28 June 2016

New special cover on Jainism theme



A special cover and special cancellation has been issued at Bikaner (Rajsthan) on 28th June 2016 on Jain personality Seth Shankardan Nahata. He was multi-talented orator, diligent entrepreneur, philanthropist and social leader. In a grand release function organized at Bikaner, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal (MP), Shri Giriraj Meena (I.G. Police) and Shri S.S. Shekhawat (Superintendent of Post offices)  released this special cover. Senior member of Jainism Philately Group Shri Lalit Kumar Nahata was instrumental in issue of this cover.

An interesting fact I would like to mention that on 19th March 2015, a special cover was issued on Shri Agar Chand Nahata who was son of Shri Shankardan Nahata.

  - Sudhir Jain, Satna (MP)

27 June 2016

European football championship 2016

Date of Issue : 5 June 2016
European football championship 2016 in France promises to be one of the greatest sporting events of this year.  A special stamp will be issued by  by Magyar Posta that feature graphic compositions related to this kind of sport.The philatelic item will be of special interest for all stamps enthusiasts as well as football fans. 

The European football championship is organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) every four years for the national men’s teams of the member associations. It is the most prestigious event in European football and the most important UEFA event. The first finals were held in 1960, when it was known as the European Nations Cup. The name was changed to the European Football Championship in 1968.Until 1976 only the 4 best teams took part in the final round. This was increased to 8 teams in 1980 and 16 in 1996.
 The 15th European Football Championship is being held in France from 10th June to 10th July 2016. The defending champions are Spain. Hungary will play at the European Championship for the first time in 44 years.

25 June 2016

Litene’s tragedy - the most horrible event in Latvian history!

Date of Issue : 14 June 2016
Latvijas Pasts has issued a block of two stamps and a special cover dedicated to mass deportations of Latvia‘s people on June 14, 1941 and to pay the tribute to the memory of the army officers who fell victim to Litene’s tragedy.

The stamp block has been created to commemorate the mass deportations of June 14, 1941 and the 75th anniversary of Litene’s officers tragedy. One of the stamps in the block is dedicated to more than 15,000 Latvia’s people who were deported from the occupied Latvia to Siberia on June 14, 1941 by the Soviet occupation regime. The other stamp has been released in memory of the officers of the Latvian army who were arrested in Litene on the same day. Most of them were deported, imprisoned in Gulag forced labor camps or shot.

24 June 2016

For Pet Lovers !

Here are some  beautiful stamps for Pet lovers. US Postal Service will issue a booklet of 20 Forever stamps featuring photographs of 20 pets. Each photograph represents an animal  from these groups: puppies, betta fish, iguanas, hamsters, goldfish, parrots, guinea pigs, tortoises, rabbits, kittens, corn snakes, mice, hermit crabs, chinchillas, gerbils, dogs, parakeets, horses, cats, and geckos. The photographs were taken by Eric Isselée and Derry Noyes was the art director. The set includes two lovely puppies.

Naturepex - 2016, Bhubaneshwar

NATUREPEX-2016, National Philatelic Exhibition on Nature and Environment will be organized by the Eastern India Philatelists’ Association with active support of the Department of Posts, Government of India from 30th September to 2nd October, 2016 at KiiT International School, Bhubaneswar-751024, Odisha with an objective to aware people for protection of natures and conserve our environment. The exhibits relating to Nature, Flora & Fauna, Environment and related subjects will only be exhibited in this exhibition as per the decision taken at the Special Meeting of the Eastern India Philatelists’ Association held on 03.05.2015. The exhibition will be of 400 frames and will be competitive one.

The main theme of the exhibition is ‘Save our Nature & Environment’. This exhibition would give extensive mileage to the promotion of Philately as well as create awareness to save our environment and to preserve the endangered species in our country. Participation in the exhibition is open to all philatelists throughout  India. Exhibitor should be a member of a registered Philatelic Society/ Association/Club.

Two new classes have been included in Naturepex-2016, those are Class-7, Modern Philately(Mophila) and Class-8, Philatelic Literature (relating to Nature and environment) and a separate guideline has been mentioned in the new corrected prospectus.

