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Friday, 22 April 2016

296) Fire Services of India: A Commemorative Stamp in the denomination of Rs.5/- issued by the Department of Posts on 14.04.2016 to honour the “Fire Services of India”:



296) Fire Services of India: A Commemorative Stamp in the denomination of Rs.5/- issued by the Department of Posts on 14.04.2016 to honour the “Fire Services of India”:


Regular Fire Services in India first came up in Bombay (present day Mumbai) and Calcutta (present day Kolkata) during the British period.

In 1777, Fire Protection started in Bombay (present day Mumbai) when local people were allotted Rupees four per day for handling carts and horse driven carriages, which were used for extinguishing fires.

The Great Fire of Bombay occurred in 1803 and the first nucleus of Fire Service in India took shape around that time. Prior to this, the Police Force was entrusted with fire-fighting responsibilities.

In 1822, the Fire Service in Calcutta was organised under the Calcutta Police.

In 1855, the Bombay Fire Brigade was officially formed and formally placed under the police as a part-time function of the Police and a regular Fire Service with horse-drawn fire engines was employed by the Bombay Fire Brigade, under the control of the Bombay Police.

In 1865, the Bombay Fire Brigade was placed jointly under the Government and Municipal Corporation.

In 1867, Delhi got a Fire Brigade which functioned under rudimentary conditions.

Five fire engines, three horse-drawn and two manually operated were included in the Calcutta Fire Brigade.

In 1872, the Calcutta Fire Brigade came to be financed by the Calcutta Corporation and the Suburban Municipalities.

By the Municipal Act 1872 and 1878, insurance companies were required to contribute towards the maintenance of the Fire Brigades.

In 1888, through an Enactment in the Bombay Municipal Corporation Act, protection of life and properties against fire became the obligatory duty of the Bombay Municipal Corporation.

By 1896, organised form of Fire Stations commenced functioning under the Delhi Municipal Corporation.

In 1907, the first petrol driven motor fire engine was imported and commissioned in Bombay Fire Brigade.

On 01.05.1907, the Bombay Salvage Corps was formed by 37 Insurance Companies. One of the main objectives of the Corps apart from salvage operations was to minimise the chances/risk of fire.

In 1908, the Madras (present day Chennai) City Fire Brigade was established after a devastating fire in the city.

In 1910, the Provincial Government of Bengal appointed a committee to recognise the Fire Brigade. The Calcutta Fire Brigade laid the foundation of modern and well equipped services in the East.

In 1913, the Street Fire Alarm System was first introduced in Calcutta.

In 1920, motorisation of the Fire Brigade was completed by replacing the horse drawn steam engines.

After India gained Independence in 1947, the Fire Services in India were incorporated under the 12th Schedule of the Constitution, provisions of Article of Article 243, within the domain of municipalities.

Presently, the Fire Services are organised by the concerned States and Union Territories.   

Expanding Role of the Fire Services of India:

Over the decades, the role of the Fire Services of India has undergone a considerable change and presently includes attending to fire incidents and emergency situations like building collapse, drowning and road accidents, carrying out search and rescue operations, providing first aid on-site and implementing fire safety codes and auditing and preventing arson-related fires.

The National Disaster Response Force has been set up in 2006, primarily for the purpose of specialised response to natural and man-made disasters.

Under its aegis, the Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting Services are organised by the States/Union Territories. The Ministry of Home Affairs renders technical advice to States/Union Territories and Central Ministries on Fire Protection, Fire Prevention and Fire Legislation.

Soft Insurance Loans:

For up-gradation of Fire Services in the States, the Ministry of Home affairs arranges for soft GIC loans through the Ministry of Finance (Insurance Division) for purchase of capital Fire fighting equipment,( in keeping with a tradition established for the first time by the 37 Insurance Companies in 1907).

Other Financial Support:

From 1980-81 to present day over Rs.425.00 crores has been arranged for by the Ministry for development of State Fire Services and Fire Houses.

