27 October 2018

New special Covers

Parashurama - First IAF Air Operations that saved Kashmir

Srinagar 27 October 1947

The First IAF Dakota DC-3 Aircraft VP·905 Landed at Srinagar on 27 October 1947 With No 1 Sikh Regiment to Protect Kashmir. The Dc-3 Aircraft Presented to the IAF has been allotted the Same Registration VP-905 to commemorate the Event. The special Cover was released on 27 October 2018.

 Platinum Jubilee Celebration - Academy of General Education, Manipal. (08-09-2018)

: Suresh.R, Bengaluru

New Special Cover from Bangalore

Vidyarthi Bhavan - Platinum Jubilee 

Vidyarthi Bhavan, a heritage South Indian vegetarian restaurant, started in 1943 as a small students' eatery (from where it got its name), has metamorphosed into a milestone in culinary history of Bengaluru, drawing people from all walks of life.

Suresh.R, Bengaluru

24 October 2018

Bapupex 2018 - Mobile Philatelic Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi

Bapu Stamp Expo2018

On 23rd Oct. Bapupex Mobile Stamp exhibition Van was flagged off by the CPMG Bihar Mr Haq & PMG Mr. Anil Kumar from Patna GPO complex to Rajgir, cover  120 km Journey.

On the way this will stop over the main town, villages, schools to spread the messages of Gandhi through Philately.

- Pradip Jain, Patna

Special Cover on World Rabies Day

28 September - World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day is celebrated every year on 28th September. It is the death anniversary of Louis Pasteur, who developed the first rabies vaccine and laid the foundations of rabies prevention. It is a day to raise awareness about rabies and its prevention. 


23 October 2018

Taichung World Flora Exposition 2018

 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition

Date of Issue : 31 October 2018

The 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition will be held in Taichung from November 3, 2018 to April 24, 2019. This is the second time,  an international horticultural exposition by the International Association of Horticultural Producers id being held here. The Expo will use three sites: Houli, Waipu and Fengyuan areas. To mark this occasion Chunghwa Post is releasing a set of four stamps and one souvenir sheet. The designs follow:

1. Stamps (NT$6, 8, 9 and 28): These depict flowers flourishing in the Taichung region, respectively, lilies, oncidium orchids, gladioli, and flamingo flowers. Each stamp bears the logo of the Flora Expo, and one of the flowers, depicted vividly above, whilst below on the tab a sea of the same flowers provides a different outlook to enjoy.

2. Souvenir Sheet: The stamps are creatively designed in the shape of barrel and the souvenir sheet is centered on the Leopard cat family who are the mascots for the Flora Expo. The three stamps are as follows: NT$13 depicts Leo, the father, holding lilies; NT$15 shows a vase with Life, the younger brother, playing around while admiring Da-Ann Hygrophila and the NT$17 bears Leona, the mother, holding a butterfly orchid. On the right of the souvenir sheet flowers compose a map of Taiwan while Love, the older sister, and Horsiver, a horse who is their neighbour, weave in and out of the flowers full of life and atmosphere.

  Along with this set of stamps, one Blossoming Happiness Folio and one Blooming Heart Folio” will be released. Each item includes a set of 4 stamps and one souvenir sheet. To add to collecting interest, the first folio contains a complimentary sticker of Flora Expo mascots and the second folio a bookmark of elegant floral patterns. It’s worth collecting.

-Wolfgang Beyer, Germany

20 October 2018

The Knotted Gun - Non Violence Sculpture

Date of Issue: 2 October 2018

In recognition of this year’s International Day of Non-Violence, the United Nations Postal Administration  issued three new definitive stamps featuring images of the Knotted Gun sculpture, officially known as the Non-Violence sculpture.  

The General Assembly, in June 2007, decided to observe the International Day of Non-Violence on 2 October, which is also the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

The Non-Violence sculpture was created in 1980 by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a tribute to John Lennon. It has become a symbol for peace and non-violence, with more than 30 sculptures placed in strategic locations worldwide, including the UN Headquarters in New York, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, and the Peace Park in Beijing.

The artwork for the 1¢ definitive stamp is an engraving by Martin Mörck of Norway. The € 0,90 and € 2,30 definitive stamps are painted knotted gun sculptures which are part of the Non-Violence Art Project.

The € 0,90 stamp features artwork by Swedish environmental explorer, Johan Ernst Nilson.
The € 2,30 stamp features artwork by English musician, song writer and actor, Ringo Starr of the band The Beatles. 
The Non-Violence sculpture is used as a symbol by the Non-Violence Project Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting peace and social change through education, to inspire, motivate and engage young people to understand how to solve conflicts peacefully.
To quote Mahatma Gandhi: “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.”

19 October 2018

Festivals of India - Dussehra

Happy Dussehra !

