Oct 2, 2022

2nd International Tiger Fourm FDC fom INDIA

FDC Name:2nd International Tiger Forum
Issue Date: 01-09-2022 

Details: Differing attitudes and beliefs regarding the relationship of humankind to other creatures has been a topic of interest for civilizations. India, the land of eastern religions of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, strongly lays emphasis on non injury to animals. The doctrine of non-violence or non-killing he doctrine of non-violence or non-killing is taken from these eastern philosophies. In Sanatan Dharma, animals are carriers of gods and goddesses and hence considered integral part of human lifestyle. Tiger, is the carrier of Goddess Durga, the source of unlimited power and abundance

The Government of India took a pioneering initiative for conserving its national animal, the tiger, by launching the “Project Tiger” in 1973. “Project Tiger”, now ongoing as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) of Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, was launched in 09 tiger reserves of different States (Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) over an area of approximately 14,000 km.Since then, the project coverage has expanded considerably to 52 tiger reserves (TR), encompassing an area of around 74,725.07 km 2 in 18 tiger States with 41,022.9 km 2 of notified core/ critical tiger habitats and 33,602.12 km2 of buffer / peripheral areas in 18 tiger states

Due to ongoing conservation efforts under the Project Tiger in designated tiger reserves, India supports almost 70% of wild tigers amongst the 13 tiger range countries in the world. Project Tiger has put the endangered tiger on an assured path of recovery, as revealed in the country level assessment of tiger, co- predators, prey and habitat.

In November, 2010, the Russian Federation had organized an International Forum on issues related to preservation of tiger in St Petersburg. The forum had adopted a declaration of the Heads of Governments on Tiger Conservation and the Global Tiger Recovery Program. One of the important decisions taken in the Forum was doubling of tiger population in the natural habitat of tiger by 2022.
It is heartening to note that India has achieved the goal of doubling the tigers well ahead of the schedule and India is one of the leading Tiger Range Countries in the world in tiger conservation. As per the agreement reached in 2010 in St Petersburg, 2nd International Tiger Forum is being held. This 2nd International Forum has the main objectives of reviewing the results of Global Program and determine new priorities for further joint work of interested parties. The 2nd International Tiger Forum is an important international event in creating awareness in stakeholders and India’s achievement of doubling of tiger numbers.
To commemorate the 2nd International Forum, the Russian Federation is issuing a postage stamp dedicated
to this event. India being the global leader in tiger conservation is reciprocating the gesture by releasing a
Commemorative Postage Stamp to celebrate this important global event.
The Commemorative Postage Stamp also pays tribute to ‘Collarwali’ the famous tigress of Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, which passed away in January, 2022. This Super MOM, tigress had given birth to 29 tiger cubs in her life time and an astonishing 25 cubs had survived into adulthood.(Source India Post)

Stamp/FDC/Brochure Designer : Shri Brahm Prakash

Cancellation Cachet Designer: Smt. Nenu Gupta

Remark: Beautiful FDC & Stamps for the 2nd International Tiger Forum. Thanks to our Young philatelist for sending such beautiful FDC.

Sep 17, 2021

Memories.....of Gold Medal in CHICAGOPEX-2019 for my exhibit titled "BEYOND THE STRIPES" TIGER-A critically endangered species.

1st Frame on Display

The CPS is APS Chapter No.1 Philatelic Society,formally established on 8th October1886 though it was started on December 1884. It was the USA's one of the oldest Philatelic Society. They conduct an International philatelic exhibition every year.

Sep 29, 2018

A Floral Motif with Personalized Coupon FDC from Slovakia

FDC Name:A Floral Motif with Personalized Coupon
Issue Date: 1st JUNE'2018
Remark:Many Thanks to Kredatus Josef ,my CCCC member from Slovakia for sending such a wonderful FDC with information.

