31 August 2011

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 Rainbow Stamp News September 2011 Issue # 45

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Hi ! I have just published September Issue of Rainbow Stamp News on Blog. It can be viewed at : http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.com/ 

30 August 2011

Eid Greetings…




Eid Mubarak !!

With the Eid (Forever) stamp, the U.S. Postal Service honors two of the most important festivals in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On these days, Muslims wish each other Eid mubarak, This new Eid stamp  released on the 12th August  features the Arabic phrase "Eid mubarak" in gold calligraphy on a reddish background. Eid mubarak translates literally as "blessed festival," and can be paraphrased "May your religious holiday be blessed." English text on the stamp reads "EID GREETINGS."

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First Eid Stamp issued by USPS in 2001

The new background color and calligraphy on this stamp will help customers and postal clerks distinguish the Forever stamp from the original Eid stamp, which was first issued in 2001 with gold calligraphy on a blue background.

Eid stamp from Pakistan


Date of Issue : 14 November 2002 


Eid Stamp from Bangladesh



Date of Issue : 25 November 2003


New Stamps from Jersey…




Date of Issue : 3 August 2011


This issues celebrates 75 years of the National Trust for Jersey and depicts various animals, birds and locations important to the organization.



Conservation- 75th anniversary - National Trust for Jersey



From our Readers….

FIDE World Championship 2010 Sofia, Bulgaria

In  response to my last post on FIDE World Championship. Mr Moloy Sarkar from Kolkata shares here a nice Maxim card  with autograph of Vishwanathan Anand of the same issue. That’s really nice !  Just wonderful !!



Stamps from other countries related with India

Mr Kenneth Sequeira from Dubai, U A E shares hera a Souvenir sheet issued by South Africa Post  in 2003 on 10 years of Diplomatic Relations with India.


Club News

Philatelic Workshop and exhibition by Rajkot Philatelic Society

A WORKSHOP cum PHELATELIC EXHIBITION was organized by Philatelic Society of Rajkot under the auspices of INDIA POST.

A Workshop on Philately  was inaugurated by principal Smt. Sonal Shah,  on 12th Aug.2011 at Kadavibai  Virani  High School, Rajkot, Gujarat. It was followed by digital presentation, given by  Shri. N D Prajapati  –SSP Rajkot division;   one day philatelic workshop was demonstrate by  renowned philateliest  Shri H C Mehta and   a keynote was   lecture delivered by Shri. T R Naliapara  on  Recent trends  in philately.

On 15th Aug.2011 a philatelic exhibition – STAMPE2011 was organized. More than 100 frames of thematic collection were displayed. The collection on Wildlife of Ms Paritri was also displayed.exhibition was  inaugurated by Mrs.  Anjali Anand , Post Master General, Rajkot Region. More than 2000 school children  visited the exhibition along with print & electronic media.

- Dr. Paresh Upadhyay

Convener  of Rajkot Philatelic Society, Gujarat

29 August 2011

New Stamp from India



Date of Issue : 29 August 2011

Image : Mansoor Bolar , Mangalore

India Post issued a commemorative  stamp today on Dr Madhav Shrihari Aney .Dr  Aney (29 August, 1880 - 26 January, 1968) was an Indian politician. He was one of the founder of the Congress Nationalist Party. He was one of the eminent disciples of Lokmanya Tilak apart from N C Kelkar, Kakasaheb Khadilkar and Gangadhar Deshpande.

In 1937, he was elected to the Central Legislative Assembly. During 1941-1943, he was a member of Governor General's Executive Council. He resigned in 1943, when the British Indian government refused to release Mahatma Gandhi, while he was on fast. He was the High Commissioner to Ceylon from 1943 to July, 1947. He joined the Constituent Assembly in 1947.

