Kolkata, Apr 28 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 8 AS-3RDLD QUAKE Quake of 6.4 magnitude strikes Assam, seven more follow Guwahati/New Delhi: A series of earthquakes jolted Assam and most of the Northeast on Wednesday, causing extensive damage to buildings and forcing people to scamper out of their homes.

CAL 7 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports record 8,386 new COVID cases Bhubaneswar: Odisha recorded a steep rise in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as 8,386 people tested positive, a Health Department official said.

CAL 9 WB-POLL-CHINESE INDIANS Kolkata's dwindling Chinese Indians look for better future Kolkata: It is early morning at Tiretta bazaar, the oldest China Town in the country. Only a handful Indians of Chinese descent have gathered to partake of the bazaar's famous breakfast menu, a medley of Indian and Chinese cuisines.

CAL 10 WB-PREPOLL-PHASE 8 Bengal elections: 35 constituencies to go to polls in final phase, fate of 283 candidates to be sealed Kolkata: Over 84 lakh voters in West Bengal will decide the political fate of 283 candidates on Thursday, when 35 assembly constituencies go to polls in the eighth and final phase, amid a raging second wave of COVID-19.

CAL 11 WB-POLL-JORASANKO Jorasanko: TMC faces tough challenge from BJP Kolkata: In the trader dominated Jorasanko constituency, the two main rivals have squared off against each other in what analysts believe could be a cliff hanger.

CES 1 MZ-VIRUS-CASES Over 100 policemen on Bengal poll duty among record 229 new COVID cases in Mizoram Aizawl: Mizoram on Wednesday reported the highest single-day spike of 229 new COVID-19 cases, as per official data.

CES 2 AR-VIRUS-CASES Arunachal Pradesh reports 123 new COVID-19 cases Itanagar: At least 123 more people including 15 security personnel tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, pushing the total caseload in the northeastern state to 17,898, a senior health department official said here on Wednesday.

CES 3 AN-VIRUS-CASES 48 new COVID-19 cases push Andamans tally to 5,764 Port Blair: Forty-eight more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, pushing the coronavirus tally in the union territory of 5,764, a health department official said on Wednesday. PTI RG RG