February 28, 2020

INDIA: Problem and Solution to Current crisis

📌The problem in India is that to heard one has to have a US Degree or Family background. And there are many Family plus US Degree Wallahs. No room for outsiders. It's easy to say "Let the system rot". Modi was an outsider but US MBAs has his ears.

📌Solution is Modi himself. He still enjoys enormous political capital. I still strongly believe he can put the genie back. But he needs people who can honestly tell him alternatives. He was brought to power for some purpose and he got distracted by street brawls. Its late, but not yet too late to subtly change the course.

China to strengthen communication with Italy in fighting COVID

China is ready to strengthen communication with Italy in professional fields in the fight against COVID-19, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday.

In a phone conversation with Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio, Wang said that currently, many countries in the world are struggling to fight COVID-19, the common enemy of mankind, calling for joint efforts of the international community to deal with the virus.

Wang appreciated the friendship and support from all walks of life in Italy to China since the outbreak of the epidemic, which China will bear in mind.

So far, China has been in the forefront of the epidemic, Wang said, adding that through arduous efforts, the epidemic situation across the country is under effective control.

Speaking highly of China's prevention and control measures after an inspection, World Health Organization team of experts said it believes that China has taken unprecedented measures nationwide not only to control the spread of the epidemic in its own country, but also prevent it from spreading worldwide, providing useful experience for the international community to fight the epidemic.

Wang said China is confident and capable of prevailing the epidemic at an early date.

Noting the recent outbreak of the epidemic in northern Italy, Wang said that the Chinese side shares the same pain with the Italian people facing the difficulties, and would like to express condolences to them.

China stands ready to provide assistance within its capacity to the country based on Italy's needs, Wang said.

Wang said China is ready to strengthen communication with Italy in professional fields, carry out cooperation in telemedicine, drug and vaccine research and development, and exchange experience and technology in epidemic prevention and control.

China is also willing to strengthen solidarity with countries along the Belt and Road and jointly march on the "Healthy Silk Road" through concerted efforts to combat the epidemic, Wang added.

For his part, Di Maio thanked China for expressing solicitude and support for Italy in fighting the epidemic, adding that it fully shows the traditional friendship between the two peoples.

The international community should work hand in hand in the face of the epidemic, strengthening cooperation and confronting the challenges together, he said.

Di Maio briefed on Italy's anti-virus efforts and latest progress, saying that the Italian government is taking strong measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and is willing to enhance communication and cooperation with China, and promote information exchanges between the two countries' health departments.

Italy attaches great importance to and supports the Belt and Road Initiative, he said, adding that at this difficult time, countries along the Belt and Road should strengthen solidarity and cooperation to overcome difficulties together

Delhi riots ground report: Women from Chand Bagh say ‘rioters took off our girl’s clothes, sent them back naked’


Residents peaking from one of the closed gates of a lane

The fear of the anti-Hindu riots that gripped East Delhi is still visible on the faces of the Hindus staying in the riot-affected areas. While some sort of normalcy has returned, when moves from the drain towards Karaval Nagar, Hindus, staring at the close door of the lane still express great fear. This is the area where Tahir Hussain’s building has emerged as one of the epicentres of the riots. In Tahir Hussain’s building, Islamists had mercilessly murdered Ankit Sharma, a young IB official, who died with 400 knife gashes, his intestines torn apart and was then discarded in the drain.

OpIndia reporters spotted one such closed gate to a lane. From the other side of the gate, dozens of scared Hindus looked on – they saw the Media trying to report and the police going about their job of investigating the scene. About 50 metres away from the building belonging to Tahir Hussain, where the brutal murder of Ankit Sharma had taken place a group of men and women stood. They were surprisingly not interested in what was happening on the main road – as the others from the lane were. They stretched their neck and were staring at Tahir Hussain’s building. When they were approached, some walked away, while others, couldn’t hold their tears back.

An elderly woman said, “Look, we have no malice in our hearts. The Muslims brothers who stayed here have left their houses. Even we could have broken their locks and set their houses on fire, but we Hindus would never do this. We are so scared after the riot that we neither sleeping nor eating. They want to turn India into Pakistan, though that is not possible, we will now demand a solution for this. We will not let Tahir Hussain’s building remain here. We will demand that the government demolishes it. They have made Chandbagh their stronghold”.

