30 September 2012

Club News..


Rainbow Oct 2012

Hi !

I have just published October 2012 Issue of Rainbow Stamp News on Blog. It can be viewed at following link  :




My recent cover from Germany


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Received this cover with a beautiful MS of  Mushroom in Polish Forest from  Mr Wolfgang Beyer of Germany. Many Thanks to Mr Beyer for the nice gift !!


29 September 2012

World Heritage – Africa



On 5 September 2012, UNPA  issued a set of six commemorative stamps in denominations of US$ 0.45, US$ 1.05, CHF 0.85, CHF 1.00, € 0.62 and € 0.70, on the theme " World Heritage – Africa ".

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural heritage and our natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.


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Date of Issue : 5 September 2012

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972. For this year's stamp series, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has chosen six World Heritage sites in Africa.

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28 September 2012

Indian National Flag unfurled through Philately..



The Indian National Flag unfurled through Philately

By Sekhar Chakrabarti

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author A new book by noted philatelist Mr Sekhar Chakrabarti, "The Indian National Flag unfurled through Philately" has just been published by Niyogi Books, New Delhi.

This book in the form of possibly the first and only authoritative book on the history of the Indian National flag, exposed through philatelic articles, till date.... This book is a must-read for those who are interested in Indian history and those who are curious about the Indian National flag, its background, development and true meaning...

For details Contact : Niyogi Publishers website : http://www.niyogibooks.com/

Prof Bharati Roy, Vice President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Govt of India says, "Sekhar Chakrabarti's innovative book "The Indian National Flag unfurled through Philately" tells us the fascinating history of the Indian flag through the medium of stamps. It is a fine blend of painstaking research and a dedicated pursuit of philately. The stamps reveal a visual message from the past and the text lucidly transports us through the process by which the Indian national flag had its birth. I congratulate the author for giving us this treasure of a book".
Prof. Dipak Ranjan Das, Former Professor & Head, Dept. of Ancient History & Culture, Calcutta University, Member: West Bengal Heritage Commission says;  “Mr Sekhar Chakrabarti, an acclaimed philatelist, has taken upon himself the challenging task of narrating the history of Indian flags from the days of yore, deriving information from an unconventional source. It is like the bow of Ulysses which could not be drawn by any weaker hand. He weaves the colourful history of Indian flags gathering data primarily from philatelic materials. The successful completion of this daring venture earns for Mr Chakrabarti a permanent niche in the world of historians engaged in vexillological research”.

The author may be contacted at email : sekhar.chakrabarti@gmail.com

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27 September 2012

Israel - India Joint Issue…



20 Years of Diplomatic Relations

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Date of Issue : 12 December 2012

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Hi !

Here are two beautiful stamps  to be issued by Israel Post in December this year.Israel Post will issue this  set of two stamps to commemorate 20 years of Diplomatic Relations with India featuring Festivals of Lights in India  ( Deepawali ) and Israel ( Hanukkah ) .

This is a wonderful set, a great delight  for Indians !! My sincere thanks to Dr Eli Moallem of Jerusalem for this Post !!

Festival of Lights in Israel and India


Hanukkah Menorah

Hanukkah also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple  in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a shamash  and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves is forbidden.


Diyas ( Olil lamps) of Deepawali

Diwali  or Deepavali, popularly known as the "festival of lights," is a festival celebrated between mid-October or mid- November . For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes with crackers and lighting oil lamps and candles.

The name "Diwali" is a contraction of "Deepavali" which translates into "row of lamps". Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. .

Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama, along with Sita and Lakshman, from his 14-year-long exile and vanquishing the demon-king Ravana. In joyous celebration of the return of their king, the people of Ayodhya, the Capital of Rama, illuminated the kingdom with earthen diyas and by bursting firecrackers.


World Tourism Day…


Tourism and Sustainable Energy


Today is World Tourism Day. It is being celebrated under the theme “Tourism & Sustainable Energy : Powering Sustainable Development “. Official celebrations will take place in Maspalomas, Spain  today on Sept 27.

