Mumbai, Apr 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM11 MH-OXYGEN HOSPITAL-LD DEATHS Maha: 22 COVID-19 patients die as oxygen leak snaps supply Nashik/Mumbai: At least 22 COVID-19 patients on ventilator support died on Wednesday due to an interrupted supply of medical oxygen at a civic-run hospital at Nashik in Maharashtra caused by the leakage of the gas from a storage plant, officials said.

BOM10 MH-OXYGEN HOSPITAL-PROBE Thorough probe in Nashik oxygen leak incident: Tope Mumbai: A through probe will be conducted to find out if negligence led to the leakage of oxygen at a municipal hospital in Nashik which caused the death of 22 COVID-19 patients, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday.

BOM12 MH-OXYGEN-HOSPITAL-THACKERAY Rs 5 lakh aid each for kin of Nashik oxygen tragedy victims Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday announced financial assistance of Rs five lakh each to the families of 22 patients, who died at a civic hospital in Nashik on Wednesday due to oxygen leakage.

BOM6 MH-VIRUS-JAIL-INDRANI Maha: Indrani Mukerjea, 39 other inmates coronavirus positive Mumbai: Sheena Bora murder case accused Indrani Mukerjea and 39 other inmates of the Byculla prison here have tested positive for coronavirus and shifted to a quarantine centre, an official said on Wednesday.

BOM3 MH-REMDESIVIR ROW-FDA Never allowed BJP to buy or give away Remdesivir:Maha minister Mumbai: Amid a political slugfest over Remdesivir, Maharashtra FDA Minister Rajendra Shingne has denied claims of the BJP that he had allowed the saffron party or any individual to purchase or distribute the injections, which are in high demand for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

BOM2 MH-PAWAR-HOSPITAL Postoperative procedure performed on Sharad Pawar: Malik Mumbai: A postoperative procedure has been performed on NCP chief Sharad Pawar at a private hospital here, the party spokesperson Nawab Malik said on Wednesday.

BOM5 GA-CONGRESS-EX-MLAS-POLICE Goa Cong files complaint against 10 ex-MLAs who had joined BJP Panaji: The Congress in Goa on Wednesday filed a complaint of cheating and forgery with the police against the ten former MLAs who had defected to the BJP in 2019 accusing them of preparing a fake document regarding the merger of their parent party, a day after the Assembly Speaker dismissed the disqualification petitions against them.

BOM4 GA-VIRUS STRATEGY-MEETING COVID-19:Goa CM rules out lockdown,prefers strict restrictions Panaji: The Goa government will prefer imposition of certain stringent restrictions given the rise in COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday but ruled out clamping of a lockdown.

BOM1 MH-POULTRY FARM--COMPLAINT Maha:Poultry farmer approaches police as hens stop laying eggs Pune: A poultry farmer from Maharashtra's Pune district has approached the police claiming that hens at his farm have stopped laying eggs after consuming the feed manufactured by a particular firm, an official said on Wednesday.

BES4 GJ-VACCINE DOSE-CM Gujarat CM receives first dose of anti-COVID 19 vaccine Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Wednesday received the first dose of an anti-COVID-19 vaccine at a government health centre in Gandhinagar.

BES6 GJ-VIRUS-PVT HOSPITALS Guj private hospitals can treat COVID-19 patients till Jun 15 Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government has permitted all private hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and dispensaries to treat coronavirus patients till June 15, an official said on Wednesday. PTI RSY RSY