Participation in the exhibition is open to all philatelists throughout India. The Exhibitor should be a member of a registered Philatelic Society/ Association/Club.
Collections which have received at least any of the following awards are eligible for the Competitive Class.
i) A Bronze medal in any National/International or World Exhibition.
ii) A Silver medal in a Circle/State Level exhibition held by the Department of Post or held under the patronage of the Philatelic Congress of India.
iii) The highest medal received in an exhibition held or recognized by the Department of Post/Philatelic Congress of India with a minimum of 50 frames.


Outstanding collections from eminent Philatelists, National organizations and collections of the members of the Jury by invitation.

B.1: Senior Category (Exhibitors aged 19 years and above)
Class-1: Thematic Class
Class-2: FDC/Special covers and Postal stationery,
Class-3: Maximaphilly,
Class-4: One Frame Exhibit,
B.2: Youth Category (Exhibitors aged between 11-18 years)

Class-5: Youth Class
a. Age between 11-12 (as on 1-1-2016),
b. Age between 13-14 (as on 1-1-2016),
c. Age between 15-16 (as on 1-1-2016) and
d. Age between 17-18 (as on 1-1-2016),
Class-6: School Collections.
Class-7: Modern Philately (MOPHILA)
Class-8: Philatelic Literature


8.1: Thematic Class: A thematic exhibit develops a theme according to a plan, demonstrating thematic and philatelic knowledge through the items chosen. Such knowledge should result in the best possible selection and arrangement of the material and the accuracy of the relevant thematic and philatelic text.

8.2: FDC/Special covers & postal Stationery: The First Day Covers and Special Covers should confirm to the principles of maximum possible concordance between the postage stamp or stamps, the cachet and the postmark.
The postal stationery exhibit should compose a logical and coherent assembly of postal matter that either bears an officially authorized pre-printed stamps or device or inscription indicating that a specific face value rate of postage has been pre paid, to illustrate one or more categories.

8.3: Maximaphily: The Maximaphily items should conform to the principles of maximum possible concordance between the postage stamp, the picture postcard and postmark.

8.4: One frame exhibit: Exhibits in this class should be based on a narrow subject that is best treated as One Frame. An extract from a past award winning multiple frame exhibits (5 to 8 frames) to One Frame is not allowed.
8.5: Youth Class: young exhibitors, individuals or collective presentations, aged between 11 to 18 years belong to this category of young philatelists.

8.6: School Collection: Philatelic materials from different schools may enter for competition with the Collection developed by its students collectively belongs to this category.

8.7: Modern Philately (Mophila): The exhibit shall consist of the philatelic material issued within past 15 years only.

8.8: Philatelic Literature: Philatelic publications include all communications available to collectors relating to Nature & Environment, in any media, related to postage stamps, postal history and their collecting and to any of the specialized field connected therewith. The entry fee for a publication exhibit shall be equivalent to the fee of one frame in the general competition class of the exhibition.
The exhibitor shall provide two copies of each publications exhibit: one copy for judging, and the other for a reading room for the visitors.
In addition to the author information needed by the exhibition Management, the exhibitor should also provide the publication date, publisher, number of pages, frequency of publication (for periodicals) and means of ordering the publication (address, price).

Scheduled dates:

Receipt of Entry Forms:    12 August 2016

Allotment of Forms:           16.08.2016

Receipt of Fees:                 31.08.2016

Dispatch of Exhibit covers: 05.09.2016

Receipt of Application form
for Dealer's Booth:               22.09.2016

Receipt of Exhibits:              27.09.2016

Return of Exhibits:
(a) At the Venue:-                 02.10.2016

(b) At the Philatelic Bureau,
Bhubaneswar GPO:              03.10.2016   

The prospectus, entry forms and Form for Dealer's Booth can be downloaded from :

NATUREPEX-2016 Secretariat :

C-6, IRC Village, Bhubaneswar-751015

Mobile: 9437053336    e mail : naturepex2016@gmail.com   

Rio 2016 - XXXI Olympiad

Since the first Olympic Games of the modern era held in 1896, until today’s XXXI Olympiad, this sports event represents the biggest international sports competition of our times. Under the slogan Citius, Altius, Fortius – faster, higher, stronger, athletes from all over the world compete to win the brightest medals in their disciplines. Serbia is scheduled to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This will be the nation’s fourth appearance at the Summer Olympics as an independent nation.

