30 August 2019

New Stamps from India - Master Healers of Aayush

PM releases postage stamps honouring 

Master Healers of Aayush

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Image source - The Tribune

 Image Courtesy - Madhukar Jhingan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday,30th August 2019 released a series of commemorative postage stamps in the honour of 12 eminent scholars, practitioners and great master healers of Ayush Systems as he adressed an event of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Ministry in New Delhi. The Ministry of AYUSH, a governmental body in India, aims at developing, educating and researching in the field of alternative medicine.

The modern AYUSH masters, in the honour of whom, the special stamps were released, include Dinshaw Mehta, Hakim Mohammad Abdul Aziz Lakhnawi, Swami Kuvalayananda, Hakim Mohammad Kabiruddin and Vaidya YadavJi TrikamJi Acharya among others.

New Special Cover

Akka-Tangi Temple  Brahmagiri

Special Cover - KTK-75-2019 Akka Tangi Temple, Brahmagiri -7 June 2019

The Akka-Tangi Temple at Brahmagiri, Ashoka Siddapur, Chitradurga Dist., dedicated to Lord Shiva was built by two sisters. It is a modest temple of the 12th - 13th century AD. It comprises an ardha mantapa and a pillared mahamantapa with its entrance provided with kakshasana. Emperor Ashok's earliest rock edicts in Brahmi script and Prakrit language dating to the 3rd century B.C. are discovered in Brahmagiri.

- Suresh R., Bengaluru

29 August 2019

Woodlands of UK on new stamps by Royal Mail

Date of Issue :  13 August 2019

Six Special Stamps featuring inspirational images capturing the character and beauty of forests across the UK – including national parks and woodlands cared for by the Forestry Commission, which celebrates its centenary in September 2019.

The stamps are so beautiful and an asset for every stamp collector. The  images on stamps are marvellous. Any nature lover would fall in love with the beauty of these stamps !

The diverse beauty of UK's wonderful woodlands is captured in these six Special Stamps featuring captivating scenes of picturesque locations.

Two First Class stamps, two £1.55 stamps and two £1.60 stamps presented as vertical se-tenant pairs.

Glen Affric Inverness-shire, Scotland: Forest and mountain meet to create the perfect Highland scene. First Class.
Westonbirt Gloucestershire, England: The autumn shades of The National Arboretum’s Acer Glade. First Class.

Sherwood Forest Nottinghamshire, England: Morning light illuminates the celebrated setting of mythical tales. £1.55.
Coed y Brenin Gwynedd, Wales: This jewel in the crown of Snowdonia boasts spectacular scenic trails. £1.55.
Glenariff Forest County Antrim, Northern Ireland: The Waterfall Walk’s elevated boardwalks lead to dramatic views. £1.60.
Kielder Forest Northumberland, England: Wildlife thrives among the trees of the UK’s largest human-made forest. £1.60

26 August 2019

New Stamp from India

Calavala Cunnan Chetty

Date of Issue : 24 August 2019

Vice President, ShriVenkaiah Naidu,  released a commemorative postage stamp on Calavala Cunnan Chetty on 24th August 2019 at University of Madras, Chennai.

Paying glowing tributes to Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty for the philanthropic work undertaken by him during the pre-Independence time, Shri Naidu complimented the Trustees for earnestly carrying forward his legacy and noble vision for the welfare of the society.
The Vice President said that Shri Calavala Cunnan Chetty singularly took up the mission of social upliftment of society when the country was under colonial rule and there were hardly any social welfare schemes run by the Government.
He opined that it was necessary to recognize the contribution of wealth creators and wealth distributors like Chetty guru who not only provide revenue to the Government and create jobs, but also contribute to social good.
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Stamp on Mahatma Gandhi by UAE

Date of Issue : 24 August 2019

Remembering Bapu and his timeless message

To mark Gandhi Ji’s 150th Birth Anniversary, a commemorative miniature sheet was released by PM Narendra Modi and His Highness Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi.

25 August 2019

INPEX 2019 - National Stamp Show – Release of Prospectus

INPEX 2019 - National Stamp Show – Release of Prospectus August 21, 2019 

The Prospectus for INPEX 2019, National Stamp Show, was released by Shri Harish C Agrawal, Chief Post Master General (CPMG) Maharashtra Circle and Smt. Damyanti Pittie, President, Philatelic Congress of India (PCI) at a meeting held at the Office of the CPMG, GPO Building Mumbai on 20th August 2019. 

