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The proceedings of Philately Seminar held at Pune during Punepex-2017.

Philately Seminar ProceedingsThe proceedings of Philately Seminar held at Pune during Punepex - 2017 will be published on 15th Dec 2017. Cost of booklet is Rs. 300. Limited Edition. Please ensure your copy by paying in advance in the following account on or before 10th Dec 2017.

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For more details contact: Shri N S Yeola, ASP, RO Pune - (M) 7028007210

 

Rajpex-2017, Rajkot District Level Philatelic Exhibition – 11th and 12th November 2017.

Rajpex-2017, the Rajkot District Philatelic Exhibition was held at Dr. Syama Prasad Art Gallery, Race Course, Rajkot on 11th and 12th November 2017. The exhibition was inaugurated on 11th November. Shri Niranjan Shah, former Hon. Secretary of BCCI and Saurashtra Cricket Association was the Chief Guest. Shri B P Sarangi, Postmaster General, Rajkot Region presided over the function.

Rajpex-2017 Inauguration

The Competitive Class consisted of 21 Exhibits displayed in 55 frames out of which 31 frames were in Senior Class, 09 frames in Youth Class and 15 frames were exhibited in Invitee class. Shri L. C. Jogi (Sr. Superintendent of Post Offices, Rajkot), Mr. Prashant H. Pandya and Shri Jaydev Nansey, CE were member of Jury for Rajpex-2017. Two Special Covers were released during the two days exhibition.

Special Cover on Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium – 11th November 2017.

Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, also known as the Khandheri Cricket Stadium, is a cricket stadium in Rajkot, It is Gujarat's first solar powered stadium. As of 19 August, 2017 it has hosted 1 Test, 2 ODIs and 1 T20I. It is a state of the art cricket stadium. The media box here is similar in design to the one at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. To facilitate spectator movement, there are several aisles between seat columns and lots of entrances/exits for the three stands. There is also a spacious passage running around the stadium, between the stands and the outer wall, to enable easy movement.

A Special Cover was released by Shri B. P. Sarangi, Postmaster General, Rajkot Region and it was received by Shri Niranjan Shah former Hon. Secretary of BCCI and Saurashtra Cricket Association.

Special Cover on Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium

Special Cover on Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium

Special Cover on Pradyuman Park – 12th November 2017.

Rajkot is blessed with lots of natural beauty and environment friendly places. Due to this effect, tourism is contributed by plethora of tourism sites. One of the popular spot of attraction in Rajkot is Pradyuman Zoological Park or Prani Sangrahalaya. Pradyuman Park is one of the finest places of tourism spread over the area of 137 acres. It is situated in the mid of natural habitat along with touching surface of Lake Lalpari and Randarda Lake. In the short span of time, it has become the leading picnic spot for the residents of Rajkot.

A Special Cover on Pradyuman Park, Rajkot released at Rajpex 2017 on 12th November 2017.

Special Cover on Pradyuman Park

Special Cover on Pradyuman Park

Special Cover on National Cancer Awareness Day – 7th November 2017.

National Cancer Awareness Day is observed across the country on 7th of November every year. National Cancer Awareness day was celebrated by Kidwai Cancer Institute on 7th November 2017. Kidwai Cancer Institute is an Autonomous Institute of Karnataka with 650 bedded comprehensive cancer centre with latest state-of-art facilities treating poor patients since 1973. It is recognized as Regional Cancer Centre and identified as State Cancer Institute (SCI) by Government of India. Lt is recognized as an advanced centre for cancer research and training by WHO, UICC, ICMR, DST, AERB etc.

A Special Cover was released on the occasion to mark National Cancer Awareness day at Bengaluru by Col. Arvind Varma, Post Master General, Dr. Linge Gowda and Prof. Krishna Murthy of Kidwai Cancer Institute and Mr. Sandesh Mahadevappa, Senior Superintendent of Post office and Dr. S. Shivaram CPM GPO, Bengaluru on 7th November 2017 (Special Cover Approval No. KTK/83/2017).

Special Cover on National Cancer Awareness Day

Special Cover on National Cancer Awareness Day

Courtesy: Suresh R., Benagluru

Special Cover on Birth Centenary of Smt. Indira Gandhi – 19th November 2017.