Read: When I looked back, all three, including Ankit Sharma had disappeared: Boy who escaped the Muslim mob in Tahir Hussain’s building speaks to OpIndia

Another woman said, “When acid bottles and stones were being thrown at us from this building it is then that we realised that this plan was made a long time ago. We have been living in this area for decades. Every day we come and see this building from our roofs, but never realized that plans are being made to kill us here. But even though we live here, we have never really understood what is it that takes place inside such a huge building. This is all a part of their politics”.

A woman standing with the others then said, “We have come out of our houses for the first time in three days. Whatever these people (Muslims of the area) did with us, is being reported, but they didn’t even leave our daughters returning from tuitions. They took off their clothes and sent them to us naked. In front of our daughters, the rioters took off their own clothes and gestured indecently. We can never dream of ever wanting to kill our neighbours, but it is evident from their preparation that they wanted to finish us all off that day”.

Seeing that these women were talking to the reporters, the others, who were earlier hesitant, also came forward. They said that Hindus only have two or three children while the Muslims have ten or twelve, all of them, armed with guns and stones attacking the Hindus.

Read: Delhi riots: Ankit Sharma was stabbed over 400 times for four to six hours, ‘never seen such mutilation in our life,’ say forensic doctors

“We also closed our windows due to fear and did not leave the house for three days. The rioters took advantage of this and burnt our temple as well. Even the houses of most of the Hindus present in the locality were set ablaze. The rioters did not even spare the poor Shyam Chaiwallah and the medical store. They first looted their shops and then set them on fire”, she said.

A woman who had mostly not said much chimed in. She said that the people of Delhi voted for free amenities and it is now them who are bearing the brunt of it.

During the Delhi riots, 38 people had lost their lives in the riots, while more than 200 have been injured. The injured include around 70 persons from the security forces. 48 FIRs had been filed and 514 suspects had also been rounded up by the police. The cops have set up 2 SITs for investigating serious cases of offence that took place during the riots.

A Delhi police constable, Ratan Lal, was shot dead during the riots. Another DCP has been injured during clashes between two groups in Delhi’s Gokulpuri. 42-year-old Hindu Activist Vinod was lynched by a Muslim mob in front of his son Monu for sporting a “Jai Shree Ram” sticker on his bike.

Read: Help us get Shaheed status for my brother, Kejriwal will paint him as rioter: Murdered IB officer’s brother Ankur Sharma speaks to OpIndia

An Anti-CAA rioter by the name of Mohammed Shahrukh was seen firing 8 rounds and intimidating a police officer. But, this did not prevent the cabal of left-liberal journalists to claim “Bhagwa terror” and cast aspersions about the name of the perpetrator.

The body of a young officer of the Intelligence Bureau, Ankit Sharma, was recovered from a drain in Chand Bagh. He was stabbed 400 times for four to 6 hours before being dumped into a ditch.

7000 CRPF personnel had been deployed at ground zero along with 3 Special CPs, 6 Joint CPs, 1 Additional CP, 22 DCPs, 20 ACPs, 60 Inspectors, 1,200 other ranks and 200 Lady Police to contain the situation and prevent further damage to life and property.

To pacify the situation, the Delhi police has held close to 330 Peace Meetings with different sections of the society. These meetings had members of Civil Society Groups, besides representatives of various political parties. The cops also held meetings with Residents Welfare Associations (RWA) and Market Welfare Associations (MWA).

Besides Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier appealed, “Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest.”

China tests intimidatory tactics across Europe

MERICS, Berlin

Chinese embassies in Europe are continuing to use aggressive tactics in an attempt to marginalize dissenting voices. Recent cases in the Czech Republic and Estonia highlight how the trend shows no signs of letting up.

Last week it was revealed that the Chinese embassy in the Czech Republic threatened Czech economic interests in retaliation for a planned visit to Taiwan by the then Chairman of the Senate, Jaroslav Kubera (now deceased). A letter from the Chinese embassy to the Czech Presidential office mentioned the implications this could have on Czech companies including Škoda Auto, Home Credit Group, Klavíry Petrof and others.

