Mumbai, Apr 9 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM18 MH-VACCINE-MUMBAI-SHORTAGE COVID-19: Dose shortage hits vaccination drive in Mumbai Mumbai: Seventy-five of the 120 vaccination centres across Mumbai, including a jumbo COVID-19 facility in business district BKC, suspended inoculation on Friday morning due to a shortage of doses, BMC sources said.

BOM17 MH-COURT-WAZE-CUSTODY Bomb scare-murder cases: Court sends Waze to judicial custody Mumbai: A special NIA court here on Friday sent suspended police officer Sachin Waze to judicial custody till April 23 in the case of recovery of an explosives-laden SUV from near industrialist Mukesh Ambanis house and the death of businessman Mansukh Hiran.

BOM15 MH-FIRE-LD FOREST Three labourers killed in forest fire in Maharashtra Gondia/Nagpur: Three labourers died and two others were seriously injured while dousing a fire that broke out in the Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) in Gondia district of Maharashtra, a forest department official said on Friday.

BOM13 MH-CBI-WAZE-STATEMENT Deshmukh corruption case: CBI quizzes Waze for third day Mumbai: The CBI recorded the statement of suspended API Sachin Waze for a third consecutive day on Friday in connection with the corruption allegations levelled by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh against ex- Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, an official said.

BOM5 MH-US-LD INDIAN COUPLE Indian couple found dead in US after 4-yr-old girl seen crying Mumbai: An Indian couple was found dead at their home in the US after neighbours saw their four-year-old daughter crying alone in the balcony of their house, family sources said on Friday.

BOM7 MH-VACCINE-TOPE Tope contests Centre's claim over vaccine wastage in Maha Mumbai: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Friday rejected the Centre's claim that more than five lakh vaccine doses were wasted in the state, the worst hit by COVID-19 in the country.

BOM10 MH-VIRUS-MUMBAI-PLATFORM TICKET Sale of platform tickets stopped at 6 Mumbai stations: CR Mumbai: The Central Railway has stopped the sale of platform tickets at its six long-distance train stations, including Mumbai CSMT, from immediate effect to avoid unnecessary rush in view of COVID-19, an official said on Friday.

BOM12 GJ-FIRE-SCHOOL Fire engulfs school building in Ahmedabad; 3 workers rescued Ahmedabad: Three workers were rescued by the fire brigade after a major blaze engulfed a six-storey school building in Gujarat's Ahmedabad city on Friday, officials said.

BOM14 MH-VACCINATION-FIGURES COVID-19: Over 93.45 lakh people vaccinated in Maha so far Mumbai: Maharashtra has vaccinated 93,45,052 beneficiaries against COVID-19 so far, the state health department said on Friday.

LGB2 MH-HC-ARNAB-RELIEF HC extends interim relief for Arnab in suicide abetment case Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday extended its earlier order granting interim protection to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and exempted him from appearing before a magistrates court at Alibag in Raigad district in connection with an abetment to suicide case.

LGB1 MH-COURT-ARNAB-COMPLAINT Mumbai court dismisses cop's defamation plea against Arnab Mumbai: A sessions court here has dismissed a criminal defamation complaintfiled by a Mumbai police officer against Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami over certain claims made during the coverage of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

BES13 MH-VIRUS-MPSC-POSTPONE COVID-19 surge: MPSC exam scheduled for April 11 postponed Mumbai: The Uddhav Thackeray government on Friday postponed the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examination scheduled for April 11 in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. PTI RSY RSY