27 November 2015

My Recent covers


Autumn Greetings from Finland



Received this nice card from Kristina with recent beautiful Fashion Art stamps from Finland. Thanks Kristina for this lovely Postcard. Please send your  mailing address so that I can send you  covers from India !!

Covers from Germany



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Thanks to Mr Wolfgang Beyer of Limbach-Oberfrohna, Germany for these nice covers with  pictorial cancellations on wildlife

26 November 2015

New Special Cover


 Befrienders India Suicide Prevention Conference - 20th November 2015


THANAL : The Calicut Chapter of Befrienders India is the national unit of Befrienders Worldwide, an international organisation engaged in suicide prevention activities globally. Any caller can avail free service through direct visit / over phone or email during working hours.

Suicide is the tragic and untimely loss of human life, all the more devastating and perplexing because it is a conscious and volitional act. Death is a tragedy and suicide is the ultimate tragedy. There is no reason why a person commits suicide. For many it is a response to loss, separation and despair. Suicide can be response to disordered thinking, a toxic state or cognitive distortion. It is also difficult to explain why certain people take this decision while other in similar or even worse situations do not. Suicidal behavior is considered as a major public health problem in all countries.

As a part of a movement against suicide various organizations are formed under the broad umbrella of Befrienders India in Kerala. Thanal Foundation Trust - Suicide prevention Center, Calicut a project of IMA, Kozhikode is the Calicut Chapter of Befrienders India the national unit of Befrienders Worldwide, an international organisation engaged in suicide prevention activities globally.

17th Annual Conference of Befrienders’ India and South Asia Training workshop on suicide prevention was held at Hotel Marina Residency, YMCA Cross Road, Calicut from 20th to 22nd November 2015. Minister for Social Welfare and Panchayat Mr M K Muneer inaugurated the event. On the occasion a Special Cover was released by Shri P. Jayadevan, Superintendent of Post Offices, Kozhikode Division in the presence of other dignitaries present at the function on 20th November 2015 at Calicut.

Courtesy – Sreejesh Krishnan, Trivandrum ;  Indian Philately Digest

Advent season is coming ….



Date of Issue : 5th November 2015


Hi !

The winter festive time is coming.Here are 3 beautiful stamps issued by Iceland Post . The design of the stamps is wonderful and suits to  today’s time. The stamp featuring a Christmas cat relaxing cozily in bed listening to  music on the laptop is just wonderful ….One can see the music in the air….Superb design !! The design of other two stamps is simply great.   Kudos to the Iceland Post and the designers of the stamps Hörður Lárusson and Rán Flygenring / Sebastian Ziegler (photos) !

It’s Festive Time !!

Advent season is coming and Iceland Post decided to underline the importance of this festive time with a special stamp issue. The Christmas season not only includes the days associated with the holidays but all the days spent in preparation, joy and togetherness from the beginning of the Advent until the Epiphany on January 6th.

The Christmas Stamps illustrate the warm and delightful midwinter and Christmas moods created by the Advent season. A mixture of drawings and photography generate an impression of joyful hope and anticipation leading up to the Christmas season in spite of the darkness of winter.

This is precisely the time when so many send and receive Christmas and New Year’s greetings from friends and relatives. The stamps depict an evening stroll on a calm quiet icy surface, snug togetherness of friends and family over a hot drink and gingerbread and a humorous picture of the famed Christmas cat relaxing cozily in bed listening to Christmas music on the computer.

25 November 2015

New Stamps from India


Singapore – India Joint Stamp Issue

Official Residence of the President


Date of Issue : 24 November 2014


The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong jointly releasing the India Singapore stamps, in Istana, Singapore on November 24, 2015.


Engineering Export Promotion Council of India  


Date of Issue : 24 November  2015

A commemorative Stamp on Engineering Export Promotion Council of India (EEPC India) was released on 24th November 2015.


