Mumbai, Dec 30 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM5 GJ-VASAVA In U-turn, BJP MP Vasava says he will withdraw resignation Ahmedabad: A day after tendering his resignation from the BJP, Lok Sabha member and former Union minister Mansukh Vasava on Wednesday said he has dropped the idea of quitting the party following talks with its senior leaders.

BOM6 MH-NEW YEAR-DESHMUKH Hotels, pubs to function till 11 PM on New Year eve: Maha govt Mumbai: Hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars in Maharashtra will remain open till 11 PM on December 31, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Wednesday.

BOM4 MH-VIRUS-LOCKDOWN Lockdown restrictions in Maha extended till Jan 31 Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has extended till January 31, 2021 the lockdown restrictions in the state on account of coronavirus.

BOM7 MH-RAPE VICTIM-VILLAGE Maha: Rape victim says she is being forced to leave village Aurangabad: A 30-year-old woman from Beed district of Maharashtra, who was gang-raped in 2015, has alleged that her village panchayat has passed a resolution to banish her and that she was being forced to leave the place by the residents.

BOM9 GA-MARIJUANA Goa govt's law department gives nod for ganja cultivation Panaji: The law department of the Goa government has given approval to a proposal to allow cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes, a minister has said, a move which drew flak from opposition parties.

BOM8 MP-RALLY-ARRESTS MP: 27 held for throwing stones at Ram temple awareness rally Indore: Police have arrested 27 persons, a day after five men were injured when stones were hurled at a vehicle rally taken out near here in Madhya Pradesh to raise awareness about the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, an officer said on Wednesday.

BOM1 CG-NAXAL-BLAST C'garh: CAF jawan injured in pressure IED blast by Naxals Bijapur: A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawan was on Wednesday injured when a pressure improvised explosive device (IED), planted by Naxals, exploded while it was being defused by security personnel in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, police said.

BOM3 GJ-QUAKE Earthquake of 4.3 magnitude hits Gujarat's Kutch district Bhuj: An earthquake of 4.3 magnitude hit Kutch district of Gujarat on Wednesday morning, officials said.

BES3 GJ-ACCIDENT Gujarat: Three killed in road accident Anand (Guj): Three men were killed on Wednesday when a truck hit their motorcycle near Kanbhaipura village in Gujarat's Anand district, police said.

BES5 MH-ED-SENA Sena slams BJP, says MVA govt can't be pulled down using ED Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Wednesday hit out at the BJP saying it should not harbour any superstition that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) can be used for pulling down the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra.

LGB1 MH-COURT-TRP SCAM TRP scam: Ex-BARC CEO sent in judicial custody Mumbai: A court here on Wednesday remanded Partho Dasgupta, a former CEO of rating agency BARC who has been arrested in the Television Rating Points (TRP) scam, in 14 days' judicial custody.

BES9 MH-VIRUS-DHARAVI Seven new coronavirus cases found in Dharavi Mumbai: The slum-dominated Dharavi area here reported seven new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a civic official said.

BES1 MH-VIRUS-THANE Thane district reports 348 fresh COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths Thane: With the addition of 348 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 2,42,445 an official said on Wednesday. PTI RSY RSY