Mumbai, May 27 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM10 MH-VIRUS-LD ORPHANS 2,290 kids in Maha lost one or both parents due to COVID-19 Mumbai: As many as 2,290 children in Maharashtra have lost either one or both their parents due to the coronavirus infection so far, sources said on Thursday.

BOM12 MH-HC-BLACK FUNGUS 3,200 cases of black fungus recorded in Maha: State govt to HC Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Thursday informed the Bombay High Court that the state has so far recorded 3,200 cases of mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, a serious infection being found in COVID-19 patients.

BOM7 MH-HC-VIRUS-CELEBRITIES Probe how celebs procured anti-COVID-19 drugs: HC to Maha govt Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Maharashtra government to investigate how celebrities and politicians procured anti-COVID-19 drugs and injections to help those in need when the same were available only in scarce quantities across the country.

BOM6 MH-HC-POONAWALLA-SECURITY HC seeks Maha reply on plea on Z-plus security for SII CEO Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Maharashtra government to respond to a petition filed by an advocate seeking Z-plus security for Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of the Serum Institute of India (SII) which manufactures the Covishield vaccine against COVID-19.

BOM3 GA-HC-TEJPAL-VICTIM Tejpal case: HC asks sessions court to redact references to victim's identity in judgement Panaji, May 27 (PTI) The Goa bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday directed a sessions court, which recently acquitted journalist Tarun Tejpal in a 2013 rape case, to redact all references in its judgement which disclose the victim's identity, before uploading it on the court's website.

BOM2 MH-PAWAR-UDDHAV-MEET Pawar meets Maha CM; discusses political, COVID-19 situation Mumbai: NCP president Sharad Pawar met Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and discussed the political situation in the state and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government's handling of the COVID-19 situation.

BOM1 CG-VACCINE-OFFICER-ORDER No vaccine, no salary: C'garh tribal dept officer warns staff Raipur: A tribal welfare department officer in a Chhattisgarh district has issued an order asking its staff members to get vaccinated against COVID-19, failing which their salaries for the next month will be withheld.

BOM11 MH-HC-HANY BABU-CONDITION HC asks hospital not to discharge Hany Babu till June 1 Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Breach Candy Hospital here not to discharge Delhi University associate professor Hany Babu, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, till June 1 and sought a medical report on his condition and treatment given to him.

BOM4 MP-WOMEN-SPYING-POLICE No proof of spying for Pak found against two MP women: Police Indore: Police have not found any evidence of spying for Pakistan against two women who were questioned over the last one week for their alleged involvement in suspicious activities in an Army area at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, an official said.

BOM5 GJ-VACCINATION-DRIVE-IN Drive-through COVID-19 vaccination centre starts in Ahmedabad Ahmedabad: The Ahmedabad civic body on Thursday started a drive-through vaccination centre here for inoculation against COVID-19 of people aged 18 and above.

BOM9 MH-COMEDIAN-POLICE Comedian Sunil Pal records statement with Mumbai police Mumbai: Stand-up comedian and actor Sunil Pal recorded his statement at a police station here on Thursday in connection with his alleged defamatory remarks against doctors engaged in COVID-19 management, an official said.

BES8 MH-NCP-GOVT No instability in MVA govt, says Jayant Patil Mumbai: Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil on Thursday said there was no 'instability' in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in the state.

BES6 MH-VIRUS-TASK FORCE Maha forms paediatric task force to prepare for 3rd wave Mumbai: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday announced the setting up of a paediatric task force, comprising 13 experts from the state, to prepare for the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which children are likely to be affected. PTI RSY RSY