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Friday, 18 March 2016

288) National Archives of India: (Part 1) (i)Commemorative stamp on the 125th Year Celebrations in the denomination of Rs.5/- issued by the Department of Posts, India on 11.03.2016: (ii) Commemorative Coins in the denomination of Rs 10/- (Bimetallic) issued by India Government Mints/Reserve Bank of India in 2016: (iii) Circulation Commemorative Coins in the denomination of Rs.10/-:



288) National Archives of India: (Part 1) (i)Commemorative stamp on the 125th Year Celebrations in the denomination of Rs.5/- issued by the Department of Posts, India on 11.03.2016: (ii) Commemorative Coins in the denomination of Rs 10/- (Bimetallic) issued by India Government Mints/Reserve Bank of India in 2016: (iii) Circulation Commemorative Coins in the denomination of Rs.10/-:

For (Part 2) of this post on the "Gilgit Record" (Manuscripts), please click here: The Gilgit Record (Manuscripts): National Archives of India (Part 2) A 30 paise Stamp issued in 1979,  by the Department of Posts, India. 


Evolution of the National Archives of India:

In 1860, The Civil Auditor recommended in his report the need to clear the congestion in offices by destruction of papers of routine nature and transfer of all valuable records to a Grand Central archive.

In 1889, almost three decades later, when the records of various offices was becoming unmanageable, G.W. Forrest of Elphinstone College, Bombay (present day Mumbai) was given the work of examining records of the Foreign Department of the government of India. Forrest had earlier worked as an archivist in the Bombay Records Office.

Forrest recommended that all records of the East India Company Administration should be transferred to a Central Repository, echoing the recommendations of the Civil Auditor, three decades ago.

On 11.03.1891, the Imperial Records Department (IRD) was established at Calcutta (present day Kolkata) as the National Archival Department for British India. Its location was in the Imperial Secretariat Building, Calcutta with Forrest appointed as the Officer-in-Charge. His immediate task was to examine, transfer, arrange and catalogue records of all the Departments and to organise a Central Library in place of various Departmental Libraries.

In 1911, the Imperial Records Department was shifted to New Delhi, when the Capital of India was shifted during the reign of King George V.

In 1926, the present building of the National Archives in New Delhi was constructed.

By 1937, all the records were transferred and consolidated at the new building in New Delhi.

Since 1942, the National Archives of India has been engaged in bringing out various Journals, Volumes and Reports that facilitate in propagating the Archival awareness in the country.

After India gained Independence, the Imperial Records Department was renamed “National Archives of India”.

In 1947, the Departmental Journal “The Indian Archives” published its first issue. The frequency of issue of this journal is bi-annual. This journal contains research papers on source material of modern Indian history, conservation of documents, records-management, reprographics, archival awareness and other related aspects of functional archives.

 To facilitate research by scholars of other countries, the National Archives of India is collaborating with UNESCO in bringing out a set of six Volumes under the Asian Chapter of “Guide to the Sources of Asian History” to provide comprehensive information to users regarding the record being held at the National archives of India, State archives and other custodial Institutions.

The Vision of the National Archives of India:

To help in spreading a feeling of national pride in our documentary cultural heritage and ensuring its preservation for the posterity.

Mission:

·         To encourage the Scientific Management, Administration and Conservation of records all over the country

·         To foster close relations between Archivists and Archival institutions both at the National and international levels

·         To encourage greater liberalisation of access to archival holdings

·         To help in developing greater professionalism and a scientific temper among creators, custodians and users of records for proper care and use of our documentary heritage.

Yeoman Service to the Nation:

The National Archives of India functions under the Ministry of Culture entrusted with the preservation of the documentary heritage of the Country. It is the nodal agency for the Implementation of The Public Records Act 1993 and the Public Records Rules 1997.

After Independence to the present day, the NAI has played a more dynamic role in the Archival field of the entire country. It has witnessed a manifold expansion in its activities particularly, in the field of accession of public records, acquisition of private papers/collections and library material, records management, research and reference, publications, training, conservation, reprography, outreach programmes, co-ordination at National and International level and expansion of offices at the Regional areas.

It has one Regional Office at Bhopal and three Record Centres at Bhubaneswar, Jaipur and Pondicherry (present day Puducherry).

