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United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued special stamps with Diyas lamps (special event sheet) to commemorate India Hindu festival of Diwali. These stamps are available at UN headquarters post office in New York, US and also online.
The special event sheet (stamps) issued by UNPA are in denomination of US $1.15. It contains ten stamps and tabs featuring festive lights and symbolic lamps known as diyas. The background of sheet features United Nations Headquarters building illuminated with message of “Happy Diwali” to celebrate the spirit of the festival.
The description accompanying information about stamps mentioned that Diwali, also known as Deepawali is joyous and popular festival of lights, which is celebrated in India and by followers of many faiths across the world. It also said that during celebration clay lamps known as diyas are lit to signify the victory of good over evil. The festival also symbolises start of new year for many communities.
Note: United States Postal Service (USPS) in October 2016 had launched commemorative stamp in honour of festival of Diwali. It was issued after seven-years-long efforts and advocacy by Indian-American community and several Congressional resolutions by influential American lawmakers such as Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA)
It is postal agency of United Nations. It issues postage stamps and postal stationery, denominated in United States dollars for United Nations offices in New York, in Swiss francs for offices in Geneva and in euros for the offices in Vienna. Postage rates charged are identical to those of the host nation.
Ministry of Culture has released National Museum Research Bulletin Number 10: Special issue. The bulletin was revived after gap of 16 years. It also has released Sindhu Ghati Sabhyata:Ek Parichay, a Hindi version of An Introduction To Indus Valley Civilization which among the bestsellers at National Museum.
National Museum Research Bulletin
The bulletin has number of research paper that highlight collection, display and education aspect that National Museum engages with. It has been illustrated by colored photographs, some of which belong to reserve collection of national museum to make it appealing to wider audience.
The research bulletin will help to generate awareness about activities of National Museum. It will help to renew interest of people and inspire them to engage in conversations about national museums pivotal role in public sphere.
Sindhu Ghati Sabhyata : Ek Parichay
It is Hindi version of An Introduction To Indus Valley Civilization which among the bestsellers at National Museum, New Delhi. It is co-authored by Dr. Sanjib Kumar Singh and Dr, Gunjan Srivastava and Rajesh Kumar. This book throws light on the splendor of the Indus Valley Civilization. It will benefit students, scholars, artists, historians, museum professionals and art lovers among other readers