World Post Day - 9 October

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World Post Day is celebrated every year on 9 October.

An Overview of the News

  • World Post Day celebrates the establishment of the United Nations agency, the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

  • The UPU was founded on October 9, 1884, in Bern, Switzerland.

  • The tradition of celebrating World Post Day began in 1969 during the UPU Congress in Tokyo, Japan.

Theme of World Post Day 2023:

  • The theme of World Post Day 2023 is “Together for trust: Collaborating for a safe and connected future”.

  • This theme emphasizes the role of post offices in achieving the goals of the digital economy.

First postage stamp in India:

  • India's first postage stamp was issued on 21 November 1947, with 'Jai Hind' and 'Bharat' written on it.

  • The value of this stamp was three and a half annas or 14 paise and was used for domestic mail.

  • Mahatma Gandhi had the distinction of being the first Indian to have a postage stamp issued in his name.

  • Sachin Tendulkar became the first living person in India to have a postage stamp issued in his name.

History of Indian Post:

  • The Indian postal system was started 257 years ago in 1766.

  • In 1774, Warren Hastings established the first post office in Kolkata.

  • Postage stamps in India were introduced in 1852.

  • A postage stamp bearing the image of Queen Victoria on October 1, 1854 marked the establishment of the postal department in India.

  • India's postal network is extensive, with 89.87% of post offices located in rural areas.

Notable stamp issues in India:

  • On 20 August 1991, India issued its largest postage stamp, bearing the photograph of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Universal Postal Union (UPU):

  • UPU is a specialized agency of the United Nations.

  • Established: October 9, 1884.

  • Headquarters: Bern, Switzerland.

  • Current head: Masahiko Matoki.

  • The UPU works under the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

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