30 April 2016

CHINA 2016 - 33th Asian International Stamp Exhibition

CHINA 2016

CHINA 2016 will be held at Nanning International Convention and Exhibition Center, Nanning City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China from December 2 - 6,  2016.

CHINA 2016 (33th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) will be organized under the Patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) and Recognition of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).Mr Surajit Gongvatana is the FIAP Co-ordinator of CHINA 2016

This exhibition is organized by the All-China Philatelic Federation, jointly with the State Post Bureau of The People’s Republic of China, The People’s Government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and China Post Group.

 Mr.Surendra A. Kotadia is National Commissioner for CHINA - 2016 from India. His contact details are as below.

                        1119 MAKER CHAMBER - V
                        221 JAMANALAL BAJAJ ROAD
                                                  NARIMAN POINT
                                                  MUMBAI 400 021 


TELIPHONE  + 91 22 22024130/31
MOBILE         + 91 98199 03789
FAX                + 91 22 22843275
E-MAIL             surendrakotadia@gmail.com


6.1 The Regulations governing the conditions of the application and acceptance are stated in the articles 10, 11 and 12 of the GREX.
6.2 Exhibitors must obtain their Exhibit Application Forms from their Commissioners. A separate Exhibit Application Form should be used for each exhibit.
6.3 When submitting the Exhibit Application Form, the exhibitor shall attach a copy of the introductory page, describing the exhibit (in English).
6.4 Duly filled Exhibit Application Forms should be sent through their Commissioners to reach the Organizing Committee by June 15, 2016
6.5 Notification of acceptance from the Organizing Committee, together with the number of frames allocated to exhibitors, will be sent to their Commissioners by August 1, 2016
6.6 Exhibitors cannot withdraw their applications without valid reasons once their participation has been accepted by the Organizing Committee.
6.7 The Commissioners will collect all the frame fees from their exhibitors, and remit the full amount to the Executive Committee by November 1, 2016 at the latest (Bank details and address to be advised).
6.8 There is only ONE ENTRY FORM. There are no preliminary and final entry forms.


CHINA 2016 (33th Asian International Stamp Exhibition) is a General Asian International Stamp Exhibition.
The Classification of the Exhibition Classes is as follows:

7.1 Group I Non-Competitive Class
Court of Honour

7.2 Group II Competitive Classes

Class 1 FIAP Championship Class for collections that have been awarded
three FIP / FIAP large gold medals at the exhibitions patronized
by FIP / FIAP over the past 10 years (2006 - 2015)

Class 2 Traditional Philately
1) China
2) Asia and Australasia
3) The Rest of the World
Class 3 Postal History
1) China
2) Asia and Australasia
3) The Rest of the World
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 Youth Philately

A) Collectors aged 10 – 15 years
B) Collectors aged 16 – 18 years
C) Collectors aged 19 – 21 years
(As of January 01, 2016)
* Please indicate clearly in the Exhibit Application Form as to the sub-class (A, B or C) the exhibit is entering.

Class 11 Literature

1) Philatelic books, pamphlets and studies (issued after January 01, 2011)
2) Philatelic journals, periodicals (issued after January 01, 2014)
3) Stamp catalogues (issued after January 01, 2014)
* Please indicate clearly in the Exhibit Application Form as to the sub-class (1, 2 or 3) the exhibit is entering.
Exhibitors are requested to fill in the particulars stated in the “Philatelic Literature Exhibit Information Form”, in addition to the “Exhibit Application Form”.

Class 12 One-Frame Exhibit
Exhibits in this Class should not be One Frame extracted from a
multiple frame exhibit and should be based on a narrow subject that is best treated as One Frame. Exhibits are also welcome from novice exhibitors who are developing a subject which is capable of expanding to more than One Frame in the near future.
Awards are represented by CERTIFICATES only.
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 - H) the exhibit is entering.

