Kolkata, Apr 9 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 22 EC-MAMATA-3RD LD NOTICE EC notice to Mamata over remarks against central forces, defiant TMC boss says 'I don't care' New Delhi/Kolkata: The Election Commission has issued a notice to Mamata Banerjee for her 'completely false, provocative and intemperate statements' against central forces performing election duty in West Bengal, provoking a defiant TMC boss to declare she will continue doing so until 'the CRPF stops working for BJP'.

CAL 8 WB-CURTAIN RAISER-LD FOURTH PHASE Union min Babul Supriyo and two TMC state mins in the poll battle in its 4th phase on Saturday Kolkata: The electoral fates of Union Minister Babul Supriyo and West Bengal ministers Partha Chatterjee and Arup Biswas will be decided on Saturday when votes will be cast for the fourth phase of the high octane poll in West Bengal, for which is stage is set.

CAL 10 WB-SHAH Mamata's fulminations against CAPF betrays frustration: Shah Kolkata: Coming down hard on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday her fulminations against central forces betrayed frustration over 'impending defeat' in the Assembly elections.

CAL 11 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports 1,282 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 tally soared to 3,46,808 as the state registered this year's highest single- day spike of 1,282 new cases on Friday, a health official said.

CAL 15 WB- IIMC Row over IIM-C draft code that calls for barring public airing of views by teachers Kolkata: A draft code of conduct for faculty members of IIM-Calcutta that calls for a bar on public expression of their views on government policies and actions has stirred a row with teachers writing to the Board of Governors, voicing their dissent.

CAL 17 WB-POLL-INTERVIEW-ABBAS SIDDIQUI Mamata trying to divide people by seeking votes on communal lines: Abbas Bhangore: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying to divide the people of West Bengal by seeking Muslim votes, Indian Secular Front (ISF) founder Abbas Siddiqui alleged, while claiming that her ploy is helping the BJP in the ongoing assembly elections.

CAL 18 WB-POLL-MAMATA Will continue speaking about CPRF interference till it stops working for BJP: Mamata Jamalpur: Reacting sharply to the notice served on her by the Election Commission of India for her comments over central forces intimidating voters, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday hit out at the poll panel, saying that she would continue speaking about CRPF interference till it stops working for the BJP.

CAL 19 WB-POLL-SHIBPUR Shibpur: TMC's cricketer candidate Manoj Tiwary faces tough pitch Howrah: Ruling TMC's new recruit and former India batsman Manoj Tiwary will face a tough political pitch in Howrah's Shibpur assembly constituency as his opponents are are also formidable players adept at bowling googlies.

CAL 21 WB-POLL-SHAH-BHABANIPUR Shah knocks on doors in Mamata's backyard Bhabanipur to campaign for actor Rudranil Kolkata: On a door-to-door electioneering drive, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday went around the city's Bhabanipur assembly constituency, considered to be a backyard of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI RG RG