This year’s theme aims to highlight tourism’s role in a brighter energy future; a future in which the world’s entire population has access to modern, efficient and affordable energy services.


Tourism, one of the world’s largest economic sectors, has already taken important steps towards this future – improving energy efficiency and increasingly using renewable energy technologies in its operations. These steps are creating jobs, lifting people out of poverty and helping to protect the planet.  

Sri Lanka Post issued a beautiful set to commemorate WTO in 2011 . This set covers all aspects of Tourism. The stamps have been titles with different themes of Tourism. It is one of the most beautiful  sets of stamps on Tourism issued by a country !! Kudos to the designers !!

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Essence – Heritage

1.Sri Lankan children with the lion flag in the background 2. Ruwanweliseya Sthupa - Anuradhapura


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Festive – Heritage

3. Kandy Esala Perahera  4 . Entrance (Lion Feet) of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress


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Bliss – Scenic

5. Reflex Yourself  6. Dunhinda Waterfall

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7.Sri Lankan Elephants    8. Leopard

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Pristine – Thrills

9.Pristine Beaches   10. White water rafting 



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Image Source : Sri Lanka Stamps

26 September 2012

Lighthouses on New Norwegian stamps…



Date of Issue : 15 June 2012

Hi !

Here are the two most beautiful stamps with Lighthouses..The picture shown on these Norwegian stamps are just wonderful with mist in the background…These are in the Oslo Fjord. These stamps are perhaps showing the most beautiful view of these light hoses !! It is a delight for those collecting stamps on Light houses !!

Kavringen Lighthouse was built in 1892 and is located on Søndre Kavringdyne, a group of skerries in the western seaward approach to the Port of Oslo. There had previously been two lighthouses in the Oslo harbour basin, Heggholmen and Dyna, situated in the old main sea lane. Towards the end of the 19th century, however, larger vessels began to prefer the western lane between Kavringen and Hovedøya, round Vippetangen and into Bjørvika. After DS Norge ran aground on the Kavringen skerries in 1890, there was a cry for better lighting in the western approach. The Kavringen lighthouse was completed and operational only two years later. Until 1956, when both lighthouses were automated and the job of lighthouse keeper became redundant, the lighthouse keeper on Dyna was also responsible for Kavringen. On 15 May (St. Hallvard’s Day), as part of Oslo’s millennium celebrations in 2000, a time capsule made of titanium was bolted to the inside of the lighthouse. The time capsule is designed like the lighthouse’s lantern housing and it contains letters and greetings from the citizens of Oslo to people of the future. The capsule cannot be opened until the year 3000.


Medfjordbåen is a sunken rock in the middle of the Oslo Fjord, off Slangentangen in the county of Vestfold. Here the lighthouse was built and went into operation in 1876. Medfjordbåen Lighthouse is a familiar rounding mark in the annual Færder Regatta, on the way to Åsgårdstrand and Horten.

Club News


The Hyderabad Philatelic & Hobbies Society is celebrating its 50 years of service to the Philatelists, Numismatists & other Hobbyists, in 2012. As a part of the celebrations, HYPEX – GOLD - 2013, a Philatelic and Numismatic Exhibition will be held from 04 January – 06 January 2013 at Secunderabad (Hyderabad). During this exhibition, a grand meet of Dealers and Collectors is proposed to be held followed by a palmare cum dinner get together wherein doyens of Philatelic & Numismatic fields will be invited.
For further details, please write to: HydPhilSociety@yahoo.co.in 
or contact :

Shri Sunder Bahirwani, President, HPHS, Phone: 09985357370
Shri Agarwaal, Shri Prakash, Chairman, HYPEX-GOLD-2013, Phone: 09346777206
Shri B K Nagpal Secretary, HPHS, Phone: 09885031013

- Secretary, HPHS

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25 September 2012

New Stamp from India


Motilal Nehru


Date of issue : 25 September 2012

India Post released a stamp of  Motilal Nehru on 25th September 2012 to celebrate his 150th Birth anniversary. Motilal Nehru (6 May 1861 – 6 February 1931) was a lawyer, an activist of the Indian National Movement and an important leader of the Indian National Congress, who also served as the Congress President twice.

