31 July 2012

Carried Cover by Science Express…



The special cover issued on arrival of Science Express - Biodiversity Special  at Berhampur (Odisha)on 28 July 2012. The covers are carried by SCBS to Vishakhapatanam and delivered there.  The cover is priced at a nominal 100/-.

These covers can be had from Mr. PRAMOD KUMAR SARAF. Ph . 09437325200.


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Mr Sudhir Sharma handing over the covers to Mr. Pramod Saraf at Vishakhapatanam Rly. Station. 


The covers being cancelled under the supervision of the Deputy Post Master of Waltair R.S. P.O.


  Mr. Mallikarjun the stamp vendor cancells the covers.

Screenshot_3 : K. Venkat Rao – Berhampur ( Odisha)

30 July 2012

Heroes of London Olympics on stamp…



Each Australian gold medalist at the London Games gets to be on an Australia Post stamp and receives A$20,000 ($20,900) for their image rights. They also get an upgrade when the team flies home."I think this was the thing I was most excited about it," the 20-year-old Campbell told a news conference in a fit of giggles on Sunday."It was the first thing that went through my head when we touched the wall, I'm going to be on a stamp and I get to fly back business class.

Alicia Coutts, Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie and Melanie Schlanger are the first Australian athletes to feature on the Australian Gold Medallist stamps for the London 2012 Olympic Games, after their gold-medal-winning performance in the women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay on Saturday 28 July.



The name of all four winners are given on the sheetlet !!

In an inspired performance Coutts (53.90), Campbell (53.19), Elmslie (53.41) and Schlanger (52.65) set an Olympic record time of 3:33.15. They beat the 2008 gold medallists, the Netherlands, and the USA to earn them Australia's summer Olympic gold medal number 136.

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29 July 2012

Science Express – Biodiversity Special…


New Special Cover on Biodiversity

A special  cover was released in Berhampur (Odisha) on the arrival of Science Express – Biodiversity special on 28bJuly 2012.

Biodiversity Decade –2011 - 2020


Arrival of Science Express – Biodiversity Special



back side of the cover


courtesy : K. Venkat Rao – Berhampur (Odisha) email : linak1969@gmail.com

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28 July 2012

New Stamp from India..

50 years of Customs Act - 1962


Date of Issue 26 July 2012

India Post released a stamp  on 26th July 2012 to commemorate 50 years of Customs Act - 1962.

: Mansoor B. Mangalore

Club News

Special Cover on Biodiversity

Ministry of Environment & Forests  and Department of Science & Technology is running a train called Science Express Biodiversity special. The train arrived Berhampur today on 28th July will remain till 29th July 2012.  To commemorate the occasion, the South Orissa Philatelists' Association, SOPHIA  issued a special cover on 28th. The cover was released by  The Post Master General, Berhampur Region . 


Release of special cover by PMG Shri SP Rajalingam


Sudhir Sharma of VSSC and Manager of biodiversity special train

Science Express - Biodiversity Special is an innovative and unique mobile exhibition mounted on a specially designed 16 coach AC train, which will be traveling across India from 5 June - 22 December 2012.

The current decade (2011-2020) has been declared as the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity and United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification. The exhibition aboard the train, therefore, is based on the theme 'Biodiversity'. The Science Express - Biodiversity Special is a collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), Government of India.

The exhibition aims to showcase the wide array of biodiversity in the country and the conservation measures adopted thereof. The exhibition also showcases aspects of Climate Change, Water, Energy Conservation, Environment and Legacy of the Science Express. Additionally, the train also houses the extremely popular VASCSC Joy of Science hands-on lab as well as teachers’ training facility.

The exhibition is open for all, especially school and college students and teachers.

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KV Rao and other philatelists and guests


Address by P.M.G.

: K V Rao – Berhampur (Orissa)  email : linak1969@gmail.com

27 July 2012

London Olympics 2012 begin today…..