Sep 1, 2018

Wild Orchids of Taiwan(Series-III) FDC from Taiwan

FDC Name:Wild Orchids of Taiwan(Series-III)
Issue Date:22/08/2018
Wild Orchids of Taiwan postage stamps was issued in November 2017 and in January and February 2018, Chunghwa Post is again issued a set of four stamps featuring the Phalaenopsis equestris, Odontochilus nanlingensis, Bulbophyllum retusiusculum, and Bulbophyllum griffithii. The stamps are as follows
1. Phalaenopsis equestris (NT$7): This species is parasitic. Its pale purple flowers are 3 cm across. The sepal is oval, the petals rhomboid. It flowers in summer and is only found in Taiwan in small patches on the forested craggy slopes of Little Orchid Island.
2. Odontochilus nanlingensis (NT$9): This orchid grows on the ground, generally with 2 or 3 flowers. The white petals have a reddish hue with reddish-brown stripes and marks. It flowers in spring and is found at heights of 500 to 1,000 meters in damp broadleaved forest from Wulai to Nanao. 
3. Bulbophyllum retusiusculum (NT$10): A miniature parasitic orchid with colorful petals. Its upper lip is dark red, while the sides are yellow and 1.5 cm long. The flowers are generally arranged in a fan-shape, like a small circular comb, so it is also called Yellow Comb Orchid. It flowers in autumn and winter and is common in cool damp evergreen broadleaved forest in the mid to low altitude mountains of Taiwan. 
4. Bulbophyllum griffithii (NT$20): A parasitic orchid with single flower, 0.8 to 1.2 cm across, whose petals are parchment white densely flecked with purple. It flowers in autumn, and is found in cool damp forest in Xitou (Nantou County), Fenchihu (Chiayi) and Caoling (Yunlin).( Source- Chunghwa Post)
Stamp Designer-Chi-jen Lai
FDC Designer-Jheng Yi-lang
Stamp Printer- Central Engraving and Printing Plant.

Remark: Beautiful two Types of post mark,posted on the issue date to me.Thanks Chen for such a lovely real posted FDC.

Aug 31, 2018

Scenery Talchung City FDC from Taiwan

FDC Name:Scenery Talchung City
Issue Date:03/05/2018
Continuing the series of Taiwan Scenery postage stamps released in 2016 and 2017 depicting Taitung County, Tainan City and Matsu, Chunghwa Post issued a further set of four stamps featuring outstanding places of interest in Taichung City. The stamps are described below: 
1. Taichung Park (NT$8): An important landmark in Taichung City. The Park is verdant and full of trees with historic buildings such as the antique Heart of the Lake and Gazing at the Moon Pavilions. There is also an open-air stage and children’s play area, making the Park a hotspot for family walks, rest and leisure. 
2. National Taichung Theater (NT$9): The Theater lies in the Xitun District of Taichung City. It was designed by the Japanese architect, Toyo Ito, to be a womb for beautiful music. The building has 3D-curved surfaces with air holes and is of a tubular design; no pillars are used in any part of it. Seen face on, it curves round like a flagon of wine: truly something wholly new. 
3. Wuling Farm (NT$12): The Farm lies on the banks of the Qijiawan River in the upper reaches of the Da-Jia River. It was established in 1963. It hosts abundant plant and animal life, cultural relics and the Neolithic Qijiawan site. In spring it is famed for its flowers, in summer for fruit, in autumn for red maple leaves and in winter for snow. It is a well-known tourist spot. 
4. Gaomei Wetlands (NT$15): The Wetlands lie in Qingshui, at the south side to the mouth of the Da-Jia River. They are rich in natural resources thanks to a combination of fertile mud and sandy beaches. The marshy land at the estuary supports a rich and complex wetland ecology and is famous for bird watching. In recent years the Wetlands have become an internationally famous tourist attraction.
FDC Designer- Delta Design Corporation and the Stamp Printer-China Color Printing Co.Ltd(Source- Chunghwa Post)
Remark:Nice real posted FDC from Taiwan.thanks Chen.Excellent two type of cancellation.

Aug 30, 2018

Scenery Penghu County FDC from Taiwan

FDC Name-Scenery Penghu County
Issue Date-2nd AUG'2018
Continuing the series of Taiwan Scenery postage stamps depicting Taitung County, Tainan City, Matsu and Taichung City begun in 2016, Chunghwa Post Issued a further set of four stamps and FDC featuring activities and outstanding places of interest in Penghu County. The stamps are described below:
1. Ocean Fireworks Festival (NT$6): In recent years the fireworks festival has become a standard feature of Penghu’s tourist calendar. The main arena is outside the Guanyin Pavilion in Magong City. The play of light from the fireworks, the romantic bay and the Xiying Rainbow Bridge are woven together in the night sky over Penghu. 
2. Erkan Village (NT$8): Erkan Village on Xiyu island is a single-surname community of the Chen family. The houses are in the old style and retain the traditional format of a village. There are many small exhibitions held here: one house displays ordinary life, another life on the shoreline, another is for singing… The village is the best preserved in Penghu and provides a taste of yore and the beauty of the builder’s craft. 
3. Kueibishan (NT$12): When the tide recedes at Kueibishan in Huxi Township on the main island a winding path across the water to Chihyu islet is revealed. It draws many tourists to this northeast part of the Penghu archipelago. 
4. Daguoye Columnar Basalt (NT$15): When a jetty was built to provide a boat link from Xiyu, stone was excavated from in front of the cliff. Following heavy rain, water collects in the holes and reflects the blue sky and white clouds above: a wonderful sight.(Source-Chunghwa Post)
Remark:Nice First day cancellation(Two types) by my friend Chen from Taiwan and posted on the issue date. 

