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Odisha SLFC cleared 98 projects since 2015: Minister

The Odisha government today said its State Level Facilitation Cell (SLFC) has cleared a total of 98 projects worth Rs 1,73,270 crore since its inception in August 2015.

The cell reviews investment proposals received by the state, as well as assists companies in actualising investments on the ground.

Democrats rising? Early statehouse wins test new faces

Democrats desperate to rebuild after losing the White House last year have scored a string of election victories for statehouse seats, testing a new generation of candidates and activists eager to resist President Donald Trump’s conservative agenda.

From New Hampshire to Oklahoma, Democrats have flipped eight Republican-held seats in special legislative elections, having spent millions of dollars on low-turnout contests mostly being fought over local issues. The wins showcase how Democrats want to fight back after losing to Trump and hitting historic lows in statehouses.

Proxy War Over Iran Nuclear Agreement Divides US, Europe at UN

As President Donald Trump prepares to announce whether he’ll certify Iran’s compliance with the deal to curb its nuclear program, US and European negotiators at the United Nations are on another collision course – this time over the Islamic Republic’s human rights record.

The US is pushing for tougher language condemning Iran for human rights violations in the draft of a UN resolution that’s typically taken up every year, but allies – including some in Europe – are pushing back, just as they are in defending the nuclear accord that Trump has called “the worst deal ever.”

Sharif to be indicted in graft cases tomorrow

Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif is set to be indicted tomorrow by an anti- corruption court in the Panama Papers scandal that could land him in jail.

The Supreme Court had disqualified Sharif, 67, as prime minister on July 28.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) then filed cases of corruption and money laundering against Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the Accountability Court in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.

North Korea’s Hack of US War Plans Shows Off Cyber Skills

The techno soldiers of Kim Jong Un are growing more aggressive in defending North Korea’s supreme leader against threats from Donald Trump and S Korea.

The country’s hackers stole military plans developed by the US and South Korea last year that included a highly classified “decapitation strike” against the North Korean leader, according to a South Korean lawmaker. The plans were devised as the regime in Pyongyang steps up nuclear tests and fired long-range missiles toward the Pacific Ocean.

US warship sails near islands Beijing claims in South China Sea

A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three US officials told Reuters, prompting anger in Beijing, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in reining in North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs.

The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. But it was not as provocative as previous ones carried out since Trump took office.

Catalonia nears independence proclamation despite Madrid warnings

Police tightened security at Catalonia’s parliament on Tuesday as regional leader Carles Puigdemont prepared to address a session that may unilaterally declare independence from Spain despite Madrid’s warnings of counter-measures.

Puigdemont, a 54-year-old former journalist, was holding a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning to decide how to press an independence drive that has stirred powerful emotions in the region and raised concern in European Union partner states.

In Kim Jong Un’s summer retreat, fun meets guns

In the seaside city of Wonsan, North Korean families cook up barbecues on the beach, go fishing, and eat royal jelly flavour ice cream in the summer breeze. For their leader Kim Jong Un, the resort is a summer retreat, a future temple to tourism, and a good place to test missiles.

He is rebuilding the city of 360,000 people and wants to turn it into a billion-dollar tourist hotspot. At the same time, he has launched nearly 40 missiles from the area, as part of his accelerated tests of North Korea’s nuclear deterrent.

China goods sale to drop 45% this Diwali

Sale of Chinese goods like lights, gift items, lamps and wall hangings may decline by 40-45 per cent this Diwali compared with last year as Indians are likely to prefer domestic products like earthen diyas (lamps), according to a report. Chinese products had recorded a 30 per cent decline in sales last year on Diwali, the festival of lights that coincides with the Hindu New Year.