66th Anniversary of Conquest of Mount Everest – Concern on Deaths due to overcrowding and Garbage Dumping.
The World’s highest mountain peak Mount Everest was first successfully climbed on 29 May 1953 by two legendary climbers Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal.
Today we celebrate the 66th Anniversary of the historic conquest. A large number of Climbers have scaled the Mount Everest since then and established various records. However, 2019 has seen 11 deaths taking place on Mount Everest due to overcrowdingand traffic jams. We offer our condolences and prayers for those who have lost their lives and wish such deaths do not ever take place again.
The overcrowding has also resulted in large scale dumping of garbage on the Everest route. One of the most beautiful places on earth is also facing the fury of human exploitation and garbage dumping. We are disrespecting nature -which is a grave cause for concern.
Hikkim World’s Highest Post Office -Special Cover India 2014
The Hikkim Post office in Lahaul Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh in India has a Post Office located at 4440 metres or 14567 feet. It is supposed to be the Highest Post Office in the World. It was established on 05 Nov 1983.
It caters to about 460 persons in that area and mail travels from Hikkim to Kaza by Foot and then to Reckong Peo by Bus and Shimla,then on a train to Kalka and again by Bus to Delhi from where to its final destination.
However the Qomolangma (Everest/Sagarmatha) Base Camp Postal Service in Tibet at 5200m may be the highest Post Office in the World.
A Special Cover issued on 11 Jun 2014 at Shimla on World’s Highest Post Office -Hikkim is listed.
National Police Memorial Delhi – Museum – Stamps & Philately-Police Forces
21 Oct every year is observed as Police Commemoration day in honour of 10 Policemen martyred in Hot Springs area of Ladakh by Chinese troops.Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the National Police Memorial to the Nation on 21 Oct 2018 at Kautilya Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi.It is spread over an area of 6.12 acres and consists of 30 foot (9.1meter) tall and 238 tonne black granite central sculpture ,Museum and Wall of Valour. It also commemorates the 34,844 Policemen from all Central and state Police Forces of India who have laid down their lives. This is a latest , beautiful and a fantastic addition to Delhi’s rich architectural heritage.The entry to the Memorial is free. It is spread over a large area with beautiful ambience. The newly built underground museum is an excellent place to visit with artifacts ,history, badges, books ,uniforms over the ages . The wall of valour has names of all martyrs inscribed on it .
The Underground Museum has a Philatelic section where stamps ,First Day Covers and Special Covers on Police Forces are displayed.