May 1, 2015

Ramsar Cover from ROMANIA

The convention was developed and adopted by participating nations at a meeting in Ramsar, Mazandaran, Iran, on February 2, 1971, hosted by the Iranian Department of Environment, and came into force on December 21, 1975.

The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance now includes 2186 Sites (known as Ramsar Sites) covering over 200,000,000 ha (490,000,000 acres). The country with the highest number of Sites is the United Kingdom at 170 and the country with the greatest area of listed wetlands is Bolivia, with over 140,000 km2 (54,000 sq mi).The Ramsar definition of wetlands is fairly wide, including "areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six meters" as well as fish ponds, rice paddies and salt pans.

Presently there are 168 contracting parties, up from 21 initial signatory nations in 1971. The state parties meet every three years as the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP), the first held in Cagliari, Italy in 1980. Amendments to the original convention have been agreed to in Paris (in 1982) and Regina (in 1987).

There is a standing committee, a scientific review panel, and a secretariat. The headquarters is located in Gland, Switzerland, shared with the IUCN.

Romania has seven Ramsar sites.
Remark-Thanks my friend from Romania sending such beautiful cover

Apr 30, 2015

The 50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalk by Alexey Leonov FDC from RUSSIA

FDC Name:The 50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalk by Alexey Leonov
Issue Date:10th APRIL 2015
Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov born 30 May 1934 in Listvyanka, West Siberian Krai, Soviet Union) is a retired Russian cosmonaut and Air Force Major General. On 18 March 1965, he became the first human to conduct extra-vehicular activity (EVA), exiting the capsule during the Voskhod 2 mission for a 12-minute spacewalk.

Leonov was one of the 20 Soviet Air Force pilots selected to be part of the first cosmonaut group in 1960. Like all the Soviet cosmonauts, Leonov was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His walk in space was originally to have taken place on the Vostok 11 mission, but this was cancelled, and the historic event happened on the Voskhod 2flight instead. He was outside the spacecraft for 12 minutes and nine seconds on 18 March 1965, connected to the craft by a 5.35-meter tether. At the end of the spacewalk, Leonov's spacesuit had inflated in the vacuum of space to the point where he could not re-enter the airlock. He opened a valve to allow some of the suit's pressure to bleed off and was barely able to get back inside the capsule. Leonov had spent eighteen months undergoing intensive weightlessness training for the mission.

Remark:Excellent FDC with nice cancellation.Thanks Limanskii E.N for such beautiful FDC after long time.

Teresa Teng FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Teresa Teng
Issue date:15th APR'2015
Teresa Teng was an influential Taiwanese singer famous throughout Asia and in Chinese communities around the world. She enthusiastically participated in concerts for ROC troops and for overseas Chinese communities, giving performances in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States, and Southeast Asian nations, among other places. She was known as a “patriot performing artist,” “the military's sweetheart,” and “the queen of her generation's singers.” A powerful demonstration of musical artistry that resonated with audiences everywhere, her voice comforted countless souls. One of the true superstars of the Asian singing world in the last half of the 20th century, she helped to advance Chinese pop. On both sides of the Taiwan Strait—and in fact anywhere there are ethnic Chinese—her songs are still popular even today, nearly 20 years after her death.
In commemoration of Teresa Teng, Chunghwa Post is issuing a set of four stamps with denominations of NT$5, NT$9, NT$13, and NT$15.
This set of stamps is designed by Janny Pai and printed by Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd. in color offset.
Remark:Beautiful FDC with set of 4stamps.Both type of the cancellation are very clear.Thanks Chen.

