Mumbai, Dec 16 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM2 MH-HC-METRO HC stays transfer order, work on Metro car shed land in Mumbai Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday stayed an order passed by Mumbai suburban district collector allotting 102 acre of salt pan land in Mumbai's Kanjurmarg area for the construction of an integrated Metro car shed.

BOM9 MH-METRO-GOVT Maha govt may approach SC on HC's Metro car shed order: Ajit Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday indicated that the state government may approach the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court's order staying Mumbai suburban district collector's allotment of 102 -acre Kanjurmarg salt pan land for Metro car shed.

BOM6 MH-METRO-BJP HC's Mumbai metro car shed land order slap on govt's face: BJP Mumbai: The Uddhav Thackeray government in Maharashtra has 'fallen flat on its face' with the Bombay High Court staying the allotment of salt pan land in Kanjurmarg area of Mumbai for the construction of an integrated Metro car shed, the BJP said on Wednesday.

BOM10 MH-METRO-FADNAVIS Give up ego on metro car shed project: Fadnavis to Maha govt Mumbai: With the Bombay High Court on Wednesday staying the allotment of salt pan land in Mumbai's Kanjurmarg area for the construction of an integrated Metro car shed, senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis has asked the Shiv Sena- led state government to give up its 'ego' and resume the construction on the Aarey Colony land.

BOM12 MH-FARMERS-RAUT Farm laws row can be solved in 5 minutes if PM steps in: Raut Mumbai: The issues flagged by agitating farmers can be solved in five minutes if Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself steps in, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday.

BOM5 MP-FARMERS-MINISTER Those protesting against agri laws are 'middlemen':MP minister Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel on Wednesday claimed those protesting against the Centre's three new farm laws are 'middlemen' and not real farmers.

BOM8 CG-NAXAL-ENCOUNTER Naxal killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh Raipur: A Naxal was killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Wednesday, police said.

BOM3 GJ-LAND GRABBING-LAW Guj enforces anti-land grab law;up to 14-yr jail for violators Gandhinagar: A stringent law to curb land-grabbing with a provision of up to 14 years in jail and timely resolution of such cases has come into force in Gujarat on Wednesday, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced.

BOM4 MH-COURT-TRP TRP scam: Republic Media Network's CEO gets bail Mumbai: A Mumbai court on Wednesday granted bail to Republic Media Network's Chief Executive Officer Vikas Khanchandani, who was arrested in the alleged TRP (Television Rating Points) rigging scam.

BOM11 MH-LOCAL TRAINS 10 AC local services on CR's main line in Mumbai from Dec 17 Mumbai: Ten air-conditioned local train services will be operated on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus-Kalyan section here from Thursday, replacing the ordinary suburban services, the Central Railway said.

BOM7 GA-PANCHAYATS-CM Goa govt announces measures to strengthen Panchayats Panaji: Two days after clinching a clear victory in Zilla Panchayat polls in Goa, the state BJP government on Wednesday announced various measures, including granting of more financial powers, to strengthen the local bodies.

BOM1 MH-GEETA-VISIT 5 yrs after return from Pak, Geeta searches for family in Maha Nanded: Geeta, the Indore-based hearing and speech impaired woman who returned to India from Pakistan in 2015 after staying there for several years, has come to Nanded in Maharashtra with the hope of finding her parents.

BES3 MH-DRUG-ARREST Maha: Two held with mephedrone drug worth Rs 35 lakh Thane: Police have arrested two persons and seized mephedrone, a banned drug, worth Rs 35 lakh from their possession in Mira-Bhayander township of Maharashtra, a police official said on Wednesday.

BES2 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maha: 323 new COVID-19 cases in Thane, tally reaches 2,36,879 Thane: Thane district of Maharashtra has added 323 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total count of infections here to 2,36,879, an official said on Wednesday. PTI RSY RSY