The 150th birth anniversary of Italian inventor and electrical engineer Guglielmo Marconi was commemorated at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) premises yesterday. The cancellation of a new postage stamp and first day cover to mark this occasion took place at the SLBC premises under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena with Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana in attendance. This ceremony also marked a strong bond and long-term friendship between Italy and Sri Lanka. Marconi visited Sri Lanka in 1930. This stamp of the denomination of Rs. 50 has been designed by Sulakshika Rathnayake. Italian Ambassador in Colombo Damiano Francovigh, SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe and officials of the Italian Embassy were present.