28 August 2017

Autism: Living in Their Own World

Date of Issue : 18 September 2017

Croatia Post will issue a postage stamp on 18th September on Autism. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.

Autism is a condition where a child (or an adult) experiences the world in a way that significantly differs compared to other people. The basic characteristics of persons with disabilities from the autism spectrum are difficulties in communication and interaction, tendency to repeat behavioural patterns, interests and activities, as well as sensory processing difficulties. Furthermore, one of the characteristics of disorders from the autism spectrum is its appearance in early childhood, up to the age of three. 

It is important to emphasize that this is a neurobiological developmental disorder and, throughout the life of an affected individual, its clinical picture changes within the spectrum of the disorder that manifests itself differently among individuals and at various levels. Parents or experts can notice the first signs of deviations from regular communication development as soon as the first year of a child’s life, that is, up to the age of 18 months. Indicators of suspicion of a developmental disorder include the following: the child does not make eye contact when someone speaks to him/her, does not wave “bye-bye“, does not consistently respond when his/her name is called – sometimes yes, and sometimes no, does not perform simple verbal orders (such as: “Give!”, “Come!”, Sit!” and similar), does not say the words “mom” and “dad” (with a meaning), when asked to show body parts (ear, eye, nose) he/she fails to do so, does not point towards objects with his/her index finger. Only monitoring and a comprehensive team processing can show whether it is just a suspicion or a disorder from the autism spectrum. 

The disorder may be alleviated and the clinical picture can be changed in the child participates in a suitable early intervention program in the family at the onset of the disorder. Autism was first described in 1943 by Kanner, an American psychiatrist. His description of the basic clinical symptoms is valid even today. However, what has changed is the higher number of cases of autism throughout the world. This is why persons with autism require a greater social support and care. 

27 August 2017

Special Cover -Raipur Municipal Corporation

Raipur Municipal Corporation 

Raipur Municipal Corporation situated at the heart of city came into existence on May 22 1867. Raipur Municipal corporation Headquarters, Popularly known as Nagar Nigam "White House" because of its marvelous design.Many unique projects like Indoor Stadium, Statue of Vivekananda at Budha Talab and India's tallest National Flag mast at Telibandha Talab has been executed by Raipur Municipal Corporation paving the ways in the making Raipur a Smart city.

-Suresh.R, Bengaluru

24 August 2017

New Stamps from India

Beautiful India

Date of Issue : 15 August 2017

Two new MS from India Post featuring  Beautiful India and Caves of Meghalaya were issued by India Post on 15th August 2017.

Caves of  Meghalaya

Date of Issue : 15 August 2017

Source : Stamps of India

18 August 2017

Diana, Princess of Wales

Gibraltar Post will issue 4 commemorative stamps on 31st August 2017 on 20th death anniversary of Lady Diana. The stamps feature Lady Dina in 4 different poses in Black n White with her autograph in pink. The FDC cancellation also features the autograph of Lady Diana  Diana, Princess of Wales, was a member of the British royal family as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Born Diana Spencer on July 1, 1961, Princess Diana became Lady Diana Spencer after her father inherited the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. She married heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, on July 29, 1981. They had two sons and later divorced in 1996. Diana died on August 31, 1997, from injuries she sustained in a car crash in Paris. She is remembered as "The People's Princess" because of her widespread popularity and global humanitarian efforts. 

From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the “world’s most photographed woman”. She was noted for her compassion, style, charisma, and high-profile charity work, as well as her difficult marriage to the Prince of Wales. Paul Burrell, who worked as a butler for the Princess, remembered her as a “deep thinker” capable of “introspective analysis”. She was often described as a devoted mother to her children, who are influenced by her personality and manner of life. In the early years, Diana was often noted for her shy nature, as well as her shrewdness, funny character, and smartness. Those who had communicated with her closely describe her as a person who was led by her heart.
Diana was widely known for her encounters with sick and dying patients, the poor and unwanted whom she used to comfort, an action that earned her more popularity. She was mindful of people’s thoughts and feelings, and later revealed her wish of becoming a beloved figure among the people by saying in her 1995 interview that “[She’d] like to be a queen of people’s hearts, in people’s hearts”. According to the biographer Tina Brown, she could charm the people with a single glance.
 “Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty. All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity. All over the world, a standard bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a very British girl who transcended nationality. Someone with a natural nobility who was classless and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic”.

