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

BOM9 MH-RAINS-DROWN Maha rains: 3 feared drowned in Raigad; IMD issues red alert for Mumbai, Konkan Mumbai: Three people were feared drowned following heavy rains in Maharashtra's Raigad district on Monday, officials said, while the IMD sounded a 'red alert' for Mumbai and other districts in the Konkan region, predicting extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places over the next 24 hours.

BOM12 MH-RAINS-2ND LD MUMBAI Heavy rains in Mumbai again; local train services disrupted Mumbai: A day after heavy showers pounded Mumbai, the rain intensity reduced briefly on Monday morning but picked up momentum again during the day, causing water-logging at some places and disruption of local train services on the Central Railway route, officials said.

BOM1 MH-RAINS-THANE Maha: Heavy rains in Thane, Palghar; boy drowns, vehicles damaged in wall collapse Thane/Palghar: Heavy rains lashed Maharashtra's Thane and Palghar districts during the night and on Monday morning, causing flooding at several places and claiming the life of a minor boy, officials said.

BOM8 MH-ED-DESHMUKH Will appear before ED after SC's decision on my plea: Anil Deshmukh Nagpur: Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday said he will appear before the Enforcement Directorate to record his statement in connection with its probe into a money laundering case after the Supreme Court's decision over his petition seeking protection from any coercive action in the case.

BOM10 MH-THACKERAY-EKADASHI Maha CM drives to Pandharpur to take part in 'Ashadhi Ekadashi' puja Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday left here for Pandharpur in Solapur district by road to participate in the annual 'maha puja' of Lord Vitthal on the occasion of 'Ashadhi Ekadashi' on Tuesday.

BOM6 MH-HC-STAN SWAMY Have 'great respect' for Stan Swamy's work: HC while hearing his bail appeals posthumously Mumbai: The Bombay High Court, while hearing posthumously the appeals filed by late Jesuit priest Stan Swamy in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, on Monday said he was a wonderful person and the court had 'great respect' for his work.

BOM5 GJ-RELIGIOUS EVENT-FIR Over 200 people attend religious event; FIR against organisers for COVID-19 norms violation Bhavnagar: Over 200 people gathered for a religious function at a temple in Gujarat's Bhavnagar city following which police registered an FIR against its organisers for alleged violation of COVID-19 guidelines, an official said on Monday.

BOM11 MH-POLICEMAN-SUICIDE Constable commits suicide at home in police colony in Mumbai Mumbai: A 30 year-old constable allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his home in police quarters in suburban Kalina here, an official said on Monday.

BOM4 MH-PEGASUS-SENA PM Modi, Amit Shah should clarify on Pegasus spying issue: Sena Mumbai: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah should clarify on the issue of alleged snooping of several people, including journalists, through the Israeli spyware Pegasus.

BOM7 MH-PEGASUS-CONG Did Pegasus 'scandal' happen in Maha? Cong asks; demands probe Mumbai: Maharashtra Congress on Monday sought to know if snooping and phone tapping took place in the state using the Israeli software Pegasus during the previous BJP-led state government.

BES5 GA-SAWAMT-PM Goa CM Sawant meets PM Modi in Delhi Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday.

BES3 MP-FAKE CURRENCY-ARREST MP: Inter-state fake currency racket busted; 4 held Rajgarh: Madhya Pradesh police have busted an inter-state racket of manufacturing and circulating fake currency notes and arrested four persons in this connection, a senior official said. PTI RSY RSY

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