Date of Issue : 31st July 2014
On July 31st, 2014, An Post issued eight new stamps “Continuing the celebration of Ireland’s biodiversity”
The species featured in this issue are the scallop, otter, viviparous lizard, badger, wren, mute swan, basking shark and violet snail. These eight new stamps are a part of An Post’s Irish Animals and Marine Life definitive series.
As an island, Ireland and its surrounding waters provide a home for many species of plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This variety of life is called biodiversity and here, as in many other places on Earth, it is a very important part of our day to day life.
Compared to the rest of Europe, Ireland does not have a great many indigenous species of animals. There are only 26 land mammal species native to Ireland, one land reptile, three amphibians, about 400 birds and 400 types of fresh and saltwater fish. The stamps will promote the protection of natural heritage.
In this series, 8 new animal species are featured. The series features 50 animal species found in Ireland and its surrounding waters and aims to bring as diverse a sample of Irish animal and marine life as possible.
EXHIBITION ON THE INDIAN NATIONAL FLAG
Curated by Sekhar Chakrabarti
14 – 20 August 2014
On the eve of India’s 68th Independence Day on 14th August 2014, the Rabindranath Tagore Centre-Kolkata, the cultural flagship of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India will host a unique exhibition on Indian National Flag commemorating the 68th anniversary of its adoption.
The Venue : Rabindranath Tagore Centre, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata 700071
The Gallery : Abanindranath Gallery
The exhibition will showcase a surprising rich collections of the Indian National Flag symbols on visual objects - sourced from – a plethora of materials, namely, postage stamps, news-paper clippings, books and various other myriad articles and even unconventional sources like match box labels, propaganda leaflets, 78RPM gramophone records, et al, have been pieced together to reconstruct the history of ‘Flags of India’ right from the Vedic periods. Perhaps, the collections itself is only one in kind in our country at the moment. The exhibition explores and celebrates the rich and colourful history of the Indian National Flag and the process by which the National Flag in its present form was born on 22nd July 1947, its uses and abuses, etiquette and protocols, etc.
Flags are ‘short hand of history’.
It will be also a tribute to the heroes of our freedom struggle, who fell for the cause of the flag during various phases of our freedom movements. Going through the exhibition one will find, many, unknown, or, ‘little known’ or forgotten ‘flag events’ - which were once pivotal in drawing volunteers - young and old, men and women - to free our country from the foreign rulers – The Dutch, British, French and the Portuguese. There will be dedicated sections on each of them and the impacts they had on our societies since the ‘Age of discovery’.