Date of Issue : 24 April 2015
Spanish Post will issue Europa 2015 stamp featuringthe sketch of a wooden train that has a slight Scots pine scent. The issue will be released on the 24th of April. This year’s Europa theme is Old Toys.
New Special Cancellation and Covers
Special Cancellation on 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first visit to Madras - 17th April 2015
Mahatma Gandhi had arrived in Madras (now Chennai) on 17th April, 1915, along with his wife, Kasturba. The couple stayed at 60, Thambu Chetty Street (George Town), the residence of G. A. Natesan, the nationalist publisher. He was to stay in Chennai (Madras) for three weeks before setting out for Ahmedabad on 8th May. It was his first visit to Madras.
To commemorate 100 years of Gandhi’s first visit to Madras, a special cancellation was issued at Chennai GPO on 17th April 2015. Mr. Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General, Chennai City Region, released the Special Cancellation in presence of Dr. S. Pandian, Secretary, Gandhi Study Centre, Chennai, Shri R. Narayanan Natesan, Mrs. Shyamala Ejji and Shri Balakrishna Das, President, South India Philatelists Association and Shri Anup Kumar Goyal.
A commemorative cover was released in association with Shri Anup Kumar Goyal depicting image of Mahatam Gandhi, woven on Kancheepuram Silk which has relevance to Madras. The image of Madras Station in 1915 has been embossed on the back side of the cover. The insert in the cover is printed with day wise details of the programme of Mahatma Gandhi during his fortnight long visit.
- Anup Kumar Goyal – Chennai
National Fire Service Day – 14th April 2015
The National Fire Service Day was observed in Goa on 14th April 2015, to pay homage to Firemen Martyrs who have sacrificed their lives during the course of duty, followed by a Fire Prevention Week from 14th to 20th April 2015 to raise the public Fire Safety Awareness. The theme for the year 2015 is; To Prevent Fire: “Adopt Safe Housekeeping Practices & Approved Electrical Appliances”.
On the occasion a special cover was released to commemorate the brave fireman martyrs in the line of duty by Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Hon. Chief Minister of Goa in presence of Shri Charles Lobo, Postmaster General, Goa Region, Shri R. K. Shrivastav, Chief Secretary of Goa, Shri D. P. Dwivedi, Secretary of Education, Shri Ashok Menon, Director of Fire & Emergencies Services and Shri Sidharth Kunkalienkar, MLA of Panaji Costituency on 14th April 2015 at Panaji.
Courtesy : Indian Philately Digest