February 9, 2016

GAPIO - 6th Annual Conference

A special cover was released on 9th January 2016 on the occasion of 6th Annual conference of  GAPIO ( Global Association of  Physicians of Indian Origin) at Bengaluru.

Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthauram.

February 6, 2016

International Fleet Review 2016

A commemorative stamp was released in Vishakapatanam on the occasion of International Fleet review on 6th February 2016. 


Mahapex - 2016 - Special Covers (3)

Mahapex-2016, Maharashtra State Level Philatelic Exhibition was held from 16th to 18th January  2016 at Nasik. 2 special covers were released on 18th January.

Nashik Dhol : Nashik Dhol is a special form of rhythmic music played with the big drums or locally known as dhols. It is a musical instrument belonging to the Membranophone Category. It is popular all over Maharashtra for creating a rhythmic and exhilarating atmosphere and has become the cultural identity of Maharashtra's celebrations. All the public celebrations including weddings, Navratri, Ganpati Visarjan, rallies, college gatherings tend to be incomplete without Nashik Dhol.


Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi :  was one of the first South Asian female physicians and the first Indian female physician, to be trained in the tradition of Western medicine. She was India’s first lady to qualify as a doctor from the USA in 1886. 

Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

February 5, 2016

Mahapex - 2016 - Special Covers (2)

Mahapex-2016, Maharashtra State Level Philatelic Exhibition was held from 16th to 18th January  2016 at Nasik. 2 special covers were released on 17th January.

Kalaram Mandir : The Kalaram Temple is an old Hindu shrine dedicated to Rama in the Panchavati area of Nashik city. The temple derives its name from the statue of Lord Rama that is black. The literal translation of kalaram means black Rama. The sanctum sanctorum also houses the statues of goddess Sita and God Lakshmana. 


City of Grapes – Nashik : Nashik is in northern Maharashtra at 700 mtrs from the  sea level. The river Godavari originates 24 km from Brahmagiri Mountain, Tryambakeshwar, Nashik and flows along the northern boundary of the city through the old residential settlement. The soil of Nashik is primarily black which is favorable for agriculture. Nashik is famous for grapes, onions, and tomatoes. Nashik is famous for its table grapes and known as the Wine Capital of India.

Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

Mahapex - 2016 - Special covers (1)

Mahapex-2016, Maharashtra State Level Philatelic Exhibition was held from 16th to 18th January  2016 at Nasik. 2 special covers were released on 16th January.

Pandav Leni : Pandu Leni also known as Trirashmi Caves are a group of 24 caves carved between the 3rd century BC and the 2nd century AD, representing the Hinayana Buddhist caves. The location of the caves is a holy Buddhist site and is located about 8 km south of Nashik. 


Kusumben Mehta : Late Kusumben Mehta was leading philatelist from India and wife of Senior Philatelist Shri Dhirubhai Mehta. She passed away on 6th October 2015 at Mumbai. Smt. Kusumben Mehta was a keen Philatelist and she was a life member of PCI, PSI and so many other Philatelic & Social organisations.

Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

February 4, 2016

Sahitya Vachaspati Mahopadhyay Vinaysagar

A special cover was released on 30th November 2015 at Jaipur on Sahitya Vachaspati Mahopadhyay Vinaysagar on his first death anniversary.

Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

February 3, 2016

Salim Ali Centre for Orinithology and Natural History.

India Post released a Special cover to celebrate the  Silver Jubilee of Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History on 28th January 2016 at Coimbatore.

Cover Code: TN/03/2016
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru.

February 2, 2016

Vibrant India.

India Post released a miniature sheet of "Vibrant India" on 25th January 2016.The Department of Posts had organized national level stamp design competition on the theme of ‘Vibrant India’ for the stamp to be released on the occasion of Republic Day 2016.


February 1, 2016

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal

India Post released a Commemorative Stamp on Income Tax Appellate Tribunal released on 24th January 2016 to celebrate it's Platinum jubilee.

Income Tax Appellate Tribunal is celebrating its platinum jubilee this year. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the opening ceremony of the Two Day Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal at Convention Hall, Ashok, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on 24th January, 2016. On the occasion President Shri Pranab Mukherjee released a Commemorative Stamp on Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.

Our Lady of Health Church

A special cover was released on 20th December 2015 at Pondicherry on our lady of Health Church, Ariankuppam for its 365th  jubilee celebrations.

Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru.

January 30, 2016

Sujatha High School

A special cover was released to celebrate the Golden Jubilee year of Sujatha High School on 9th January 2016 at Hyderabad.
Cover Code:AP-01/2016
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

January 29, 2016

World Thinker's and Writer's Peace Meet.

A special cover was released on 27th December 2015 at Kolkata during the World Thinker's and Writer's Peace Meet.

Cover Code: WB/17/2015
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, thiruvananthapuram.

January 28, 2016

The 150th Birth Anniversary of Patriarch Tikhon

Russia Post issued a stamp on 5th November 2015 to celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Patriarch Tikhon decepting his portrait with churches in the background.

Tikhon (born Vasily Ivanovich Bellavin) was the first Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia after the Russian Patriarchate was reinstated (1917-1925).

January 24, 2016

Uprising in the Sobibor Death Camp

Russia Post released a stamp on 30th October 2015 decimating  the monument, which is a figure of a woman with a child at the site of the former Nazi camp “Sobibor”

Sobibór was one of the largest extermination camps located in occupied Poland during the Great Patriotic War.The camp was the site of a mass uprising organized by Lt. Alexander Pechersky, a Soviet POW, on 14 October 1943. However, only 13 prisoners succeeded in crossing the fence and managed to join up with the partisans. Shortly after the revolt was crushed, the Germans closed Sobibór, destroyed all buildings and and planted the site over with trees.

January 23, 2016

Lucknow Book fair.

A special cover was released on 21st December 2015 during the Lucknow Book fair which was conducted at Lucknow from 17th to 27th December 2015.

Cover Code: UP/18/2015
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram.

Disaster Reduction

Russia Post issued a stamp on 28th October 2015 to celebrate Disaster Reduction day. The stamp depicts mobile alert systems like: car, boat, and a megaphone.

UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13 as the date of the International Day for Disaster Reduction with the purpose toraise awareness about what steps people take to reduce the risk of disasters.

In many parts of the world such natural hazards as earthquakes, floods, landslides, drought, fires, etc., entail a significant loss of life and destruction of economic and social infrastructure, a negative impact on the ecosystem.

Currently, there are tremendous opportunities to reduce risks at the expense of measures for disaster prevention and mitigation. Many of them are based on modern technology of forecasting and involve the development of early warning systems and alert.