Mumbai, Dec 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM8 MH-METRO-PAWAR Mumbai Metro land row: Pawar speaks to CM Thackeray, Fadnavis Mumbai: NCP president Sharad Pawar has spoken to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis over Kanjurmarg Metro car shed land dispute in Mumbai and may take up the issue with the Centre to resolve it, sources said on Monday.

BOM9 MH-NCB-RAMPAL Actor Arjun Rampal appears before NCB in drug case Mumbai: Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal appeared before the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) here on Monday in connection with a drug case lodged following the death of filmstar Sushant Singh Rajput, an official said.

BOM4 MH-TEMPLE-LD SENA Sena links Ram temple fund drive to 2024 LS polls; BJP refutes Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday alleged that the mass contact initiative to collect funds from the public for the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya is akin to 'canvassing' for the 2024 general elections in the name of Lord Ram.

BOM11 GA-VACCINE-ATHAWALE Once vaccine comes, COVID-19 will go away: Athawale Panaji: Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Monday said a COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the country in one or two months.

BOM6 GJ-LOAN-FRAUD Guj: 4 held for mobile loan fraud using Mudra scheme ID proofs Ahmedabad: Four persons, including a private bank employee, have been arrested here for allegedly using ID proofs collected for the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojna to buy high-end mobile phones in the name of unsuspecting victims and selling them to others, police said on Monday.

BOM5 MH-GIRL-RAPE Maha: Raped minor girl found abandoned in gunny bag; 1 held Palghar: A four-year-old girl has been found unconscious in a gunny bag at Vasai in Maharashtra's Palghar district, a police official said on Monday.

BOM1 MH-FIRE Maha: Fire at dyeing unit in Thane; no casualty Thane: A fire broke out at a dyeing unit in Bhiwandi town of Maharashtra's Thane district on Monday morning, a fire brigade official said.

BOM7 MH-LD COASTAL ROAD Mumbai coastal road to be functional in July 2023: BMC chief Mumbai: The ambitious eight-lane coastal road being constructed in Mumbai to ease traffic woes will be functional in July 2023, BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said on Monday.

BES4 MH-FADNAVIS-GOVT BJP to form govt in Maha on its own in future, says Fadnavis Mumbai: Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said several leaders will join his party in the time to come, and pitched for ensuring that it forms a government in its own in Maharashtra in the future.

BES7 GA-LD ATHAWALE Scrapping laws after protests will hurt democracy: Athawale Panaji: Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Monday said if the Centre starts withdrawing laws passed in Parliament bowing to protests, then the parliamentary democracy and the Constitution 'would be in danger'.

BES5 MH-FARMERS-CENTRAL-TEAM Crop loss: Central team in Maha's Aurangabad, meets farmers Aurangabad: Farmers in Maharashtra's Aurangabad region recounted losses caused by crop damage due to heavy rains to a Central assessment team that arrived here on Monday.

BES1 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maharashtra: 403 new COVID-19 cases, 7 more deaths in Thane Thane: The COVID-19 caseload in Thane district of Maharashtra has gone up to 2,38,931 with the addition of 403 new cases, an official said on Monday. PTI RSY RSY