Apr 18, 2015

Chinese Classic Novel “Red Chamber Dream” FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Chinese Classic Novel “Red Chamber Dream” 
Issue Date:30th MAR'2015
In 2014, Chunghwa Post issued its first set of stamps in its Chinese Classic Novel “Red Chamber Dream” series in the order of the chapters. Now it is following up with its 2015 issue of four stamps. The designs follow :
  1. Daiyu Burying the Flowers (NT$5): Baoyu’s maid Qingwen refuses to open the door for Daiyu when she comes visit. Daiyu weeps in silence as she mistakenly interprets this as Baoyu’s doing. The next day, when she sees the ground carpeted with fallen petals, she is overcome with sadness again. As she gathers the fallen blossoms to be buried, she compares herself to the fallen petals and laments at her despondency and loneliness. She tearfully mourns the flowers: “The falling twirling petals fill the air, wasting away while no one cares.….” As he listens, Baoyu becomes transfixed and spellbound. 
  2. Tanchun Starting a Poetry Club (NT$5): Tanchun proposes to establish a poetry club. The first business of the club is for everyone to pick an alias for themselves and to draw up the rules and penalties. Then the topics and rhyme entries are chosen before the members start to write and critique each other’s work. Parties held by the club become a fad in Daguanyuan for a while. The scenes where the girls write and chat and Baoyu jokes around highlight the Jia household’s heyday and add vitality and interest to the book. 
  3. Granny Liu Touring Daguanyuan (NT$10): Granny Liu follows Grandmother Jia to Daguanyuan, where they party, row boats, and drink tea. To amuse Grandmother Jia, Sister Feng covers Granny Liu’s hair with chrysanthemums. Granny Liu goes along with her jest and plays the fool to make everyone laugh. Through Granny Liu’s touring, the author further describes the extravagant lifestyle of the Jia household, the sumptuous decor of Daguanyuan, and highlights the vivid contrast between Grandmother Jia and Granny Liu’s economic situations.
  4. Miaoyu Tasting Tea (NT$25): Miaoyu comes from the gentry class. She is both fastidious and haughty. When it comes to tea, the water she uses is snow water that was collected off of plum blossoms and then buried in the ground in a pot for five years. The tea cups she uses are all valuable antiques. She hands Baochai one with the name “Calabash Cup”, Daiyu “Rhinoceros Cup”, and Baoyu her personal green jade cup. Later she swaps it with a huge goblet decorated with coiled dragon with nine curves, ten rings and 120 knots carved from a whole bamboo root. 
Remark:Nice FDC with Fan cancellation.

Apr 17, 2015

Chinese Idiom Stories FDC from TAIWAN

FDC Name:Chinese Idiom Stories 
Issue Date:20th MAR'2015
To enhance teenagers’ understanding of Chinese idioms and to inspire them, Chunghwa Post has issued a set of four stamps on idioms. The designs follow :
  1. Bo Le Appraises the Horse (NT$5): Bo Le is the name of a constellation in charge of the heavenly stable. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), there was a man named Sun Yang that many called Bo Le because he was expert in the ways of horses. There is a legend about his search for a good horse. One day, he saw a horse struggling to pull a salt cart up a steep slope. When he approached, the horse suddenly neighed loudly. From the horse’s cry, Bo Le knew that this was the horse he was looking for, so he purchased it. After being properly cared for, the horse did indeed become a great war horse. Later, people began to call anyone who was good at scouting talent Bo Le. 
  2. The Ambition of a Swan (NT$5): The Records of the Grand Historian devoted a chapter to a man named Chen She. Chen was poor when he was young and once worked as a farmhand. One day, he woefully said to his coworkers: “Let’s not forget about each other when one of us strikes it rich one day.” The others laughed and said, “You are just a hired farmhand, you will never strike it rich.” Sighing, Chen said “How can a sparrow know the ambition of a swan?” The idiom compares ordinary people to sparrows, who are incapable of understanding the aspirations of a hero. Later, the idiom came to be used to describe great ambition. 
  3. Adept with Both the Pen and the Sword (NT$5): In Chapter 93 of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a man beats Kong Ming at his own game. Surprised, Kong Ming inquires about him: “Who is that? How did he see through my trick?” He then was told: “His name is Jiang Wei who is very devoted to his mother. He is adept with both the pen and the sword. What’s more, he is intelligent and brave. He is a truly outstanding fellow.” The idiom “adept with both the pen and the sword” is now used to encourage people to pay attention to their work and their extracurricular skills. 
  4. Tiny Blade of Grass and Spring Sun (NT$5): “The Song of the Wandering Son,” a poem by Tang dynasty poet Meng Jiao, reads as follows: “The thread in the hand of a loving mother goes into the clothes for her wandering son. She makes the stitches tight before he leaves, worrying it might be a while before he returns. How can tiny blades of grass repay the sun, however much they appreciate its warmth?” The idiom describes how children receive so much from their parents that it is hard to expect them to repay it in kind.
Remark:I am writing this blog after long gap due.In meantime I have lost contacts with many good friends who used to send me very good FDC. Only.Only one is continuing-He is one of my best philatelic friend Shi--Ching Chen from Taiwan.Many many thanks to him & looking forward for good exchange.

