Kolkata, Mar 1 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 5 pm.

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CAL 1 AS-PRIYANKA Priyanka begins 2-day Assam visit by offering prayers at Kamakhya Guwahati: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra began her two-day visit to poll-bound Assam on Monday by offering prayers at the famed Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati.

CAL 2 WB-ISF-CONG-CLAIM Senior Cong leader acting as stooge of TMC, BJP, claims ISF chief Abbas Siddiqui Kolkata: A day after issuing a veiled threat to the Congress, ISF chief Abbas Siddiqui on Monday said a senior leader of that party is in touch with both the ruling TMC and the BJP, and might switch over to one of the camps depending on results of the assembly polls.

CAL 3 OD-PATNAIK-VACCINE Patnaik receives first jab of Covaxin Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine as the state government launched the third phase of the inoculation drive for elderly people and those with comorbidities in the age group of 45-59, officials said.

CAL 4 BH-NITISH-VACCINE Nitish gets COVID 19 vaccine; urges people of Bihar to follow suit Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday received the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine here and urged people of the state to get themselves inoculated, reaffirming his governments decision to provide the jabs free of cost, including at private facilities.

CAL 5 WB-MAMATA-TEJASHWI RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav meets Mamata amid speculation of tie-up Kolkata: Amid speculation of a tie-up with the Trinamool Congress for the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Monday met TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee.

CES 5 AR-VIRUS Arunachal remains coronavirus-free for second day, over 32,000 inoculated Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh remained a coronavirus- free state for the second consecutive day, as no positive case was reported in the past 24 hours, a senior health official said on Monday.

CES 6 BH-NITISH-BIRTHDAY Modi greets Nitish on 70th birthday Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended birthday greetings to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who turned 70 on Monday.

CES 7 WB-CONGRESS-OBSERVERS AICC appoints 28 observers for poll-bound Bengal Kolkata: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has appointed 28 observers for poll-bound West Bengal, a senior leader said on Monday.

CES 8 WB-BJP-COPS BJP leaders write to Kolkata police commissioner, allege foul play by cops to enable proxy voting Kolkata: A BJP delegation on Monday wrote to Kolkata Police Commissioner Soumen Mitra alleging that an illegal exercise was being carried out in the force to 'enable collection of postal ballot and effect proxy votes' during assembly elections, set to begin on March 27. PTI RG RG