Vijayadashami also known as Dasahara, Dusshera, Dasara, Dussehra or Dashain is a major Hindu festival celebrated at the end of Navratri every year. Vijayadashami is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. In the southern, eastern and northeastern states of India, Vijayadashami marks the end of Durga Puja, remem of the aspects of goddess Devi such as Durga or Saraswati. bering goddess Durga's victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura to help restore dharma. In the northern and western states, the festival is synonymously called Dussehra (also spelled Dasara, Dashahara). In these regions, it marks the end of "Ramlila" and remembers God Rama's victory over the Ravana. This day marks a reverence for one of the aspects of goddess Devi such as Durga or Saraswati.

17 October 2018

Boat Carried Special Cover from Allahabad

 Boat Carried  Special Cover


Sangam Philatelic Club, Allahabad with the approval of CPMG U.P. Circle released a BOAT CARRIED COVER "KEVAT PRASANG-RAMAYAN" at Shringverpur branch post office on 16 October 2018 by SSPOs Allahabad, Mr. Sanjay D. Akhade. This special cover was carried by Boat from Shringverpur to Rasoolabad Ghat, Allahabad. Special carried cover is conceived by M. Gulrez and designed by Ashok Mittal.

At a colourful ceremony at the branch post office at Shringverpur, organised by Club's senior vice president M.P.Singh, the symbolic Shri Ram , Mata Sita ,Lakshman ji and Nishadraj along with the duty postman carried the released cover in a well decorated boat from the Ghat of Shringverpur to the Ghat of Rasoolabad where it was received by the post master of Calvert lines post office.

- Mohd Gulrez.,Allahabad : email : gulrez.gulrez@gmail.com

New Special Cover

Celebrating 150 Years of Kolkata GPO (1868-2018) 

The General Post Office Building, Kolkata completes 150 years on 2nd October, 2018, Designed by Mr. Walter B. Granville, Government architect, GPO is an imposing and magnificent structure in the business district of Kolkata.

Its massive dome has drawn the attention of millions of visitors over the years and its corinthian columns are admired by all. GPO continues to occupy pride of place in the city of joy. 

: Suresh.R - Bengaluru

15 October 2018

Serbia -India Joint Issue

Serbia – India Joint Issue
70 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Date of Issue :15 September 2018

 The seventy-year journey of diplomatic relations based on friendship and partnership, characterized by full mutual trust and understanding between Serbia and India, began on 8 December 1948, only a year after the Republic of India became independent, crowning the struggle of Indian people and the teachings of the great Mahatma Gandhi that final victory can be won through non-violent activism, peacefully and without bloodshed.

Following the establishment of diplomatic relations, the Non-Aligned Movement was the forum where the then SFRY and the Republic of India cooperated and worked very closely, becoming important factors of international peace and stability. The words spoken by the Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on the occasion of the visit to Belgrade in 1955. will be remembered: “Distance dividing us vanishes in the meeting of our thoughts and the foundations have been laid for a friendship that will, I believe, be of an enduring nature”.

In the decades that ensued, a series of meetings were held, visits and letters exchanged between the top leaders, contributing to the strengthening of bilateral cooperation and position of the two countries on international level. The visit to India by the then Prime Minister and the incumbent President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić to participate at the “Vibrant Gujarat Summit” in January 2017, the official visit by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić in May 2018 as well as the visit by Vice-President of the Republic of India Venkaiah Naidu to Serbia in September 2018, are an expression of unequivocal commitment of the two countries to continue along the lines of intensified bilateral dialogue and strengthening of the overall cooperation. The Republic of Serbia and the Republic of India extended a hand of friendship and solidarity to each other in the most difficult times, while the respect of international law and principles of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of states constitute a common ground of the foreign policy of both countries.

Motifs on the stamps: Nikola Tesla, Swami Vivekananda

Expert collaboration: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
Artistic realization of the stamps: stamp “Nikola Tesla” – MA Boban Savić, academic painter; stamp “Swami Vivekananda” – Indian artist Ms. Gulistaan

Courtesy - Andjelka Djokic ,  PE Post of Serbia

13 October 2018

New Special Covers

Bapu 150 Philately Exhibition, Bangalore
  6 October 2018

This special cover was issued on the occasion of inauguration of Philatelic Exhibition " Bapu-150" depicting life of Mahatma Gandhi through stamps, postal stationery and collectibles.

-Suresh.R - Bengaluru

Ahimsapex 2018, Lucknow

Hobby Festival, New Delhi-10 October 2018

Hobby Festival, New Delhi - 10 October 2018

Ashwani Dubey-Gorakhpur

Reginal Meeting of PCI and Seminar at Bhubaneshwar


 Regional Meeting at  Bhubaneswar 

Venue : 
Office of CPMG, Odisha Circle, ( Besides GPO building ) Auditorium, 2nd floor, 4th Street, PMG Square, Unit 3, Kharabela Nagar, Bhubaneswar - 751 001. 

