Thursday, 19 December 2013

338. India Commemorates Tendulkar's 200th Test Match.

  India issued 2 stamps and a miniature sheet on 14 November 2013 to commemorate the 200th Test Match appearance of the Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, in a game against The West Indies at Mumbai after which he retired from playing cricket. In all he played in 664 international cricket matches and scored a total of 34357 runs. During the course of his career he received many notable awards and was viewed as the greatest batsman of his generation.




  Other recent issues from India are:-

  12 October 2013 - Philately Day - 1 miniature sheet -


  14 November 2013 - Children's Day - 1 stamp - 



  23 November 2013 - Commemoration of Satya Sai Baba - 1 stamp -


23 November 2013 - The Intelligence Bureau - 1 stamp - 



  26 November 2013 - Railway Workshops at Kanchapara and Jamalpur - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet - 





    13 November 2013 - The Times Of India newspaper - 1 stamp -


  Date of issue not yet known - State Visit of The Emperor Of Japan - 1 miniature sheet - 


  Date of issue not yet known - 50th anniversary of the establishment of Nagaland - 1 stamp -


   I experienced some concern when recently looking at the New Zealand Post philatelic website and noticed that it is no longer offering any recent Post Fiji stamps for sale. Whether this is related to the noticeable recent slow down in new stamp issues by Fiji or whether it reflects Fiji taking on a new philatelic agency to manage its philatelic affairs is not known to me at present. Given the number of Pacific territories that have recently signed contracts with foreign agencies which have rather prolific new stamp outputs I am a little fearful that Fiji has gone the way of some of the other small Pacific island states in exchanging national philatelic pride for a royalties fee and a supply of free stamps. I do hope not. Fiji has retained an excellent philatelic record over the years and it would be disastrous if it is sacrificing national reputation for a quick financial boost. Perhaps I'm putting too much significance on the current New Zealand Post website but after what has happened elsewhere one cannot help but fear the worst.
   I only know of 2 stamp issues from Fiji so far in 2013 (both previously illustrated but dates of issue now given):-

  21 January 2013 - Fiji's 2012 Paralympics Gold Medal winner - 4 stamps;
  28 August 2013 - Birth of Prince George Of Cambridge - 4 stamps.

  Meanwhile, other Commonwealth new issues include:-

  Bangladesh - 16 September 2013 - International Ozone Day - 1 stamp -


  Canada -

  30 September 2013 - Canada Post Community Foundation -


  22 October 2013 - Christmas - 4 self-adhesive stamps from booklets and 1 miniature sheet -





  18 October 2013 - 150th anniversary of The Hastings And Prince Edward Regiment - 1 self-adhesive stamp from a booklet - 


  Bermuda - date not yet known - "Mystery Roses" - 4 values -


  Ireland - 17 October 2013 - Contemporary Public Buildings - 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet -






  7 November 2013 - Christmas - 1 self-adhesive stamp from a booklet - 



  Sri Lanka

  29 August 2013 - Commemoration of Fr Tissa Balasuriya -1 stamp;
  1 October 2013 - World Children's Day - se-tenant strip of 3 stamps;
  9 October 2013 - World Post Day - 1 stamp;
  27 October 2013 - Inauguration of the Colombo - Katunayaka Expressway - 1 stamp;
  30 October 2013 - Commemoration of Deshabandu Alec Robertson (writer) - 1 stamp;
  1 November 2013 - Commemoration of Dr. Premasiri Khamadasa (music composer).- 1 stamp;
  8 November 2013 - Centenary of the Sri Lanka Excise Department - 1 stamp;
  14 November 2013 CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting), held in Sri Lanka - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet;
  27 November 2013 - Commemoration of Dr. Tissa Abaysekara (film maker) - 1 stamp;
  1 December 2013 - 25th anniversary of the Institute of Automotive Engineers - 1 stamp;
  1 December 2013 - Christmas - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet;
  2 December 2013 - All Ceylon Moors Association - 1 stamp.

  Pakistan - 

  28 November 2013 - 20th anniversary of ECO (Economic Co-operation Organisation) 1 stamp - 









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