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

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CAL 2 NL-NSCN(IM)-RAVI Naga peace talks back on table, statement made by Ravi in Assembly reckless: NSCN(IM) Kohima: Three weeks after Nagaland Governor and Centre's interlocutor for Naga peace talks R N Ravi said in the Assembly that political negotiations have concluded, the NSCN(IM) has claimed that his assertion was 'reckless' and talks are back on the table.

CAL 3 AS-POLL-CONG-RESERVATION Ahead of polls, Congress promises 50pc reservation for women in govt jobs in Assam Guwahati: The Congress said on Thursday that if the opposition 'Mahajot' or grand alliance is voted to power in Assam, it will ensure 50 per cent reservation for women in government jobs.

CAL 5 WB-BJP-INFIGHTING Rift between old-timers and new entrants cause of concern for Bengal BJP ahead of polls Kolkata: With Assembly polls just three weeks away, the BJP, amid an all-out effort to oust Mamata Banerjee from power in Bengal, is also struggling to keep its house in order, as old-timers and new entrants engage in feud over multiple issues, including ticket distribution.

CAL 6 WB-CBI-COAL CBI interrogates 3 railway officials in coal pilferage case Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday interrogated three railway officials of Asansol Division in connection with its probe into the multi-crore coal pilferage scam, sources said.

CAL 7 WB-BJP-SQUATS Former TMC leader does squats on stage after joining BJP Kolkata: In a curious gesture, a former Trinamool Congress leader did squats on stage moments after joining the BJP in Purbo Medinipur district on Thursday, describing the act as an attempt to 'atone past sins' during his tenure with the ruling party.

CAL 8 WB-MODI-BIOPIC Biopic on Narendra Modi Kolkata: A biopic inspired by the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi called 'Ek Aur Naren' will be made and will feature Gajendra Chauhan, who essayed the role of Yudhishthira in B R Chopra's mega TV serial on the epic Mahabharat, in the lead role.

CAL 9 WB-SHIV SENA -LD TMC After RJD and SP, Shiv Sena also prefers TMC to Cong in Bengal Kolkata: After Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Samajwadi Party (SP), the Shiv Sena on Thursday extended its support to the TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, and said it would not contest assembly elections in Bengal.

CES 4 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha logs 81 new COVID-19 cases, tally 3,37,529 Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 3,37,529 on Thursday after 81 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.

CES 5 WB-HOTEL-FIRE Fire at iconic Darjeeling hotel Darjeeling: A fire broke out at the iconic Shangri-la Regency hotel in Darjeeling on Thursday morning, police said.