Mumbai, Apr 28 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM3 MH-HOSPITAL-LD FIRE Maha: Four patients die after fire at Thane private hospital (Eds: Updates death toll, info) Thane: Four patients died after a fire broke out at a private hospital near Thane in Maharashtra in the wee hours of Wednesday, a civic official said.

BOM16 MH-FREE-LD VACCINE No vaccination drive in Maha from May 1; restrictions extended Mumbai: The COVID-19 vaccination drive beginning May 1 cannot be launched in Maharashtra because of the unavailabily of sufficient doses of vaccines even as the state on Wednesday extended the current lockdown-like restrictions till May 15 given the rise in the COVID-19 cases.

BOM14 MH-LOCKDOWN-EXTENSION Maha lockdown to be extended by 15 days beyond Apr 30: Tope Mumbai: The lockdown in Maharashtra will be extended by another 15 days beyond April 30, state Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday.

BOM6 MH-OXYGEN LEAK-PATIENTS Maharashtra: Oxygen leaks at hospital, staff saves 14 patients Aurangabad: A quick intervention by staff saved the lives of 14 patients on oxygen support in the Parbhani district hospital in Maharashtra as the pipeline supplying the life-saving gas developed a leak after a branch of a tree fell on it, officials said on Wednesday.

BOM8 GA-VIRUS-LOCKDOWN Four-day lockdown in Goa from April 29 as cases spike: CM Panaji: The Goa government on Wednesday decided to impose a strict lockdown in the state beginning April 29 till May 3, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said.

BOM4 MH-NAXALS-ENCOUNTER Maha: Two Naxals killed in encounter with police commandos Nagpur: At least two Naxals were killed on Wednesday in an encounter with the police in a forest in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, a senior official said.

BOM10 MH-VACCINE-SHORTAGE Maha: Vaccine shortage leaves hopefuls fuming and frustrated Mumbai: With just two days to go before COVID-19 vaccination opens for the people above 18 years and only two days after Maharashtra administered the highest number of 5 lakh doese in a day, reports of the shortage of the vaccines poured in from various parts of the state on Wednesday including Mumbai, officials said.

BOM12 MH-MUMBAI-VACCINE SHORTAGE Mumbaikars brave heat for vaccine but hit hard by shortage Mumbai: Scores of people were left disappointed, as several vaccination facilities in Mumbai, including those operated by the civic body, state government, and private entities, remained non-functional on Wednesday due to the unavailability of anti-COVID-19 vaccines.

BOM15 MP-OXYGEN EXPRESS Oxygen Express with 64 tons of liquid oxygen reaches MP Bhopal: An Oxygen Express carrying around 64 tons of the life-saving gas from Bokaro in Jharkhand reached Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, an official said.

BOM17 MP-OXYGEN-SHAH Shah assures to provide cryogenic oxygen tankers to MP Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a telephonic conversation with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who assured to provide cryogenic oxygen tankers to the state, the CMO said on Wednesday.

BOM9 MH-VACCINATION COUNT COVID-19: Maharashtra immunisation count crosses 1.53 crore Mumbai: With over 3.88 lakh more people receiving the COVID-19 jabs in Maharashtra, the overall immunisation count in the state has crossed 1.53 crore, a health official said on Wednesday.

BOM5 MH-HC-VACCINE RATES PIL seeks sale of vaccines by SII, Bharat Biotech at Rs 150 Mumbai: A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Bombay High Court challenging the different rates for COVID-19 vaccines for the Centre and state governments and requesting direction to the Serum Institute of India (SSI) and Bharat Biotech to sell their vaccines at a uniform rate of Rs 150 per dose.

BOM7 MH-RASHMI SHUKLA-SUMMONS Phone tapping: IPS officer Rashmi Shukla skips police summons Mumbai: CRPF special director general Rashmi Shukla didn't turn up at the cyber department of Mumbai Police on Wednesday for questioning in connection with the alleged illegal phone tapping case citing the COVID-19 pandemic and instead demanded that a questionnaire be sent to her so that she could reply, a police official said.

BOM11 MH-CONSTRUCTION WORKERS-AID Maha gives Rs 1,500 each to 9.17 lakh construction workers Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has transferred Rs 1,500 in the bank accounts of each of the 9.17 lakh registered construction workers as assistance in view of the COVID-19- induced restrictions, state Labour Minister Hasan Mushrif said on Wednesday. PTI RSY RSY