The “Memory Keeper” of India:

The National Archives of India (NAI) is the custodian of non-current records of the Government of India and is holding them in trust for the use of the record creators and users at large.

In its unique position as the sole repository of Public Records of the country, the NAI is the “Memory Keeper” of the Nation.

It is the biggest repository of non-current records in South-East Asia.

Archives are the priceless documentary heritage of any nation and as the premier archival institution of the country, the National Archives of India plays a key role in guiding and shaping the development of archives both at the National, as well as, at the International level.

The records held at the NAI date back to the period of the establishment of the IRD, i.e. from 1748 onwards, including several dating several centuries past.

These records contain information essential for good governance and are a great resource for historical and inter-disciplinary research.

The NAI microfilms records of Indian interest acquired from the archival repositories located abroad for future references.

Computerisation & Digitalisation Programme:

The NAI has started a computerisation and digitalisation programme for “Automated Retrieval System” with the help of a tailor-made software known as “Archival Information Management System” (AIMS) for computerisation of its records and making them available on line for use by the Research scholars/Archivists and users of Archives.

A new project of Digitalisation of rare and valuable manuscripts has been taken up with the assistance of the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.

Preservation of Documents:

The Department has a Conservation Research Laboratory set up in 1941. Since inception it is engaged in research and development work for developing indigenous techniques for restoration, testing of materials required for restoration and storage etc.

The Laboratory is equipped with the latest models of Paper Testing Machines – Tensile tester, Folding Endurance Tester and Bursting Endurance Tester etc to facilitate examination of various kinds of preservative material.

A unique process of repairing and rejuvenating documents with the help of cellulose acelate foil and tissue paper known as “Solvent” or “Hand Lamination Process” has been implemented by the Department.

The Laboratory has also formalised a process for rejuvenating palm leaves that have gone dry and care cracking up because of age or loss of flexibility.

A portable thermostatically controlled airtight vault which is a multi-functional chamber used for sterilisation, vapour phase de-acidification and drying of documents, books and other materials.

I have seen a similar process being implemented at the College of Agriculture Banking, Pune (CAB, Pune) where all the records of the Reserve Bank of India are archived, during the Pune Heritage Walks organised by “Virasat” (meaning “Heritage”). We were given a hands-on session on how the machines & the process works. I was told by the Curator that through this process, the documents can be preserved for a period of around 200 years or so without deteriorating in any way.

Reprography:

The Reprography Wing is equipped with modern machines to attend to the needs of scholars. It is engaged on an on-going basis in preparation of security microfilms of valuable records as a precautionary measure against losses through fire, flood, war and sabotage.

 Micro-filming of records also helps in preservation of records against deterioration from use or loss due to natural ageing and fading of inks.

All records are duplicated and kept at off-site locations so as to allow retrieval, as a disaster management initiative.

The Reprography Wing also has a mobile Micro-filming Unit which visits various parts of the country to micro-film documents which cannot be brought over to the National Archives, New Delhi or its Regional offices.

Additionally, there is a rich collection of private papers of eminent Indians in various fields, as well as, a large collection of Oriental records comprising manuscripts and various documents like “Parwanas, Kharitas, Farmans” et al. All the records are available as per the Public Records Rules 1997.

The NAI has a massive collection of documents which are catalogued under various heads viz: Public records, cartographic Records, departmental Records, Private Papers, Oriental records, Microfilm Rolls and in the National Archives of India Library.

National Archives of India Library:

In addition, NAI also has a large and ever expanding library of books apart from proscribed publications, vernacular native newspaper reports, parliamentary papers etc.

The library has in its custody over 1,70,000 publications comprising rare books, Reports, Parliamentary Papers and Debates, Monographs, Gazettes, Gazetteers, Travelogues, Newspapers, Journals etc. These cover a variety of subjects like modern history and politics, culture, demography, archives, economics, social science, gender studies, tribal studies et al.

The Department has also computerised the reference media of Library books in the “Libsys’ Software” which also available to users.

National Archives Holdings:

The records in the National Archives run into about 40 kms of shelf-space and are in a regular series from 1748 onwards though stray records of the earlier period are also there.

