Kolkata, Nov 19 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 11 BH-MINISTER-RESIGN Bihar education minister resigns over corruption taint Patna: Bihar education minister Mewa Lal Chaudhary, whose appointment to the post had triggered a controversy on account of a corruption taint, on Thursday tendered his resignation, barely three days after being sworn in as a member of the Nitish Kumar cabinet.

CAL 9 WB-3RDLD-BLAST 5 killed, 5 critically injured in blast in Bengal plastic factory Malda: Five persons were killed and five others critically injured in a blast in a plastic factory in West Bengal's Malda district on Thursday, police said.

CAL 5 WB-GOVERNOR No sign of waning of political violence in West Bengal: Governor Kolkata: West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday said political killings are continuing unabated in the state, and the chief minister, chief secretary and the DGP have not issued any 'firm directive' to the police and administration to be 'politically neutral' despite his insistence.

CAL 6 WB-TMC-WORKER TMC worker stabbed, crude bombs hurled; BJP blamed for killing Barrackpore: A Trinamool Congress worker was allegedly killed in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas, police said on Thursday.

CAL 7 WB-HC-CHHATH Cal HC turns down Bengal govt plea, no Chhath Puja rituals at Subhas Sarobar Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday refused to allow Chhath Puja rituals at Subhas Sarobar in the eastern part of the city, rejecting a modification application by the West Bengal government.

CES 1 JH-VIRUS-CASES Jharkhand reports 251 new COVID-19 cases, 3 fresh fatalities Ranchi: Jharkhand's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,06,742 on Thursday as 251 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

CES 5 OD-PRADHAN-PATNAIK Pradhan urges Patnaik to take steps for resolving border disputes with neighbouring states Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take steps for resolution of long-standing border disputes with neighbouring states including Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal through bilateral talks without compromising Odisha's socio-economic interests.

CES 10 BH-MANJHi-PROTEM SPEAKER Jitan Ram Manjhi sworn in as pro-tem Speaker of Bihar assembly Patna: Former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi was on Thursday sworn in as the pro-tem Speaker of the state assembly, according to a communication issued by the Raj Bhavan.

CES 11 OD-CUSTODIAL-DEATH Two custodial death case in Odisha Bhubaneswar: Two alleged custodial death cases were reported from separate places of Odisha on Thursday prompting the state police to conduct post-mortems under the NHRC guidelines. PTI RG RG