Wednesday, 21 June 2017

MAURITIUS - République de Maurice / Republik Moris

The Republic of Mauritius (French: République de Maurice), is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues (560 kilometres (350 mi) east), and the outer islands (Agaléga, St. Brandon and two disputed territories). The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues (172 km (107 mi) southwest) form part of the Mascarene Islands, along with nearby Réunion, a French overseas department. The area of the country is 2,040 km2. The capital and largest city is Port Louis.
The island of Mauritius was visited during the medieval period by the Arabs and then by the Portuguese, who named it Dina Arobi and Cirne, respectively. The island was uninhabited until the Dutch Republic established a colony in 1638, with the Dutch naming the island after Prince Maurice van Nassau. The Dutch colony was abandoned in 1710, and, five years later, the island became a French colony and was named Isle de France. Due to its strategic position, Mauritius was known as the "star and key" of the Indian Ocean.


These beautiful covers sent by Preetham from Port Louis post office,  Mauritius. The covers posted on June 02, 2017 and I received them on June 06, 2017. I had requested for sending back the envelopes as registered mail with Blue UPU barcode label, which is my favorite . But I was unaware about Mauritius had stopped using the use of such labels and started self generating own barcode labels. But the bureau staff Preetham sent requests to a number of post offices to get some of such labels, which were already exhausted from most of the post offices. luckily from a remote rural post office, she could find two labels, and it used on my envelopes in a perfect way and sent back to me with clear postmarks. I specially express my gratitude and appreciate for the sincerity of the philatelic bureau towards my humble request. Thank You Preetham for the big effort taken for me to get perfect covers from Mauritius.

KURDISTAN REGION - IRAQ - Herêmî Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan, officially called the Kurdistan Region (Central Kurdish: هه‌رێمی کوردستان‎, translit. Herêmî Kurdistan; Syriac:ܩܠܝܡܵܐ ܕܟܘ̣ܪܕܸܣܬܵܢ‎ , Arabicإقليم كردستان‎, translit. Iqlīm Kurdistān‎) by the Iraqi constitution, is located in the north of Iraq and constitutes the country's only autonomous region. It is frequently referred to as Southern Kurdistan (Central Kurdish:باشووری کوردستان‎; Northern KurdishBaşûrê Kurdistanê), as Kurds generally consider it to be one of the four parts of a Greater Kurdistan, which also includes parts of southeastern Turkey (Northern Kurdistan), northern Syria (Rojava or Western Kurdistan), and northwestern Iran (Eastern Kurdistan).
The region is officially governed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), with the capital being Erbil. Kurdistan is a parliamentary democracy with its own regional Parliament that consists of 111 seats. Masoud Barzani, who was initially elected as president in 2005, was re-elected in 2009. In August 2013 the parliament extended his presidency for another two years. His presidency concluded on 19 August 2015 after the political parties failed to reach an agreement over extending his presidency term. The new Iraqi constitution defines the Kurdistan Region as a federal entity of Iraq, and establishes Kurdish and Arabic as Iraq's joint official languages. The four governorates of DuhokHawlerSilemani, and Halabja comprise around 41,710 square kilometres (16,100 sq mi) and have a population of 5.5 million (2015) (2015 estimate). In 2014, during the 2014 Iraq Crisis, Iraqi Kurdistan's forces also took over much of the disputed territories of Northern Iraq.

Kurdistan is one of the rarest region to get stamped and postmarked envelopes. Eventhough it is not international recognized as a sovereign nation, They use own postal service, own stamps etc. On september 25, 2017, the country is going to be independent as a sovereign nation, Then the postal system will be fully working and can easily get the mails from Erbil. Right now they use the stamps in the name as Kurdistan region - Iraq, or Iraqi Kurdistan. This cover arranged by my good friend Michal from Slovakia, with the help of his friend who live in Bagdhad, he usually goes to Erbil. The mails travel with Kurdistan internationally , but for safety he took back the cover as postmarked and sent back from Iraq in another cover. My another friend is visiting soon Erbil, my self prepared envelopes already with him, eagerly waiting for the internationally travelled airmail registered cover from Kurdistan. Thank You Michal for the big help.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - SABA

