CHAI BREAK: 21 NOVEMBER
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 Mocca Coffee in Pakistan.
Mocca Coffee has successfully created a corner of Scandinavian culture in the capital city of Pakistan. The northern influence is evident in the minimalist design of the parqueted, creamy-coloured venue on one hand, and the attention to select, organic ingredients on the other, such as the acai, wheatgrass or spirulina mixed in with the fruit smoothies. The menu also offers worldly delicacies such as crespelle, nachos and Spanish omelettes; and impresses with the choice of scrumptious cakes, pies, cupcakes and desserts. But coffee is king here: more than simply a cafe, Mocca is devoted to good coffee, with every blend expertly roasted and brewed before being lovingly served in a variety of manners. Mocca Coffee is located in Kohsar Market F-6/3 Islamabad’s Northern Corner, on the first floor. Although there are clone Mocca coffee in Karachi and Mocca Gulberg Lahore too, the one in Islamabad is a hotspot.
And now the news. The latest events in South Asia and the rest of the world are just a click away. SAM's news brief keeps you updated and informed every day of the week except Sunday.
AND HERE IS YOUR MORNING NEWS BRIEF ….
After Afghans, Pakistanis have the greatest stake in Afghanistan's peace: PM Imran
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reiterated that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan, saying peace in the neighbouring country will bring prosperity to both Afghans and Pakistanis.
"After the Afghans, we have the greatest stake in this peace as it will allow for connectivity & trade, bringing prosperity to both Afghans & Pakistanis," the premier tweeted, a day after he paid his maiden visit to Kabul since assuming office in 2018.
He said the residents of Pakistan's tribal areas, "who have suffered the ravages of the war in Afghanistan", will especially benefit from peace and trade.
Chinese Defense Minister arriving in Nepal next week
Shortly after the visit of two security chiefs of India, a top defense official of China is scheduled to arrive in Kathmandu next week.
Political sources said that the Chinese Minister of National Defense, Wei Fenghe is scheduled to visit Nepal by the end of this month to attend a program organized to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and China.
The Chinese Minister Fenghe, who is also a state councilor and a close confidante of President Xi Jinping, is scheduled to arrive around the same time Indian Foreign Secretary Harsha Vardhan Shringla is expected to make his maiden visit to Nepal on November 26.
Calls for UK to investigate possible war crimes in Afghanistan
The UK government should establish an independent inquiry to review and investigate any allegation of unlawful killings by British special forces in Afghanistan, the country’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has said.
The commission made the call after extraordinary allegations of murder and torture of Afghans were uncovered by an exhaustive four-year inquiry into Australian special forces operations in Afghanistan.
Spotlight on Ladakh, China secretly made moves in central, Sikkim and eastern sectors
China has surreptitiously undertaken a large military infrastructure upgrade in the central, Sikkim and eastern sectors with simultaneous strengthening of surface-to-air missile sites, an increase in unmanned aerial vehicle numbers, and an expansion of airbases in Tibet while the world’s attention has been focused on Beijing’s hostile moves on the line of actual control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh and its tense stand-off with India, according to people familiar with the matter.
Myanmar’s submarine: Implications for Bangladesh
In the Bay of Bengal region, Myanmar is the latest country to join the submarine club. India signed the agreement with Myanmar in July 2019 to deliver INS Sindhuvir, the Kilo-class submarine. India delivered the submarine to the Myanmar navy in December 2019 and trained submarine crew in Myanmar.
Bangladesh joined the submarine club in 2017 with two 035G (Ming class) submarine from China. India had concern at the submarine acquisition by Bangladesh. Concern expressed in inquisitiveness was to know the justification to have submarines. One school of thought for India’s concern was the ‘Chinese boat lurking at its door step’. Another assessment was the psychological burden that submarine operation inherently carries with it. Perhaps, the burden has been shrugged off, striking the deal to set up 20 Indian surveillance radar stations along the Bangladesh coast.
Mahathir on Biden and China: It 'couldn't be worse' than Trump
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will take a "more rational" approach to China, benefiting smaller Asian economies, two-time former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad predicted in an exclusive interview.
Mahathir, 95, has long been a vocal critic of the U.S., especially over American support for Israel versus the Palestinians. But in Biden, he sees a man ready to rebuild ties that he says were damaged under President Donald Trump.
The next presidency "couldn't be worse than Trump," Mahathir said. "Under Trump, relationships between countries were totally destroyed as he quarreled with China, Europe, Mexico and even with Canada."
Bangladesh seeks information about 371 Facebook accounts
Bangladesh government in 241 requests sought information about 371 Facebook accounts to the social media authorities in the past six months, January to June period, said Facebook Global Government Requests Report released on Thursday. Among the requests, 142 were on legal grounds and 99 emergency requests.
The social media authorities in 44 per cent case ‘produced some data’ against a total of 371 requests. Among those, it provided the government with data against 57 per cent legal requests and 25 per cent emergency requests.