Kolkata, May 1 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 1 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports record 10,413 new COVID cases, positivity rate at 21.93pc Bhubaneswar: The daily rise in COVID-19 cases in Odisha saw a major jump on Saturday as the state reported 10,413 new infections, an official said.

CAL 2 BH-VIRUS-MLC Bihar BJP MLC Hari Narayan Choudhary dies of COVID Patna: BJP MLC Hari Narayan Choudhary died of COVID-19 while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Patna, an official said on Saturday.

CAL 3 WB-COUNTING-ARRANGEMENTS 108 centres, 256 cos of central forces, strict COVID measures: All set for May 2 counting for Bengal polls Kolkata: The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting of votes on May 2 for the West Bengal assembly polls and put in place measures to ensure strict adherence to health safety protocols, amid a raging second wave of COVID-19, an official said on Saturday.

CAL 4 AS-VACCINATION COVID-19 vaccination drive for 18+ fails to take off in Assam Guwahati: The Assam government could not rollout the third phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive for people in the 18-44 age group on Saturday due to non-receipt of vaccine supply from the Centre, a top NHM official said here.

CAL 5 JH-VACCINE-SOREN J'khand fails to launch 3rd phase of vaccination drive for want of supply of additional vaccine stock Ranchi: Facing delay in vaccine supplies, Jharkhand which could not launch the inoculation drive for the people in the age-group of 18-44 years Saturday, has sought Centre's intervention for facilitating procurement of at least 50 lakh vaccine doses, Chief Minister Hemant Soren said.

CES 2 AR-VIRUS-CASES Arunachal reports 163 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 18,419 Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh reported 163 new COVID-19 cases, which pushed the tally in the northeastern state to 18,419, a health department official said on Saturday.

CES 3 AR-BIRD Rare white-bellied heron spotted in Arunachal Itanagar: The white-bellied heron, a rare and elusive bird, was spotted at Walong in the Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh, officials said on Saturday.

CES 4 JH-VIRUS-RS 5 DOCTOR Padma Shri 'Rs 5' Ranchi doctor rues crass commercialisation of medical services Ranchi: What can Rs 5 buy you in India? Perhaps not even a cup of tea at roadside kiosks that dot marketplaces, and definitely not medical treatment for hundreds of poor COVID-19 patients whose distressed cries for help are echoing in hospital corridors across the country. PTI RG RG