April 16, 2014

The 100th birth Anniversary of M.L. Gallay.

Russian Post released a stamp on 28th March 2014 to commemorate 100th birth anniversary of M.L. Gallay, Soviet Test Pilot. He was also a writer and has published about 30 scientific papers. He taught at the Moscow Aviation Institute and Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation .

The stamp features a portrait of ML Gallo and in the background strategic bomber M -3 development OKB. V. Myasishcheva , for whom Mark  was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union .

April 14, 2014

Maritime Malta Series II

Malta Post released a set of four stamps on 18th March 2014 commemorating 35 years from the End of Military Facilities Agreement and the 200th anniversary of the Malta Police Force depicting police boats and navy vessels.

The two Navy vessels portrayed on the stamps, HMS Alexander (1800) and HMS London (1979), are depicted in the vicinity of Fort St. Angelo and Fort St. Michael respectively.The police boats depicted on the stamps appear against the background of two harbours, that of Marsamxett and of Sliema. A police station appears in the background of each one.

April 12, 2014

Karpov puts his stamp on Olympics and chess.

Chess Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov was at UPU headquarters on Monday 7 April 2014 to inaugurate a philatelic exhibition on sport and the Olympic movement featuring items from his personal and world-class collection.

Russia's ambassador to Switzerland, Alexander Golovin (left) inaugurated the exhibition with the UPU's Bishar A. Hussein and Anatoly Karpov (right).

Chess Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov was at UPU headquarters on Monday 7 April 2014 to inaugurate a philatelic exhibition on sport and the Olympic movement featuring items from his personal and world-class collection.

Karpov is well known for his mastery of chess, having won several world championships, but he is also an avid collector of stamps and philatelic items on the Olympics, chess and Belgium, among other themes.

Karpov, now a member in the Russian Parliament and the founder of 36 chess schools around the world, owns one of the most important philatelic collections on the modern Olympic Games, especially ranging from the first Games in Athens in 1896 to those held in Amsterdam in 1928. Taken as a whole, his Olympic collection is believed to be one of the top three in the world. “I have almost everything, but it is impossible to have everything,” he said with a smile.

At the UPU, Karpov is exhibiting stamps, miniature sheets, marked envelopes, postcards and special postmarks from every Winter Games from the first in 1924 in Chamonix to those held in Calgary in 1988.

The Russian Post is also showcasing stamps from the latest Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, while Swiss Post and the Post of Liechtenstein brought stamps they issued on the Olympic theme over the years.

The stamps are on display this week during the annual session of the UPU's Postal Operations Council.

The philatelic items from Karpov’s Olympic collection fit in more than 100 albums at home, he said, and he estimates its worth at some 1.5 million euros.

Among the rare and precious items he owns is a block of four mint stamps from the first modern Olympic Games, issued by Greece. Only three such blocks exist in the world, he said. Former International Olympic Committee head Antonio Samaranch owned one, too. He also has proofs of the first Olympic stamps issued by Greece, which are extremely rare.

Karpov is also an avid collector of stamps on chess, and he is displaying several in the exhibition. It features the very first chess stamp in the world, issued by Bulgaria in 1947 for the Balkan Games, as well as stamps marking World Chess Championships, including those in which he participated in 1978 and 1981.

Source: UPU Website.

April 11, 2014

Wild Flowers of Russia.

Russian Post issued a set of 4 stamps on 14th March 2014 on the wild flowers of Russia.

Fireweed angustifolia - a perennial herb species of the genus willow-herb family kipreyny. It grows throughout the Northern Hemisphere. On the territory of Russia is most often found in the band of coniferous forests of Siberia and the European part. Seeds remain viable for several years.

Lupin Multivalent - kind of herbaceous legumes. Is an annual, biennial and long rhizomatous herbaceous plant, rarely subshrubs. Palmate leaves on long stalks, gathered in a rosette, stem - are arranged in a regular order. Flowers in racemes, white, yellow, blue, purple, pink, cream, carmine, red, purple.

Chicory - kind of perennial herbaceous plants of the genus chicory family Asteraceae. Chicory is very prevalent as a weed. It is easily recognized by its inflorescences-baskets that consist only of reed blue flowers. But these baskets are only disclosed in the early morning hours and in cloudy weather. In Russia distributed in the European part, Caucasus, Siberia.

Chamomile - annual herb species of the genus daisy family Asteraceae (Compositae). The plant is widespread in Eurasia and North America, is found in almost all extratropical regions of both hemispheres. Chamomile is used in antiquity science and medicine, is still one of the most popular medicinal plants.

