Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 – India
The 14th edition of Men’s World Cup Field Hockey known as Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 will be held from 28 Nov 2018 to 16 Dec 2018 at Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar in Odisha India.
The First Hockey World Cup was played in Barcelona Spain at Real Polo Grounds from 15-24 October 1971. Ten teams participated and Pakistan beat Spain 1-0 in the final to lift the trophy. India were placed third.
Pakistan has dominated this event having won the event Four times, Australia and Netherlands have won it three times each , Germany has won it twice and India has won it once in 1975.
A Philatelic insight into Hockey shall be given in the next 10 days through Philately on this site so please look out for some interesting Philatelic Material from across the globe
Any article or write up on Hockey is incomplete without the mention of Dhyan Chand’s contribution to Indian and World Hockey.
Major Dhyan Chand was born at Allahabad on 29 August 1905. He is considered as one of the greatest players in the history of Field Hockey. He was known as “Wizard of Hockey” and “Magician” for his superb ball control. He won three Olympic Gold Medals with the Indian Hockey team (1928,1932,1936). In the 1936 Berlin Olympics India beat Germany 8-1 in the finals and he scored three out of the eight goals. It is believed that Adolf Hitler became envious of his skills and offered him German residency which he declined. He is believed to have scored 400 International Goals in his career.
He retired from the Punjab Regiment of Indian Army as a Major in 1956 and in the same year was honored with the third highest Civilian award Padma Bhushan by Government of India. 29 August his birthday is celebrated as National Sports Day. A Special Cover was issued on 29 August 2017 at Bengaluru featuring Dhyan Chand to mark the day as National Sports Day.
Special Cover Long Billed Vulture Conservation -India 2017
Long Billed Vulture (Gyps indicus) is the smallest of the Vultures which is critically endangered since 1990s.This species is now locally extinct in several regions. The in-situ conservation measures for this species are being taken up in Bejjur of Kagaznagar Forest Division of Telangana State Forest Department.
A Special cover on Long Billed Vulture was issued at Hyderabad during the 63rd Wildlife Week (2-8 Oct 2017). The Cover with a cancellation on Vulture was released on 06 Oct 2017. Cover no TS/08/2017
World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year.The overall objective is to create awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. It is an initiative of World Federation for Mental Health.
A Special cover was issued at Electronic City Bengaluru on 10 Oct 2017 is listed.
First Cricket Test Match at Pune -Special Cover 2017
Maharashtra Cricket Association build a new International Cricket stadium in Gahunje ,Pimpri,Pune. It hosted the First Test Match between India & Australia from 23 -27 Feb 2017. A Special Cover was released to commemorate this occasion on 23 Feb 2017.
Shivneri Fort is a 17th Century hill fort situated near Junnar town in Pune District. The Fort was mainly used to Guard the old trade route from Desh to City of Kalyan.After the weakening of Delhi Sultanate this Fort passed on to Brahmni Kings in 15th Century. Chhatrapati Shivaji was born in Shivneri Fort on 19 Feb 1630. The Fort came under the British in 1820 after the Third Anglo- Maratha War.
A Special Cover was released on 19 Feb 2017 at Pune. Cover No MH/04/2017
Ahmednagar Fort is located near the banks of Bhingar river near Ahmednagar Maharashtra. It was built by Malik Amed Shah -I in 1427. In 1596 Chand Bibi repulsed the initial attacks of Mughals but Akbar captured it in 1600 and Aurangzeb was the Viceroy in 1636 & 1650. Aurangzeb died at Ahmednagar Fort in 1707 and the Fort pased on to Nizams of Hyderabad from 1724 to 1759. Shivaji invaded Ahmednagar in 1657 & 1665.
The Marathas were occupants of Fort from 1759-1803.The Scindias imprisoned Nana Phadanvis, Peshwa diplomat in Ahmednagar Fort. In 1803 during the Second Anglo-Maratha War Arthur Wellesley defeated Maratha Forces and East India Company occupied the Fort and later the British.
The British rulers imprisoned Jawahar Lal Nehru, Abdul Kalam Azad and Sardar Patel during 1942 Quit India Movement. During this period Nehru penned down “Discovery Of India” in Ahmednagar Fort. Abdul Kalam Azad also compiled his “Ghubar-e-Khatir”(Sallies of Mind) -an acclaimed “Epistolary Essays” of Urdu Literature.
After Independence this Fort is being looked after by Indian Army ( Armoured Corps).
A Special cover was released on 30 Jan 2017 on Ahmednagar Fort at Pune.