Autographed Cover -Manmohan Singh,Prime Minister of India

Autographed Cover-Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister Of India

The Release of Commemorative Postage Stamp on Narayan Meghaji Lokhande, held on 03-05-2005.Prime Minister releases commemorative stamp on Narayan Lokhande.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh release a postal stamp honouring the memory of the Late Shri Narayan Meghaji Lokhande, hailed as the Father of the Trade Union Movement in our country.

Shri Narayan Meghaji Lokhande was born in Thane in 1848. Due to financial constraints, he was forced to work after completing his matriculation from Thane. He started his career in Railways and Postal Department before finally joining the Mandavi Textile Mill as a Store Keeper. Life was very tough in the mills in those days. Due to congested atmosphere and lack of cleanliness the workers were not capable of working for long hours and suffered ill-health. He campaigned for ensuring basic rights to the workers by visiting various mills and united them for fight against all forms of exploitation. His tireless efforts resulted into the establishment of the first labour union `Mill Hands Association’ in 1884. A Factory Labour Commission was established in 1890 and Narayan Meghaji Lokhande was appointed in this Commission under the Chairmanship of Mr. Leth Bridge. Due to his efforts the Factory Act of 1891 came into force from January 1892.

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Autographed Cover-Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh

Autographed Cover- Marshal Arjan Singh

Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC is the only officer of the Indian Air Force to be promoted to five star rank, equal to a Field Marshal, to which he was promoted in 2002

Arjan Singh’s two operational tenures on the Burma Front during World War II—the first as a Pilot Officer with No.1 Squadron (“Tigers”) and subsequently in 1944, as Commander of the same Squadron, are outstanding landmarks of his enviable flying career. In the first, he assiduously learnt the techniques of air warfare in the thick of battle, during ceaseless sorties that he flew day in and day out. During the second, as a consummate Squadron Commander, he displayed masterly leadership to the maximum advantage of the IAF during the seige of Imphal. In recognition of his leadership and gallantry in the air, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) on the spot, the first Indian pilot to be so honoured by the Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia.

In 1949, after being promoted as Air Commodore, Arjan Singh took over as Air Officer Commanding of Operational Command, which became known as Western Air Command. He took over as Chief of Air Staff on 1 August 1964. When war broke out between India and Pakistan in September 1965, Arjan Singh effectively led the Indian Air Force in thwarting the Pakistani offensive. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and his rank was upgraded to Air Chief Marshal. He became the first Air Chief Marshal of the Indian Air Force. Upon his retirement from the Air Force in August 1969, he became India’s ambassador to Switzerland.

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Special Cover – Gurudwara San Sahib

Special Cover – Gurudwara San Sahib

A special cover was released during AMPEX -79 on 24-11-79 at Amritsar . The Cover commemorates the famous Gurudwara San Sahib at Baserke Gillan, Amritsar- Birth Place of Guru Amar Das Ji. The cancellation commemorates the International Year Of Child – 1979.scan00031