Meanwhile, in Estonia, the Chinese embassy has publicly criticized the country’s foreign intelligence agency over its depiction of China in a report covering security threats. The embassy said the report was characterized by “ignorance, prejudice as well as the cold war mindset” and demanded that the agency correct its “wrong expressions”. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu rejected the request.

This is part of a continuum of intimidatory practices that include, among others, the denial of visa to those who express critical views of China. Beijing has rewarded those ambassadors who have shown what it describes as a “fighting spirit” in countering narratives on China that diverge from Beijing’s official views.

While such actions may be damaging China’s image in the eyes of European audiences, in the longer term there is a danger that the tactic could succeed in discouraging individuals from publicly criticizing China. By getting topics it deems sensitive removed from public discussions, the Chinese party-state might prove effective at inhibiting free debates on China abroad. 

How police managed to wrest back control over law and order in northeast Delhi

How police managed to wrest back control over law and order in northeast Delhi

TNN | Updated: Feb 28, 2020, 11:25 IST

NEW DELHI: Till Tuesday afternoon, there were no signs that the violence in northeast Delhi would come to an end any time soon. Police had evidently failed in stopping the rioters from wreaking havoc and the morale of the force seemed to have hit rock bottom with severe criticism coming from all sides. However, Delhi Police bounced back and regained control of the law and order situation in less than 24 hours.

While National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was tasked to ensure that peace returns to the region, special DG (CRPF) SN Shrivastava was given the order to join as the law and order chief immediately. The fresh guard remained on the ground for over 20 hours to fulfil the purpose.


Police patrolling in northeast Delhi after communal riots on February 27

The first step was a coordinated and adequate deployment. Three special commissioners, six joint commissioners, an additional commissioner, 22 DCPs, 20 ACPs, 60 inspectors, 1,200 male and 200 women personnel and 60 companies of outside forces were stationed at crucial locations. Union home minister Amit Shah reviewed the situation every two hours.

Delhi violence: Live updates

In the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, the changed attitude of police was clearly visible. The policemen were proactive in dispersing fresh gatherings, which were being attempted by different groups claiming to be protesting against Citizenship Amendment Act.


Nearly 7,000 central paramilitary forces were deployed in the affected areas of northeast district since February 24.

One such group assembled at Khureji and refused to budge on Wednesday noon, but police were quick to use force and move them away. Six of the organisers, including Khalid and Ishrat Jahan, were arrested for allegedly mobilising the crowd and blocking the road.

Nearly 7,000 central paramilitary forces were deployed in the affected areas of Northeast district since February 24. As violence stopped, police on Wednesday started holding peace committee meetings to normalise the situation and improve inter-community harmony. In the last two days, nearly 330 such meetings were organised in various districts and they would continue till the situation normalises.

East Delhi Municipal Corporation initiated steps to clean the streets and repair damaged public properties in riot-affected areas. Two helplines — 22829334 and 22829335 — were set up for round-the-clock assistance.

“Apart from this, meetings with residents’ welfare associations and market welfare associations were also convened in several areas. They were attended by different sections of the society, including civil society groups and representatives of Congress, BJP, AAP and other political parties,” an MHA official said.

The home ministry has requested citizens to not lay credence to any rumour. Shah appealed to citizens not to “fall prey to evil designs of miscreants and groups interested in precipitating communal tension”.

“Only 12 police stations out of 203 in Delhi (about 4.2% of the geographical area) have been affected by the riots. Normalcy and communal harmony has prevailed elsewhere in the capital. Delhi Police is mandated and obligated to provide security to all sections of society, irrespective of caste and religion,” MHA said.

Delhi riots: Ankit Sharma was stabbed over 400 times for four to six hours, ‘never seen such mutilation in our life,’ say forensic doctors

Delhi riots: Ankit Sharma was stabbed over 400 times for four to six hours, ‘never seen such mutilation in our life,’ say forensic doctors

An FIR has been registered against AAP leader Tahir Hussain under section 302(a) of the IPC for the murder of Ankit Sharma, on a complaint filed by Ankit's family. 

