21 February 2015

Unique European urgency services number 112



Date of Issue : 11 February 2015

Croatia Post released a special stamp to mark Number 112  on  11th of February.

On 29 July 1991 the Council of European Communities brought the Decision on introducing a unique European urgency services number 112 (Council Decision 91/396/EEC) which integrates all urgency services into a unique service of providing help, the System 112 with the main purpose to provide overall help in cases of threatened health and lives of people as well as material goods and environment.

The 112 System was operationally introduced in the Republic of Croatia on 11 February 2005 and has following features and advantages for both ‒ the callers as well as the urgency services: The number 112 is available daily round the clock in all states members of the European Union and the calls are free of charge from all public phone boxes, mobile or fixed telephones. The caller does not need to know particular telephone numbers and authorised territorial and specialised urgency services, which is a special advantage for tourists or callers in stressful situations.

By calling 112 one can get help from any urgent service (police, firefighters, urgent medical help, mountain rescue service, inspectional, communal or other service interconnected in the protection and rescuing system). System 112 enables locating the caller of 112, receiving urgent call in foreign languages, initiating search and rescue actions at sea or mainland, urgent air transport of transplantation organs, of injured persons, search and rescue teams, firemen and the engagement of citizens’ associations which with their competences contribute to the protection and rescue system (hunters, divers etc.)

Time is saved, since one call activates at the same time several services, i.e. the operator after receiving a call at 112 alarms and coordinates all urgent services needed in a particular case. Urgent services are not disturbed in their operational work by malicious and repeated calls in situations when the same urgent case is multiply reported by different eyewitnesses, since the operator in centre 112 will block such calls and enable the urgent services to work more efficiently.

A questionnaire on the awareness of EU citizens of the universal European number 112 for urgent cases, which the European Commission conducted in January 2014, showed that 65% of the participants in the Republic of Croatia are informed about the number 112 and its purpose, which is significantly higher than the EU average (EU 28, 41%.)

Children's World - Pets


Date of Issue : 19 February 2015

Croatian Post issued  four new commemorative postage stamps from the series "Children's world - pets"  on 19th February 2015  .

These postage stamps  presents four types of birds:



Žutokukmasti cockatoo  The homeland of this beautiful bird is Australia, where he lives in flocks of hundreds of birds. Australia has banned the export of all native species of animals, as well as a cockatoo, because the specimens that are grown around the world for the most part legally exported birds or their descendants. Of all the types of cockatoos - and there are twenty - žutokukmasti is the most common pet. Easy to adapt to human society, but must not be allowed to bind with one person. If you decide that cockatoo be your pet, you should make, and if possible, find a breeder that will help in his upbringing.


Canary  The homeland is the canary Canary Islands, which is not named after the canary, but each dog, lat. canis . Today, with the most common parakeet tigress feathered pet, a number of mutations per color, body shape, size and manner of singing holds first place in the world among all the birds. It is interesting that a canary learns the song of the moment is still in the egg and continue throughout life. One of the interesting facts related to them is that we include them in the 19th century miners carried with him into the mine, where they served as "human sensors". Do you like birdsong and if you want to have a piece of nature in your home, you will not go wrong by getting a canary.


Papigica Tigress  Tigress is the best known representative of the family parrot and the most common pet in the world. Her homeland of Australia, where they live in large flocks. Want to tiger for a pet, you need to consider in advance how much she can devote, because it takes at least 2-3 hours a day. Few will it teach you, you little it; are very intelligent and very willing to play, as well as to mimic our speech. His little friend give a short and simple name and it will soon begin to pronounce. Get you a tigress for a pet, you will get 10-15 years of fun and enjoyment in her society.


The Australian zebra finches  Would you like finches for pets, it is best to take a couple you will be able to experience their cheerful chirping, wooing males, nest, and if a little luck, and squealing recently hatched bird. As a place to nest at home, it is best to set up a wooden box measuring 12x12x15 cm with a round hole of 3 cm.When the nest is made, the excess material to be removed, because the male bury eggs. Sitting on them mainly female, only occasionally replaced male to female drink and feed and flexing. Get you finches for pets, you will not regret because you will have an unforgettable experience.

- Croatia Post

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Gujpex 2015, 13th Zonal Level Philatelic Exhibition at Ahmedabad - 24th - 27th March 2015


Gujpex-2015, 13th Zonal Level Philatelic Exhibition will be held from 24th to 27th March 2015 at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial, Opp. Circuit House, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad – 380 004. A Press Conference was organized by Gujarat Postal Circle on 20th February 2015 at Conference Room of Chief Postmaster General’s Office, Ahmedabad to launch the Prospectus and website of Gujpex-2015.

Brig. Sanjeev Thapar, Chief Postmaster General, Gujarat Postal Circle launched the Prospectus and Website of Gujpex-2015 at the Press Conference and briefed about the exhibition.  The Exhibition is open to all Philatelists residing in Gujarat State and Union Territory of Diu, Daman and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The exhibitor desiring to participate in Gujpex 2015 should register him/herself at the exhibition’s official website
www.gujpex.com and have to complete procedure of submitting online entry form. The scanned images of relevant documents, viz. awards certificate, birth certificates (for youth group), identity proof, address proof etc. as mentioned on the online web page should also be uploaded along with the passport size photograph of the exhibitor. Application Number would be sent to the email id and mobile phone number provided in the application. Prospectus of the exhibition is available at the website www.gujpex.com

The last date for submitting the application is 7th March 2015.

Special Cover on 10th Raising Day of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) released on 21st January 2015


The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) celebrated its 10th Raising Day on 21st January 2015.  The Raising Day function was held at Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhawan, New Delhi. On the occasion Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh released a Special Cover marking the 10th Raising Day of NDRF in presence of Shri Vasumitra, Chief Postmaster General, Delhi Circle, the Additional Principal Secretary, PMO, Dr. P.K. Mishra and the Director General, NDRF, Shri O.P. Singh.


The Disaster Management Act has made the statutory provisions for constitution of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for the purpose of specialized response to natural and man-made disasters. Accordingly, The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was raised on January 19, 2006, constituted with 8 battalions (2 battalions each from BSF, CRPF, ITBP and CISF). The NDRF is capable of responding to any type of disaster in the country and abroad. It is strategically deployed across the nation as per the vulnerability profile of the country. Apart from rescue and relief operations, NDRF is also active in community capacity building for disaster response and imparting training to State Disaster Response Force (SDRF).
At present, National Disaster Response Force is having strength of 10 battalions and Each NDRF battalion consists of 1149 personnel. Each battalion provides 18 self-contained specialist searches and rescue teams of 45 personnel each including engineers, technicians, electricians, dog squads and medical/paramedics. All the ten battalions are being equipped and trained to combat all natural disasters including four battalions in combating radiological, nuclear, biological and chemical disasters. Two more battalions have been sanctioned and will come from SSB.

Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest

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