The Games of the XXX Olympiad will be held in London from July 27 to August 12, 2012. The English city will be the first to host the modern Olympic Games three times (1908, 1948 and 2012). After the Games the Olympic Park will be constructed and will become the largest urban park created in Europe for over 150 years.

Opening Ceremony London 2012: World ready for Olympics opening extravaganza


London: The stage is set and the athletes are primed as the seven-year countdown to the London 2012 Olympics reaches its finale with Friday's much-anticipated opening ceremony.

The three-hour spectacle, expected to be watched by a global television audience of up to one billion, will mark the beginning of 17 days of athletic endeavour which will create heroes, shatter dreams and fire national pride.



Today Malta Post  issued a set of two stamps commemorating the 2012 London Olympic Games. The stamps, valued at ˆ0.37 and ˆ2.11, depict the 2012 Olympic Games logo and Wenlock, one of the Games' mascots.

The logo is a representation of the number 2012, with the Olympic Rings embedded within the zero. It was designed to have a flexible colour palate so as to enable corporate sponsors to integrate their own colours, but the standard hues are green, magenta, orange and blue.




The 30th Summer Olympics is bringing together nearly 10,500 athletes from over 200 countries, involving in 302 contents of 26 games, with the goal of building a peaceful and better world, through education for young people in sport irrespective of caste, rich and poor in the spirit of friendship and solidarity.

Vietnam sports delegation will participate in 10 sports competition in Olympic Games, such as weight lifting, gymnastics, fencing, taekwondo, swimming, athletics, badminton, shooting, etc.





These special multi-colour Olympic stamps by Slovenia show motifs of swimming, judo, sailing and basketball. The new Olympic stamps, with a nominal value of EUR 0.77 and 0.92, are as always printed in sheetlets of six stamps each. The left and right margins depict the Olympic rings, the logo of London 2012 and stamps of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia.

Special Cover on LONDON 2012 released today at Bangalore

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OlymphilexINDIA – 2012, Bangalore -  27 July 2012

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: Jagannath Mani - Bangalore

New special covers..


New Special Cover on London Olympics 2012


On the occasion of the Games of the XXXth Olympiad London 2012, “OLYMPHILEXINDIA 2012” Olympic and Sports Philately Exhibition will be held in Bangalore at the GPO Philately Museum from 27 July to 5 August, 2012. About 50 frames are being displayed by five Olympic Philatelists and a few sport philatelists.

Their will be release of a special cover with a special cancellation approved by the CPMG Karnataka Circle on 27th July, the inaugural day of the Exhibition and summer Olympics, the inauguration ceremony is at Megahdoot Auditorium, Bangalore GPO, all are invited to theOLYMPHILEXINDIA 2012” and make the event the grand success

The function will be at 10.00 hrs on the Inaugural day and regular days the exhibition will open from 10.00 hrs to 16.hours (excluding Sundays and Public Holidays)


: Jagannath Mani - Bangalore

Special Cover on Biodiversity


Ministry of Environment & Forests  and Department of Science & Technology is running a train called Science Express Biodiversity special.   To commemorate the occasion, The South Odisha Philatelist's Association (SOPHIA), Berhampur, Ganjam, Odisha is going to release a special cover on Biodiversity today  28th July 2012. The cover will be release by Sh. S.P. Rajlingam, PMG, Bderhampur Region in the Science Express(Biodiversity) which will arrive at Berhampur today on 28 July 2012.

- K Venkat Rao – Berhampur ; Ajit Dash - Bhubaneshwar

Private Special cover

Pranav Da Spl. cover

: Pradip Jain Patna


26 July 2012

Stamps on Olympics 2012 from India


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Date of Issue : 25 July 2012

Souvenir Sheet


Olympic and Sports Philately Exhibition “OLYMPHILEX INDIA 2012

On the occasion of the Games of the XXXth Olympiad London 2012, we are pleased to inform“OLYMPHILEXINDIA 2012” Olympic and Sports Philately Exhibition will be held in Bangalore at the GPO Philately Museum from 27 July to 5 August, 2012. About 50 frames are expected to be displayed by five major budding Olympic Philatelists and a few sport philatelists,

