30 December 2018

New Special Cover





 Hamfest India-2018

Indian Institute of HAMs (IIH) was established as a registered trust in 1993 for promoting Amateur (Ham) Radio in India. It has reached yet another milestone of completing 25 years of continuous service.IIH has been instrumental in providing vital conununication at the time of natural disasters like train accidents, floods, earthquakes, tsunami etc.

"HAMFEST" is a festival of HAMs, the largest gathering of Indian HAMs in one place, conducted every year in different cities of India since 1991. The venue of HAMFEST INDIA 2018 (29th & 30th December 2018) is Reva University, Bengaluru.

Theme: Empowerment on Skill Development in Amateur Radio Technology & Communication network in nation building during natural calamities and disasters. 


-Suresh.R
Bengaluru


Attachments area

25 December 2018

Merry Christmas !!


Wishing you all  Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year !









Most Beautiful  Christmas Stamps of the Year 2018














22 December 2018

Tributes to Legendary Dr Sita Bhateja




We deeply mourn and pay our tribute to the great lady of Indian Philately Dr. Sita Bhateja.  She will always remain immortal in our hearts. Her life & work, passion to profession and her achievements shall keep her alive.




My pleasant relation goes with her since I first visited / met her in Bangalore during Asiana 1977. We travelled together to many world stamp shows like Ameripex 1986 Chicago, Singapore – 95,  Pacific- 97 USA (San Francisco),  China – 99 world stamp exhibitions.

We both for the first time participated / visited in world stamp exhibition Ameripex - 1986 Chicago where we exhibited our collections.  What a coincidence we both last exhibited at the Indipex 2011 World stamp exhibition, then President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil inaugurated and came to see Dr. Sita Bhateja and my exhibit which were invited under 'Court of Honour' invitee class.

Her great India classic exhibit was nominated for National Grand Prix in India 89 World Stamp exhibition, nominated for the Grand Prix D Honour in Indipex - 97 World stamp exhibition at New Delhi and China - 99 World stamp exhibition. In all there three occasions I was present.

She was a Doyen of Indian Philately.  David Feldman - SA (Swiss) brought out a Luxury book edition on her great India exhibit. She was also the pillar to the Karnataka philatelic society. Always stood behind to support all promotional activities, stamp exhibitions. Remained Jury on several stamp exhibitions.

We spent together memorable time and remained in constant touch all these years.  Her spirit and smile on her face shall always remain fresh in our memories.

-Pradip Jain, FRPSL
Pragya & family, Patna,


‘Dr Sita Bhateja was a role model, generation ahead of her times’


I was lucky to be closely associated with Dr Sita Bhateja during my growing years.
Express News Service


BENGALURU: I was lucky to be closely associated with Dr Sita Bhateja during my growing years. During those wonderful years, she listened, encouraged, and most of all guided a lot of youngsters in their careers. I will eternally be grateful for our friendship, and her guidance.

The untimely death of her daughter Vaijayanthi was a terrible blow to her but she picked herself up. She looked on me almost as the daughter she lost and took pride in every little achievement of mine. Her’s was always the first call or message of congratulations that I received at any momentous occasion. And what was most surprising was that this would come via telephone, mobile, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook or any other social media. Not only was she truly tech-savvy, she was a generation ahead of her times.

She was a woman of varied interests. She loved horse riding; she was a philatelist; and she was extremely fashionable. But she always remained committed to social service. This was the reason behind her starting an adoption agency. What really stood out about her was her ultimate interest and zest for life.
She was one of the founding members of the Bangalore Society for Obstetrics & Gynecology, and her commitment was a benchmark in the Society’s history. Her intelligence, vision, organisation and leadership qualities were exemplary.

Not only was she an extremely active member in her younger days, until her last days and twilight years she made it a point to attend all meetings and programmes organised by the BSOG. She will always be an icon for future generations. A friend, mentor and role model to us all, she was truly the grand old Iron Lady of Karnataka, who will be missed.Bengaluru loses ‘full of life’ gynaecologist.

Noted doctor Sita Bhateja passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 90. Admitted at the Sita Bhateja super specialty hospital in the city – of which she was the founder and managing trustee – Dr Bhateja was undergoing treatment for leukaemia. She is survived by three sons, including Dr Arvind Bhateja, a leading spinal and neurosurgeon. Here, prominent Bengalureans pay tribute to the renowned gynaecologist.

