NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FROM WESTERN REGION AT 1700 HRS

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Mumbai, Apr 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

BOM3 MP-LOCKDOWN-CITIES 60-hour weekend lockdown in all MP cities: CM Chouhan Bhopal: A lockdown will be enforced in all cities of Madhya Pradesh from 6 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday to check the spread of the coronavirus infection, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Thursday.

BOM8 CG-NAXAL-ABDUCTED JAWAN 'Positive' signs in efforts to get abducted jawan freed: Cop Raipur: Chhattisgarh Police on Thursday said there have been 'positive developments' in their efforts to secure the release of a CoBRA commando, who was abducted by Naxals after a gun-battle in the Bastar region on April 3.

BOM9 MH-VACCINES-MUMBAI Mumbai vaccination to halt due to dose shortage: Mayor Mumbai: The ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive in Mumbai will come to a halt from Friday as the stock of vaccine doses in the city is about to end, Mayor Kishori Pednekar said.

BOM5 GJ-VIRUS-MIGRANTS Lockdown fear: Migrants leaving Gujarat amid COVID-19 surge Ahmedabad: Fearing another lockdown in the wake of a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in Gujarat, migrant workers and their families have started leaving Surat and Ahmedabad, two of the state's most severely affected cities.

BOM2 MH-VIRUS-SITUATION-PAWAR Maha COVID-19 situation 'grim', Centre has assured help: Pawar Mumbai: NCP president Sharad Pawar on Thursday said the Centre has assured to help Maharashtra where the COVID-19 situation is currently 'grim'.

BOM1 MH-GOVT-RAUT 'Dirty politics' on to destabilise Maharashtra govt: Raut Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Thursday claimed 'dirty politics' was being played out to destabilise the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in Maharashtra and asserted that such attempts will not succeed.

BOM7 CG-VACCINE-AGE LIMIT-CM Allow all above 18 yrs to get COVID-19 vaccine: Baghel to PM Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow all people above 18 years of age to get vaccinated against COVID- 19, in the wake of an alarming rise in cases of the viral infection.

BOM4 MH-WAZE-CHECKUP Suspended cop Waze taken to Mumbai hospital for check-up Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency on Thursday took suspended police officer Sachin Waze to the government- run J J Hospital here for a medical check-up, an official said.

BOM6 MH-EX-COP-NIA Former cop Pradeep Sharma appears before NIA for 2nd day Mumbai: Former police officer Pradeep Sharma on Thursday appeared before the NIA for the second day in connection with the case of an explosives-laden SUV found near industrialist's Mukesh Ambani residence and the death of businessman Mansukh Hiran, an official said.

BES3 MH-GOVT-BJP 2 more Maha ministers will have to quit in 15 days: BJP Mumbai: Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil on Thursday claimed two more state ministers will have to resign in 15 days and that the state was a 'fit case for President's rule'.

BES5 MH-VIRUS-FADNAVIS Maha must turn to other states to procure remdesivir: Fadnavis Nagpur: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said to address the shortage of remdesivir, the Maharashtra government should procure the drug from states that are not witnessing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and take action against black marketing of the injection.

LGB1 MP-HC-HEARINGS MP: HC starts virtual hearings; to continue till April 24 Jabalpur: The Madhya Pradesh High Court started hearing matters virtually on Thursday and will continue to do so till April 24 due to the surge in coronavirus cases in the state. PTI RSY RSY