These are in English, Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Modi, Urdu etc. The Archives also hold records on palm leaf, birch bark etc. The records mainly comprise – Public Records, Oriental Records, Manuscripts and Private Papers.

These Records throw light on the activities of the later Mughals, East India Company & British rule and emergence of the Freedom Movement in India as well as India’s social, political, economic and cultural life.
There are Oriental Records of Mss, Parwanas (warrants & permissions), Hukums (Administrative Orders), Kharitas, Farmans (Royal Edicts) etc. in Persian, Arabic, Urdu etc.

There is a rich collection of private papers and more than 7,500 microfilm rolls of records acquired from different countries including Canada, Germany, Malaysia, Myanmar, United Kingdom, USA, France, Russia etc. 

In addition, the NAI brings out about 40 publications at various points of time.

Commemoration of 125 Years of the setting up of the National archives of India:

On 11.03.2016, the NAI completed 125 years of its establishment and its memorable journey from the Imperial records department days to the present day.

A Logo for the 125th Year Celebrations was launched, along with an online search portal titled “Abhilekh Patal” and a virtual exhibition on Gandhi-Mandela (displayed at Johannesburg as a part of the Festival of India in South Africa), along with the release of three new publications based on the archival records of the Department.



Commemorative Stamps issued by the department of Posts India in the Rs.5/- denomination on the celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the establishment of the National Archives of India:



The above is an image of the First Day Cover issued on the occasion of the 125th Anniversary of the National Archives of India. The picture shows the building which houses the NAI, below which is the logo of the 125th Anniversary Celebrations. The Rs.5/- stamp is cancelled with a Cancellation stamp inscribed “Rashtriya Abhilekhagaar” (in Hindi) & “National Archives of India” (in English). It shows the 125th Anniversary logo & is dated “11.03.2016”, New Delhi.


 The above is an image of an FDC bearing the Cancellation stamp of Pune GPO. Both the above FDCs are in my Philatelic Collection.



The Rs.5/- Stamp shows the present building of the National archives of India together with an ancient scroll & the logo of the NAI. The stamp shows the celebratory period “1891-2016”.



The above is an image of the full sheet of stamps containing 45 stamps
 The Information Brochure issued on the occasion of release of the Stamp

Technical Data:

Issuer: Department of Posts, Government of India.

Date of issue: 11.03.2016

Denomination: 500 paise or Rs.5.00

No. of Stamps printed: 0.501 million or 501,000

Printing Process: Wet Offset

Printer: Security Printing Press, Hyderabad

(ii) Commemorative Coins in the denomination of Rs 10/- (Bimetallic) issued by India Government Mints/Reserve Bank of India in 2016:

Posted on 09.07.2017:

Yesterday, I received several coins booked through online orders in December 2016, from the India Government Mint, Hyderabad. One of the coins of Rs.10/- denomination commemorates “125th Anniversary of National Archives of India”. The details of this coin contained in this album are as under:



       The cover of the six page album containing the Rs. 10/- coin

It is inscribed “Smarak Sikka” (in Hindi) and “Commemorative coin” (in English). Below this inscription is mentioned “Rashtriya Abhilekhagaar Ka 125vin Varshikotsav 1891-2016” (in Hindi) and “125th YEARS OF NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF INDIA 1891-2016” (in English).

It is clear from the inscription that whoever wrote the inscriptions in both Hindi & English languages at the India Government Mint Hyderabad has not had a proper “education” in both languages. For instance, in the Hindi inscription, in place of “125van Varshikotsav”, the final impression reads “125vin Varshikotsav”. Similarly, in the English inscription it is mentioned “125th Years” instead of “125 Years”.

The cover shows the building which the National Archives of India is located and the colourful emblem of the National Archives of India.



                         The inner pages 2 & 3 of the coin album



The inner page 2 gives a brief description of the history of the National Archives of India – the journey through its 125 years of establishment:

“The National Archives of India (NIA) maintains the non-current records of the Government of India. These records can be used with the permission by administrators.

It was established at Calcutta in 1891 as the Imperial Records Department.

In 1911, the Imperial Records Department was shifted to New Delhi, when the capital of India was shifted during the reign of King George V.

