20 July 2018

New Special Covers

On the occasion of the 50th Sanyam Swarn Jayanti Mahotsav of Pujya Jain Acharya Vidhyasagar Ji Maharaj, India Post has released a special cover and special cancellation at Satna (M. P.) In a graceful function on 17th July 2018. Mr. A. K. Jain Superintendent of Post Offices was chief guest and senior Philatelist Mr. Sudhir Jain Secretary Central India Philatelic Society presided the function. Society President Mr. Lajpat Rai given welcome speech and Jainism Philately Group member Mr. Rajendra Agarwal Shashi given vote of thanks. Beautiful coloured folder and My stamp on Acharya Vidhyasagar Ji was also released in this function. Function was attended by large number of Philatelists, Jain community members and citizens. 

- Sudhir Jain, Satna (MP)

Special cover on Mahatma Gandhi's First Arrival at Allahabad on 5th July 1896

A special Cover was released on 5th July 2018 on Mahatma Gandhi's First arrival at Allahabad.

- Rahul Ganguli, Allahabad

19 July 2018

18th ASIAN GAMES 2018 Indonesia

18th Asian Games 2018 will be held in Indonesia  from 18th August to 2nd September 2018. The games will take place simultaneously in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia and Palembang, capital of the province of South Sumatra. Here are some beautiful stamps issued to commemorate this forthcoming sports event.

Date of Issue : 9 July 2018

The new KEP postage stamp issue, consisting of two stamps, is dedicated to the one of the most important sporting competitions of 2018 - the Asian Games. As the largest multi-sport competition, after the Olympic Games, the Asian Games are one of the most prestigious events in the world of sports. These games are organized by the Olympic Council of Asia, once every four years. The XVIII Asian Games are held in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2, 2018. For the first time, competitions in these games are being co-hosted by two cities: Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, and Palembang, the capital of the province of South Sumatra. Approximately 10,000 athletes from 45 Asian countries will compete for the highest awards in 40 different sports. The team from Kyrgyzstan (about 100 people) also participates in the Asian Games in 2018.

15 July 2018

France win FIFA World Cup 2018 !!

Heartiest Congratulations France on winning FIFA World Cup 2018 !

France beat Croatia 4-2 to win second  World Cup Football title after 20 years !

FIFA World Cup Football 2018 - The big day finally comes....

The big day is finally here! Today, France and Croatia will battle it out for the most important title in World football. Some more stamps on FIFA dedicated to this biggest Football event !

A total of 32 Countries will participate and matches will be played in 12 Stadiums across 11 Cities.

A set of four stamps was issued by Russia on 23 Aug 2017 on four stadiums which shall be hosting the matches. All are 22 Rouble stamps.

The stadiums are :
Kaliningrad Stadium -Capacity 35,212 -New stadium
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium- Capacity 44,899 -New stadium
St Petersburg Stadium (Krestovsky Stadium)- Capacity 68,134
Mordovia arena (in Saransk) – Capacity 44,442 -New stadium

A miniature sheet issued shows stamps issued by Russia for World Cups of 1958,62,66,70,82 & 86.

: Raman Thapar - email : sahilthpr@yahoo.co.in

FIFA World Cup Football - Russia 2018 concludes today....

The final match of FIFA World Cup Football 2018 will be played today between France and Croatia. Best wishes to both the teams. Here are some more beautiful stamps shared by our contributor Mr Raman Thapar.

Part 2

Cyprus 2018 FIFA World Cup Football- FDC & STAMP

Cyprus has issued a stamp on 2018 FIFA World Cup being held in Russia. The 0.64 Euro stamp was issued on 28 Mar 2018. There are eight stamps to a sheet and quantity printed is 190000. Stamps designed by Melanie Efstathiadou. A First Day Cover with cancellation on Football is listed.

A Round shaped miniature sheet ( Shown on the top) on FIFA Trophy issued on 18 Sep 2015.

Russia issued a Miniature sheet with four stamps on 20 Dec 2017 and the theme of stamps was Art and football. The stamps are
Monument to football player V Bobrov 
Bas relief Footballer
Painting Football 1928 A A Deineka
Painting Football 1926 Yu I Pimenov
Russia issued a miniature sheet of four stamps on 2018 FIFA World Cup 2018.The theme of stamps is Russia’s participation in 1990 ,1994,2002 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. The print quantity was 200,000.
- Raman Thapar - email : sahilthpr@yahoo.co.in

14 July 2018

FIFA World Cup Football- Russia 2018

The 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP FOOTBALL is the 21st FIFA World Cup held every four years . It is being held in Russia  from 14 Jun 2018 to 15 July 2018 at 12 Venues across Russian cities . A total of 32 teams are participating. The Final will be played on 15 Jul 2018 between France and Croatia.