Date : Sunday, 11th November 2018. 
Time : Registration of members : 10:00 AM Regional Meeting : 10:30 AM to 01:00 PM 

Kindly intimate confirmation of your attendance to: Mr. Shanthi Swarup Rath, Secretary, EIPA , plot no. 969/2436, Forest Park, Bhubaneswar-751009, mobile no.9437034621, 
email: ssrath@hotmail.com


The Eastern India Philatelists’ Association, Bhubaneswar, will be organizing the following Seminars / Presentations on Saturday, 10th November 2018 in association with the Philatelic Congress of India at the following venue and time. 

Venue : Office of CPMG, Odisha Circle, ( Besides GPO Building ) Auditorium, 2nd floor, 4th Street, PMG Square, Unit 3, Kharabela Nagar, Bhubaneswar - 751 001. 

Date : Saturday, 10th November 2018.

11 October 2018

Centenary of End of World War I

National Memorial Arboretum (NMA)  Lichfield,Staffordshire

Date of Issue : 21 September 2018

Gibraltar Post issued two miniature sheets to commemorate the Centenary of End of World War I.

The National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) at Lichfield, Staffordshire commemorates and pays tribute to all British, Commonwealth and Allied troops who fought and died in the cause of peace and freedom in both World Wars.
The Rock of Gibraltar War Memorial located at NMA recalls the sacrifice made by Gibraltarian members of the British Armed Forces in both World Wars, and the role played by both the Rock and its civilian  population, particularly in World War II. It is carved out of a 3.5 ton piece of Limestone Rock and is dedicated to the Gibraltarians who paid the ultimate price and whose names are carved in stone on this memorial.
After an inspired visit to the National Memorial Arboretum by Gibraltarian Joe Brugada in August 2014, later assisted by designer Anselmo Torres, the Memorial was commissioned and officially unveiled by HM Government of Gibraltar on the 13th October 2015.

The military hostilities of World War One ended at 11 am on 11th November 1918 but a final diplomatic end of the war was not reached until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. In 1919, Lloyd George of England, Orlando of Italy, Clemenceau of France and Woodrow Wilson from the US met to discuss how Germany was to be made to pay for the damage world war one had caused.
Wilson had devised a 14 point plan that he believed would bring stability to Europe.
Open Diplomacy – There should be no secret treaties between powers

Freedom of Navigation – Seas should be free in both peace and war

Free Trade – The barriers to trade between countries such as custom duties should be removed

Multilateral Disarmament – All countries should reduce their armed forces to the lowest possible levels

Colonies – People in European colonies should have a say in their future

Russia – Russia should be allowed to operate whatever government it wanted and that government should be accepted, supported and welcomed.

Belgium – Belgium should be evacuated and restored to the situation before the war.

France – should have Alsace-Lorraine and any lands taken away during the war restored.

Italy – The Italian border should be readjusted according to nationality

National Self-Determination – The national groups in Europe should, wherever possible, be given their independence.

Romania, Montenegro and Serbia – Should be evacuated and Serbia should have an outlet to the sea

Turkey – The people of Turkey should have a say in their future

Poland – Poland should become an independent state with an outlet to the sea.

League of Nations – An assembly of all nations should be formed to protect world peace in the future.

Germany expected a treaty based on these fourteen points. However, negotiations between the ‘big four’ Lloyd George of England, Orlando of Italy, Clemenceau of France and Woodrow Wilson of America did not go smoothly. Wilson believed that his fourteen points was the only way to secure everlasting peace. The French however, wanted the defeated nations to be punished severely and believed Wilson’s plan too lenient. Privately Lloyd George sided with Wilson although he was concerned about the threat from Communism, however, the British public, like Clemenceau, wanted Germany punished severely. Lloyd George knew that if he sided with Wilson he would lose the next election.

Source : Gibraltar Post

10 October 2018

Felicitation to Philatelists

On 6th October 2018, India Posts, West Bengal Circle felicitated three philatelists, Dipok Dey, Manik Jain and Mohinilal Majumder ( posthumously) for their big contribution to Indian Philately on the occasion of sesquicentennial celebration of Kolkata G.P.O. Dipok Dey is a well known philatelist and artist of Kolkata . He is the first Indian to design UN stamp in 1985. Manik Jain is a noted philatelist and stamp dealer from Kolkata, known for his Phila India Stamp Catalogues of Indian Stamps.

Manik Jain being felicitated by CPMG

09 October 2018

World Post Day

9 October - World Post Day

World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9 October. The event was declared by the 1969 Universal Postal Congress in Tokyo as a means to mark the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union's (UPU) creation in 1874.

The purpose of World Post Day is to bring awareness to the Post's role in the everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development.

As a result, the UPU's member countries are encouraged to organize their own national activities to celebrate the event, including everything from the introduction or promotion of new postal products and services, to the organization of open days at post offices, mail centres and postal museums.

05 October 2018

Club News

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to release October 2018 Issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available on following links :

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