Kolkata, Nov 13 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 6 LDALL-NITISH Nitish meets Guv, tenders resignation, recommends dissolution of assembly Patna: Decks were cleared on Friday for the formation of a new government in Bihar with Nitish Kumar, who is set to return as the chief minister, handing over to Governor Phagu Chauhan the resignation of his ministry and the recommendation to dissolve the state assembly, officials said.

CAL 7 WB-LD GHOSH TMC BJP not in favour of Prez rule, not sure if violence and murders in Bengal will lead to it : Dilip Ghosh Kolkata: A day after stones were thrown at his convoy, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh Friday said though the party is not in favour of imposition of Article 356 and is confident of dislodging the TMC government in the 2021 state polls, it cannot be said now if the escalation in 'violence and murders' will eventually lead to such a situation.

CAL 8 DEF-MISSILE QRSAM achieves major milestone, hits pilotless target aircraft Balasore: Indias Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system achieved a major milestone on Friday by directly hitting a pilotless target aircraft (PTA) at medium range and medium altitude after being launched from a base in Odisha, defence sources said.

CES 13 MZ-VIRUS-CASES 67 new COVID-19 cases in Mizoram; tally rises to 3,309 Aizawl: Mizoram on Friday reported 67 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the state's tally to 3,309, an official statement said.

CES 15 OD-MAN-PAKISTAN-RETURN Tribal man returns to Odisha village after spending 20-years in Pakistan jail Rourkela: Fifty-year-old tribal man Birju Kulu's joy knew no bounds when he was accorded a grand welcome on return to his remote village in Odisha on Friday after spending 20 years in a jail in Pakistan.

CES 16 BH-PCB-FIRECRACKERS Bihar State Pollution Control Board orders complete ban on firecrackers in 3 cities Patna: The Bihar State Pollution Control Board on Friday put a complete ban on sale or use of firecrackers in Patna, Muzaffarpur and Gaya, abiding by the National Green Tribunals (NGT) directive for maintaining ambient air quality in all cities and towns where it was 'poor or worse' in November last.

CES 17 WB-WBPCB-FIRECRACKERS-BAN WBPCB appeals to public to refrain from sale & bursting of firecrackers Kolkata: The West Bengal Pollution Control Board has issued an appeal to public to refrain from sale and bursting of firecrackers during the festive season from Kalipuja to Chhat in view of COVID-19 situation and said those flouting the ban will be prosecuted as per law. PTI RG RG