Brick Factory at Tortosa – Paintings of Pablo Picasso on stamps of Afghanistan -1989
A Miniature sheet was issued by Afghanistan on 13 Feb 1989 which featured a Painting by Pablo Picasso called “Brick Factory at Tortosa 1909”.It belongs to Picasso’s African Period and is considered Proto-Cubist work.
The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) is a state of art Institute for treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bangladesh . It was established in 1978 at Dhaka. A stamp was issued on 12 Sep 2012 to mark 30 years of open heart surgery in Bangladesh. A FDC with stamp is listed.
V Care Foundation – Cancer Survivor’s Day – Special Cover 2010
V Care foundation is a voluntary support group dedicated to providing free help.hope ,awareness & education to cancer patients and their families through outreach programs.
It is based in Mumbai and celebrates its foundation day as Cancer Survivors’ Day every year . The First Cancer Survivors’ Day was celebrated in 1995. A Special cover was released in Mumbai on 19 Feb 2010.
Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated its 86th Anniversary on 08 Oct 2018.
IAF was raised as an auxiliary Air Force of the Royal Air Force in British India.Some milestones in its 86 Year old history.
On 01 April 1933 the No 1 Squadron was commissioned with Five Indian Pilots andFour Westland Wapiti Biplanes . The squadron was led by British RAF Commanding officer Flight Lieutenant (laterAir Vice Marshal ) Cecil Bouchier.
During World War II it saw action in Burma & Thailand against Japanese and IAF Pilots took part in operations in Europe. It was conferred the Prefix “Royal” by King George VI for its service. This was later dropped after India became a Republic.
Operations Post Independence
1947, 1965,1971 & Kargil War with Pakistan
IPKF operations in Sri Lanka ,UN Missions in Congo, UN Peace Keeping Missions across Globe.
1962 War with China
Numerous relief operations across the Globe for Humanitarian Aid.
Recent relief operations during Kerala Floods.
Marshal of the Air Force – Arjan Singh DFC (15 Apr 1999 -16 Sep 2017). He was son of a Dafadar of Hudson’s Horse. Arjan Singh commanded No 1 Air Squadron as acting Squadron Leader in 1943 and later on in 1944 took part in Arakan Campaign where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).He became the First IAF officer to be promoted to the rank of Air Chief Marshal in 1966. He was Chief of Air Staff from 01 Aug 1964 to 15 July 1969. He was awarded the Padma Vibhusan in 1966.He was promoted to Five star Rank of Marshal of Indian Air Force equivalent to a Field Marshal on 26 Jan 2002.
Flying officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon , PVC . ( 17 July 1943 – 14 Dec 1971)
He was commissioned into Indian Air Force on 04 jun 1967 as Pilot Officer. He was son of a MWO (Hony) Flight Lieutenant Tarlok Singh Sekhon. He was serving with 18 Squadron during 1971 War. He was bestowed the Nation’s highest wartime gallantry award Param Vir Chakra(Posthumous) for his heroic action for defence of Srinagar Airfield on 14 Dec 1971.
There are numerous stories of bravery and valour in the annals of IAF history. We pay a Philatelic Salute to the spirit of Air Warriors of IAF in service to the Nation. A few stamps issued on Indian Air Force are Listed.
Stamps on Kazi Nazrul Islam – Pakistan ,Bangladesh & India
Kazi Nazrul Islam (25 May 1899-29 Aug 1976) was a revolutionary Poet of Bengal .He was born in Churulia in Bengal (India).He composed nearly 3000 songs. He Shot to fame through All India Radio Calcutta . He was awarded Padma Bhusan by Government of India . After formation Bangladesh he moved to Bangladesh in 1972 and breathed his last in 1976. He was National Poet of Bangladesh and conferred the award of “Ekusey Padak” by Government of Bangladesh.
Pakistan honoured him by issuing a set of two stamps during his lifetime on his 69th Birth Anniversary on 25 Jun 1968.
PAKISTAN STAMPS on KAZI NAZRUL ISLAM -1968
Bangladesh issued a set of two stamps on his first Death Anniversary on 29 Aug 1977.
Bangladesh issued a stamp on his Birth Centenary on 31 Dec 1998.
India issued a stamp on his Birth centenary on 14 Sep 1999.
An organisation Regional Co-Operation for Development (RCD) was established by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey on 21 Jul 1964 to allow socio-economic development of member states. From 1965 till 1979 the three nations jointly issued stamps on various themes.
Pakistan issued stamps on miniature paintings to celebrate fifth anniversary of RCD. The three stamps issued on 21 Jul 1969 featured
Turkey – Rupee one -Ottoman Miniature – Art form of Ottoman dynasty in Turkey linked to Persian Miniature . 16th Century works
Iran -50 paise- Safavi Miniature – Art of Persian Safavid Dynasty (1501-1722)
Pakistan -20 paise- Mughal Miniature – Queen/Woman on the Window .Mughal Empire art form which flourished under Akbar & Jehangir in India.
A First Day cover from Pakistan with stamps depicting all the three Miniature paintings Iran, Turkey and Pakistan is listed.
Special Cover on Jehangir Art Gallery – Golden Jubilee -2002
Jehangir Art Gallery was inaugurated on 21 Jan 1952 by the then Chief Minister of Bombay State B G Kher and dedicated to the memory of Sir Cowasji Jehangir’s son Jehangir. It is an art gallery located in Mumbai at Kala Ghoda near Gateway of India. It was designed by G M Bhuta.
A Special Cover was issued on 18 Dec 2002 to mark its Golden Jubilee.