31 March 2013

Club News..



Hi !!

I have just posted April 2013 issue of Rainbow Stamp News on Blog. It can be viewed at following link :


Greetings on Easter..




Happy Easter to all the Readers of Rainbow Stamp Club !!


30 March 2013

Bhubaneshwar Philatelic Exhibition 2013




The District Level Philatelic Exhibition, BHUPEX-2013 organized by Bhubaneswar Postal Division from 25.03.2013 to 26.03.2013 at Jaydev Bhawan. The highlights of the two-day celebration are as follows.

25.03.2013 :

The District Level Philatelic Exhibition, BHUPEX-2013 was inaugurated at 10.30AM on 25.03.2013 by Padma Vibhusan Sj. Ragunath Mohapatra on 25.03.2013 at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.

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Addressing the gathering participated by school children and philatelists , Padma Vibhusan (2013 ) Sj. Raghunath Mohapatra, noted architect and sculptor and member of prestigious Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR) praised the contribution of India Post towards the rich heritage of India through release postage stamps and informed the authorities to avail the opportunity of collecting rare materials inherited from his ancestors and possessed by him on cultural and aesthetic aspects for release of stamps.

Presenting a paper “Why shall I collect stamp” Sri Shanti Swarup Rath, eminent philatelist and member of EIPA encouraged the participating school children.


Sri Ajit Kumar Dash, Secretary, Eastern India Philatelists’ Association while addressing the gathering as Hon’ble Speaker expressed concern over irregular conductance of both State level and District level philatelic exhibitions in Odisha. After a gap of 5 years BHUPEX-2013 has been arranged. He urged for annual exhibitions regularly for creating interest amongst the youngsters towards philately. According to him the percentage of commemorative stamps released on people and places of Odisha is too low and highly unsatisfactory in comparison to other states in India. The reason is that the representation of Odisha in National Philatelic Advisory Board is only one. Thus he requested the postal administration to nominate more personalities for a huge representation in NPAB. He also requested the postal authorities to arrange for additional space in both the Philatelic Bureau at Bhubaneswar and Cuttack for displaying collections of eminent philatelists.

On the occasion, a special cover on Shanti Stupa, Dhauli was released and the first “My Stamp” was released with the photograph of Sj. Raghunath Mohapatra. In the end, a philatelic quiz competition was held amongst the participating school children.


26.03.2013 :


On the 2nd day of BHUPEX-2013, Sj. Bijayshree Routray, Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment, Labour & ESI, Govt of Odisha and President of Eastern India Philatelists’ Association addressed the exhibition as Chief Guest. On the occasion, Dr. Panda requested India Post for releasing a commemorative postage stamp on Nandanakanan Biological Park.


The Jury’s Report was presented by Sri Anil Ku. Dhir, eminent philatelist and member of EIPA. A special cover on White Tiger – Nadanakanan Zoological Park was released on the day by the Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment, Govt. of Odisha who also distributed the prizes owned by the participants both of the quiz competition and exhibition. The exhibition was concluded with cultural programme.

- Ajit Dash, Bhubaneshwar

29 March 2013

Cute Bush Babies from Australia..



This is the second in the Bush Babies stamp series by Australia post produced in co-ordination with the Perth Mint’s release of bush baby coins. Bush Babies II features five more young Australian animals – platypus, echidna, brush-tailed possum, kookaburra and wombat. The stamps capture the whimsy and character of these young Australian animals.

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Scientists didn’t know what to make of the platypus when they first saw this strange animal that lives in water and on land, has a duck-like bill, a tail and short squat legs. The platypus is a monotreme – egg-laying mammal – and is protected in Australia.

Largely covered with strong pointed spines which protect it from predators, the echidna also has a long snout and sharp claws, both used in its search for food. The echidna shares with the platypus the rare distinction of being a monotreme – they are the only two in the world – and is protected in Australia.

A marsupial, the brush-tailed possum is the most common possum in Australia, found all long the east coast of the country. It is very active at night and sleeps most of the day.

The Wombat is among Australia’s favourite animals, and loves to forage at night on native grasses, shrubs and trees before returning to its burrow for the day.

The Kookaburra is the world’s largest kingfisher, and is best known for its rather hysterical laughing call. It is a meat-eater preying on lizards, snakes, insects, mice and other small birds.

Source : http://www.stampnews.com/

Club News

Glimpses of SOLPEX 2013 Solan ( Himachal Pradesh )


Award Winners  with Mr Umbesh Upmanyu (5th from the Left), Director, HP Postal Circle


Mr Prem Verma In-charge, Shimla Philatelic Bureau with the participant, Bhumika Sharma

Exhibits by Bhumika Sharma at SIMPEX 2013, Shimla




Chocolate stamps from Belgium



Belgium post launched new exclusive chocolate stamps to awake the senses. Their adhesive layer is flavored with chocolate and the stamp itself also releases a fragrance of chocolate.
Many stamps issued by Belgium were devoted to “Chocolate”. In 1999, it was the process of chocolate producing which was honored; in 2006, the issue devoted to Belgian gastronomy had booked a place to the chocolate.

