Kolkata, Nov 3 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 20 BH-POLL-2ND LD TURNOUT Bihar records over 51 per cent polling till 5 pm Patna: Over 51 per cent of the total 2.85 crore electors in 94 constituencies of Bihar exercised their franchise till 5 pm in the second phase of voting on Tuesday, according to Election Commission data.

CAL 22 BH-POLL-3RD LD PM-RALLY Modi mocks Cong's contracting clout in Parliament, says people punishing it for false promises Forbesganj/Saharsa: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday mocked the Congress for its shrinking numbers in the two Houses of Parliament which have dropped below 100, claiming people were punishing the party for its false promises of poverty eradication and farm loan waiver.

CAL 23 BH-POLL-NITISH-ONIONS Onions thrown towards Nitish at poll rally in Madhubani Madhubani: Onions were flung towards Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by some protestors while he was addressing a public meeting in Madhubani for the third phase of the assembly elections.

CAL 25 WB-VIRUS-SITUATION COVID-19 situation improving in Bengal, says chief secretary Kolkata: On a day the Centre said that West Bengal is one of the four states that have shown an increase in the number of coronavirus infections in the past one month, the state government claimed that the situation is improving.

CAL 26 WB-VIRUS-FIRECRACKERS Bengal govt not to allow bursting of firecrackers during Kali puja, Diwali in COVID time Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Tuesday said that it will not allow bursting of firecrackers during the upcoming Kali Puja and Diwali festivals in order to check air pollution which is hazardous for COVID-19 patients.

CAL 28 BH-POLL-JD(U)-MEMORANDUM JD(U) submits memorandum to EC against Tejashwi,Tej Pratap Patna: The ruling JD(U) on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission demanding registration of an FIR and cancellation of nominations of Tejashwi Yadav and his brother Tej Pratap Yadav for allegedly concealing information about some properties in their election affidavits.

CAL 29 WB-VIRUS-CASES Bengal's COVID death toll crosses 7,000-mark with 56 new fatalities Kolkata: The COVID-19 death toll in West Bengal crossed the 7,000-mark to reach 7,013 on Tuesday after 56 more people succumbed to the disease, the health department said in a bulletin.

CES 29 JH-BYPOLL-3RDLD TURNOUT Jharkhand bypolls: 62.46 polling in two assembly seats Dumka/Bokaro: Around 62.46 per cent of total 5.63 lakh voters cast their ballots in the by-elections to two assembly seats in Jharkhand on Tuesday amidst tight security and strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, election officials said.

CES 34 NL-BYPOLL-3RDLD-TURNOUT 87.1 per cent polling in Nagaland Assembly bypolls Kohima: Around 87.1 per cent of the total 43,242 voters exercised their franchise in the by-election to two assembly seats in Nagaland on Tuesday amidst tight security measures and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocol, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha said.

CES 35 OD-LD ALL BYPOLL Odisha bypolls: 70.45 pc voting in two assembly seats Bhubaneswar: Over 70 per cent of total 4.67 lakh voters exercised their franchise in by-elections to two assembly seats in Odisha on Tuesday amidst tight security and strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, an election official said. PTI RG RG