Mumbai, Jan 6 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM8 MP-LD BIRD FLU MP bans chicken import from southern states for 10 days Indore/Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh will not allow entry to chicken consignments from Kerala and other southern states for next 10 days in view of the bird flu scare in MP, state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Wednesday.

LGB3 MH-HC-MALEGAON-PUROHIT Joined conspirators on Army duty: Malegaon blast accused to HC Mumbai, Jan 6 (PTI) Malegaon bomb blast case accused Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Shrikant Purohit on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court, through his lawyer, that he was collecting intelligence for the Indian Army as part of his duty by attending conspiracy meetings for the 2008 blast.

BOM2 CG-VACCINE-DRY RUN COVID-19 vaccine mock drill in 21 C'garh districts on Jan 7, 8 Raipur: A dry run to assess the readiness for the COVID-19 vaccination drive will be held in 21 districts of Chhattisgarh over the next two days, a senior state health official said on Wednesday.

BOM5 MH-HC-ARNAB Architect suicide case: Arnab gets more time to amend petition Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted further time to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami to amend his petition and place on record the charge sheet filed against him and two others in a 2018 case of abetment of suicide of an interior designer.

BOM10 MH-HC-TRP CASE Found proof against Republic TV,Arnab in TRP case:Police to HC Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that 'some evidence' was found against Republic TV and its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami in the Television Rating Points (TRP) scam case, and therefore, it did not want to continue granting them any protection from any coercive action.

BOM3 GJ-VIRUS-SECRETARIAT Guj: 11 staffers at secretariat complex test +ve for COVID-19 Ahmedabad: Eleven people working in a complex of the state secretariat premises in Gandhinagar have tested positive for coronavirus in the last four days, officials said on Wednesday.

LGB2 MH-COURT-TRP BARC's ex-CEO Dasgupta played 'vital role' in TRP scam: Court Mumbai: A Mumbai court, while rejecting the bail plea of Broadcast Audience Research Council's (BARC) former CEO Partho Dasgupta, has observed that he played a 'vital role' in the alleged Television Rating Points (TRP) manipulation scam.

BOM9 MH-SHAKTI ACT-DESHMUKH Panel on Shakti Act draft bill to meet women, lawyers outfits Mumbai: The joint select committee of the Maharashtra legislature looking into the Shakti Act draft bill will hold open discussions with organisations representing women and lawyers in different parts of the state, said Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday.

BOM7 MH-CONG-PATIL Maha Cong chief replacement? AICC in-charge consults leaders Mumbai: All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Maharashtra H K Patil has held discussions with senior state party leaders over a possible replacement for state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat, in keeping with the its 'one person-one post' formula.

BOM6 MH-MUMBAI MAYOR-THREAT Mumbai mayor gets death threats; unidentified caller booked Mumbai: An FIR has been registered against an unidentified caller for threatening to kill Mumbai Mayor and Shiv Sena leader Kishori Pednekar, a police official said on Wednesday.

BOM1 MH-ACCIDENT-TRUCKS 2 trucks catch fire after collision on Maha highway; none hurt Palghar: Two trucks caught fire after colliding on the busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway here in Maharashtra in the early hours of Wednesday, police said.

BES8 CG-CANNABIS-ARREST DRI seizes cannabis worth over Rs 3cr in C'garh; five held Raipur: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized over 1.5 kg of cannabis, worth over Rs 3 crore, and arrested five persons in Chhattisgarh, an official said on Wednesday.

BES2 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maha: Thane's COVID-19 count rises by 379, death toll by 9 Thane: The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra's Thane district has reached 2,44,950 with the addition of 379 new cases, an official said on Wednesday. PTI RSY RSY