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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1690

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The Tumultuous Flight of a Breast Restraining Apparatus - BRA

We, a nation, which always aspires to be the first in any field in the world, got almost closer to one recently, when a bra suddenly flew towards a Latin American rocker in Colombo, exactly like a comet closing in on the Sun in its orbit – creating a breath-holding spectacle at first, only to be followed by a destruction on astronomical scale.

The Tumultuous Flight of a Breast Restraining Apparatus - BRA
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Boxing Day Floods Cause Disasters in Northern Britain

The disastrous floods that started causing havoc in the north of England on the Boxing Day show no sign of abating, according to the weather forecasters. In Lancashire and Yorkshire, the regions worst hit by the deluge, there are already two red flood alerts in place – the highest warning that implies the danger to life. Residents have been forced to abandon their belongings and homes, as the flood waters started pouring through the streets out of the blue.

 Boxing Day Floods Cause Disasters in Northern Britain
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B for Brandishing! - B-52 strategic bomber winds up China

The US military flew one of its strategic bombers this week, the menacing B-52 aircraft, close to the Spratly islands in the disputed South China Sea, which in turn prompted China to react in the usual manner in situations of this kind, especially involving the world’s only superpower, the US.

B for Brandishing! -  B-52 strategic bomber winds up China
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The Officer and Gentleman: Major Tim Peake at his Career Peak

It was a breathtakingly beautiful lift-off: the elegant Soyuz rocket, carrying the two astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut, blasted off into the wintry skies over Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan at 11.03 am GMT, much to the delight of millions of Britons of all walks of life and of course, the space enthusiasts all over the world.

The Officer and Gentleman: Major Tim Peake at his Career Peak
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Looking into the Abyss of Oil Price Rout

The descent of oil price on a financial chart is almost like that of a parachutist with a pleasant spectacle to look at from consumers’ point of view. Whereas the parachutist may be at the mercy of gravity, the price of oil seems to be hinging on the wishful thinking of the world’s largest producer, Saudi Arabia, which has not given up on pushing the new competitors in the industry, mainly the shale oil producers in the US, to the wall.

Looking into the Abyss of Oil Price Rout
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The Great Myth: Making Next Prabhakaran by Selective Mimicking

The so-called ‘ heroes’ day’ in the northern Sri Lanka, came and went with a combined whiff of misplaced sentiments and blatantly-exaggerated significance attached to it by certain politicians in the South, completely in synch with what normally used to build up in the run up to an occasion of this nature.

The Great Myth: Making Next Prabhakaran by Selective Mimicking
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Trivialization of Sunni-Shiite Divide and the Birth of ISIS

Having managed to keep the threat of Russian or Chinese veto to a minimum, the United Nations on Friday unanimously approved a resolution, calling on the national governments to take ‘all the necessary measures’ in the collective fight against the Islamic State; it, however, failed to spell out what those measure were; nor did it give the green light for military action. In short, it was still open to interpretation.

Trivialization of Sunni-Shiite Divide and the Birth of ISIS
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Delivery by Drones: Sky doesn’t seem to be the limit!

Delivery by drones is no longer the stuff for science fiction; with the green light from the civil aviation authorities in the offing, both Amazon and Google, the two internet giants, are already competing for supremacy over the skies, while taking leaps in innovation. Behind them, an army of new players is trying to catching up with them – for the goal.

Delivery by Drones: Sky doesn’t seem to be the limit!
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Disputed Artificial Islands in the South China Sea: the US finally calls China’s Bluff

The United States stuck to its word by openly challenging China over the artificial islands that the latter has been building in the South China Sea, while sending USS Lassen, the guided-missile destroyer, within the 12 nautical mile of one of the islands, without the prior approval from China on Tuesday.

Disputed Artificial Islands in the South China Sea: the US finally calls China’s Bluff
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My Way: Silvio Berlusconi sets the record straight with own biography

Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, has finally released a book, in what seems to be his most effective attempt to set the record straight, which had been warped, perhaps, due to his prolonged periods in office – being the longest serving Italian leader ever - political envy and of course, the inevitable test of time.

My Way: Silvio Berlusconi sets the record straight with own biography
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