Mumbai, Jun 24 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1800 HRS.

BOM3 CG-VIRUS-BSF Chhattisgarh: 15 more BSF personnel contract COVID-19 Raipur: Fifteen personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) have tested positive for coronavirus in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, officials said on Wednesday.

BOM2 MH-VIRUS-LD INS SHIVAJI 12 trainee sailors of INS Shivaji test coronavirus positive Pune: At least 12 trainee sailors of the Lonavala- based INS Shivaji, one of the premier training establishments of the Indian Navy, have so far tested positive for coronavirus, officials said.

LGB1 MH-HC-VIRUS-ICSE EXAMS Can't permit ICSE board exams in Maha: State govt tells HC Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that the Indian School Certificate Examination (ICSE) board cannot be permitted to conduct its pending standard X and XII exams in July in view of the current COVID-19 situation.

BOM4 MH-VIRUS-POLICE COVID-19 death toll in Maharashtra Police force reaches 51 Mumbai: At least 51 Maharashtra Police personnel, including two officers, have died of COVID-19 so far, a senior police official said on Wednesday.

BOM5 GJ-COP-ARREST Gujarat: Policeman arrested for assaulting bank employee Surat: A police constable was suspended and arrested for allegedly thrashing a bank employee in Surat district after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sought timely action in the matter.

BOM9 GJ-FIRE Major fire at diaper factory in Ahmedabad; no casualties Ahmedabad: A major fire broke out at a sprawling diaper factory in Sanand industrial area near Ahmedabad city of Gujarat on Wednesday, an official said.

BOM11 MH-VIRUS-LD TRANSPORT Maha forms task force to study transport service issues Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has set up a 13- member task force to study problems related to transport services in the state and suggest measures on how to run them effectively in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

BOM7 MH-VIRUS-SENA-DHARAVI Sena hails 'victory' against coronavirus in Dharavi Mumbai: With the number of new COVID-19 cases from Dharavi slum sprawl in Mumbai trickling down to a single digit, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday hailed the 'defeat' of the coronavirus as a befitting reply of the party-led government to its critics, an oblique reference to the BJP.

BOM8 MP-CABINET CHOUHAN Second expansion of Madhya Pradesh cabinet soon: CM Bhopal: The second expansion of Madhya Pradesh cabinet will take place soon, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Wednesday.

BOM10 MH-PAWAR-BJP MLC Pawar is like 'corona' that has infected Maha: BJP MLC Pune/Mumbai: BJP MLC Gopichand Padalkar on Wednesday said NCP chief Sharad Pawar is a 'corona' that has infected Maharashtra, drawing an acerbic retort from the ruling coalition party.

BES5 MH-VIRUS-TESTING-BMC COVID-19: BMC to procure one lakh antigen testing kits Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will purchase one lakh antigen testing kits to ensure speedy results for suspected COVID-19 patients, an official said on Wednesday.

BES2 MH-CRPF JAWAN-LAST RITES CRPF jawan killed in J-K encounter cremated in Maha village Mumbai: The mortal remains of CRPF jawan Sunil Kale, who was killed in an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, were consigned to flames at his native place in Maharashtra's Solapur district on Wednesday.

LGB2 MH-HC-VIRUS-QUARANTINE HC allows BMC toe private building as quarantine facility Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has permitted the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to use a private residential building it requisitioned as a quarantine facility, after the civic body gave an undertaking to pay a monthly rent of over Rs 28 lakh for such use.

BES7 MH-MIGRANTS-TRAIN-PUNE 100th Shramik special train leaves Pune carrying 682 migrants Pune: The 100th 'Shramik special' train from Pune, carrying over 680 passengers, mostly migrant workers, students and their families, departed for Jharkhand on Wednesday, the district administration said. PTI RSY RSY