The Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Kathmandu along with the Postal Service Department of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Education of Nepal on Dec 10 held the first cancellation ceremony of the postage stamp commemorating Winter Olympic Games in 2014, held in Sochi.
The main decorative motif of the stamp is skiing. Nepal was represented in the Olympic program by the skier Daychhiri Sherpa, who took part in the 15 km race. The stamp sized 32x32 mm and of the nominal value of 2 Nepalese rupees, designed by the Nepalese artist Purna Kala Limbu Bista, was printed in 1,000,000 copies. Specially for the cancellation ceremony the Postal Service Department has also released an envelope with a similar design, containing summarized infomation about Sochi Olympic Games. The photo exhibition featuring the most striking moments of winter sports battles was arranged for the event guests in the lobby of the RCSC.
Last year the representatives of the Nepalese community, led by the president of the Philatelic Society Dr. Ramesh Kumar Shrestha already sponsored the edition of 22nd Winter Olympics' commemorative envelope. This time, having joined the efforts with the Postal Service Department, Nepalese philatelists throughout 2014 «supervised» the development of design, the compliance with all international standards and requirements, contributing so to the strengthening of Russian-Nepalese relations. Now the biggest sporting event of the year will be represented in philately as well.
From left: Dr. Ramesh Kumar Shrestha, Sergey Velichkin, Minendra Rijal.
The first cancellation ceremony gathered more than 150 people in the walls of the RCSC. «I am convinced that the postage stamp is a piece of history, which will be a positive example of Russian-Nepalese relations for a long time», Russia's ambassador to Nepal Sergey Velichkin said in his speech at the event. The Minister of Information and Communications of Nepal Minendra Rijal who attended the ceremony as the chief guest said that the stamp is also a symbol of gratitude to Russia for the assistance that it has historically provided to Nepal. «Thanks to your country, we have such a large number of skilled professionals - they all received their education in Russia and the Soviet Union. Thank you for this,» - Minendra Rijal said.
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