Their will be release of a special cover with a special cancellation approved by the CPMG Karnataka Circle on 27th July, the inaugural day of the Exhibition and summer Olympics, the inauguration ceremony is at Megahdoot Auditorium, Bangalore GPO, all are invited to theOLYMPHILEXINDIA 2012” and make the event the grand success

The function will be at 10.00 hrs on the Inaugural day and regular days the exhibition will open from 10.00 hrs to 16.hours (excluding Sundays and POH)

- Jagannath Mani

Member Organizing Committe, OLYMPHILEXINDIA 2012

Olympic Philatelist & Life Member of The Karnataka Philatelic Society

22 July 2012

Stamp of the Past ….



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The two month exhibition, Stamp of the Past : Indian Heritage in Philately concluded on 17th July at Red Fort,  Delhi. The participants, Ajay Mittal, Nidhi Mittal- New Delhi,Timir Shah – Vadodara, Pradeep Kr. Malik – Patna, Moloy Sarkar –Kolkata and Jeevan Jyoti   were honoured by ASI at a function held at the venue of the exhibition. However Mr Moloy Sarkar and Mr Pradeep Kr Malik could not attend this grand function. This exhibition was very successful and attended by large number of philatelists and tourists from India and abroad as Red Fort is the landmark of Delhi and one of the greatest attractions for the tourists visiting India from all over the world . I got a chance to attend this function. Here are the glimpses of the show.



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Mr Ajay Mittal was given special honour at the show. Mr Mittal was the main co-coordinator with ASI to make this show grand and successful.

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Mrs. Nidhi Mittal receiving Momento


From (L to R) Ajay Srivastav, Timir Shah, Ajay Mittal, Nidhi Mittal and J. Jyoti

21 July 2012

Asian Arrivals - Indians in New Zealand



Indian theme on foreign stamps



Indians first settled in New Zealand in the late 1800s. Most of these early migrants came from the regions of Punjab and Gujarat, and were temporary labourers. They numbered only a handful – an estimated forty-six persons in 1896. They were overwhelmingly men. In 1896, only one Indian woman was listed as resident in New Zealand! Most of these early migrants did not intend staying here, but wanted to earn money before returning home.

Migration increased until 1920, when the New Zealand Government introduced restrictions under a ‘permit system’. By this time, there were just over 2000 Indians in New Zealand.

Around this time, there was increasing prejudice and fear about Asian migrants. The White New Zealand League emerged in 1926 with the slogan ‘Keep New Zealand a White Man’s Country’. It found strong support in the press and from local bodies. Indians were criticised for living in shacks and ‘introducing alien views of life and standards of conduct’. The White New Zealand League warned that the intermingling of Indians with both Päkehä and Mäori would result in the ‘halfcasted citizen of the future’ – a prospect it regarded with alarm . But the New Zealand Indian community was still overwhelmingly a society of men. Many of them lived and worked communally. While a few set up shops, most found work as hawkers, bottle collectors, and kitchen hands in the larger towns, or as labourers in the market gardens of Otahuhu and Pukehohe. Others worked building railways or draining the swamps of the Hauraki lowlands.

In some places where Indians were perceived as ‘taking over’, prejudices ran deep and lasted a long time. In Pukekohe, Indians were not allowed to join the local growers’ association, some landowners refused to lease them land, and they were not allowed into the balcony seats of the picture theatre. Until 1958, only one barber’s shop in Pukekohe would cut the hair of Indians !

The discrimination Indian migrants encountered, and their increased commitment to settling in New Zealand permanently, led to the formation of the New Zealand Indian Central Association in 1926. After the introduction of the ‘permit system’ in 1920, the number of new migrants from India dropped. However, of those who did make it here, a greater proportion were women and children. By 1945, families (mostly of shopkeepers and fruiterers) were getting established, and marriages of second-generation New Zealand Indians were to become increasingly important.