Indira Gandhi (b. 19 November 1917 - d. 31 October 1984) was an Indian politician and the only female Prime Minister of the country. Born in the famous Nehru family, she was perhaps destined for an illustrious political career. She served as Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and from 1980 until her assassination in 1984. As Prime Minister, Indira was known for centralisation of power and political ruthlessness. Her political career was littered with controversies as well as allegations of highhandedness, corruption and nepotism. She clamped a state of emergency in India from 1975 to 1977. She was also criticized for carrying out the Operation Blue-Star in Punjab that eventually scripted her assassination on 31 October 1984. Indira Gandhi left behind her a lasting political legacy and her family became one of the most prominent political names in India.

On the occasion of the Birth Centenary of Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, a Special Cover was released at Allahabad on 19th November 2017 by Mrs. Roopa Shankar, Mrs. Samina Naqvi, Mr. Narsingh, SSRM of Post Office and Mr. Pramod Kr. Bansal, the President of Prayag Philatelic Society at the function held at Head Post Office, Allahabad. (Special Cover approval no. UP/17/2017).

Special Cover on Birth Centenary of Smt. Indira Gandhi

Special Cover on Birth Centenary of Smt. Indira Gandhi

Courtesy: Rahul Ganguli, Allahabad

Special Cover on Inscription stones of Bengaluru – 14th November 2017.

Inscription Stones of Bangalore' is a civic activism project to raise awareness and protect ancient inscription stones (shila shaasanas) found in the Bengaluru region. Inscriptions stones are original documentation of the people, culture, religion and language of the region dating back to as early as 750CE. Rampant urbanization in Bengaluru has led to destruction of a majority of the 150 stones in the old 'Bangalore' region which were documented by B.L. Rice and others from 1894 to 1905 in the remarkable twelve-volume series Epigraphia Carnatica. This project retraces the footsteps of B.L. Rice to protect and restore the dignity of the last remaining 25 'Inscription Stones of Bangalore'.

A Special Cover was released on 14th November 2017 to commemorate Inscription Stones of Bengaluru. The cover depicts the oldest Kannada stone inscription in the Bengaluru region dated to about 750 CE (Ganga period) (Special Cover Approval No. KTK/87/2017).

Special Cover on Inscription stones of Bengaluru

Special Cover on Inscription stones of Bengaluru

Courtesy: Suresh R., Benagluru

Special Cover on Bal Diwas – 14th November 2017.

Children's Day (also known as Bal Diwas) is celebrated in India every year on 14th November. As Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is very affectionate towards children, his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day.

Silicon City Academy of Secondary Education-ACSSE school, founded by Shri K. B. Lakshman in the year 2005 was built on a formidable mission to make a happy place for all children as "Joy of Learning" is the motto of the School. The school is providing quality education. Students are exposed to a well structured friendly teaching methodology that will help to shape their future in a positive way.

A Special Cover on Celebration of Bal Diwas by Silicon City Academy of Secondary Education was released on 14th November 2017 at Doddakallasandra, Bengaluru (Special Cover approval no. KTK/85/2017).

Special Cover on Bal Diwas

Courtesy: Suresh R., Benagluru

Commemorative Stamps on Nest – 14th November 2017.

Commemorative Stamp on NestDepartment of Posts conducted nationwide stamp design competition on the theme of “Nest”. This theme was selected with an objective to enhance awareness of our natural surroundings in school-children, so as to inculcate a habit of protecting our natural resources and preventing any damage to the ecosystem, which in turn sustain the life cycles of the associated fauna.

 

Commemorative Stamp on NestOn the occasion of Children’s Day Department of Posts issued a set of two stamps and Miniature Sheets depicting ‘Nest’ in denomination of Rs. 15 each. Both stamp designs were selected from the winning entries of stamp design competition on the theme of ‘Nest’.

 

 

 

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine – 3rd November 2017.

The cuisine of India is one of the world's most diverse cuisines, characterized by its sophisticated and subtle use of the many spices, vegetables, grains and fruits grown across India. The cuisine of each geographical region includes a wide assortment of dishes and cooking techniques reflecting the varied demographics of the ethnically diverse Indian subcontinent. India's religious beliefs and culture have played an influential role in the evolution of its cuisine. Vegetarianism is widely practiced in many Hindu, Buddhist and Jain communities.

