Kolkata, Apr 29 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 12 OD-PATNAIK-PM-CAPF Patnaik urges PM to waive central force deployment charges to tackle LWE Bhubaneswar, Apr 29 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking waiver of charges towards deployment of central forces to deal with Left Wing Extremism in the state.

CAL 13 WB-POLL--BIRBHUM CLASH Clashes erupt in Bengal's Birbhum dist, BJP candidate comes under attack Bolpur: Clashes broke out on Thursday between members of two political parties in Birbhum district's Ilambazar area amid the voting exercise for the last phase of Bengal elections, with BJP's Bolpur candidate Anirban Ganguly having come under attack during the melee, an official said.

CAL 14 JH-LALU-RELEASE Lalu set free after completion of bail formalities; but will stay in AIIMS Delhi for treatment Ranchi: RJD president Lalu Prasad was released from jail Thursday evening after completion of bail formalities in the special CBI court in Ranchi.

CAL 15 WB-POLL-CEO Final phase polling peaceful in Bengal; over 76 pc turnout till 5 pm: CEO Kolkata: At least 76.09 per cent voter turnout was registered till 5 pm in 35 assembly constituencies where voting was held for the eighth and final phase on Thursday and the polling was peaceful, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Aariz Aftab said.

CAL 17 BH-VIRUS-CASES COVID surge leaves Bihar choked; 89 die in 24 hours, active caseload crosses one lakh Patna: Bihar on Thursday choked with 89 COVID-19 fatalities and an active caseload of more than one lakh, the first occasion for the pandemic, which began more than a year ago, to assume such alarming proportions in the state.

CAL 18 WB-VIRUS COVID-19: Bengal reports record 89 single-day deaths, 17,403 fresh cases Kolkata: West Bengal on Thursday registered its highest single-day deaths of 89 people due to COVID-19, pushing the toll to 11,248, the health department said.

CAL 19 WB-POLL-LD SITUATION 76.07 per cent votes polled, attack on candidates and sporadic violence in last phase Kolkata/Illambazar: The eighth phase of assembly poll in West Bengal on Thursday brought to an end the protracted voting schedule in the state, which saw sporadic violence, assault of candidates and death of a person during the day when nearly 80 per cent votes were cast. PTI RG RG