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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1799

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Knee-Jerk Rules in Aviation: two-man Cockpit Rule

In the aftermaths of the destruction of the Airbus 320 of Germanwings, some of the circumstances that led to the catastrophic suicide act by Andreas Lubitz, the 28-year-old pilot, have been completely eclipsed by the disproportionate focus on a single, relatively-new structural addition to the interior of an aeroplane - reinforced cockpit door.

Knee-Jerk Rules in Aviation: two-man Cockpit Rule
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Silvio Berlusconi: Italy’s comeback kid to revive political landscape

Ever since his acquittal two weeks ago by Italy’s top court of charges on paying for sex with a minor and then playing a key role in covering it up using its prime ministerial power, Silvio Berlusconi, 78, the former Italian prime minister, appears to have overcome the last hurdle in order to play a central role again in Italian politics.

Silvio Berlusconi: Italy’s comeback kid to revive political landscape
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Solar Eclipse 2015: Europe geared up for triple celestial phenomena

Europeans are gearing themselves up for a rare set of celestial phenomena with a major solar eclipse at the centre of the spectacle today. By complete coincidence, the Moon is going to be a big moon, known as Supermoon, owing to its position being the closest to the Earth while in orbit – and hence, the size; in addition, tomorrow is spring equinox – the duration of day time being the same as that of night time.

Solar Eclipse 2015: Europe geared up for triple celestial phenomena
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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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