In 1926, it was shifted to (the) new building. It is situated at the Rajpath-Janpath crossing in the heart of New Delhi. The NIA functions under (the) Department of Culture under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

The Government of India (has) released the Commemorative Coin on the occasion of (the) 125th year of establishment of National Archives of India on 11th March 2016”.

Page 2 also shows the emblem of NAI and the building where it is presently located.



Page 3 shows the Obverse of the coin and mentions the specifications of the coin.

There is also an image of a 600 Paise or Rs.6/- stamp released by India Post in 1992 titled “Rashtriya Abhilekhagaar” (in Hindi) and “National Archives” (in English).
 An image of the 600 Paise or Rs.6/- stamp released in 1992



An image of the Obverse of the Rs.10/- coin on a stand-alone basis

It shows the name of the issuing country “Bharat” (in Hindi) on the left periphery in the centre and “India” on the right periphery in the centre. In the centre is the emblem of the Government of India, the Lion Capitol derived from the Ashok pillar emblem of the legendary “Samrat” (Emperor) of Ancient India “Ashok the Great”. Below the emblem is inscribed “Satyameva Jayate” (meaning “Truth will always Prevail”), a term coined by Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya, the founder of the Banaras Hindu University located at Varanasi in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh.



                 This image shows Pages 4 and 5 of the coin album



Page 4 of the album shows the Reverse face of the coin and mentions the coin’s supplementary information.

There is also an image of the above mentioned stamp of 500 Paise or Rs.5/- titled “Rashtriya Abhilekhagaar 1891-2016” (in Hindi) and “National Archives of India 1891-2017” (in English) released by India Post commemorating the 125th Year of establishment of the National Archives of India.



                 The Reverse of the Rs.10/-coin on a stand-alone basis

It shows the building of the National Archives of India with its emblem on top, below which are inscribed the commemorative years “1891 and 2016”. Below the building is inscribed: “125 Varsh/Years” (in Hindi & English). On the outer top periphery is inscribed “Rashtriya Abhilekhagaar” (in Hindi) and on the bottom periphery is inscribed “National Archives of India”. The five pointed "Star" Mint Mark of the Hyderabad Mint can be seen below the letter "H" in "Archives" on the lower periphery.


The specifications of this coin as described on Page 3 & Page 4 are:

Denomination of the coin: Rs.10/-; Outer Ring: (ALUMINIUM BRONZE): Copper – 92%, Aluminium – 6%, Nickel – 2%; Centre Piece: (CUPRO NICKEL): Copper – 75%, Nickel – 25%; Diameter: 27 mm; Weight: 7.71 grams. Year of issue: 2016.



                           Page 5 of the album 
It shows images of the decorated entrance gate of the National Archives of India, an enlarged image of the Reverse of the coin and a 30 Paise stamp titled “Gilgit Abhilekh” (in Hindi)  and “Gilgit Record” on top released by India Post in 1979.I have written a comprehensive post on this stamp in my collection which can be accessed at the following link:
The Gilgit Record (Manuscripts): National Archives of India (Part 2) A 30 paise Stamp issued in 1979,  by the Department of Posts, India. 




The Back Cover of the coin album describes the evolution of the Government Mint, Hyderabad and its present functions and capabilities

Circulation coins:

RBI has also notified on 26.04.2017,  that it has issued  ₹ 10 coins to commemorate the occasion of "One Hundred Twenty-fifth Year of National Archives of India" as circulation coins.

The features of the coins are as follows: 

On the Obverse of the Rs.10/- coin the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar in the centre with the legend "सत्यमेव जयते" inscribed below, flanked on the left periphery with the word "भारत" in Devanagri script and on the right periphery with the word "INDIA" in English. 

The coin also shows the Rupee symbol “₹” and denominational value “10" in the international numerals below the Lion Capitol.

On the Reverse of the Rs.10/- coin, the image of “National Archives Building” is placed in the centre, with inscription “125 वर्ष/YEARS below the image. A logo of 125th Anniversary Celebration is shown at the centre and above the image of “National Archives Building”. 

The inscription “राष्ट्रीय अभिलेखागार“ in Devanagri script/Hindi and “NATIONAL ARCHIVES OF INDIA” in English appear on upper periphery and the lower periphery of the coin. The year “1891” and “2016” in English are written on the upper and lower periphery of the coin respectively. The year “1916” and “2016” in international numerals is inscribed on left and right top of the image respectively.