The autopsy report says that Ankit Sharma was stabbed over 400 times, and his body has been mutilated beyond belief. He has stab wounds all over his body and not even a single portion of it was spared. He was stabbed for hours, four to six hours, by possibly as many as six individuals together. Moreover, his intestines were ripped apart, says the autopsy report. Forensic doctors have reportedly said that they haven’t seen such nightmarish mutilation in their lives. The report says that the body had “multiple abrasion.. deep cut.. by sharp edge objects”.

The panel of doctors, who carried out post mortem, has clearly stated that Ankit Sharma was brutally and repeatedly stabbed, which had caused his death.

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The family of Ankit Sharma had been looking for him since Tuesday. His body was recovered a day after. His father, Ravinder Sharma, is also a head constable in the Intelligence Bureau. Ankit Sharma had joined the IB in 2017. As per reports, his rank was ‘security assistant’. Ravinder Sharma has held the Aam Admi Party responsible for his son’s brutal murder.

As it has emerged, AAP Corporator Tahir Hussain is smack in the middle of this brutal saga where Ankit, a young, dedicated IB officer was brutally murdered. Eyewitnesses have said that Ankit Sharma was dragged in the house that belongs to Tahir Hussain, AAP corporator, by a Muslim mob along with two others. Images and footage of Tahir Hussain himself wielding a laathi have emerged along with the rooftop of his house, littered with stones and petrol bombs. The roof of his house was used by hundreds of Islamists to throw stones and petrol bombs on people in the area.

An FIR has been registered against Tahir Hussain under section 302(a) of the IPC for the murder of Ankit Sharma, on a complaint filed by Ankit’s family.

February 27, 2020

India: Present scenario

An excellent post in the Present scenario...

If you criticize me, 
it's your freedom of speech
If I criticize you, 
it's my Intolerance
If you judge me, 
you are Enlightened
If I judge you, 
I am Prejudiced
If you question my faith, 
then you are Secular
If I question your faith, 
then I am Communal
If you defend yourself, 
it's because you are a Victim
If I defend myself, 
it's because I am violent. 
If you pen your thoughts, 
it's Revolutionary
If I pen my thoughts, 
it's Provocation
If you march, 
it's a Protest
If I march, 
it's a Mob
If you lodge a complaint, 
you r following the Course of Law
If I lodge a complaint, 
I am Misusing the Law
Now one has to identify who is I and who is you....

What makes a city popular with digital nomads?

Written by Alex Beeching | UK
on April 10, 2019

It is often said that superfast broadband makes geography irrelevant for digital nomads. But I am here to tell you that’s not the case. Geography matters.

It’s probably true that the single most important prerequisite to working remotely is a reliable, high-speed internet connection but there are plenty of other factors to consider. For a start, you must take into account the cost of living.

Then there’s culture, climate, crime levels, civil liberties, the local language and the beauty of your surroundings, both man-made and natural. Air quality might be important to many of you, and some people value easy access to the beach or mountains.

Free wi-fi on list of requirements for digital nomads

Is Canggu on your radar?

When we start taking all of these factors into account, it becomes clear that some locations lend themselves to a rootless way of life more than others. Bali, for instance.

According to Nomad List— a database of 2,113+ places — Canggu in Bali, Indonesia is the most desirable spot in which to live and work remotely.

It has glorious sunshine, reliable broadband, fabulous cuisine, great beaches, fantastic scuba diving, friendly locals, excellent flight connections, a burgeoning online business scene and very low prices - you can live like royalty for little more than $1,000 USD per month. But there are dozens of other cities that should be on any self-respecting digital nomad’s radar.

Bali tops list of locations for digital nomads

Bali tops many lists of the best places for digital nomads to live and work.

Remote workers or digital nomads?

Looking more closely at Nomad List and other similar websites, one thing that stands out is that more traditional travel hotspots such as Paris, New York and Tokyo are conspicuously absent.  Yet, for professionals who are remote workers and those looking for business connections on a longer-term basis, more visible urban cities such as Auckland, Amsterdam and London make the cut. 