Class 13 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 (A) Traditional Philately, (B) Postal History and (C) Postal Stationery.
Qualifying exhibits for the Modern Philately must contain philatelic materials issued by the Postal authorities after 1980. 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 pre- 1980 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 three FIP classes.


15.1 The address of the Organizing Committee of CHINA 2016 is:

CHINA 2016 Organizing Committee
2nd Floor-North Wing, Xueyuan International Tower
No. 1 Zhichun Road, Haidian District
Beijing 100191 China
Tel: 86 10 82319990
Fax: 86 10 68022693
Email: lzf1917@vip.163.com

15.2 The address of the Commissioner General of CHINA 2016 is:
Mr. Xu Jian Zhou
2nd Floor-North Wing, Xueyuan International Tower
No. 1 Zhichun Road, Haidian District
Beijing 100191
Tel: 86 10 82319990
Fax: 86 10 68022693
Email: lzf1917@vip.163.com

15.3 The address of the FIAP Co-ordinator is:

Mr. Surajit Gongvatana
Soi Majareon 1 yak 2, Nongkangplu, Nongkhaem,
Bangkok 10160, Thailand
Tel: 66 8 69009008
Fax: 66 5 6248597
Email: gongvatanasurajit@yahoo.com

28 April 2016

New stamp from India

Date of Issue : 27 April 2016

A commemorative Stamp on Govardhanram Tripathi was released by India Post on 27th April 2016. The stamp release function was held in Gandhinagar.

Courtesy : Stamps of India, Indian Philatelists' Forum

26 April 2016

New Special Cover on Jainism


- Sudhir Jain

A special cover on JAINISM theme has been issued at New Delhi on 26th April 2016 on the occasion of 10th Installation Ceremony of AHIMSA BALL. This beautiful granite ball weighing about 1.5 tonnes with a diameter of 90 cm was installed at Shri Parshva Padmavati Jinalaya at Mahabalipuram Tirth, Maharauli, New Delhi by the renowned family of Late Harakh Chand Ji Nahata and inaugurated by then Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Saheb Singh Verma on 26th April 2006.

10th Anniversary of this Ball was celebrated on 26th April 2016 at the campus of Shri Parshva Padmavati Jinalaya and this cover was released. India Post provided special cancellation on this occasion. Senior Jainism Philately Group member Shri Lalit Kumar Nahata was instrumental in release of this beautiful special cover. A multicolored information folder has also been issued on this occasion.

First human flight into space

55th anniversary of the first human flight into space

First man into space : Yuri Gagarin

Date of Issue : 12 April 2016

2016 marks the 55th anniversary of the first human flight into space, a remarkable date for the Russian cosmonautics. On 12 April 1961, the Soviet space pilot Yuri Alexeevich Gagarin became the first man in the world to perform a flight into space. Gagarin made one orbit around the Earth for 1 hour 48 minutes in the Vostok orbital spaceship and safely returned home.

Yuri Gagarin was awarded a title of the Hero of the Soviet Union and 12 April started being celebrated as the World Aviation and Astronautics Day.

The name of the Earth’s first cosmonaut is given to a city of Gagarin (former Gzhatsk), a crater on the far side of the Moon, asteroid 1772, FAI Gold Medal (awarded since 1968) and a square in Moscow. There are streets, avenues, squares, boulevards, parks, clubs and schools named after Gagarin in many Russian cities.

The 2009 postage stamp “the 75th Birth Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin” has an overprint of the new face of 31 RUB, and the stamp sheet margins feature the following text: “12 April 2016 — the 55th anniversary of the first human flight into space”.

25 April 2016

Think Green...

Date of Issue : 3 May 2016

Every person is the right person to act. Every moment is the right moment to begin. It is high time to take care of nature and the environment. This is the message that four new “Think Green” stamps to be issued by Jersey Post contain.

Europa Stamps 2016 are very special stamps with “Think Green” theme aimed to create awareness and give a wakeup call, its time to protect our environment for the better future of the coming generations.

