Today's top news: 17 May

1. Punjab extends lockdown till May 31. From May 18, there will be no curfew in the state. But the lockdown will be there till May 31, said the chief minister.

2. The Mizoram government on Friday announced it was extending the lockdown till May 31

3. Bihar government urged the Centre to continue the unprecedented measure till the month-end besides keeping rail and air traffic, other than the ‘Shramik Special' trains for migrant labourers and evacuation flights, suspended during the period.

4. Schools, colleges, malls and cinema halls will not be allowed to open anywhere in the country but salons, barber shops and optical shops may be allowed in red zones, barring COVID-19 containment areas

5. State governments favoured more relaxations in lockdown restrictions for scaling up economic activities in non-containment coronavirus zones, as the Centre mulled easing some strict curbs in the fourth phase of the shutdown from Monday.

6. Indian Coast Guard Ship Sachet, interceptor boats C-450 and C-451 commissioned in Goa by Defence Minister

7. Sahitya Akademi award winning Bengali author Debesh Roy dies at 84 in Kolkata

8. An 800-hectare corridor of medicinal plants will be developed along the banks of Ganga

9. Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana will be launched for development of marine and inland fisheries

10. Defence minister approves launch of Rs. 400 crore Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS)

11. Rajesh Goel appointed Director General of NAREDCO (National Real Estate Development Council)

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13. Chhattisgarh State Government is to launch the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. The scheme is to be launched on May 21, 2020.The scheme will infuse Rs 5,100 crores into the rural economy of the state. Under the scheme, the farmers are to be paid Rs 10,000 per acre for the crops such as sugarcane, corn and paddy.

14. The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda launched “GOAL Programme”. GOAL Programme is Going Online As Leaders. The programme has been launched in partnership with Facebook. The programme is being launched to provide mentorship to the tribal youth in digital mode.

15. Airport Authority of India issues guidelines as flight operations may resume in lockdown 4.0

16. The Delhi Police has registered nine cases against landlords for allegedly forcing students to pay rent during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown

17. Noida Metro restart plan: Aarogya Setu app, body temp below 37.8 C must for passengers

18. A police head constable was killed after terrorists attacked a security forces' party in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, Terrorists fired upon the police and CRPF deployment party at Main Chowk at Frisal in the South Kashmir district.

19. mishap involving migrants, 24 labourers were killed after the truck they were traveling in, collided with another truck in Uttar Pradesh's Auraiya district. All the migrants -- natives of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal -- were coming from Rajasthan.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the Auraiya accident.

20. Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday appealed to state governments to immediately lift food grains and pulses from the godowns and distribute them for free within a fortnight to 8 crore migrants who neither have centre nor state ration card.


1. The government on Saturday said it will relax foreign direct investment norms in defence manufacturing by allowing 74 per cent FDI under the automatic route with a view to attracting overseas players in the sector.

2. The United States will donate ventilators to India to treat the COVID-19 patients and help it fight the "invisible enemy", US President Donald Trump has announced,


1. WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo to step down on August 31, one-year before the completion of his 8-year term

2. Every year, on May 16, International Day of Light is celebrated by UNESCO. The day is being celebrated to mark the first successful operation of LASER

3. Pakistan on Saturday partially resumed domestic flight operations amidst easing of the coronavirus-linked nationwide restrictions even as the COVID-19 cases continued to rise unabated and went past 39,600 with over 860 deaths.


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