Kolkata, Jul 18 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 2 AS-CAG-PENSION CAG pulls up Assam govt on pension scheme for families of deceased staff Guwahati: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has asked the Assam government to review the Compassionate Family Pension (CFP) scheme as it not only defies legal principles but also has put an estimated additional financial burden of Rs 156.91 crore per annum on the state exchequer.

CAL 5 JH-GADGET BANK-POLICE Jharkhand police turn 'Good Samaritan', start gadget banks for poor students Ranchi: Jharkhand Police has turned good Samaritan by building up a bank of used mobiles and laptops for distribution among poor students who are using them to continue their studies during the pandemic restrictions.

CAL 7 WB-MAMATA-SPEECH Eye on 2024, TMC to air Mamata's Martyrs' Day speech in various languages across India Kolkata: With an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections after its landslide victory in this year's West Bengal assembly polls, the Trinamool Congress is planning to take the opportunity of its biggest annual event, the July 21 Martyrs' Day rally, to reach out to people across the country by telecasting party chief Mamata Banerjee's speech in various languages in different states.

CAL 8 WB-DR KADIMBINI-2ND LD TRIBUTE Tributes pour in for Kadambini Ganguly, one of India s first woman doctors on her 160th birth anniversary Kolkata: Tributes poured in for Kadambini Ganguly, one of Indias first two women doctors on Sunday, her 160th birth anniversary.

CAL 9 JH-MIGRANT WORKERS-BRO J'khand accuses BRO of flouting norms for hiring migrant workers from state Ranchi: Upset over reports of 'precarious living and working conditions' of migrant workers engaged by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in its projects in tough terrains, the Jharkhand government has accused the central entity of failing to comply with mutually agreed terms for employing labourers from the state.

CAL 10 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports 2,215 new COVID-19 cases, 66 fresh fatalities Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 tally soared to 9,54,326 on Sunday as 2,215 more people tested positive for the infection, while the state's coronavirus death toll crossed the 5,000-mark as 66 fresh fatalities were registered, a health official said.

CES 4 WB-COUPLE Bengal: Inter-faith couple forced to leave village, probe on Rampurhat: A newly-married inter-faith couple had to leave their village in West Bengal's Birbhum district and take shelter elsewhere after being allegedly threatened by the family of the woman.

CES 5 WB-DRUG-SEIZURE Kolkata Police STF arrests drug peddler, heroin worth Rs 26 crore seized Kolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested a drug peddler in the city and seized heroin worth nearly Rs 26 crore from his possession, a senior officer said on Sunday.

CES 8 WB-EROSION Ganga gobbles up Malda villages, many left homeless English Bazar: River Ganga went in around 300 metres, eroding the bank in West Bengal's Malda district, gobbling up houses, fields and mango orchards, officials said on Sunday.

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