But Indian weddings in New Zealand remained rare, even after World War Two when more liberal attitudes allowed for easier entry of Indian migrants into New Zealand. Indians tended to settle in concentrated pockets rather than throughout the country. Punjabis settled in Waipa, Waikato, Otorohanga, and Taumarunui, while Gujaratis settled in Auckland, Pukekohe, and Wellington.

Until the 1980s, over 90 per cent of New Zealand Indians traced their roots back to Gujarat – especially to the Surat district in the south of the state. Most were Hindu. The next biggest group (6 per cent) came from the Punjab, and were usually Sikh. In 1981, Fijian-born Indians accounted for less than 14 per cent of Indians resident here. At this stage, just under 45 per cent of a total New Zealand Indian population of 11,577 had been born in New Zealand, while 31 per cent had been born in India.

Today, Indians living in New Zealand are not restricted to the few trades that they were in before World War Two. Now few Indians (less than 5 per cent) are involved in agriculture, while nearly a third (30 per cent) are involved in professional, managerial, and administrative positions. Indians are prominent in a number of sections of New Zealand society, including business, medicine, education, politics, sport, and the arts.

Since 1987, New Zealand has become home to highly skilled, affluent migrants from North, South and South-East Asia. By 1996, 82,000 people of Chinese origin, 44,000 Indians, 13,000 Koreans and 7,000 Japanese identified themselves as New Zealanders

NZ Post released this stamp as part of the 1998 set of the " A New Beginning - Asian Arrivals"   .

- Kenneth Sequeira - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

email :  kenneth.sequeira@hotmail.com

14 July 2012

Indian theme on foreign stamps…



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Special Souvenir Sheet issued during the Indonesia 2012 World Stamp Exhibition held at Djakarta from 18-24 June 2012.

This Souvenir sheet has the images of Bhima, Arjuna, Yudhistira, Nakula, Sadewa and Pandawa Lima from Wayang Kulit which is a unique form of Puppet Theatre employing light and shadow. 

Mahabharata characters

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The puppets are crafted on buffalo hided and mounted on bamboo sticks. When held up behind a piece of white cloth, with an electric bulb or an oil lamp as the light source, shadows are cast on the screen. There is a Special Stamp images made up of light hide which is pasted on the stamp design.

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The second Souvenir sheet has Batik prints and the bigger stamp has got a piece of Batik printed cloth. The form of Batik motifs is a reflection of social culture, philosophy of life, customs and people of Sunda, an ethnic group of West Java people.

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The First Day Cover of Shekhawati and Warli paintings, which was officially released by the Indian Consul General on 20th June at Jakarta.  The India Post Booth was represented by Ms. Meera Handa and Ms. Alka Sharma.   The FDC has been autographed by Ms. Alka Sharma, who has designed the cachet for this issue.

courtesy - CG Bhaskar – Chennai  email – sipagold@gmail.com

Press Clipping


Published in the Times of India, Chennai edition on 6th July 2012

Great Masters - Gustav Klimt




Today,  14th July 2012  is 150th Birth Anniversary of the great Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt

His famous painting ‘The Kiss’ shown above on stamp is a symbol of Vienna Secession. Influenced by European avant-garde movements represented in the annual Secession exhibitions, Klimt's mature style combined richly decorative surface patterning with complex symbolism and allegory, often with overtly erotic content.


Gustav Klimt's style is highly ornamental. The Art Nouveau movement favored organic lines and contours. Klimt used a lot of gold and silver colors in his art work - certainly an heritage from his father's profession.

imageGustav Klimt (1862-1918) was one of the most innovative and controversial artists of the early twentieth century. Klimt’s highly decorative, erotic female figures were influenced by an enormous range of sources: classical Greek art, Byzantine mosaics, late-medieval painting, the woodcuts of Albrecht Durer, photography and the Symbolist art of Max Klinger. The Nouveau Art movement in Austria was called the Secession. As a co-founder of the Vienna Secession, a group of artists and architects who formed their own exhibition society and denounced the classical academic training of the time, his work embodied the high-keyed erotic, psychological and aesthetic preoccupations of fin-de-siècle Viennese intellectuals.



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