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BOM1 MH-VIRUS-PACE Maha added 6.5 lakh COVID-19 cases last month against 7.3 lakh from Oct to Feb Mumbai: Maharashtra added 6,51,513 COVID-19 cases in March this year, which accounts for 88.23 per cent of the total number of cases reported in the previous five-month period, according to official data.

BOM2 MH-SENA-SPOKESPERSON Arvind Sawant made Sena's chief spokesperson along with Raut Mumbai: The Shiv Sena has appointed its Lok Sabha member Arvind Sawant as the party's chief spokesperson, in an apparent bid to keep in check its other chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut.

BOM6 MH-NIA-SEARCHES Ambani security scare: NIA searches hotel in Mumbai Mumbai: The NIA conducted searches at a hotel in south Mumbai on Thursday in connection with its probe into the case of an explosives-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence and the murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran, an official said.

BOM8 MH-RAJINIKANTH-VILLAGE As Rajini gets Phalke, village awaits the return of the native Pune: As news of Rajinikanth getting the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award reached Mavadi Katepathar village, about 60 km from Pune, some villagers said they are awaiting the Tamil superstar to keep his promise of visiting his native place. PTI KRK KRK KRK