May 11, 2014

Polar Bear FDC from GREENLAND

FDC Name:Vulnerable Animals
Issue Date:11th JUNE'2013
The 2013 Greenlandic stamp of the year was the stamp with the attractive polar bear with the title “Vulnerable Animals”. Stamp collectors from all over the world voted for their favorite among the 24 stamps issued by TELE-POST in 2013.
It is the artist Naja Abelsen, who has created the beautiful stamp. Naja has earlier been behind no less than 16 stamps issued by TELE-POST. The stamp “Vulnerable Animals” was issued 11th June 2013. It was a joint issue with the Israeli Post and the point of the issue was to create awareness about vulnerable animals.
The stamp is enhanced with the Augmented Reality technology. This means that you can see a short video of a live polar bear, if you download the “Sepac App” and install it on your tablet or smartphone and scan the stamp.
The winner of this monetary prize of DKK 10,000 chosen in the draw was Philippe Kocielkowski from Saint-George-sur-Meuse in Belgium. TELE-POST congratulates the winner.
The ten lucky winners of the extra prices of a year pack from 2013 are Esa Kallio in Sweden, Gert Kragh Andreasen, Camilla Nissen Toftdal, Jørgen Rasmussen and Jørgen Vesth-Hansen in Denmark, Bezazel Ferhat in Algeria, Pastorimi Massimo and Francesco Magnani in Italy, Tor Nygaard in Norway and finally Uda Yanuhardi in Indonesia.
The competition for the “2013 Greenlandic stamp of the yea” ran in the period from 1st December 2013 to the 1st March 2014.

Archeological treasure 2014 FDC from CROATIA

FDC Name:Archeological treasure
Issue Date:12th MAY'2014
In the village Služanj near Čitluk, from previous times, numerous medieval tombstones (“bilig”) are located in today’s local Catholic cemetery and nearby it. Inside the cemetery there laid a chest, which had deeply sunked into the ground, because it was obvious that it fell from its base. With somewhat effort the “bilig” in 2013 was erected and set up on its baseboard. The erected “bilig”, in the form of a tall chest with angled ends towards the baseboard, has truly impressive dimensions: height of 209 cm, width of 149 cm and depth of 69 cm. On all sides it is decorated with embossed moulding, which consists of lines in a form of rope and spiral wreaths of vines with the Croatian “trolist”.
Under the arcade from the south end, an inscription written on Humac (Cyrillic letter in Humac land) was found. The inscription is engraved in one line and says: СИ БИЛЕГЬ УГРИНА ВРАТУШИЋА / Si bileg Ugrina Vratušića / This (is) “bilig”of Ugrin Vratušić. This last name from its etymological sense is clear, most possibly a derivative of the nickname Vratuš, a man with a distinguished (long) neck. And this inscription, above all, demonstrates that the folk name “bilig” is rooted in the Humac land or Herzegovina, instead of the artificial tombstone. The inscription and “bilig” can be dated from the second half of the XV century. (Radoslav Dodig)
The Croatian Post Ltd. Mostar has issued a regular postal stamp in a sheet of 20 stamps, postmark and First Day Cover (FDC).

May 9, 2014

BELARUS-Medal winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi

Stamp Name:Medal winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi
The post of the Republic of Belarus issued 3 nos of stamps and a souvenir sheet from the series “Medal winners of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi”.
The XXII Olympic Winter Games were held in Sochi (Russian Federation) from 7 to 23 February 2014.2800 athletes from 88 countries attended the event. Belarus was represented by 26 athletes (15 men and 11 women) in 5 sports disciplines.
The Belarus team took part in Winter Olympics for the sixth time. Belarus is ranking the 8th in the medal table. Belarusian athletes have won six medals (5 gold and 1 bronze). The medal winners are: Darya Domracheva (three-time Olympic champion in biathlon), Alla Tsuper (Olympic champion in freestyle), Anton Kushnir (Olympic champion in freestyle) and Nadezhda Skardino (bronze medal in biathlon). The three-time Olympic champion Darya Domracheva has been awarded the title “Hero of Belarus”.
The stamps depict Nadezhda Skardino, Alla Tsuper, Anton Kushnir, the souvenir sheet features Darya Domracheva.


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