Mumbai, Nov 13 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM2 MH-VIRUS-CIRCULAR No let up in COVID-19 tests, 2nd wave likely in Jan-Feb: Maha Mumbai: Anticipating a second COVID-19 wave in January -February, the Maharashtra government has asked the authorities to ensure there is no complacency in testing and said labs should be functional in every district and municipal corporation limits.

BOM5 MH-NCB-LD RAMPAL Actor Arjun Rampal at NCB office for questioning; friend held Mumbai: Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal is being questioned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Friday in connection with a drug case, while his friend has been arrested, an official said.

BOM4 MH-LAND-RAUT Land row: Raut slams BJP, says it will be in oppn for 25 yrs Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Friday said allegations of land deals between the families of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the late Anvay Naik were attempts to change the direction of probe into the suicide of the Alibaug-based interior designer.

BOM3 GJ-PM-AYUSH-INSTITUTE PM inaugurates Ayurveda research & teaching institute Jamnagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday dedicated to the nation an Ayurveda teaching and research institute here in Gujarat that will offer a range of courses and forge inter-disciplinary collaborations to give a contemporary thrust to the ancient medicine system.

BES3 MH-FIRE Fire destroys powerloom unit in Bhiwandi town; no casualty Thane: A fire broke out on Friday morning in a powerloom unit in Bhiwandi town in Maharashtra's Thane district, damaging materials and clothes, but no casualty was reported, officials said.

BES5 MP-BABA-CASE MP: Computer Baba booked for manhandling panchayat personnel Indore: A fresh case has been registered against self-styled godman Namdeo Das Tyagi, for allegedly manhandling a panchayat staffer before the demolition of alleged illegal construction at his ashram near here, police said on Friday.

BES1 MH-WATER-MARATHWADA Groundwater levels go up in all 8 Marathwada districts Aurangabad: Though farmers in Marathwada are facing crop losses due to excess rainfall this year, the above average downpour had one positive fallout - rise in groundwater levels in the drought-prone central Maharashtra region.

BES2 MH-VIRUS-THANE Thane district registers 535 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths Thane: As many as 535 new coronavirus cases were reported in Thane district of Maharashtra, taking its tally to 2,18,000, an official said on Friday. PTI RSY RSY