Tuesday, 15 April 2014

14th April: Ambedkar jayanthi

Ambedkar jayanthi is celebrated on 14th April every year. Dr. Ambedkar was born on 14th April, 1891. It is a public holiday in all of the Indian states. 

In addition to being a jurist, philanthropist, historian etc., he is also widely known for his active role as the Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee of India. You can find more information on Dr. Ambedkar here.

The below stamps depict Babasaheb Ambedkar and are issued by India.


Saturday, 5 April 2014

People at Work: Nurses

Nurses are health care professionals who care for the general well-being of patients. 

The practice of Modern Nursing was founded by Florence Nightingale.She was a social reformer and statistician.She is better known as "The Lady with the Lamp".

The above stamp was issued by Indonesia  in the year 1994 to commemorate the Sixth Five year plan for Indonesia's Development strategy. The stamp depicts a nurse weighing a baby using a hand-held machine. 
Interesting to note that it also shows a Hindu statue though Indonesia is a Muslim country.

The above stamp was issued by India in 2009 and shows the "Lifeline Express" (Jeevan Rekha). It shows the mobile hospital train that started operating in 1991. Since the Indian Railway network is the largest in the world, this allows Jeevan Rekha to reach the most remote areas of India and provide medical care.

Trained Nurses Association of India was founded in 1905. A stamp commemorating it was issued by India in 2011. 

A stamp issued by Spain of unknown vintage shows a nurse tending to a baby. This stamp was for commemorating the National Anti-tuberculosis Campaign. The red emblem is the 'Cross of Lorraine'.

A stamp issued by Laos in 1982 for child healthcare, shows a nurse using a stethoscope to check on a child. The occasion was the 7th republic day of Laos.

(I plan to post more about my collection of 'People At Work' in due course)

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

2nd April: International Children's Book Day

International Children's Book Day is a yearly event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People. This day was first observed in the year 1967. International Children’s book day is observed on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, April 2nd. Many events are held on this occasion.

The above stamp was issued by India in the year 1978 depicting the World Book Fair, held at New Delhi.
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