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

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CAL 9 BH-LD CABINET Nitish cabinet gets 17 new members, Shahnawaz among those from BJP quota Patna: The much awaited expansion of the Nitish Kumar cabinet in Bihar took place on Tuesday with the induction of 17 members, including Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, the high-profile Muslim face of the BJP which walked away with the lions share.

CAL 10 WB-NADDA-TMC Bengal's culture under threat in Mamata's rule: Nadda Birbhum: BJP national president J P Nadda on Tuesday slammed the TMC for dividing communities by branding people as insiders and outsiders, and said the rich culture of West Bengal is under threat in Mamata Banerjee's rule.

CAL 11 WB-MAMATA-LD-RALLY Centre not disbursing funds under PM-Kisan scheme to Bengal farmers: Mamata Kalna: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre was not disbursing funds under the PM-Kisan scheme to peasants in the state despite the TMC administration having sent the verified names of farmers to it.

CES 1 JH-VIRUS-CASES 38 new cases push Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally to 1,19,055 Ranchi: Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,19,055 on Tuesday as 38 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

CES 6 MZ-ASSEMBLY-SESSION Mizoram Assembly Budget Session from Feb 23 Aizawl: The Budget session of Mizoram Assembly will be held from February 23 to March 17, an official said.

CES 10 AR-DRUG-LD-TEST Govt officials to undergo toxicology tests in drug- affected districts of Arunachal Itanagar: Amid reports of drug abuse by many government officials, the Arunachal Pradesh administration has decided to conduct toxicology tests on officials suspected to be addicted to drugs in the worst-affected districts of the state, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar has said.

CES 11 OD-VIRUS Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounts to 3,35,797, over 3.15 lakh inoculated Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 caseload climbed to 3,35,797 on Tuesday with 105 new infections, a health department official said. PTI RG RG