26 July 2014

New special cover and booklets

 

Gandhipex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition - 25th - 26th July 2014

 

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Gandhipex-2104, a district level philatelic exhibition is organized at K. B. Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Gandhinagar (Gujarat) on 25th and 26th July 2016. Exhibition was inaugurated by Shri R. K. Jayabhaye, Director Postal Services (H.Q.), Gujarat Postal Circle. A Special cover on Sports Authority of India was issued on the occasion. Shri R. K. Naidu, Director, Sports Authority of India was also present on the occasion.

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Two booklets on 2014 FIFA World Cup and Sachin Tendulkar were also issued during the exhibition. Philatelic Workshop was conducted by Shri Vijay Navlakha.

Rashtrapati Bhavan Post Office

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President of India inaugurated Rashtrapati Bhavan Post Office at new location in the President’s estate - 24th July 2014.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Rashtrapati Bhavan Post Office in its new building on 24th July 2014 at President’s Estate.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan Post Office started functioning as Viceroy’s Camp Post Office at SHIMLA on 10th June, 1904 has historic records. In 1948, it was renamed as Governor-General Post Office and in 1950; it was again renamed as President-Camp Post Office. On 7th December, 1950 it was named as Rashtrapati Bhavan Post Office. This Post Office caters to the needs of President’s Secretariat as well as residents of the President’s Estate. The Post Office was relocated from a heritage building as part of measures to implement the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for the President’s Estate.

Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest

25 July 2014

The Lindau Messenger – an ancient courier service

 

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Date of Issue : 1 September 2014

The Liechtenstein Post will issue a special stamp on 1st September 2014 to commemorate an ancient courier service The Lindau Messenger”. The Lindau Messenger was a courier service operated between Lindau at Lake Constance and the Italian city of Milan up to the beginning of the 19th century. The Lindau Messenger transported goods, money and letters, crossing through areas of Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Italy on his way.

Each of the first four countries named is currently issuing its own stamp on this topic. The Liechtenstein stamp “Lindauer Bote” (value: CHF 1.40) shows suitable pictorial elements and gives the names of each stop. In addition, the altitude profile of the route, which reached its peak on Splügen Pass at 2113 metres above sea level, is depicted on the small 8-stamp sheet.

The exact date when the Lindau Messenger started to operate is not documented. However, it is assumed that he was already travelling along the arduous route on a fairly regular basis towards the end of the 15th century. In good weather, he completed the journey in five-and-a-half days but in snow and ice the trip took quite a bit longer.

At that time, Lindau and Milan were trading centres and re-loading points at crossroads of traffic routes. They thus became the points of departure for transports across the Alps. The messenger brought home luxury goods such as silk, gold thread, textiles of all kinds, exotic fruit and weapons.

Towards the end of the 17th and at the beginning of the 18th century, individual travellers were also allowed to accompany the messenger, the most famous of whom was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He used the guidance of the Lindau Messenger across the Alps in May 1788 when returning to Germany from his travels in Italy and paid 122 guilders for it. In 1826 the transport services of the Lindau Messenger were stopped for political and economic reasons.

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Release of NAARM Special Cover and NAARM My Stamp by India Post - 1 July 2014, Hyderabad

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Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, renowned agricultural scientist, inaugurated the Centenary Batch of the Foundation Course for Agricultural Research Service (FOCARS-100) on 1 July 2014. The Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle issued a Special Cover affixed with the NAARM My Stamp to mark the occasion at the campus of the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad on 1st July 2014. Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, released the Special Cover on FOCARS-100 and NAARM My Stamp with Smt. Mariamma Thomas, Director Postal Services, Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle and Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Director-General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Ravi Viswanathan, Editor, NAARM who conceptualized the Special Cover facilitated the release. (Special Cover approval no. AP/04/2014)

Watch Video of the Special Cover release ceremony :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V29T6p1iz78

The National Academy of Agricultural Research Management (NAARM), Indian Council of Agricultural Research was established in 1976 in Hyderabad with the Mission “To enhance Leadership, Governance and Innovation Capacities of NARS through Capacity Strengthening, Education, Research, Consultancy and Policy Support.

The Foundation Course for Agricultural Research Service (FOCARS) is induction training for newly recruited scientists of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. The objectives are to train the participants in various aspects of agricultural research and project management including developing skills for managing interdisciplinary research. The first batch of FOCARS started on 1st Sept. 1976 and till the 99th batch 5,561 scientists were trained.

