Kolkata, Nov 6 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 2 OD-VIRUS-CASES Odisha reports 1,494 new COVID-19 cases, 15 more deaths Bhubaneswar: Odisha's COVID 19 tally on Friday rose to 2,98,768, with 1,494 more people testing positive for the infection, while 15 fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 1,393, a senior health department official said.

CAL 4 BH-POLL-CURTAIN RAISER Third and final phase of Bihar assembly elections on Saturday Patna: All eyes are now on the polling for third and final phase of assembly elections in Bihar scheduled Saturday in which stakes are quite high for the ruling NDA, trying to avert the anti-incumbency factor, and the opposition Grand Alliance led by an apparently resurgent RJD.

CAL 6 WB-SHAH-LD DAKSHINESWAR Appeasement politics hurting Bengal's glory: Shah Kolkata: Stressing that there was a need to restore West Bengal's 'lost glory', Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said the present 'appeasement politics' in the state has hurt its age-old tradition of upholding the nation's spiritual consciousness.

LGC 3 JH-LALU-FODDER-HC Lalu's bail hearing in Dumka treasury case deferred to Nov 27 Ranchi: The Jharkhand High Court on Friday deferred till November 27 RJD chief Lalu Prasad's bail plea hearing in a fodder scam case related to Dumka treasury, after the CBI sought time to file a written reply in the matter.

CES 1 JH-VIRUS-CASES No fresh COVID-19 fatality in Jharkhand, tally rises to 1,03,543 Ranchi: Jharkhand has not reported any fresh COVID-19 fatality in the past 24 hours, even as 355 fresh cases pushed the tally to 1,03,543, a health department official said on Friday.

CES 4 TR-ISRAEL AMBASSADOR Israel wants to share technology for development of India's north-east region: Ambassador Malka Agartala: Israel's Ambassador to India Ron Malka has said his country looks to strengthen ties with the northeastern states and wants to share technology to enhance the manufacturing capability of the region.

CES 6 OD-VIRUS-SCHOOLS Odisha puts on hold its decision to reopen schools in Nov Bhubaneswar: Apprehensive that a possible second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may hit the country mid-December, the Odisha government on Friday announced that it has put on hold its decision to reopen schools this month.

CES 7 WB-TMC-SHAH TMC slams Shah over appeasement remark, says communalism has no place in Bengal Kolkata: The TMC leadership on Friday slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah over his 'appeasement remark' and said communal politics has no place in Bengal. PTI SAL SAL