Mumbai, Jul 1 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

BOM13 MH-VIRUS-2ND LD SECTION 144 Mumbai: Section 144 imposed to check rising COVID-19 cases Mumbai: Mumbai police on Wednesday issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC in the city, restricting movement of people in public places, and said the measure was taken to check rising COVID-19 cases.

BOM6 MH-PANDHARPUR-LD CM Thackeray prays for miracle to overcome coronavirus crisis Pune: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday performed the 'mahapooja' of Lord Vitthal at Pandharpur on Ashadhi Ekadashi and said he prayed for a miracle to overcome the coronavirus crisis.

BOM12 GJ-VIRUS-SWAMINARAYAN Guj: 11 sadhus of Swaminarayan sect test coronavirus positive Ahmedabad: Eleven sadhus belonging to one of the divisions of the Swaminarayan sect, which has its temple in Maninagar area here in Gujarat, have tested positive for coronavirus over the last one week, a health official said on Wednesday.

BOM10 MH-VIRUS-ANTIGEN TESTS-PUNE Virus: Pune civic body set to start rapid antigen tests Pune: The Pune civic body in Maharashtra has decided to conduct rapid antigen detection tests for diagnosis of COVID-19 after a couple of days, a top official said on Wednesday.

BOM9 MP-CABINET-EXPANSION MP: CM Chouhan to expand cabinet on Thursday Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh cabinet expansion will take place on Thursday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.

BOM5 MH-VIRUS-POLICE COVID-19 death toll in Maharashtra Police force reaches 60 Mumbai: As many as 60 Maharashtra Police personnel, including three officers, have died of COVID-19 since the outbreak of the disease, an official said on Wednesday.

BOM4 MH-SECURITY-MINISTER Maha: Minister reviews security arrangements post threat calls Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday said he has asked police to beef up security arrangements in the state in view of the terror threat to Taj hotels in Mumbai.

BOM3 MH-VIRUS-GANESH FESTIVAL Lalbaugcha Raja mandal cancels Ganesh Chaturthi celebration Mumbai: The Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Mandal, which installs Mumbai's most famous Ganpati idol, on Wednesday announced cancellation of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BOM2 MH-FIRE Fire at commercial building in Mumbai; no casualty Mumbai: A fire broke out in a seven-storey commercial building at Hiranandani Garden in Powai area here on Wednesday morning, a fire brigade official said.

BES4 GA-VIRUS-LD MLA Goa: BJP MLA tests positive for coronavirus Panaji: A BJP MLA from Goa has tested positive for coronavirus, a senior state health official said on Wednesday.

LGB1 MH-HC-ABORTION HC permits minor rape victim to terminate 25-week pregnancy Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has permitted a 17- year-old rape victim to terminate her 25-week pregnancy despite a report submitted by the civic-run KEM Hospital here advising against the abortion.

LGB3 MH-HC-VIRUS-BIOMEDICAL WASTE HC seeks govt's reply on disposal of COVID-19 biomedical waste Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to clarify whether it was ensuring that all coronavirus-related biomedical waste generated in the state was being disposed of in a safe manner.

BES10 GA-VIRUS-TOURISM RESUMPTION Goa open to domestic tourists from July 2: Minister Panaji: Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Wednesday announced that the coastal state will be open to tourists starting July 2, as 250 hotels have been granted permission to resume operations.

BES12 MP-VIRUS-MALLS MP: Shopping malls reopen in Indore with slew of restrictions Indore: More than three months after downing their shutters during the COVID-19 lockdown, shopping malls in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district resumed operations on Wednesday, a senior official said. PTI RSY RSY