16 August 2017

ASEAN National Flowers joint commemorative stamps

 Date of Issue : 8 August 2017

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the postal administrations’ from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines releases the first omnibus joint stamp issue featuring the national flower of each countries.
Although Brunei is a member of ASEANPost, the country did not issue a national flower stamp. The Philippine stamps has featured the Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac), the country’s National flower in the joint commemorative issue.

15 August 2017

Happy Independence Day

15 August 2017 - 71st Independence Day 

Let's  celebrate 70th anniversary of our Independence. Greetings to all Indians living in every corner of the world on this special occasion !

14 August 2017

Festivals of India - Janmashtami

Greetings on Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami,  is a Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Sri Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. Lord Krishna is the god of compassion, tenderness, and love in Hinduism, and is one of the most popular and widely revered among Indian divinities.Krishna's birthday is celebrated every year by Hindus on Janmashtami .

13 August 2017

New stamps from India - 75 Years : 1942 Freedom Movement

1942 Freedom Movement

Date of Issue : 9 August 2017

To commemorate 75 years of 1942 Quit India Movement a set of 8 Commemorative Stamps and a Miniature Sheet was released by The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 9th August, 2017. 

The Quit India Movement or the India August Movement, was a movement launched at the Bombay session of the All-India Congress Committee by Mahatma Gandhi on 8 August 1942, during, demanding an end to British Rule of India. 

Set of 8 Stamps depicts Mahatma Gandhi drafting historical speech for All India Congress Committee meeting, Bombay 1942, Huge Crowd gathered outside the historic AICC meeting at Gowalia Tank Maidan, Mahatama Gandhi addressing the historic session of AICC at Gowalia Tank Maidan, Press report on the AICC meeting and the adoption of Quit Inda Resolution, Agakhan Palace where Mahatma Gandhi lost Mahadev Desai and Kasturba Gandhi, Mass uprising and demonstrations with women's participation in large numbers during the Quit India movement, Campaigners during the Quit India Movement, Demonstrators fearlessly confronting police during Quit India Movement.

New Special Cover on Jainism theme...

Chaturmas spiritual function of 9th Jain Acharya of Jaimal Gachchha 
First Sravan sanghiya Yuvacharya  Pujya Mishrimal Ji Maharaj Sab “Madhukar”

On the occasion of Chaturmas spiritual function of 9th Jain Acharya of Jaimal Gachchha and first Sravan sanghiya Yuvacharya  Pujya Mishrimal Ji Maharaj Sab “Madhukar”, a special cover was released on 12th August 2017 at Bhilai (C.G.). Dr. Sarita Singh, Chief Postmaster General, Chhattisgarh Circle released this special cover and special cancellation in a grand function. Dr. Pradip Jain, National Vice Chairman, Jainism Philately Group was instrumental in release of this special cover and cancellation.

- Sudhir Jain, Satna (MP)

12 August 2017

New Special Cover

94 years of Khadhi Movement

A Special cover on Celebration of 94 years of Khadi Movement was released in Hudli, Belagavi Dist. on 1 August 2017.

This Special cover was released on the occasion of Celebration of 94 years of Khadi movement and 7 days stay (from 16th to 22nd April 1937) of Mahatma Gandhi to attend 3rd Annual Convention of Seva Sangh at Hudli Village, Belagavi Dist, Karnataka.

11 August 2017

12 months 12 stamps series from Spain

Date of Issue : 1 August 2017

`Here is a beautiful stamp from the series of 12 Stamps 12 months by Spanish Post. This stamp of the series features  Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

12 months, 12 stamps - Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is added to the series that Correos has started this year, 12 months, 12 stamps. During the month of its issuance, this stamp will be used as the only type of postage for all shipments that are admitted in the offices of said province. The stamp of Santa Cruz de Tenerife follows the line of the previous ones and is represented by the letters TF, that represents the old license plates of vehicles in Spain.

Within the letters, one can see significant elements of this land.