The five new stamps illustrate chocolate in all its forms: granules, pralines, chocolate spread, lumps and bars. Tony Le Duc, gastronomic photographer, and Kathleen Miller, graphic artist, were responsible for the design of stamps and sheet.

The chocolate taste was incorporated in the gummed part of stamps in the form of essential oil of cocoa, so it releases when licked. The stamps have also chocolate aroma, which rises from the ink to which the flavoring was added. It’s not the first time when a scented postage stamp is issued, but this scent is now combined with taste, which is an absolute premiere.

It wasn’t an easy task to find the scent and taste of dark chocolate that characterize Belgian chocolate. Partners from at least four countries (Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland) worked it out jointly.

Source : http://www.stampnews.com/

Club News

Hike in Prices of FDC Cover and Folder

India Post will be charging Rs. 5/- for Blank Folder & Rs. 5/- Blank Cover from April 2013 issue.

: Timir R. Shah - Vadodara

Private Postcards on Kumbh Mela

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Mr Bharat , a philatelist of Allahabad brought out a set of beautiful private picture postcards on Prayag Kumbh 2013. For details contact Mr. Bharat  Ph. 09026305028

: M. Gulrez – Allahabad email : gulrez.gulrez@gmail.com

28 March 2013

New Book on FDCs and Folders..




Book Review

- By Jeevan Jyoti 

Collector's Guide to First Day Covers & Folders of India With Set of Stamps, Se-tenant Stamps & Miniature Sheets By Praful Thakkar Page 200 Price Rs 950 US$ 40 published by Kunal P. Thakar for Thakkar Numismatic & Art Foundation, Cary, NC USA

The new book, Collector's Guide to First Day Covers & Folders of India With Set of Stamps, Se-tenant tamps & Miniature Sheets By Praful Thakkar is an essential book for all stamp lovers . It is a perfect guide for those who collect FDCs and Folders of India. The book gives listings and details of FDCs and Folders with Set of Stamps, Se-tenant stamps and Miniature Sheets. The book covers the period of FDCs and Folders of India from 1947 – 2012. The author has also covered FDCs and Folders of Definitive stamps and Overprinted Military stamps of India in this book.

The book is divided into 3 parts 1. Introduction 2.Catalogue and Checklists.

Introduction covers detailed explanation of creative varieties/variations and numbering system of set of stamps, se-tenant stamps and Miniature sheets.

In catalogue section information of respective stamps is given along with Print details and value. The section gives the details of FDCs and Folders with Set of stamps. FDCs and Folders with se-tenant stamps and FDCs and Folders with Miniature sheets.

In checklists section, total issue of commemorative stamps, set of stamps, se-tenant stamps & Miniature sheet, FDCs with set of stamps, Pre Independence India. FDCs with set of Commemorative, Definitive Regular, Definitive Military, Service, Se-tenant stamps, Miniature sheets and Presentation Packs have been given.

The book also covers rare Private First Day Covers with set of stamps of Pre Independence India all in color photos . In those days there were no official FDCs issued.

One can get complete details of FDCs of several categories. It will help the collectors to categorize their collection in the best possible way.

“ Simple Stamp is dumb,

when it is cancelled, it whispers,

but when it is having First Day Cancellation on First Day Cover it sings. ”

This is what this book proves  to give details of the beautiful First Day Covers with a variety of stamp formats.  I recommend this book to all philatelists and stamp collectors. It is the best reference book for collectors of FDC and Folders. This is the first book of its kind with pricing on FDCs and Folders of India with set of stamps, se-tenant stamps and Miniature sheets. The printing of the book is very fine with all color photos of FDCs and Folders including many rare items. In this book Valuation of various FDCs and Folders is given to give a basic guideline to the collectors. Pricing of different items mentioned in the book will certainly help the collectors to purchase their missing items at approximately reasonable price .

The book is available from :

Rekha P. Thakkar, 34 Janvisharam Society, Behind Sahjanand College, Ambawadi, Ahmedabad 380015 email : pkthakkar@yahoo.com  Phone : 9327022642

About the author

imageShri Praful Tahakkar is a noted collector of autographs, stamps, FDCs, coins, medals, tokens and badge plates and at present he is President of Gujarat Philatelists’ Association . As officer of Indian Administrative Service, he has served the Government of Gujarat for more than 31 years on various Posts at different places. He has participated in several National and International stamp exhibitions and has won many awards. His books, on autographs, philately, badge plates, Indian Canteen Tokens a, Membership Badges of Turf & Race Clubs of India are popular among collectors of these items. His two websites www.indiannumismatics.com & www.indianautographs.com are the great reference sites for the collectors of coins and autographs. He may be contacted at email : pkthakkar@yahoo.com

27 March 2013

My recent Covers…


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“ Save Girl Say no to Abortion ” : Lions club Gwalior Prerna : 22 January 2013


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: Arvind Mallick – Jabalpur, email : arvindmullick@yahoo.com

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Festivals of India - Holi



Wishing you all a very Happy Holi !!

