Mumbai, Nov 16 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

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BOM3 MH-UNLOCK-LD RELIGIOUS PLACES Doors of religious places reopen for devotees in Maharashtra Mumbai: After remaining shut for nearly eight months, places of religious worship reopened in Maharashtra on Monday with COVID-19 prevention protocols in place.

BOM2 MH-JAWAN-LAST RITES Maha village bids emotional farewell to martyred Army jawan Pune: Amid slogans hailing him, hundreds of villagers and family members bid a tearful farewell to martyred Army jawan Rushikesh Jondhale as his mortal remains were consigned to flames at his native place in Maharashtra's Kolhapur district on Monday.

BOM5 MH-JAWAN-FUNERAL LoC firing: Last rites of martyred Army jawan held in Nagpur Nagpur: The last rites of Army jawan Bhushan Rameshrao Satai, killed during shelling by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir last week, were held at his native place in Maharashtra's Nagpur district on Monday with full state honours.

BOM4 MH-LD NAVY OFFICER Ex-Navy officer who served during World War II dead at 97 Mumbai: Vice-Admiral John Thomas Goslin Pereira (retd), Indian Navy's former Chief of Materials, died here on Monday after a brief illness, family sources said.

BES5 CG-NAXAL-SHAH-CM C'garh CM writes to Shah on development of Naxal-hit districts Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking the Centre's assistance in creating employment opportunities in Naxal-hit areas of the state, an official said on Monday.

BES6 MH-SAND MINING-RAID Maha: Raid at illegal sand mining unit, 17 boats destroyed Pune: Police conducted a raid at an illegal sand mining unit in Maharashtra's Pune district on Monday and destroyed 17 boats engaged in sand extraction from the Bhima river basin, an official said.

BES4 MH-PAWAR-TOUR Pawar to tour North Maharashtra on Nov 20-21 Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar will visit North Maharashtra on November 20 and 21 during which he will interact with party workers there, sources said on Monday.

BES2 MH-VIRUS-THANE Maha: 907 new COVID-19 cases in Thane; 14 more deaths Thane: Thane has reported 907 new cases of COVID-19, taking the tally of infections in the Maharashtra district to 2,19,473, an official said on Monday. PTI RSY RSY