India Post Released Stamps and MS on Caves of Meghalaya

By Anil Kr Pujara

India Post has released a set of 4 stamps and a miniature sheet on Caves of Meghalaya on 15th August 2017.The stamps depicts four caves Krem Blang,Krem Lymput,Krem Sydai and KremKhung.caves of meghalaya stamps

Krem Blang: A cave near Shilong in Jaintia hills.

Krem Khung:The 20th edition of the International Cave Expedition under the project Caving in the Abode of the Clouds was able to explore a new cave known as Krem Khung in Larket of Jaintia Hills district.

According to the Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association general secretary, Brian D. Kharpran Daly, the cave strewn with massive boulder blocks, has been explored and mapped to 5,120 metres. Continue reading

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India Post Issued Stamps and MS on Beautiful India

beautiful india stampsBy Anil Kr Pujara

India Post has issued a set of two stamps and a miniature sheet on the theme Beautiful India on 15th August 2017.(Denominatio 15 Rs each).Stamps are based on paintings crated by school children.

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New Stamps from Monaco

The Forbidden City in Monaco

monaco forbidden city stampThe major exhibition event of the summer at the Grimaldi Forum will be devoted to “The Forbidden City in Monaco: Imperial Court Life in China”. From 14 July to 10 September, the Forbidden City, the hub of political decision-making as well as a centre of culture and religion, will provide a showcase for a vast historical panorama presented via more than 250 works, mostly from the Museum of the Forbidden City. Works of calligraphy, paintings, ceramics, furniture, jade and liturgical objects will illustrate the refinement of traditional Chinese culture. This culture was to reach its peak under the emperors of the last feudal dynasty, the Qing – the period on which the exhibition focuses – which reigned from 1644 to 1911, the year the Republic of China was established.

Issue Date: 13.07.2017 Designer: © Hung Chung Chih/licence Shutterstock.com Process: Heliogravure  Size: Size of the block: 115 x 115 mm, Size of the stamp: 30 x 40 mm

Ancient Grimaldi Strongholds:Duras

monaco duras stampOn 4 July, H.S.H. Prince Albert II will tread the path of his Duras ancestors as he pays a visit to the Castle of the Dukes. The Grimaldis share a common ancestry with the Durfort family, who owned the castle for nearly 500 years. The first wife of Emmanuel Félicité, Duke of Duras, was Charlotte-Antoinette, a descendant of Hortense Mancini, the niece of Cardinal Mazarin. From this union was born Louise-Jeanne de Durfort, Duchess of Mazarin, who passed her titles on to her daughter, Louise d’Aumont. The latter would go on to become a princess of Monaco when she married Prince Honoré IV in 1771.

Issue Date: 04.07.2017 Designer: Sophie BEAUJARD Process: 4 colours steel-engraving Colours: 4 Colours Size: 40 x 31,77 mm horizontal

Marshal of Matignon

monaco marshal stampJacques II de Goyon, the lord of Matignon, was Marshal of France and Mayor of Bordeaux from 1585 to 1597, a position he inherited from his friend Michel de Montaigne. One of his descendants, Jacques Goyon de Matignon, Count of Torigni, became a prince of Monaco under the title Jacques I after his marriage to Louise-Hippolyte of Monaco in 1715. H.S.H. Prince Albert II will travel to Bordeaux on 5 July.

Issue Date: 04.07.2017 Designer: Sophie BEAUJARD Process: 3 colours steel-engraving Colours: 3 Colours Size: 40 x 31,77 mm horizontal

Herculis International Athletics Meeting

monaco athlete stampChaired by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, the Monegasque Athletics Federation has organised the Herculis meeting at the Louis II Stadium since 1987.

Every year, the Federation strives to offer a high-quality sporting event in a friendly atmosphere. Since it became part of the IAAF Diamond League in 2010, the meeting has consistently been considered as part of the international elite series, and was voted the best meeting in the world in 2011 and 2014.

Herculis 2017 will be held on 21 July.

