Kolkata, Nov 11 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 1 POLL-LDALL BIHAR NDA overcomes stiff challenge to retain power in Bihar Patna: Surmounting anti-incumbency of 15 years, a mutinous former ally, and a spirited challenge from a resurgent opposition that rose from its ashes like proverbial phoenix after the 2019 Lok Sabha poll debacle, Nitish Kumar- led NDA was back in power in Bihar on Wednesday with a slender majority.

CAL 4 WB-LOCAL TRAIN-LD-RESUMPTION Local train services resume in Bengal after over 7 months Kolkata: Suburban train services resumed in West Bengal on Wednesday after more than seven months, with authorities maintaining a strict vigil and passengers largely adhering to the COVID-19 protocol.

CAL 5 BH-NITISH-PROFILE Friendship stands Nitish in good stead, catapults him to office 4th term in row Patna: For close to 15 years, he ruled politically volatile Bihar with a paradoxical cocktail of stubborn ideology and pragmatic resilience, making friends with foes and foes with friends at will.

CAL 9 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports 1,220 new COVID-19 cases, 15 fresh fatalities Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 3,05,000 on Wednesday as 1,220 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

CAL 10 BIHAR-LD TEJASHWI-PROFILE Tejashwi Yadav: political novice who gave veterans a run for their money Patna: An avid cricketer whose career never really took off, a political greenhorn who got power on a silver platter but failed to keep it, a scion of Bihar's most powerful family who could not get past the 9th grade.

CAL 11 WB-BJP-POLL STRATEGY BJP gives 'finishing touches' to its Bengal assembly election strategy Kolkata: With lessons from Bihar, the BJP is giving 'finishing touches' to its strategy for the West Bengal assembly elections due in April-May next year, party sources said on Wednesday.

CAL 12 BH-CHIRAG-JD(U)-EMACIATED Wanted JD(U) 'emaciated', won't back Nitish: Chirag Paswan Patna: LJP leader Chirag Paswan on Wednesday defended his decision of fielding candidates against the JD(U) in large numbers in the Bihar assembly polls which hugely damaged its prospects, saying he wanted Nitish Kumar's party to be 'emaciated' and succeeded in the endeavour.

CES 7 OD-FISH-NUTRITION Odisha plans small fish in nutrition programme for children, pregnant woman Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government is planning to provide small fish to children under the age of six, pregnant and nursing women, and adolescent girls as part of the supplementary nutrition programme, officials said on Wednesday.

CES 9 AS-FIRECRACKERS-BAN Pollution Control Board orders firecracker ban in Guwahati Guwahati: The Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) has ordered a complete ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers in Guwahati till the end of this month, including on Diwali, to curb pollution amid the COVID-19 pandemic. PTI RG RG