Links to posts on Indian Post-Cards:

1) Historical First Day Covers on Post Cards compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle on Post Independence India

2) For Part I of the DYKS (32) "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" (Part I) - Description of 16 birds with picture postcards)

3) For Part II of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas", please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

4) For Part III of DYKS (32): "Birds of the Himalayas" please click on the following link: ("Birds of the Himalayas" Description of 16 Birds with picture postcards)

5) Two Series of Postage Stamps issued during the reign of George V: Inauguration of New Delhi in 1931 and Silver Jubilee of the reign of George V in 1935 compiled by Karnataka Postal Circle   

6) Aero India 2015: Asia's Premier Air Show: A set of 10 Post cards issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post in 2015. 

7) Himalayan Lakes: Chandratal, Roop Kund, Sela, Tsangu and Tsomo Riri: A set of five post cards issued by India Post in 2015 

8)  Incredible India: (Part I) A set of 48 Post Cards issued by India Post in 2015
9) Incredible India: (Part II) A set of 48 Post cards issued by India Post in 2015
10)   Incredible India: (Part III): A set of 48 Post cards issued by india Post in 2015
 11) Olympic Events: A set of 12 Post cards issued by the Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 11.07.2016  

12) "Orchids": A set of 12 postcards issued by the Karnataka Postal Cicle of India Post, with designs inspired by 6 Stamps on Orchids issued by India Post on 21.10.1991 and 6 Stamps issued on 08.08.2016 
  
Maximum or Maxim Cards: 

1) Did You Know series (33): 1) Maxim or Maximum Cards 2) A set of 5 Maximum Cards issued by the Department of Posts, India to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad

"My Stamps" Albums:

1) "Ajanta & Ellora Caves": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita and Rajeev

 2) "Ghats of Varanasi": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Sumita

3) "Sun Temple, Konark": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

4) "Fairy Queen": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 

5) "Mahabodhi Temple": "MyStamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev 
  
 6) "Port Blair Island": "My Stamps" (issued by India Post): Rajeev

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2016:

1)  Special India Post Cover  carried in a dedicated Hot Air Balloon flown during the II International Hot Air Balloon Festival held in Pollachi, Tamilnadu, released by Tamilnadu Circle of India Post in January 2016

2) "Vibrant India": Postage Stamps issued by India Post on this theme

3) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nasik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 1) Spl. Covers on Pandu Leni Caves and Smt. Kusum Dhirubhai Mehta released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 16.01.2016 

4) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.2016: (Part 2) Spl.Covers on Kalaram temple and Nashik "Grape City & Wine Capital of India" released by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 17.01.2016 

5) MAHAPEX - 2016 held at Nashik from 16-18.01.16: (Part 3) Spl. Covers on "Nashik Dhol" and "Dr. Anand Gopalrao Joshi" released by Maharashtra postal Circle on 18.01.2016 

6) International Fleet Review - 2016 (IFR - 16) held at Vishakhapatnam from 04.02.16 to 08.02.16: Commemorative Postage stamps issued by India Post 

7) Celebrating 75 Years of setting up of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal : Commemorative Postage Stamps brought out by India Post. 

8) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06 - 09.02.2016: (Part 1): Spl. Covers on "Indian Dak Runner" & "The PUNPEX-16 logo" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 06.02.2016 

9) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 2): Spl. Cover on "Butterflies of Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

10) PUNPEX - 16  held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 3): Spl. Cover on "Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandigarh" released by Punjab Postal Circle on 07.02.2016 

11) PUNPEX - 16 held at Chandigarh from 06-09.02.2016: (Part 4): Spl. Cover on "Migratory Birds of Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh" released on 07.02.2016 

12) "Gurudwara Shri Paonta Sahib": Spl. Cover released by HP Postal Circle, of India Post 

13) India's First International Fleet review held on 18.02.2001 at Mumbai 

14) "Jal Mahotsav" on the River Narmada from 12-21.02.2016: Spl Cover issued by the Department of Posts, India 

15) "Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv", Ujjain 22.04.2016-21.05.2016: MAPPEX-2016 Spl Cover released by Postmaster General, Indore Region, India Post on 07.02.2016 

16) Unique Handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh: MAPPEX 2016: A Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General , Indore Region, Indore, on 05.02.2016 

17) Golden Jubilee of The Statesman Vintage & Classic car Rally": Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi on 28.02.2016 

18) Mahamaham Kumbha Mela Festival, Kumbhakonam, Tamil Nadu: February 13-22, 2016. Special Cover issued by the Postmaster General Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai, India Post. 