April 9, 2014

The North by the Sea - Icebreakers of Sweden.

On 17th March 2014 Sweden issued a miniature sheet on two Ice breakers.

The stamps depict the Swedish Maritime Administration’s icebreakers, Atle and Ymer. Atle was built at the Wärtsilä shipyard in Finland and was delivered in 1974. Ymer was delivered in 1977 from the same shipyard. They are sister vessels, with similar perfor- mance and measurements.Atle is shown in its entirety, while the stamp with Ymer shows the vessel in close contact with the ice.

Source: Swedish Post.

April 7, 2014

100th birth anniversary of AM Grits - Painter

Russian Post released a souvenir sheet on Alexis Gritsay (1914-1998) is a Soviet painter, winner of the State Prize of the USSR (1978) on 7th March 2014.

In his works he continued the tradition of Russian lyrical landscape late 19th to the early 20th Century, painted epic and lyrical images of Russian nature. The artist also worked on portraits and works on an industrial theme. The stamp depicts his painting " Summer Garden " (1955-1956 ) and with his photo.

April 5, 2014

Ship Buliding - Norway

With a coastline like in Norway, it is only more than natural that, as far back in time as Norwegians can remember, people along the coast found ways to travel by sea.Viking ships took both westward and eastward, and as ships developed into fishing vessels shipbuilding became a cornerstone of Norwegian coastal industry.

The more than 40 years of development of the Norwegian oil-based industry presented the creative environment around shipbuilding with new challenges. When the Norwegian oil adventure started, the shipbuilding industry along the Norwegian coast was ready.

The platforms were being built, but they were not going to manage on their own out at sea. The supply boats, support vessels that were loyal supporters in all types of weather, were developed by the shipbuilding industry along the Norwegian coast. These vessels are called PSV, platform supply vessels. They transport necessary goods and supplies and carry out many different types of assignments at sea. Their cargo includes provisions and reserve parts, but they also carry out many tasks that require a high level of technological competence from the crew.

Aker Yards Langsten is part of Aker Yards Group, an international group of shipbuilders that focuses on complex and advanced vessels. Since its start in 1945 in Tomrafjorden, not far from Alesund, it has built ferries, passenger boats and seismic vessels that you will find in many places around the world. Over a period of 70 years, Langsten AS has grown into the largest shipbuilder of its type in Europe and the fifth largest in the world.

The stamp released on 17th March 2014 by Norway Post depicts Aker Langsten built PSV “Nordmand Arctic”, and outside the picture of "Veslefrikk" oil platform.

April 4, 2014

XI Paralympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi

Russian Post released as souvenir sheet to celebrate XI Paralympic Winter Games 2014 on 7th March 2014 in Sochi.
XI Paralympic Winter Games was held for the first time in Russia in Sochi from 7 to 16 March 2014. Games mascots were chosen Ray of Light and Snowflake.

April 2, 2014

Heroes of Russian Federation

Russian Post released a set of 5 stamp on 21st February 2014 on the Heroes of Russian Federation series. the stamps are on defense personalities M.Yu. Malofeev, RF A.V. Perov, A.N. Rozhkov, A.A. Turkin and V.S. Chechviy


April 1, 2014

INS Gomantak

India Post released a special cover to celebrate Golden Jubilee Celebrations of INS Gomantak at Vasco-Da-Gama, Goa on 7th March 2014.

Courtesy: Roopa, Goa
Cover Code: MH/05/2014

March 31, 2014

Carmel College, Goa

A special cover was released on 28th March 2014 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Carmel College, Nuvem, Goa.

Courtesy: Roopa, Goa.
Cover Code: MH/08/2014

March 29, 2014

Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R.Rao

A special cover was released to celebrate the Bharat Ratna to Professor C.N.R Rao on 28th March 2014 at Bangalore.

Prof. C.N.R.Rao is one of the India's most renowned scientists and is known for his work in solid state and structural chemistry and has contributed immensely to the field. He is the honorary President of Bangalore's Jawaharlal Nehru centre of Advanced Scientific Research which he founded in 1989.

Kulapathi Dr. K.M.Munshi Memorial lecture was delivered b Prof. C.N.R.Rao on 28.03.2014 as part of the Platinum jubilee celebrations of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and 125th Birth anniversary of Kulapathi 
Dr. K.M Munshi

Courtesy: Jagannath Mani, Bangalore.
Cover Code: KTK/04/2014