In addition, the Finance Commission has been constantly allocating substantial financial resources as grant-in-aid for modernisation of Fire Services in the States /Union Territories.

The stress is on proper development of Fire Services in all District Headquarters and towns having a population of over 50,000 residents.

Modern Fire Fighting Equipment:

The emphasis is on equipping all Fire-Houses/Stations with Turn-table ladders/Hydraulic platforms, Crash Tenders/Foam Tenders and Rescue Vehicles, High Pressure Pumps, Communication facilities and other Specialist types of Fire Fighting appliances/equipment.

In addition, Fire Stations/Houses are equipped with specialised equipment such as hydraulic rescue tools, electric chain saws, concrete or steel cutters, chemical protective suits, fire proximity suits, rescue rocket devices, self/rope rescue devices and search cameras.

Training the Fire Fighting personnel:

There are 14 State Fire Training Schools spread out over the entire country training Junior Level Fire Personnel. Training of officers is conducted in the National Fire Service College at Nagpur (Maharashtra) which has been training Fire Officers since its establishment in 1956. The College has trained around 25,000 fire officers, including foreign trainees from several countries.

The State Fire Advisory Council (SFAC):

The State Fire Advisory Council (SFAC) is the Apex Level Body of Fire & Safety experts comprised of Heads of Fire Services of all States/Union Territories. The Council advises the Government of India on various aspects on fire and safety. Approved recommendations are circulated to all fire protection bodies for information and implementation.

Fire Safety Mass Awareness Programmes:

The Fire Departments embark upon several Fire Safety Mass Awareness Programmes. Mass Awareness campaigns are carried out by the Fire Houses like familiarising personnel with the knowledge and use of various types of Fire Extinguishers, Electric Fire Precautions, Fire and Evacuation Drill procedures, Fire Safety for Physically Challenged people, Fire Safety in High Rise Buildings, interacting with high-rise buildings personnel and maintaining a constant liaison, survival procedures in case one is caught in a fire and escape routes are blocked etc.

A personal experience as a Floor Marshal:

 In Metropolitan cities, high-rise buildings constitute major fire hazards. I remember that when I was working in the State Bank of India, both at Lucknow Local Head Office (Sixth Floor) and at the Corporate Centre (19th Floor), I was appointed the Floor Marshal in charge of floor evacuation in case of a fire, within the earliest possible time. Mock Fire Drills and Readiness Exercises were conducted several times in coordination with the local Fire Houses, familiarising us with the local Fire Officers and having their emergency contact numbers.

Some of the Fire Departments in India include:

-      Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Response and Fire Services Department

-      Chandigarh Fire and Emergency Services

-      Delhi Fire Service

-      Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services, Goa

-      Karnataka Fire and Emergency Services

-      Mumbai Fire Brigade

-      Odisha Fire Brigade

-      Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services

-      West Bengal Fire Service

National Fire Emblem:

In 1968, a National Fire Emblem was conceived by the Standing Fire Advisory Council (SFAC) an apex level body and the Emblem was adopted at the National level.
                        The National Fire Emblem

The Emblem indicates a hand of the fire-fighter holding the flame at the centre surrounded by blue circles symbolising water controlling the fire. At the outer periphery, the silver grey fumes of smoke are visible. The motto of the Fire services “Tranaysevamahe” (in Hindi) and “We Serve to Save” (in English) has also been taken in the Emblem.

Fire Services Day and Fire Services Week:

14th April is observed throughout India as the Fire Services Day to honour the gallant firemen who have served the country through times of disaster.
 The above is an image of the Dennis Fire Engine which was inducted into the Pune Fire Brigade in 1956 taking part in the concluding ceremony of the Fire Service Week in Pune on 20.04.2016

Also, every year 14th to 20th April is observed as the “Fire Service Week” to remember and honour the 66 fire-fighters who lost their lives in the Bombay Explosion (This incident occurred on 14.04.1944 and involved a fire aboard the freighter “SS Fort Stikine” which was docked at Bombay port and had a cargo of cotton bales, gold and ammunition – including 1400 tons of explosives. The ship was destroyed in two giant blasts scattering debris, sinking the surrounding ships and setting fire to the neighbouring areas, killing around 800 people. The Bombay Fire Brigade tried to bring the fire under control and lost 66 of its personnel in the endeavour).

