Mumbai, Jan 12 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM12 MH-VACCINE-4TH LD TRANSPORT Flights leave Pune carrying lakhs of Covishield vaccine doses Pune: A decisive phase in India's fight against coronavirus began on Tuesday as the first consignment of Covishield vaccines left for Delhi, four days ahead of the nationwide inoculation drive launch.

BOM21 MH-VACCINE TRANSPORT-SII Covishield dispatch for vaccine drive a historic moment: SII Pune: Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Tuesday described the dispatch of Covishield vaccines for the January 16 national inoculation drive a 'proud and historic' moment.

BOM15 MP-LIQUOR-LD DEATHS 11 dead after consuming suspected spurious liquor in MP Bhopal/Morena: At least 11 people have died and eight others have fallen seriously ill after consuming suspected spurious liquor in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district, police said on Tuesday.

BOM20 GJ-VACCINE-AIRPORT Gujarat:First batch of COVID vaccine reaches Ahmedabad airport Ahmedabad: Consignments of Covishield vaccines have reached Ahmedabad airport in Gujarat on Tuesday, hours after they were dispatched from the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) in Maharashtra.

BOM8 GA-NAIK-HEALTH Union minister Shripad Naik undergoes surgeries after accident Panaji: Union minister Shripad Naik, who was injured in a road accident in Karnataka, underwent multiple surgeries at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) near here during the night, a senior official from the hospital said on Tuesday.

BOM24 GA-NAIK-LD RAJNATH Naik stable but if needed he will be moved to Delhi: Rajnath (Eds: Adds quotes of Rajnath Singh) Panaji: If required Union minister Shripad Naik, admitted to a hospital in Goa after he met with an accident, will be shifted to New Delhi for further treatment, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.

BOM13 MH-NCB-ARREST Drugs case:Mumbai's famous Mucchad Paanwala shop co-owner held Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau on Tuesday arrested Ramkumar Tiwari, one of the owners of the famous 'Muchhad Paanwala' shop in Mumbai, in connection with a drugs case, an NCB official said.

BOM17 CG-DOCTORS-FIR Chhattisgarh: Child dies after surgery; FIR against 3 doctors Korba: A five-year-old boy has died after a hernia surgery in Chhattisgarh's Korba district following which police have registered an FIR against three doctors, including a government surgeon, for alleged negligence, officials said on Tuesday.

BOM18 MH-FARM LAWS-NCP SC's stay on implementation of farm laws a positive step: NCP Mumbai: The Supreme Court staying implementation of the three controversial new farm laws enacted by the Centre is a welcome and positive step in the right direction to get justice for farmers, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said on Tuesday.

BOM23 GJ-VIRUS-TEMPLES COVID-19: No sashtang pranam, only namaste in Gujarat temples Ahmedabad: Nothing is same after the outbreak of coronavirus, not even the way of paying obeisance to God.

BOM14 GA-NAIDU-TOURISM Indians to prefer local travel in post-pandemic phase: Naidu Panaji: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the country's tourism sector will get a boost in the post- pandemic phase as most of the Indians would prefer to 'travel local'.

BOM16 MH-MPCB-NOTICE MPCB notice to Parli thermal power station over ash problem Aurangabad: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has issued a notice to Parli Thermal Power station in Beed district over alleged mismanagement of ash, a byproduct at the power unit, an MPCB official said on Tuesday.

BES8 MH-BIRD FLU-VILLAGES Maha: Collector orders culling of birds in Kendrewadi, Sukni Aurangabad: The administration in Maharashtra's Latur district has ordered culling of birds in the villages of Kendrewadi and Sukni after samples collected from these areas were found positive for bird flu, an official said on Tuesday.