Mumbai, Dec 29 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM9 MP-CONVERSION-LD ORDINANCE MP cabinet gives nod to ordinance on freedom of religion bill Bhopal: The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday gave its nod to an ordinance on the bill against religious conversion through fraudulent means, including those for the sake of marriage, that stipulates a jail term of up to 10 years for violators, and sent it to state Governor Anandiben Patel for approval.

BOM6 GJ-VASAVA Gujarat BJP MP Mansukh Vasava quits party Bharuch: Gujarat BJP MP and former Union minister Mansukh Vasava, who has been vocal on tribal issues, on Tuesday quit the party and said he would resign from Lok Sabha in the budget session of Parliament.

BOM3 GJ-VIRUS-DRY RUN Guj COVID-19 dry run:'Beneficiaries' undergo dummy vaccination Ahmedabad: Identified 'beneficiaries' are undergoing dummy vaccination at various centres in Gandhinagar and Rajkot districts of Gujarat on the second day of the COVID-19 vaccination dry run on Tuesday, officials said.

BOM7 MH-POSTER-POLICE 'Free Kashmir' poster: Mumbai Police files 'C summary' report Mumbai: Mumbai Police have submitted a C summary report before a metropolitan court here in a case filed against a woman who was accused of holding a 'Free Kashmir' poster during a protest held at the Gateway of India against the JNU violence in January this year, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

BOM8 MH-COLD-MUMBAI At 15 degree Celsius, Mumbai records coldest day of season Mumbai: Mumbaikars woke up to chilly morning on Tuesday as the minimum temperature dipped to 15 degree Celsius in the city, the lowest in the season, an IMD official said.

BOM10 GA-SAWANT-MARIJUANA No approval given for ganja cultivation in Goa, says Sawant Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said a proposal has been moved before the state government to allow cultivation of marijuana, but no approval has been granted in the matter.

BOM1 MH-PUPPY Beheaded carcass of puppy found in Mumbai Mumbai: The beheaded carcass of a three-month-old puppy has been found in suburban Dahisar here, police said on Tuesday.

BES4 MH-RAPE-LD ARREST Maharashtra: Autorickshaw driver held for raping tourist Thane: A 26-year-old autorickshaw driver has been arrested from a village near Panvel in Raigad district of Maharashtra for allegedly raping an 18-year-old woman tourist from Chhattisgarh on December 27, police said on Tuesday.

BES9 CG-NAXALS-SURRENDER Eight Naxals surrender in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district Dantewada: Eight Naxals, including four allegedly involved in killing a BJP MLA in April last year, surrendered in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Dantewada district, police said on Tuesday.

BES6 GA-MURDER CASE-ARREST Four from Assam held in murder case in Goa Panaji: Four labourers hailing from Assam have been arrested from Margao in Goa for allegedly killing a 26-year- old man after a drunken brawl at a beach, police said on Tuesday.

BES15 MH-GOVERNOR-MARATHAS Sack Maha ministers Bhujbal and Wadettiwar: Maratha leaders Mumbai: A group of Maratha leaders on Tuesday met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan here and demanded sacking of ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Vijay Wadettiwar for 'misleading' the people on the reservation issue.

BES2 MH-VIRUS-THANE Thane district reports 283 fresh COVID-19 cases Thane: With the addition of 283 new coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 2,42,097, an official said on Tuesday. PTI RSY RSY