Kolkata, Mar 13 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 7 WB-YASHWAT SINHA-LD TMC Former union minister Yashwant Sinha joins TMC, says democracy is in peril Kolkata: Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, a bitter critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi regime, on Saturday joined Trinamool Congress days ahead of the high- octane West Bengal assembly polls.

CAL 8 AS-POLL-LD SMRITI IRANI Cong most corrupt party;North-East got its respect only after advent of Modi govt in 2014:Smriti Irani Mariani: Union Textiles minister Smriti Zubin Irani on Saturday described Congress as the 'most corrupt party' and appealed to the people to vote for the BJP to continue to avail benefits of various central and state schemes.

CAL 9 AS-POLL-SMRITI IRANI-RALLY Congress only showed dreams of development in Assam; promises fulfilled by PM Modi: Irani Sivasagar: Union minister and senior BJP leader Smriti Zubin Irani said here on Saturday the opposition Congress only showed dreams of development during its regime in Assam, but the promises were fulfilled after the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power at the Centre.

CAL 6 WB-MAMATA-REPORT ECI finds Bengal govt report on Mamata 'attack' sketchy, asks chief secy to elaborate Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has found the report submitted by the West Bengal government on the alleged attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram on March 10 as 'sketchy' and asked Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to elaborate it, a poll official said on Saturday.

CAL 1 WB-COAL SCAM-ARREST Coal scam: Bengal CID arrests close aide of prime accused Lala Kolkata: The West Bengal CID has arrested a close aide of multi-crore coal scam prime accused Arup Majhi alias Lala from Andal in Paschim Barddhaman district, an officer of the state investigating agency said on Saturday.

CES 4 OD-ASSEMBLY-RUCKUS Pandemonium in Odisha Assembly over paddy 'mismanagement', BJP MLA's attempted suicide Bhubaneswar: Pandemonium was witnessed in Odisha Assembly on Saturday as both opposition and ruling party MLAs including ministers trooped down to the well, with the Congress and BJP legislators demanding that the government immediately lift paddy from mandis and the BJD lawmakers seeking an apology from a BJP member for attempting to commit suicide in the House on the previous day.

CES 5 OD-PREZ VISIT Prez Kovind to visit Odisha next week, attend convocation at NIT Rourkela Bhubaneswar: President Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to undertake a two-day visit to Odisha next week during which he will attend the convocation ceremony at NIT Rourkela as the chief guest, official sources said.

CES 6 TR-COUNCIL POLL Tripura poll panel defers tribal council election to April 6 Agartala: The state election commission has deferred a Tripura district council poll by two days to April 6, following objections by some political parties and a body of the Christian community to the earlier date which coincided with Easter Sunday.

CES 8 BH-ASSEMBLY-TURMOIL Turmoil in Bihar assembly over opposition allegation against minister Patna: The Bihar assembly plunged into turmoil on Saturday when the opposition sought to raise the issue of alleged involvement of revenue and land reforms minister Ram Surat Rai in illicit liquor trade, forcing adjournment of the House around noon till lunch. PTI RG RG