Kolkata, Feb 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 14 AS-LD PM Modi opens coffers for Assam before polls, says previous govts neglected development Dhemaji: Opening the coffers of his government for election-bound Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday slammed the successive Congress dispensations that ruled the country since Independence gor the 'neglect' of the state and the northeast for decades.

CAL 2 WB-CBI-COAL-RUJIRA Rujira responds to CBI notice, asks team to visit residence on Tuesday Kolkata: Rujira Banerjee, the wife of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, Monday responded to the CBI's summons in the alleged coal pilferage scam and asked the central agency to send its team to her residence for examination on Tuesday, officials said.

CAL 4 AS-BAGHEL-PM-SYNDICATE Clear stand on cow syndicate in Assam: Chhattisgarh CM tells PM Modi Guwahati: Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Assam, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday sought his response on allegations of an active cow syndicate in the state.

CAL 12 OD-RAPE-ARREST Prime accused in sensational Odisha gang-rape case nabbed after over two decades Bhubaneswar: The prime accused in the sensational gang-rape case involving the estranged wife of an IFS officer that led to the resignation of then Odisha chief minister JB Patnaik in 1999 was nabbed from Maharashtra, police said on Monday.

CAL 13 AS-CONG-CHHATTISGARH MODEL Cong adopting 'Chhattisgarh model' to regain power in Assam Guwahati: With Assam gearing up for an intense battle of votes in the upcoming Assembly elections, the opposition Congress has adopted the 'Chhattisgarh model of booth management' to reclaim power from the ruling BJP-led alliance.

CAL 15 WB-EC-VISIT EC official in Bengal on Friday, likely to issue guideline for central forces deployment Kolkata: Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain, who is in charge of West Bengal, will be visiting the state on Friday to oversee the preparedness for the upcoming assembly elections, officials said.

CAL 18 WB-CBI-LD GAMBHIR CBI examines Abhishek's sister-in-law in coal theft case Kolkata: A team of CBI visited the residence of TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee's sister-in-law Menaka Gambhir in Kolkata on Monday to examine her in connection with the coal pilferage case, officials said. PTI RG RG