Kolkata, Jun 29 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

CAL 4 WB-LOCKDOWN-CHILD MARRIAGE No let-up in child marriages in West Bengal amid lockdown; over 500 cases reported since mid-March Kolkata: Over 500 cases of child marriage were reported in West Bengal since mid-March when the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown was imposed, officials said, claiming that in most cases, underage girls were married off by families who lost their earnings due to the shutdown.

CAL 5 BH-COUNCIL-ELECTED Bihar Vidhan Parishad polls: All nine candidates declared elected unopposed Patna: All nine candidates in the fray for the Bihar Legislative Council polls were declared elected unopposed on Monday, the last day for withdrawal of nominations, an official said.

CAL 6 NL-LOCKDOWN-EXTEND Nagaland govt extends lockdown till July 15 Kohima: The Nagaland government on Monday extended the lockdown in the state till July 15 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, a government spokesperson said.

CAL 8 NL-VIRUS-CASES 36 new COVID-19 cases in Nagaland, tally rises to 451 Kohima: Nagaland on Monday reported 36 new COVID-19 cases, including that of 18 army personnel, taking the northeast state's tally to 451, Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom said.

CAL 9 WB-LD METRO Mamata asks metro authorities to resume operations at the earliest Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged the Kolkata Metro authorities to resume operations in a limited manner at the earliest, as she said the state chief secretary will soon speak to chairman of the Railway Board on the issue.

CAL 11 WB-SITHARAMAN-MITRA Mitra denies Sitharaman's claims; says West Bengal gave migrants data to Centre Kolkata: Rejecting Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman's claims that West Bengal did not provide data on migrant workers to the Centre, senior state minister Amit Mitra on Monday said the government had sent the required information the day it was sought.

CAL 12 WB-VIRUS-CASES Highest single-day spike of 624 COVID-19 cases in West Bengal; 14 more die Kolkata: West Bengal on Monday recorded the highest one-day spike in COVID-19 cases with 624 new infections, taking the state's tally to 17,907, while 14 more people succumbed to the disease raising the death toll to 653, a health bulletin said.

CES 5 OD-VIRUS-MEDICINES Odisha receives first consignment of Remdesivir and Favipiravir medicines Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday received the first consignment of Remdesivir and Favipiravir medicines for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the state.

CES 18 WB-MIGRANTS-BUSES WB Jute mills sending buses to bring back migrant workers from neighbouring states Kolkata: With the state government allowing 100 per cent attendance in factories since beginning of the June, manufacturing units related to hosiery and real estate are running to their capacity, but those dealing with jute and transport sectors are battling labour shortage due to absence of migrant labourers. PTI RG RG