Kolkata, Mar 21 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 12 AS-PM Modi attacks Cong at Assam poll rally, says NDA ensured peace and development Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of giving 'false guarantees' when it was in power at the centre and also in Assam at the same time earlier, and failed to provide security and stability in the northeastern state.

CAL 15 WB-POLL-SHAH Shah slams Mamata's 'appeasement politics', says no curb to be imposed on festivals if BJP wins polls Egra: Asserting that the BJP does not believe in vote-bank politics, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in a dig at TMC chief Mamata Banerjee over her 'appeasement policies', said on Sunday that his party, if elected to power, will ensure no one imposes any curb on religious practices.

CAL 17 WB-SISIR-LD BJP TMC MP Sisir Adhikari joins BJP at Amit Shah's rally Egra: Veteran TMC MP Sisir Adhikari - father of BJP heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari - joined the BJP here on Sunday in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other senior leaders of the party.

CAL 20 AS-POLL-PRIYANKA Priyanka attacks Modi on lack of empathy for Assam Jorhat: Launching a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday alleged he is sad about a tweet by a 22-year-old woman but not for the flood-ravaged people of Assam.

CAL 3 WB-POLL-BJP-PROFILE BJP at a 'striking distance' of fulfilling a long- cherished dream Kolkata: Riding on anti-incumbency and identity politics, BJP is sniffing a chance to capture the 'final frontier' and fulfil its long-cherished dream of coming to power in West Bengal, after being on the sidelines of its politics for decades.

CAL 16 OD-PREZ-NIT Prez calls for greater participation of women in science & technology Rourkela: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday called for enhanced participation of women in the field of science and technology.

CAL 19 BH-RAVISHANKAR-MAHARASHTRA Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tears into Maha govt over Sachin Waze episode Patna: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday called for a 'fair and impartial probe by an outside agency' into the controversy surrounding Mumbai policeman Sachin Waze and his alleged patronisation by top leaders of the ruling Shiv Sena-NCP combine in Maharashtra.

CAL 32 WB-POLL-LD MAMATA Mamata calls herself 'donkey' for not recognising 'true face' of Adhikari family Kanthi Dakshin: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday blamed herself for not recognising the 'true face' of the influential Adhikari family of Purba Medinipur district and called herself a 'big donkey' for being unable to do so.

CAL 23 MZ-CM-MYANMAR Mizoram CM holds meeting with Myanmar's foreign minister over situation amid coup Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Sunday held a meeting with Myanmar's Foreign Minister Zin Mar Aung on the current political situation and the hardships being faced by the Zo ethnic people in the neighbouring country, officials said.

CAL 26 AN-VIRUS-CONTROL Pandemic under check in Andamans as tourists required to furnish COVID negative reports to enter archipelago: Official Port Blair: The coronavirus pandemic is under control in Andaman and Nicobar Islands as tourists are required to furnish COVID negative reports from their respective states or Union territories to enter the archipelago, a senior health official said on Sunday. PTI RG RG