After Indian independence, Dr M S Aney was Governor of Bihar from 12 January 1948 to 14 June 1952 He was also a member of the 3rd Lok Sabha from 1962 to 1967, representing Nagpur constituency. He died on 26 January, 1968 evening, the very day he was honored with Padma Vibhushan. In 1973, he was posthumously honored with the Sahitya Akademi Award for Sanskrit for his Shritilakayashornava (1971), a Sanskrit biography of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

Club News

New Blog on Permanent stamp cancellations of India


A new blog created by Nagendra Amunje features Permanent postmarks of India. It can be viewed at http://www.indianpostmarks.blogspot.com/  It is a very good reference blog for all philatelists.

From our Readers…

Mr Kennath Sequeira from Dubai shares here a nice souvenir sheet issued on a Match between Anand and Tapalov at FIDE World Chess Championship held last year in Sofia, Bulagaria. The souvenir sheet also bears the name of   Vishwanathan Anand, the greatest Indian Chess player .

Stamp dedicated to FIDE World Chess Championship – Anand - Topalov 2010 Match

                                                                                 - Kenneth Sequeira, Dubai, UAE


The World Chess Championship 2010 match pitted the defending world champion, Viswanathan Anand, against challenger Veselin Topalov, for the title of World Chess Champion. The match took place in Sofia, Bulgaria from April 24 to May 13, 2010. In a dramatic finish, Anand won the match 6½–5½ to retain the title.



Official  FDC


Private FDC


Vishwanathan Anand Chess Champion private Max-Card

The start of the match was delayed one day due to air travel disruptions caused by the volcanic ash emissions from Eyjafjallajökull. Anand was to fly from Frankfurt to Sofia on April 16 and was stranded because of the eruption. He asked for a three day postponement, which was refused by the organisers on April 19. Anand finally reached Sofia on April 20, after a 40-hour road journey. The first game was consequently delayed by one day.

Screen shot 2011-08-29 

The World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand received a gold medal, cup and a garland. Veselin Topalov received a silver medal and a cup. They also received a paintings from Darina Yaneva’s solo exhibition "The Chess Game", which was a part of the official program of the match.

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The Organizing Committee congratulated the world champion with his favorite Indian song.The prize fund of the match is 2 million EUR, of which 1.2 million are for the winner of the match, and 800 thousand EUR for the defeated player.

The postal articles (an envelope and а postage stamp) devoted to the match for the World Chess Championship "Anand-Topalov”

Johann Dzierzon – Father of modern apiculture



Date of Issue : 2 September 2011

Polish Post will issue a stamp on September 2, 2011 on ‘ father of modern bee culture John Dzierzon ’ to commemorate his 200th Birth Centenary. He is known for his pioneering work in the study bees and beehives which was later used in bee culture.The FDC design depicts Stacks of Dzierzon hives.


 John Dzierzon (16 January 1811 – 26 October 1906), was a pioneering apiarist who discovered the phenomenon of parthenogenesis in bees, and designed the first successful movable-frame beehive.

Dzierzon came from a Polish family in Silesia. Trained in theology, he combined his theoretical and practical work in apiculture with his duties as a Roman Catholic priest.His discoveries and innovations made him world-famous in scientific and bee-keeping circles, and he has been described as the "father of modern apiculture".

In his apiary, Dzierzon studied the social life of honeybees and constructed several experimental beehives. In 1838 he devised the first practical movable-comb beehive, which allowed manipulation of individual honeycombs without destroying the structure of the hive. The correct distance between combs had been described as 1½ inches from the center of one top bar to the center of the next one. In 1848 Dzierzon introduced grooves into the hive’s side walls, replacing the strips of wood for moving top bars. The grooves were 8 × 8 mm—the exact average between ¼ and ⅜ inch, which is the range called the "bee space." His design quickly gained popularity in Europe and North America. On the basis of the aforementioned measurements, August von Berlepsch (May 1852) in Thuringia and L.L. Langstroth (October 1852) in the United States designed their frame-movable hives.

Special Covers

West Bengal




: Ashwani Dubey, Gorakhpur

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A state level exhibition is proposed to be held in Lucknow from 16 to 18 December 2011.

