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Maoists have a tight and flowing structure

The Maoists have a very tight and flowing organisational structure and follow the ‘need to know’ principle for the flow of information. Each unit within the structure has its role and area of operation cut out.

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In search of a second home for brow-antlered deer

From near extinction in 1951, the population of the brow antlered deer, aka dancing deer — found only Manipur’s Bishnupur district — is 260, according to a joint census conducted by the Forest Department and wildlife enthusiasts in March 2016. Though encouraging, it is nothing to write home about.

‘India moving towards tax-compliant society’

The total number of income tax returns (ITRs) e-filed up to August 31, 2018, was 5.42 crore as against 3.17 crore up to August 31, 2017, marking an increase of 70.86%.

The lowdown on current account deficit

The current account measures the flow of goods, services and investments into and out of the country. We run into a deficit if the value of the goods and services we import exceeds the value of those we export. The current account includes net income, including interest and dividends, and transfers, like foreign aid.

In Bengal, erosion leads to land loss

It’s a land-starved State, and between 1990 and 2016, West Bengal lost more to erosion. A report by the National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, released recently said West Bengal recorded the maximum erosion of 63%, followed by Puducherry 57%, Kerala 45%, and Tamil Nadu 41%.

Ocean mean temperature can better predict Indian summer monsoon

Information about the amount of monsoon rainfall will be avaiable two months before the onset of monsoon

The END of new-age smoking?

A Health Ministry notification highlights the dangers of electronic nicotine delivery (END) systems but the makers differ

An illusory cover

The law mandates mental health treatment coverage but awareness is limited

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