Read More... Published: 19th December 2018 The Indian Express



21 December 2018

Horse Carried Special Cover...



HORSE CARRIED SPECIAL COVER ON SHAHEED ROSHAN SINGH 



On 19th December 2018, the death anniversary of Shaheed Roshan SINGH, Mr. Sanjay D.Akhade , Senior Superintendent of Post Allahabad , in the presence of Mr. M.P.Singh released a Speacial Horse  Carried Cover, designed by Mr. Ashok Mital President of the Sangam Philatelic club on the concept of  Mr. M.Gulrez,the Secretary of the club,at the Malaka post office .




This release programme was organised by the Shaheed Roshan Singh Smriti trust in association with Department of Post and Sangam Philately Club.

In Kakori Case, Shaheed Roshan Singh was sentenced to death along with Shaheed Ram Prasad Bismil, Rajendra Lehri & Ashfak Ullah  Khan by the British Government .

On the 19th of December 1927 , Shaheed Roshan Singh was hanged at the then Malaka jail which has now converted into Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital. A Statue  of Shaheed Roshan Singh is there in the hospital premises.



After the release of  the Special Horse Carried Cover, the SSPos Mr. Sanjay Akhade handed over the postal bag filled with the covers to the horse rider Sabu.
During the release programme of the Special Horse Carried Cover, the Philatelists  of Prayagraj city along with other dignitaries of the  City were present.

Mr. M. Sharik, Mr. Reshadul Islam,Mr. Rajkumar Pandey (sub post master Malaka post office), Mr. Rajesh Singh & Mr. Nomam from the Prayagraj Philatelic Beauro were also present during the  garlending of the statue of  Shaheed Roshan Singh along with Mr. Sanjay Akhade, M.P.Singh ,M.Gulrez & Ashok Mital.

- M.Gulrez, Allahabad : email : gulrez.gulrez@gmail.com


19 December 2018

New Stamps from India


Raj Kumar Shukla


Date of Issue : 18 December 2018




Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Communications (I/C) and Railways, released the Commemorative Postage Stamp on Rajkumar Shukla, in New Delhi on December 18, 2018


Ustad Sabri Khan


Date of Issue : 13 December 2018


Sparkled Christmas stamps from Aland






Date of Issue : 9 October 2018

Aland Post added a little sparkle to its Christmas stamps through the use of holographic foil.

The designs show Christmas decorations. These stamps are nondenominated paying a special Christmas rate.
One stamp is inscribed “Julpost” (Christmas mail) and is for use on mail to Aland, Finland and Sweden. The design depicts a candle and branches of a Christmas tree with red lights and a large heart ornament. Holographic foil was used to emphasize the lights and heart.
Today, the Christmas tree is the most common Christmas decoration. The earliest Christmas tree ornaments were candles and edible figures made from bread, apples and sweets. During the latter half of the 1800s, decorations made from paper, wood and other types of material in the form of stars, paper chains and other figures began to appear. Tinsel stars quickly became popular when they first appeared on the market, and a large star is often used as a tree-topper. Today, the heart is another common type of Christmas decoration but, previously, it mainly appeared as pleated wicker baskets. Candles were otherwise the most important type of Christmas decoration. Prior to the introduction of electrical Christmas lights in the 1920s, the tree was illuminated by wax candles.

 Åland-born Emelie Bang is the artist behind the glittering Christmas tree ornaments adorning the stamps.


Recent Special Covers


OUR LADY OF THEE HOLY ROSARY CATHEDRAL


KTK/87/2018 - OUR LADY OF THEE HOLY ROSARY CATHEDRAL

The Portuguese landed at Bengare, Mangaluru in 1568 AD. They built Fort St. Sebastio (Sabastian) and also a chapel in it, later it came to be known as "Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church". The 17th Century Royal emblem of the King of Portugal marking their landing in Mangaluru, is now seen at the entrance ofthe Cathedral. On April 16, 1850, the church was raised to the status of a Cathedral. Fr. Henry I. Buzzoni S.J, Parish priest and Br. Divo S.J completed the present day magnificent edifice in 1915. 

Bagapex 2018 - 2 Special covers were released during the Dist. level Exhibition at Bagalkot,Karnataka.

