Mumbai, Feb 18 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM5 MH-LOCKDOWN-LD VIDARBHA COVID-19: 3 Maharashtra cities likely to face stricter curbs Mumbai: The Maharashtra government may impose a stricter lockdown in Yavatmal, Amravati and Akola cities of the state's Vidarbha region 'at any moment' in view of the COVID-19 situation there, government sources said on Thursday.

BOM6 MH-WOMAN-AJIT Maha minister being linked to woman's death not missing: Ajit Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday dismissed the opposition's claims that state forest minister Sanjay Rathod, whose name is being linked to the death of a woman in Pune, has been missing.

BOM9 MH-FUEL-ACTORS-CONG Fuel issue: Patole threatens to stall films of Big B, Akshay Bhandara: Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole on Thursday said if actors Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar do not take a standon the issue of fuel price hike, then screening of their films and shootings would not be allowed in the state.

BOM8 MH-HEROIN-NCB South African woman caught with 3 kg heroin at Mumbai airport Mumbai: A woman from South Africa was apprehended at the Mumbai international airport early on Thursday and nearly three kilograms of heroin was recovered from her by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), an official said.

BOM10 GJ-PM LETTER-BJP PM writes letter to Guj BJP, hails its 'page committee' drive Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to the Gujarat unit of the BJP, in which he has appreciated its efforts in creating 15 lakh page committees, and said that it would help the party connect with 2.25 crore voters in the state.

BOM3 MP-BUS-MISSING MP bus accident: Army's help sought to trace 3 missing persons Sidhi: Two days after a bus plunged into a canal at Sidhi in Madhya Pradesh killing 51 people, three passengers are still missing and the Army's help has been sought to locate them, a district official said on Thursday.

BOM1 MH-VIRUS-MINISTER Maha minister Jayant Patil tests positive for coronavirus Mumbai: Maharashtra water resources minister and state NCP chief Jayant Patil on Thursday said he has tested positive for coronavirus.

BOM4 CG-ROPEWAY-ACCIDENT Labourer killed in ropeway trolley accident in Chhattisgarh Rajnandgaon: A 32-year-old labourer has been killed after a ropeway trolley crashed into a tower and fell from a height of about 60 feet in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district, police said on Thursday.

BOM11 CG-NAXAL-MURDER Chhattisgarh: Naxals kill man on suspicion of being informer Rajnandgaon: Naxals have killed a villager in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district on suspicion of being a police informer, an official said on Thursday.

BOM7 MH-PRICE RISE-DYCM Maharashtra DyCM seeks Centre's intervention over price rise Mumbai: In the wake of the rising prices of fuel and other commodities, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday said the Centre should intervene at the earliest to give relief to citizens who are facing hardships.

BES6 MH-RAIL ROKO-PUNE 'Rail roko' held at Pune station against three farm laws Pune: Members belonging to various organisations and political parties on Thursday held a 'rail roko' agitation at the Pune railway station to register their protest against the Centre's three farm laws, officials said. PTI RSY RSY