For example, thanks to its cheap cost of living and sitting smack within the Schengen Zone — which means EU citizens don’t need a visa to work there – Prague tops the list for ex-pat EU workers.

Powwownow lists the top 15 best global cities to work remotely, based on InterNation’s Expat City Ranking Report for urban worklife.

But for those with more wanderlust —the true digital nomads —many seek out more remote or exotic locales. You only have to spend a few minutes browsing Instagram to discover that there is a marked bias among digital nomads towards Southeast Asia. Whether this reflects the sense of adventure among backpackers or a genuine shift to the Orient is open to debate. Perhaps it’s the low prices, perhaps the beaches. Whatever the truth, there’s no denying that there’s a plethora of places in these latitudes for digital nomads of all stripes.

Thailand’s a top choice

Many online sources point to Thailand as the best country in which to live and work remotely as a foreigner and its capital, Bangkok, as the best city. As anyone who has been to Bangkok recently can tell you, it has co-working spaces galore, excellent broadband access, high temperatures, terrific food and low prices to boot. It is little wonder digital nomads are flocking there.

Other lists of best cities for digital nomads put Chang Mai in the north of Thailand at the top. Sitting among the mountains, surrounded by coffee plantations and just an hour from the border with Myanmar, Chiang Mai has a charming old town, wonderful restaurants and very low prices. Phuket – a magnificent island in the Andaman Sea – is also a strong contender for the top Thai destination. Of course, nomads – digital or otherwise – can try all three.

Bangkok ranks as top city for digital nomads

Chiang Mai, Thailand has a large community of remote workers, thanks to its low cost of living, speedy Wi-Fi, sunny weather and amazing food.

If the Land of Smiles doesn’t float your boat, why not try neighbouring Vietnam, where Hanoi might be the best option. For my money, it’s a better bet than Ho Chi Min City. Though the former Saigon also boasts a subtropical climate, low living costs and ultra-reliable internet, Hanoi wins by a nose because it has a grace and breadth of culture that Ho Chi Min City lacks. Added to which its climate is slightly cooler than the national average.

Don’t rule out Europe

Leading the charge in Europe is Lisbon, once a capital of espionage and now widely regarded as something of a nomadic Mecca. Although a good deal dearer than its cousins in the southern hemisphere, it is nonetheless cheap by European standards. Moreover, it has an increasingly important tech scene and a thriving nomad community. There are nomad meet-ups every week, organised on Facebook, so you won’t be a hermit. Then there’s the glorious weather, excellent public transport and the beauty of the city itself.Lisbon - Alfama ranks as top European city for digital nomadsLisbon gets high marks from digital nomads for access to high-speed internet,  free wi-fi throughout the city and friendliness to foreigners.

Berlin is to Europe what Chang Mai is to Southeast Asia. However, be warned: prices have risen of late. While this has taken a bit of the shine off the old capital of Prussia, it still has much to recommend it: heaps of culture, excellent museums and art galleries, tech start-up incubators hungry for itinerant freelance talent, glamorous and varied nightlife, a wealth of co-working spaces, lovely cafés and that slightly louche atmosphere, cultivated in the 1920s and still very much in evidence today.

Prague deserves a tick in most of the boxes too. Good internet? Check (apologies for the terrible but unavoidable pun). Architectural and cultural splendours? Check. Plenty of co-working spaces? Check. Some of the most delightful cafés outside Italy and Austria? Check. A rich history? Check. A pleasant climate… Well, let’s give the Czech capital – City of a Hundred Spires – a half-check for its weather.

Prague for remote workers

Prague ranks highly as a great place to work remotely, thanks to its culture, nightlife and fun atmosphere.

Last on my list of top digital nomad destinations is the spectacular city of Valencia. The third largest city in Spain is a glittering jewel on the Mediterranean coast. It is blessed with superfast broadband and lovely warm weather, plus it is cheaper than Madrid and Barcelona. It also has a large number of co-working spaces, oodles of history and a most-civilized café culture. And don’t forget the beach and the amazing City of Arts and Sciences with its extraordinary architecture that’s straight out of a science fiction novel.

