Kolkata, Apr 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 17 LDALL-MAMATA-COVID-PM 2nd COVID wave Modi-made disaster, says Mamata, rules out lockdown Chanchal/Harirampur/Balurghat: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday sharpened her attack on the prime minister over the resurgence of Covid-19, terming it a 'Modi-made disaster' and demanded that he quit if unable to provide adequate medical supplies to combat the disease.

CAL 14 WB-CORONA-MAMATA-LOCKDOWN Mamata rules out lockdown in Bengal, assures vaccination for all above 18 from May 5 Malda: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday ruled out the possibility of lockdown in the state in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 and said universal vaccination for those who are above 18 will start from May 5.

CAL 15 AS-ONGC-KIDNAP-CM Assam CM directs officials to rescue kidnapped ONGC employees Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday condemned the kidnapping of three Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) employees by suspected ULFA(I) militants and directed the chief secretary and the DGP to take all steps to rescue them.

CAL 16 BH-VIRUS-JUVENILES ESCAPE 19 COVID infected juveniles run away from hospital,15 traced Chapra: Out of 19 coronavirus positive inmates of a remand home who had escaped from the hospital isolation ward, 15 have been located and search is on for the others, Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar said on Wednesday.

CAL 18 BH-VIRUS-PANCHAYAT POLLS Panchayat polls process put off due to COVID surge in Bihar Patna: The state election commision on Wednesday decided to postpone issuing notification for the panchayat polls for now in view of the raging coronavirus cases in Bihar.

CAL 19 WB-VIRUS-ADHIR Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tests positive for COVID-19 Kolkata: West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Wednesday said he has tested positive for COVID- 19 and requested everyone who came in contact with him in the last seven days to comply with the coronavirus protocols.

CAL 22 BH-VACCINE-NITISH Free vaccination to all aged above 18: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Patna: The Bihar government on Wednesday announced that it will provide free COVID vaccination to all aged above 18. PTI RG RG