New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court today dismissed the review petition which has been filed by ministers of six non-BJP states -- West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Maharashtra -- who have sought the postponement of the JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The ministers of the six states had claimed that the dreadful coronavirus is surging at an alarming rate and the JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams should be postponed in view of the health and safety of the candidates. 

Last week, the apex court had rejected a petition filed by some candidates to defer the JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams, saying "life cannot be stopped and the career of students cannot be put in jeopardy".

Here are the highlights of the day:

15:05 pm: The order in the review petition will be uploaded by the top court by evening

14:51 pm: The Supreme Court has dismissed the review plea filed by the ministers of six non-BJP ruled states

14:20 pm: "Hand sanitisers are being made available at the entrance of the examination centre and inside the exam hall at all times. The usual process of checking the admit cards of candidates has been replaced with barcode readers, which have been made available to the examination centre authorities," News18 quoted an NTA official as sayin

13:57 pm: The Supreme Court hearing has begun. The bench began in-chamber consideration at 1.30 pm

13:36 pm: The Supreme Court to shortly hear the review petition filed by ministers of six non-BJP ruled states

12:14 pm: The National Testing Agency (NTA), meanwhile, has said that it has taken several steps to ensure the safety of the students amid the coronavirus pandemic

11:43 am: The review petition will heard by a three-judge bench which will include Justices Ashok Bhushan, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari

10:57 am: According to News18 report, the hearing of the review petition will begin at 1.30 pm

10:35 am: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, has dismissed the claim that 75 per cent candidates appeared for the JEE Main exam on September 1

"Our students are in great trouble. So many of them were not able to attempt JEE. That's why we had requested the central government to appeal to the Supreme Court or review the matter again so that students are not deprived," India Today quoted Banerjee as saying 

10:09 am: According to Ministry of Education, 82.14 per cent appeared in JEE Main exam on Thursday and  81.08 per cent on Wednesday  

10:00 am: Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has said that over 82 per cent candidates appeared in the JEE Main exam on Thursday 

9:38 am: In their petition, the states have claimed that the NEET, JEE 2020 exams should be postponed in wake of the coronavirus crisis

9:35 am: The review petition has been filed by West Bengal, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Maharashtra 

9:32 am: The Supreme Court will hear a petition filed by six non-BJP states, seeking postponement of the JEE Main and NEET 2020 exams 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma