21 March 2015

New stamp from India



Indian Ocean and Rajendra Chola I

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Date of Issue : 20 March 2015

The three day International Conference titled “India & the Indian Ocean: Renewing the Maritime Trade & Civilisational Linkages”, was inaugurated by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs along with Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik and Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, the chief patron of the conference and Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas on 20th March 2015 at Bhubaneshwar.

On the occasion an exhibition 'Indian Ocean - The Seafaring Legacy' was also organized that touched upon all the points of civilization linkages and marks the celebration of 1000 years of coronation of Rajendra Chola I. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Ashok Chandra Panda, Hon’ble Minister, Tourism and Culture, Government of Odisha and Sri Arindam Mukherjee, Secretary, ISCS.


Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs and Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik jointly released the commemorative stamp on ‘Indian Ocean and Rajendra Chola I’ during the inauguration function on 20th March 2015 at Bhubaneshwar. The stamp is  of Rs 5 denomination  and depicts the ocean and a statue of the king who was extremely powerful and reigned most of South East Asia in the early 11th century. The stamp also commemorates the 1000th anniversary of the coronation of ancient Tamil King Rajendra Chola I.

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface. It is bounded by Asia on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, and on the south by the Southern Ocean (or, depending on definition, by Antarctica). Although generally assumed to be named for India, early European writers referred to the "East Indian" Ocean, the East Indies being the name given by European travelers collectively to India, South East Asia and the Indonesian archipelago.

Rajendra Chola I (Rajendra Chola the Great) was the son of Rajaraja Chola I and considered one of the greatest rulers and military leaders of the Indian Tamil Chola Empire. He succeeded his father in 1014 CE as the Chola emperor. During his reign, he extended the influences of the already vast Chola Empire up to the banks of the river Ganges in north India and across the ocean. Rajendra’s territories extended, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and he successfully invaded the territories of Srivijaya in Malaysia, Southern Thailand and Indonesia in South East Asia with his fleet of ships. Inscriptions and historical sources assert that the Medieval Chola king Rajendra Chola I sent a naval expedition to Indochina, the Malay Peninsula and Indonesia in 1025 in order to subdue Srivijaya.

Courtesy – Indian Philately Digest


New Special Covers

Karnataka Postal Circle recently released following five ​special ​covers .

1.  Criticare 2015 ( KTK/32/2015)
2.  Gunasheela   ( KTK/31/2015)
3.  Women's Day  ( KTK/34/2015)

​4.Kodagina Gowaramma (KTK/27/2015)

5.Water Colour Painting (KTK/28/2015)​

Women's Day  - 8 March 2015

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Criticare 2015  - 4 March 2015

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Gunasheela – 18 February 2015

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Kodagina Gowaramma – 14 February 2015

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- Suresh Rao – Bangalore : email : suresh.hobbies@gmail.com

Kolpex-2015, District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Kolkata - 11th - 13th March 2015


Kolpex-2015, district level philatelic exhibition was held from 11th to 13th March 2015 at Nazrul Tirtha Kendra, Rajarhat, Newtown, Kolkata. Exhibition was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Shri Debashish Sen, Principal Secretary of Department of Urban Development and Chairman of HIDCO.

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A Special Cover on Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge) was released by Shri Sen in presence of Ms. Arundhaty Ghosh, Chief Postmaster General, West Bengal Postal Circle, Shri Subrat Das, Postmaster General, Kolkata, Shri P. M. Lal, Postmaster General, South Bengal on 11th March 2015. (Special Cover approval no. WB/02/2015)


"Rabindra Setu (Howrah Bridge), a Grate structural Marvel, is one of the oldest cantilever bridges in the world with immense heritage value. The twin cities of Kolkata and Howrah are separated by the river Hooghly and share a common historical linkage known as the Rabindra Setu, well known as Howrah Bridge". The Howrah Bridge was re-christened as Rabindra Setu in 1965, in honour of the country's first Noble laureate "Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore".

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On 13th March 2015 a Special Cover on Core Banking Solution was released (Special Cover approval no. WB/03/2015). During the exhibition Philatelic quiz and drawing competitions were also organized.

"The Core Banking Solution (CBS) is an integrated solution that automates all aspects of banking operations. CBS enables customer to operate his accounts and avail account related services from any post office on CBS platform, regardless of where he maintains his accounts. The customer is no more the customer of a post office. He becomes the Post Office Savings Banking (POSB) Customer". Thus CBS is a step towards enhancing customer convenience through "Anywhere and Anytime Banking".

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Courtesy – Indian Philately Digest

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