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Mumbai, Mar 19 (PTI) Top stories from western region at 5 pm.

BOM8 MH-UDDHAV-LOCKDOWN Lockdown is an option, says Maha CM as COVID-19 cases rise alarmingly Mumbai: A day after Maharashtra witnessed the highest one-day spike of 25,833 COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said lockdown is an option but he trusts people to follow the norms on their own.

BOM7 MH-VIRUS-CURBS COVID-19: Curbs for drama theatres, auditoriums in Maha Mumbai: In light of the rising number of coronavirus cases, the Maharashtra government on Friday imposed restrictions on drama theatres and auditoriums, asking them to operate only at 50 per cent of their capacity till March 31.

BOM1 MH-SENA-POLICE 'Delhi lobby' was upset with Mumbai's ex-police chief: Sena Mumbai: Two days after Param Bir Singh was shunted out from the post of Mumbai police commissioner, the Shiv Sena on Friday defended him saying that his transfer does not make him a criminal, and alleged that a 'particular lobby in Delhi' was upset with him as the TRP scam came to light during his tenure.

BOM2 MH-VIRUS-BOOK-TABLIGHI Maha: MBBS book that linked Tablighi event to COVID-19 outbreak withdrawn Mumbai: A reference book for the second- year MBBS students in Maharashtra has been withdrawn after objections were raised over some part of its contents that allegedly linked the Tablighi Jamaat's congregation in New Delhi last year to the outbreak of coronavirus, an official said on Friday.

BOM4 MH-AMBANI-VEHICLE-FORENSIC SUV case: Forensic team from Pune visits NIA's Mumbai office Mumbai: A six-member team of Pune's forensic science laboratory (FSL) on Friday reached the National Investigation Agency's (NIA) office in Mumbai in connection with the recovery of an explosives-laden SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence, a police official said. PTI KRK KRK KRK