So, how do you decide where to work?

Well, that’s the wonderful thing. You don’t have to choose just one place. You can try them all. You’re a digital nomad. You can go anywhere. Or maybe everywhere.

What city or location do you think tops the list for best places for digital nomads?
Leave us a comment below.

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Q&A: Place Branding & Destination Marketing


Place Branding FAQ


Q: What is the place branding process like?

A: Branding a place, whether it is a small village or a whole country, is probably the most complicated form of branding due to the fact that it is neither owned nor controlled by a single entity. From destination marketing and tourism to business development for place brands, everyone living within that area owns and influences the brand in one way or the other. And more often than not, many of the major stakeholders do not agree on what to do or how to do it. That is why the branding process is so important in place branding and destination branding and marketing.

UP has designed a place branding process specifically to meet those challenges and bring the individual strategies and agendas to a consensus with a single brand image. This process covers some of the following areas:

1. Deep dive. As the first step in place marketing, our consultants spend a couple of intensive days understanding what makes a place unique. We visit important sites, interview major influencers, and generate an overall impression of the place from an outsider’s viewpoint. This work feeds into a playback report, which becomes part of the general brief for the assignment.

2. Identity. Through a series of workshops and exercises, we map the identity of the place, how the inhabitants themselves see the place and its people.

3. Image. Through an external audit, we measure the image of the place abroad. What do others think of when they hear the name of the place? Do they recognize it at all? Is there an image-identity gap? What meaning does that have for the branding of the place?

4. Vision. Where do you want to be in 5 or 15 years? What do you have today that supports that vision and how can you further build on that to become the leader in that role?

5. Strategy. A strategy is developed that sets out the positioning, brand platform, identity, communications and media platform. This is in the form of a full strategy report with recommendations including, as needed, identity considerations. This is signed off before moving onto the next steps.

This destination marketing approach fits into our overall brand development process BASE-UP. This systematic, step-wise process has been used successfully for over twenty years in working with some of the most famous names around. 

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Q: What is the first step of the place branding process?

A: We start with a “deep dive”, a couple of intensive days where we interview all the major players within the place from government, business, education, entertainment and creative industries. This process gives us a good overview of what are the main strengths and challenges within the place, who are the main people to include in the process and where the place brand is, right now. 

Q: What is the difference between place branding, place marketing, destination marketing and destination branding?

A: The terms place branding and place marketing are often used interchangeably although there might be said to be a slight difference. We prefer to use the term place branding as we focus more on the image and the reputation of a place, than just advertising or communication.

The branding of a place is more inclusive than destination marketing or destination branding. While destination marketing’s main focus is on the attraction of tourists and visitors and is more likely to rely on advertising of some sort mixed with other methods, the branding of a place covers all the communication of the place. That means it is not only the attraction of tourists, but also the attraction of inward investment and businesses as well as the attraction of people and talents. Place branding can have just as much inward focus as outward focus building up pride and a vision among the companies and the people of a place.

UP THERE, EVERYWHERE works with both place branding and destination marketing.

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Q: What kind of places do you brand?

A: We work for places of any size and any kind. It can be from a single shopping mall, a development project, a municipality or even a whole country. Our work has included a great variety of places such as the capital cities of Norway to work and Sweden, some of the leading municipalities in Scandinavia, the rural wilderness of eastern Greenland and pretty much anything in between. Most commonly we work for city regions or municipalities.

Q: How much does a place branding process cost?

A: That varies greatly and depends on how you want to do it. Our role can be as advisors or we can run the whole process. Usually we start with the deep dive and based on that we design the process based on the client’s needs and budgets. Because of how UP THERE, EVERYWHERE is structured our prices are very competitive without sacrificing any of the quality.

Q: What’s the difference between place branding and nation branding?

A: None, really. Nation branding is simply place branding where the place is a nation. The same goes for City branding. That is place branding for a city. Since we work for places of different forms and sizes we have decided to always use the term place branding. 

Q: How do you measure the success of a place branding campaign?

