Rakhi Envelopes  2010 – India Post

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is  dedicated to the love and affection shared between a brother and a sister. On this day, sisters pray for long life of their brothers and ask God to bless them with his blessings. Brothers, in turn, give them  rakhi gifts and promise to care life long.

Rakhi is basically a sacred thread of protection embellished with the love and affection of a sister for her brother. This day is also known as Raksha Bandhan and celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana in India. This frail of thread of Rakhi is considered as stronger than iron chains as it binds the most beautiful relationship in an inseparable bond of love and trust.

Rakhi Envelopes have been  Issued By Indian Post in July 2010 to mark this festival. These Are DuPont Tyvek Envelopes. Cost Rs 5 each.

Contributed by Mr Rajesh Paharia, Jaipur

25th Asian International Stamp Exhibition , BANGKOK 2010 was held at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center , Bangkok, Thailand, from August 4 to 12, 2010. A 1,000 frame event was organized by Thailand Post . The beautiful exhibition’s venue was located in the center of the city and divided into 3 sections ; the international postage stamp sales area for 50 booths, the local postage stamp sales area for 50 booths and exhibition area of 1,500 square meter

There were special stands made on theme of select participating countries which also included India. Indian display was made on Taj Mahal theme and two male and female Thai models were all the time present in Indian costumes there. Thai School Children visiting Exhibition were amused seeing Taj with Turban wearing Boy and Saree clad Girl there.

Thai Students seeing Taj Mahal Model at venue

Thai Girl in Saree & Boy with Turban posed with Indian Group

A big visitors draw was a special pavilion showcasing amazing new stamps like 3D Stamps , Silk Stamps , Talking Stamps , Plastic Stamps , Gold Stamps , Silver Stamps , Wooden Stamps, Diamond studded Stamps, Perfumed Stamps etc. The beautiful presentation and huge popular interest gave me an Idea to prepare similar Exhibit for display in India also. I already have a large number of such stamps and bought some more from there. Hopefully , I shall try to display it in forthcoming National Exhibition in New Delhi.

Another innovative attraction was a special sale counter of Thailand post for sale of customized stamp where visitors could get stamps printed with their own image and use it on their letters. I also used this opportunity and got my stamp printed there. It is interesting to note here that India Posts has policy of not issuing Postage stamps on people alive and hence this novel idea is yet to be introduced in India.

India Posts had also established their Sale Stall but it had very less buyers due to lack of sufficient attractive material. Apart from some latest issues , many other recent beautiful stamps of India were missing there. We are visibly far behind in issuing stamps on world preferred themes and adopting newer stamp printing technologies. I wonder if India Posts officials visiting such exhibitions learn from crowded stalls of small countries like Bhutan or Bangladesh that what sells and interests to today’s stamp buyers.

Rajesh Paharia with his Stamp Display which won Silver Medal

There were 14 participants from India who won 2 Gold, 1 Vermeil , 2 Large Silver , 2 Silver , 3 Silver Bronze and 3 Bronze medals. Indian Exhibits had some rare items but interestingly rarest Stamp of Indian Origin i.e. Red ‘Sindh Dawk’ issued in 1852 valued over Rs. 10 lakh on cover was displayed by a Pakistan exhibitor. In my personnel interaction with this Pakistani exhibitor , when I enquired about availability of such rare stamps , he amused me by saying that still best of Bhopal State , Hyderabad State , Junagarh State etc Coins and Stamps are in Pakistan which were taken way back at the time of partition .

S.No. Name Medal
1 Damyanti Pittie G
2 Ajay Mittal G
3 Dinesh Sharma V
4 S S Somani LS
5 Ravi Bhansali LS
6 Rajesh Paharia S
7 Dhananjai Desai S
8 Rajesh Bhura SB
9 Pratisad Neuorgaokar SB
10 Naresh Goyal SB
11 Om Prakash jagati B
12 Dinesh Sharma B
13 Mrinal Mathur B
14 Moloy Sarkar

West Delhi Philatelic Society is holding Stamp Bazaar on 25-26 Sept 2010 (Saturday & Sunday) in Delhi.

