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Mumbai, May 5 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

BOM4 MH-MARATHA QUOTA-THACKERAY SC decision on Maratha quota unfortunate: Uddhav Thackeray Mumbai: Terming the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Maharashtra law granting quota to Marathas in admissions and government jobs as unfortunate, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said the legal battle for the reservations to that community will continue till there is “victory”.

BOM9 MH-MARATHA QUOTA-LD BJP BJP blames Maha govt for SC's decision on Maratha quota law Pune: The BJP on Wednesday blamed the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government for 'failing' to convince the Supreme Court over the issue of reservation for the Maratha community in jobs and education.

BOM3 GJ-HC-OXYGEN-CENTRE Augumenting oxygen supply from all sources: Centre to Guj HC Ahmedabad: The Centre has told the Gujarat High Court that it is augmenting oxygen supply for COVID-19 patients from all available sources within India and also importing it from other countries through 'diplomatic channels as well as personal intervention of the political executive'.

BOM8 GJ-PROCESSION-LD ARREST Guj: Women flock religious procession to 'eradicate' virus Ahmedabad: Cocking a snook at COVID-19 norms, a large number of women turned up at a religious event organized in a village in Gujarat's Ahmedabad district to 'eradicate coronavirus', police said on Wednesday, adding 23 people, including the village head, have been arrested.

BOM2 MP-VACCINATION DRIVE MP: Enthusiasm marks 1st day of vaccination for 18-44 group Bhopal: Several people in the age group of 18 to 44 queued up outside inoculation centres in Madhya Pradesh as the COVID-19 vaccination drive for this category began in the state on Wednesday.

BOM1 GJ-VIRUS-AHMEDABAD Guj: COVID-19 negative report compulsory to enter Ahmedabad Ahmedabad: Residents of Ahmedabad who visit other states for work are now required to produce a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test certificate to return to the city, civic authorities said on Wednesday.

BOM7 MH-MARATHA QUOTA-CHAVAN Fadnavis had misled people on Maratha quota: Ashok Chavan Mumbai: With the Supreme Court on Wednesday striking down the Maharashtra law granting quota to Marathas in admissions and government jobs, state minister Ashok Chavan criticised former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for passing the SEBC Act in 2018 without 'due rights'.

BES9 MH-VIRUS-OFFICER IAS officer to coordinate import of COVID-19 relief items Mumbai: Maharashtra Government has appointed a senior IAS officer to coordinate import of COVID-19 relief items, an official statement said on Wednesday.

LGB1 CG-HC-VACCINATION HC asks C'garh to tweak COVID-19 vaccine plan for 18-44 group Bilaspur: The Chhattisgarh High Court has directed the state government to modify its plan for the third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive for citizens in the age group of 18 to 44 years and fix the ratio of allotment of vaccines in an equitable manner. PTI RSY RSY