/774-781

Quantification of carbon stocks and sequestration potential through existing agroforestry systems in the hilly Kupwara district of Kashmir valley in India
p. 0782 | Ajit; Handa, A. K.; Dhyani, S. K.; Bhat, G. M.; Malik, A. R.; Dutt, V.; Masoodi, T. H.; Uma; Jain, Amit
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/782-785

Fusion of ginseng farnesyl diphosphate synthase and Centella asciatica squalene synthase involved in triterpenoid biosynthesis
p. 0785 | Jung, Su Jin; Kim, Young Chang; Jin, Mei Lan; Jetter, Reinhard; Kim, Ok Tae
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/785-790

Optimization of key factors for enhanced fermentative biohydrogen production from water hyacinth by RSM
p. 0790 | Thakur, Veena; Tandon, Mona; Jadhav, S. K.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/790-795

Ionospheric precursors observed in TEC due to earthquake of Tamenglong on 3 January 2016
p. 0795 | Kumar, Sanjay; Singh, A. K.
doi: 10.18520/cs/v113/i04/795-801

Book Reviews
Innovative Approaches in Drug Discovery: Ethnopharmacology, Systems Biology and Holistic Targeting by Bhushan Patwardhan and Rathnam Chaguturu
p. 0802 | Chandrasekhar, S.

The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World by Oliver Morton
p. 0803 | Sharma, Sudhirendar

Personal News
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p. 0804 | Cowsik, R.

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p. 0807 | Kasbekar, Durgadas P.

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