Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Date of Issue : 15 October 2015
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi released the commemorative stamp on the former President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, on his 84th birth anniversary celebrations, at DRDO Bhawan, in New Delhi on 15th October, 2015. The Union Ministers, Shri Manohar Parrikar, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and Dr. Harsh Vardhan were also present on the occasion.
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen "A. P. J." Abdul Kalam (b. 15 October 1931 – d. 27 July 2015) was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India's civilian space program and military missile development efforts. He thus came to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. He also played a pivotal organizational, technical, and political role in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.
Kalam was elected as the 11th President of India in 2002. Widely referred to as the "People's President," he returned to his civilian life of education, writing and public service after a single term. He was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour. While delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, Kalam collapsed and died from an apparent cardiac arrest on 27 July 2015, aged 83.
New Special Covers
Special Cover on KSIC, Mysore Silk Centenary Celebrations – 15th October 2015
To commemorate Centenary celebrations of KSIC, Mysore Silk a Special Cover was released at Bangalore on 15th October 2015 (Special Cover approval no. KTK/50/2015).
Mysore is rich for its Royal heritage and Grandeur and it is no surprise that the silk produced there reflect the traditional splendor through its rich yet delicate motifs. The name Mysore silk is a befitting tribute to its ancestry. The silk weaving factory in Mysore, presently owned by KSIC, was established in the year 1912 by the Maharaja of Mysore province. Initially the silk fabrics were manufactured & supplied to meet the requirements of the royal family and ornamental fabrics to their armed forces. The unit was started with 10 looms and gradually increased to 44 looms over a period. The looms and preparatory machines were imported from Switzerland and was the first of its kind in India. After India gained Independence the Mysore state Sericulture Dept. took control of the silk weaving factory.
In 1980 the Silk weaving factory was handed over to Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Ltd., a Govt. of Karnataka enterprise and is popularly known as KSIC. KSIC is the only organization in the country commanding the entire gamut of silk production right from reeling of cocoons to the weaving of pure silk fabric of various shades and designs, all under one roof. KSIC uses high quality pure natural silk and 100% pure gold zari. The zari never tarnish and will look fresh even over a long period of usage. KSIC is the only organization to give guarantee for its zari saree in the form of embroidered code No. which is unique to each saree.
Special Cover on Asian Mycological Congress 2015 – 7th October 2015.
A Special Cover was released to mark the occasion by Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Chief Minister of Goa at the Goa University on 7th October 2015. On the occasion a philatelic exhibition on mycological species was presented by Dr. Bernard Rodrigues, Professor, Department of Botany, Goa University who is also an avid philatelist.
The Asian Mycological Congress is a major biennial event that brings together mycologists from all over Asia and fosters learning, dissemination and promotion of mycology. AMC 2015 will cover advances in all aspects of mycology. The Congress was held under the aegis of the Asian Mycological Association and the Mycological Society of India and organized by the Goa University from 7th to 10th October 2015.
Over 250 delegates attended the Asian Mycological Congress 2015 and of which 67 were from various Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Iran and Viet Nam. More than 20 Japanese delegates, including several senior scientists and young researchers came to Goa and attended the AMC 2015. In addition, mycologists from UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Germany participated and delivered lead lectures in the Congress.
Courtesy - Indian Philately Digest
New Philatelic Publication
India 1929 Air Mail Stamps: A Study of Constant Varieties
by Rohit Prasad
Stamps of India is pleased to announce the publication of its new book India 1929 Air Mail Stamps: A Study of Constant Varieties; a new path-breaking work by Rohit Prasad
The book is the result of 6 years of painstaking study and documents 106 CONSTANT varieties identified in India’s first Air Mail stamps, while the Stanley Gibbons catalogues only 3 varieties.
India 1929 Air Mail Stamps: A Study of Constant Varieties is A4 all color art paper, hardbound having 300 Pages. It is being brought out as Limited edition of 500 copies and will be available on October 17, 2015.
The book is Published & Distributed worldwide by Stamps of India Private Limited for
Rs 5,000 post-paid in India, and USD 100 post-paid worldwide.
According to Rohit Prasad “It gives me immense pleasure to share my study on the India 1929 Air Mail Stamps and I hope other collectors would benefit from this. I look forward to their inputs so that they can be incorporated in the further editions of the book.”
Contact : Madhukar Jhingan : Ph. 919811160965 : Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Philatelic society of Rajasthan at St Xavier's School Jaipur for Schoolpex 2015 . Exhibition A stamp booklet on late Dr APJ Kalam was released. There is India Post Counter and MY Stamp Counter from where pppstamp collectors can get stamps of their choice . Stamp dealers from Delhi , Kanpur , Ajmer and Jaipur have put their stalls here. There are over 150 entries from 14 schools.