Mumbai, Oct 26 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM5 MH-RANAUT-THACKERAY Kangana calls Uddhav Thackeray worst product of nepotism' Mumbai: Hitting out at Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for his comments at a rally, actor Kangana Ranaut on Monday described him as the worse product of nepotism and said her state Himachal Pradesh is the land of the gods not ganja fields'.

BOM3 MH-VIRUS-LD AJIT Maha DyCM Ajit Pawar tests positive for COVID-19, hospitalised Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is admitted to a hospital here as a precautionary measure on the advice of doctors.

BOM4 GJ-BYPOLLS-RUPANI Cong will see more defections after Guj bypolls: CM Rupani Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday claimed the Congress is a 'sinking ship' and there will be more defections from the opposition party after the November 3 bypolls to eight seats in the state.

BOM7 MP-BYPOLLS-NATH-BJP Fearing bypoll loss, BJP engaging in 'bargaining game': Nath Bhopal: A day after a Congress MLA joined the BJP, the party's Madhya Pradesh unit president Kamal Nath on Monday hit out at the saffron outfit, saying due to its imminent rout in the upcoming assembly bypolls, it is engaging in 'game of bargaining' and luring his legislators.

LGB3 GJ-HC-MINISTER HC quashes poll code violation complaint against Guj minister Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Monday quashed and set aside a criminal complaint against state Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja for alleged violation of the model code of conduct during the 2007 Assembly polls when he was the BJP candidate from Asarwa seat in Ahmedabad.

BOM2 MH-SAVARKAR-SENA Sena hits out at BJP, asks why no Bharat Ratna to Savarkar yet Mumbai: A day after the BJP slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for being silent on the Congress's criticism of V D Savarkar, the Shiv Sena on Monday hit back and asked why the BJP has not yet given Bharat Ratna to the late Hindutva ideologue.

BOM6 GJ-ATS-ARREST 2 murder convicts who jumped parole nabbed by Guj ATS from UP Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad has arrested two persons, convicted here in different murder cases, from Noida in Uttar Pradesh where they were hiding after jumping parole.

BOM8 MH-VIRUS-DHARAVI 8 more test COVID-19 positive in Dharavi; active cases at 142 Mumbai: The COVID-19 tally in Mumbai's slum colony of Dharavi increased to 3,497 with the addition of eight new cases on Monday, according to a senior BMC official.

BES2 MH-ACTRESS-NCB NCB arrests TV actress for procuring drugs in Mumbai Mumbai: A 30-year-old television actress was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau after she was allegedly caught buying drugs in Mumbai, an official said on Monday.

BES6 MH-LD-ACTOR-ATHAWALE Actor who accused Kashyap of rape joins Athawale's party Mumbai: Actor Payal Ghosh, who accused filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of raping her, joined the Republican Party of India (Athawale) on Monday.

LGB1 MH-HC-MAHESH BHATT-DEFAMATION Mahesh Bhatt, brother file defamation suit in HC against woman Mumbai: Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and his brother Mukesh Bhatt on Monday filed a defamation suit in the Bombay High Court against aspiring actor Luvienna Lodh for making defamatory, slanderous and false allegations against them.

LGB2 GJ-HC-LIVE STREAMING Guj HC begins live streaming of proceedings on trial basis Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court on Monday started live streaming of proceedings of its first court on an experimental basis.

BES4 MH-SHOT DEAD Maha: Former head of Shiv Sena's Lonavala unit shot dead Pune: A 43-year-old former president of a local Shiv Sena unit was shot dead in Lonavala hill town here in Maharashtra on Monday morning, police said.

BES3 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maha: 732 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, tally reaches 2,07,037 Thane: The COVID-19 caseload in Thane mounted to 2,07,037 with the addition of 732 new cases in the Maharashtra district, an official said on Monday. PTI RSY RSY