EEPC India is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Engineering Export Promotion Council of India, a commemorative stamp was released by Shri Ravi Capoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry at India Engineering Sourcing Show – 2015 held at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai on 24th November 2015. India Engineering Sourcing Show – 2015 (IESS15) is India’s largest international engineering sourcing show organised by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, with EEPC India as the lead agency.


Courtesy : Madhukar Jhingan, Prashant Pandya

New Special Cover


Boudhpex-2015, Boudh District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Boudh, Odisha – 18th – 19th November 2015.

The first District level Philatelic Exhibition of Boudh District was held on 18-19, November, 2015 in the name of BOUDHPEX-2015. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Jaleswar Kanhar, PMG, Sambalpur on 18.11.2015. Shri Madhusudan Mishra, Collector, Boudh and Smt. Kalpana Rajsinghot, PMG, Berhampr were among the other distinguished guests present. One special cover on ‘Chari Sambhu’ Temple along with two Booklets on Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam and Women Empowerment were released during the inaugural function. In the concluding day (19.11.2015) one special cover on Traditional Art and Culture of Kandhamal was released by the CPMG, Odisha Circle Shri Tilak De. One more Booklet on Valour of Sacrifice-1965 War and a Picture Postcard on Konark Temple were also released on 19.11.2015. Smt. Kalpana Rajsinhot, PMG, Berhampur was also presen during the concluding function.

“Chari Sambhu Temple is located at the bank of river Mahanadi in Gandharadi village of Boudh District. It is famous for twin temples of Nilamadhab and Sidheswar. These temple were constructed under the patronage of Bhanja Rulers of Khinjali Mandala in 9th century A.D. These two temples were built on one platform which are exactly similar to each other.The one on the left hand is dedicated to Lord Siva and named as Siddheswar. The second one is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and named as Nilamadhab.”

“ The dances, fairs, festivals, traditional costumes of Kandhamal district has the imprint of rich cultural heritage. ‘Dangda-Dhangedi’ dance of Kndhmal is otherwise known as Loar-Enda and is performed by the ‘Kutia and ‘Kandha’ Tribes. ‘Dadra’ is the ‘tal’ of the song’ where as Drums and flutes are the major musical instrument used in the dance.”

- Ajit Dash, Bhubaneshwar

24 November 2015

New Special Cover


First Electric Train from Gorakhpur Railway Station : 22 November 2015


First Electric train inaugurated on 22nd November 2015 at Gorakhpur.Train was flagged off by Sri Suresh Prabhu Minister Railway ,Sri.Manoj Sinha Minister of states Railway.A special cover was  issued to commemorate this occasion.

This cover does not have  PIN of the Post Office .It is against the rule issued by India Post for the special covers.

As per instructions and rules mentioned in Hand Book of Philately, Special Cancellation should incorporate the name and the PIN of the post office where the special cancellation is to be provided or in case of the special cancellation provided at venue, it should incorporate the Name and PIN of the post office in whose delivery jurisdiction the venue is located. In the special cancellation provided on above special cover, name and PIN of the post office is not included.




: Sandeep Chaurasia & Ashwani Dubey – Gorakhpur

23 November 2015

Roake Trophy for Indian philatelist couple




Col ( Dr) Jayant Dutta and Dr Anjali Dutta, noted Indian philatelists   have been awarded the Roake Trophy for philatelic research by the India Study Circle for Philately UK


Col ( Dr) Jayant Dutta and Dr Anjali Dutta, renowned Indian philatelists   have been awarded the Roake Trophy for philatelic research by the India Study Circle for Philately UK. In the last 45 years,they are the eighth and ninth Indians to be awarded the same and they are the first ever to be so honoured for Fiscal Philately.This is  the highest award in philatelic research.

Col ( Dr) Jayant Dutta and Dr Anjali Dutta have several international awards to their credit for their philatelic exhibits on Fiscal Philately. They are the regular contributors to Rainbow Stamp News.

Heartiest Congratulations to the philatelist couple from Rainbow Stamp Club !!

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