Kolkata, Jun 4 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 1 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports 7,729 new COVID cases, 39 more deaths Bhubaneswar: Odisha on Friday reported 7,729 new COVID-19 cases and 39 more deaths, a Health Department official said.

CAL 2 RAIL-TRAIN-SPARK Sparks in train wheels trigger panic among passengers Siliguri: Sparks were seen at the wheels of a train near Siliguri in north Bengal on Friday morning, triggering panic among the passengers, officials said.

CAL 3 OD-EXAM Odisha cancels class 12 board exams Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Friday announced the cancellation of the class 12 board examinations conducted by the Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE).

CAL 4 BH-BJP-MLC-SACKED BJP sacks its Bihar MLC whose utterances against Nitish could rock NDA boat Patna: The BJP on Friday sacked its recalcitrant Bihar MLC Tunnaji Pandey whose utterances against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar were putting a strain on the tenuous relations between the two alliance partners.

CAL 5 JH-MIGRANT-RETURN 36 Jharkhand tribal women stranded in Tamil Nadu to return home Ranchi: Thirty-six tribal women from Jharkhand who were stranded in Tamil Nadu due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown in the southern state will return to their home district of Dumka on Friday evening, a senior official said.

CES 6 TR-APPLE CULTIVATION Tripura man strikes gold with 'ber apple' cultivation, CM hails 'fancy' idea Agartala: Meet 32-year Bikramjit Chakma, who wants to cover the tropical hills of the northeastern state of Tripura with Kashmir's famed 'ber apples'. PTI RG RG

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