Holi – The Festival of Colors


Holi is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus as a festival of colours.It is primarily observed in India and Nepal. It is also observed by the minority Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan as well in countries with large Indian populations following Hinduism, such as Suriname, Malaysia, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mauritius, and Fiji.

Holi is also known as Phagwah , Festival of Colours, or Doḷajātra  in Odisha, and as Dol Jatra  or Basantotsav ("spring festival")  in West Bengal and Assam. Holi is of particular significance in the Braj region, which includes locations traditionally connected to the Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan ,Nandagaon, and Barsana, which become tourist destinations during the season of Holi.As per the Hindu calendar, Holi is celebrated on the Phalgun Purnima which comes in February or March in the Gregorian Calendar.

26 March 2013

New Special covers from Dharamshala


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Shri Chamunda Devi Mata  Temple, Kangra

Two special covers were released during district level philatelic exhibition  KANGRAPEX 2013, held in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh from 21 – 22 March 2013.


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Mata JwalaMukhi Temple, Kangra


New stamp from India


Date of Issue : 22 March 2013

India Post released a stamp on Shiv Ram Hari Rajguru, a freedom fighter,  on 22nd March 2013.


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

New Special Cover from Shimla…





Auckland House School, Shimla : 25 March,2013

A district level stamp exhibition is being held in Shimla from 25-26 at Gaiety Theatre . During the exhibition two special covers were released on 25th March 2013.



Rothney Castle, Shimla – The Home of A.O. Hume : 25 March 2013


: Bhumika Sharma – Shimla

25 March 2013

Special Cover on Spring Festival..



"HE Azeez Qureshi, Governor, Uttarakhand along with Mrs. Amrita Rawat, Tourism Minister, Mr. Surendra Singh Negi, Health Minister Uttarakhand & Mr. S.M. Ramanuj, CPMG Uttarakhand released a special cover on Kilmora, a medicinal hilly yellow flower in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, during the annual Colors of Spring festival 23-24 March 2013 at Raj Bhawan, Dehradun, on 23-3-12. The cancellation on the cover was on Buransh (Rhododendron), state flower designed by Philatelist Vinay Gupta."



: Vinay Gupta : – Dehradun - email : vinay5981@gmail.com

24 March 2013

New Special Cover



Tata Steel : Jamshedpur : 20 March 2013

A  district level philatelic exhibition, JAMPEX-13 was held in  Jamshedpur on the 20th of March. During the exhibition,  2 special covers on "TATA STEEL" and "SAVE THE GIRL CHILD" and a stamp  booklet on "SWAMI VIVEKANANDA" were released.  CPMG Jharkhand Circle also  released My Stamp for the first time in Jharkhand.



: Raj Kumar Chaudhary, Jamshedpur - email : coinrajkumar@gmail.com

International Year of Water Cooperation 2013



Hi !

Here is a beautiful stamp issued on World Water Day by Brazil Post. The stamp also commemorates the International Year of Water Cooperation. The stamp design is very innovative. The stamp design is represented by the peaceful and sustainable use of water resources through the use of a dropper that goes inside, outside and around the globe. Water is displayed cyclically, symbolizing sustainable use. It is a wonderful item for environment theme.

This is all for Today…More in next Post….Have a Nice Time !

Brazilian stamp block commemorating Frutal and the International Year of Water Cooperation was issued. Frutal was commemorated on the International Year of Water Cooperation stamps by the Brazilian Correios as one of three cities hosting the UNESCO-HidroEX. The event took place on Friday, 22 of March.

This souvenir  sheet  highlights its accessibility to the entire planet. The design conveys the water effect on our planet and people: a piece of arid soil being taken by green trees, planting favours human development, environmental integrity and the eradication of poverty and hunger.

Above the block, there is the logo of the International Year of Water Cooperation - 2013. Inspired by this brand, in the background, there is an abundant amount of water in motion to give organic rhythm, life and strength to the composition.

Source : International Stamp News

23 March 2013

Earth Hour..



Earth Hour : 23 March


Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and held towards the end of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.


The event, conceived by WWF and Leo Burnett, first took place in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney's lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Earth Hour 2013 will be held today on March 23, 2013 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. during participants' local time.

Martyr’s Day – 23 March


Philatelic Tributes to the Heroes of the Nation


- Special Cover prepared by Sanjiv Jain – Dehradun -

Today is Martyr’s Day in India. 23rd March is the  death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru and  is declared to be Martyrs' Day.


Commemorative Coin on Shaheed Bhagat Singh


22 March 2013

World Water Day - 22 March



Clean water is the world’s most prestigious and rarest assets and essential need of everyone’s daily life. An average person in the world consumes more than 100 liters of clean water per day but  some people living in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing areas have to survive with 20 liters or less for full day.So Water is precious and we must conserve it !! Today is World Water Day and it  is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.


An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.


Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is also dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water and is coordinated by UNESCO in collaboration with UNECE and UNDESA on behalf of UN-Water.


On the occasion of World Water Day on 22 March, celebrations and events are taking place worldwide. People all around the world take action to raise awareness on water issues and improve the management of our water resources.

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