A special cover was released on 1st July 2017 at Domlur on the occasion of introduction of Goods and Services Tax. The introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a very significant step in the field of indirect tax reforms in India. By amalgamating a large number of Central and State taxes into a single tax, it mitigates cascading or double taxation in a major way and pave the way for a common national market.
Postal administrations of Botswana,Namibia and Vietnam released Special covers to mark their presence at Karphilex-2017 which is said to be the first time a foreign postal administrator is releasing Special covers at a Philatelic event in India.
A special cover on Raksha Bandhan was also released on the occasion. It is Interesting to note that the cancellation does not have the date mentioned in it.
Karphhilex - 2017 State Level Philatelic Exhibition was inaugurated by Chief Postmaster General, Dr. Charles Lobo on 14th July 2017 at Bangalore.
The Exhibition will be open to public from 14th to 16th July 2017 at Sri Raja Rajeshwari Kalyana Mantap, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Rajajinagar, Bangalore. 2 special covers were released on the first day or the Exhibition.
2 special covers on "Learn Kannada Speak Kannada" and "Karnataka's Sporting Legends" were released on the occasion.
Kannada is one of the ancient languages of India. It is a prominent Dravidian language. In 2008 the Government of India awarded Kannada, the status of classical language. Kannada is a verbal language of 49 letters that are divided into vowels, consonants and yogavahas (neither vowel nor consonant). Kannada letters and digits originate from the Brahmi script of Ashoka period. The phases in evolution of Kannada script can be observed from the period of Badami Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Kalyani Chalakyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar Empire until the period of Mysore kings. Until recently Halmidi inscription (450-500 AD) was considered as the oldest inscription of Kannada, but recently the Archaeological Survey of India has found an inscription older than Halmidi at Talugunda, near Shiralakoppa in Shikaripura taluk of Shimoga District, Karnataka dating back to 370-450AD. After a number of studies, the Department has declared these findings as the earliest Kannada inscription. These new findings have further enhanced the eminence of Kannada.
He won his first national senior championship in 1971 as a 16 year old become youngest player to achieve this feat. Thereafter he set a record of nine national titles in a row. He achieved his first major international title in 1978 when he won the men’s singles gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada. In 1980 he went on to win both the Danish Open and the Swedish Open. His biggest career achievement happened in 1980 when he won the men's singles title at the All England Championship. He won the first Alba World Cup in October 1981 at Kuala Lumpur. In the Hong Kong Open. After an illustrious playing career he retired in 1991.
No bowler in history won India more Test matches than Anil Kumble. He played 132 Test matches for India collecting 619 wickets. He also played 271 ODls taking 337 wickets, in the process becoming the highest wicket taker for India in both formats. After having played for 18 years, he announced his retirement from international cricket in November 2008. He holds the World Record for getting all 10 wickets in a single innings of a Test match against Pakistan at Ferozshah Kotla Delhi in 1999 (10 wkts for 74 runs). He is only the second one in history to do this after Jim Laker. He also has captained the Indian Cricket team and also served as the Head Coach. He was awarded theArjuna award in 1995 and the Padmashri in 2005.
At the tender age of 18, Pankaj won his first World Title. He is the only person in history to have won both the billiards and snooker IBSF World Titles as well as the World Professional Billiards Championship. He was the first person ever to win a "Grand Double" (both the points and time formats in the same year) in 2005. Pankaj repeated the same feat at the 2008 World Championships. In 2014 he created a world record by winning the Grand Double for the third time. A gist of his achievements: World Billiards Champion (Points Format) 4 times, World Billiards Champion (Time Format) 7 Times, IBSF World Snooker Champion Twice, IBSF World Six-Red Snooker Champion Twice. He is also 26 time Asian Billiards Champion, and won 29 Junior and Senior National titles. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2004, the Rajiv GandhiAward in 2004, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2006 and the Padmashri in 2009.
A Special Postal cover on the theme of 'Say No to Tobacco' was released by Shri Rajendra Kumar, Postmaster General, South Karnataka Region at Bengaluru GPO on 10th July 2017. Dr.P.L.Nataraj, Director, Health and Family welfare, Govt. of Karnataka was the Chief Guest. Dr.Prabhakar, Joint Director (Medical), Dr.Saroja, Project Director, Dr.Sevaraj, Dy.Director were among the dignitaries.
A special cover was released to celebrate 135th Birth Anniversary of Shantalingappa Patil Nimbal at Nimbal on 12th June 2017.
Shantalingappa Patil Nimbal is the first artist of Hyderabad Karnataka region to complete his education at Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai. He is well known for his Portrait Paintings. His Paintings can be found in the old Hyderabad region, especially in Bidar, Raichur & Kalaburagi. The cover has a painting by him.
In tune with launching of the Goods & Services Tax, Bihar Circle of
India Post issued a Special Cover to commemorate the
launching on 1st July 2017. The cover was released by Sri M E Haque,CPMG Bihar Circle.
PMG Sri Anil Kumar also graced the occasion.The cover and cancellation
depict various aspects of Goods & Services Tax.
