HIGHLIGHTS-EASTERN REGION 9 PM

Kolkata, Feb 9 (PTI) Following are PTI's top stories from the eastern region at 9 pm.

CAL 11 JH-GANDHI STATUE-DESECRATION Mahatma Gandhi's statue desecrated in Jharkhand Hazaribag: A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, erected here in 1948, has been desecrated by unidentified miscreants 10 days after Bapu's death anniversary, officials said on Sunday.

CAL 12 WB-MAMATA-BOOK Mamata's book on CAA sold out in book fair Kolkata: A book against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act written by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was sold out six days after it was launched in the International Kolkata Book Fair, her publisher said.

CAL 13 ECONOMY-SITHARAMAN Laid foundation for USD 5 trillion economy in budget: FM Kolkata: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said the Union Budget has laid the foundation of increasing consumption while ensuring that the government's investment is deployed to build infrastructure leading to a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024-25.

CAL 14 OD-BUS-2ND LD FIRE 9 bus passengers electrocuted to death in Odisha Berhampur: Nine persons were electrocuted and burnt to death, and 22 others injured, after a portion of a bus came in contact with a power transmission line in Golanthara area of Odisha's Ganjam district on Sunday, officials said.

CES 7 WB-DHANKHAR-EXPLOSIVES Heart bleeds when blast incidents reported in Bengal: Dhankhar Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday voiced concern over the recent cases of recovery of explosives, and said his heart bled every time incidents of blast were reported from any part of the state.

CES 10 MZ-CORONAVIRUS Coronavirus scare: 6 under home quarantine in Mizoram Aizawl: The Mizoram government has placed six students, who had recently returned from China, under home quarantine as a part of precautionary measures in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in the neighbouring country, officials said on Sunday.

CES 11 JH-JVM(P)-MEETING Babulal Marandi convenes JVM(P) executive committee meeting on Feb 11 Ranchi: President of the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) Party Babulal Marandi has convened an executive committee meeting of the party on Tuesday, amidst media reports that the party is heading towards a merger with the BJP. PTI RG RG