30 March 2020

Stay home - Stay safe ! Fight against Covid -19

Fight against Covid -19

Vietnam, Iran and China issued a commemorative stamp  to honor the medical professionals fighting the corona virus (COVID-19) outbreak .

Iran Post unveiled a commemorative postage stamp on 17th March 2020 to honor corona virus medical workers.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on 17th March unveiled a commemorative postage stamp to celebrate the country's medical workers.

22 March 2020

Fight against Covid -19 : Stay at home !

After the outbreak of deadly Coronavirus in India, certain preventive measures have been taken by the government of India to avert the spread of corona virus.

"On March 22, from 7 am to 9 pm, all countrymen have to follow the Janta Curfew," - PM Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister implored all citizens of India to observe a self-imposed 'curfew' on Sunday and to commit to the fight against Covid-19 to help curb its spread and stay safe.
He asked everyone to stay at home as much as possible because social distancing is one a crucial and effective way to ensure that deadly novel corona virus is contained.
At 5 pm on March 22, all the citizens are requested by the prime minister to encourage the people working in essential services, in the times of corona virus, by standing in their doorways and clapping and ringing their bells as for the past two months, millions are working day and night in hospitals and airports and those serving others by not taking care of themselves.

Amul releases doodle on Janata Curfew: Khaali haath nahin, thaali haath thanks kijiye : A National appreciation of all those working round the clock to keep India safe!"

In the doodle, the Amul mascot, wearing a mask, can be seen standing in the balcony and banging plates. The cartoon also had pictorial description of three essential steps to fight Covid-19 like sneezing while covering the mouth, washing hands and avoiding physical contact. The text on the cartoon read, "Khaali haath nahin, thaali haath thanks kijiye!" and "Janata’s favourite!"

19 March 2020

Change in forthcoming International stamp exhibitions

London 2020 Newsletter No. 16: 18 March 2020 

Exhibition Dates 

Please forgive my silence over the last week or two, but trying to find a way of managing the London 2020 exhibition that both is safe and secure, as well as being financially robust, has been a major challenge. 

In line with UK Government guidelines, it is now impossible for the exhibition to happen in May 2020. We have consulted with all our major partners in the planning of the show: 

• Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) 
• Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA) 
• The venue, the Business Design Centre (BDC) 
• Stamp World Exhibitions Ltd (SWE) 
• Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS). 

All of these have been incredibly supportive of trying to find a solution to the unprecedented challenges we are facing, both logistical and financial. Although we have not fully defined all the details, the exhibition will go ahead at the same venue on the earliest feasible dates available: 

19 to 26 February 2022. 

I’m sorry that I have not been in a position to communicate this message any earlier, but I hope you will understand the scale of the problems that we are trying to resolve. Frank 

-Walton RDP FRPSL Chairman, 

London 2020 Organising Committee 

Termination of BULGARIA 2020

We would like to inform you that since 13th of March 13,2020, "a state of emergency" has been officially declared in the territory of BULGARIA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The borders have been closed, activities of state institutions and public organizations have been suspended or minimized almost to rock bottom level. 

Only food stores, bank offices and branches and pharmacies operate in the country by now. The activity of restaurants and hotels is blocked. The intense spread of the disease excludes gathering of people, travel and other activities, so necessary for the proper preparation and organizing of the World Philatelic Championship - the Exhibition "BULGARIA 2020". Experls predict that not only in Bulgaria, but probably all over Europe the peak of COVID- 19 will be reached by the midst of September 2020. 

All this forces us to announce and declare the termination of the organizalion for the holding of "BULGARIA 2020". We really did a lot - the Bulgarian Postal administration, supported by numerous other contributors, but unexpected circumstances appeared over which we have no control. We do hope however that when the COVID-19 pandemic will be in the past and people return to their normal life and work BULGARIA will be again a kind host  of a World Philatelic Exhibition under the auspices of FIP.

