09 July 2024


Renowned philatelist  Visipi Dastur is no more....

Renowned philatelist of India Shri Vispi S. Dastur passed away on 9 July 2024. He is known for his specialized collection and study on 'India used abroad'. He was editor of India's Stamp Journal for a long time. I have fond memories of him. In 1984 during UPHILEX: 84, I met him for the first time, he was a jury member and I had a discussion with him over my exhibit. It was the beginning of my philatelic journey I first participated in a  State Level Philatelic Exhibition as a junior participant so still remember it well...  Later I met him during national exhibitions. He was a great philatelist and won several awards at National and International philatelic exhibitions. His famous book among philatelists is  "India Used Abroad". By profession, he was a well-known Chartered Accountant. He was appointed a member of the  Jury in many philatelic Exhibitions. PCI honoured him with the Philatelic Ratna Award.

Our Heartfelt Condolences. May his soul Rest in Peace....

07 July 2024

Club News

 Rainbow Stamp News July 2024

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to release July 2024 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available at the following link :


05 July 2024

Indian Winners at Jakarta 2024


Jakarta 2024 Asian International Stamp Exhibition

3-7 July 2024

C. Bhaskar , Dilip Saboo, RK Bagri, Anil Reddy, Sunil Joshi

Photo Courtesy : SIPA

Jaagruthi Nithin Adka, Sushil Mehra, KS Mohan, Narendra Saboo, M. Lokeswara Rao, Daniel Monterio, Anil Reddy, C.Bhaskar

Award List of Indian Winners at Jakarta 2024

- Jagruthi Nithin Adka, Bangalore

03 July 2024

International Plastic Bag Free Day


3 July 2024 : International Plastic Bag Free Day : Bengaluru

Say NO to plastic bags! Let's make our world greener and cleaner, one step at a time.

To mark 'International Plastic Bag Free Day', Karnataka Postal Circle has released a special cancellation on July 3, 2024, which is available at Bengaluru GPO, Belagavi, Mangaluru, and Mysuru Head Post Offices. 

- Praveen Shastry- Bengaluru

30 June 2024

New Special Cover


26 June 2024 : Jaunpur Imarti : Jaunpur (UP)

Jaunpur Imarti

Postal Department organized a 'Special Cover and Cancellation’ release program on GI product on 26 June 2024  at Hindi Bhawan, Jaunpur. The chief guest of the program, Postmaster General of Varanasi Region, Shri Krishna Kumar Yadav released a Special Cover and Cancellation on 'Jaunpur Imarti', the first GI product of Jaunpur district that has received Geographical Indication.

Postmaster General Shri Krishna Kumar Yadav said that along with its historical value, Jaunpur has also been rich in terms of cuisine. The history of Jaunpur's Imarti dates back to the British rule period (about 200 years). It is in high demand in the country and abroad. In view of its geographical uniqueness, it has been granted Geographical Indication by the Government of India on March 30, 2024. It is the first product of Jaunpur to receive this status. Mr. Yadav said ,The special cover on it will lead to its global branding and wide publicity. This also takes forward the Prime Minister's concept of 'Vocal for Local'. The Postal Department has an important role in transmitting India's rich heritage to the next generations through postage stamps and special covers, said Mr. Yadav.

Postmaster General Mr. Krishna Kumar Yadav said that 34 products around Varanasi have received GI. This is the highest in any region of the world. These GI products have an annual turnover of about twenty-five thousand crores and 20 lakh people are directly and indirectly benefited.

Postmaster General Mr. Krishna Kumar Yadav also added that Jaunpur Imarti is completely different from ordinary Imarti. It is specially cooked on low flame and the ingredients used in it include Desi Sugar (Khandsari), Desi Ghee and Urad Dal. It is so soft that it melts in the mouth.

Superintendent of Post Offices Parmanand Kumar said that the said special cover with Cancellation issued on Jaunpur Imarti will be available at Jaunpur Head Post Office and Varanasi Philatelic Bureau for Rs. 25/-.

-Parmanad Kumar, Jaunpur (UP)

25 June 2024

Result : SAVPEX 2024


South Africa’s Ninth Virtual Philatelic Exhibition (SAVPEX), a one-frame exhibition, hosted by the Orange Free State Philatelic Society under the auspices of the Philatelic Federation of South Africa



Trinacria – Stamps of Garibaldi’s dictatorship


Traditional – 96 Points


Piccirillo, Pasquale


Heartiest Congratulations to all the winners!

1. Piyush Khaitan 2. Jaagruthi Adka 3. Capt. Vijay Wadhwa4. Sushil Mehra

Result of Indian Exhibitors

View : All exhibits and complete result

22 June 2024

New Special Covers and Special Cancellation

21 June 2024: International Yoga Day: World Music Day: Chennai

Special, Cancellation on International Yoga Day

Release of Special Cancellation on International Yoga Day at Cuttack

21 June 2024 : India - Africa Postal Leaders Meet : Mumbai

18 June 2024

New Book on "Sports & Games Philately in India"


Sports & Games Philately in India

By Tarun Jain & Vijay Seth

Mr Vijay Seth has published a new book on "Sports & Games Philately in India", This is A4 size, 92-page book in full colour, English (Soft back) Price Rs. 800 ( A special discount 40% to rainbow readers) postage extra.

The book illustrates and highlights the origin of the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. It also illustrates all the stamps, FDC, Postal stationery, Maxicards and Special covers and postmarks, issued in India since 1951. Lists the medal of all the Olympic Games medals winners, Asian Games medal tally etc

For the book Please contact : Mr.Vijay Seth : email : stampstodayindia@gmail.com : Phone:09810241363

15 June 2024

Global Wind Day


15 June 2024 : Global Wind Day : Bengaluru

Karnataka Postal Circle issued a special cancellation to commemorate Global Wind Day. Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that is held on June 15. It is organised by WindEurope and GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council). It is a day when wind energy is celebrated, information is exchanged and adults and children find out about wind energy, its power and the possibilities it holds to change the world.