A: There are many ways to measure the success of such a campaign. What we want to measure (the KPIs) is one of the tasks of the place branding process. What are the goals and how do we measure if we have reached them? In general, the aim is to create a coherent message and an identity that different players from within the place adapt into their own message. In that way we can build a strong image for a place as people always get the same or similar message.

There are mainly three forms of measuring:

1. External research where we simply ask people from around the world what comes to their mind when they hear the mention of the place. Doing this before we start and then repeating it regularly through the years shows how the image and the brand of the place is developing externally.

2. Media coverage where we monitor the coverage the place is getting in international media, if they are negative or positive and if they are reinforcing the brand or counteracting it.

3. Internal usage where we measure how much companies and organizations within the place are using the elements created to reinforce the brand – and as an element to reinforce their own brand.

Q: Do you offer public speaking on place branding and destination marketing?

A: Yes, we do. Julian Stubbs is a popular speaker on the topics of place branding and destination marketing. Popular topics include:

  • ‘Branding Stockholm – the Capital of Scandinavia‘ where Julian Stubbs talks about the building of ‘The capital of Scandinavia’ as a brand and the affect it has had. Read more about this in the book Wish You Were Here: The Branding of Stockholm and other Places.
  • How can places become destinations?
  • How to get buy-in from place brand stakeholders
  • How cities can attract digital nomads
  • Customized talks.

Let us know what the event and the audience is and we can customize our talk to match your audience perfectly. Contact us about organizing a place branding talk.

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Q: What are the main benefits of place branding?

A: What does it matter to your opinion if a car is produced in Germany or in Sweden? Or if your shoes are from Italy or China? Places have built a reputation for certain products or reliabilities. Italy and French are famous for luxury goods and fashion. Scandinavia is famous for design and democracy, Switzerland for cuckoo clocks, Belgium for chocolate, Norway for salmon and Kashmir for wool. What reputation does your place have?

Many brands choose names that sounds like they are from a different place because of the brand of that place. Technology companies try to sounds Japanese and fashion companies try to sound Italian. Having those connections gives the brand immediate trust and interest within its field.

It is tricky to build up such a reputation, and sometimes such a reputation can be a challenge for other industries in the area. Our role is to figure out what the main strengths of a place is that organizations and people can use as ingredients for their branding. To be able to build up such a brand it is important that the message people get from the place is coherent.

You can look at it as a choir. Any given place has hundreds of voices. If no one knows what the identity and strength of the place is, everyone will be singing different songs. Though each voice may be pretty alone, coming together they create nothing but noise. Our role is to tune those voices so they sound like a beautiful choir. They don’t have to be all the same or sing the same notes. Choirs have basses and sopranos alike, but when they come together they are going to sounds strong and complete getting a clear message out to the audience.

We are like the conductor while the people and the companies are the voices singing. Our job is to make their voices sing in tune to get the audience to listen.


AAP convenor who referred to murdered IB official Ankit Sharma as ‘thulla’ kicked out of party

In a status update, referring to Sharma as a ‘thulla’, Panghaal said, "So a thulla called Ankit Sharma was found in the gutter today. Somehow I can't feel sorry for any dead thulla so spare me the elegy."

The Aam Aadmi Party has now suspended one of its leader Mayur Panghaal for making derogatory remarks against the brutal murder of Intelligence Bureau official Ankit Sharma. He had referred to him as ‘thulla’ and said that he would never feel sorry for death of a ‘thulla’.

Mayur Panghaal’s ‘thulla’ remark on Facebook

Following the severe condemnation, the Maharashtra unit of Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday came up with a Facebook post stating that Mayur Panghaal was suspended from the party and relieved from all the posts with immediate effect. The AAP Maharashtra called the remarks of Panghaal as ‘callous and provocative’.

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“It has come to the party’s notice that Mayur Panghaal, from Navi Mumbai, has made callous, uncalled for and provocative remarks. His views are his alone and he does not speak on behalf of the party. He is immediately relieved from all posts and suspended from the primary membership of the party with immediate effect,” said the post.

