Mumbai, Nov 2 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM6 MP-BYPOLLS-VOTING MP bypolls: Voting on Tuesday, 33,000 cops on security duty Bhopal: Voting for by-elections to 28 Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh will be held from 7 am to 6 pm on Tuesday while adhering to the COVID-19 restrictions, an official said on Monday.

BOM5 MH-QUOTA-MINISTER Maratha quota: Maha govt considering fee refund to students Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is considering the option of reimbursing fees of students who would have benefited with Maratha reservation in admissions to medical colleges, state minister Amit Deshmukh said on Monday.

BOM8 MH-DRUG-KARISHMA Summoned by NCB, Deepika's manager Karishma 'untraceable' Mumbai: Bollywood actor Deepika Padukones manager Karishma Prakash, who bas been summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in a drug case, has not appeared for questioning and remains 'untraceable', a police official said on Monday.

BOM7 CG-BYPOLL-VOTING C'garh: Voting for Marwahi bypoll on Tuesday; 8 in fray Raipur: Voting for the Marwahi assembly bypoll in Chhattisgarh would be held on Tuesday amid tight security and COVID-19 protocols in place with the tribal-dominated seat witnessing a straight fight between the ruling Congress and the main opposition BJP.

BOM2 MH-VIRUS-TESTING 244 free COVID-19 testing centres started in Mumbai Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started free COVID-19 testing at 244 centres in the city from Monday, officials said.

BOM1 MH-VIRUS-LOCAL TRAINS Mumbai:753 new suburban services; 88% locals now back on track Mumbai: In a bid to prevent crowding in local trains in Mumbai, railway authorities added 753 new special services from Monday, taking the total number of services on the suburban network to 2,773, officials said.

BOM4 MP-MLA-CASE MP bypolls: Case against Cong MLA for threatening cops Chhatarpur: A case has been registered against a Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA and three others for allegedly threatening police personnel during campaign for the state Assembly bypolls, a police official said on Monday.

BOM3 MH-VIRUS-ONLINE CLASSES Free online classes begin for 11th standard students in Maha Pune: The Maharashtra education department on Monday started free online classes for 11th standard students to prevent loss of the academic session due to the COVID-19 outbreak, an official said.

BES10 MH-VIRUS-AJIT COVID-19: Maha DyCM Ajit Pawar discharged from hospital Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who was admitted to a city-based hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last month, was discharged from the medical facility on Monday.

BES3 MH-SENA-BELGAUM Koshyari should speak to K'taka Guv over Belgaum dispute: Sena Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday said Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari should speak to his Karnataka counterpart in 'strong words' about the alleged 'atrocities' committed against Marathi-speaking people in Belgaum district of the southern state.

BES9 GJ-ACB-ARRESTS Constable, friend held by Guj ACB in Rs 10 lakh bribery case Ahmedabad: A constable and his friend were arrested by Gujarat Anti-Corruption Bureau for alleged bribery of Rs 10 lakh, officials said on Monday.

BES8 MP-BYPOLL-CLASH MP bypolls: BJP-Cong workers clash, 6 injured, 7 booked Dhar (MP): BJP and Congress workers clashed in bypoll-bound Badnawar in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar district in the early hours of Monday, leaving six with minor injuries, police said.

BES2 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maha: 608 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, 10 more die Thane: The COVID-19 tally in Thane district of Maharashtra rose to 2,12,129 with the addition of 608 new cases, an official said on Monday. PTI RSY RSY