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English Premier League standings

London , Nov 23

Following are the English Premier League standings after Saturday's matches (tabulated under games played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua.

Western actions during Ukraine crisis contradictory to democracy

Moscow , Nov 23

Western countries' actions during the Ukraine crisis were contrary to democratic principles, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov .

Release of army general expected: Colombian president

Bogota , Nov 23

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that he expected to secure the release of five hostages next week, including an army general, whose capture by the FARC rebels led the government to suspend peace talks.

Indian helping to light up Gambia

Banjul (Gambia) , Nov 22 Like many Indians who are proving to be philanthropists around Africa, Ram Mohan has set up a social business called Comafrique Intelizon Initiative and has embarked on the replacement of candles in villages in the Gambia with solar lights from India.

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Narinder Batra: Man in a tearing hurry

New Delhi

Narinder Batra, a law graduate from the University of Kashmir, is a powerful organiser. An industrialist with business interests in healthcare, automobiles, renewable energy, transportation, education, oil and gas, has chosen to make a mark for himself in hockey. He is proving to be as autocratic as some of his predecessors had been.

Brook dating model James Crabtree?

London , Nov 23

Actress-model Kelly Brook seems to have moved on from her on and off relationship with actor David McIntosh. Brook is reportedly dating a male model James Crabtree.

Industrialisation, urbanisation killing elephants in Odisha

Bhubaneswar , Nov 22 The status of "National Heritage Animal" to elephants has done little to save them, and at least 427 jumbos have perished in the last seven years in Odisha. Though the state claims it has taken steps to protect the animal, experts say industrialisation and urbanisation are the main reasons for elephant deaths.

Courage over adversity: Cancer bravehearts to run Half Marathon

New Delhi , Nov 21

Young bravehearts who have overcome cancer now want to run in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon here Sunday and spread the message of triumph of courage over adversity.

Southern technicians bitten by the acting bug

Chennai , Nov 21 There's nothing more rewarding than the high one gets while facing the camera as an actor. Maybe that's why an increasing number of southern technicians have taken interest in acting and are seriously contemplating a switch in career.

Modern tennis hard-hitting but lacks variety: Sergi Bruguera

New Delhi , Nov 21

Sergi Bruguera, a former World No.3 who twice triumphed at the French Open, feels tennis has changed nowadays and he misses "the variety that was there" during his playing days.

Release Of Al Jazeera journalists will confirm regional realignment

Barack ObamaBarack Obama
New Delhi

My crystal ball tells me that the three Al Jazeera journalists, incarcerated in Cairo for the past six months, are about to be released.

Opulence, Sufi music to ring in Mulayam's 75 years

Samajwadi PartySamajwadi Party
Lucknow , Nov 21 A mammoth special fresh fruit cake, a Victorian era buggy flown in from London, flowers from the Netherlands, and Sufi music by the Sabri brothers are set to ring in style the 75th birthday of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Saturday.

Revived traditional irrigation brings joy to Assam farmers

Guwahati , Nov 22

The gurgling water flowing fast through a traditional canal system that has been revived in water-scarce parts of Assam has brought cheer to farmers who now look forward to a bumper harvest.

Early warning may not save lives during earthquakes

Bangalore , Nov 22

Proposals for an earthquake Early Warning System (EWS) for India -- similar to the one successfully tested during the recent quake in California -- is mired in a scientific controversy.

Russia calls for free trade zone between EU and EEU

Moscow , Nov 23

Russia has said that it is in favour of a free trade zone between the European Union (EU) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

Mathura-Vrindavan area cleanup ordered

Mathura , Nov 21 Local officials in the sprawling Braj region, visited by millions of Hindus for its association with the life of Lord Krishna, have been told to ensure cleanliness in the vicinity of major temples and pilgrim spots.

Seeking love, law and gossip

New Delhi

From an insider's view of the world to cinema to seeking gender sensitisation of the judiciary, going through the feeling of homelessness and seeking love in personal life, the IANS bookshelf this weekend covers a broad spectrum. Take a look.

Osmania biscuits: Cookies with a unique taste

New Delhi They say Hyderabad is famous for biryani, sherwani and gandipet ka pani but the list many not be just confined to the mouth watering dish, the ethnic attire and the water from Gandipet, as the Osman Sagar reservoir is popularly known.

Minister Babul Supriyo's not so auspicious homecoming

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
Kolkata , Nov 22 Cold shouldered by West Bengal's Trinamool Congress government and on the wrong side of a controversy for sharing the stage with an alleged criminal, Babul Supriyo's first visit to his home state after taking over as minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's govenrment has been anything but perfect.