Issue Date: 04.07.2017 Designer: © Fédération Monégasque d’Athlétisme Process: Offset Size: 30 x 40,85 mm vertical

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New Stamps from Kyrgyzstan

Historical and Cultural Ties between Kyrgyzstan and China :Li Bai

kyrgyzstan china stampsThis miniature sheet comprises two postage stamps. China and Kyrgyzstan are neighboring countries, with friendly relations. Mutual understanding and support have developed between them. China was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Kyrgyzstan. One of the symbols of historical and cultural ties between Kyrgyzstan and China is the fact that the great Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty, Li Bai (701-762), was born in Suyab, near the modern city of Tokmak, in the north of Kyrgyzstan.
The literary heritage of Li Bai comprises about 1,100 works, of which about 900 are poems.
Issue Date: 29.06.2017 Designer: Lilian Iațco Printer: Nova Imprim Process: Full-colour offset lithography Size: 34,00 x 34,00 mm

Kyrgyzstan-Belarus Joint issue

kyrgystan belarus joint issue This KEP issue includes two miniatures: one represents the Kyrgyz horse (a “Novokyrgyz” breed), and the second, a “Trakehner” horse, common in Belarus. The Kyrgyz horse is of ancient origin, and its history is closely connected with the history of the Kyrgyz people. The Kyrgyz horse has always been characterized by exceptional endurance, unpretentiousness and adaptability to the conditions of the mountainous terrain.
The Trakehner breed was created primarily for cavalry, which required horses with speed and power. Over time, the Trakehner breed lost its military significance, but it was used with great success in agriculture and equestrian sport.

Issue Date: 30.06.2017 Designer: Aliona Cojocari Illustrator: Alina Homich, Vladimir VoroninPrinter: Nova Imprim Process: Full-colour offset lithography Size: 46,00 x 27,50 mm Values: 50, 100 KGS

19th International Botanical Congress in Shenzhen

kyrgyzstan flowerss stamps “19th International Botanical Congress in Shenzhen (PRC)”.   Plants play a special role in the life of our planet. The very existence of the animal kingdom, including humans, would be impossible without the plant kingdom.

This determines the importance of botany, which has as its object the scientific study of plants.  The International Botanical Congresses (IBCs) are world forums of scientists engaged in various areas of botanical research.

Issue Date: 07.07.2017

Designer: Anastasia Pariniuc Illustrator: Ivanka Costru

Printer: Nova Imprim Process: Full-colour offset lithography + pantone silver Size: 34.00 x 34.00 mm

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Happy Independence Day

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Stamp Exhibition at Udhagamndalam

stamp exhibitionWith Independence Day fast approaching, the Government Museum in Udhagamandalam has organised an exhibition of stamps to commemorate freedom fighters. The exhibition started on Thursday will continue till August 18. More than 34 exhibits will be on show, featuring commemorative stamps released since 1990. C. Sivakumar, curator (in-charge) of the museum, said that the museum has a collection of well over a 100 stamps. The stamps now on display will focus on the seminal moments, and figures that shaped the Independence movement and anti-colonial struggle. Continue reading

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Philatelic Exhibition at Manipal University

manipalThe Philatelic and Numismatics Club of Manipal University is organising a two-day exhibition and competition at Dr TMA Pai Hall on August 19-20. The event, Tulunadpex-2017, will be open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm. The event will be organised in association with the Dakshina Kannada Philatelic and Numismatic Association. There is no entry fee. “The aim of the exhibition is to promote philately and numismatics and create awareness about educational and cultural values of stamps and coins among public, especially the youth and school children,” said Suma Nair, director of student affairs and president of Manipal University Philatelic and Numismatics Club. The club was started on December 6, 2015 with the idea of promoting the hobby in the region. “Last year was the first exhibition and it was very successful. This year there are more entries,” she said. “There will be 219 frames of stamps and 60 tables of coins collections on display, making it a colourful exhibition. Continue reading

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New Stamps from Austria

150 Years of the Brenner Railway

austria railway stampThe stamp design shows a typical passenger train from the 1980s with an Austrian Railways 1020 series electric engine in a snowy Gries station. On the Austrian side the area around the Brenner Pass belongs to the municipality of Gries am Brenner.