19) "Maharaja Agrasen ki Baoli " in New Delhi: "UTSAV 2016"- A Special cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 17.02.2016 

20) Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios Birth Centenary celebrations : A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi, India Post on 15.02.2016

21) Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued on 17.02.2016 by Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi 

22) National Science Centre Delhi: UTSAV 2016: A Spl Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, New Delhi , Department of Posts, India on 16.02.2016 

23) Commemorating the Birth Centenary of Vasantrao Srinivassa Sinai Dempo: A Rs.5/- Stamp issued by  India Post on 04.03.2016 

24) 150th Anniversary of the Allahabad High Court : Commemorative Stamps & Coins issued by the Department of Posts, India & India Government Mint, Mumbai respectively 

25) National Archives of India (Part 1): 125th Anniversary Celebrations: Commemorative Stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India on 13.03.2016 

26) The Gilgit Record (Manuscripts): National Archives of India (Part 2) A 30 paise Stamp issued in 1979,  by the Department of Posts, India. 

27) "A Minor Rock Edict" of Samrat ashok found in Gujarra , Distt. Datia M.P. : A Special Cover issued by the Indore Region, MP Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India

28) "Batesara Group of Temples": A Special Cover issued by Indore Region, M.P. Postal Circle, Deptt. of Posts, India 

29) "India-UN Women HeForShe Programme": Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post  

30) Fire Services of India: A Rs. 5/- Stamp issued by the department of posts, india to honour the "Fire Services of India

31) Govardhanram Tripathi: Commemorative Rs.5/ Stamps brought out in his honour by the Department of Posts, India. 

32) The "Everlasting Flame international Programme 2016": A Special Cover issued by Delhi Postal Circle, Department of Posts, India. 

33) "Ahimsa Ball": Commemorating the 10th Installation Ceremony of the Ball: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle on 26.04.2016 

34) "BRICS Friendship Cities Conclave 14-16 April 2016, held at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle on 14.04.2016 

35) "25th Shukla Day Coin and Philately Fair" held from 22-24.04.2016 at Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by the Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 22.04.2016 

36) "Indian Coast Guard Air Station Chennai Silver Jubilee": A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 07.03.2016 

37) Swami Chidananda: A Rs.5/- Commemorative stamp issued by India Post on 21.05.2016, celebrating his Birth Centenary. 

38) "Brave Fighter Narvir Shivaji Kashid: A Special Cover issued by Maharashtra Postal Circle on 05.05.2016 

39) Tata Power: Commemorating the centenary of the establishment of The Company by India Post, by issuing Rs.5/- stamps on 10.06.16 

 40) "Surya Namaskar": The theme of second International Day of Yoga: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post on 21.06.2016

41) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Jharkhand: DEOPEX:2016: A Special Cover issued by the Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

42) "Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar": DEOPEX-2016: A Special Cover issued on him by Jharkhand Postal Circle, India Post on 18.03.2016 

43) "Philatelic Seminar, Jaipur": A Special Cover issued by the Rajasthan Postal Circle, India Post on 28.02.2016 

44) "Shantheyanda Okkada Hockey Namme - 2016": A Spcial Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 03.05.2016 

45) The Indian Institute of Architects: Commemorating the Centenary year of the Institute by issuing a Special Cover by Maharashtra Postal Circle, India Post on 12.05.2016  

46) Indian Naval Air Squadron 300 (INAS 300): A Special Cover issued on the Induction of MiG-29Ks and de-induction of Sea Harriers in the Squadron, by the Maharashtra Postal Circle of India Post on 11.05.2016 

47) State Trading Corporation : Celebrating 60 Glorious Years: A Special Cover issued by the Delhi Postal Circle, India Post on 18.05.2016 