Shri Harish C. Agrawal, Chief Postmaster General Maharashtra Circle (Centre) Smt. Damyanti Pittie, President, Philatelic Congress of India (PCI) (Second from Left) Shri Rajesh Kumar Bagri, Hon. Secretary-General (PCI) (Left) Shri Kapil Gogri, Asst. Secretary, Steering Committee - INPEX 2019 (Second from Right) Shri Santosh Kulkarni, ADPSR, Office of CPMG, Maharashtra (Right) 

India Post has been regularly holding District and State Level competitive exhibitions for the benefit of philatelists spread across the country. Through the SPARSH Yojana announced by the Department of Posts, children have been encouraged to participate in letter/essay writing contests and awarded Scholarships to eligible entries. 

India Post has been releasing special commemorative stamps on various subjects of national importance and they are very popular amongst philatelists from India and worldwide. 

Inpex 2019, is being organized by Philatelic Congress of India (PCI), the apex National Federation of Philatelic Societies and Philatelists in India with the active support of Department of Post, Govt. of India, will be held at World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai during 18 to 22 December 2019. 

Highlights of INPEX 2019 : ·

 Participants from all over the country, who have previously qualified at State Level Exhibitions, are eligible to participate in this National competitive philatelic exhibition. 

· A separate Special Section has been kept for exhibits on Mahatma Gandhi as a mark of tribute to the celebrations of 150 years of Mahatma. 

· Separate Class for Youth falling in the age group of 10 Years to 21 Years has been kept for exhibits from the Youth as a part of encouragement of the Youth. 

· Various programs, seminars, letter-writing contest, etc. are specially planned for the event. · The Exhibits will be judged by a Specialized Accredited National level Jury Team through an established mark sheet system of evaluation. · Special Awards will be given for Best Youth Exhibit and other Classes. 

· The Exhibitors who win suitable awards at this National event will qualify for participation at intercontinental and international Philatelic Exhibitions. Details about such international events are also regularly published at the website of PCI www.philateliccongressofindia.com 

· The event will be well-publicized through the social, electronic media and philatelists from all over the country and abroad are expected to visit the event. · The Prospectus and rules of participation are provided in detail at the website of INPEX 2019 at www.inpex2019.com 

· Applications will be accepted online to allow easy and seamless access and opportunity to all eligible exhibitors from the remotest parts of India. 

News from Himachal Philatelic Club, Shimla

Announcement of  INPEX 2019 n meeting with renowned stamp designer, Sankha Samanta

An interactive session organized by Himachal Philatelic Club Shimla with ace stamp designer Mr Shanka Samantha. Also graced the occasion Ms Smita Kumar CPMG Himachal Pradesh circle with Director Postal Service, Mr Dinesh Mistri and APMG Mr Bishan Singh...earlier in the day stamp designing workshop with 350 kids in groups who learnt from Mr Samantha...Mr Suresh Bhardwaj Education Minister addressed the artists and the kids

- Major (Dr ) Ritu Kalra

Innovative ways needed to rejuvenate postal system: Ace stamp designer Samanta

Shimla, Aug 25 Leading postal stamp designer Sankha Samanta has said that the country''s postal department should find innovative ways to rejuvenate its services in the current high-tech era.

Samanta, who has designed over 400 stamps on various themes, including 38 on Mahatma Gandhi, was speaking to the media on the sidelines of an interactive session held by Himachal Philatelic Club here on Saturday evening.

"Despite diminishing use of postal services, there is a huge scope for stamps as they are not only used for sending posts but also have historical significance," Samanta said.

His first stamp, released in the late eighties, depicted the execution of freedom fighter Veer Narayan Singh who was tied to the mouth of a cannon shortly before it was fired.

Samanta also designed stamps on the ''Quit India Movement'' and the ''Ramayana'', of which, the latter was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi two years ago.
Lately, he sketched a stamp on the theme ''Queen Hur Hwang-ok of Korea'' which was jointly issued by India and Korea last month.

Interacting with the members of Himachal Philatelic Club, Samanta said he now observes the contemporary environment while designing a stamp on a particular theme. 

The president of the philatelic club, Ritu Kalra, welcomed Samanta and informed that National Stamps Exhibition 2019 would be held in Mumbai from December 18 to 22.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Postmaster General Smita Kumar and the Director of Postal Services, Dinesh Mistry, were also present during the interactive session.

20 August 2019

New Stamps from India

Gandhian Heritage in Modern India

Date of Issue : 15 August 2019

Indians in First World War

Date of Issue :  20 August 2019

 (Set of 15 stamps and 4 Miniature sheets)

Air Warriors

Indian War Memorials

Major Battle Theatres

Maharaja Ganga Singh , Indian Signatory to the Treaty of Versailles, 28 June 2019

19 August 2019

Forthcoming Stamp Exhibitions

National Stamp Show INPEX 2019 , Mumbai 
18-22 December 2019


The World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. 