Indian cuisine has also influenced cuisines across the world, especially those of South East Asia. It is now one of the most popular cuisines across the globe, enjoyed not only among the large Indian diaspora but also by the general population in North America, Europe, Australia and parts of Africa.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi released set of 24 commemorative stamps and Miniature Sheets on Indian Cuisines, at the inauguration ceremony of the World Food India 2017, in New Delhi on 3rd November, 2017. The stamps depict Bhog Prasad dishes including Modak, Mahaprasad - Rice Dal, Chhappan Bhog, Peda, Sandesh, Tirupati Laddoo; Festival Food which includes Malpua, Pongal, Motichur Laddoo, Gujhiya, Seviyan, Thekua; Popular Food viz. Poha Jalebi, Golgappa, Dhokla, Chhole Bhature, Idli Dosa, Vada Pav and Regional Food which includes Baby Appam, Baghare Baingan, Dal Bati, Litti Chokha, Makke ki Roti Sarson ka Saag and Biryani.

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine

Commemorative Stamps on Indian Cuisine

Commemorative Stamps on Kavi Muddana, Adikavi Nannaya and Draksharamam Bhimeswara Temple – 1st November 2017.

Commemorative Stamp on Kavi MuddanaKavi Muddana (b. 24 January 1870 – d. 15 February 1901) - was a Kannada poet and writer. He was also known as Mahakavi or Mahakavi Muddana. His name at birth was Lakshmi Naaranappa. His birthplace being Nandalike, he is sometimes also known as Nandalike Lakshminaaranappa. His best-known works include Ratnavati Kalyaana (Yakshagana), Sri Rama Pattaabhisheka, Adbhuta Ramayana and Sri Ramashwamedha. He coined the word kannadam Kasthuriyanthe, where he heartily compares his beloved language kannada to kasthuri.

 

Commemorative Stamp on Adikavi NannayaAdikavi Nannaya Bhattaraka (sometimes spelled Nannayya or Nannaiah; ca. 11th century AD) is the earliest known Telugu author, and the author of the first third of the Andhra Mahabharatam, a Telugu retelling of the Mahabharata. Nannaya is held in high regard as the person who revived the Telugu language. This work, which is rendered in the Champu style, is chaste and polished and of a high literary merit.

 

Commemorative Stamp on Draksharamam Bhimeswara TempleDaksharamam is a town in East Godavari district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The Draksharamam Bhimeswara Swamy temple in this town is one of the five powerful temples of Lord Siva, known as Pancharama Kshetras. Draksharamam is one of the 18 Shaktipeethas. It is famous as both Shiva kshetra and Shakti kshetra. Lord Bheemeswara swamy and Manikyamba mata are main the deities here. This place is also called as Dakshina Kasi. When a piece of Shiva linga fell here during Tarakasura vadha, first it was worshipped by Lord Sun. The Siva Linga in this temple is said to be one large crystal which is 18 Feet high. Shiva is accompanied by Dakshayani, who is the first wife of Shiva (also the daughter of Daksha, and therefore named Dakshayani). Manikyamba goddess, said to be one part of the 18 pieces of Sati Devi that fell here, is a Shakti Peetha. It has one of the world's longest siva linga.

Commemorative Stamps on Kavi Muddana, Adikavi Nannaya and Draksharamam Bhimeswara Temple were released on 1st November 2017.

Commemorative Stamps on India and Russia Joint Issue – 26th October 2017.

One of the most famous Russian folk dances is the "Beryozka" dance. This dance represents the synchronous movement of dancers and the simultaneous performance of a choral song. Characteristic elements - smooth movements in a circle, a chain (one after another), a snake, in two lines; Rotations around each other or in pairs around common centers in groups; Short and frequent steps that create the impression of slipping. In the hands of the dancer holding handkerchiefs or branches of birch.

Bhavai is a popular folk theater form in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Men play music, while a woman, dressed in a bright, colorful costume with numerous ornaments, performs the dance, holding 8-9 pitchers on her head. The dance of bhavai is performed at various festivals and weddings. This artistic folk dance is popular not only in India, but also abroad.

India Post and Russian Postal Administration issued commemorative stamps and miniature sheet on folk dances Bhavai of India and Beryozka of Russia as Joint issue.

Commemorative Stamps on India and Russia Joint Issue

Commemorative Stamps on India and Russia Joint Issue

Special Cover on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan Bi-Centenary Celebrations - 17th October 2017.