The trade association known as ‘PostEurop’ was formed in 1993 to represent the interests of national postal operators and it has 52 members in 49 countries. Stamps bearing the EUROPA logo have been issued since 1956; a theme is set each year for members to interpret and illustrate on a set of stamps, the purpose being to build awareness of each other’s culture and history.

23 April 2016

New Special Covers from Allahabad

Magh Mela Prayag

Indian Skimmer

Courtesy - Ambrish Kumar - Allahabad

Recent Special Covers from Madhya Pradesh


College Square Swimming Club, Kolkata

Rafi Ahmed National Postal Academy

Courtesy - Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum

22 April 2016

22 April - Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970.

19 April 2016

New Special Covers

 World Sparrow Day : 20 March 2016

100 Glorious Years of Drumond Govt. Inter College, Pilibhit : 29 March 2016

Courtesy : Ashwani Dubey - Gorakhpur email : ashwani.dubey72@yahoo.com

17 April 2016

Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The biggest sporting event on the planet is coming to Rio de Janeiro. 31st Olympic Games will be held  in Rio, Brazil from 5-21 August 2016.
“Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example and of respect for universal fundamental ethical principles”. (Baron Pierre de Coubertin)
The Cyprus Post, in honouring this event, is issuing this commemorative series, consisting of four stamps depicting  4 different sport events.

Stamp sheet on RIO 2016 from Brazil Post

15 April 2016

New Stamp from India

 Fire Services of India

Date of Issue : 14 April 2016

Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs releasing a commemorative stamp on the Fire Services of India at the National Workshop on “An Integrated Approach to Fire Safety” on the occasion of the Fire Services Day, in New Delhi on April 14, 2016.

Courtesy - Stamps of India

14 April 2016

New Special Covers from Bihar...

Phaniswar Nath Renu : 12 March 2016

In the month of March 2016, Bihar Circle of India Post organized two Divisional Level Philatelic Exhibitions at Purnea (4th & 5th March 2016) and Darbhanga (11th & 12th March 2016. One Special Cover each was released during these exhibitions.
On 4th March 2016 at Purnea, a Special Cover featuring renowned Hindi Writer and Novelist Phaniswar Nath Renu.

Ahilya Asthan : 11 March 2016

On 11th March 2016, A Special Cover featuring Ahilya Asthan, the place related to Ramayan Circuit was released at Darbhanga.
- Pradeep Kumar Mallik, Patna : email : mallikphila@gmail.com

12 April 2016

Miss Universe 2015 on new Philippine stamp..

In honor of the Philippine's third Miss Universe, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is set to release limited edition stamps this April 2016, featuring its very own Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.The stamp will feature a photo of Pia when she was crowned Miss Universe last December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, and will come in two versions.

Pageant site Sash Factor reported that PHLPost will issue 101,000 pieces of the regular stamps which will cost P15 per piece, while 5,000 pieces of souvenir sheets will be released, which will be worth P40 per piece.
PHLPost issues special stamps in honor of Filipinos who have made exemplary achievements in different fields and have brought pride to the country. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder. She is the Philippine representative for the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant.
The stamp, which shows Wurtzbach’s winning moment in the pageant in her royal blue Albert Andrada gown, will feature a special embellishment called “tactile glittery texture embossed” to “enhance the important look and feel of the stamps”. The glitters are placed on Wurtzbach’s crown.

11 April 2016

Club News : Celebrating Century Issue of Rainbow Stamp News

Celebrating 100th issue of Rainbow Stamp News  

Hi !

I am pleased to write that Rainbow Stamp News completes 100 issues this month. I have just uploaded 100th issue (April 2016)  on Blog. It is available at following link :

07 April 2016

World Health Day

World Health Day 2016 : Halt the rise: Beat Diabetes

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).
In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO's founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year.The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. This year's theme is "Beat Diabetes".

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