Date of Issue : 10 February 2015
A new Israeli stamp issue dedicated to chess – one of the most prevalent games in the world. The stamp has been already designed and is scheduled to be released on the 10th of February.
Chess is thought to have been invented in India in the 6th century CE and was popular among the Arab nations and in Persia. The game reached Europe around the 10th century, and the modern rules of the game were established there in the 15th century. Since then, this version of the game has spread throughout the world.
Chess is mentioned in the Kuzari, written by medieval Spanish philosopher and poet Rabbi Yehuda Halevi, as well as in writings by Rashi and Maimonides, and Abraham ibn Ezra even dedicated one of his poems to the game. This game has been extremely popular among Jews, who have also had significant achievements in this field. Four of the 16 World Champions were Jewish and three others were half-Jewish.
Jewish excellence in chess is so prominent that the game has been called “the national Jewish game”. Israel was granted the opportunity to host a number of important events: the Chess Olympic Games in 1964 (Tel-Aviv) and 1976 (Haifa), the European National Championship (Haifa, 1989), the World Youth Chess Championship (Jerusalem, 1967), the Team World Cup (Beer Sheva, 2005) and more.
This stamp is being issued to mark the European Individual Chess Championship 2015 which will be held in Jerusalem. The design reflects the connection between chess and Judaism and Israel, as well as chess’ status as Israel’s national sport and its number one representative sport.
9 -10 January 2015
Venue : Mahatma Gandh Kala Vithika, Cultural Centre, Allahabad
Commemorative Stamps on 100 Years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Return - 8th January 2015
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. January 9 was chosen as the day to celebrate this occasion since it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest Pravasi, returned to India from South Africa, led India's freedom struggle and changed the lives of Indians forever.
First Day Cover
(Signed by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Prashant Pandya)
The 13th edition of 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas', a day to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India and to mark 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Return to India was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat on 8th January 2015.On the occasion a set of two commemorative stamps in denominations of Rs. 5 and Rs 25 each and a miniature sheet on 100 Years of Mahatma Gandhi’s Return were released by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.Two commemorative coins in denominations of Rs. 10 and Rs. 100 were also released by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Private Postcard with CDS of Vibrant Gujarat Post Office,Gandhinagar dated 08.01.2015 (Card Designed by Prashant Pandya)
Private Cover with Cancellation of Vibrant Gujarat Post Office,Gandhinagar dated 08.01.2015 (Cover Designed by Prashant Pandya)