Born on 17th October 1817, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan founder of the Aligarh Muslim University was not only an educationist, historian, author and jurist but an extraordinary reformer, secular nationalist and one of the most important architects of modern India. Aligarh Muslim University is a Central University established in 1920 which offers more than 300 courses in both traditional and modern branches of education.

A Special Cover was released on 17th October 2017 by the Vice Chancellor along with the SSP of Agra Region at Aligarh. Other dignitaries on the dais were Prof. Tariq Ahmad, Director Sir Syed Ahmad Academy, Major S. M. Mustafa (retd), Member of AMU Court, Aligarh and Principal of SSSHS and senior members of the AMU faculty.

Special Cover on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan Bi-Centenary Celebrations

Special Cover on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan Bi-Centenary Celebrations

Courtesy: Rahul Ganguly, Allahabad

Special Cover on World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2017.

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples' life worldwide. In some countries this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Health Week in Australia.

A Special Cover was released on World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2017 at Electronic City, Bengaluru on 10th October 2017 (Special Cover Approval No. KTD/78/2017).

Special Cover on World Mental Health Day

Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bengaluru

Commemorative Stamp on 3 Kumaon (Rifles) – 23rd October 2017.

Commemorative Stamp on 3 Kumaon (Rifles)The Kumaon Regiment is one of the most decorated infantry regiments of the Indian Army. The regiment traces its origins to the 18th century and has fought in every major campaign of the British Indian Army and the Indian Army, including the two world wars. Kumaon gets its recruits from Kumaonis of Kumaon division and Ahirs from the plains.

During World War I, a Kumaon Battalion was raised at Ranikhet on 23 October 1917 as 4/39th Kumaon Rifles. In 1918, it was redesignated as 1st Battalion, 50th Kumaon Rifles and a second battalion was raised. These were merged with the Hyderabad Contingent into the 19th Hyderabad Regiment in 1923. The first battalion of the 50th Kumaon Rifles survived to become the 1st Kumaon Rifles, and is today the 3rd Battalion, Kumaon Regiment (Rifles) of the Indian Army.

3 Kumaon Rifles Regiment Celebrated 100th Raising Day on 23rd October 2017. On this occasion a commemorative stamp was released by Department of Posts.

Philatelic Seminar at Mumbai to be held on 2nd December 2017.

The Royal Philatelic Society London has organized Philatelic Seminar on 2nd December during INPEX 2017 covering the philatelic subjects of Traditional Philately, Postal History, Thematic Philately and Postal Stationery.

The Speakers are Brian Trotter RDP FRPSL, UK (Traditional Philately), James Mazepa RDP FRPSL, USA (Postal History), Jari Majander, Finland (Thematic Philately), Ajeet Singhee, India (Postal Stationery) and Steven Zwillinger, USA (Exhibiting Techniques)

Date & Time: 2nd Dec 2017 (Saturday) 9 am to 5 pm
Venue : Hotel Taj President-Mumbai (3 minutes walk from World Trade Center)
Fee : Rs. 2000 (includes Lunch & Tea)
Every participant will receive free copy of Indian Princely States Stamps and Postal History by Sandeep Jaiswal & Steven Zwillinger. (Normal Price Rs. 1300/-)
Contact for more information: indiarpsl@gmail.com

Commemorative Stamps on Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – 15th October 2017.

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai. It is the second busiest airport in the country in terms of total and international passenger traffic after Delhi, and was the 14th busiest airport in Asia and 29th busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic in calendar year 2016 handling over 44.68 million passengers. The airport is the second busiest in the country in terms of cargo traffic also. In March 2017, the airport overtook London's Gatwick Airport as the world's busiest airport in terms of single runway operations. The airport has three operating terminals spread over an operational area of 1,850 acres and handles about 850 aircraft movements per day. It handled record 51 movements in one hour on 16 September 2014. It won the 2015 ASQ Best Airport Award in the 25-40 million passengers per annum category by Airports Council International. It has also won the "Best Airport in India and Central Asia" award at the Skytrax 2016 World Airport Awards. It is one of the three airports in India to have implemented Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) to ensure timely takeoffs and landings.

