Kolkata, Jun 3 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

CAL 13 WB-MAMATA-MIGRANTS 8.5 lakh people brought back to Bengal so far: CM Mamata Banerjee Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday denied allegations that her government was not willing to bring back migrant workers, saying the state has so far brought back 8.5 lakh people from various parts of the country.

CAL 14 JH-ARCHER-ASSISTANCE Jharkhand's budding archer forced to sell vegetables for living; CM comes as messiah' Ranchi: Jharkhand's budding archer Soni Khatoon's dream to emulate her champion Deepika Kumari was shattered when her bow broke a couple of years ago, but an intervention by the state government has given her a chance to dream again.

CAL 15 WB-CONTAINMENT ZONE-LOCALS In changed protocol, locals may control containment zones in Bengal Kolkata: As the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in West Bengal with the return of migrants and as economic activities are resuming, the state government is planning to change the protocol of declaring a containment zone, and involve local people in policing an area, an official said on Wednesday.

CAL 16 WB-MAMATA-MANGROVE WB govt will plant 5 crore mangrove trees in Sunderbans: CM Kolkata: The West Bengal government will plant five crore mangrove trees within a month in the Sunderbans area which has been devastated by super cyclone Amphan, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Wednesday.

CAL 17 WB-DHANKHAR-LD VC Spoke to Mamata on pro-VC appointment, want issue to be resolved: Bengal governor Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who appeared headed for fresh acrimony with the state government after a controversy erupted over the appointment of two persons as the pro-VC of Burdwan University, on Wednesday said he had a telephonic conversation with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and that he wants to 'put a lid on the issue'.

CAL 18 AS-FLOOD Marginal improvement in Assam flood situation, death toll rises to 10 Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam improved marginally on Wednesday but one more person died, taking the death toll in the deluge to 10, officials said.

CES 16 WB-EXPORT-BANGLADESH Exports to Bangladesh set to resume through Bengal's Malda land port Kolkata: Exports to Bangladesh are set to resume via West Bengal's Malda district after traders agreed to a solution of creating a pool of drivers, who would work in batches to deliver consignments across the border and stay in an isolation centre after returning, an official said on Wednesday. PTI RG RG