Kolkata, Jun 9 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 1 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports 6,019 new COVID-19 cases, 43 more deaths Bhubaneswar: Odisha reported 6,019 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 43 more deaths, a Health Department official said.

CAL 2 WB-BUDDHADEB Buddhadeb, wife discharged from Kolkata nursing home Kolkata: Former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was on Wednesday discharged from a nursing home in Kolkata where he was undergoing treatment for post-COVID ailments, doctors said.

CAL 3 WB-FARMERS-MAMATA Farmer leaders to meet Mamata to elicit support for stir Kolkata: Farmer leaders led by Rakesh Tikait and Yudhvir Singh of the Bharatiya Kisan Union will be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday to elicit her support for the ongoing farmers' stir against the new agriculture laws and for a Minimum Support Price for farm produce.

CAL 4 AR-VACCINE-FREE RICE Arunachal villagers lap up offer of free rice in return for Covid jabs Itanagar: Free rice in return for a COVID-19 jab, and as much as 20 kg.

CAL 5 WB-HIGH TIDE-EVACUATION 4,000 people evacuated from Yaas-hit Bengal islands after high tide warning Kolkata: More than 4,000 inhabitants of cyclone Yaas- hit Mousuni and Ghoramara islands in West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district have been evacuated to safety following warning of new moon high tides on June 11 and June 26, a state minister said on Wednesday.

CAL 7 JH-LOCKDOWN-EXTENSION J'khand extends lockdown-like restrictions till June 16 Ranchi: The Jharkhand government on Wednesday extended COVID-related lockdown-like restrictions till June 16 with some relaxations, an official said.

CES 4 JH-VIRUS-CASES Jharkhand reports 603 new COVID-19 cases, 13 more deaths Ranchi: Jharkhand reported 603 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 13 more deaths, as per a health bulletin said.