Kolkata, Apr 8 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 3 WB-VIRUS MEET-MAMATA-SKIP Mamata to skip meeting called by PM Modi to discuss COVID-19 situation with CMs Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend the virtual meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the COVID-19 situation with CMs, sources in the state government said on Thursday.

CAL 4 WB-POLL-SUPRIYO INTERVIEW EC should stop Mamata from campaigning for vitriolic and communal speeches: Supriyo Kolkata: Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who is trying his luck from the Tollygunge assembly seat, feels Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should be barred from campaigning for making 'vitriolic and communal' speeches and taking Bengal's political discourse to an 'all-time low'.

CAL 5 WB-POLL-MITHUN-ROADSHOW BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty's roadshow disallowed in Kolkata's Behala, workers hold protest Kolkata: The BJP was denied permission to hold a roadshow of Bollywood superstar Mithun Chakraborty, who had recently joined the saffron camp, in Behala area of the city on Thursday, following which a group of party activists held a demonstration in front of a police station.

CAL 6 WB-POLL-BEHALA PURBA PROFILE In Behala Purba, an all-women fight for former Kolkata Mayor s turf Kolkata: At 11 am, 36 Maharani Indira Debi Road is bustling with people - while someone is managing phone calls from party workers, others are busy preparing for the day's campaign and making sure the vehicles are fit for arduous canvassing.

CAL 8 WB-POLL-MAMATA Mamata asks voters to be on guard, fears intimidation by central forces Balagarh: Apprehending that a section of central paramilitary forces may visit villages to intimidate people, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday asked voters to be on guard.

CAL 9 WB-POLL-DOMJUR PROFILE Domjur Constituency: Former TMC minister fights for political survival Domjur: The message Rajib Banerjee, former Trinamool Congress minister, now with the BJP, wants to sell to the people of Domjur in Howrah district is that he may have changed his team jersey colours, but he remains the same man.

CAL 10 BH-MASSACRE-ARREST Bihar police arrest 6 in Madhubani 'massacre' case Madhubani: Bihar police have arrested six people from near the Indo-Nepal border here in connection with the killing of five persons last month, an incident dubbed as a 'caste war' by the media and 'massacre' by the opposition.

CAL 11 WB-POLL-ADITYANATH No 'paribartan' in Bengal under TMC : Yogi Adityanath Kolkata: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Thursday criticised the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal and derided it for failing to bring in any positive change in the ten years that it has been in power.

CAL 12 POL-SINGUR-PROFILE 13 yrs after Tata's ouster, Singur seeks industrialisation Singur: Thirteen years after a farmers' stir put Singur on India's political map, having forced the exit of Tata's Nano car project, industrialisation has emerged as the main poll plank in this constituency as the land, for which swords were crossed, has been rendered infertile. PTI RG RG