: Mansoor B.- Mangalore - Blog :  http://mbstamps.blogspot.in/

This stamp should have been issued by India Post on 6 May, on his birthday !!

NEW DELHI: Launching the commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Motilal Nehru, President Mr Pranab Mukherjee today said institutions evolved by leaders like him should be strengthened instead of being destroyed.
Paying rich tributes to Motilal, he listed his achievements like his role in evolving of Public Accounts Committee and protecting independence of Legislature from the influence of the Executive by establishing a separate cadre for the Central Legislative Assembly, now Parliament.

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Motilal Nehru chaired the famous Nehru Commission in 1928, that was a counter to the all-British Simon Commission. Nehru Report, the first constitution written by Indians only, conceived a dominion status for India within the Empire, akin to Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It was endorsed by the Congress Party, but rejected by more radical Indians who sought complete independence, and by many Muslims who didn't feel their interests, concerns and rights were properly represented.


24 September 2012

World Conservation Congress : Jeju 2012



World Conservation Congress Jeju 2012 - stamp from South Korea

The South Korean Post has issued a stamp to commemorate the "World Conservation Congress", the environmental Olympics of the global village, which was held for 10 days from September 6th to 15th, 2012 on Jeju Island, Korea's ecological repository.

The World Conservation Congress is a forum where experts from various sectors such as government organizations, NGOs, academia, corporations, media, etc. convene to contemplate and confer about solutions to major environmental problems facing the earth where we live.

This round of Congress  held on Jeju Island, was  participated by  approx. 10,000 people  from approximately 180 countries.

Korean post has issued a commemorative stamp featuring green sprouts and the Congress emblem.


Manuel Antonio National Park of Costa Rica


Date of Issue : 6 July 2012

The Correos de Costa Rica has issued a stamp within the international series titled "National Parks 2012". The stamp is dedicated to the Manuel Antonio National Park of Costa Rica.


Manuel Antonio National Park is a small National Park in the Central Pacific Conservation Area located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, just south of the city of Quepos, Puntarenas, and 132 km (82 mi) from the national capital of San Jose. Established in 1972 with an area enumerating 4,014 acres (16.24 km2) (the smallest of any Costa Rican national park), it is the destination of as many as 150,000 visitors annually and well known for its beautiful beaches and hiking trails. In 2011, Manuel Antonio was listed by Forbes among the world's 12 most beautiful national parks.

23 September 2012

200th Birth Anniversary of Charles Dickens



Date of Issue : 14 September 2012

Gibraltar Post has commemorated the bicentenary of the birth of Charles John Huffam Dickens ( 7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870 ) with a wonderful issue of 4 stamps and a nice miniature sheet. This is one of the finest designs ever created for  miniature sheet  to commemorate an author !!!!

Charles Dickens was an English writer, generally considered to be the greatest novelist of the Victorian period and responsible for some of English literature’s most iconic novels and characters. During his lifetime Dickens’ works enjoyed unprecedented popularity and fame, and they remain popular today. It was in the twentieth century, however, that his literary genius was fully recognized by critics and scholars.



The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print. Some of his most notable works are his novels: ‘The Pickwick Papers’; ‘The Adventures of Oliver Twist’; ‘The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby’; ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’; ‘A Christmas Carol’; ‘Dombey and Son’; ‘David Copperfield’; ‘Bleak House’; ‘Hard Times: For These Times’; ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and ‘Great Expectations’



Other Stamps on Classic literature


Children’s favorite books

The Lichtenstein Post has issued a set of stamps on Literature. The stamps illustrate literary figures which have appealed primarily to young readers and which owe some of their celebrity to splendid and high-budget film versions.

