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Mumbai, Jul 15 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

BOM7 MH-PARAM BIR-INQUIRY Maha govt gives nod to ACB for open inquiry into corruption charges against Param Bir Singh Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has given its permission to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to conduct an open inquiry into the allegations of corruption against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh made by another police officer, an official of the agency said on Thursday.

BOM4 GA-GOVERNOR P S Sreedharan Pillai takes oath as Goa Governor Panaji: P S Sreedharan Pillai on Thursday took oath as the Governor of Goa, replacing B S Koshyari, who was holding the additional charge of the state along with Maharashtra.

BOM6 MH-MVA GOVT-FADNAVIS Why is MVA govt scared despite majority in House: Fadnavis on Assembly Speaker's election Mumbai: Amid reports that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) dispensation in Maharashtra was planning to change rules to adopt the method of open voting for the state Assembly Speaker's election, senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday asked why the state government was scared despite having majority in the House.

BOM2 MH-CIVIC OFFICIAL-SEXUAL HARASSMENT Maha: Head of Thane's civic-run COVID-19 hospital booked for sexually harassing staffer Thane: Police have registered a case against a senior official of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for allegedly sexually harassing a 35-year-old assistant matron at a civic-run COVID-19 hospital in the city, an official said on Thursday.

BOM1 MH-BUS-ACCIDENT Maha: 7 persons in bus injured as truck running ahead suddenly stops after mentally-ill man hurls stone Nagpur: Seven persons travelling in a bus were injured after the driver of a truck that was running ahead of it suddenly applied brakes when a mentally-ill man hurled a stone towards his vehicle near Nagpur city, a police official said on Thursday.

LGB1 MH-COURT-ED-KHADSE KIN Court extends ED custody of Khadse's son-in-law till July 19 in money-laundering case Mumbai: A special court here on Thursday extended till July 19 the ED custody of NCP leader Eknath Khadse's son-in-law Girish Chaudhari in a money laundering case linked to the alleged irregularities in a 2016 purchase of a land plot in Pune.

BOM5 MH-PATIENT-ATTACK COVID-19 patient attacks doctor with saline stand in Maha's Alibaug; booked Mumbai: A 55-year-old coronavirus patient undergoing treatment in a government-run hospital at Alibaug in Maharashtra's Raigad district allegedly attacked a doctor with a saline stand after the latter asked him not to remove his oxygen mask repeatedly, police said on Thursday.

BOM3 MH-COP-HISTORY SHEETER Mumbai: Cop feeds piece of cake to history-sheeter on latter's birthday; video goes viral Mumbai: A video has gone viral on social media showing a senior inspector posted at a police station in suburban Jogeshwari here feeding a piece of cake to a local history-sheeter as part of the latter's birthday celebration in a housing society.

BES8 GJ-DOCTORS-STRIKE Gujarat: 450 intern doctors go on strike over non-payment of Covid allowance Ahmedabad: At least 450 intern doctors of three civil hospitals attached to medical colleges run by a Gujarat government-controlled entity went on an indefinite strike on Thursday, claiming that they had not been paid the 'Covid allowance' promised by the government. PTI RSY RSY

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