Kolkata, Apr 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 8 WB-LD SHANKHA GHOSH Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh dies battling COVID-19 Kolkata: Noted Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh, a Padma Bhushan awardee, died on Wednesday morning while he was in isolation at his residence after testing positive for COVID- 19, his family said.

CAL 2 AN-VIRUS-RESTRICTIONS Tourist spots to be shut, night curfew extended by 1 hour in Andamans Port Blair: Tourist spots and cinema halls will be shut for one month from April 22 and night curfew will be extended by one hour with immediate effect in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as the archipelago is witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases, a notification said on Wednesday.

CAL 3 AS-ONGC-KIDNAP 3 ONGC employees kidnapped by suspected ULFA(I) militants in Assam Sivasagar: Three employees of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) were on Wednesday kidnapped by suspected ULFA(I) militants from its Lakwa oilfield in Sivasagar district along the Assam-Nagaland border.

CAL 4 WB-POLL-CAA-MATUA Poll verdict in Matua bastions crucial for BJP before CAA implementation Bongaon/Krishnanagar: With citizenship for refugees having emerged as one of the poll planks of the BJP in its battle for Bengal, Matua bastions and the verdict they present this election will prove to be a test case for the party that had been weighing the pros and cons before implementing a new law enacted for the purpose.

CAL 7 WB-POLL-MAMATA-RALLY Second COVID wave Modi-made disaster: Mamata Balurghat: Lashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that the second COVID-19 wave in the country and its management is a 'Modi-made disaster'.

CAL 9 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports 4,851 new COVID-19 cases, 5 more fatalities Bhubaneswar: Odisha recorded 4,851 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest one-day count so far, a health department official said.

CAL 10 WB-PREPOLL-PHASE 6 Bengal elections: 43 constituencies to go to polls in sixth phase, fate of 306 candidates to be sealed Kolkata: Over one crore voters in West Bengal will decide the political fate of 306 candidates on Thursday, when 43 assembly constituencies go to polls in the sixth phase, amid a raging second wave of COVID-19.

CAL 11 WB-MAMATA-MODI-COVID Resurgence of coronavirus in the country is Modi-made disaster : Mamata Malda/Harirampur: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday sharpened her attack against the prime minister over resurgence of COVID-19 in the country calling it 'Modi-made disaster' and demanded that he quit if he cannot provide adequate medicine to fight the disease. PTI RG RG