New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking to postpone the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M R Shah also refused to grant liberty to the petitioner to give representation to the Election Commission in this regard.

"We can't permit everybody to go to the Election Commission. We can only permit you to withdraw the petition," the bench said. The matter was then dismissed as withdrawn. The EC is set to announce the schedule for Bihar assembly elections on Friday.

The top court was hearing the plea filed by one Ajay Kumar who contended that the general assembly elections cannot be held smoothly due to the pandemic.

The plea sought to hold the Bihar Assembly elections till the situation becomes normal.

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Ashwath Narayan on Friday confirmed that the state government has decided to reopen Degree and Engineerng Colleges in the state from November 17.

He was speaking to media reporters after attending a meeting at the CM’s house office, chaired by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to discuss resumption of colleges in the state.

He added that in the first phase Degree, Engineering and Diploma Colleges will be resumed and attendance for the students will not be mandatory. Furthermore, the students will also have an option to attend classes online and not necessarily attend classes physically.