The North German prankster "Till Eulenspiegel" appeared anonymously as early as 1510/1512. Nowadays he is familiar principally in Erich Kastner's rendition.

The figure of the fantasist "Baron Munchhausen" goes back to Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Baron von Munchhausen (1720-1797), who was well-known as a humorous story-teller.

"Robin Hood" is a 13th century English folk hero whose fight with the Sheriff of Nottingham has provided material for countless children's books.

Two other figures from the Anglo-Saxon world are the master detective "Sherlock Holmes" (1887 onwards) created by the Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the castaway "Robinson Crusoe" (1719) created by the Londoner Daniel Dafoe.

"Hamlet" (1603), the tragic hero of the eponymous tragedy by William Shakespeare, is one of the theatre world's most famous roles. The Spaniard Miguel de Cervantes gave us "Don Quixote" (1605/1615), the Knight of the Woeful Countenance, while "Quasimodo" was the tragic hero of the novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1831) by the French writer Victor Hugo.

22 September 2012

New Stamps from Poland




Date of Issue : 10 October 2012

Polish Post will issue two new stamps on 27 September and 10th October 2012. The first stamp shown above features Birds and the other one will be issued to commemorate death anniversary of  famous Polish preacher and writer, Piotr Skarga.





Date of Issue: 27 September 2012

Piotr Skarga (real name Piotr Powęski; 1536–1612) Born: February 2, 1536, Grójec Died: September 27, 1612, Kraków was a Polish Jesuit, preacher, hagiographer, polemicist, and leading figure of the Counter-reformation in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. He was called the "Polish Bossuet" due to his oratorical abilities.


Language of Flowers….


Greeting stamps from Taiwan


Date of Issue  : 28 September 2012

Hi !

Here are some beautiful Greeting stamps to be issued by Taiwan Post on 27 September 2012. Each flower has its own meaning…. A wonderful set of stamps to send greetings to your dear ones…This set will be liked by all those who love flowers….There are two sets in different denominations with same Flowers but the background color  is different !!

This is all for Today……Have a Nice Day !!


To provide more custom design options, Chunghwa Post is issuing a second set of ten stamps featuring the "language of flowers". This series is a follow-up to the "Personal Greeting Stamps – Travel in Taiwan," issued on September 27, 2011. All ten stamps come in denominations of NT$3.50 and NT$5.00; the different denominations are distinguished by different background colors. The designs follow:

image 1. Cotton rose: daintiness. Comely and graceful, cotton roses always manage to stand out in a sea of flowers. They are often used to describe ladies of extraordinary beauty. 

image 2. Bird-of-Paradise: passion. It is known for its distinguished, moon-gazing crane shape. The colors are a bright, flaming red. Bird-of-paradise also represents freedom, fulfillment and bliss.

image 3. Clary sage: respect. Clary sage comes in pink and bluish purple. It represents longevity and defense against bad fortunes.

image 4. Dancing lady orchid: gentleness. Dancing lady orchid inspires an impression of dancing butterflies. Small, dainty yellow blossoms hang around the stalks like tiny bells.

image 5. Zinnia: everlastingness : Zinnia is known for its long flowering period. When in full bloom, the flowers seem to tower one another. It therefore also represents elevation in status.

image 6. Tagetes erecta: health : The petals are full and bright, with a relatively long flowering period. As a flower species, Tagetes erecta is popular for its vitality.

image 7. Chinese hibiscus: grace : The blossoms are flamboyant and pleasing to the eye. Chinese hibiscus also represents new love.

image 8. Fragrant olive: humility : The blossoms are exquisite and sweet with fragrance. Its Chinese moniker, "Gui," is also homonymous with the Chinese word, "value." The flower therefore is seen as a symbol of status and prosperity.

image 9. Flowering crab apple: warmth. The flower blooms in spring, and brings with it the welcoming warmth of the season. Known for its magic spell, crab apple is also lovingly called, "understand me."

image 10. Hydrangea: hope : Hydrangea flowers thrive in the warmth of spring. They are the vanguard of a new season.

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