Mumbai, May 19 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM15 CYCLONE-NAVY-2NDLD RESCUE Tragedy at sea: 22 dead, 65 missing from barge; 186 rescued Mumbai: At least 22 personnel on board accommodation barge P305 that went adrift in Cyclone Tauktae fury before sinking in the Arabia Sea off Mumbai coast are dead and 65 still missing, a Navy official said on Wednesday.

BOM19 GJ-CYCLONE-2NDLD MODI PM conducts aerial survey of cyclone-hit areas in Gujarat Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday conducted an aerial survey of areas affected by cyclone Tauktae in Gujarat and adjoining Union Territory of Diu and held a meeting with top officials here later to review the situation.

BOM11 GJ-CYCLONE-DEATH TOLL Cyclone Tauktae death toll climbs to 45 in Gujarat: Official Ahmedabad: As many as 45 people have been killed due to cyclone Tauktae across 12 districts of Gujarat, officials said Wednesday.

BOM18 MH-CYCLONE-PM-LD NCP Aerial survey: NCP asks if PM 'singling out' Gujarat Mumbai: The NCP, which is one of the constituents of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), on Wednesday wondered whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aerial survey of the cyclone- hit areas in Gujarat and Diu amounted to discrimination against Maharashtra which too was affected by the cyclonic storm.

BOM1 GJ-CYCLONE-IMD Cyclone Tauktae weakens; to bring rain in many states: IMD Ahmedabad: Cyclone Tauktae weakened into a 'depression' and lay centred over south Rajasthan and adjoining Gujarat region on Wednesday morning, the India Meteorological Department said.

BOM16 MH-HC-ELGAR-SWAMY HC asks JJ Hospital to form expert panel to examine Stan Swamy Mumbai, May 19 (PTI) The Bombay High Court directed the Taloja prison authorities on Wednesday to take jesuit priest Stan Swamy, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, to the JJ Hospital here for a medical examination.

BOM6 GA-COURT-LD TEJPAL Goa court to pronounce verdict in Tarun Tejpal case on May 21 Panaji: A sessions court in Goa on Wednesday said it will pronounce the verdict in the Tarun Tejpal case on May 21.

BOM12 MH-CYCLONE-BARGE-WORKMEN Cyclone: Rescued workmen from barge recall horror in sea Mumbai: Battling tidal waves as high as 10 metres and strong winds while trying to stay afloat in the cyclone-hit rough Arabian Sea for almost 12 hours, workmen rescued from a sinking barge near here narrated their horrifying experience in their quest for survival.

BOM14 MP-BLACK FUNGUS-ENDOSCOPY Black fungus: Nasal endoscopy of COVID-19 patients in MP Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to launch the 'nasal endoscopy' campaign in view of the rise in the cases of mucormycosis or black fungus in COVID-19 patients, state Medical Education Minister Vishvas Kailash Sarang said on Wednesday.

BOM4 MH-HC-ELGAR-HANY BABU HC summons hospital dean on Hany Babu's plea for medical aid Mumbai: Delhi University's associate professor Hany Babu, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, moved the Bombay High Court on Wednesday seeking medical aid for an eye infection which he developed after contracting COVID-19.

LGB2 MH-HC-VACCINATION-SENIORS Can you start doorstep vaccination for select groups?HC to BMC Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the Mumbai civic body if it was possible for it to introduce a door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination programme for senior citizens and disabled persons who are unable to visit inoculation centres.

BOM13 MH-CHINKARA-POACHING Maharashtra: 2 arrested for poaching chinkara in Pune Pune: Two people were arrested for allegedly poaching a chinkara, a protected animal, at a forest in Maharashtra's Pune district, an official said on Wednesday.

BES2 MH-DHANKAR-SENA Recall West Bengal governor, says Shiv Sena Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded that West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar be immediately recalled, claiming that attempts were being made to create political instability in the state. PTI RSY RSY

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