Mumbai, Jan 7 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM10 GJ-RAM TEMPLE-RSS Ram temple to be symbol of India's self-respect and pride: RSS Gandhinagar: The upcoming Ram temple in Ayodhya will be a symbol of India's self-respect and pride and its ground- breaking ceremony was a turning point in India's history, the RSS said on Thursday as it decided to launch a mega outreach programme to mobilise funds for the project.

LGB1 MH-HC-VARAVARA RAO Varavara Rao to stay in private hospital till next week: HC Mumbai: Jailed Telugu poet and activist Varavara Rao will continue to stay at a private hospital here till January 13, the Bombay High Court said on Thursday.

BOM5 MH-SENA-RAHUL Shiv Sena lauds Rahul Gandhi, says 'rulers in Delhi' fear him Mumbai: Calling Rahul Gandhi a warrior for standing up against the Modi government, the Shiv Sena on Thursday said 'rulers in Delhi' are afraid of the Congress leader.

BOM2 MH-HC-LOANS Loan repay demand by official is not abetment to suicide: HC Nagpur: The Nagpur bench of Bombay High has quashed an FIR against a finance company employee, charged with abetment to suicide for demanding loan repayment from a borrower, saying it was a part of the employee's duty and cannot be said to have instigated the borrower to end life.

BOM3 GJ-BIRD FLU 4 crows found dead at Mehsana in Gujarat, sent for lab tests Ahmedabad: Four crows were found dead in Gujarat's Mehsana district on Thursday, amid an alert sounded in the state in view of the bird flu cases emerging in some other parts of the country, officials said.

BOM6 MH-SONU SOOD-BMC Sonu Sood illegally turned residential building into hotel:BMC Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has lodged a complaint against Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, alleging that he has converted a residential building in Juhu into a hotel without permission, a police official said on Thursday.

BOM9 MH-COURT-DRUG-ACTOR Drugs case: Actor Shwetha Kumari gets judicial custody Mumbai: South Indian actor Shwetha Kumari, arrested in connection with a drug seizure case, was remanded in judicial custody by a court here on Thursday.

BOM8 GJ-FARMERS-ELECTRICITY All Guj villages to get day-time agri power supply by 2022-end Ahmedabad: Farmers of all 18,000-odd villages in Gujarat will get power supply during the day time for agriculture purposes by the end of the year 2022, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced on Thursday.

BOM1 MH-BLACKBUCKS Maha: 4 blackbucks in Pune zoo die after attack by stray dogs Pune: Four blackbucks have died of shock and one has been injured after some stray dogs attacked them in the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park in Maharashtra's Pune district, an official said on Thursday.

BOM4 GA-IIT-PROTEST Clash over IIT campus project: Security beefed up in Goa town Panaji: The situation in Goa's Valpoi town remained tense on Thursday, a day after locals clashed with police to protest against the proposed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus at the nearby Shel-Melauli village.

BOM7 MP-FARMERS-NATH Government wants to privatise farm sector: Kamal Nath Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath on Thursday alleged that the Centre wants to privatise the farm sector with its three new agri-marketing laws, which are being opposed by thousands of cultivators.

BES10 MH-DGP-NAGRALE Hemant Nagrale takes additional charge as Maharashtra DGP Mumbai: IPS officer Hemant Nagrale on Thursday took additional charge as Maharashtra's director general of police following the appointment of incumbent Subodh Jaiswal as DG of the Central Industrial Security Force.

LGB2 MH-HC-ELECTION HC scraps plea against Gorhe's election as Council dy chief Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition challenging Shiv Sena MLC Dr Neelam Gorhe's election as the deputy chairperson of the Maharashtra Legislative Council.

BES1 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maha: 451 new COVID-19 cases in Thane; death toll reaches 6000 Thane: Thane's COVID-19 tally has gone up to 2,45,401 with the addition of 451 new cases in the Maharashtra district, an official said on Thursday. PTI RSY RSY