48) Christ Church Fort Teppakullam, Tirichirappalli: 250th Anniversary Celebrations: A Special Cover issued by Tamilnadu Postal Circle, India Post on 17.05.2016 

49) "BSE" (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange): Commemorating the 140th Year of its establishment: A Rs.5/- commemorative stamp brought out by India Post on 09.07.2016 

50) "VIKAS PARV - CHHAU DANCE": A Special Cover issued by Jharkhand Postal Circle on 17.06.16 

51) 65th Plenary of the North Eastern Council held on 26-27 May 2016 at Shillong: A Special Cover brought out by the NE Postal Circle of India Post, on 03.06.2016 

52) Platinum Jubilee of the First Philatelic Bureau set up in Mumbai: A Special Cover issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, India Post on 21.06.2016 

53) Chennai Book Fair: A Special Cover issued by the Tamilnadu Postal Circle of India Post on 01.06.2016

54) Chennai Book Fair (Part II) A.K. Chettiar : One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

55) Chennai Book Fair (Part III): T.Janakiraman: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

56) Chennai Book Fair (Part IV): P.V. Akilandam: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

57) Chennai Book Fair (Part V): D. Jayakanthan: One of 6 eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

58) Chennai Book Fair : (Part VI): Pudhumaipithan: One of Six Eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

59) Chennai Book Fair: (Part VII): Va Ramasamy: One of six eminent Tamil writers on whom Tamilnadu Postal Circle has issued Special Covers on 10.06.2016 

60) Tadoba Andhari National Park: Commemorative stamps brought out by India Post on "International Tiger Day" at Nagpur on 29.07.2016 

61) Tara Mata Temple Shimla: Famous Temples of Himachaal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover issued by HP Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

62) Bagla Mukhi Temple, Bankhandi, Kangra: Famous Temples of Himachal Pradesh Series: A Special Cover released by the H.P. Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016  

63) Chintpurni Temple , Chintpurni Una, HP: Famous temples of Himachal {radesh Sries: A Special Cover released by H.P.Postal Circle of India Post on 29.04.2016 

64) Ter-Centenary of the martyrdom of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur: A Special Cover brought out by Delhi P0stal Circle of Indiapost on 20.06.2016 

65) "Rio 2016" Summer Olympics: Commemorative Stamps and booklets issued by the Department of Posts, India on 05.08.2016

66) "Orchids": A set of 6 Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post on 08.08.2016  

67) Indian Metal Crafts: A set of six Stamps issued by India Post on 26.08.2016 

68) Independence Day - Tourism in India: A Rs. 25/- Commemorative Stamp issued by India Post on 15.08.2016 

Links to other Commemorative Stamps posts on Indian Stamps issued during 2014 and 2015:

1) 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil - A set of four stamps issued by India Post.

2) Commemorative Stamps on "Swachh Bharat" Mission

3) Commemorative Stamps on "Project Rukmini"

4) Commemorative Stamps on "Indian Ocean & Rajenda Chola I"

5) International Day of Yoga - "Commemorative Stamps & Coins" 

6) India-France - 50 Years of Space Co-operation - Commemorative Stamps

7) Commemorative Stamps on 50 years (Golden Jubilee) of "Engineers India Limited"

8Bicentenary of the "Old Theological Seminary" (OTS) Kottayam, Kerala

9Commemorative stamps issued on Nabakalabera (Jagannath Temple, Puri)

10) Commemorative stamps issued on an Indian Game called "Sagol Kangjei" originated in Manipur, from which Polo was adapted all over the World  

11) Samrat Ashok - Commemorative Stamps issued on the legendary Emperor of Ancient India 

12) Women Empowerment - Commemorative Stamps

13) Baba Amte - Commemorative Stamps 

14) Did You Know Series (4): A sample of the beautiful stamps brought out by Department of Posts, India 

15) 10th World Hindi Conference held at Bhopal - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts India

16) 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Indo-Pak War: Commemorative stamps issued by Department of Posts, India. 