The PCI NATIONAL STAMP SHOW INPEX 2019 (hereinafter referred to as INPEX 2019) will be held at the World Trade Centre, Expo Center, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai-400 005 from 18 to 22 December 2019. 

The exhibition is being organized by the Philatelic Congress of India with the support of Department of Posts and Member Philatelic Societies for furtherance and promotion of philately as an educative hobby. 

It will provide an opportunity to the Indian philatelists to participate in a National Exhibition and qualify for international participation. The exhibition will also include INVITEE CLASS, which will display outstanding exhibits of Jury Members, Eminent Philatelists, National Philatelic Museum, Department of Posts and Security Printers by invitation. 


5.1 Rules and Regulations 

The INPEX 2019 will be governed by the PCI, India Post and F.I.P. General Regulations for Exhibitions (GREX), General Regulation for Evaluation of Competitive Exhibits (GREV), Special Regulation for Evaluation of Exhibits (SREV) and Guidelines, and Special Regulations of INPEX 2019. 

5.2 Eligibility 

5.2.1 Participation in INPEX 2019 is open to all philatelists, who are resident in India and are member of the Philatelic Congress of India or its affiliated Society. 

5.2.2 National Championship Class : An exhibit which has received any of the following awards within last 10 years (in or after 2009) will only be eligible for participation in the Championship Class: 

(a) Gold Medal in a recognized previous Indian National or a FIAP Asian International or FIP World Exhibition, or 

(b) Large Vermeil in a FIP World or FIP recognized FIAP Asian International Exhibitions. 

The Exhibits which have received Large Gold Medal or higher awards at FIP/FIAP World/International Exhibitions or Champion of Champions award in any previous Indian National Exhibitions will not be eligible to participate. 

5.2.3 Other Competitive Classes : All exhibits which have received any of the following awards within last 10 years (in or after 2009) are eligible for participation in the other Competitive Classes: 1. A Bronze medal in a FIP/FIAP World or International Exhibition. 2. A Sliver Bronze medal in a recognized previous Indian National Exhibition. 3. A Silver medal in a Circle/State Level exhibition held by the Department of Post or recognized by the Philatelic Congress of India. 

5 4. The exhibits which have earlier won Gold Medal in any previous Indian National or FIP/FIAP World/International Exhibitions can participate only in the Championship Class. 

5.2.4 New Entrants: Applications for deserving new philatelic exhibits may be submitted from those States where no State Level exhibition has been held for the last three years. Such applications should be recommended by a member of the Organizing Committee of INPEX 2019 or President of the Philatelic Society affiliated to the Philatelic Congress of India in their state. The application in the prescribed form should be accompanied with the appropriate recommendation letter and a photocopy of the title page. 

5.2.5 School Exhibits: There will be a section for School Exhibits in which Exhibits collectively developed by its students shall be displayed in the name of the school. Maximum allotment in this category will be 4 frames. 

5.2.6 The entire exhibit must be bonafide property of the Exhibitor and should have been largely owned by him for at least 2 years prior to exhibiting. The signing of entry form will be deemed to be an implied declaration to this effect and acceptance of all other Rules & Regulations along with any amendments made hereafter. 

5.2.7 The exhibit should be entered under correct Class and Group. An exhibit considered to be incorrectly entered is liable to be transferred to its appropriate Class and Group. 

5.2.8 All exhibits must be mounted on loose leaf exhibit sheets and enclosed in transparent protective covers. Black or dark colour sheets will not be accepted. 

5.2.9 The organizers reserve the right to reject/remove any exhibit in whole or in part without assigning any reason in which case the frame fee will be refunded. 

5.2.10 An exhibitor will be permitted a maximum of 2 entries. In case of a family, not more than 4 entries shall be permitted. The Literature or One Frame entries will not be counted for this purpose. 

5.2.11 Exhibits in One Frame Class should be based on a narrow subject that is best treated as One Frame. A one frame extract from an award winning multiple-frame exhibit will not be permitted. 6 

5.2.12 The Handbooks and Special Studies Group entries in the Literature Class must have been published on or after 01.01.2014 and all Other Group entries on or after 01.01.2017. 

5.2.13 A youth participant will be permitted only one exhibit. All applications in the Youth Class should be accompanied with the Proof of Date of Birth.