Further, the AAP claimed that it had highest regard for martyrs and will not tolerate any insult to them. “We condemn the ghastly murder of late Shri Ankit Sharma, security assistant of IB, and we are with his family in this moment of grief,” the AAP added.

Read: Delhi riots: Petrol Bombs, crates of stones found stored on AAP councillor Tahir Hussain’s rooftop

On Wednesday, Aam Aadmi Party leader Mayur Panghaal had taken to Facebook to comment on the brutal murder of Intelligence Bureau official Ankit Sharma in the Delhi anti-Hindu riots. In a status update, referring to Sharma as a ‘thulla’, Panghaal said, “So a thulla called Ankit Sharma was found in the gutter today. Somehow I can’t feel sorry for any dead thulla so spare me the elegy.”

‘Thulla’ is a derogatory term used to refer to policemen. Earlier, AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, too, had referred to Delhi Police as ‘thulla‘.

Panghaal works as a joint convener, Aam Aadmi Party, Navi Mumbai for Belapur constituency. He manages the AAP Facebook page for Belapur constituency. His posts over the years have been consistently pro-Aam Aadmi Party. He has now deactivated his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Earlier on Wednesday, the dead body of an Intelligence Bureau constable was recovered from a drain in North East Delhi amidst anti-Hindu riots in the national capital. Ankit Sharma, who lived in Chand Bagh, was returning home on Tuesday evening when he was allegedly attacked by a violent mob on the Chand Bagh bridge and beaten to death. The anti-CAA mob later threw his body was later into a drain.

Later, his body was recovered from a drain in Chand Bagh. It is believed that he was beaten to death and later, the mob disposed of his body by dumping it in the drain. Sharma’s father, Ravindra Sharma, who is also associated with the IB had reportedly held Aam Aadmi Party leader Tahir Hussain of murdering his son.

A day after murder allegations against AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, more videos and images emerged on Thursday showing crates of stones and petrol bombs stored at the rooftop of the AAP leader Tahir Hussain exposing direct link with the anti-CAA riots in Delhi.

China’s Threats to Academic Freedom Abroad

Fears of China’s growing threat to academic freedom have heightened worldwide. On 30 October, the Belgian authorities denied a residence permit to Song Xinning, former director of the Confucius Institute at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, making it impossible for him to return to his job or enter any other country in the Schengen area. Accused of spying for China, Song responded by blaming the Belgian State Security Service for smearing him, and appealed Belgium’s decision. A second scandal erupted in early November in the Czech Republic, when it was revealed that secret payments from China were made to four faculty members at Charles University in Prague. The scandal intensified anxiety that China could leverage its connections with some Czech politicians to deepen its influence in academia. Meanwhile, the British Parliament released a report that showed ‘alarming evidence’ of Chinese interference in British universities, with some of the activities that sought to curb academic freedom seemingly coordinated by the Chinese Embassy in London. On the other side of the Atlantic, on 3 November the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at McMaster University in Canada failed to reverse the decertification of its club status. The association had been stripped of its license in September, following concerns that it had monitored student and academic activities on campus on behalf of the Chinese government. The most disturbing news comes from Japan. On 15 November, Nobu Iwatani, a Japanese professor at Hokkaido University, returned to Japan safely after being detained in China for over two months for apparently possessing a ‘forbidden book’. He had travelled to the country on invitation of the official Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and was detained upon his arrival at the hotel designated by his hosts. Exacerbating existent worries about China’s expanding interference in international academia was the confession in late November by Wang William Liqiang, a self-claimed former Chinese spy seeking political asylum in Australia. Among other things, Wang also alleged that he was personally involved in infiltrating universities in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, universities in China are increasingly subjected to the control of the Chinese Communist Party. In December, changes to the charters of three elite universities in China—Fudan University in Shanghai, Nanjing University, and Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an—dropped the phrase ‘freedom of thought’ and included of a pledge to follow the leadership of the Party. This prompted heated discussions online, which were quickly censored, and a flash mob of Fudan students who gathered to singing their college anthem, which includes the phrase ‘freedom of thought’. NLiu


(Source: Financial TimesThe Japan TimesReutersSouth China Morning PostThe AgeThe Guardian 1The Guardian 2)