Mumbai, Nov 19 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM2 MH-VARAVARA RAO-HOSPITAL Varavara Rao shifted to private hospital from Taloja jail Mumbai: Poet-activist Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, has been shifted from Taloja jail in Raigad district to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital following a directive by the Bombay High Court, a jail official said on Thursday.

BOM3 MH-VIRUS-SECOND WAVE Maha officials asked to ramp up testing ahead of 2nd wave Pune: Though the graph of COVID-19 cases has shown signs of decline, the Maharashtra government, anticipating a second wave of the infection, has asked authorities not to drop guard and take all necessary steps to deal with any situation.

BOM6 GJ-ACCIDENTS 4 killed, 5 injured in two road accidents in Gujarat Ahmedabad: Four persons, including two women, were killed and five others injured in two separate road accidents in Gujarat's Surat and Jamnagar districts on Thursday morning, police said.

BOM7 MH-CHHATH-MINISTER Celebrate 'Chhath' in simple manner: Maha minister to citizens Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Thursday appealed to north Indians residing in the state to celebrate the 'Chhath Puja' in a low-key manner, considering the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

BOM9 MH-PARAB-BMC Mumbai shares strong bond with Shiv Sena, says Maha minister Kolhapur, Nov 19 (PTI) The people of Mumbai have loved the Shiv Sena for the past 25 years and they know whom to support, party leader and Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab said on Thursday after the BJP talked about winning the 2022 BMC polls.

BOM8 MH-ASI LETTER-MONUMENTS ASI seeks Maha govt's nod to reopen historical sites Aurangabad: The Aurangabad circle office of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has sought the Maharashtra government's permission to reopen historical monuments in the region, including the world-famous Ajanta and Ellora caves, which remained shut since March due to the pandemic.

BOM5 CG-WOMEN-CLINICS C'garh launches mobile clinics for free medical help to women Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday launched special mobile clinics for women to provide them free medical treatment at their doorsteps in three civic limits of the state.

BOM4 MH-VIRUS-EARPHONES Use of earphones for working online causing infections:Experts Mumbai: With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing professionals to work from home and students to attend classes online using earphones, doctors are now getting more patients with complaints of pain, irritation and infection in the ears.

BES11 GJ-MLAS-OATH Gujarat: Newly elected MLAs sworn in Ahmedabad: Eight newly-elected MLAs of the ruling BJP in Gujarat on Thursday took oath as members of the Assembly in a ceremony held at the state secretariat in Gandhinagar.

BES2 CG-ASSEMBLY-SESSION Chhattisgarh Assembly's winter session to begin on Dec 21 Raipur: The Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly's winter session will begin on December 21 and will have seven sittings, an Assembly official said on Thursday.

BES12 MH-BJP MLA-CASE Maha BJP MLA among 16 booked over transfer of farmers' money Aurangabad: A case has been registered against Maharashtra BJP MLA Prashant Bamb and 15 others for allegedly transferring over Rs nine crore, deposited by farmers in a sugar factory-related case, into the bank accounts of people not linked to the matter, police said.

BES7 MH-DAREKAR-PARTIES Shiv Sena, NCP trying to destroy Cong in Maha: BJP's Darekar Pune: Maharashtra BJP leader Pravin Darekar on Thursday accused the ruling Shiv Sena and NCP of trying to destroy their ally Congress in the state by ignoring its demands.

BES8 MH-ELECTROCUTION Maha: 3 brothers die of electrocution in farm well Jalna: Three brothers have died of electric shock at a well in their farm in Maharashtra's Jalna district, police said on Thursday.

BES13 GA-CM-VACANCIES Goa: 10,000 vacancies in govt depts to be filled after Nov 30 Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said at least 10,000 vacancies in various government departments will be filled after November 30.

BES1 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maha: 618 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 16 more deaths Thane: The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra's Thane district has gone up to 2,20,798 with the addition of 618 new cases, an official said on Thursday. PTI RSY RSY