Kolkata, Apr 26 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 13 WB-POLL-LD MAMATA Mamata demands withdrawal of central forces who may be infected with Covid, accuses PM of insensitivity Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday demanded withdrawal of central forces in the next phase of polling in a bid to contain Covid spread in the state, while welcoming Madras High Courts observations that the Election Commission could not avoid blame for the spread of pandemic.

CAL 11 WB-CORONA-SOCIAL MEDIA Netizens turn to the social media to help the corona affected Kolkata: With COVID-19 second wave creating an unprecedented situation, people from various walks of life in West Bengal ranging from students to celebrities, teachers to media professionals and myriad other spheres are sharing on the social media updates of beds available in hospitals, availability of oxygen cylinders and plasma donors.

CAL 12 MG-OXYGEN PLANT-NORTHEAST Centre approves setting up of 13 oxygen plants in Northeastern region Shillong: The Centre has decided to set up 13 oxygen generation plants in five Northeastern states to boost availability of the life-saving gas amid its shortage in several states of the country when COVID-19 cases are surging, an official said here on Monday.

CAL 14 BH-VIRUS-NITISH Nitish holds high-level meeting on COVID surge in Bihar Patna: Amid coronavirus surge and experts prediction that cases may further increase in the coming days, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday held a high-level review meeting on COVID situation and issued order to further ramp up test of samples and ensure timely delivery of reports so that treatment of the infected can start at the earliest.

CAL 15 MZ-FOREST FIRE-CM MIzoram CM thanks PM Modi for swift action to tackle forest fires Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga Monday thanked the Centre for extending help to the northeastern state by deploying IAF choppers to douse the forest fires raging in several parts of the state.

CAL 16 WB-POLL- CAMPAIGN END EIGHTH PHASE Campaigning ends for the final phase of poll in WB Kolkata: Campaigning for the eighth and final phase of polling for 35 assembly constituencies in West Bengal, scheduled to be held on April 29, ended at 6.30 p m on Monday.

CAL 17 AS-KIDNAP-ARREST ONGC kidnapping case: Cop held for aiding ULFA(I) militants Sivasagar: A police constable was on Monday arrested in Assam's Tinsukia district for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping of three ONGC employees here by ULFA(I) militants, a senior officer said.

CAL 18 WB-CORONA-OXYGEN SUPPLY No crisis of medical oxygen in WB : govt official Kolkata: There is no crisis of medical oxygen in West Bengal and the state has adequate stock of the life-saving gas, a senior state government official said after a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the current spike in COVID-19 cases. PTI RG RG