One of the most important links from Germany to Italy via Austria is the railway line over the Brenner Pass, the standard gauge Brenner railway. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of its opening in August 1867, Austrian Post is dedicating a commemorative stamp from the “Railways” series to it.
The section of the railway from Munich to Verona which runs over the Brenner Pass from Innsbruck to Bolzano is called the Brenner railway, or in Italian Ferrovia del Brennero. It creates a link between the imperial North Tyrolean railway (Kufstein- Innsbruck), which opened in 1858, and the imperial South Tyrolean railway (Verona- Bolzano), which began operating in 1859. The stretch from Innsbruck to Bolzano is around 125 kilometres long. The maximum incline is 2.5% and the maximum speed of the trains is 100 km/h on the North Tyrolean side, a little over this in South Tyrol.

For some years now, work has been underway on the 55 kilometre-long Brenner Base Tunnel, which will take freight traffic off the existing stretch and make the whole stretch faster as part of the Trans-European Transport Network system (TEN-T). Goods trains have already been using the alternative route via Innsbruck with the 13 kilometre-long Inn Valley Tunnel since 1994 in order to reduce noise pollution in the Lower Inn Valley. The building of the Brenner Base Tunnel will incorporate this deviation as well as the high speed stretch in the Lower Inn Valley, thus making the Scandinavia-Mediterranean (SCAN-MED) railway link considerably faster. The tunnel is expected to be operational in 2026. The already considerable freight traffic over the Brenner route is largely operated by private railway companies.
Issue Date: 15.07.2017 Designer: Peter Sinawehl Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V

Christoph Waltz

austria waltz stampChristoph Waltz was born on 4th October 1956 in Vienna and grew up there. In 1996 he played Roy Black in the film adaptation of the singer’s life and was awarded the Bavarian Television Prize for his part. In 2000 Waltz made his directorial début with the television production “Wenn mann sich traut”.

He finally got his big break in the film mecca of Hollywood in his fifties, playing the role of SS-Oberst Hans Landa in the Quentin Tarantino film “Inglorious Basterds”, for which he won the best supporting actor Oscar in 2010 – the first German speaking actor to do so since Maximilian Schell in 1962. Just three years later, he won his second Academy Award for his next Tarantino film, “Django Unchained”. For both films he was also awarded the Golden Globe, the SAG Award, a BAFTA and count- less other awards, and in 2011 he received the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art. Since appearing in these films, Christoph Waltz has numbered among Hollywood’s greats, also starring as the villain in the James Bond epic “Spectre’” (2015) and as Cardinal Richelieu in the 2011 version of The Three Musketeers. Waltz is also the only actor to date to have won an Oscar for a role in a Tarantino film.
Issue Date: 12.07.2017 Designer: Kirsten Lubach Printer: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V Process: Offset

Parish Church of St Andrä

austria church stampThe Roman Catholic parish church near Thörl-Maglern in Carinthia is dedicated to St. Andrew. It is famous for its 15th century frescoes, painted by the Carinthian artist Thomas von Villach. The commemorative stamp being issued by Austrian Post in the “Sacred Art in Austria” series depicts doubting Thomas with Christ.There has been a chapel in Thörl-Maglern since the 12th century. The church that stands there today was consecrated in 1489.
Issue Date: 14.07.2017 Designer: Peter Sinawehl Printer: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei

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Special Cover Released on Jain Saint  Released from Bhilai

special cover bhilaiBy Sudhir Jain

special coverOn the occasion of Chaturmas spiritual function of 9th Jain Acharya of Jaimal Gachchha and first Sravan sanghiya Yuvacharya  Pujya Mishrimal Ji Maharaj Sab “Madhukar”, a special cover was released on 12th August 2017 at Bhilai (C.G.). Dr. Sarita Singh, Chief Postmaster General, Chhattisgarh Circle released this special cover and special cancellation in a grand function. Dr. Pradip Jain, National Vice Chairman, Jainism Philately Group was instrumental in release of this special cover and cancellation.

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Thailand Issued Stamps on Hello Kitty

thailand hello kitty stampsHello Kitty puts on a Thai-flag ribbon on her head and rides a Tuk Tuk to explore Wat Phra Kaew and Democracy Monument for the first time in Thai postage stamps.For the first time on Thai postage stamps, the Sanrio signature character Hello Kitty is shown traveling the central region of Thailand. The cat-inspired character will also pictured cruising the Chao Phraya river and floating market, taking a train to Kanchanaburi, riding an elephant in Lopburi’s sunflower fields and visiting historic venues in Ayutthaya and Nakhon Pathom.

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