28 August 2011

PyeongChang - Host of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games 2018



Date of Issue : 3 August 2011

PyeongChang - Host of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games 2018

Pyeongchang (Pyeongchang-gun) is a county in Gangwon province, South Korea. It is located in the Taebaek Mountains region, and is the most popular winter sports location in South Korea. It is also home to several Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. Pyeongchang County is located approximately 180 km (110 mi) east of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. Pyeongchang will host the third Winter Olympiad  2018 Winter Olympic Games.

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One commemorative stamp celebrating the hosting of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games is issued, conveying  delight and exhilaration and looking forward to the date when this dream is realized in PyeongChang -- a locale that is surrounded by Taebaek Mountains to its east, the Charyeong Mountains to its southwest, the Odae Mountain and Gyebang Mountain to its north. The locale is more than 700 meters above sea level and receives over 250 cm in average annual snowfall.  


Special Covers

Madhya Pradesh




: Ashwani Dubey - Gorakhpur



Anna's victory is a great feeling of satisfaction and pride for Indians.Youth power the back bone of Anna movement is the main factor for this victory . Anna, the true follower of Gandhi, using non violent attitude over anti-corruption has finally succeeds in his motive.


Remembering Mukesh and Firaq Gorakhpuri…


 Philatelic Tributes to legends of music and Literature

Mukesh – The loving singer of Music lovers


Death Anniversary : 27 August

Mukesh Chand Mathur (22 July 1923 – 27 August 1976) was noted playback singer of Bollywood. He, alongside Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar, left such an impact on the Hindi film industry that they are still remembered to date.

Mukesh was born in a Kayastha family in Ludhiana   Mukesh left school after the 10th grade and worked briefly for the Department of Public Works. He experimented with voice recordings during his employment in Delhi and gradually developed his singing abilities. Some of his famous songs were recorded in the movie Anand in 1970, such as Kahin door jab din dhal jaye and Maine tere liye hi saat rang ke sapne chune.

Mukesh was offered a role in a Hindi film, Nirdosh (1941). His first song was Dil hi bujha hua ho to as an actor-singer for Nirdosh. He got his break as a playback singer for actor Motilal in 1945 with the film Pehli nazar with music by Anil Biswas & lyrics by Aah Sitapuri. The first song that he sang for a Hindi film was Dil jalta hai to jalne de, which was picturised on Motilal.

He was such a fan of K. L. Saigal that in his early years of playback singing he used to imitate his idol. In fact, it is said that when K. L. Saigal first heard the song Dil jalta hai to jalne de, he remarked, "That's strange, I don't recall singing that song".


He is best known for the songs he sang for Raj Kapoor. Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan was one of the most popular songs of Mukesh picturised on Raj Kapoor,

In 1974, Mukesh received National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song Kai baar yoon bhi dekhaa hai from Rajnigandha (1974), and Filmfare Awards for the songs Sab kuch seekha in the movie Anari (1959), Sabse bada naadan wahi hai in Pehchaan (1970), Jai bolo in Be imaan (1972) and Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein, the title song of film Kabhie Kabhie (1976). A total of around 1,200 songs were sung by him. This number is less than those sung by some of his contemporaries, but the fact is that Mukesh emphasized on quality rather than quantity.


Firaq Gorakhpuri – A milestone in Urdu poetry



Birth anniversary : 28 August

Raghupati Sahay (28 August 1896 – 3 March 1982), popularly known under his pen name Firaq Gorakhpuri  was a writer, critic, and one of the most noted contemporary Urdu poets of India.

Raghupati Sahay was born in 1896, in Gorakhpur, into a Hindu Kayastha family. He was selected for the Provincial Civil Service (P.C.S.) and the Indian Civil Service (I.C.S.), but he resigned to follow Mahatma Gandhi's Non-cooperation movement, for which he went to jail. Later, he joined Allahabad University as a lecturer in English literature. It was there that he wrote most of his Urdu poetry, including his magnum opus Gul-e-Naghma which earned him the highest literary award of India, the Jnanpith Award, and also the 1960 Sahitya Akademi Award in Urdu. During his life, he was given the positions of Research Professor at the University Grants Commission and Producer Emeritus by All India Radio. After a long illness, he died on March 3, 1982, in New Delhi.