- Praveen Shastry- Bangalore

14 June 2024


Under Water Flora and Fauna

Date of Issue : 12  June 2024

Sharing this wonderful souvenir sheet from Armenia. The design of the stamp is so beautiful and unique. The theme of EUROPA 2024 is under water Flora and Fauna. 

On June 12th, 2024, a souvenir sheet with one postage stamp dedicated to the theme “International. Europa 2024. Underwater Fauna & Flora” has been put into circulation.

The postage stamp of the souvenir sheet with the nominal value of 500 AMD depicts a big eye of a fish in which the underwater fauna and flora of Armenia is reflected. Particularly, the postage stamp reflects the images of a crayfish, a snake, underwater plants as well as different types of fish (i.e. Salmo ischchan gegarkuni, Capoeta capoeta sevangi, Sevan barbel) endemic to the underwater world of freshwater Lake Sevan and rivers of Armenia.

The stamp is issued within the frames of “EUROPA” annual International Competition of the Association of European Postal Operators (PostEurop). EUROPA stamps underline the development of the cooperation among European Postal Operators.

12 June 2024

My Recent Covers


30 May 2024 : Baobab Tree , Jhunsi, Prayagraj

Thanks to Mr. Rahul Ganguli, Prayag Philatelic Society, Prayagraj

Commemorative Cover

Bharat -The largest Democracy in the world

Shri Narendra Modi sworn in as PM of India for the third term, 9 June 2024

Thanks to Mr. Pradip Jain, Patna

08 June 2024

World Ocean Day


8 June 2024 : World Ocean Day : Bengaluru

World Ocean Day is an international day that takes place annually on 8 June. The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Karnataka Postal Circle issued a special cancellation on World Ocean Day.

- Praveen Shastry, Bangalore

07 June 2024

Club News


Rainbow Stamp News June 2024

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to release June 2024 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is available at the following link :

05 June 2024

World Environment Day


5 June 2024 : World Environment Day : Bengaluru

On 5 June 2024, a special cancellation was issued by Karnataka Postal Circle on the occasion of World Environment Day. World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated annually on 5 June and encourages awareness and action for the protection of the environment. World Environment Day 2024 focuses on land restoration, stopping desertification and building drought resilience. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the global host of this year's edition.

Praveen Shastry. Bangalore

World Environment Day 

Special Cancellation from Kerala Postal Circle

- Mohanachandran Nair, Trivandrum

01 June 2024

New Special Cover : Baobab Tree


Baobab Tree , Jhunsi Pryagraj

Postmaster General Krishna Kumar Yadav released a special cover on the historical tree 'Baobab' situated on the banks of Ganga in Prayagraj.The age of the 'Baobab tree' situated near the Sangam coast in Jhunsi, Prayagraj is estimated between 750 to 1350 years old, a rare tree of the Adansonia Digitata species of Africa. The historical and rare tree 'Baobab' situated on the banks of Sangam in Prayagraj is now on special postal cover.

Postmaster General Shri Krishna Kumar Yadav said that Prayagraj and its Sangam coast have preserved many mythological, historical and rich heritages for centuries. The 'Baobab tree' of the Adansonia Digitata species of Africa is also one of them. In such a situation, its historicity, scientific and medicinal qualities will be spread worldwide through special cover with cancellation and it will also facilitate to connect it with research and tourism. Shri Yadav said that there has been curiosity for centuries about this ancient and huge tree located on a huge mound of soil on the left bank of the holy river Ganga in Jhunsi, it is also called 'Vilayati Imli' in folklore. It is worth noting that the past of the Jhunsi area is documented by archaeological evidence which corresponds to five cultural phases from the Chalcolithic period to the early Medieval period.

Director Postal Services Shri Gaurav Srivastava said that the thickness of the trunk of the 'Baobab' tree is 17.3 meters and the flower of this tree is large and the fruit is long and green in colour. It is believed that Baba Sheikh Taki Shah came here from Karachi in the 15th century, lived here. Soaking the bark of this tree in water and drinking it reduces stomach ache, heartburn, and the bark is also considered beneficial in urine infection.

Senior Superintendent of Post Offices Shri Abhishek Srivastava told that the special cover released on Baobab tree will be available for sale with price of Rs. 25 in the Philatelic Bureau, Prayagraj Head Post Office.

On this occasion, Senior Postmaster Tanveer Ahmed, Assistant Director Masoom Raza Rushdi, Rajesh Srivastava, Deputy Superintendent of Post Offices Pramila Yadav and many other officials and philatelists were present.

21 May 2024

New Pictorial Cancellations


20 May 2024 : World Bee Day : Pana Ji

- Jaagruthi Adka, Bangalore

17 May 2024 : World Telecommunication Day : Bengaluru

15 May 2024 : International al Day of Families

8 May 2024 : World Red Cross Day : Bengaluru

- Praveen Shastry - Bangalore

New Special Cover

On 14th May 2024,  Kolkata GPO  released ‘patachitra’-themed special cover to mark 11th anniversary of Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage.

The Kolkata Society for Cultural Heritage (KSCH) has been working to revive the roots of patachitra in the Sunderbans, training women in this ancient art for the past two years. The General Post Office (GPO) Kolkata and KSCH joined hands to inaugurate a commemorative special postal cover, recognising this resurrection of patachitra in the Sunderbans, on May 14.

Jaagruthi Adka - Bangalore

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