Mumbai, Dec 18 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM13 MP-FARMERS-PM New farm laws have not come overnight, says PM Bhopal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the new agricultural laws brought by his government have not come overnight, but were long overdue and insisted that the existing regime of support price for farm produce will continue.

BOM5 GJ-FARMERS-RUPALA Protest not for farmers, it's meant to oppose Centre: Rupala Ahmedabad: Union minister Parshottam Rupala on Friday alleged that the only purpose of the protest going on at Delhi borders against three farm laws is to oppose the central government and it is not meant for the welfare of farmers.

BOM9 MH-NCB-JOHAR No drug consumed at party: Karan Johar in reply to NCB notice Mumbai: Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, in his response to the notice issued by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), has claimed that no drug was consumed during a party at his house last year, an official said on Friday.

BOM14 MH-METRO-THACKERAY Maha CM asks MMRDA to explore other sites for metro car shed Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to explore alternative sites for Metro 3 car shed, an official said on Friday.

BOM17 MH-METRO-RAUT BKC plot under consideration for Mumbai metro car shed: Raut Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday said a Maharashtra government-owned plot in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), a business district here, is being explored as a possible site for a Metro car shed.

BOM2 MH-METRO-FADNAVIS Mumbai Metro depot at BKC will increase project cost: Fadnavis Nagpur: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that talks of setting up the Mumbai Metro 3 car shed at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), a business district in the metropolis, are 'ridiculous and childish' as it will increase the project cost multiple times.

BOM1 GA-CONG-RESIGN Goa Cong chief Chodankar quits over poor show in local polls Panaji: Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar on Friday said he has resigned from his post taking responsibility for the party's poor performance in the recently held Zilla Panchayat (ZP) polls.

BOM3 GJ-CUSTOMS-GOLD Gold worth Rs 1.10 crore goes missing from Customs custody Jamnagar: Gold worth Rs 1.10 crore has gone 'missing' from the custody of the Customs department's office here in Gujarat, police said on Friday.

BOM15 MP-WEATHER Several parts of Madhya Pradesh experience biting cold Bhopal: Several parts of Madhya Pradesh are experiencing biting cold following a dip in mercury, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.

BOM16 MH-FOOD POISONING-SISTERS Maha: Three minor sisters die due to suspected food poisoning Satara: Three sisters, aged three to nine years, died due to suspected food poisoning in Karad tehsil of Maharashtra's Satara district, police said on Friday.

BOM18 DEF-ARMY-LT GEN NAIR Lt Gen Pradeep Nair takes over as DG Recruiting of Army Mumbai: Lt General Pradeep C Nair on Friday took over as the Director General Recruiting of the Indian Army, an official said.

BES1 MH-VIRUS-THANE Thane district records 331 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths Thane/Palghar: With the addition of 331 new COVID-19 cases, the tally in Thane district of Maharashtra has gone up to 2,37,660, an official said on Friday. PTI RSY RSY