A Large number of countries have issued stamps on this event .Few stamps ,FDC's and Sheets are shown. 

Part 1

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus– 2018 FIFA World Cup Football -FDC & PANE

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  has issued a se-tenant pair  and a pane of three se-tenant  on 2018 FIFA World Cup being held in Russia. The 1.50 Turkish Lira each  stamps were issued on 14 Jun 2018. . A First Day cover with a se-tenant pair and a pane of three se-tenant pairs is listed.

The quantity printed is 20,000 each stamp and 6,000 panes of three se-tenant pairs.The stamps have been designed by Gorel K Sonmezer.

SERBIA -2018 FIFA World Cup Football - FDC & STAMPS

Serbia has issued a set of two stamps and a miniature sheet  on 2018 FIFA World Cup being held in Russia. The 23& 74 Dinar stamps & 170 Dinar miniature sheet was issued on 14 Jun 2018. .  The MS designed by MA Jaska Vlahovic.

Serbia is participating in World Cup after eight years ,it last played in 2010 World Cup.In this 2018 World Cup have not qualified for second stage. Two First Day Covers with cancellation on Football is listed.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                           To be contd.....
- Raman Thapar - email : sahilthpr@yahoo.co.in

10 July 2018

New Special Covers from Karnataka

KTK/45/2018 Afghanistan's Historic International Cricket Debut

Afghanistan earned their Test status alongside Ireland in June last year. India will host Afghanistan's Historic International Test Cricket Debut from 14-18th June 2018 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, India, giving a massive fillip to Afghanistan's cricketing profile. This Special Cover is released to commemorate the historic maiden International cricket test match between India and Afghanistan.

KTK/46/2018 4th International Yoga Day - Akshar Yoga

International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st of June every year across the world. 
Akshar Yoga Academy was established in the year 2010, in Bengaluru and is now one of the largest yoga chains in the country. Over the last eight years, Grand Master Akshar has taught Yoga all over the world. The Academy is having teachers representing it in many countries such as Australia, Iran, France, U.s., Japan etc. Akshar Yoga works to propagate Yogic traditions whilst developing innovation in Yoga. 

KTK/47/2018  125th Birth Anniversary of Professor P.C. Mahalanobis - National Statistics Day 

The Indian Statistical Institute was founded by Professor P.C. Mahalanobis on 17-12-1931 at Kolkata. The Institute became an institution of national importance by an Act of the Indian Parliament in 1959. June 29, 2018 is being celebrated as the 125th Birth Anniversary of Professor P.C. Mahalanobis. This day is also annually celebrated as National Statistics Day.

- Suresh R. - Bangalore

09 July 2018

New Stamps from India

Damodar Hari Chapekar 

Date of Issue : 8 July 2018

 India Post issued a commemorative postage stamp on Damodar Hari Chapekar on 8th July 2018.

Image Courtesy - Tiruchirappalli Philatelic Club

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Date of Issue : 1 July 2018

Scott Christian College

Date of Issue : 28 June 2018

07 July 2018

Club News

Dear Reader,
I am pleased to release July 2018 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available on following links :


http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.com/ ( Overseas Readers)

http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.in/  ( Indian Readers)

29 June 2018

World Cup Football (Jules Rimet Cup) and India

India was qualified for the final tournament for playing in the 4th edition of the World Cup Football held in Brazil in 1950. India then ranked 36 were placed in Pool- III along with Sweden (3), Italy (5) and Paraguay (10). But eventually withdrew because FIFA would not allow Indians to play barefoot. So far so good.
The Official Poster promoting the tournament unfortunately made a big goof-up. The original poster (now held in FIFA's archives in Zurich) shown below has the British-Indian Blue Ensign of pre-Independence India in place of Independent India's Tricolour adopted in 1947.
This poster was later depicted in several postage stamps issued from across the world viz., Uruguay (1951), Tcand (1977) and Japan (2010).
-       Sekhar Chakrabarty : email : sekhar.chakrabarti@gmail.com

Club News

Markand Dave wins The Royal Philatelic Society London Medal 2018

Markand Dave FRPSL,  A Philatelist from Nadiad has been awarded by Patrick Maselis RDP FRPSL , President of the Royal Philatelic Society London with the prestigious LONDON MEDAL 2018 for his outstanding and extensive services to the society as a Representative of India. He was awarded medal on 28th June 2018. The Queen of Great Britain , Elizabeth ii is the Patron of the society where Markand Dave is the youngest fellow in the world and first Indian to receive this medal.

