Indian Theme on Foreign Stamps:Oman

oman india relations stampsBy M Gulrez

Sultanate of Oman has issued a beautiful stamp sheet to commemorate the occasion of 60 years of Oman- India diplomatic ties .The stamps depicts Indian flag and Tajmahal.

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United Nations-Czech Republic joint issue

unpa chech republic joint issueczech republic unpa joint stamp issueThe UNPA will issue six stamps, two for each U.N. post office, on 8th September 2016 while chech Republic will issue stamps on 7th September 2016.Two of the stamps, the 47¢ U.N. stamp for use from the post office at U.N. headquarters in New York City, and the 27-koruna Czech Republic stamp, feature scenes of Prague.

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Hongkong will Issue Stamps on Teachers Day

hongkong teachers day stampsHongkong will issue “A Tribute to Teachers” stamps on 6th September 2016.September 10 has been designated as Teachers’ Day in Hong Kong.Depicting chalk drawings on a blackboard, this set of four stamps and the stamp sheetlet convey five messages on the theme of “A Tribute to Teachers”, namely “Nurture and Growth” ($1.70), “Mentoring and Care” ($2.90), “Potential and Confidence” ($3.70), “Dedication and Support” ($5) and “Knowledge and Learning” ($10 stamp sheetlet).

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Austria Issued Glass Stamp

austria glass stampAustria issued an impressive stamp made of glass on 10th June 2016 . It presents the reverse-glass painting tradition of the municipality of Sandl in Upper Austria in the miniature scale of a postage stamp. The reverse-glass painting is of a cross and pieta (a subject in Christian art depicting the Virgin Mary holding and weeping over the body of her crucified son Jesus). The stamp has a face value of €6.30.

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India Post Released Stamp on Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamy 

jagadguru ssr swami stampIndia Post has released a commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Centenary of Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamy  on 27th August 2016.

Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamy did his primary education at Suttur itself with his previous name as Sri Puttaswamy. Sri Shivarathreeshwara took the blessed one into his fold and officially named him as Sri Shivarathri Rajendraswamy. Poojya Sri Swamiji tookswamiji to studying Sanskrit at the tender age of 8 in Mysuru as a disciple of the great Sanskrit scholar Basavaraja Shastri. Sri Rajendraswamy went to Kashi and met Sri Gowrishankaraswamy and expressed his desire to study under his guidance. Sri Gowrishankaraswmy told Swamiji, “It is not enough if you get educated. You should go back and support education of poor children.” In the meanwhile, when Swamiji was not to be seen in Mysuru, Sri Shivarathreshwara guessed rightly and reached Kashi and brought back Sri Rajendra Swamiji to Mysuru. On 24.2.1928 when Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Swamy was only twelve years old, he was anointed with the responsibilities of the Sri Math.

After taking on the responsibilities of the Sri Math, Sri Rajendraswamy got engaged in social service and continuous reflection. With the intention of supporting poor students who would otherwise drop out from education, Poojya Swamiji started free hostels. With the blessings and encouragement of the Senior Swamiji, a building on Vanivilas Road was bought and the free hostel was started. That was the grand beginning of the students’ hostels.

Several stalwarts have studied in the hostels that began in the 40s. They included Sri M. Rajashekharamurthy, Sri M.S. Gurupadaswamy, Sri H. Veerabhadraiah, Sri M.S. Parasivamurthy and others. In the later decades, Dr. D.M. Nanjundappa, Prof. G.S. Shivarudrappa, Dr. UR Ananthamurthy, Dr. H. M. Marulasiddaiah and others stayed and studied in these hostels. Continue reading

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New Picture Postcards on Janmashtami

agra picture postcardsBy Anil Kr Pujara

Agra Philatelic Bureau of India Post has released a set of seven picture postcards on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami.Quantity 500.

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New Stamp,Postcard and Special Covers on Birds and Animals

By Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ArGe Zoologie

Germany:Stamp Cards on Birds 

germany birds cardsgermany birds card 1During the philatelic exhibition Nature from September 9th – September 11th  in Kaltenwestheim these stamp cards will be available for philatelists , one Special cover and two Special Cards. All philatelic items are featuring the European Goldfinch(Carduelis carduelis), bird of theyear 2016 in Germany. A pictorial postmark featuring a European Goldfinch will be available on all three days of the Exhibition. The Exhibition will be organized by  the German Philatelic Collector Group BSV Meiningen with the chairman Mr. Matthias Reichel. Kaltenwestheim is located in the rural region Rhön of the County Thuringia in Germany.

 Germany:Postcards on Birds

germany birds postcardsTwo new stationeries(postcards) are available for the philatelic exhibition GABRIA 2016 in Gaildorf, Germany. The exhibition will be held from November 5th to November 6th ,2016. The two postcards are featuring the European Goldfinch(Carduelis carduelis) . It´s the bird  of the year 2016 in Germany.

Czech Republic: Frog Stamp

czech frog stampOn September 7th 2016 a new definitive stamp will be issued in Czech Republic. The Denomination A is like 16 CZK(Postage rate for letters Inland). The stamp is featuring a Tree Frog(Hyla arborea).

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India Post Issued Stamps,MS and Sheetlet on Indian Metal Crafts

indian metal crafts stampsIndia Post has released a set of six commemorative postage stamps on Indian Metal Crafts on 26th August 2016.A miniature sheet and a sheetlet has also been released of this issue.The stamps depicts-

1.Rs25 Gold Gajalakshmi Lamp 2.Rs25. Silver Spouted Lota  3.Rs 15 Bronze Dhoopdan

4.15 Rs.Copper Pandan 5.5 Rs.Iron Surahi 6.5Rs. Bronze Natraj

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New Stamp Booklets from France

Red Cross 2016

france redcross stamp bookletThis 2016 book is in line with the book issued in 2015 whose title was “The French Red Cross in action.”1)This year’s 2016 book focuses on helping the integration or transport of disabled people in the workplace, support for old isolated people, the homeless, the summer and winter, listening to the wounded, learning reading and writing for children, on the stamp, but also for adults, the reception of refugees, first aid.

The book size is 85mm to 165mm

The stamps have a horizontal format 38 mm x 24 mm with serrations / 33 mm to 20 mm without serration (= useful surface is ie printed) The number of stamps: The book is a booklet of 8 stamps.

Issue Date: 02.05.2016 Designer: Corinne Salvi Illustrator: Dumas and Simon Hureau Process: Rotogravure Size: 38 x 24 mm Values: 7.60€

Minerals

france stamp booklet mineralsThe stamps of this booklet feature 12 minerals. They are found around Paris Panthéon which houses three collections of minerals: those of the National Natural History Museum, one of the UMPC Sorbonne University and the School of Mines Paris Tech. It is thus the most impressive collection of minerals in the world, unique for its diversity, its scientific, historical and aesthetic nature. The twelve mineral on the stamps in this booklet are visible at the mineralogy museum MINES ParisTech.

Issue Date: 08.01.2016 Process: Rotogravure Size: 256 mm x 54 mm  Values: 9.60€

Animals are Watching Us

france stamp booklets animalsThe stamps are illustrated by the eyes of animals. The intention of this book “Animals are watching” is to interpellate on biodiversity. Animals that have been chosen to illustrate the stamps are not necessarily endangered animals. These expressive looks symbolize all animals threatened with extinction now or not. They refer us to our responsibilities, we wonder about their future and the future of the planet. Continue reading

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Stamp Booklet on Jainism Theme

stamp bookletIndia Post has issued a stamp booklet on Shri Parshwanath Digamber Jain Upwan Mandir Dhwaj Yatra. The  Booklet contains My stamps of the yatra.

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