Kolkata, May 1 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 12 AS-COUNTING-ARRANGEMENTS Stage set for counting of votes in Assam with strict adherence to Covid safety protocols Guwahati: The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting of votes on May 2 for the Assam assembly polls by putting in place measures to ensure strict adherence to health protocols, as it is taking place amid a raging second wave of COVID-19, an official said on Saturday.

CAL 13 WB-VIRUS-RESTRICTIONS Bengal restricts number of invitees to weddings to 50 as COVID cases rise Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Saturday restricted the number of invitees to wedding ceremonies and family gatherings to 50 to check the surge in coronavirus cases, an official said.

CAL 15 BH-LD CHIEF SECRETARY Tripurari Sharan named new Bihar Chief Secretary; tenure to end in June last Patna: Senior IAS officer Tripurari Sharan was on Saturday named as the new Chief Secretary of Bihar, but his tenure will be for a brief period of two months only, according to a government notification.

CAL 16 WB-VIRUS-CASES Bengal's single-day Covid toll crosses 100-mark; 17,512 new cases reported Kolkata: West Bengal on Saturday reported the highest one-day COVID-19 deaths with 103 people succumbing to the infection, the health department said in a bulletin.

CAL 17 OD-VACCINATION Odisha conducts 'symbolic dry run' of Covid vaccination drive for 18+ Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Saturday conducted a 'symbolic dry run' of the COVID-19 vaccination drive for people in the age group of 18-44 years, ahead of its formal launch on May 3, an official said.

CAL 18 JH-VACCINE-LD SOREN J'khand blames Centre authorised bodies for not making shots available;puts off 18+ vaccine roll out for now Ranchi: Blaming organisations authorised by the Centre for not making available vaccines, Jharkhand on Saturday put off the 18 plus anti-COVID jab for now and said it will announce the fresh dates for vaccination once it is available. PTI RG RG