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Mumbai, Apr 16 (PTI) Following are the news highlights from the Western Region at 1700 hrs.

BOM8 MH-LD-SERUM-POONAWALLA-USA SII CEO urges US to lift raw material export ban to ramp up vaccine production Mumbai: Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on Friday said the US needs to lift its embargo on raw material exports to help ramp up vaccine production.

BOM7 MH-COURT-WAZE-COP Ambani bomb scare case: Cop Riyaz Kazi gets judicial custody till Apr 23 Mumbai: A court here on Friday remanded police officer Riyaz Kazi, an associate of suspended cop Sachin Waze, in judicial custody till April 23 in connection with the case of an explosives-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence and the subsequent death Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran.

BOM3 MH-VIRUS-BHAGWAT COVID-19: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat discharged from hospital Nagpur: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, who had tested coronavirus positive a week ago, was discharged from a private hospital in Nagpur on Friday, a top official of the hospital said.

BOM9 MH-HAFFKINE-COVAXIN Mumbai's Haffkine Bio-Pharma targets 22.8 crore Covaxin vials a year Mumbai: After receiving permission to make Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, Mumbai-based Haffkine Bio-Pharmaceutical on Friday said it would take least at one year's time for the company to start actual production.

BOM4 MP-VIRUS-PATIENT-DEATH MP: COVID-19 patient dies as hospital staffer removes oxygen support, say kin Shivpuri (MP): A government school teacher suffering from COVID-19 died at a district hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Shivpuri after a ward boy allegedly removed his portable oxygen support system for providing it to some other patient in the ICU ward, his family members have alleged.

BOM5 MH-VIRUS-JASLOK HOSPITAL Embarrassment for BMC as Jaslok Hospital says it will treat non-COVID patients as well Mumbai: The Mumbai civic body's plan to convert the Jaslok Hospital here into a dedicated facility for coronavirus patients seems to have hit a roadblock with the hospital saying that it would continue to treat other critically ill non-COVID patients as well.

BOM2 MH-BYPOLL-PANDHARPUR Maha's Pandharpur bypoll a test for MVA allies, oppn BJP amid COVID-19 surge Mumbai: The bypoll to Pandharpur-Mangalvedha assembly constituency in Maharashtra' Solapur district will be held on Saturday amid the COVID-19 surge in the state and the restrictions imposed by the government to curb the spread of the virus.

BOM10 MH-BELGAUM-BYPOLL-MVA Sena, NCP slam Fadnavis for 'campaigning against Marathi candidate' in Belgaum Mumba: Two constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) - Shiv Sena and NCP - on Friday criticised BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis for 'campaigning against a Marathi-speaking candidate' for the Lok Sabha bypoll in Karnataka's Belgaum, which continues to remain at the centre-stage of the decades-old border dispute between the two neighbouring states.

BOM1 MP-VIRUS-DIGVIJAYA Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tests COVID-19 positive Bhopal: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Friday said he has tested coronavirus positive.

BES6 CG-COPS-MURDER C'garh: Two policemen hacked to death in Sukma Sukma: Two policemen were allegedly hacked to death by unidentified persons in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said on Friday.

`LGB1 MH-HC-JAIN FOOD HC permits Jain temples to home deliver food for devotees observing fast Mumba: The Bombay High Court on Friday permitted 58 Jain temples in Mumbai and three in Pune and Nashik to home deliver special food consumed by the community while fasting during the annual nine-day Ayambil Oli Tap. PTI RSY RSY