Two Commemorative Stamps and a Miniature Sheet were released on 75 years on Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport by Shri Harish C. Agrawal, Chief Postmaster General Maharashtra circle on 15th October 2017. The event was organised in the memory of the Late JRD Tata, who on October 15, 1932, piloted the first flight of Tata Air Services from Karachi to Mumbai via Ahmedabad carrying airmail.

Commemorative Stamps on Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Commemorative Stamps on Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Commemorative Stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh – 11th October 2017.

Commemorative Stamp on Nanaji DeshmukhChandikadas Amritrao Deshmukh also known as Nanaji Deshmukh (b. 11 October 1916 – d. 27 February 2010) was a social activist from India. He worked in the fields of education, health, and rural self-reliance, and has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. He was a leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh and also a member of the Rajya Sabha. Deshmukh became inspired by Lokamanya Tilak and his nationalist ideology, as well as showing an acquired interest in social service and activities. His family was in close contact with Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar who was a regular visitor to Deshmukh's family. He could discern potential in Nanaji and encouraged him to attend RSS shakhas.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi releasd the commemorative postage stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh, on his Birth Centenary Celebrations at IARI, in New Delhi on 11th October 2017. The Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj, Shri Parshottam Rupala and the Minister of State for Rural Development, Shri Ram Kripal Yadav were also present on the occasion.

Commemorative Stamp on Nanaji Deshmukh

Commemorative Stamp on Rapid Action Force – 7th October 2017.

Commemorative Stamp on Rapid Action ForceThe Rapid Action Force (RAF) is a specialised wing of the Indian CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) to deal with riot and crowd control situations. RAF was raised on 11 December 1991 with headquarters in New Delhi. It became fully operational on 7 October 1992, to deal with riots, riot like situations, crowd control, rescue and relief operations, and related unrest. The first five battalions were raised by October 1992 and an additional 5 battalions were added in April 1994. On October 2003, with 11 years of service, the force was presented with the President's colors. On 9 November 2013, the RAF Academy of Public Order was established in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. In 2017, the Indian government approved an additional five battalions to be based in New Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

A commemorative Stamp was released on Rapid Action Force on 7th October 2017 by Hon. Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh at Meerut to mark Silver Jubilee Parade of the Rapid Action Force.

Commemorative Stamp on Rapid Action Force

Commemorative Stamp on Rapid Action Force

Special Cover on ‘Dhai Akhar’ – 2nd October 2017.

India Post had organised All India Letter Writing Competition ‘Dhai Akhar’ 2017-18 on the theme ‘Dear Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) you inspire me...’ in English, Hindi or any local language. There were two categories: Inland Letter Card in 500 words and Envelope category/A-4 size paper in 1000 words. The last date to apply for participation was 15th August 2017. On 2nd October 2017 prizes were declared and distributed by Hon. Minister Shri Manoj Sinha. On this occasion a Special Cover on ‘Dhai Akhar’ was released on PAN India basis.

At Vadodara a Special Cover was released by Sr. Superintendent of Post Offices Ms. Mita Shah in presence of Shri Prashant Pandya, President, Baroda Philatelic Society and other officials of Department of Posts.

Special Cover on ‘Dhai Akhar’

Special Cover on ‘Dhai Akhar’

Commemorative Stamps on Ramayana - 22nd September 2017.

Ramayana, originally titled as Kaavyam Ramayanam Kritsnam Sitaayaas Charitham Mahat, is an ancient Indian epic poem which narrates the struggle of the divine prince Rama to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana.

The epic, traditionally ascribed to the Hindu sage Valmiki, narrates the life of Rama, the legendary prince of the Kosala Kingdom. It follows his banishment from the kingdom by his father King Dasharatha, his travels across forests in India with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, the kidnapping of his wife by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, resulting in a war with him, and Rama's eventual return to Ayodhya to be crowned king.

India Post has issued a set of 11 stamps (10 stamps of Rs 5 each and one of Rs 15 ) and two miniature sheets(Rs 65) on Ramayana on 22nd September 2017. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released the set of stamps at Tulsi Manas temple, Varanasi. The stamps depicts Ram Sita Wedding, Banishment of Ram, Bharat Meets Ram, Crossing the Ganga River, Ram & Jatayu, Hanuman finds Sita, Building Bridge Across Sea, Hanuman Flying with Mountain, Ram kills Ravan and The Court of Ram.

Commemorative Stamps on Ramayana

Commemorative Stamps on Ramayana

Commemorative Stamps on Ramayana


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