As a distinguished poet, Firaq Gorakhpuri was well-versed in all traditional metrical forms such as ghazal, nazm, rubaai and qat'aa. He was a prolific writer, having written more than a dozen volumes of Urdu poetry, a half dozen of Urdu prose, several volumes on literary themes in Hindi, as well as four volumes of English prose on literary and cultural subjects.

A number of  ghazals of Firaq   have been sung by noted singers. The Ghazql King, jagjit Singh has sung many of his ghazals. ‘Bahut Pahle se un kadmon ki aahat’ is one of his most popular ghazals sung by Jagjit and Chitra Singh.


27 August 2011

IAAF World Championships - Daegu 2011



Date of Issue : 26 August 2011

In celebration of the 2011 IAAF World Championships,  two stamps have been issued by South Korea . Each stamp featuring the sprint and the pole vault as ink-and-wash painting utilizing croquis sketching. It is hoped that this year's competition will be a great success where people, through track and field events – the elite of sports – will thrill to record-shattering competition among world renowned athletes and be imbued with a profound spirit and true sportsmanship.


IAAF World Championships start today ….


Daegu 2011

IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011

The IAAF World Championships, where competitors from all over the world will achieve incredible athletic feats, will be held for 9 days from August 27 to September 4 2011, in Daegu.

The event was created by IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation), and the IAAF World Championships was first held in Helsinki, Finland in 1983. Since its 3rd competition, it has been held every other year — on odd number years. The slogan of this year's 13th competition is "Sprint Together for Tomorrow." At this year's competition, a total of approximately 6,000 athletes and officials from 212 countries around the world are expected to participate and display the skills they have polished through grueling training in a total of 47 events such as the long jump, the high jump, the javelin throw, the shot put, race walking, and the marathon, as well as the iconic track events such as the 100m, 400m, 1500m and the hurdles.

Daegu, the host city for this competition, is the city of textile, fashion and apple, with dense forests and a clean river winding through the city. Daegu (Korean also known as Taegu, and officially the Daegu Metropolitan City, is the fourth largest city after Seoul, Busan, Incheon, and the third largest metropolitan area in South Korea.


The Host Venue for the IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011 is a time tested facility as it was also the host venue of the highly successful 2002 FIFA World Cup.

The Teflon roof, which resembles the thatched roofs of the traditional Korean houses, provides natural light and an optimal viewing environment. Furthermore, the high-definition electronic signboard and the application of state-of-the-art technology will enable the spectators to watch the Championships with utmost excitement .

Club News



 The UK based Stamp magazine has published interview and part of collection of our distinguished member Dr Bibhudatta Mishra in its September issue under “ My Collection ” Column ( Pg 72 – 75). I am happy share it with the Readers. His blog FASCINATING WORLD OF UNDERWATER PARADISE  can be viewed at http://fishstamplover.blogspot.com/ 





Pages from Stamp Magazine

Stamps on International Judo Federation




Through the cooperation of Magyar Posta Zrt. and the International Judo Federation, on 21 August 2011 two different souvenir sheets have been released to commemorate the anniversary of the 60 years of the International Judo Federation.   

The main motif of the IJF 60 Years I souvenir sheet is judokas wrestling. The logo of the International Judo Federation is featured in the perforated design and the same logo is repeated in the border above it.

The main motif of the IJF 60 Years II souvenir sheet is a portrait of the founder of judo Jigoro Kano. The logo of the International Judo Federation is used in the perforated section.



Special Covers

In this column Special covers released in different states are published for  for the cross reference of Thematic Collectors.

West Bengal


Yuva Philatelic Exhibition, Liluah 



Karnataka Philexpo - 74



United Nations Day

: Ashwani Dubey - Gorakhpur

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