Kolkata, Jul 11 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 8 AS-MZ-BORDER-BLAST Assam-Mizoram border row: two more blasts inside Mizoram Guwahati: A day after a suspected IED blast was carried out inside Cachar district of Assam allegedly by miscreants from Mizoram during an eviction drive, two back to back explosions took place on Sunday along the inter-state border on the side of the neighbouring state, a police source said.

CAL 9 TEA-EXPORT Indian tea exports likely to fall nearly 15 per cent in 2021 Guwahati: The tea industry is bracing for a decline in exports to the tune of 30-40 million kg this year as compared to 2020, due to the availability of low-cost varieties in the global market and amid trade restrictions in countries that have traditionally been strong importers, industry sources said.

CAL 10 WB-LD ARRESTS 37 held from top Kolkata hotel for partying amid COVID restrictions;hotel authorities booked Kolkata: At least 37 people, including 20 women, were arrested in the early hours of Sunday from a five star hotel in the city for partying in defiance of the ongoing restrictions to combat COVID-19 pandemic, an officer said.

CAL 11 WB-VIRUS-CASES Bengal logs 924 new COVID-19 cases, 13 more deaths Kolkata: The COVID-19 tally in West Bengal mounted to 15,12,129 on Sunday as 924 more people tested positive for the infection, while 13 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 17,916, a health department bulletin said.

CAL 12 AS-CONG-PM PM Modi should have diverted Central Vista money for Covid vaccines: Cong MP Guwahati: Rajya Sabha MP Shaktisinh Gohil on Sunday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 'failing' to divert government money to fight COVID-19, and instead, spending on the ambitious Central Vista project, which 'could have been stalled' for now.

CES 9 SK-VIRUS-CASES Sikkim reports 144 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths Gangtok: Sikkim's COVID-19 caseload jumped to 22,307 as 144 more people tested positive for the infection in the last 24 hours, while two new fatalities pushed the death toll to 315, a health department bulletin said on Sunday.

CES 10 WB-WEB SERIES-DUTT OTT platform is here to stay irrespective of Covid pandemic: filmmaker Anjan Dutt Kolkata: Debuting in web series as a director, national award-winning filmmaker Anjan Dutt on Sunday said that irrespective of COVID-19, the OTT platform is here to stay.

CES 12 AS-VIRUS-DRONE Assam CM tells officials to use drones in districts with high COVID-19 positivity rate Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday asked officials to deploy drones in nine districts of the state which have high COVID-19 positivity rates for monitoring locations where crowds tend to gather so that preventive measures can be taken. PTI RG RG

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