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Courtesy - Ravi Viswanathan, Editor, NAARM , Indian Philately Digest

Lighter Side

I wish to share here  some non philatelic pics because it is just related with the Rainbow….. These are   photos of very special rainbow called Fire rainbow taken by a pilot after take off from Bombay airport. I thank Mr Prashant Pandya for sharing these beautiful rainbow pics with me !!


Fire Rainbows are a rare phenomenon that only occurs when the sun is higher than 58 deg above the horizon and it's light passes through cirrus clouds mode of ice crystals.

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International Congress of Mathematicians 2014

 

 

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Date of Issuer : 15 July 2014

The International Congress of Mathematicians

The International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 (ICM 2014) will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, August 13-21, 2014.The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is the largest congress in the mathematics community. It is held once every four years under the auspices of the International Mathematical Union (IMU). The Fields Medals, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Gauss Prize, and the Chern Medal are awarded during the opening ceremony on the first day of the congress. Each congress is memorialized by printed Proceedings recording academic papers based on invited talks intended to reflect the current state of the science.

Popular Mathematical theorems on stamps

The SEOUL ICM 2014 Organizing Committee issued commemorative stamp on July 15, 2014. The stamp contains popular mathematical theorems. The SEOUL ICM 2014 stamp collections will be sold in the souvenir desk during the congress.

2014 Seoul International Competition commemorative stamp depicts such universal laws and mathematical theorems:

  • Pythagorean theorem: the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides
  • Hanbut drawing on Euler’s theorem to all four sides of the Euler circuit in the graph only once through a single path, returning to the starting point in passing
  • Pascal’s Triangle conceals a huge number of patterns, many discovered by Pascal himself and even known before his time.

 

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SINGAPORE 2015 is the 3rd World Stamp Exhibition to be held in Singapore. It is to be held in conjunction with Singapore’s 50th Year of Independence, with the full support and patronage of the Federation lnternationale de Philatelie (FIP) and under the auspices of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP).

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Singapore last hosted the World Stamp Exhibition in 1995 and the inaugural World Stamp Championship in 2004. Gathering the experience of both exhibitions and with effort to commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee in 2015, Singapore managed to bid for the hosting rights of this event successfully. Singpex Pte Ltd is the appointed organizer for this event.

 

For more details visit : http://www.singapore2015.com/the_show.php

Highlights:

  • Display from the archives of the Singapore Philatelic Museum.
  • Exhibits from distinguished collections showing the development of Singapore's 180 years of postal history and stamps.
  • Exhibits of world-wide award winning collections.

Date :
14 - 19 August 2015

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Venue : Sands Expo & Convention Center

Host :
Association of Singapore Philatelists

24 July 2014

PUMed - Postal Union for the Mediterranean

 

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Date of Issue : 9 July 2014

Here is a beautiful stamp issued by Malta Post which Marks the co-operation between members of the Postal Union for the Mediterranean (PUMed) through a joint stamp issue entitled 'The Mediterranean Sea'. A number of postal operators within PUMed, also known as Euromed, are issuing stamps bearing 'The Mediterranean Sea' as a common theme. The stamp features the Mediterranean Sea and its surrounding countries.

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Amany Ahmed Ali of Egypt Post Postal Printing House designed the stamp. Her stamp was chosen in a contest among six member countries including Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco and Slovenia. The winning stamp is being issued in Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Slovenia and Syria.

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The creation of PUMed marks  the Mediterranean region as a political, economic and social area .Having a structured and organised body enables a high level of multilateral cooperation.


Faced with an ever-changing postal industry, members within PUMed have come together so as to develop projects that will help each postal operator keep up with the challenges of the market. The joint stamp issue therefore symbolises PUMed's intention to co-operate and work together for the benefit of each individual country.


PUMed was officially established on 15 March 2011 and its headquarters are stationed in Malta. The Universal Postal Union currently includes 20 postal operators across the European and Mediterranean region, namely Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey besides another 172 member countries worldwide.

23 July 2014

Glasgow 2014 - XX Commonwealth Games

 

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Glasgow 2014 - XX Commonwealth games begin today…

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Date of Issue : 17 July 2014

A special set of souvenir stamps celebrating the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have been issued by Royal Mail on 17th July 2014.The six colourful stamps feature swimming, track cycling, squash, judo, netball and athletics.Royal Mail is also celebrating the Games with a special postmark which will be carried on all stamped and franked mail across the UK until August 3..

