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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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Russian Economic Crisis – is it getting out of hand?

The combined effect of plummeting oil price and Western economic sanctions appears to be taking its toll on the Russian economy – finally. According to some government ministers’ own admission, the economy will soon be in the doldrums with a sharp increase in inflation –certainly in recession too, unless a miraculous development of biblical proportion comes about out of the blue.

Russian Economic Crisis – is it getting out of hand?
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Tablet Challenge: is the crown of iPad under threat?

I recently met an elderly couple of Pakistani origin at their home, who were watching a movie on TV while controlling it with the aid of a tablet. The tablet in question was not something that I was familiar with; nor did it carry the brand name of star players currently in the market.

Tablet Challenge: is the crown of iPad under threat?
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The Dawn of Drone Era

You may move the droneby holding the mouse over it!

The Federal Aviation Administration of the US – FAA - gave the green light for four companies to fly drones or UAVs – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – on Wednesday, while opening up the floodgates for applications for licences for the same. It may be a small step for a drone to be air-borne in the US Skies, but a giant leap for the ‘dronekind’ – drones built for surveying, carrying small parcels, monitoring traffic, accessing the inaccessible in the event of a natural calamity.

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Falling Oil Prices: winners and losers

Petrol prices at the pump are falling and the drop is palpable at British forecourts, especially when you fill up the tank full or even half full. So, understandably, we, the motorists are fairly delighted at the development for obvious reasons; yet an inexplicable anxiety over the same is looming over our heads, as the understanding of the unintended consequences is beyond our grasp.

Falling Oil Prices: winners and losers
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