28 April 2016

New stamp from India

Date of Issue : 27 April 2016

A commemorative Stamp on Govardhanram Tripathi was released by India Post on 27th April 2016. The stamp release function was held in Gandhinagar.

Courtesy : Stamps of India, Indian Philatelists' Forum

26 April 2016

New Special Cover on Jainism


- Sudhir Jain

A special cover on JAINISM theme has been issued at New Delhi on 26th April 2016 on the occasion of 10th Installation Ceremony of AHIMSA BALL. This beautiful granite ball weighing about 1.5 tonnes with a diameter of 90 cm was installed at Shri Parshva Padmavati Jinalaya at Mahabalipuram Tirth, Maharauli, New Delhi by the renowned family of Late Harakh Chand Ji Nahata and inaugurated by then Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Saheb Singh Verma on 26th April 2006.

10th Anniversary of this Ball was celebrated on 26th April 2016 at the campus of Shri Parshva Padmavati Jinalaya and this cover was released. India Post provided special cancellation on this occasion. Senior Jainism Philately Group member Shri Lalit Kumar Nahata was instrumental in release of this beautiful special cover. A multicolored information folder has also been issued on this occasion.

First human flight into space

55th anniversary of the first human flight into space

First man into space : Yuri Gagarin

Date of Issue : 12 April 2016

2016 marks the 55th anniversary of the first human flight into space, a remarkable date for the Russian cosmonautics. On 12 April 1961, the Soviet space pilot Yuri Alexeevich Gagarin became the first man in the world to perform a flight into space. Gagarin made one orbit around the Earth for 1 hour 48 minutes in the Vostok orbital spaceship and safely returned home.

Yuri Gagarin was awarded a title of the Hero of the Soviet Union and 12 April started being celebrated as the World Aviation and Astronautics Day.

The name of the Earth’s first cosmonaut is given to a city of Gagarin (former Gzhatsk), a crater on the far side of the Moon, asteroid 1772, FAI Gold Medal (awarded since 1968) and a square in Moscow. There are streets, avenues, squares, boulevards, parks, clubs and schools named after Gagarin in many Russian cities.

The 2009 postage stamp “the 75th Birth Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin” has an overprint of the new face of 31 RUB, and the stamp sheet margins feature the following text: “12 April 2016 — the 55th anniversary of the first human flight into space”.

25 April 2016

Think Green...

Date of Issue : 3 May 2016

Every person is the right person to act. Every moment is the right moment to begin. It is high time to take care of nature and the environment. This is the message that four new “Think Green” stamps to be issued by Jersey Post contain.

Europa Stamps 2016 are very special stamps with “Think Green” theme aimed to create awareness and give a wakeup call, its time to protect our environment for the better future of the coming generations.

The trade association known as ‘PostEurop’ was formed in 1993 to represent the interests of national postal operators and it has 52 members in 49 countries. Stamps bearing the EUROPA logo have been issued since 1956; a theme is set each year for members to interpret and illustrate on a set of stamps, the purpose being to build awareness of each other’s culture and history.

23 April 2016

New Special Covers from Allahabad

Magh Mela Prayag

Indian Skimmer

Courtesy - Ambrish Kumar - Allahabad

Recent Special Covers from Madhya Pradesh


College Square Swimming Club, Kolkata

Rafi Ahmed National Postal Academy

Courtesy - Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum

22 April 2016

22 April - Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970.

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