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The 2014 Commonwealth Games (officially the XX Commonwealth Games) are being held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August 2014.It is the third largest multi-sport event after the Olympics and the Asian Games.It will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland with around 4,560 competing athletes across 17 different sports, although the country previously hosted the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

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Royal Mail is also celebrating the Games with a special postmark which will be carried on all stamped and franked mail across the UK until August 3.The new stamps bear the Glasgow 2014 logo and ''XX'', denoting the 20th Games. One of the numerals doubles as the white diagonal cross of the Saltire, Scotland's national flag.

Para-Sport track cycling This Para-Sport makes its Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow, with four exciting events scheduled: the Men’s 1000m Time Trial, the Men’s Sprint, the Women’s 1000m Time Trial and the Women’s Sprint. The events are at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. £2.15

Squash Technical and demanding, squash has been thrilling crowds at the Commonwealth Games since 1998. In Glasgow, players will do battle in Individual Men’s and Women’s Singles events as well as Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles contests. The venue is Scotstoun Sports Campus. £1.28

Netball In Glasgow, 12 women’s teams chase gold in this fast-paced sport, first seen at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. £1.47

Swimming An established Commonwealth Games discipline, swimming has been contested at every event since 1930. Six Para-Sport swimming events will also be contested. Toll cross International Swimming Centre, which features a 50-metre, ten lane competition pool and a new 50-metre, six lane warm-up and training pool, will host the swimming competition. First Class

Judo Fourteen gold medals are up for grabs across 14 weight categories in this tough sport, which requires strength and tactical skill. Judo, which takes place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) Precinct, will make its third Commonwealth Games appearance. Second Class

Marathon The route begins at Glasgow Green in the city’s heart, and takes in well-known areas such as George Square and Buchanan Street. 97p

History of playing cards on stamps

 

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Date of Issue : 8 August 2014

The history of playing cards is one of mystery and intrigue. Believed to have originated from China as far back as 1294 before they arrived in Southern Europe by the late 1300s, and spread quickly by trade and colonialism where they adapted to different cultures in which they found themselves.

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Indeed it is believed that the core elements of the decks and suits that we have today originated in the 15th Century from the red and black colour scheme of France during that period. By the late 19th century the Isle of Man had developed into a popular tourist destination drawing visitors from across England. As the demand for the sale of novelty goods grew with holiday makers wishing to commemorate their trip, Warrington businessman, Samuel Webb, saw this opportunity and opened his first shop in Duke Street Douglas.

He then commissioned a set of playing cards featuring iconic Manx elements as a souvenir for tourists and authorised London based designers and printers Charles Goodall and Sons to produce the first set. Over the next 57 years they with other companies, produced approximately 30 different designs leaving a unique legacy in playing cards history which has been beautifully commemorated into this collector's issue.

The six stamps incorporate select images from local expert Mike Goodall's exceptional collection. A descendant of Charles Goodall, Mike has worked closely with Isle of Man stamps and coins to provide access to and collate six of the most iconic in his extensive catalogue, and which also reflect the changing printing techniques of the era from engravings through to photography and ink. Each scene depicted, from Bradda Head and Peel Castle to the Laxey Wheel and the Groudle Wheel, is set against a vibrant background which corresponds to the rear of the original card, giving a complete representation with every unique stamp.

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Odisha State Level Philatelic Exhibition ODIPEX, 2014 to be held in Bhubaneswar from 22 - 24 August, 2014.  Odisha Circle  has decided to hold a Dealers meet on this occasion.

1. Dealers registration fees for table charges -Rs 2000/- for 3 days per dealer excluding accommodation.

2. Each person registered, will be provided a free Lunch every day of the event.

3. It has  been decided to allot 20 booths  during the event. The participation will be on first come first serve basis. It is requested that after receiving the registration fees by draft ( drawn in favour of DDM, PLI, Bhubaneswar) in the following address allotment will be provided. An application, may be written for allotment with corresponding address to intimate the allotment of booth by the Department.

4. The ODIPEX correspondence address :

Mr Satyabadi Biswal,

Deputy Divisional Manager, PLI

Office of the CPMG, Odisha circle

Bhubaneswar-751 001

Email: ddmplior@gmail.com; ddmpli-odi@indiapost.gov.in

Telephone number- 0674-2390003

: Dr. Bibhudatta Mishra - Bhubaneshwar

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