Venue :-

Ambedkar Bhawan

Rani Jhansi Road,

Opp. Bapu Samaj Sewa Kendra

Near Metro Pillar No. P-42

New Delhi-110055

Timming:-9.30 A.M.  to 5.30 P.M.

Stamp Counter:- A large number of stamp counters already confirmed .Only 2 counter are left. All those interested please hurry before booking closes . Out of 23 confirmed booking the following have booked the stamp counter and made the payment.

1.   Mr Sunil Prabhu, Mumbai

2. Mr P.C.Jaiswal, Kolkata

3. Mr Ranjit Singh, New Delhi

4. Mr Deepak Juneja, New Delhi

5.Mr G.Singh (Victory Stamp Co.)Amritsar

6.Santosh Singh, Rajasthan

7.Mr Rohit Prasad, New Delhi

8.Mr V.Ethiraj, Chennai

9.Mr D.S.Chauhan, Sidhi,(M.P)

10.Mr A.M.J., Jabalpur

11.Mr Vishal Jain, New Delhi

12.Mr Rakesh Khemka, Amritsar

13.Mr A.R.C.Shah, New Delhi

14.Mr Narinder Dhuper, New Delhi

15.Mr R.K.Bhatia,  Delhi

16.Mr Mahender Sharma, Guwahati

17.Mr Vijay Malhotra, Kanpur

18.Mr Rajesh Agarwala, New Delhi

19.Mr S.K.Mishra, Kanpur

20.Mr Ashok Mittal, Delhi

A number of members of West Delhi Philatelic Society  have assured all help in organizing this Stamp Festival . We promise a gala Stamp Festival to all who visit.

Hotel accommodation We shall keep you informed about accommodation available in nearby Hotels . The tariffs of two such hotel is given below.

1.De Holiday International

2218, Raj Guru Road, Chuna Mandi,

Pahar Ganj, New Delhi-110055

Tel:-23562692-93-94, 9891266626( Mr Kailash)



Tariff:- Taxes as applicable

Standard Room (S)    995/- Less 10%

Deluxe Room (D)       1295/- Less 10%

Sper Deluxe Room A/C (S) 1595/- Less 20%

Executive Room (D) 1895/- Less 20%

2. Hotel Arpit Palace

17 A/1, W.E.A, Gurudwara Road,

Opposite Jessa Ram Hospital,

Near Metro Station Pillar No.P-99,

Karol Bagh, New Delhi-110005


email:-arpithtl@yahoo.com, sales@hotelarpit.com


Tariff:- Taxes as applicable

Standard Room (S)   A/C 2190/- Less 20%

Standard Room (D)  A/C  2390/- Less 20%

Metro Stations The Metro stations closest  to the Venue are:-

Ramkrishna Ashram Marg, Metro Pillar No.P- 19

Jhandewalan, Metro Pillar No.P- 58

I fully agree and endorse with the views expressed by Mr Sreejesh Krishnan, Bangalore and Mr Mahender Sharma, of Guwahati. as published on your website on 12.08.2010 & 13.08.2010. respectively on the Mal-functioning rather fraudulent working of Dehradun Philatelic Bureau.I have faced similar experience as by fellow philatelists.
Uttaranchal Postal Circle issued a Special Cover On 06 July,2010. on Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) but could get only two covers by deputing a person to philatelic Bureau Dehradun at least 10 times. Sh K.N.Sharma , in charge of Philatelic Bureau Dehradun asked my representative for whom you want this cover. All the covers already sold out with in two days. I myself contacted Mr Sharma on 11.08.2010.and he told since I am from Chandigarh we can not give covers to outsiders. I contacted Sh D.S.Rana, Sr Post Master G.P.O. Dehradun on 11.08.2010 on his cell and narrated the whole story. Sh Rana asked me to contact on next day.I again contacted Sh Rana on 12.08.2010. Sh Rana told all the covers were sold immediately after the release and now these are out of stock as only 200 covers were printed. The version of Senior Post master is totally wrong and can not be accepted. In case if only 200 covers were printed than how 200 covers with signature of  Sr Post Master  were carried along with the Baton from Sports Complex Parade ground to G.P.O., Dehradun. It is not clear who authorised these carried cover which bear two special post marks one as usual and another one, “India, Go For Gold” Queen’s Baton Relay. Dehradun and also show logo of CWG Shera some thing very strange. These covers bears the signature of Sr Post Master, Sh D.S.Rana and are being sold in Grey market for Rs 500/-.
I informed Senior Post Master, QBR covers are easily available in J&k, Chandigarh, Lucknow,  Shimla, Guwahati, and other bureaus of India Post.

