Sri Lanka issued three miniature sheets on 07 Sep 2010. The theme was Sri Lanka’s beaches and these stamps were issued as part of Visit Sri Lanka Stamp series. Each miniature sheet was priced at 100 Sri Lankan rupees but the Face value of stamps was different.
15 SLR – Pasikdudah Beach. It is located 30 Kilometers north-west of Batticaloa. Pasikuda means “green-algae-bay”
25 SLR – Trincomalee Beach – Major Port City on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, it lies south of Jaffna and North of Batticaloa. Centre of Tamil Culture and Dutch history.
40 SLR -Arugam Bay Beach – It is located in Southeast Sri Lanka in Batticaloa District near Pottuvil town. It also gateway to Yala East National park.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) protects India’s maritime interests and enforces maritime laws with jurisdiction over the territorial waters of India including its contiguous zone and exclusive economic zone. It works in close co-operation with Indian Navy, Indian Customs, Fisheries Department, Central and State Police Forces. The Motto of ICG is “WE PROTECT”.
01 Feb every year is celebrated as Coast Guard Day (Interim Coast Guard was established on 01 Feb 1977) and formally it was established by an act of Parliament on 18 Aug 1978.
A Special Cover was released on 01 Feb 1985 to mark Coast Guard day at Mumbai and a Special Cover was released in New Delhi on 01 Feb 2007 to celebrate 30th Anniversary of Coast Guard.
Remembering the AE2 – Galipoli 1915 – Pre Stamped Envelope -Australia 2015
HMAS AE2 was one of the two E-class submarines commissioned by Royal Australian Navy in Feb 1914. After its role in capture of German New Guinea ,AE2 was assigned to Dardanelles campaign. In Mar 1915 at Galipoli it was first submarine to enter Sea of Marmara on 25 April 1915. It disrupted the Turkish re-supply by sea but was torpedoed .
Australia Post issued a Pre Stamped envelope in memory of AE2 in 2015
Provincial Flags of Papua New Guinea on Stamps -2004
Papua New Guinea issued a set of beautiful and colorful stamps on Provincial Flags of Papua New Guinea. This was the second issue from series of three and all were definitive stamps.
The details of stamps and Provinces featured are
70 t – Madang Province – Red ,Black and Yellow stripes represent National Flag. Six white stars represent six districts .In black and white Madang’s memorial to coast watchers of WW II surrounded by coconut palm branches (agriculture) and a slit drum for tradition are featured.
70t – Eastern New Britain Province – A Green stripe separates Red and Blue Traingles Four white stars over blue represent the National Flag. Traditional shell money surrounds a circle. traditional masks of Tolai(dukduk) and Baining dancers are in centre
2.65k – Eastern Highlands Province -Red and Green triangles form the background . Inside a large yellow star in centre , a one legged man named Nokondi holds a coffee branch ( main cash crop).The star has six points (six districts).It is surrounded by eight smaller stars (for local government councils).
2.70k –Morobe Province – The background stripes are green (for vegetation),yellow (for Markham Valley) ,Blue (for sea).A white Bird of Paradise(for animal life),white pigss tusks(for tradition), a brown and yellow kundu drum (for festivals)and spears (for traditional warfare) are at the centre.
4.60k- Milne Bay Province – Milne Bay is SE tip of Papua New Guinea. Vertical stripe of green on left (for plants ) and white (for beaches ).A square is divided into triangles of blue (for sea)and red (for festivals).A Yellow star on red represents Eastern star (a seafarers guide) and Christian missionaries
10k –East Sepik Province – In upper right quarter a yellow Bird of paradise ( National Flag) is set on red background. In the lower left quarter a haus tambaran ( for hills and plains people ), crocodile (for river people),shark (for coastal people).kundu and garamut drums, spear and lime pot (representing culture ) are set over a green background.
Special Covers on Madras Day- 377th Madras Day – 2016
Madras Day – The Founding day of Madras is considered as 22 Aug 1639.It was on this day that a piece of land (where Fort St George stands today) was transacted by East India Company. The deal took place between Francis Day, his ‘dubash” Beri Thimmappa and their superior Andrew Cogan with the local Nayak rulers.
In 2005 three people – S Muthiah ,Sashi Nair and Vincent D’Souza joined together to celebrate 22 Aug every year as Madras Day . Three others joined this idea later and now it is celebrated as Madras Week.
Special Covers on Madras Day– A Special Cover was released on 22 Aug 2016 to celebrate 377th Madras Day.
The theme for 2016 was The First Madras Exchange Lighthouse.The Covers bear cancellation of First Madras Exchange Lighthouse at Fort St George. The octagonal cancellation depicts the octagonal shape of Lighthouse.
First Madras Exchange Lighthouse was built in 1796,built above the present day Fort Museum. It was octagonal in shape built of wooden frame work and and wooden plank covering.It had twelve oil wicks as shown on back of cover.The three rear sides of glass windows were made opaque so No light is seen on land side. The layout of oil wicks is also shown. Cover No TN/31/2016.