Kolkata, Jun 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

CAL 3 AS-VIRUS-CASES 133 more test positive for COVID-19 in Assam, total 5,388 Guwahati: A total of 133 more people tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the tally in the state to 5,388, Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

CAL 4 OD-VIRUS-LD CASES Highest single-day spike of 304 COVID-19 cases in Odisha; 2 more deaths Bhubaneswar: Odisha's coronavirus tally reached 5,160 on Sunday with 304 people testing positive in the last 24 hours, while two more deaths pushed the toll to 14, a health department official said.

CES 3 AS-ORCHID-COMPETITION Online orchid competition to create awareness Silapathar: At a time when the country is fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orchid Society of Assam (OSA) is geared up for a different battle -- to create awareness and stop illegal trading of the exotic plants through a national level online competition.

CES 4 OD-RATH YATRA-LD ARTISANS Chariot artisans shed tears after Puri Rath Yatra stayed Puri: The news that the Lord Jagannath's Rath Yatra here will not be held this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic has left multitude of artisans connected to the construction of the grand chariots for the world famous festivals of Hindus in tears.

CES 5 OD-SKEHHAWAT-JJM Union Minister expresses concern over slow progress of Jal Jeevan Mission in Odisha Bhubaneswar: Voicing concern over tardy progress of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) in Odisha, Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has asked the state government to ensure expeditious implementation of the programme for which the Centre has approved Rs 812 crore this year.

CES 6 WB-VIRUS-RATH YATRA Rath Yatra to be held without pomp and splendour in Bengal this year Kolkata: The Rath Yatra is set to be a low-key affair in West Bengal this year, as several organising committees of the annual car festival have called off festivities to avoid public gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

CES 7 OD- YOGA Yoga, India's divine gift to human civilisation: Odisha governor Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal on Sunday said Yoga is a divine gift of India to the human civilisation while residents of the state performed 'asanas' staying at home and on digital media platforms, on the International Day of Yoga.

CES 8 BH-YOGA Yoga boosts immunity required for fighting COVID-19: Sushil Kumar Modi Patna/Munger: Yoga helps to enhance the immunity of an individual which is required to fight against COVID-19, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on the International Day of Yoga on Sunday. PTI RG RG