Mumbai, Dec 23 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM13 MH-VIRUS-QUARANTINE Institutional quarantine for UK returnees testing +ve: Maha Mumbai: Amid concerns over the new coronavirus strain, all passengers from the UK who test positive for COVID-19 will be kept under institutional quarantine, a Maharashtra government official said on Wednesday.

BOM11 MP-UK PASSENGERS-ISOLATION MP: 33 recent UK returnees asked to be in home isolation Indore: Amid growing concerns over the detection of a new coronavirus strain in the UK, the Madhya Pradesh health department has asked 33 people who returned to Indore from that country in the last 15 days to remain in home isolation, an official said on Wednesday.

BOM12 MH-THAKUR-ECONOMY India looking at strong economic revival: Anurag Thakur Pune: India will have a strong economic revival thanks to its well-planned easing of lockdown, Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur said on Wednesday.

BOM9 GJ-VIRUS-GUIDELINES COVID-19 strain: Gujarat for compliance with Central SOP Ahmedabad: The Gujarat health department has directed officials to ensure 'strict' compliance with the Central guidelines regarding passengers arriving from the UK, where a new mutated strain of coronavirus has been detected.

BOM7 MH-VIRUS-VACCINE COVID-19 strain: Maha task force head doubts vaccine potential Mumbai: In the wake of a new coronavirus strain detected in the UK, Maharashtra COVID-19 task force head Dr Sanjay Oak on Wednesday said vaccines currently available in some countries may not be 100 per cent effective against the new variant.

BOM10 CG-ASSEMBLY-NAXALS 216 Naxals killed in encounters in Chhattisgarh in 3 yrs: Govt Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government on Wednesday said 216 Naxals have been killed in encounters with security forces while 966 ultras have surrendered in the state in last three years.

BOM3 MH-UNLOCK-WATER SPORTS Maha govt allows water sports, amusement parks to resume Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has allowed water sports as well as activities like boating and entertainment/amusement parks to resume as part of phase-wise easing of lockdown restrictions in the state.

BOM8 MH-CURFEW-COLLECTORS COVID-19: Maha authorises collectors to clamp night curfew Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday widened the scope of the night curfew, which was imposed in municipal limits on Tuesday amid growing concerns over the emergence of a new coronavirus strain in UK, authorising collectors to issue similar orders, subject to approval of chief secretary.

BOM6 MH-ED-SARNAIK Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik's son appears before ED Mumbai: Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik's son Vihang Sarnaik appeared before the Enforcement Directorate here on Wednesday for questioning in an alleged money laundering case.

LGB1 GJ-HC-MLA Gujarat HC discharges NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja in Arms Act case Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has discharged NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja in a criminal case registered against him under the Arms Act in 1998.

BOM1 MH-CURFEW-POLICE Mumbai Police step up vigil as night curfew comes into force Mumbai: Increased patrolling by police, heightened vigilance and curbs on timings of bars and pubs are back in Mumbai as it has come under fresh restrictions to check the spread of COVID-19 amid concerns over detection of a new variant of the virus.

BOM4 MH-DERAILMENT Maha: Goods train derails in Ahmednagar; rail traffic affected Mumbai: A goods train derailed in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district on Wednesday, affecting traffic movement on Daund-Manmad rail route, officials said.

BOM2 MH-FARMERS-PAWAR Unfortunate that farmers have to protest for rights: Pawar Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said it is the responsibility of those in power to aptly honour farmers, but unfortunately cultivators are now forced to stage protest for their rights.

BOM5 MH-FARMERS-RAUT Farmers 'spine' of country, but govt ignoring their woes: Raut Mumbai: Terming farmers as the country's 'spine', Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday said it is unfortunate that the central government is 'ignoring' the plight of peasants.

BES6 MH-FUND MISAPPROPRIATION Former BJP MP, bank officials booked for fund misappropriation Pune: A case has been registered against former BJP MP Dilip Gandhi and some bank officials in connection with misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs 3 crore in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar city, police said on Wednesday.

BES3 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maharashtra: 369 new COVID-19 cases in Thane; 8 more deaths Thane: Thane has reported 369 new cases of COVID-19, raising the tally in the Maharashtra district to 2,39,776, an official said on Wednesday. PTI RSY RSY