The Thomas Cup sometimes called the World’s Men Team Championships was held every three years from 1948 to 1982. From 1982 onwards it is being held every two years. The Women’s team championships known as Uber Cup is held concurrently with Thomas Cup. The 2018 Thomas Cup (30th edition) and Uber Cup (27th edition) were held in Bangkok from 20-27 May 2018. Stamps have been released on Thomas Cup by various countries.
Indonesia issued a set of three stamps on Thomas Cup Badminton Championships at Jakarta. The stamps were issued on 02 Jan 1973.
Malaysia issued a Miniature sheet on 25 Jul 1992 when Malaysia was crowned the 1992 Thomas Cup Champions. They defeated Indonesia 3-2 in 17th Thomas Cup held in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia issued a stamp on 11 May 2000 on Thomas Cup Championships held in Kuala Lumpur. The stamp features Flags of Participating Countries and the Thomas Cup Trophy.
Seychelles issued a miniature sheet on the theme “Putting Seychelles on Map”.The miniature sheet was issued on 20 Apr 1971. It shows a World map with Seychelles marked on it in Indian Ocean and among other India is also marked .
General K S Thimayya ,DSO was a distinguished soldier of Indian Army. He was born on 30 Mar 1906 at Madekeri,Coorg,Mysore (Karnataka) and died on 17 Dec 1965. He was Chief of Army Staff ,Indian Army from 08 May 1957 to 07 May 1961 in the period leading to India China conflict of 1962. He was only Indian to command an Infantry Brigade during World War II and after Korean War headed a UNO unit dealing with repatriation of Prisoners of War. After retirement from Indian Army he was appointed as Commander of United Nation Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus from July 1964 to 17 Dec 1965.
A Graduate of Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College ,he was one of the six cadets selected to undergo training at Royal Military College Sandhurst. He was commissioned in Indian Army on 04 Feb 1926 alongwith P N Thapar who later succeeded him as Chief of Army Staff. He joined 4th Battalion of 19th Hyderabad Regiment (Now Kumaon Regiment).He attended Staff College at Quetta (now in Pakistan) in 1942 ,where he and his wife had earned praise for their selfless service during 1935 Quetta Earthquake.
During the Burma Campaign he was Commanding 8/19th Hyderabad Regiment and was awarded the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) and Mention -in Despatches. He commanded 268th Indian Infantry Brigade in Japan after WWII to deal with Japanese surrender. After Independence saw action with 19 Division in J&K conflict of 1947 and Battle of Zojila. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1954.
Cyprus issued a stamp in his honour on 06 Jun 1966 (6.6.66). The date is a Palindrome date and a FDC on a distinguished Soldier is listed.
Maxim Card Portuguese India 1952- 400th Death Anniversary St Francisco Xavier.
St Francis Xavier or San Francisco Xavier or Xavier was born on 07 Apr 1506 in Navarre Spain and died on 03 Dec 1552 at Sancian Island China. He was canonized on 12 Mar 1622. In 1534 he pronounced vows as one of the first seven members of Society of Jesus or Jesuits under the leadership of St Ignatius of Loyola. St Xavier is instrumental in establishment of Christianity in India
He disembarked in Goa on 06 May 1542,the centre of Protuguese activity in East.He spent three years among the Paravas,the Pearl fishers in Goa on South eastern coast of India. The Portuguese were present in Goa , Daman & Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and called it as Estado da India. India liberated Dadra and Nagar Haveli from Portuguese in 1954 and Goa,Daman and Diu from Portuguese on 18 Dec 1961.
A set of three stamps were issued by Portuguese India in 1952 to mark 400th death Anniversary of St Xavier. Three maxim Cards issued are listed.The Five Portuguese Indian Tanga stamp features the Tomb of St Francis Xavier.