Mumbai, Jan 5 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM4 MH-VACCINE-MINISTER Maha wants some clarifications from Centre on vaccines: Tope Mumbai: The Maharashtra government will seek some clarifications from the Centre on the two COVID-19 vaccines approved for the restricted emergency use before launching a mass inoculation drive in the state, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Tuesday.

BOM1 MH-VIRUS-MINISTER Nobody is above law: Tope on celebs flouting COVID-19 norms Mumbai: A day after Mumbai Police lodged an FIR against Bollywood actors Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan for allegedly violating the COVID-19 institutional quarantine norms, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday said nobody is above law and everyone should follow the protocols.

BOM3 MH-VACCINE-NAQVI Frustrated political players doubting Indian vaccines: Naqvi Mumbai: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said some frustrated political players are doubting the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines made in India.

BOM6 MH-COURT-MALEGAON MP Pragya Thakur gets exemption from appearance in court Mumbai: A special NIA court here on Tuesday granted exemption from regular appearance to BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur in the Malegaon blast case of 2008.

BOM5 MH-VACCINE-HAJ Arrangements being made to vaccinate Haj pilgrims: Naqvi Mumbai: Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said arrangements are being made to administer coronavirus vaccines to those going from India for the Haj pilgrimage.

BOM7 GJ-VACCINE-DRY RUN COVID-19 vaccination dry run held at Ahmedabad civil hospital Ahmedabad: A dry run to assess the readiness of the mechanism laid out for the COVID-19 immunisation drive, which is expected to begin soon, was conducted at Ahmedabad civil hospital in Gujarat on Tuesday, days after similar exercises were conducted in six districts of the state on separate occasions.

BOM8 MH-ED-KHADSE-LAWYER ED officials sought documents in Khadse case: Damania's lawyer Pune: The lawyer representing anti-corruption activist Anjali Damania in the Bhosari land case against NCP leader Eknath Khadse claimed on Tuesday that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has approached him seeking certain documents.

BOM2 GJ-SABARMATI ASHRAM Gujarat: Sabarmati Ashram reopens for visitors after 9 months Ahmedabad: The historic Sabarmati Ashram here has reopened its doors for visitors, after remaining closed for over nine months due to the coronavirus outbreak, an ashram official said on Tuesday.

BES5 CG-NAXAL-ENCOUNTER Security forces engage in gunfight with Naxals in C'garh Bijapur: A gunfight broke out between the security forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district on Tuesday, following which a firearm, bows and arrows and some Maoist-related materials were recovered, police said.

BES1 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maha: Thane reports 321 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more deaths Thane: With the addition of 321 new COVID-19 cases, the infection count in Maharashtra's Thane district has reached 2,44,571, an official said on Tuesday. PTI RSY RSY