Kolkatat, Jun 30 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

CAL 1 OD-VIRUS-CASES COVID-19 death toll rises to 25 in Odisha Bhubaneswar: Odisha reported two more COVID-19 fatalities on Tuesday, taking the death toll due to the disease to 25 in the state, while the number of cases crossed the 7,000-mark with 206 fresh ones, a health department official said.

CAL 2 OD-LOCKDOWN-LIQUOR Odisha allows counter sale of liquor from Wednesday Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government will allow over- the-counter sale of liquor from Wednesday after more than three months, and one needs to book a time-slot through an online system for buying alcoholic beverages from the outlets.

CAL 3 BH-VIRUS-WEDDING INFECTION CHAIN Wedding ceremony sets off biggest COVID-19 infection chain in Bihar Patna: A wedding ceremony in rural Patna a fortnight ago where the groom was running high fever, two days before he died and his body cremated without being tested for COVID 19, appears to have set off the biggest infection chain in Bihar so far, health department officials said on Tuesday.

CAL 4 OD-VIRUS-BSF 29 more BSF jawans test positive for COVID-19 in Odisha Bhubaneswar: Twenty-nine more BSF jawans have tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha's Maoist-hit Malkangiri district, a senior official said on Tuesday.

CAL 5 WB-MEGHWAL-VIRTUAL RALLY India set to become a major power with PM's 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' mission: Meghwal Kolkata: Asserting that 2020 will be a turning point for India, Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' (self- reliant) mission will give the country the much-needed thrust to become a major power in the world.

CES 2 WB-VIRUS-SYLLABUS West Bengal mulling introduction of chapter on coronavirus in school curriculum Kolkata: In a bid to make students aware of COVID-19, the West Bengal education department is considering introducing a chapter on the deadly virus in the school curriculum from 2021, an official said on Tuesday.

CES 6 JH-ATHLETE-LD CM Athlete forced to sell vegetables in Jharkhand Ranchi: Budding athlete Geeta Kumari was forced to sell vegetables in the streets of Jharkhand's Ramgarh district to make ends meet.

CES 7 WB-COMMUTER-WOES Commuter woes continue as several private buses stay off roads Kolkata: Commuters in the city and suburbs had a tough time in reaching their destinations on Tuesday with sevearal private buses going off the roads demanding a fare hike in view of high fuel costs and restrictions on the number of passengers to mitigate COVID-19 risks. PTI RG RG