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

BOM9 MH-RAINS-2ND LD KONKAN Maha rains fury: 6,000 passengers stranded as train services hit on Konkan Railway Mumbai: Nearly 6,000 passengers were stranded as train services on the Konkan Railway route in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district were suspended on Thursday after a river overflowed following heavy rains in the area, officials said.

BOM16 MH-RAINS-KONKAN-THACKERAY Rivers in Ratnagiri, Raigad flow above danger mark, people being shifted Mumbai: Major rivers in Ratnagiri and Raigad districts in the Konkan region of Maharashtra are flowing above the danger mark as a result of incessant rains, and the government machinery is in the process of shifting a number of affected people to safer places, the authorities said on Thursday.

BOM14 MH-HC-FIR-LD DESHMUKH HC refuses to quash CBI FIR on corruption charges against Anil Deshmukh Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday refused to quash the First Information Report (FIR) lodged by the CBI against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh on charges of corruption and misconduct.

BOM17 MH-HC-CBI-LD DESHMUKH CBI can inquire into transfer postings of police, reinstatement of Sachin Waze: HC Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday said the CBI can inquire into the transfer and postings of police personnel and the reinstatement of Sachin Waze in the police force, 'so far as this has a nexus with Maharashtra's former home minister Anil Deshmukh and his associates'.

BOM8 MH-PARAM BIR SINGH-LD FIR FIR against IPS officer Param Bir Singh, 5 other cops on charges of extortion Mumbai: Mumbai police have registered an FIR against senior IPS officer Param Bir Singh, five other police personnel and two more persons for allegedly demanding Rs 15 crore from a builder to withdraw cases against him, an official said on Thursday.

BOM11 MH-RAINS-KOLHAPUR Maha: Kolhapur sees incessant rains; several roads shut for traffic Pune: Several roads in Maharashtra's Kolhapur, including a few state highways, have been shut for traffic as some of the stretches have gone under water as a result of incessant rains in the district over the past two days, officials said on Thursday.

BOM7 MH-RAINS-NDRF NDRF deploys 9 rescue teams in Maha after heavy rains Mumbai: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed nine rescue teams in Maharashtra, including four in Mumbai, after heavy rains caused flooding in some coastal areas of the state on Thursday.

BOM2 MH-RAINS-THANE Maha: Heavy rains batter Thane, Palghar; villages marooned, NDRF called Thane/Palghar: Heavy rains pounded Maharashtra's Thane and Palghar districts adjoining Mumbai during the night and on Thursday morning, which caused inundation and boulder crashes at various places, disrupted train services and marooned some villages, officials said.

BOM1 MH-RAINS-TRAINS Maha: Heavy rains wash out rail tracks near Kasara Ghat; train services hampered Mumbai: Heavy overnight rains in Mumbai and neighbouring areas led to flooding and washing out of some rail tracks in the Kasara Ghat near here and other areas and also caused mudslides and boulder crashes, severely affecting long distance and local train services, officials said on Thursday.

BOM10 MP-ITX RAIDS-KAMAL NATH Tax raids on media groups: Kamal Nath terms it bid to suppress press freedom Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath on Thursday said the tax raids on Dainik Bhaskar ad Bharat Samachar media groups on charges of tax evasion were an attempt by the central government to suppress the 'fourth pillar of democracy' and prevent truth from coming out.

LGB1 MP-HC-VACCINATION HC asks Centre to supply COVID-19 vaccines to cover MP's adult population by Sep Jabalpur: The Madhya Pradesh High Court has asked the Centre to supply enough COVID-19 vaccines to the state to ensure that the entire adult population in the region gets at least one dose by September-end. PTI RSY RSY RSY

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