Kolkata, Jan 8 (PTI) Following are PTI's top stories from the eastern region at 5 pm.

CAL 22 WB-MAMATA Those who don't have political existence are calling strikes: Mamata slams Left, Cong Sagar Islands (WB): Hitting out at the Left and the Congress, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that those who don't have any political existence in the state are trying to ruin its economy by pursuing 'cheap politics' of strikes.

CAL 25 WB-STRIKE-2NDLD SITUATION Violence, arson across Bengal as strikers try to enforce bandh; 55 arrested in Kolkata Kolkata: Incidents of violence and arson were reported from various parts of West Bengal with buses, a police vehicle and government properties being vandalised by strikers who tried to enforce the 24-hour bandh on Wednesday.

CAL 26 JH-ASSEMBLY-RUCKUS BJP Legislators protest Cong MLA's remarks on Tabrez Ansari's lynching case Ranchi: The Jharkhand Assembly witnessed ruckus on Wednesday when the opposition BJP Legislators protested Congress MLA Irfan Ansari accusing a political party and an organisation as responsible in the death of Tabrez Ansari in mob violence in June last year.

CAL 27 DEF-CDS-ROYCHOWDHURY Fear of coup prevented CDS appointment earlier: ex- Army chief Kolkata: Terming the appointment of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) as a welcome move, former Army chief General (retd) Shankar Roy Chowdhury on Wednesday said it had not been done earlier owing to the then political bosses' fear of a coup.

CES 6 WB-CAT TOPPER-JNU PROTEST CAT topper not scared to take part in protests on JNU issue Kolkata: JU student Deborshi Chanda, one of the ten candidates to have scored 100 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT), said on Wednesday that he will not shy away from taking part in any rally to protest against the attack on women students and teachers of JNU and similar attacks in other higher educational institutions. PTI RG RG