President releases commemorative stamps on Air Force day

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New Delhi, Oct 8 (UNI) President Pratibha Devisingh Patil today released a set of four commemorative stamps and First day Cover with Special Cancellation on the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Indian Air Force here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Communications and Information Technology A Raja said ''the Department of Posts is privileged to release a set of commemorative stamps on this memorable occasion.'' ''The set of four stamps which depict the four aircraft Westland Wapiti, Airborne Warning and Control System, IL-78 and Advanced Light Helicopter - Dhruv is a tribute to the spirit and professional skills of the Indian Air Force and a recognition of its vital role in the life of our nation,'' he said. The Indian Air Force also assists India Post in providing dedicated load for mail transmission to otherwise inaccessible areas of the country. India Post has also signed an MoU with Indian Air Force for delivery of AOG consignment all over the country, he added.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi were also present on the occassion.

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