Remembering Indira Gandhi on Her Birth Centenary

indira gandhi stampBy Anil Kr Pujara

Today is the 100th Birth Anniversary of Nndira Gandhi. Indira Gandhi was an Indian politician and the only female Prime Minister of the country. Born in the famous Nehru family, she was perhaps destined for an illustrious political career. She served as Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and from 1980 until her assassination in 1984.Russia issued a stamp to commemorate her birth centenary on 21st September 2017.

indira gandhi fdcAnother Russinn Stamp Issued On Indira Gandhi on 19.11.1987

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My Stamp Launched For Vijay

my stamp vijayMy Stamp Released on Ilaya Thalapathy  Vijay’s latest movie  ‘Mersal’ which which started to screens from this Diwali seems to be on a roll with almost all theatres running houseful. The movie is being appreciated for its socially relevant content from the film fraternity and the common public as well.

Now,  what appears to a truly exciting news is that, Vijay fans in the United Arab Emirates(UAE), with the help of India Post  have issued a personalized postal stamp with Vijay’s portrait. Continue reading

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Malaysia Issued Stamps on 150th Anniversary of the First Stamps

malaysia stampsMalaysia issued a set of stamps to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first stamps in country. This year marks the 150th anniversary since the first stamps were issued in this country. To commemorate this momentous event, Pos Malaysia recently issued a beautiful set of stamps bearing the images of all nine postage stamp denominations released on Sept 1, 1867.

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New Christmas 2017 Stamps:Canada

canada christmas stampsThis year’s sacred issue, designed by Louise Méthé, showcases The Adoration of the Shepherds, a vibrant oil-on-panel painting housed at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Attributed to Italian artist Tommaso di Stefano Lunetti (c. 1495-1564), this carefully composed masterpiece was based on Luke’s gospel, in which angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds, who then rushed from their fields to find their newborn saviour.

The Christmas Animals stamps were designed by Hélène L’Heureux, with illustrations by Christiane Beauregard. They feature three classic Canadian creatures – a cheery polar bear (Permanent domestic rate), a brilliant red cardinal (U.S. rate), and a caribou festooned with lights (International rate) – that are sure to add a touch of festive whimsy to your holiday mail.

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Pakistan Issued Stamps on Victory in Champions Trophy

pakistan champions trophy stampsPakistan has issued  a set of three commemorative stamps  and a souvenir sheet to commemorate the historic victory of Pakistan cricket team in the Champions Trophy. The stamps were launched at an impressive ceremony at the Gaddafi Stadium, which was attended by Federal Minister for Postal Service Syed Ameer Zaman, Pakistan Post Director General Madam Rubina Tayyab and PCB chairman Najam Sethi along with board officials.

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The President Released APS Cover on Helicopter Unit

aps coverThe President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented Standards to the 223 Squadron and the 117 Helicopter Unit of the Indian Air Force at the Air Force Station, Adampur, Punjab on 16th November 2017.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the contribution of Punjab to our armed forces, and of our armed forces to our nation, has been enormous. That is why, in his role as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, he was glad to visit Punjab for awarding Standards to the 223 Squadron and the 117 Helicopter Unit of the Indian Air Force. He stated that both units have a history of professional excellence. The nation honours them with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for dedication and courage in the face of adversity. Continue reading

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New Stamps from Austria

Post am Rochus

austria rochus stampIn 2011 Austrian Post decided to abandon the company’s headquarters in the Postgasse in Vienna’s 1st district, and to set up a new head office. Now, in autumn 2017, the building work is complete and the “Post am Rochus” is to open. The commemorative stamp shows the new company headquarters as seen from the Rochusmarkt.Since the founding of the Postal and Telegraph Administration in 1866, this has been located in the Innere Stadt city centre district of Vienna in the former Barbara Foundation building. Following the decision to move into a new main building, the company’s headquarters temporarily moved to Haidingergase in the 3rd district. The new headquarters was to be built in the city centre district on a property near the Rochusmarkt owned by Austrian Post. The design was selected in an EU-wide competition for the submission of ideas, with the winning design ultimately being that of Schenker Salvi Weber Architekten ZT GmbH in collaboration with feld72 architekten zt gmbH.

