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Devotees begin the trek from Nilakkal base camp to Sabarimala Temple. Photograph:( ANI )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 05, 2018, 07.00 PM (IST)

Sabarimala Temple re-opens for special 5-hour pooja amid heavy security

Hundreds of police personnel, armed commandos, surveillance cameras and mobile jammers have turned Sabarimala, the abode of Lord Ayyappa, into a virtual fortress, as it opens for a special puja on Monday.

Fitting response to nuke blackmailers, says PM Modi on INS Arihant completing nuclear triad

Strategic Strike Nuclear Submarine (SSBN) INS Arihant, India's nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, successfully completed its first successful deterrence patrol. 

We oppose unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction against Iran: China

As US oil sanctions on Iran kicked-in, China opposed the Trump administration's decision calling it a "unilateral" action."China opposes unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

US issues veiled warning to India, China on crude imports from Iran, says 'watch what we do'

The United States is reimposing punitive measures targeting the Iranian oil and financial sectors in what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called "the toughest sanctions ever placed" against Iran.

Azhar rings bell at Eden, Gambhir questions BCCI's 'no tolerance policy against corrupt'

Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir on Monday slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Committee of Administrators (COA) and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for inviting former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin to ring the bell for the India vs West Indies T20I at Eden Gardens.