To mark this special sporting event Serbian Post is going to release two stamps and one special souvenir sheet.
At the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens, 285 athletes from 13 countries took part competing in 9 sports and 43 sports disciplines, while at the XXXI Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro participation of about 10,500 athletes who will compete in 28 different sports and 302 sports disciplines is expected.
XXXI Olympic Games which will be held from 5 – 21 August 2016 in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro are the first Olympic Games in 21st century which are held in the South Hemisphere, in Latin America. Rio de Janeiro was elected host city at the 2009 Congress of the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen, beating the candidatures of Tokyo, Chicago and Madrid. The mascot of the Games in Rio is Vinicius, named after Vinicius de Moraes, a musician, and represents a mixture of cat, bird and monkey. The design is taken both from pop culture and animated characters of video games.
The opening ceremony of the XXXI Olympic Games is scheduled for 5 August 2016 at Marakana, the famous Brazilian stadium. Most successful athletes will proudly bear flags of 206 olympic committees, and the Olympic flag as well, under which independent athletes will compete at the Olympics.
In accordance with tradition, the first flag in the defile of National Olympic Committees and competitors will be the flag of Greece, while the last will be the flag of the host country, the flag of Brazil.
The team of Serbia will be comprised of about 100 athletes who will compete in several team and individual sports disciplines such as basketball, volleyball, water polo, athletics, tennis, rowing, taekwondo…

21 June 2016

My Recent Covers....

Covers from Germany

Thanks to Mr Wolfgang Beyer from Limbach-Oberfrohna, Germany for these nice covers with pictorial cancellations on wildlife.

21 June - International Day of Yoga

The United Nations proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.Recognizing its universal appeal, on 11 December 2014, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as International Yoga Day by resolution 69/131.International Yoga Day aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

"This year’s observance of the International Day of Yoga highlights the important role healthy living plays in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted last year by all 193 United Nations Member States."  -

United Nations Secretary-General

20 June 2016

Stamps on Surya Namaskar released ....

Date of Issue : 20 June 2016

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi released the commemorative stamps on Surya Namaskara, ahead of the International Day of Yoga - 2016, in New Delhi on 20th June, 2016 in presence of the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge) and Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Cabinet Secretary, Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha, the Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. P.K. Mishra, the Secretary of AYUSH, Shri Ajit M. Sharan and Shri S K Sinha, Secretary (Posts) & Chairman, PS Board (Addl. Charge) and Member (Planning).

Courtesy - Prashant Pandya

Surya Namaskar is a scientific technique combining twelve asanas in a sequence. Its origins lie in India where its large Hindu population worships Surya, the Hindu solar deity

Benefits :
Warms up and prepares the body for asana practice. Lubricates and increases the blood supply to the joints. Stretches and strengthens the whole body. Improves efficiency of the internal organs. Helps to detoxify the body.  Useful for weight loss when practiced as an exercise. Helps to balance the endocrine system.The particular breathing sequence strengthens the lungs.

Special Issue on International Yoga Day

2nd International Day of Yoga is going to be celebrated all across the world on 21st June 2016. On this occasion, India Post is going to release 12 different commemorative postage stamps on Yoga each depicting one posture from the 12 different postures of Suryanamaskar.These stamps wil be released by Hon'ble. Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi on 20th June 2016.

Yoga through India Postage Stamp

4 different stamps of Yogasana released on 30.12.1991,
Block of four International Day of Yoga 21.06.2015,
Block of four Yoga Definitive Stamp 2016,
12 different stamps of Surya Namaskar to be released on 21.06.2016

1.     Surya Namaskar Full Sheets Pack @ Rs 8300/-.

            This would contain 12 different full sheets of the 12 Surya Namaskar stamps to be released on 21.06.2016. 6 stamps are of denominations Rs 5/- and another 6 stamps of denomination Rs 25/-. Each full sheet would contain 45 stamps. Face value of the total stamps in the pack = Rs 8100/-

2.     Surya Namaskar block of four Pack @ Rs800/-

This would contain bock of fours of the 12 Surya Namskar Stamps to be released on 20.06.2016. Face value of the stamps is Rs 720/-.