 KTK/106/2018 - Ilkal Saree



Ilkal Saree (Ilakal Seere) is a traditional form of saree, takes its name from Ilkal town of Bagalkot district in Karnataka State. These sarees have a distinctive pattern and are usually made with variable cotton and pure silk ratios. They are best suited for weather conditions prevailing in the region. Nowadays, Ilkal sarees worn as a fashion statement are getting exported throughout the world.

 KTK/107/2018 - 150 years of celebrating Gandhi

"Charaka is an insurance against drought"



In 1921 Mahatma Gandhiji while travelling from Bagalkot to Bijapur saw that, in the scorching Sun also women were breaking the stone and crushing into small pieces. Seeing, this Gandhiji felt deeply hurt. Such a bad state should not be there for women. Gandhiji said that popularising the Khadi is the only remedy to stop this.

"If charaka spins in every house, Swarajya will be achieved within a year" said Mahatma Gandhiji during his visit to Bijapur(undivided district) on 28.05.1921.


KTK/88/2018 - Canara Girls High School



Canara Girls' High School, one of the oldest educational institutions in Mangaluru, was founded by Ammembal Subba Rao Pai in 1894.
He is also the founder of Canara Bank, now a major nationalised bank in India. This Special Cover has been released during the Founder's Day Celebrations to commemorate 125 years of Canara Girls' High School.

 KTK/105/2018 - Birth Centenary of Siddayya Puranik (Kavyananda)



Dr. Siddayya Puranik (Pen Name - Kavyananda) was born on 18th June 1918 in Karnataka. He was an eminent Kannada writer who has contributed immensely to Kannada literature besides being an outstanding lAS Officer with human touch. He was a scholar in Kannada, English, Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu. He has won many prestigious awards. This special cover is released to mark the birth centenary of Dr. Siddayya Puranik. 

: Suresh. R  - Bengaluru


18 December 2018

Club News




Queen of Indian Philately - Dr Sita Bhateja





Dr Sita Bhateja, renowned philatelist and gynecologist of Bangalore passed away today on 18th December, 2018. She was the queen of Indian Philately who had won several International awards for her exquisite philatelic collection.Her collection is  considered as one of the finest collections of stamps of pre-independent India in the world.




She will always be missed. We lost a great philatelist and a wonderful person !

Our Heartfelt Condolences !



17 December 2018

Postpex 2018 -Special Covers







1.  2nd Day   

    KTK/133/2018 - Postpex 2018 

Postcrossing

    The hobby of Postcrossing encourages letter writing and exchange of    Stamps between countries.


2. Concluding Day.




    KTK/134/2018 - Postpex 2018 

    MERA DOST INDIA POST
    Letters are forever. Write Letters and be happy.


- Suresh R.,Bangalore


16 December 2018

POSTPEX 2018, Bangalore - Special Covers




Special Cover - KTK/131/2018 - K.R.Murthy - Builder of Bengaluru GPO

Shri K.R.Murthy, then Postmaster General (1977 to 1982) of Karnataka Postal Circle and later Secretary, Department of Posts, was the Builder of Bengaluru GPO which is the pride of India Post. The new building was inaugurated by Shri Rajiv Gandhi, then Prime Minister of India on 14-11-1985. This special cover is released during "POSTPEX 2018" in memory of Shri K.R. Murthy for his great contribution to India Post.




Special Cover - KTK/132/2018 - POSTPEX 2018

First of its kind. A philately exhibition for serving and  postal employees.


POSTPEX 2018 - is a National Level Philatelic Exhibition organized at Bengaluru from 14th to 16th December 2018, by Karnataka Postal Circle exclusively for serving & retired Departmental Officials and their children. This exhibition marks an important stage in the historical progression of philatelic exhibitions. This special cover is released to commemorate "POSTPEX 2018"



