Top News - 18 May 2020


1. Coronavirus lockdown extended till 31 May, says NDMA: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) asked Ministries Departments of Government of India, State Governments and State Authorities to continue the lockdown measures up to 31 May, 2020.

2. Railways on Sunday said only Shramik Specials, other special trains, and parcel and freight services will operate during the fourth phase of lockdown, beginning on May 18.

3. New IRCTC train ticket booking rule! Indian Railways has asked all passengers to confirm their awareness on “quarantine protocol” before booking their IRCTC train tickets for journeys on Rajdhani Express-type special train services as well as other trains that might be operated in due course of time. From now, only such passengers will be allowed to book tickets.

4. All domestic and international air travel of passengers, except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance and for security purposes or purposes as permitted by MHA to remain prohibited throughout the country.

5. All cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places, shall continue to remain closed throughout the country till May 31.

6. Sports complexes and stadia will be permitted to open; however, spectators will not be allowed.

7. The fresh guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) allows e-commerce platforms to deliver all goods, including those considered non-essential, in all areas except containment zones.

8. Restaurants shall be allowed to operate their kitchen for home delivery of food items. While canteens at airports, bus depots and railway stations has been allowed to cater the stranded Indians returning home.

9. Wearing of face covers mas been made compulsory, while spitting is punishable inviting fine, and social distancing is to be followed by all persons in public places and in transport.

10. For marriage parties, not more than 50 persons and not more than 20 for funeral remains in effect.

11. District authorities have been asked to advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and regularly update their health status on the app

12. A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander wanted in the killing of a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary and his personal security officer (PSO) was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday,

13. The deceased was a close associate of newly appointed Hizbul Mujahideen operational chief Saifullah and was assigned the task of reviving terrorism in Chenab valley region

14. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is doing drama and asked the political parties to refrain from politicising the plight of migrant workers and behave responsibly on the issue. She wondered as to why the Congress or their alliance-ruled states is not requesting for more trains and help their own migrant labours reach their home.

15. Industrialist Anand Mahindra has backed a proposal by the army to allow civilians, including young working professionals, to join the force for a three-year tenure while stating that the Mahindra Group would be happy to consider for employment those who have served the term.

16. Cyclone 'Amphan' to make landfall in Bengal on May 20

17. 2,347 new positive COVID-19 cases and 63 deaths reported in Maharashtra.Total 33,053 positive cases have been detected in the state til date.

18. National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Passing Out Parade (POP), which is the culmination of the academic training at NDA is scheduled to be held at the end of the month amid a pandemic. The POP is held twice every year in May and November. The parade is organised on the Khetrapal ground and witnessed by family members.

19. The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,872 and the number of total positive cases climbed to 90,927 Sunday morning, according to the Union Health Ministry.


1. The new Indian road to Lipu Lekh, Nepal’s protests, and the strategic importance of the area: Army Chief General M M Naravane said on Friday (May 15) that Nepal’s protest against a newly built Indian road in Uttarakhand, up to Lipu Lekh pass on the China border, was at “someone else’s behest”.His statement has been widely taken to mean that Nepal was acting as a proxy for China.

2. The 80 km road goes right up to the Lipu Lekh pass on the LAC, through which Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims exit India into China to reach the mountain and lake revered as the abode of Siva. The last section of 4 km of the road up to the pass still remains to be completed.

3. FDI limit in the defence manufacturing under automatic route will be raised from 49% to 74%. Govt to notify a list of weapons/platforms banned for for imports, such items can only be purchased from India


1. For marriage parties, not more than 50 persons and not more than 20 for funeral remains in effect.

2 . Coronavirus, which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan has so far reported 82,000 COVID-19 cases in the country, with 4,633 fatalities, according to data from the country's National Health Commission (NHC).

3. The Chinese ambassador to Israel, Du Wei, was found dead at his residence on the outskirts of Tel Aviv

4. Brazil’s Health Ministry registered 14,919 new confirmed cases in the prior 24 hours, taking the total to 233,142


Former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Sunday hit back at his favourite target former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi for his latest jibe against India PM Narendra Modi and the Indian armed forces.

In a video that is making the rounds on Twitter, Afridi is seen interacting with Pakistani army officials posted at the border at POK.

After watching Afridi’s video, netizens directed their anger at former Indian cricketers in Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh who recently donated to the former Pakistan all-rounder’s charity foundation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.