CHAI BREAK: 17 OCTOBER
Wake up and smell the coffee! Or the chai, if you prefer. Start the day with this virtual visit to the delightful cafes, bistros and restaurants of the South Asian neighbourhood. SAM treats you to a new eatery every day. Today it’s Rangoon Tea House in Myanmar.
Rangoon Tea House
Located on the lower block of Pansodan Road, the Rangoon Tea House (77-79 Pansodan Street) is a must for anyone looking to experience a typical tea house menu in a comfortable, yet authentic setting. Even though the interior feels slightly modern in style, the carefully restored space is reminiscent of the grand tea houses you would have found in Yangon during the British colonial heyday. This stylishly designed hipster teahouse is as popular with cashed-up locals as it is with travellers and expats. It serves traditional Burmese cuisine, locally inspired cocktails, and curries and biryanis – all well done in bigger portions (hence the higher prices) and generally less oily. All the usual teahouse snacks are also available – tea-leaf salads, samosas, paratha and bao. The drinks are equally good. If you just want a cup of tea, the menu has a handy chart showing the multitude of permutations from which Burmese like to choose.
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Modi’s tunnel lay at the root of Sino-Indian clash
Recently, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly launched a "fishy operation" to open a "Himalayan tunnel" between India and China, which has shortened the distance from mainland India and Ladakh on the China-India border by about 50 km and 4 hours.
These days, the Indian media are blabbering about the tunnel. As we all know, not long ago, there was a fatal conflict between the Chinese and Indian troops in the western part of the China-India border. Was the conflict accidental? Judging from this tunnel, it is obviously not accidental.
‘India has lost Kashmir for all practical purposes’
Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Security and Strategic Policy Planning, Dr Moeed Yousuf on Friday said that India was stuck in a difficult position in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and “unable to figure out what to do”.
In his exclusive interaction with APP, Dr Yousuf said that India’s move to abolish the special status of the IIOJK on August 5, 2019 had expectedly backfired and as a result, New Delhi had lost Kashmir for all practical purposes.
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With an eye on China, India hands over submarine to Myanmar
In a major move that comes amidst the ongoing military confrontation in eastern Ladakh, India has handed over one of its diesel-electric submarines to Myanmar to counter China’s strategic inroads in the region.
The submarine transfer is significant in the backdrop of China supplying two Ming-class diesel-electric submarines to Bangladesh in 2016. It will also deliver a Yuan-class submarine to Thailand in 2023, with two more to follow.
India and China discuss military disengagement in Ladakh again
Indian media reported on October 16 that New Delhi and Beijing have exchanged substantive proposals for a complete military disengagement in Ladakh. The Times of India notes that the proposal exchange – covering all existing locations of standoffs – “is seen as a serious movement between the two sides.”
India`s new Rafale fighter jets vs. China`s J-20?
The arrival of Rafale was greeted with much media hype, every news channel in India broadcast was meet with some skepticism as China possess a greater weapon with J-20. Is It Fair to say India will dominate the skies between China and India if there is further escalation between the two countries?
A Combative Trump and a Deliberate Biden Spar From Afar at Town Halls
President Trump spoke positively about an extremist conspiracy-theory group, expressed skepticism about mask-wearing, rebuked his own F.B.I. director and attacked the legitimacy of the 2020 election in a televised town hall forum on Thursday, veering far away from a focused campaign appeal. Instead, he further stoked the country’s political rifts as his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., pushed a deliberate message anchored in concerns over public health and promises to restore political norms.
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