: Suresh R. & Jagannath Mani, Bangalore

13 December 2018

LUPEX – 2018, Ludhiana





LUPEX – 2018
Department of Post in association with Ludhiana Philatelic Club organized a district Level Philatelic Examination LUPEX- 2018 on 28th and 29th November 2018 at Head Post Office, Ludhiana under the guidance of Dr. Amanpreet Singh, Senior Superintendent of Post Office Ludhiana City Division. Sh. Pankaj Kumar Mishra, Director Postal Services Punjab & UT Chandigarh, was the chief guest and inaugurated the exhibition. The prize distribution function was held on 29th November. Sh. Anil Kumar, Chief PMG, Punjab & UT Chandigarh was the Chief Guest. A cultural programme by the employees of the Postal Department and school students was the main attraction on both days.
The exhibits were displayed in 81 frames. The competitive class consisted of 75 frames. Out of which 59 frames were in senior class (25 entries), 16 in youth class (exhibitors between aged 15 and 18 years and exhibitors less than 15 years of age) (13 entries) and 6 frames were in invitee class. In addition there was one entry in philatelic publication.
On this occasion design a stamp a competition on the theme 'Ahimsa Parmo Dharma' was also held in which about 60 students from different schools of Ludhiana participated. On the last day of the exhibition, a declamation contest on the topics of Gandhigiri and Non Violence was organized.

Five special covers on LUPEX-2018, GANDHI, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU), Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC) and Police DAV Public School were released during the exhibition.



- SK Sondhi, Ludhiana

12 December 2018

CHINA 2019 World Stamp Exhibition





CHINA 2019 General World Stamp Exhibition will be held at Wuhan,International Expo Center.  China from 11 June to 17 June 2019 . 

CHINA 2019 is organized by the State Post Bureau of The People’s Republic of China, coorganized by the Traffic and Communication Office of Hubei Provincial People’s Government, Wuhan Municipal People’s Government, China Post Group and All-China Philatelic Federation in accordance to FIP (Federation Internationale de Philatelie) General Regulations for Exhibitions. CHINA 2019 is managed and run by an Organizing Committee.










Mr Umesh Kakkeri is National Commissioner for India. Email : umesh_kakkeri@hotmail.com

 Exhibition Classes 
5.1 Non-Competitive Exhibits (By Invitation) (A) Court of Honour i. FIP Grand Prix Club exhibits ii. Others (B) Other Non-Competitive exhibits 

5.2 Competitive Exhibits Classes 

Class 1: FIP Championship Class For exhibits that have been awarded three Large Gold medals, in three different years, at World Exhibitions held under FIP Patronage over the last ten years (2009 – 2018) (A Grand Prize counts as a Large Gold medal) 

Class 2: Traditional Philately A) China B) Asia, Oceania and Africa C) Europe D) America


Class 3: Postal History A) China B) Asia, Oceania and Africa C) Europe D) America Class 4: Postal Stationery Class 5: Aerophilately Class 6: Astrophilately

Class 4: Postal Stationery 

Class 5: Aerophilately 

Class 6: Astrophilately

Class 7: Thematic Philately Exhibits will be classified under: A) Nature B) Culture C) Technology Please indicate clearly in the Exhibit Application Form as to the sub-class (A, B or C) the exhibit is entering. Class 8: Maximaphily Class 9: Revenue Class 10: Modern Philately (1980 to date) The objectives are to encourage collectors of Modern Philatelic materials to exhibit at the highest level and to demonstrate to the Postal Administrations that there are an extensive body of philatelists who collect and study materials issued by them after 1980. The Organizing Committee is making this class available for exhibits complying with the FIP special regulations for the various FIP classes. Qualifying exhibits for the Modern Philately must contain philatelic materials issued by the Postal authorities since 1980s. Stamp series of philatelic topics chosen for this class which were substantially issued on/after 1980 are qualified as topics for the Modern Philately. However, the exhibit may include a small percentage of material issued pre1980 that is important and relevant to the exhibit.

Class 8: Maximaphily 

Class 9: Revenue 

Class 10: Modern Philately (1980 to date) 

The objectives are to encourage collectors of Modern Philatelic materials to exhibit at the highest level and to demonstrate to the Postal Administrations that there are an extensive body of philatelists who collect and study materials issued by them after 1980. The Organizing Committee is making this class available for exhibits complying with the FIP special regulations for the various FIP classes. Qualifying exhibits for the Modern Philately must contain philatelic materials issued by the Postal authorities since 1980s. Stamp series of philatelic topics chosen for this class which were substantially issued on/after 1980 are qualified as topics for the Modern Philately. However, the exhibit may include a small percentage of material issued pre1980 that is important and relevant to the exhibit. Modern Philately exhibits will be judged according to the respective FIP SREVs currently in force for the above-mentioned FIP classes. The distribution of points available recognize that Modern Philatelic material is worthy of study and in many instances is difficult to acquire, treat and present while the short passage of time since their issue has not provided an accurate indication of importance or rarity. FIP medals will be awarded to the appropriate exhibit and they will be recorded in the FIP Awards records. Certificate of Participation will be given to exhibits attaining less than 60 points.

