Kolkata, May 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 9.15 pm.

CAL 26 CYCLONE-LDALL PM Modi applies Rs 1,500 crore balm to cyclone-scarred Bengal, Odisha Kolkata/Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced an interim assistance of Rs 1,500 crore for West Bengal and Odisha after reviewing the situation caused by cyclone 'Amphan' that claimed 80 lives, lay waste to standing crops in thousands of hectares, and ruined infrastructure.

CAL 27 AS-VIRUS-2NDLD CASES 20 new COVID-19 cases in Assam; total rises to 230 Guwahati: Twenty more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam, taking the total number of cases to 230, state Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday.

CAL 28 WB-2NDLD CYCLONE PM takes stock of cyclone-ravaged West Bengal, announces Rs 1,000-cr aid; death toll jumps to 80 Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flew down to Kolkata to take stock of the situation in large swathes of West Bengal that were decimated by cyclone 'Amphan' and announced an advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for restoration work, as the death toll due to the natural calamity mounted to 80.

CAL 29 JH-VIRUS-CASES 5 more test positive for COVID-19 in Jharkhand, total 308 Ranchi: Five more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Jharkhand on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 308, a senior health department official said here.

CES 11 WB-VIRUS-RESEARCHER COVID-19 cases to peak in country between June 21-28: Study Kolkata: India may witness COVID-19 cases peaking between June 21 and 28 with maximum daily positive cases to be around 7,000-7,500 in this period, a study by a team of researchers said.

CES 14 WB-CYCLONE-COLLEGE STREET Cyclone Amphan inundates College Street, deals fresh blow to book business Kolkata: After cyclone Amphan lashed Kolkata bringing in heavy rain, water entered closed outlets of booksellers, publishers and binders of the historic College Street, and damaged printed books and pages ready for binding, causing losses to the tune of lakhs of rupees, an official said on Friday.

CES 15 WB-CYCLONE-PROTEST People in Kolkata stage protests, seeking restoration of power, water supply Kolkata: People in various parts of Kolkata staged protests on Friday demanding immediate resumption of power and water supply, two days after cyclone 'Amphan' ravaged West Bengal, snapping cables, uprooting trees and leaving behind a trail of destruction. PTI RG RG