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New Delhi, May 15 (PTI) Following are the top stories at 1700 hours: NATION: DEL54 BIZ-ECO-PACKAGE-FM 3rd tranche of eco relief package to focus on agri sector: FM New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the third tranche of economic package will deal with giving relief to agriculture and allied industries.

DEL57 BIZ-ECO-PACKAGE-FM-FUND FM announces setting up of Rs 1 lakh cr agri infra fund New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday announced setting up of a Rs 1 lakh crore agri infrastructure fund for farm-gate infrastructure.

DEL33 DEF-ARMY CHIEF Nepal objected to India's road to Lipulekh at someone else's behest: Army Chief New Delhi: In an apparent indication to a Chinese role, Army Chief Gen M M Naravane on Friday said there were reasons to believe that Nepal objected to India laying a road connecting the Lipulekh pass in Uttarakhand at the behest of someone else even as he asserted that the Army is dealing with incidents of face-offs with Chinese military on a case-by-case basis.

DEL47 HEALTH-VIRUS-VARDHAN-LD TOBACCO Vardhan appeals all states, UTs to ban sale of smokeless tobacco products, spitting in public New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has appealed to all states and Union Territories to ban sale of smokeless tobacco products and spitting in public places in line with the orders of the Rajasthan and Jharkhand governments to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.

DEL27 HEALTH VIRUS MOBILES Mobiles can be potential carrier of coronavirus in healthcare institutions:doctors New Delhi: A group of doctors from AIIMS, Raipur have recommended restrictions on use of mobile phones in healthcare institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, warning that such devices can be a potential carrier of the virus and lead to infection among healthcare workers. By Payal Banerjee DEL64 PCI-DELHI-POLICE-JOURNALIST Press Council of India asks for report from Delhi Police chief over questioning of scribe New Delhi: The Press Council of India on Friday expressed concern over the alleged threat of criminal prosecution and questioning of an English daily journalist by the Delhi police and asked its commissioner to submit a report on the matter.

CAL11 OD-CYCLONE PREPAREDNESS Odisha readies for possible cyclone Bhubaneswar: In the midst of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Odisha braced for a possible cyclone by putting 12 coastal districts on alert on Friday and asking collectors to arrange for alternative shelter homes for the people there, a top government official said.

BOM10 GA-COAST GUARD-LD SHIPS Rajnath commissions Coast Guard ship, two interceptor boats Panaji: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday commissioned a ship and two interceptor boats of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in Goa through video conferencing from New Delhi in the backdrop of COVID-19, a step that will boost operational capability of the maritime security agency.

MDS10 KA-LOCKDOWN-YEDIYURAPPA Centre may announce relaxation on 'many things' after May 17: Yediyurappa Bengaluru: With lockdown-3 coming to an end in a couple of days, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Friday expressed confidence about the Centre announcing relaxation to 'many things' after May 17.

LEGAL: LGD12 VIRUS-SC-FULL WAGES SC says no coercive action against small industries for non-payment of full wages to workers New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday asked the government not to take any coercive action till next week against the companies and employers who are unable to pay full wages to their employees during the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

LGD13 VIRUS-DL-HC-TABLIGHI JAMAAT Delhi govt to release Tablighi Jamaat members with no COVID-19 symptoms from quarantine: HC told New Delhi: The Delhi High Court was informed on Friday that the AAP government has decided to release the members of Tablighi Jamaat, who have completed mandatory quarantine and show no coronavirus symptoms.

BUSINESS: DEL56 BIZ-LD FOODGRAINS-PRODUCTION Govt projects 4th consecutive year of record foodgrain output at 295.67 million tonnes for 2019-20 New Delhi: The country is estimated to achieve an all-time high foodgrains production of 295.67 million tonne in 2019-20 crop year, the fourth consecutive year of record production, buoyed by good rains, the Agriculture Ministry's latest data released on Friday said.

FOREIGN: FGN19 CHINA-PAK-DAM China defends its company building dam in PoK Beijing: China on Friday defended its state-run company taking up the contract to build the Diamer-Bhasha dam in Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) despite objection from India, saying that it is part of a 'win-win' bilateral cooperation to promote the wellbeing of the local population. By K J M Varma FGN17 VIRUS-UK-VACCINE-TRIAL Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine test on monkeys shows promise London: The UK's biggest COVID-19 vaccine project, currently being tested by the University of Oxford, has shown some promising results in a small study with monkeys. By Aditi Khanna SPORTS: SPF22 SPO-CRI-LANKA-TOUR SLC requests BCCI to explore possibilities of playing scheduled series in July Colombo: With uncertainty hovering over India's limited over tour of Sri Lanka due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's cricket board (SLC) has requested BCCI to seriously consider touring the island nation for their scheduled series in July. PTI DIV DIV