Mumbai, Feb 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM15 MH-HC-VARAVARA RAO-2NDLD BAIL Elgar case: Varavara Rao gets 6-month bail on medical grounds Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday granted interim bail for six months on medical grounds to ailing poet and activist Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad- Maoist links case.

BOM16 MH-LD DELKAR Lok Sabha member Mohan Delkar found dead in Mumbai hotel Mumbai: Mohan Delkar, seven-term Lok Sabha member from Dadra and Nagar Haveli, was found dead in a Mumbai hotel on Monday, police said.

BOM2 MH-ACCIDENT-CAR Maharashtra: 5 killed as car collides with bus in Ahmednagar Aurangabad: Five occupants of a car were killed when their vehicle collided with a bus in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district in the wee hours of Monday, police said.

BOM10 MH-VIRUS-MUMBAI-SURGE 36 pc rise in active COVID-19 cases in Mumbai since Feb 8: BMC Mumbai: Amid a spike in coronavirus infection in parts of Maharashtra, Mumbai has witnessed 36.38 per cent rise in the active COVID-19 cases since February 8, as per the city civic body.

BOM11 MH-VIRUS-MARRIAGE-ARREST COVID-19 norms flouted at marriage function; 2 held Mumbai: Mumbai police have arrested the secretary of a Gymkhana and a caterer for alleged violation of COVID-19 norms after over 150 people gathered at a wedding function organised in the premises here, an official said on Monday.

LGB1 MH-COURT-RAHUL GANDHI Hearing in defamation case against Rahul Gandhi on May 15 Thane: A court at Bhiwandi in Maharashtra has posted a defamation case against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for hearing on May 15.

BOM9 MP-ASSEMBLY-CONG-BICYCLES Fuel price rise:Cong MLAs ride bicycles to MP Assembly complex Bhopal: Legislators of the opposition Congress on Monday reached the Madhya Pradesh Assembly complex here on bicycles as a mark of protest against the rise in fuel prices.

BOM8 MP-ASSEMBLY-SPEAKER BJP's Girish Goutam unanimously elected Speaker of MP Assembly Bhopal: BJP MLA Girish Gautam was unanimously elected as Speaker of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on the first day of the state budget session on Monday.

BOM1 MH-VIRUS-MINISTER Maha minister Chhagan Bhujbal tests coronavirus positive Mumbai: Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Monday said he has tested positive for coronavirus.

BOM17 CG-ASSEMBLY-GOVERNOR Naxal activities have come down in Chhattisgarh: Governor Raipur: Chhattisgarh has witnessed a fall in Naxal activities and other crimes, Governor Anusuiya Uikey said on Monday while underlining various challenges faced by security forces in Naxal-hit areas of the state.

BOM18 MH-FUEL-SENA Sena targets Centre, Bollywood stars over rising fuel prices Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday trained its guns at the Centre over the rising fuel prices, saying instead of collecting donations for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, the government should take steps to bring down the rates of petrol and diesel in the country.

BOM6 MH-VIRUS-PAWAR-PROGRAMMES COVID-19 spike in Maha: Pawar cancels all public events Mumbai: NCP president Sharad Pawar on Monday said he has cancelled all his scheduled public engagements in view of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra.

BOM5 GA-CIVIC POLLS-SEC Goa: Panaji civic body, 11 municipal council polls on Mar 20 Panaji: Elections to 11 municipal councils and the Panaji municipal corporation in Goa will be held on March 20, the State Election Commission said on Monday.

BES4 MH-ACTORS-ATHAWALE Won't allow disruption of films of Big B, Akshay: Athawale Thane: Union Minister and RPI (A) chief Ramdas Athawale has said his party will not allow any disruption of film shootings of actors Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar in Maharashtra. PTI RSY RSY