During this week, several activities highlighting fire safety and prevention through demonstrations, mock drills are held along with exhibitions and conferences.

Commemorative Stamp in the denomination of Rs.5/- issued by the Department of Posts on 14.04.2016 to honour the Fire Services of India”:

The above is an image of the First Day Cover (FDC) issued by the Department of Posts, India on 14.04.2016. There is a picture of Fire Tenders and the National Fire Emblem with the inscription " Bhartiya Agnishaman Sewayein" (in Hindi) and "Fire Services of India" (in English). The Rs.5/- (Rupees Five) stamp shows the firefighters in the process of controlling a blazing fire with the resources at their disposal. The Cancellation Stamp is of New Delhi GPO and is inscribed "BHARTIYA AGNISHAMAN SEWAYEIN" (in Hindi) and "FIRE SERVICES OF INDIA" around the National Fire Emblem. The Cancellation is dated 14.04.2016.


 A sheet of 45 Stamps of Rs.5/- denomination depicting the Fire Services of India


 An se-tenant (set of four stamps) of the  Rs.5/- stamp showing the firefighters in the process of controlling a blazing fire with the resources at their disposal. 
 The above is an image of the Information Brochure issued on the occasion.

Technical Data:

Issuer: Department of Posts, India or India Post.

Theme: Fire Services of India

Denomination: 500 Paise or Rupees Five

No. of stamps printed: 0.40 million or 400,000

Printing process: Wet Offset

Printer: Security Printing Press, Hyderabad











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







11 comments:

  1. Ramchandra Lalingkar has commented:
    "A must read for all Indians & should be proud of our brave firemen who serve the society putting their life into danger."

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    1. Ramchandra Lalingkar has further commented:
      " Now I remember one incidence in connection with this 14-04-1944 'freighter blast'. I was then 6 year kid. One of our neighbours was a new recruit in Bombay Police force as 'Jawan' at that time and was on duty near Dock yard. When he heard the ear-shattering blast-noise of explosion, within seconds one of the splinters pierced his left arm injuring him seriously bleeding. He was one of the victims of this blast. He was hospitalised for a week and could recover in due course. When he came back to Pune, he narrated this horrible first-person incidence & we all were speechless. We were wondering how he escaped and was alive amongst us. Your this post reminded me of this incident."

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    2. Thank you for sharing this first hand narrative of the Bombay Freighter explosion, Lalingkar sahab. It made me feel almost as if I was present at the scene of the blast and relive the horrors which the victims and the Fire Brigade went through.

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  2. Sreekumar Rakshit has commented:
    "Thank you , decades back, as a school boy I had the privilege to view a mock drill at the Fire Station HQ on Central Avenue, Calcutta. I still remember how thrilling it was. Firemen saving people by jumping on nets and powerful water hoses going up to 3/4 stories. I do not think that they had automatic ladders during that time. Unlike our policemen, I feel that the role and sacrifice of the firemen has been much under rated."

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    1. Thank you Sreekumar. I had the privilege of interacting with Fire Officers/Fire Men, in my position as the "Floor Marshal" at both Lucknow LHO and Corporate Centre, Mumbai when I was working at SBI. Their enthusiasm and concern for citizen's safety is very commendable, despite being woefully short of modern equipment.

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  3. Tej Swarup Nigam has commented:
    "Thanks for valuable information".

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  4. Praveen Sharma has commented:
    "Thanx for sharing such a valuable information."

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. Much appreciate.

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    1. Thank you so much for your appreciative comment.

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