Kolkata, May 25 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 9 CYCLONE-LD-YAAS Bengal, Odisha evacuate lakhs of people to safety as 'Yaas' nears coast Bhubaneswar/Kolkata/Ranchi: West Bengal and Odisha have evacuated lakhs of people from vulnerable areas to safety as severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' is nearing the coast and is expected to make landfall near Dhamra Port in Bhadrak district early on Wednesday morning.

CAL 8 AS-AKHIL-OPPOSITION Opposition terms Assam CM remark on Gogoi's health condition inappropriate, insulting Guwahati: The Congress and the Raijor Dal of Akhil Gogoi on Tuesday separately described the statement of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in the assembly that the jailed anti-CAA activist and MLA is a patient of mental disease as 'highly inappropriate' and 'insulting'.

CAL 10 AR-YOUTUBER-ARREST YouTuber arrested in Punjab for racial slur on Arunachal MLA Itanagar: Punjab Police on Tuesday arrested YouTuber Paras Singh after a case was registered against him for allegedly making a racial slur against Arunachal Pradesh MLA Ninong Ering, a senior police officer said here.

CAL 11 WB-FREE BANGLADESH RADIO 50 years on, B'desh remembers Kolkata radio station which gave them hope during liberation war Kolkata: A two-storied non-descript house at 57/8 Ballygunge Circular Road, a stones throw away from the Tripura royal palace in the heart of this city, stands mute witness to an operation in the run up to the 1971 war which gave the Bangladesh government-in-exile a radio station to broadcast 'hope' to its beleaguered people facing genocide by the Pakistan Army.

CAL 12 AS-VIRUS-HIMANTA Himanta takes stock of COVID situation in Assam-West Bengal border areas Dhubri/Srirampur: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday visited the Assam-West Bengal interstate border at Chagolia in Dhubri and Srirampur in Kokrajhar district to review COVID-19 testing and screening of passengers entering the state.

CAL 13 AS-VACCINE-FAKE NEWS Post attributed to French Nobel winner on Covid vaccine fake: Assam Police Guwahati: Assam Police on Tuesday described as 'fake news' a viral post attributed to a French Nobel Laureate about Covid-19 vaccines and urged people not to forward it.

CAL 14 WB-MAMATA-TORNADO 2 electrocuted to death, 80 houses damaged as 'tornado' hits Bengal districts Kolkata: At least two persons were electrocuted to death and around 80 houses partly damaged after a storm, which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described as a 'tornado', hit Hooghly and North 24 Parganas districts on Tuesday.

CAL 15 CYCLONE - JHARKHAND Jharkhand evacuation operations on in districts like East Singhbhum in view of severe cyclonic storm Yaas Ranchi: Jharkhand on high alert over severe cyclonic storm 'Yaas' has evacuated people from vulnerable areas in East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and other districts bordering West Bengal and Odisha to safer places while the operation is going on to deal with the crisis, a top official said.

CAL 16 OD-CYCLONE-MANGROVE Odisha people pin hopes on mangrove forest to get saved from Cyclone Yaas Kendrapara: After it was known that Cyclone Yaas will hit Bhitarkania National Park in Kendrapara district close to Dhamra port in Odisha, local people exude optimism that the rich mangrove forest cover along the wetland sites of the park would again turn into a saviour for them. PTI RG RG

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