Mumbai, Nov 20 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM1 GJ-LOCKDOWN-RUPANI Gujarat CM rules out lockdown, curfew only in Ahmedabad city Ahmedabad: As Ahmedabad city prepares for a 57-hour- long curfew following a spike in cases, the Gujarat government on Friday ruled out a fresh statewide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

BOM3 MH-VIRUS-SCHOOLS Schools in Mumbai to remain closed till Dec 31: BMC Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday announced that schools in the city will remain closed till December 31, a change from the earlier decision to reopen them from November 23, as the metropolis witnesses an upward trend in COVID-19 cases.

BOM2 MH-VIRUS-SCHOOLS-MINISTER Local authorities to decide on reopening Maha schools: Gaikwad Mumbai: The local authorities in Maharashtra will take a decision on reopening schools in their respective areas after assessing the coronavirus situation there, state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said on Friday.

BOM5 MP-GUPKAR-CHOUHAN Chouhan equates Gupkar alliance with 'intelligence' outfit Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday likened the Gupkar alliance in Jammu and Kashmir to an 'intelligence organisation' whose members he said were 'spying' for China and Pakistan.

BOM4 MH-POWER BILLS-FADNAVIS MVA govt has realised it can't waive power bills: Fadnavis Nagpur: Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Friday attacked the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, saying it has now realised that it cannot fulfil the promise of waiving power bills.

BOM6 MH-POWER-BJP BJP warns of agitation if no relief given to power consumers Nagpur: BJP leader and former Maharashtra energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Friday warned that electricity bills will be burnt across the state on November 23 if no relief is given to consumers.

BOM7 MH-POWER BILLS-NCP Fadnavis govt pushed state-run power company into crisis: NCP Pune: Maharashtra minister and state NCP chief Jayant Patil on Friday accused the previous BJP-led government of pushing the state-run power transmission company MSEDCL into a crisis due to the power bills worth Rs 67,000 crore outstanding from consumers in the state.

BES8 CG-NAXAL-BLAST C'garh: Policeman injured in IED blast in Bijapur district Raipur: A police personnel from the bomb disposal squad (BDS) was injured when a pressure IED, planted by Naxals, went off in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Friday, police said.

BES9 GJ-VIRUS-BJP SHIVIR Guj BJP postpones 'Chintan Shivir' due to COVID-19 pandemic Ahmedabad: The ruling BJP in Gujarat has decided to postpone its two-day 'Chintan Shivir' (brain storming session), which was scheduled to begin on November 21, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a party spokesperson said on Friday.

BES4 MH-BMC-BJP-SENA Rout awaits those wanting to remove BMC's saffron flag: Sena Mumbai: The people of Mumbai will defeat those who are talking about removing the saffron flag from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the Shiv Sena said on Friday.

BES2 MH-VIRUS-THANE Thane district registers 795 new COVID-19 cases, 14 deaths Thane, Nov 20 PTI) With the addition of 795 new COVID-19 cases, the tally in Thane district of Maharashtra has gone up to 2,21,593, an official said on Friday. PTI RSY RSY