Issue Date:18.10.2017 Designer:Karin Klier Printer:Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V Process:Offset

Day of the Stamp 2017

austria stamp dayThis year’s design for the commemorative stamp for the Day of the Stamp is dedicated to the “last knight”, Emperor Maximilian I. His epic poem Theuerdank, dating from the year 1517, is an important exemplar of the art of early printing. Once again, the supplement charged on this stamp will be used to promote philately. Maximilian was born in the Lower Austrian city of Wiener Neustadt – which is why, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Hirtenberg philatelists’ association, which also hails from Lower Austria, was entrusted with organising the Austrian philatelic event ÖVEBRIA 2017. Maximilian I (1459–1519), of the house of Habsburg, became the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1508, although without being crowned by the Pope, after already having been elected King of the Romans and becoming ruler over the Austrian hereditary lands following the death of his father Frederick III. Maximilian was very well-educated and took a great interest in science and in classical traditions of chivalry such as tournaments and the medieval literature dedicated to chivalric heroes.

Issue Date:18.10.2017 Designer:Anita Kern Printer:Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V Process:Offset

Peter Paul Rubens :Girl with Fan

austria rubens stampThe great Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) studied the “Old Masters” throughout his life. They were his role models and his inspiration. He copied and interpreted them in his own way in order to learn from and outdo them. One of his paintings is the “Girl with the Fan”, which Rubens created based on a portrait by Titian, and which Austrian Post is now featuring on a stamp from the “Old Masters” series. Titian (c. 1488-1576), the Venetian master from the Renaissance, painted his “Lady in White” in around 1555, around 70 years before Rubens’ painting. Titian had sent the painting to Philipp II together with a letter in which he described the woman depicted as “the absolute mistress of my soul”. The woman in Titian’s portrait is often believed to be his daughter Lavinia, who had married in 1555. However, it could also be Emilia, an illegitimate daughter of the artist. Continue reading

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Special Cover: International Day of Forests

special cover forestdayDate of Release:21 March 2017,Malleshwaram

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New Stamps from Austria

Red Deer

austria red deer stampIts impressive size has also gained the red deer the title “King of the forest”.The most noticeable feature of the red deer (Lat. Cervus elaphus) is undoubtedly its prominent, powerful antlers, which are particularly well-branched and expansive. Only male animals grow antlers, which can weigh up to eight kilogrammes. Hunters designate stags according to the number of points on their antlers, so, for example, a “12-pointer” is a male (stag) which has six points on at least one of its antlers. If he has the same number of points on both antlers he is an “even 12-pointer”. In their first year the young stags have antlers comprising a single spike.

Issue Date:18.10.2017 Designer:Kirsten LubachPrinter:Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V

Welt Museum Wien

austtria weltmuseum stampOn 25th October the Weltmuseum Wien was reopend following an extensive redesign. To mark this occasion, Austrian Post is dedicating a commemorative stamp to the museum with its rich history.The Weltmuseum Wien is regarded as one of the most important ethnological museums in the world. The origins of the Museum reach back to 1806, when the purchase of part of the “Cook Collection” spurred the establishment of a separate k.u.k ethnographic collection in the Imperial Natural History Cabinet (Hofnaturalienkabinett). The individual rooms will be dedicated to themes such as colonialism, the history of Japan in Vienna’s World Fair of 1873 or the ethnographic collections of three young Habsburgs.The design on the commemorative stamp shows a feather bust of a Hawaiian deity which was acquired in around 1779 during the third circumnavigation of the globe by the British sailor James Cook.

Issue Date:18.10.2017 Designer:Regina Simon Printer:Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V

Traditional Costume of Grinzing

austria costumes stampThe word Grinzing immediately conjures up thoughts of Heurige (small drinking establishments), wine and Wienerlieder (or Viennese songs). Fittingly, there is also a unique Grinzing traditional costume, which is now being presented on a commemorative stamp. Since Grinzing is a classic wine-growing region, this dirndl is also called a traditional wine-maker’s dress. Located at the foot of the Kahlenberg, Grinzing was once a suburb of Vienna. Since 1892 it has been part of Döbling, Vienna’s 19th district. The picturesque vineyards and the traditional culture of the Heurige make Grinzing a popular destination for visitors from around the world. The historic centre with the Late Gothic Grinzing Church and the grassy village green still give the place the feel of a village, even if Grinzing is now a popular address for Austrian celebrities. Continue reading

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Special Cover Released on Gharana Wetland

special cover gharana wetlandJammu and Kashmir circle of India Post has released a special cover on Gharana Wetland on 9th November 2017.Governor of Gujrat N N Vohra released the special cover and a my stamp on Mata Vaishno Devi.He was inaugurating  the Jammu Philatelic Festival cum Exhibition organized by the Department of Posts, Government of India.GharanaWetland which is situated in Jammu region and known for the large variety of migratory birds which visit this waterbody.

Governor, as per the official, observed that the Department of Posts, which is one of the oldest institutions , has rendered invaluable contribution towards development of the India etc. Continue reading

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