Potatoes with mojo picón: the potato is not missing at a Canaria table. One of its most famous dishes in the world, are wrinkled potatoes with mojo picón. The mojo is a typical sauce whose main ingredient is what is known in the islands as picona pepper, which is a spicy frisca chilli.

Drago millennial: it is the vegetal symbol of the island of Tenerife. Legend has it, which took its Latin name meaning "dragon" because these winged animals became this tree when they disappeared. It has a very special particularity: its sap is red and not white as it is in most plant species.

Dolphin: It is not uncommon to see near the Canary coast these cetaceans. It is considered one of the most intelligent species that inhabit the planet. These animals come to interact with humans and there are many tourists and interested people who come to the islands to see them.

Carnivals: Carnival is celebrated in an intense and very special way in the Canary Islands. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is considered the second most popular carnival in the world, after Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest.

Teide: this natural wonder is the most visited in Spain. It is a volcano of 3,718 meters above sea level, therefore, it is the highest peak in the country. It is part of the Teide National Park and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The blue color of the lower strip alludes to the main color of the province's flag.

09 August 2017

Stamps on Classic Toys by Royal Mail

Classic Toys

Date of Issue : 23 August 2017

Royal Mail will issue a set of 10 Classic Toys Special Stamps on 23rd August 2017  featuring: The Merry thought Bear, Sindy, Spirograph, Stickle Bricks, W. Britain toy figures, Space hopper, Fuzzy-Felt, Meccano, Action Man and Hornby Dublo as two horizontal se-tenant strips of five First Class stamps.This is a beautiful set of stamps to be issued by Royal Mail giving a nostalgia of our childhood days.

07 August 2017

Greetings on Rakshabandhan

Happy Raksha Bandhan

On 15th July 2017 India Post released special covers on Raksha Bandhan. These covers were released by all the postal circles of India Post.

Raksha Bandhan  is a Hindu festival, celebrated in many parts of the Indian subcontinent, notably India and Nepal. Raksha bandhan means "bond of protection". It is observed on the full moon day of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month of Shravana, which typically falls in Gregorian calendar month of August.

The festival celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. On Raksha Bandhan, a sister ties a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother's wrist with a prayer for his prosperity and happiness. This symbolizes the sister's love. The brother gives her a token gift and a promise to protect her.

06 August 2017

Bandung 2017 - WORLD STAMP EXHIBITION : Indian Winners

BANDUNG 2017 - Specialized WORLD STAMP EXHIBITION,  under FIP Patronage is being held in Trans Studio Convention Center, Bandung, INDONESIA from 3rd August to 7th August 2017. Shri Sahdeva Sahoo is National Commissioner for this exhibition. The awards have been announced. The following Indian participants won awards at Bandung 2017. 

Heartiest Congratulations to all the winners

Sandeep Jaiswal's 8 frame Q.V. Postal Stationery collection won "Large Gold" with "Special Prize". The highest awarded exhibit in the Postal Stationery class at Bandung 2017.

Large Vermeil Medal

Pradip Jain's Mahatma Gandhi 

Vermeil Medal

Shakil Ahmed's Femme Dishabelle
Anand Kakad's Birds of Pheasant Family

Large Silver Medal

N K Saboo's Portuguese India
Sanjay Kumar Jain's Live and Let Live
Raghav Jhunjhunwala's World of Cricket

Silver Bronze Medal

Bijoy Kumar Biswal's Australia Pre Decimal Issues
Anantharaman Srinivasan's The Humble Banana's Story

Source : Stamps of India

04 August 2017

2017 -Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

Date of Issue : 27 April 2017

Here is a beautiful set of stamps issued by Iceland Post on 27 April 2017. The set commemorates 2017-Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development . The United Nations have declared 2017 as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for development. Sustainable tourism is defined as the development or activities in tourism that respect the environment and ensure long-term protection of natural and cultural resources

Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The Blue Lagoon

. The Blue Lagoon in the Reykjanes peninsula formed in 1976, fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power station in Svartsengi in Grindavík. It soon became clear that bathing in the lagoon had positive effects on the psorisasis skin disease. The reservoir has over time become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. Its ecosystem is one of its kind in the world. The lagoon holds nine million liters of geothermal seawater which is renewed every 40 hours. Its temperatue is of 37-39°C.

