Kolkata, Dec 31 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 4 OD-NEW YEAR-LD CURFEW COVID-19: Night curfew in Odisha on Dec 31 Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has imposed a night curfew from 10 pm on Thursday to avoid large gatherings during the New Year celebrations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said.

CAL 1 YEAR-ASSAM 2020: A year of raging pandemic, gas spill, floods, massive protests for Assam Guwahati: Assam had little luck escaping the ravages of COVID-19 in a year filled with myriad developments for the northeastern state from aggressive protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and birth of new political parties to a major industrial disaster.

CAL 3 YEAR-WEST BENGAL 2020: A year of political turbulence, pandemic, natural calamity for Bengal Kolkata: Notwithstanding the surge in COVID-19 cases and a super cyclone that left a trail of destruction in its wake, West Bengal's political cauldron was on the boil through 2020, with the ruling TMC and BJP crossing swords at the drop of a hat, stoking tension and triggering clashes.

CES 1 JH-VIRUS-CASES Jharkhand reports 223 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths Ranchi: Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,14,873 as 223 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said on Thursday.

CES 5 YEAR-JHARKHAND Jharkhand witnesses spiralling rape incidents, battles COVID and migrant crises in 2020 Ranchi: Amid allegations of worsening law and order situation, particuarly incidents of rape, the JMM-Congress-RJD government in Jharkhand led by Hemant Soren completed one year in office, as the state battled the COVID- 19 pandemic and a massive migrant crisis in 2020.

CES 7 WB-CBI-RAID CBI raids 2 Kolkata premises in cattle smuggling case Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday raided two Kolkata premises of a person in connection with a cattle smuggling case along the India-Bangladesh border.

CES 8 WB-NEW YEAR- CURFEW No night curfew in Bengal on New Year's eve: Chief Secy Kolkata: Night curfew will not be imposed in West Bengal on New Year's eve as the situation is not that adverse, a senior official has said.

CES 9 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports 315 new COVID-19 cases, 2 fresh fatalities Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 3,29,621 on Thursday as 315 more people tested positive for the infection, while two fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,873, a health official said. PTI RG RG