17) Commemorating the 125th Anniversary of the Birth of Dr. B.R. Ambedker by Department of Posts, India with a stamp titled "Dr B.R. Ambedkar and the Indian Constitution" 

18) The "Charkha" or the Spinning Wheel: Commemorative stamps issued by the Department of Posts, India 

19) Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam - Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

20) 50th Anniversary of the Border Security Force (BSF): Commemorative Stamp issued by the Department of Posts, India 

21) 3rd India- Africa Forum Summit at New Delhi - Commemorative Stamps issued by Department of Posts, India 

22) Commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL): Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post.

23) Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Raising Day of the First and Third Gorkha Rifles: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post.  

24) India-Singapore Joint issue: 50 Years of Bilateral Relationship: Two Commemorative Stamps issued by India-Post. 

25) Celebrating 60 years (Golden Jubilee) of EEPC India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

26) Centenary of the setting up of the Zoological Survey of India: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

27) Celebrating Children's Day on November 14th - Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post. 

28) Musicians of India - Commemorating Classical Musicians of India by issue of Stamps by India Post. 

29) Sumitranandan Pant (poet and writer) : Commemorative postage stamps issued on him by India Post 

30) Golden Jubilee of the Establishment of the IDSA, New Delhi: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post 

31) 100 Years of Return of Mahatma Gandhi to India in 1915: Commemorative postage stamps issued by India Post 

32) Commemorating Alugumuthu Kone, one of the first Freedom Fighters against the British: Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

33) Centennial of the Patna High Court of Judicature: Commoemrative Stamps issued by India Post 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on stamps issued in 2013: 

1) Commemorative Postage stamps on the "Wild Flowers of India" issued by India Post.

2) 100 Years of Indian Cinema: 50 commemorative stamps issued by India Post. 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts on Stamps issued in 2012:

1) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part I) - Warli Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012

2) Shekhawati and Warli Paintings (Part II) - Shekhaati Paintings - Commemorative postage stamps brought out by India Post in 2012 

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2011:

1) Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs.100/- issued on Mahatma Gandhi on Khadi Cloth for the first time ever by India Post.

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts  on Stamps issued in 2010:

1) Princely States of Indore, Sirmoor, Bamra and Cochin : Commemorative Stamps issued by India Post

List of Commemorative Stamps Posts issued in 2008: 

1) Centenary of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru: Commemorative Stamps brought out by Indiapost in 2008

2) Standard Chartered Bank: Commemorating 150 Years of Banking in India: A Rs.5/- Commemorative Postage Stamp issued depicting the SCB Mumbai Heritage Building 

3) "Aldabra Giant Tortoise": A commemorative postage stamp brought out by India Post in 2008 

List of Commemorative Stamps issued in 2007:

1) 2550 years of Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha: Commemorative stamps issued by India Post  

Commemorative stamps issued in 1931, 1947 and 1950:

1) Three Series of original Indian stamps which depict : Inauguration of New Delhi (1931), First Independent India postage stamps (1947) and Republic of India Inauguration (1950)

 Postage Stamps from Thailand depicting Buddhist Jataka Tales:

1) Thailand postage stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Magha Puja Day (Part I)

2) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Asalha Puja Day (Part II)  

3) Thailand Post stamps commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales & celebrating Visakha Puja Day (Part III)

4) Postage stamps from Thailand commemorating Buddhist Jataka Tales

Forever Stamps from United States Postal Service (USPS):

1) Forever Stamps: A Series of Stamps commemorating the "US Civil War 1861-1865"

2) Forever Stamps: The Hindu Festival of Lights - Diwali (2016) 

Postage Stamps from the Bailiwick of Jersey

1) "Man of Steel": A Superman movie. Jersey post stamps commemorating a local lad Henry William Dalgliesh who played Superman in the Movie 

Postage Stamps from Gibraltar:

1) 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta - the Universal guidepost/landmark in Liberty and Freedom: A miniature stamp sheet issued by the Gibraltar Philatelic Bureau

Postage Stamps issued by Hongkong Post:

1) Working Dogs in Government Service: A sheetlet showing six dogs issued by Hongkong Post in June 2012

Postage Stamps issued by New Zealand Post

1) ICC Cricket World Cup - 2015 14 Commemorative Stamps issued with the theme "Have A Ball"

International Philately Exhibitions :

1) World Stamp Show New York 2016

2) Thailand 2016 - FIAP 32nd Asian International Stamp Exhibition 10-15 August 2016







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