Class 11: Open Philately 

Class 12: (Experimental Basis) Picture Postcards 

Class 13: Youth Philately Age for Group A 10-15 years old Age for Group B 16-18 years old Age for Group C 19-21 years old (All ages as of January 01, 2019) 4 

Class 14: One-Frame Exhibit Exhibits in this class should be based on a narrow subject that is best treated as One frame. An extract from a past International award winning multiple frame exhibits (5 to 8 frames) to One Frame is not allowed.

Awards are presented by Points (60 points to 100 points) and awarded by certificates only. No medals will be awarded. Certificate of Participation will be given to exhibits attaining less than 60 points Exhibits will be classified under: A) Traditional B) Postal History C) Postal Stationery D) Aerophilately E) Astrophilately F) Thematic G) Maximaphily H) Revenue Please indicate clearly in the Exhibit Application Form as to the sub-class (A, B, or C, etc) the exhibit is entering. 

Class 15: Philatelic Literature A) Philatelic books and research papers (published on or after January 01, 2014) B) Philatelic magazines and periodicals (the whole annual volume issued after January 2017) C) Catalogues (published after January 01, January 2017) Exhibitors are requested to fill in the particulars stated in the “Philatelic Literature Exhibit Information Form”, in addition to the “Exhibit Application Form”

 Application and Acceptance 

8.1 Exhibitors shall submit one Exhibit Application Form for each exhibit applied for through the Commissioners of their respective member federations (IREX Article 4.1). 8.2 The Organizing Committee, with the advice of the FIP Consultant, shall have the authority to accept or reject entries without specifying the reason therefore. 


Exhibit Application Forms duly filled shall be submitted through the respective Commissioners to the Commissioner General not later than February 18, 2019. 

When submitting the Exhibit Application Form, the exhibitor shall attach a copy of the introductory page, in one of the FIP’s official languages. 

 Participation Fee 

9.1 There is no fee for Non-Competitive Class entries. 

9.2 The participation fee for Competitive Classes (except Classes 13, 14 & 15) will be US$60 per frame. 

9.3 The participation fee for Youth Philately Class (Class 13) is free. 

9.4 The participation fee for One-Frame Exhibit (Class 14) is US$80 per exhibit. 9.5 The participation fee for Philatelic Literature (Class 15) is US$70 per exhibit. 


Exhibitors in the Philatelic Literature Class (Class 15A, 15B and 15C) must send two copies of each title or volume – none of these are returnable. Periodicals shall exhibit a complete volume or year. Philatelic Literature exhibits must be received by the Organizing Committee no later than May 3, 2019, in order that preliminary judging may take place. The Literature exhibits will not be returned. Literature deliver address is as the following: Mr. Liang Yaohua The Philately Association of Hubei Province No.22 Jiangwang Road, Hanjiang District, Wuhan City, China Postal Code: 430023 Tele: +86 27 83560311 (Office) +86 15902764733 (Private)


The Exhibit Application forms and the detailed rules of exhibition (IREX) can be downloaded at :   https://stampsofindia.com/CHINA2019.htm  

The duly filled Forms along with a copy of the first page of the exhibit should be submitted to the National Commissioner for India, Umesh Kakeri, umesh_kakkeri@hotmail.com Ph. +91 9969571767 by February 18, 2019.



11 December 2018

Club News





Thailand 2018

At Thailand 2018. Sandeep Jaiswal's  eight frame exhibit titled “British India – Queen Victoria Postal Stationery” was awarded a Large Gold medal (96 points) + Special Award for “Material”. Of the 22 exhibits entered in the Postal Stationery class, it was the highest awarded exhibit in its class.




Sandeep Jaiswal , Mr. Bernard Beston (new president of the FIP), Mr. Peter McCann (past President of the APS) 

New Book by Sandeep Jaiswal launched at Thailand 2018

British India Queen Victoria Postal Stationery



A 190+ page book, based on this exhibit was launched during the Postal Stationery Commission meeting at the show. 

The book is published by Mr. Ajay Mittal and copies can be ordered from him. 



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