Kolkata, Apr 20 (PTI) Following are the top stories of the Eastern Region at 9 pm.

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CAL 15 WB-TMC-CEO TMC urges Bengal CEO to club last three phases of polls amid COVID-19 crisis Kolkata: The TMC, which had been seeking a merger of the last three phases of assembly elections, shot off a letter to Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab on Tuesday, urging him to consider the party's request amid the steep hike in COVID- 19 cases.

CAL 16 TR-BRU-REHABILITATION Tripura: Bru people start leaving relief camp after 2 decades to set up new homes Agartala: Over 400 Bru people left a relief camp in Tripura, which they knew as their home for over two decades, on Monday for a place around 100 km away to set up houses on land provided by the government as a measure to permanently solve the problem of the community.

CAL 17 WB-POLL-LD MAMATA Mamata accuses PM of allowing open market sale of vaccines after depleting stocks through gifts abroad Bhagawangola/Sagardighi/Farakka: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has allowed open market sales of coronavirus vaccines after shipments made by him to foreign shores have depleted stocks in India.

CAL 18 AS-VIRUS-LD GUIDELINES Assam issues guidelines to check spread of coronavirus Guwahati: In view of spiraling COVID-19 cases in Assam, the state government on Tuesday ordered to shut all markets and shops y 6 pm and permitted 50 per cent of non- officer staff to work from home in the districts where there are 100 active cases or more.

CAL 19 WB-HAKIM-CONTROVERSY Controversy erupts after Hakim heard verbally abusing CISF, BJP in purported video Kolkata: West Bengal minister and former Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim courted a controversy on Tuesday after a purported video clip, in which he was heard verbally abusing central forces and the BJP, went viral on social media.

CES 10 JH-VIRUS-CASES 46 fresh COVID deaths reported in Jharkhand, Ranchi witnesses maximum fatalities and positive cases Ranchi: With 46 new fatalities, the death toll due to coronavirusrose to 1502 in Jharkhand on Tuesday, while 4401 fresh positive cases pushed the tally to 1,67,346, health department bulletin said.

CES 12 SK-VIRUS-SCHOOLS-CM All educational institutions in Sikkim to remain closed till April 30: CM Gangtok: Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang said on Tuesday that all educational institutions in the state will remain closed till April 30 to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases. PTI RG RG