18 March 2020      

-Spas Panchev                                                         

President of Union of Bulgarian Philatelists

18 March 2020

New stamps from India - UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India - II

 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India - II : Natural sites

Date of issue : 16 March 2020

India Post issued a beautiful set of stamps and a miniature sheet featuring Natural World Heritage sites of India 1.Western Ghats 2. Nanda Devi n Valley of Flowers National parks 3. Nanda Devi n Valley of Flowers National Park 4. Manas wildlife Sancturay 5. Great Himalayan National Park

Feeling very happy to see Great Himalyan National Park on the stamp. As I lived in Kullu for five years and was closely associated with the 'Great Himalayan National Park' . It remained my address for five long years. It was declared UNESCO  World Heritage Site during that period. Sharing here some of he letter received during that time !

17 March 2020

BULGARIA 2020 World Stamp Championship Exhibition

BULGARIA 2020 World Stamp Championship Exhibition is being held at Sofia, Bulgaria from Sep 30 to October 4, 2020. The exhibition has following exhibition classes: 


5.1 Non - Competitive Classes: 
A Court of Honour • FIP Grand Prix Club exhibits 
B Other Non-Competitive 

5.2 Competitive Classes: 

Class 1: World Stamp Championship Class 

For Traditional Philately and Postal History exhibits that have been awarded: 

a. FIP Large Gold medals at the exhibitions with patronage or auspices of FIP

b. FIP Grand Prix (Grand Prix National, Grand Prix International, Grand Prix d’Honneur or Grand Prix d’Exposition) 

Class2: Traditional Philately 

A/National Class 
B/ Europe 
D/ Asia, Oceania and Africa 

Class3. Postal History 

A/National Class 
B/ Europe 
C/ America 
D/Asia, Oceania and Africa 

Class 4. Thematic Philately 

A/ Nature 
B/ Culture 
C/ Science 

Class 5. Modern Philately (1980 to date)

Class 6. One Frame Exhibits Exhibits 

in this class should be based on a narrow philatelic subject corresponding to the scope of one exhibition frame. An extract from a past International award winning multiple frame exhibit (5 or 8 frames) is not allowed. Evaluation shall be performed on the basis of awarded points (60 – 100) and the exhibitor shall receive only a certificate without a medal. The Certificate of Participation will be given to exhibits attaining less than 60 points. Exhibits will be classified under:

A. Traditional Philately 
B. Postal History 
C. Thematic Philately

Class 7. Philatelic Literature 

A/ Philatelic books and research papers (published after 1st January 2015) 
B/ Philatelic magazines and periodicals (published after 1st January 2018) 
C/ Catalogues (published after 1st January 2018)

Mr. Surendra Kotadia is the National Commissioner for India. His contact details are +919819903789  : Email - surendrakotadia@gmail.com

Bulgaria 2020 IREX

Website : Bulgaria 2020

Earth Day 2020 Stamps

Date of Issue : 18 April 2020

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the US Postal Service will  issue a stamp featuring a playful painting of the planet, with small green lines surrounding Earth and hand-lettered text. 

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.

Date of issue : 14 February 2020

The Postal administration of Vatican City issued  a miniature sheet on 14th February 2020 to commemorate 50th Anniversary of World Earth Day ( 22 April).

The UNPA will also issue 6 mini sheets of 10 stamps on 22 April 2020 commemorating World Earth Day.

15 March 2020

Indian Winners at Canberra Stamp Show 2020

Canberra Stampshow 2020 AWARDS

Indian Winners

Piyush Khaitan, Madhukar Jhingan, Sandeep Mujrani, K. Sridhar, Lokeswara Rao Madiraju

Heartiest Congratulations to all winners !

Large Vermeil Medal
Indian Crash Mail by Piyush Khaitan
Indian Aerogrammes by Madhukar Jhingan

Vermeil Medal
Aerogrammes by Prashanth Shet

Large Silver Medal
Air India by Sandeep Murjani
Indian Slogan Postmarks by Ruchira Karnik
Advertising Postcards of India by Dinesh Sharma

Silver Medal
GB Numeral Cancellations by Lokeswara Rao Madiraju

Silver Bronze Medal
An Aid to Marine Navigation by K Sridhar

Nelson Eustis Memorial Prize for the Best Aerophilately Exhibit goes to Piyush Khaitan's Indian Crash Mails

Courtesy - Madhukar Jhingan

06 March 2020

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