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

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CAL 5 WB-MLA-SEAT-LD MAMATA Mamata likely to contest from Bhabanipur constituency, sitting MLA to vacate seat Kolkata: West Bengal agriculture minister and veteran TMC leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay vacated the Bhabanipur assembly seat on Friday, paving way for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest bypoll from her old bastion, party sources said.

CAL 1 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports highest single-day spike of 12,523 new COVID cases Bhubaneswar: Odisha on Friday reported the highest single-day spike of 12,523 new COVID-19 cases and a record 27 more deaths, a Health Department official said.

CAL 6 AS-ASSEMBLY-AKHIL Jailed MLA Akhil Gogoi turns into instant sensation at Assam assembly oath session Guwahati: As the newly elected Assam assembly convened on Friday, first time MLA Akhil Gogoi, who came for the swearing-in ceremony from prison with special permission from the courts, turned out to be a sensation with people including assembly staff rushing to take selfies with the jailed leader.

LGC 2 WB-HC-NARADA-HOUSE ARREST Cal HC orders house arrest of four leaders held in Narada case Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Friday ordered house arrest of four political leaders, including two Bengal ministers, who were held in the Narada sting tapes case earlier in the week.

CES 2 AR-VIRUS-CASES Arunachal reports 360 new COVID-19 cases Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh on Friday reported 360 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 23,159, a Health Department official said.

CES 5 WB-HOSPITAL-LD OXYGEN Oxygen leakage at Siliguri hospital triggers panic Siliguri: Oxygen leakage at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri triggered panic among COVID patients and their families on Friday morning, officials said.

CES 6 TR-JACKFRUIT-EXPORT Tripura set to export jackfruit to UK Agartala: After having successfully exported pineapples and lemons to the Middle East, Tripura will now be sending jackfruits to the United Kingdom, Phani Bhusan Jamatia, the director of the horticulture department, said on Friday.

CES 7 OD-VIRUS-LD MOHAPATRA Days after sculptor Raghunath's death, his two sons die of COVID Bhubaneswar: The two sons of eminent sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra died of COVID-19 within days of their father succumbing to the infection, family sources said on Friday. PTI RG RG

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