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The Department of Posts has released a Commemorative postal stamp on father of Indian Constitution Dr. B.R. Ambedkar as part of his 125th Birth Anniversary celebrations.
It was released jointly by the Union Minister Social Justice & Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot and Union Minister for Communication & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.
125th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
- The yearlong celebrations aim to make the world aware about the life and the work of Dr. Babasaheb Ambekdar who is often considered as a champion of the underprivileged.
- The decision in this regard was taken in July 2015 by Prime Minister chaired meeting of the National Committee on Nationwide Celebration of 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar.
- To mark the yearlong celebrations, Union Government is going to organize number of programmes and various activities.
It should be noted of Dr. Babasaheb Ambekdar is chief architect of Indian constitution and was bestowed with Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award in 1990.
Every year August 29 is being observed as National Sports Day across the country.
Significance: The day marks the birth anniversary of Hockey Wizard, Major Dhyan Chand. On this day National Sports awards including Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Awards and Dronacharya Awards are bestowed upon sports personalities by the President of India.
About Major Dhyan Chand
- He was born on 29 August 1905 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
- The legendary player is widely considered as the greatest field hockey player of all time. He had started playing hockey only after joining the Army at the age of 16.
- He was famously known as ‘The Wizard’ for his superb ball control and had scored more than 1000 goals during his international career.
- Chand is mostly remembered for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning 3 Olympic gold medals in field hockey in 1928 (Amsterdum), 1932 (Los Angeles) and 1936 (Berlin).