Also G.P.O Dehradun issued a special cover on 10.04.2010.on World guide Centenary, I asked my Chandigarh based philatelist who is senior executive with a company presently posted at Dehradun to purchase 2 such covers. He visited the bureau and a dealer was siting along with Mr Sharma and the dealer told that covers are not to be sold to outsiders.The special covers which are released from Uttranchal Postal circle are being designed by the two dealers of Dehradun and their name is also put on special covers to promote them. This cover is being sold by the dealer only.
Similar is the story of two book lets issued by the circle on 19.12..2009. (as claimed) Arctic Preservation and Antarctic Preservation I contacted Mr Sharma bureau in charge immediately for 2 book lets and he  informed that these are sold on 19.12.2009. The dealer who designed and most probably got it printed by using India Post logo  selling it at Rs 300/-. to 500/- each against the issuing price of Rs50/- each.
These are the few incidents which tell about the nefarious activities being carried out in Dehradun and smack of corruption.

Immediate action including probe from vigilance angle is required. Persons of India Post responsible for such activities be shunted out of Dehradun on administrative ground so that fair probe is possible.

Secondly specials covers on QBR were issued by India Post and not sponsored by any body else.Than why these covers were not sold by bureau, who grabbed all these covers.

On condition of anonymity, it has been told by some one that entire philatelic material of GPO is scanned in the room of some officials by this powerful dealer and then such items  put to sale.

Contributed By Mr O.P.Gupta, Chandigarh

Postal Stationery (British India) King George V, Envelope

1a in Black on 1/2 a Green on white thick laid paper, Knife 11

Size:-120 x 94mm

Lighthouses on Stamps – USA

Sabine Pass Lighthouse - A 44c stamps was issued on Sabine Pass Lighthouse , Louisiana. It is a historic lighthouse on Louisiana side of River Sabine which started operation in 1857 and was deactivated in 1952.

Sand Island Lighthouse – A  44c stamps was issued on Sand Island Lighthouse , Alabama. It is a historic lighthouse on Northern tip of Sand Island in Lake Superior which started operation in 1881 and was deactivated in 1980.


Booking of Coins – India – Tagore , Dr Prasad , Anna

Booking of following coins closes in Kolkata Mint on 18 Aug 2010.

Name of Coin Set
Denominations of Coin Set Price Per Set (All Inclusive)
Proof Coin
Uncirculated Set Coin Set
RABINDRANATH TAGORE (150th Birth Anniversary) 2 Coin of Rs.150/- & Rs.5/- Rs.2740/- Rs.2310/-
DR.RAJENDRA PRASAD (125th Birth Anniversary) 2 Coin of Rs.100/- & Rs.5/- Rs.2740/- Rs.2310/-
PERARIGNAR ANNA (Birth Centenary) 2 Coin of Rs.100/- & Rs.5/- Rs.2740/- Rs.2310/-

West Delhi Philatelic Club – Monthly Meeting August 2010.

The next meeting of West Delhi Philatelic Club is scheduled to be held on (Sunday) 22 August 2010 at the same venue.

- Stamp Bazaar-Delhi, 25th,26th September,2010.–Last one month progress, collection  & arrangement to be discussed.All sub committee member to reach half an hour before the meeting.

- Plans for 2010 and Participation in Exhibitions

- Participation & Plans for Indipex 2011.