The Mývatn Nature Baths

 The Mývatn Nature Baths are located close to Reykjahlíð. Since the settlement period they have been used as health baths. They consist of natural saunas, nature baths with hot spring water and hot tubs. Mývatn is Iceland‘s fourth largest lake and renowned for its diverse nature and birdlife. Geological formations are diverse and the ground is hot in most places since the area is within the active volcanic belt. There are frequent eruptions, the last one happening in 1984.

03 August 2017

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Issue of 1948 - Book Review

Book Review
By Jeevan Jyoti

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Issue of 1948

-      Pradip Jain

Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Issue of 1948 by Pradip Jain : Pages 117 : Hard Bound A4 SizePublished By David Feldman SA : Overseas Price Euro 45   : Indian Price Rs 1500.

 Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Issue of 1948 is a very comprehensive book on 4 commemorative stamps issued by Government of India on 15 August 1948 on the first anniversary of India’s Independence dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. The book is based on Mr Pradip Jain’s deep research related to this issue. These were the first commemorative stamps of Independent India which were not printed in India but were printed by Swiss Press Helios Courvosier SA LA CHAUX- DE-FONDS of Geneva.

The word "Bapu" was printed on the stamp in Hindi and Urdu languages as a symbol of communal harmony. Four sets of stamps with denominations 1.5 annas, 3.5 annas, 12 annas and 10 rupees were issued. The  high denomination 10 Rs stamp remained out of reach of the common populace in India. A set of 100 of these stamps was overprinted with the word "Service" and provided only to the Governor General of India for his official use. The 10 Rupees "Service" overprinted stamp is one of India's rarest and most highly valued, sought after stamps by collectors both in form of mint and postal usage due to their scarcity and command exceedingly high price at auctions.

The book attempts to investigate various aspects of the issue starting from design, diplomacy, issuance and postal usages. An attempt has been made to consolidate a series of early investigations and new revelations in a manner that throws insight into one of the most popular issues of Independent India. Most of the information has been derived  from the inspection of archive of letters maintained by Courvoisier. The issue was the result of an excellent coordination between Courvoisier, Indian Legation and Swiss PTT. Some of the letters from printer’s archives are reproduced in the book. The study of “Service overprints are ”done for the first time which will  benefit the collectors of the issue.

The book gives great detail about the proposed Issue, The Memorial Issue, Specimens and its noteworthy usage.  Special Section is given to “Service” Overprints. The author has given the detailed analysis of the “Service “Overprints   and its usage with various images. Rs 10 Gandhi service overprints are one of the rarest stamps in the world today.  The author gives comprehensive details of his personal study based on the complete sheet kept in National Postal Museum, Delhi.

Issue, Specimen & other Etiquettes Chapter gives details of Specimen & Presentation Folders. These Folders were prepared for various dignitaries mainly in Europe and America, and few minister’s booklet with blocks of four of each value.

In the Service Overprints chapter, “Analysis of the Service Overprints” is a section of great interest for Gandhi Collectors. It has given detailed analysis of the issue with the help of many illustrations.
The best part of the book is great historical detail of the 1948 commemorative issue and various rare   images related to it with special reference to Rs 10 Gandhi overprints.  It opens a new area of study for Gandhi Collectors all over the globe.

As there are some illustrations  of very scarce items of this issue which are not known to collectors. It will prove a very good reference book for them regarding many unknown facts about Gandhi issue. Regarding its design, layout, printing and paper, it is excellent.

This is the most valuable reference book for Gandhi collectors as well as other philatelists and essential book for all philatelic libraries. I personally recommend this book to all collectors of Indian Philately.

Pradip Jain is a well known  Aerophilatelist and stamp dealer of India. He is globally known for his specialized collection on Airmails and Mahatma Gandhi . He has won several  awards at National and International stamp exhibitions.

The book is available with: Mr Pradip Jain Post Box 128, Mithapur, Patna-800001. Email: philapradip@gmail.com Ph: 0091 - 612-2215929 , Mobile :0091 -  9334132162

02 August 2017

Club News

Rainbow Stamp News August 2017

Dear Readers,

I am pleased to release August 2017 Issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available on following links :

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