Friday 15 April 2016

742. Sri Lanka Commemorates World's First Woman Prime Minister.

  Sri Lanka Post issued a single stamp on 7 April 2016 to commemorate the Birth centenary of Mrs. Siramavo Bandaranaike, the world's first woman prime minister. The stamp was designed by Ms. Wathmi de Zoysa and printed in lithography.
  Mrs. Bandaranaike succeeded her husband, Mr. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, in the office of what was then Ceylon after he died in 1959, and was sworn-in to the post on 21 July 1960 and then held power until 1965. She had 2 further terms in the office from 1970 to 1977 and 1992 to 2000, dying on 10 October 2000. Rating:- ***.
  A second stamp was released on 8 April 2016 which commemorated the 60th anniversary of "the People's Victory". The stamp was designed by P. Isuru Chaturanga and printed in lithography.
 This issue commemorates the 3rd Ceylon general elections which were held from 5 to 10 April 1956 and proved to be a watershed in the country's modern history leading to the election of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike as prime minister at the head of a coalition government lead by his Sri Lanka Freedom Party which campaigned for the recognition of Sinhalese rather than English as the country's official language. Mr Bandaranaike is depicted in the stamp design. Rating:- ***.

  The postal administration of British Indian Ocean Territory will issue 4 stamps on 21 April 2016 to commemorate the 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The stamps depict charming portraits of The Queen at various stages of her life. Rating:- ****.

  Singapore Post has promised that it will reduce its number of stamp issues during 2016 and seems to be doing a good job in keeping to its promise - more so than Australia Post and Royal Mail which, despite making similar promises, seem to be issuing as many stamps as ever. What is only the second issue of the year will be released on 27 April 2016 on the subject of Board games. The set gives us 5 interesting designs by Lim An-ling which were lithographed by Lowe-Martin, perforated 13. Rating:-  ****.

  Having mentioned Australia Post above and it's unrelenting programme of new issues, three more stamps will be released on 26 April 2016 with the inscription "Christmas Island Australia" on the subject of Robber crabs. Rating:- ****.

  The self-proclaimed "world's most respected philatelic agency", IGPC, has announced that The United Republic Of Tanzania, which, as Tanganyika, chose not to have Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state as long ago as 1962, allowed IGPC to issue 2 sheetlets, each made up by 6 different stamps, on the subject of "The Royal Family" on 20 February 2016. The stamps depict The Queen, her eldest son and his 1st wife, the late Diana, Princess Of Wales and one of her grandsons, The Duke Of Cambridge with his wife and eldest child, Prince George of Cambridge and daughter, Princess Charlotte. Apparently there is no place for Prince Charles' second wife, The Duchess Of Cornwall, in this set.
  The inscription on the sheet does not mention that those depicted are members of the British royal family but simply uses the term "The Royal Family" as though they were members of the Tanzanian royal family. What nonsense! Rating:- 0.

  Hong Kong Post issued a set of 4 stamps, 1 miniature sheet and 1 "Prestige booklet" containing 2 panes with 1 set of stamps priced at HK$45 on 14 April 2016 to commemorate the Centenary of the Hong Kong St. John Ambulance Brigade. The issue was designed by Ka-Ching Tsoi and lithographed by Cartor, perforated 13.5. Rating:- ***.

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