Kolkata, Nov 10 (PTI) Following are PTI's top storiesfrom the eastern region at 5.30 pm.

Kolkata, Nov 10 (PTI) Following are PTI's top storiesfrom the eastern region at 5.30 pm.

CAL1 AYODHYA-WB-BJP Ayodhya verdict to give BJP political heft in Bengal Kolkata: On the back foot since the NRC in Assam leftout over 12 lakh Hindus, mostly Bengalis, the Supreme Courtverdict on Ayodhya land dispute has provided the BJP in WestBengal fresh ammunition to polarise the state's electorateahead of the crucial 2021 assembly polls.

CAL3 WB-LD CYCLONE 7 killed as cyclone 'Bulbul' disrupts normal life inBengal Kolkata: Cyclone 'Bulbul', which barrelled through thecoastal districts of West Bengal before hurtling towardsBangladesh, claimed at least seven lives in different parts ofthe state, official reports said on Sunday.

CES2 AS-BOOK-BARKOTOKI Shisir Basumatari explores character of litterateurMunin Barkotoki in new graphic novel Guwahati: A character based on a famous litterateur ofAssam, Munin Barkotoki, serves as the background of a mysterygraphic novel, 'The Real Mr Barkotokoi', released at theongoing Northeast Book Fair.

CES3 BH-MANJHI Never talked of quitting Grand Alliance, says Manjhi Patna: Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) NationalPresident Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday asserted that he neversaid his party would pull out of the five-party Grand Alliancein Bihar.

CCM1 BIZ-SCI-DIVESTMENT Shipping ministry not opposed to SCI strategicdivestment: Secy Kolkata: The Shipping Ministry is not opposed tostrategic divestment of the Shipping Corporation of India(SCI), a top official said. PTIACD ACD