Singapore Post jointly with India post issued Singapore India Joint Stamps featuring presidential residences to commemorates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries.
The stamps were jointly launched by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Istana during the official visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Singapore from 23 to 24 November 2015.
Singapore India Joint Stamps – presidential residences
The joint stamp issue features the presidential residences of both countries – The Istana of Singapore and Rashtrapati Bhavan of India.
# The Istana of Singapore
The Istana is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore.
Meaning “palace” in Malay, it is where the President receives and entertains state guests.
The Istana was designed and built by Colonial Engineer, Major John Frederick Adolphus McNair.
In 1867, the Colonial Government under Governor Sir Harry St George Ord bought over 100 acres of land to built a mansion and costed around $185,000.
Today, the Istana is the official residence of the President of Singapore. However, no presidents nor cabinet ministers have lived there since 1959.
# Rashtrapati Bhavan of India
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India, located in New Delhi, India.
The splendour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is multi-dimensional. It is a vast mansion and its architecture is breathtaking.
Consisting of four floors and 340 rooms, with a floor area of 200,000 square feet, it was built using 700 million bricks and 3,000,000 cu ft of stone with little steel.
In July 2014, a museum inside Rashtrapati Bhavan was inaugurated by President of India Pranab Mukherjee.
The museum helps visitors to get an inside view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, its art, architecture and get educated about lives of past presidents.
50 Years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and India
Singapore and India enjoy excellent bilateral relationships with each other with frequent and active interaction through different platforms that allow both countries to exchange views on many issues of common concerns.
The cooperation covers multiple areas in economic, commercial and culture.
These collaborations have been fruitful and beneficial for both countries and the ties of both countries continue to grow from strength to strength over the years.
Title: Singapore India Joint Stamps featuring presidential residences
Date of Issue: 24 November 2015
Country: Singapore / India
Denominations: 1st Local and $2 / 1st and 2500p