8.1 Exhibitors desirous of participating in the exhibition should apply online or in the prescribed Form in duplicate, along with a copy of the Introductory Page and synopsis of the exhibit. The entry Forms duly filled in and signed or online application should reach the Secretary, PCI NATIONAL STAMP SHOW INPEX 2019, latest by 30 September 2019. The Application Forms will be available with the Secretary, PCI NATIONAL STAMP SHOW INPEX 2019, Philatelic Bureau, G.P.O, Mumbai-400001, or may be downloaded from website www. inpex2019.com. 

8.2 The Exhibits which have already received Large Vermeil in previous Indian National Exhibitions may apply for either 5 or 8 frames (as per participant’s choice). All other Competitive Senior Class entries will be allotted 5 frames only. 

8.3 The Youth Group A & B may apply for 2 to 4 frames and Youth Group C for 3 to 5 frames. The School Exhibits may apply for 3 to 4 frames. 

8.4 All exhibits must be accompanied by one set of photo copy of each exhibit sheet duly signed by the exhibitor for security purpose only. 

8.5 All exhibits must be accompanied by inventory of each exhibit sheet in duplicate. Inventory form will be supplied along with the allotment letter or can be down loaded from the website www.inpex2019.com.


11.1 The applicable participation fees will be as under : 

Invitee, Youth and School Classes - No participation Fee. 

National Championship Class frame. - Rs.3,000/- + GST* @ 18% per 

General Competitive Classes frame. - Rs.1,500/- + GST* @ 18% per One Frame Exhibit Class Entry. - Rs.2,000/- + GST* @ 18% per 

Literature Class Entry. - Rs.2,000/- + GST* @ 18% Per


7.1 Invitee Class (Non Competitive Class) The outstanding exhibits of Jury Members, Eminent Philatelists, Security Printers, National Philatelic Museum, Mumbai GPO Philatelic Museum, Department of Posts, Army Postal Services, Postal Administrations and other organizations will be exhibited by invitation only. 

7.2 Competitive Class: 

Class 1: National Championship Class 

Class 2: Traditional Philately 

2A India Pre-Independence, including French India & Portuguese India 
2B Indian Princely States 
2C India since Independence 
2D Rest of the world 

Class 3: Postal History 3A India Pre Adhesive Period 3B India Pre-Independence, including French India & Portuguese India 3C Indian Princely States 3D India since Independence 7 3E Rest of the world 

Class 4: Postal Stationery. 4A India Pre-Independence, including French India & Portuguese India 4B Indian Princely States 4C India since Independence; 4D Rest of the world 

Class 5: Aerophilately/Astrophilately 5A India 5B Rest of the world 

Class 6: Thematic 

6A Mahatma Gandhi 
6B Other Indian Themes 
6C Nature 
6D Culture 
6E Technology The Applications for Thematic Exhibits must clearly indicate the applicable 

Sub-Class (A to E), as listed above. 

Class 7: Maximaphilly 

Class 8: Revenues 8A India 8B Indian Princely States 8C Rest of the world. 

Class 9: First Day Covers. 

Class 10: Open Class 

Class 11:Modern Philately (Philatelic material issued after 1980) 

Class 12: One Frame exhibits 

12A Traditional 

12B Postal History 

12C Postal Stationery 8 

12D Aerophilately / Astrophilately 

12E Thematic 

12F Maximaphily 

12G Revenue Applications for One Frame Exhibits must clearly indicate the applicable Sub-Class (A to G), as listed above. The One Frame exhibits will be awarded marks/points, which will be mentioned in the certificate and no medals will be awarded. 

Class 13: Philatelic Literature (Published items only and not manuscripts) 

13A Philatelic Hand Books, Monographs, Specialized Research Articles, Exhibition Catalogues, etc. (Should be published on or after 01-01-2014) 

13B Philatelic Journals, Periodicals, Columns and General Articles (at least 10 different), etc.(Should be published on or after 01.01.2017. For Journals most recent complete volume should be submitted.) 13C Catalogues (Should be published on or after 01-01-2017) Class 

14: Youth Class (Completed age as on 01-01-2019) 

14A Age for Group A between 10-15 Years 

14B Age for Group B between 16-18 Years 

14C Age for Group C between 19-21 Years Class 15: School Collections.

All Communications and Registered letters to be sent to: 

The Secretary, INPEX 2019 Philatelic Bureau, G.P.O., MUMBAI - 400 001 www.inpex2019.com 

Contact Details : Philatelic Congress of India www.philateliccongressofindia.com 

Mr. Surendra Kotadia, Secretary, INPEX 2019 Mobile No: 98199 03789 Email: surendrakotadia@gmail.com

Mr. Kapil Gogri Astt. Secretary, INPEX 2019 Mobile No: 9821111140 Email: kapilg25@hotmail.com

Visit : www.inpex2019.com 


- Wolfgang Beyer, Germany

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