3.     Yoga 3D cover @ Rs 150/-

This would contain a lenticular 3 D cover with set of 4 stamps of International Day of Yoga 2015. It is prepared by the Karnataka Circle.

4.     Yoga 8 GB Pendrive @ Rs330

An 8GB pendrive with image of stamp printed on it. It is prepared by Karnataka Circle.

5.     Information Booklet-STAMPS ON YOGA @ Rs800.

This beautifully designed booklet gives a brief description on the various Yoga postures which are depicted in the stamps.  Information on asanas of ‘Surya Namaskar’ along with Mantra for the respective posture is given. It contains 4 Yogasana stamps of 1991, 1 Stamp of International Day of Yoga 2015, 1 MS of International Day of Yoga 2015, 12 stamps of Surya Namaskar 2016. The booklet is prepared by Andhra Pradesh Circle.

18 June 2016

New Stamps for Dog Lovers !!

Here are two beautiful stamps for Dog Lovers. The tabs of these stamps featuring cute pups is very attractive. The connection between humans and ancient dogs (which evolved from wolves) began thousands of years ago. These dogs helped humans hunt and protected them and their possessions. This special bond has continued to grow stronger ever since. To underline the importance of these pets for people worldwide Israeli Post has prepared two stamps depicting lovely and gorgeous looking dogs.

Guide Dogs
Guide dogs allow blind people to be independent and increase their self confidence. They are chosen from breeds that have proven over time to be suited to working with blind humans. In Israel most guide dogs are Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers or a combination of the two.
Dr. Rudolphina Menzel began training service dogs in 1937 and in 1953 she established the first school for guide dogs in Kiryat Haim. At the age of 6-8 weeks, puppies are given to foster families who raise them during their first year in order to expose them to desired behavior at home and in public and to instill them with the appropriate tools.
At age one, the dogs return to professional training schools for an additional five months of training and assessment of their suitability. In the final stage, dogs that are found to be suitable train with blind people in preparation for their lives together.
Training guide dogs is very expensive. While there are approximately 26,000 blind people living in Israel today, only some 300 currently have guide dogs. These dogs “retire” at age 8-9. If possible, they remain in their human partner’s home even after a new guide dog arrives.
Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue dogs belong to various different breeds, including the Belgian Shepherd Malinois, which appears on the stamp. S&R dogs perform a large variety of tasks, including locating missing persons and people trapped beneath rubble. Dogs can move and maneuver quickly in places that are difficult for humans to access. Their sense of smell and hearing are much more acute than those of humans. Such dogs have saved many lives in disaster areas. They are loyal helpers and enhance their teams’ operative abilities.
Special bonds are formed in these units between the dogs and their handlers, who treat them with warmth and love. When the dogs finish their service they remain with the family of their last handler.
These dogs are included in the praiseworthy IDF Home Front Command Search and Rescue teams that are deployed overseas in times of disaster and improve Israel’s image.

Club News 

Thailand 2016

Mr Umesh Kakkeri has been appointed as Additional Commissinor of India for " Thailand 2016 ", 32nd Asian Stamp Exhibition to be held at Bangkok from , August 10-15, 2016.

17 June 2016

New Special Cover on " Save Wildlife "


Kerala postal Circle jointly with social forestry Wing, Kerala Forests & Wildlife Department released a Special Cover on World Environment Day on 5th June 2016 at Punalur.  This is the 5th Special Cover from Kerala Postal Circle on Environment Day.

Only with Citizen's participation, we can put an end to illegal wildlife trade.  On WED-2016 citizens are invited to join hands with the department to protect the State's Wildlife.  By providing information and reframing from using illegal Wildlife products, citizens can display zero tolerance for illegal Wildlife trade.


 - Sreejesh Krishnan - Trivandrum  email : sreejesh.nt@gmail.com
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