Saba (/ˈsɑːbə/; Dutch pronunciation: [ˈsaːbɑ]) is a Caribbean island and the smallest special municipality (officially public body) of the Netherlands. It consists largely of the potentially active volcano Mount Scenery, at 887 metres (2,910 ft) the highest point of the entire Netherlands.
Saba has a land area of 13 square kilometres (5.0 sq mi). As of January 2013, the population was 1,991 inhabitants, with a population density of 150 inhabitants per square kilometre (390/sq mi). Its towns and major settlements are The Bottom (the capital), Windwardside, Hell's Gate and St. Johns. The origin of the name "Saba" comes from the Arabic word Sabha, meaning the Biblical kingdom of Sheba.
Saba became a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on 10 October 2010. In 1963 Saba residents built the Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport. This 400-metre (1,300 ft) landing strip is reputed to be the shortest commercial runway in the world, and is restricted. Only trained pilots flying small STOL airliners, such as the Twin Otter and the Britten-Norman Islander may land there, as well as helicopters.

This beautiful registered airmail cover sent from Windwardside post office, Saba Island. The cover posted on April 05, 2017 and I received in my hands on May 05, 2017. Caribisch Nederland consists of 3 islands - Bonaire, Saba and St.Eustatius, each Islands use own stamps but use the same country code. The postal service operator is FXDC from 2014, a private company, after Cpost International of Curacao stopped their postal service in Caribisch nederland due to increased cost of operations.
FXDC issues beautiful thematic stamps and promote philatelic service through WOPA. Thank You FXDC post office staff for the perfect covers.
 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

HONDURAS - República de Honduras

The Republic of Honduras (Spanish: República de Honduras), is a republic in Central America. It was at times referred to as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras, which became the modern-day state of Belize. Honduras is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.
Honduras was home to several important Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya, prior to being conquered by Spain in the sixteenth century.
Honduras literally means "depths" in Spanish. The name could either refer to the bay of Trujillo as an anchorage, fondurain the Leonese dialect of Spanish, or to Columbus's alleged quote that "Gracias a Dios que hemos salido de esas Honduras" ("Thank God we have departed from those depths").

These beautiful covers sent to me by my good friend Raul from Clononia Kennedy in Tegucigalpa. The cover posted on April 03, 2017 and I received on April 26, 2017.  Honduras issues stamps in limited numbers but the thematic stamps looks nice. Raul Specially requested for clear postmark and sent the covers well protected to prevent damage.Thank You very much for your great help.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

RODRIGUES ISLAND - MAURITIUS Autonomous outer island

Rodrigues (French: Île Rodrigues) is a 108-square-kilometre (42 sq mi) autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, about 560 kilometres (350 mi) east of Mauritius. It is part of the Mascarene Islands which include Mauritius and Réunion. It is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by coral reef, and just off its coast lie some tiny uninhabited islands. The island used to be the tenth District of Mauritius; it gained autonomous status on 12 October 2002, and it is governed by the Rodrigues Regional Assembly. The capital of the island is Port Mathurin.
Its inhabitants are Mauritian citizens. As of 2014, the island's population was about 41,669, according to Statistics Mauritius. Most of the inhabitants are of mixed African and French descent. Its economy is based mainly on fishing, farming, handicraft and a developing tourism sector.
The island (together with Agaléga and Saint Brandon) forms part of the larger territory of the Republic of Mauritius with the President as head of state and the Chief Commissioner as head of government.


These two beautiful registered airmail covers came from Port Mathurin post office, the capital city of Rodriguez Island. The covers are posted on April 10, 2017 from  Port Mathurin post office and received in my hands on April 17, 2017. The Post office staff clearly postmarked and affixed barcode label perfectly. The cross marks over the envelopes are annoying, but I think that is the costom they do while sorting registered mails. Thank You very much the Mauritius Post for the perfect service.