Mumbai, Nov 6 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM2 MH-VIRUS-EXAMS-MINISTER No Class X, XII exams of Maha board before May 2021: Minister Mumbai: Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad on Friday said the examinations of Class X and XII conducted by the state board will not be held before May 2021 due to the prevailing coronavirus situation.

BOM1 CG-VIRUS-VACCINE Chhattisgarh starts preparation for COVID-19 vaccination drive Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government has initiated the process of creating a database of health workers from state- run and private health facilities for vaccination once an antidote for COVID-19 is available, an official said on Friday.

LGB1 MH-HC-SUSHANT-MEDIA No legal void to regulate TV news content: Centre to HC Mumbai: There was no void in the existing legal framework on regulating the content broadcast by the electronic media and adequate mechanism existed for the purpose, the Union government told the Bombay High Court on Friday.

BOM3 MH-VIRUS-PATIENT COVID-19 patient flees from Mumbai hospital; FIR filed Mumbai: A man arrested in a drug case fled from a city hospital where he was admitted after testing positive for COVID-19, a police official said on Friday.

BOM4 MH-TRAFFIC COP Pune: Man drags traffic cop on car bonnet to evade fine, held Pune: A traffic policeman was dragged on the bonnet of a car for almost one kilometre on a busy road in Chinchwad area near Pune after he tried to stop the vehicle as its driver and another occupant were found not wearing face masks amid the pandemic, a police official said on Friday.

BES7 MP-DIAMOND Man finds diamond worth Rs 30 lakh in MP's Panna mine Panna (MP): Lady luck smiled on a 24-year- old man who overnight became a millionaire after unearthing a 6.92 carat diamond, valued at Rs 30 lakh, from a mine near here in Madhya Pradesh, an official said on Friday.

BES10 MH-POLLUTION-JAVADEKAR Steps being taken to combat Delhi, north pollution: Javadekar Pune: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said the Centre was taking all steps to combat air pollution in Delhi and other parts of north India ahead of the winter season.

BES5 MH-SESSION-MEETING Meeting held over Maha Legislature's winter session in Nagpur Mumbai: Officials and security staff of the Maharashtra Legislature held a meeting in Nagpur on Friday to take stock of the preparations for the winter session scheduled to be held in that city from December 7.

BES4 MH-PAWAR-REDDY Telangana agri minister meets Sharad Pawar in Baramati Mumbai: Telangana agriculture minister Singireddy Niranjan Reddy on Friday called on NCP chief Sharad Pawar at the latter's residence in Baramati of Maharashtra's Pune district.

BES3 GJ-ACB-ARREST Guj ACB nabs forest official in disproportionate assets case Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested a range forest official (RFO) for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 1.68 crore over a period of 10 years, an official said on Friday.

BES9 GA-FESTIVAL-CONGRESS Cong opposes hosting of music festival in Goa amid pandemic Panaji: The opposition Congress on Friday protested against the hosting of Sunburn EDM Festival in Goa amid the coronavirus pandemic.

BES1 MH-VIRUS-THANE CASES COVID-19: Thane sees 640 new infections; eight more fatalities Thane: With the addition of 640 new COVID-19 cases, the tally in the Maharashtra's Thane district has reached 2,14,402, an official said on Friday. PTI RSY RSY