Indian Theme on Foreign Stamps:Spain

Taj Mahal  

spain-tajmahal-stampThe Taj Mahal, or what is the same, the “Crown Palace” is a complex of buildings built in the city of Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India between 1631 and 1648 by the Muslim emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his favorite wife, Arjumand Bano, who died in childbirth of her fourteenth child. His wife’s death was a devastating blow to the emperor who was imprisoned by his son, leaving the Empire in the hands of his successors. From his window, he imagined a grand mausoleum for his beloved, the most impressive mausoleum that the human mind could conceive.

He fulfilled his dream. It took more than 20,000 men and 1,000 elephants to lift. The most important architects of the Empire participated in construction, and, legend has it that, once completed work, he ordered to cut off the hands of anyone who had participated in the works so that they could never build something. Continue reading

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Singapore Issued Stamps on Festivals

singapore-festivals-stampsOne stamp issued on Diwali

It comprises eight designs in two denominations: 1st local and 70 cents.The four festivals – Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Deepavali and Christmas – will each get two stamps with different graphic designs.Date of Issue:19 October 2016

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Royal Mail :45th Anniversary of Mr.Men Little Miss Stamp Issue

royal-mail-stampsRoger Hargreaves introduced Mr. Tickle to the world in 1971: the first of many MR. MEN  LITTLE MISS characters that have become universally popular. Royal Mail issued these stamps to  mark the 45th anniversary of these iconic books .

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Greenland Issued Stamp on The Danish Crown Prince Couple

greenland-royal-family-stampGreenland issued a beautiful stamp on 17th October 2016 on which HRH The Crown Prince, HRH The Crown Princess and their four children are wearing their beautiful national costumes of Greenland.

There are both warm and strong bonds between Greenland and  royal family.

The bonds have been formed in deep mutual respect and confirmed through generations.Everywhere in Greenland, royal family members elicit great enthusiasm and interest.

In recent years, The Crown Prince Couple and their children have increasingly attracted the most attention. It is evident that The Crown Prince Couple and their children also have warm feelings for Greenland and the Greenlandic people.

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New Army Postal Service Cover’s (3)

aps-31.Golden Jubilee:15th Battalion The Maratha Light Infantry,1 June 2016

2.Platinum Jubilee:1st Battalion Assam Regiment.15 June 2016

3.Platinum Jubilee:1 Army HQ Signal Regiment,24 June 2016

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UNPA:Stamps on Sustainable Development Goals

unpa-stampsUNPA is celebrating this year’s United Nations Day with the issuance of the ground-breaking UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) stamps and booklets. The United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945, and 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day ever since. The creation of the United Nations brought the peoples and nations of the world together to promote peace, human rights and social and economic development. In this spirit of solidarity, the world leaders adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) at the historic 2015 UN Summit.

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Croatia will Issue Stamps on Minerals

croatia-minerals-stampsBy Wolfgang Beyer

Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie

Croatia will issue a set of two stamps on Rhyolite and Sea Salt on 24th October 2016. Rhyolite is a sour effusive rock of grey to green colour built mostly from the minerals quartz, feldspar, mica and amphibole. It is of porphyric structure with holo crystal granular base.Sea Salt . mineral is extremely important because the sodium ions are indispensable for normal functioning of many physiologic processes in human organism.

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IOM Europa 2016 Stamps

iom-europa-stampsThe Isle of Man’s status as a Unesco world biosphere region has been celebrated in a new set of stamps.The five-stamp was released on 7 October.The Unesco World Network of Biosphere Reserves now features 669 reserves in 120 countries including Uluru (formerly known as Ayers Rock) in Australia and Mount Kenya.

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Special Cover Released on Bhairodan Sethia

special-cover-bikanerBy Sudhir Jain

Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal, State Minster for Finance & Corporate Affiers, Govt. of India issued a special cover on famous Jain personality Late Shri Bhairondan Sethia at Bikaner on 19th Oct. 2016. Social worker and educationist Shri Sethia had established various educational institutions and libraries in Bikaner and also preserved artwork. Bikaner MLA Sidhdhi Kumari, Supt. Of Postoffices Shri S. S. Shekhawat, Mayor Narayan Chopra etc. were present in the release function. Senior Philatelist of Delhi Shri Lalit Kumar Nahata was instrumental in release of this special cover and special cancellation.

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New Stamps from Spain

 Antonio de Ulloa

spain-ulloa-stampAntonio de Ulloa y de la Torre-Giral was born on the 12 January 1716 in Seville. Son of the Economist Bernardo de Ulloa, he joined the Spanish Navy as Guardia Marina in 1733. Two years later he entered to form part, together with the also Spanish Jorge Juan, in the first major multinational, European and scientific expedition in recorded history: the French Geodesic Mission, organized by the French Academy of Sciences. The mission was to reach what is now Ecuador and determine the sphericity of the Earth. Ulloa spent eight years there, during which, with Jorge Juan, discovered platinum.Until then this mineral was considered an impurity that appeared next to gold. Antonio de Ulloa was the first to make a scientific description of this precious metal. Platinum was first brought to Spain in 1735.

He founded the first museum of natural history in the world, the current Museum of Natural Sciences; also, he was the creator of the Astronomical Observatory of Cadiz and the first metallurgy laboratory Spain.

The stamp commemorating the three hundred years after his birth, contains a portrait of Antonio de Ulloa, painted in oil by Andrés Cortés y Aguilar, along with a ship and compass rose.

Issue Date: 26.09.2016 Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 40.9 x 28.8 mm Values: 1.30

Artistic Heritage

spain-art-heritage-stampsOn the occasion of the opening of the Mulafest festival in 2013 six internationally renowned graffiti artists, performed which was the largest permanent mural in Madrid, on the facade of Hall 12 at Feria de Madrid (Ifema).The work was done by Sixe Paredes, Suso33, Okuda, Aryz, San and Herbert Baglione. They perched themselves on a hydraulic platform and used their aerosols to shape a work of art that even today can be seen in these facilities.Today, street art is becoming less of a taboo, and becoming more accepted as an art form like any other. In Madrid, the genre already has its own circuit and is another cultural asset to the capital of Spain.

The block sheet is issued, it presents the image of the facade of the Hall 12 of Feria de Madrid (Ifema), where is located the famous mural. The stamp includes a detail of this work of art that exudes optimism and good vibes to all who visit this corner of Madrid.

Issue Date: 23.09.2016 Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 74.6 x 28.8 mm (Stamp) : 3.00

Scholastic Civic Values – Solidarity

spain-civic-values-stampsSolidarity is something that can be learnt. This is why it is vital for solidarity to be fostered in the classroom from the earliest age. It is about showing unity with other people, to certain causes, sharing their interests and needs. Solidarity is directly related to justice, which aims to achieve equality among all human beings. Good sentiments, like solidarity, complement justice. It involves affection, support, empathy. It is a sentiment that determines how we see human reality. It means seeing things with other eyes; it is associated with a feeling of fraternity and of putting yourself in other people’s shoes.Within the scope of children’s education, it is essential to create civic behaviour and to establish routines that teach respect for others. Continue reading

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