Stickers for Promotion of Philately

Thanks to Mr Sushil Mehra for these nice stickers.

27 June 2018

“Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!”

Date of Issue : 14 July 2018

Here is a beautiful stamp to be issued by USPS on 14 July 2018 on a famous cartoon Character Scooby- Doo.

This new issuance is a 12-stamp sheet featuring Scooby-Doo helping out by watering a blossoming plant in a flowerpot — a simple act symbolizing a component of the “Doo Good” campaign’s effort to provide young people with tools and activities geared toward enriching the environment. The campaign, launching this year in partnership with generationOn, the youth division of Points of Light, also focuses on helping the hungry and acting as animal allies.
The lovable, iconic Great Dane Scooby-Doo has solved mystery after spooky mystery since his 1969 debut. With his teenage friends — Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy — Scooby is at the heart of one of the most enduring cartoon franchises in television history. The charismatic canine has now fronted more than a dozen TV series, plus direct-to-video animated films, comic books and live-action cinematic releases.
In Scooby-Doo’s comedy–mystery adventures, he and the gang investigate strange plots in eerie locales as they travel in their colorful van, the Mystery Machine. Scooby Snacks are always on hand; the tempting treats empower the cowardly Scooby to sniff out clues. Once the gang musters courage, cooperates, and persists in their dogged investigations, the spooky schemers’ plots are exposed.
Three generations of fans have now embraced Scooby-Doo and the “meddling kids,” as they are often called by the villains unmasked at the conclusion of each Scooby-Doo mystery.

Source : USPS

24 June 2018


On 20 June 2018, UNPA  issued six stamps and three souvenir sheets to celebrate UNISPACE+50. 

UNISPACE+50 is a special segment of the sixty-first session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) that was held from 20 to 21 June 2018 in Vienna. The purpose of UNISPACE+50 is to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and to take stock of the contributions to global space governance of the three UNISPACE conferences, held in Vienna in 1968, 1982 and 1999. 

Club News

Philately Workshop in Chandigarh


- Vipan Kumar Thakur, Chandigarh

22 June 2018

New Special Covers from Karnataka

KTK/36/2018 - 80 Years of Vidurashwatha Dhwaj Satyagraha (Jallianwala Bagh of the South)

'Vidurashwatha' is a small village located in the Gauribidanur taluk of Chikkaballapur district in the state of Karnataka, India. Vidurashwatha is also known as the 'Jallianwala Bagh of the South'. On April 25, 1938, as a part of the freedom struggle of India, a group of villagers had congregated to organize a Satyagraha. Similar to what happened at Jallianwala Bagh, police fired indiscriminately at the group, 32 people were gunned down as the locals assert. A memorial has been erected at this location bearing the names of those who lost their lives in this incident. This special cover is released to commemorate 80 years of the incident. 

KTK/41/2018 - Silver Jubilee of Manipal Academy of Higher Education. 

KTK/42/2018 - World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day 2018 will focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide. Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular diseases. 

KTK/43/2018 - 55th year of Sir M. V. Memorial Education Society.

KTK/44/2018 - 8th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies, Bengaluru

The International Conferences on the Biology of Butterflies are four-yearly gatherings of scientists and butterfly enthusiasts. The conferences celebrate scientific discovery of the fascinating beauty, diversity and lives of butterflies. This postal special cover is released on the occasion of the 8th conference held in Bengaluru, India, in June 2018 - the first time this conference is organised in a biodiverse developing country. 


Noted stamp dealer Arun Bhattacharya is no more...

A well known figure in the philatelic fraternity, Shri Arun Bhattacharya of Kolkata passed away today, 22 June 2018. He was Vice President of Philatelic Dealers Association. Active as Stamp Dealer for over 4 decades he traveled all over India and nearby nations regularly. He was a very popular stamp dealer among philatelists as his rates for  philatelic items were very reasonable and moreover he was a very sweet tempered person.

He used to  supply stamps and other philatelic items  to many dealers in different parts of the country.  It is a big loss to Indian philately. He will be missed in every stamp exhibition . Those who know him personally would never forget him Our deepest condolences. May his soul rest in peace.

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