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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1385

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Apple Watch: latest gadget to be unveiled on Monday

Apple, the enviable front-runner of the tech industry, is going to introduce its latest product, Apple Watch, tomorrow in San Francisco. The much-awaited gadget, the first smartwatch from the makers of an iconic product line, ranging from iPhone to iPad, is going to be the hot topic among tech-savvy audiences in the next few days, if not weeks.

Apple Watch: latest gadget to be unveiled on Monday
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Optical Illusions: Disputed Colour of a Dress

What started as an innocent exchange of a dress between a mother and her daughter on Thursday, then, grew into an internet sensation within 24 hours by Friday, because millions of viewers could not agree on the real colour of the dress in question – a two-toned frock.

Optical Illusions: Disputed Colour of a Dress
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Mars One Project: One Way Trip to Mars

Mars one, the brainchild of a Dutch entrepreneur which lays the necessary groundwork for settling a colony of thrill-seeking earthlings on Planet Mars in nine years’ time – precisely in 2024 – is gathering momentum at present, in proportion to the excitement shown by the would-be participants across the globe.

Mars One Project: One Way Trip to Mars
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Post Rajapakse Era in Sri Lanka: first-hand experience of a passive spectator

I was in Sri Lanka on a private visit during the second week of this month, when low-intensity tremors of the massive political earthquake could still be felt across the various strata of social hierarchy of the contemporary Sri Lanka society.

Post Rajapakse Era in Sri Lanka: first-hand experience of a passive spectator
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Ukraine Conflict: both sides raise the stakes

It is no secret that President Putin of Russia and the West have been at loggerheads for a significant period of time, with the pendulum of stability in Ukraine dangerously swinging between the extremes of uneasy calm and outright war.

Ukraine Conflict: both sides raise the stakes
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Quantitative Easing – QE: in European Style

The no-non-sense Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, went on record in 2014 by making the distinction between two of the most widely used terms in Economics – inflation and deflation: “If inflation is genie,” she said, “then deflation is orgy that must be fought decisively.” This is exactly what the ECB, European Central Bank, did on Thursday, while taking the entire, global financial community by surprise – by the announcement of massive input of QE, Quantitative Easing, on an unprecedented scale.

Quantitative Easing – QE:  in European Style
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Google Glass: paralyzed, dead or to be resurrected later?

When Google announced that it was to stop producing Google Glass, the wearable ‘computer’ in the form of a pair of glasses, any more in its present form, the startling news raised many questions rather than responding to the existing core one – what really went wrong in a relatively short time?

Google Glass: paralyzed, dead or to be resurrected later?
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Austin Fernando: a model civil servant as new presidential advisor

Judging by what we have seen so far since his victory, the modus operandi of President Sirisena and that of Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, the former president, clearly seems to be poles apart. For instance, President Sirisena’s tendency to value quality over quantity is a case in point, as evidently demonstrated by the choice of close advisors for his period in office.

Austin Fernando: a model civil servant as new presidential advisor
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Sri Lankan Presidential Election 2015: the fall of a political giant of our time

Our former president, Mr Mahinda Rajapakse, may be enjoying his well-earned rest in his rural village in the deep south of Sri Lanka with the folks that he is always comfortable with – the peasants who adore him. His departure, not completely unexpected, shows, however, that the overwhelming reliance of this particular stratum of the contemporary Sri Lankan society is not good enough for a leader to survive in the political theatre at national level, regardless of the charisma that one naturally carries.

Sri Lankan Presidential Election 2015: the fall of a political giant of our time
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Sex - mighty weapon of man’s destruction

The explosive revelations made by a young American woman, known as Jane Doe 3 in Florida court papers, seem to have the potential to cause significant, irreversible damage to a few well-known figures on both sides of the Atlantic, if they can be substantiated with acceptable facts.

Sex - mighty weapon of man’s destruction
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