Mumbai, Jan 14 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM11 MH-NCB-LD SEARCHES Drugs probe: NCB searches home of Maha minister's son-in-law Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau on Thursday conducted searches at the city-based residence of Maharashtra NCP minister Nawab Malik's son-in-law Sameer Khan, who has been arrested in a drugs case, an NCB official said.

BOM8 MH-MUNDE-PAWAR Allegations against NCP minister serious, says Sharad Pawar Mumbai: Terming the rape claim by a woman against Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde as serious, NCP president Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the party will discuss the issue and decide on it 'as soon as possible.

BOM3 MH-BIRD FLU Maharashtra: Over 3,400 birds culled in Parbhani Aurangabad: More than 3,400 poultry birds have been culled at a village in Maharashtra's Parbhani district after bird flu was confirmed as the cause of death of hundreds of hens there, a senior official said on Thursday.

BOM1 GA-NAIK-HEALTH Union minister Shripad Naik's health improving: Doctors Panaji: The health condition of Union minister Shripad Naik, who is undergoing treatment at a Goa hospital following an accident, has improved and he is responding to the treatment, a senior official from the hospital said on Thursday.

BOM10 MH-LIQUOR-TOLL MP hooch tragedy: Toll reaches 24, govt probe panel in Morena Bhopal/Morena: With the death of four more people, the toll in the hooch tragedy in Madhya Pradesh's Morena district has gone up to 24, a senior police official said on Thursday.

BOM4 MP-ACCIDENT-VAN 4 killed, 5 injured in van-truck collision in MP Chattarpur: Four persons were killed and five others received injuries after their van collided head-on with a truck in Madhya Pradesh's Chattarpur district in the wee hours of Thursday, a police official said.

BOM12 MP-HC-COMEDIAN-BAIL Comedian Faruqui, in jail for two weeks, moves HC for bail Indore (MP): Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, arrested by Indore police nearly two weeks ago for allegedly hurting religious sentiments during a show, has now moved the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking bail.

BOM13 CG-NAXAL-MURDER Naxals kill husband of village sarpanch in Chhattisgarh Rajnandgaon: A group of Naxals allegedly killed the husband of a village sarpanch on suspicion of being a police informer in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district, police said on Thursday.

BOM9 GJ-UTTARAYAN-SHAH Uttarayan: Amit Shah offers prayers at temple in Ahmedabad Ahmedabad: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday celebrated the Uttarayan festival in Ahmedabad in a low-key manner in view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

BOM5 MH-CALL CENTRE-ARREST Fake call centre busted in Mumbai, 11 arrested Mumbai: Police have busted a fake call centre in suburban Ghatkopar and arrested six women and five men for allegedly duping people by posing as executives of banks and other firms to settle their loan dues, an official said on Thursday.

BOM7 MH-WOMAN-LD TRAIN Mumbai:Woman dies after being 'pushed' out of train by husband Mumbai: A 26-year-old woman has died after her husband allegedly pushed her out of a running local train while they were standing at its door in Mumbai, a police official said on Thursday.

BES4 MH-FARMERS-SENA Centre should scrap new farm laws: Shiv Sena Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to honour the sentiments of protesting farmers and scrap new controversial farm laws, and said he will 'grow bigger' in stature by doing so. PTI RSY RSY