- Commonwealth Games 2010.

- Presentation of Collection followed by interaction.

We invite all Philatelists from NCR region and Satellite towns of Delhi to attend this meeting.

Venue:-M-1, First Floor,

Dewan House, Ajay Enclave,

Near Ajanta Cinema, Subash Nagar Metro Station

Subash Nagar,New Delhi

Date:- 22.08.2010.

Time:-10.30A.M to 1.30.P.M

Sh R.K.Bhatia has very kindly consented to provide and arrange for Tea,snacks and Lunch for the meeting . West Delhi Philatelic Club has arranged the Hall.

Traffic Light-World Classical Tamil Conference-Kovai-2010

Date Of Issue:-27.06.2010.

Two Blocks of Four with Top Left and Top Right Traffic Light Corners.



Postal Stationery (British India) King George V, Envelope

1a in Black on 1/2a Green on White Laid paper, Knife 6

Size:-118 x 66mm

WE are bringing out another readers experience at the Dehradun Philatelic Bureau. The complaints are similar and it is need of the moment for authorities to take action on these issues and prevent this rampant mismanagement and high handedness at Dehradun Philatelic Bureau. The issues raised are highlighted below.

Dear sir
I am from Dehradun  and  I would like to share some real facts and my experience  of Dehradun Philatelic Bureau.

1. Uttrakhand Postal Circle released six booklets  on various subjects  during  last  six months but not a single piece is available for common philatelist like me @ Rs 50 the issue price but you can surprisingly purchase any number of copies  @Rs 400 each from a Particular Dealer in Dehradun.

2.Uttrakhand  Postal circle’s official  provided  only 100 pieces of CWG Baton relay Covers  for  philatelists all over  India  .This piece of information was given to me by Mr Sharma  Bureau in charge . Again you can purchase any number of this  CWG Baton relay Covers   on hefty premium from a dealer  sitting next to Mr Sharma. Some preferential treatment has been given to this dealer by some official in India Post.

3. Dehradun Philatelic Bureau has not provided  any FDC, Cancellations of FDC ,information sheets since last  two years  .

4. Philatelic deposit a/c  supply is very  erratic  .Some a/c holders  have not received  any supply since last three years . In supply There is no  FDC, NO  information sheet even if you mentioned in   your a/c   You can receive supply only when you   complain to   high officials other wise no supply is sent.

5. There are no   Tamil Conference  stamps for person like me   in this   Dehradun Philatelic Bureau  But  bureau received some  400 sheets of this stamp. It appears bulk quantity of sheets has been taken by this local dealer.

6.  There is no Rath Yatra Puri Temple  m/s  in  bureau  for common philatelists / Collectors who want to collect such a stamp or Miniature sheet.

7   The Dehradun Bureau does not send any supplies to sub Post Offices maintaining Philatelic Bureaus like Roorkee , Haridwar , Sharanpur etc so Philatelists in these places run Pillar to post to get a few copies of stamps either from Delhi/ Shimla or From dealers . The sale of stamps should continue upto six months but some particular issues are out of stock within 48 to 72 hours of release/receipt.

Dehradun Philatelic Bureau is working  for  dealer sitting next to  Mr Sharma  Bureau in charge He is sole owner of this bureau  . He  does whatever  he want . I  do my purchase  from Shimla and Delhi   It costs me heavily  and I missed some items regularly.

Contributed By:- Mr Sanjeev Jain, Dehradun

Postal Stationery (British India) King George V, Envelope

1a in Black on 1a 3p Purple on Brownish Wove paper, Knief 13

size:-153 x 89mm

Rakhi Envelopes  2007 – India Post

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is  dedicated to the love and affection shared between a brother and a sister. On this day, sisters pray for long life of their brothers and ask God to bless them with his blessings. Brothers, in turn, give them  rakhi gifts and promise to care life long.

Rakhi Envelopes   Issued By Indian Post in 2007 to mark this festival. These Are DuPont Tyvek Envelopes. Cost Rs 5 each.


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