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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1529

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Norwegian Involvement in the Sri Lankan Peace Process – by Dr Chanaka Talpahewa

I read the book, Peaceful Intervention in Intra-State Conflicts by Dr Chanka Talpahewa, this week and effortlessly got an in-depth understanding of the role, often mired in endless controversies, played by the third party actors, especially Norway, in the protracted conflict in the misplaced belief of possessing more superior conflict-resolution competence than the locals – or even neighbors for that matter.

Norwegian Involvement in the Sri Lankan Peace Process – by Dr Chanaka Talpahewa
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Tuesday: will Greece manage to postpone the day of reckoning?

Judging by the unusually-long queues forming outside Greek banks and the worrying signs written all over the faces of those who still have the discipline and decency to be in such places with dignity, the entire population of a Western democracy are staring into a precipice of uncertainty.

Tuesday: will Greece manage to postpone the day of reckoning?
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Russia vs West: Sabre-rattling goes nuclear – what’s next?

The US defence authorities confirmed on Tuesday that they would deploy 250 tanks, along with more military hardware, in several East European countries, which once belonged to the Soviet Union. The countries in question, according to the US, are under the threat of what they call Russian aggression.

Russia vs West: Sabre-rattling goes nuclear – what’s next?
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Eureka! Perfect Recipe to invite the wrath of gods: posing naked on holy mountains

We all know how to please gods and the practices, quite understandably, depend on the regions that the former rule over us and the intensity of the enthusiasm of the faithful, who love to be at their beck and call.

Eureka! Perfect Recipe to invite the wrath of gods: posing naked on holy mountains
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An Electrifying Evening with Tanya – Accomplished Sri Lankan pianist’s performance in London

Musical instruments, regardless of the individual type, we were told, generate soothing notes by a simple physical process of resonance. If the musician in question could effortlessly extend the very process beyond the instrument of her choice, straight into the audience in such a way that the human souls spontaneously react to the pleasant flow of subtle vibrations, by definition, she belongs to a rare breed of gifted geniuses, who have been leaving indelible footprints in the sand of human entertainment on regular basis since time immemorial.

An Electrifying Evening with Tanya – Accomplished Sri Lankan pianist’s performance in London
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Google Maps to go offline – finally, the long wait is over!

Google announced on Thursday that its immensely popular map app, Google Maps, will be available offline this year, much to the amazement of millions of daily global users, who rely on it to a range of tasks from simple navigation to exploring business connections.

Google Maps to go offline – finally, the long wait is over!
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Greatest Tribute to the Foremost Comedy Duo: Laurel & Hardy back on big screen

Laurel and Hardy, the greatest comedy pair of all time, are to return to the big screen across the UK in June on account of the 125th birth anniversary of the ‘wiser’ – the exact inverse of screen portrayal - of the two, Stan Laurel, who was born in Britain.

Greatest Tribute to the Foremost Comedy Duo: Laurel & Hardy back on big screen
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Jetman ‘s Stunts in Dubai Skies

Yves Rossy, the Swiss aviation enthusiast, famously known as the ‘Jetman’, performed yet another set of breathtakingly beautiful aerial manoeuvres this week while flying in the skies over Dubai.

Jetman ‘s Stunts in Dubai Skies
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France’s First Family of Far-Right Explodes: dad goes ballistic while disowning daughter

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the co-founder of Front National – FN – the far-right party of France, which scored some electoral successes in recent months, is, according to his own admission, firing on his all cylinders against her own daughter in a rage for being instrumental in suspending him from the party.

France’s First Family of Far-Right Explodes: dad goes ballistic while disowning daughter
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Microsoft Edge: replacement to Internet Explorer

Microsoft revealed the successor to Internet Explorer this week, which up until 2004 had been almost synonymous with web browser, thanks to the overwhelming reliance on its Windows operating system by computer users around the world. It is going to be called Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge: replacement to Internet Explorer
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