Cover Code: BH-02/July 2017
Courtesy: Lalit K Mishra, Patna
Russia Post released a stamp to commemorate the Institute of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on 27th February 2017 featuring the logo of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.
The office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation was established by the Federal Constitutional Law “On the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation” dated 26 February 1997 with the aim to ensure the state protection of civil rights and freedom, their observance and respect thereof by state authorities, local self-government bodies and government officials.
A special cover was released on 01.06.2017 in Davangere on the ocassion of World Milk Day. World Milk Day is a day identified by the Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognise the importance of milk
as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001. The day
is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are
connected with the dairy sector. Milk is an important part of a healthy
balanced diet. World Milk Day provides the perfect opportunity to spread the
word and celebrate all aspects of milk and dairy products in many countries
around the globe.
Shivamogga, Davanagere & Chitradurga District Co-Operative Milk Union Ltd. is one of the leading milk unions among the 14 district milk unions of Karnataka, is an ISO 22000-2005 Certified Organisation, registered on 25-11-1987. The union is committed to provide maximum possible price for the milk producers and is also committed to provide quality milk and milk products to consumers.
On 25th May 2017 Gibraltar Post releases
seven different ships from the British Royal Navy have been named after
Gibraltar “HMS Gibraltar”. The set of seven stamps depict:
22p - HMS Gibraltar was an Edgar-class cruiser launched in 1892, made into a depot ship in 1912, and sold 1923.
54p - HMS Gibraltar was a 101-gun screw first-rate launched in 1860, on loan as a training ship in 1872, renamed Grampian in 1889, and sold 1899.
64p - HMS Gibraltar was the 80-gun Fénix captured at the battle of Cape St. Vincent in 1780, used as a powder hulk in 1813 and broken up in 1836.
70p - HMS Gibraltar was an American 14-gun brig captured in 1779, then in turn captured by the Spanish in 1781and renamed Salvador, then recaptured by HMS Anson in 1800.
80p - HMS Gibraltar was to have been a 45,000 ton aircraft carrier, ordered from Vickers Armstrong on 15September 1943, but cancelled in October 1945.
£1 - HMS Gibraltar was a 20-gun sixth-rate built in 1711, rebuilt 1727, and sold 1748. It was the first command of John Byng, who was after wards to be court-martialled and executed in the opening stages of the Seven Years’ War.
£3 - HMS Gibraltar was a 20-gun sixth-rate in service fr om 1754 to 1773.
Two Special Covers were released in Karnataka on World Environment Day.
Cover Code: KTK/52/2017
World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5'" June every year for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. In 1974 the first WED was held with the theme "Only One Earth". This day celebrates the natural environment and allows a global platform to raise awareness on the environmental issues worldwide, with plans to mitigate these issues as a global community.
The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated all over the world. From 1987, every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. This year it is Canada. The theme for 2017 is 'Connecting People to nature - in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator'.
Forest for Water:
Cover Code: KTK/53/2017
Forests and water nourish all forms of life. Forests bring rain and ensure sustained availability of fresh water. Karnataka Forest Department celebrates 2017 as "Forests for Water" year with public participation. The important initiatives include Vanamahotsava, conservation of watersheds and volunteer involvement.
Russia Post released a Joint stamp Issue of the RCC Member Countries featuring National crafts - Bast on 24th January 2017. The stamp depicts the straw shoes on the wooden fence and the emblem of the RCC.
Straw shoes are one of the most important symbols of the traditional national way of life of Russian peasants. It is low footwear that was actively used in rural areas up to 1930s. They were made of wooden bast (linden, elm and others), birch bark or hemp. The soil was braided in twig, bast, rope or leather. The straw shoes were affixed to the leg with long strings, leather povoroz or obor, which intersected several times at the ankle, thus fixing the onucha. Such footwear was cheap, affordable, light and hygienic.
Eesti post released as set of 4 stamp on 30th March 2017 depicting shipbuilding in Estonia.
Shipbuilding is an industry that deals with the production and repair of watercrafts in shipyards. The biggest Estonian company in the field is BLRT Group followed by many companies that mainly build small ships - Baltic Workboats, Saare Yachts and Reval Shipbuilding. PATROL 4500 WP is a 45 meter multifunctional wave-piercing Patrol vessel. AC600PVDB is a fish feeding barge with an increased seaworthiness and a deep V-shaped hull. SAARE 46 is a luxurious and fast yacht with a length of 46 feet. KOIDULA is a unique ship that is designed for very shallow waters - the draught in full load is only 1.0 m with a maximum load of 40 t.
Russia Post released a stamp on 16th January 2017 to celebrate 100th birth anniversary of Yevgeny Zababakhin (1917–1984), a nuclear physicist depicting himself against a chart from his book Some Issues of Gas Dynamics of an Explosion.
India Post as part of 150th birth anniversary celebration of Shri Hangal Kumara
Swamiji, released a commemorative stamp on 19th May 2017 at HDMC Samskritika
Bhavana, New Cotton Market in Hubballi. It was released by the Union Minister of State
for Communications Shri.Manoj Sinha.
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