16 March 2018

GOMMATPEX 2018 - Jainism Philatelic Exhibition

Jainism Philatelic Exhibition


Jainism Philatelic Exhibition will be held at Interpretation Centre, Near Vindhyagiri Hill Steps Shravanabelagola 573135 from 7th April 10.00 AM TO 7.00 PM AND 8th April 10.00 AM TO 2.00 PM. The exhibition is being held by the Department of Post Hassan Division (HASSAN) and (SDJMI) Management Committee Trust, Jain math Shravanabelagola and with support of (JPG) Jainism Philately Group and in association with KPS Karnataka Philatelic Society Bangalore.
It will provide an opportunity for Philatelists residing in India to showcase their outstanding philatelic collections in the Invitee Class on first come first serve basis. This exhibition will consist only INVITEE class and is non competitive.
A Special Cover will be released on first day of the exhibition and the Department of Post will provide Special Cancellation of the exhibition depicting Jainism theme.
Each Dealers booth will be charged Rs.3000/- i,e for the exhibition duration
(Two chairs and one table will be provided)
Only 6 Dealers booths will be provided at the venue to dealers for dealing in philatelic and other Collectible items. (On first come first sever basis) Dealers from all over the country may apply. 
4.1. GOMMATPEX 2018 will be governed by the Committee of “GOMMATPEX 2018”.
4.2. Participation in GOMMATPEX 2018 is open to all philatelists having a permanent address in India. This exhibition is restricted for JAINISM theme only. Allied themes (like Vegetarianism, Peace, Non - violence etc,) will be accepted but fist preference will be given to Jainism theme only.
 4.3. All exhibits must be mounted on loose leaf Album /exhibit pages and enclosed with transparent protective covers
4.4. The organizers reserve the right to reject/remove any exhibit in whole or in part without assigning any reason
4.5. An individual exhibitor will be permitted Minimum one frame and Maximum of five frames will be permitted. In case of a family, no more than 2 entries shall be permitted.
4.6. A youth participant may apply for only one frame exhibit. In case, He or She has won any award will be taken in to consideration for five frames exhibits all applications in the Youth Class should be accompanied by Proof of date of birth & with latest award certificates of 2017.
4.7. FRAME SIZE: There will be a total number of about 100 frames. The frames will be adequately secured, artificially lighted, avoiding direct sun light for protection of exhibit. These frames will be 98 cms. Wide and 129 cms high and will held 16 standard size album pages of 22 cms. X 29 cms.)Or 8 pages of 44cms x 29 cms.
5.1. INVITEE CLASS: (NON COMPETITVE CLASS): Outstanding collections from individuals and collections of the members of the JPG will also be exhibited by invitation.
5.1. a. Thematic
5.1. b. Maximaphilly
5.1. c. First Day Cover Special Covers & Other postal Stationary          

6.1. Exhibitors desirous of participating in the exhibition should apply online by email only. Email id gommatpex2018@gmail.com the entry forms (duly filled and signed) along with An Introductory page and Synopsis of the exhibit should reach To Secretary, GOMMATPEX 2018, latest by 20th March 2018
6.2. All exhibits must be accompanied by one photo copy of each album sheet duly signed by the exhibitor for security purpose only.
6.3. Each exhibit must be accompanied by inventory of each album sheet in duplicate. Inventory form with the allotment letter can be down loaded from the e mail attachment sent.
6.4. Exhibitors must have been owners of their exhibit
Any, postal stationery, printed in India after independence, any Indian items not officially issued and /or pre-released after independence are banned from being exhibited as an entry or part of an exhibit.
Any Item, which does not show the correct International Boundaries of India, and/or which offends the religious, ethnic, national integrity or environmental sentiments will not be allowed to be displayed. Exhibitors should ensure that no exhibit includes any such material.
8.1. The entries accepted and the number of frames allotted will be notified to the participants by 22-03-2018, by email only.
8.2. The number of frames allotted may be increased or decreased at the discretion of the Allotment Committee without assigning any reason.
8.3. The names and addresses of the exhibitors should be written in CAPITAL LETTERS at the back of each album sheet which shall be numbered on the corner.
9.1. No charge has to be paid

9.2. On receipt of the Application Allotment Letter for the participation of “GOMMATPEX 2018”, will be sent by email only, on or before 22th March 2018,

9.3. Those who have applied online and received the Allotment Letter by email should send the Exhibit Application Form duly signed along with the Introduction Page to the address mentioned below.

The Secretary,
Mr. Sadananda H.C
SPO’S Hassan Division
Hassan 573201
Mobile No: 9480887383
9.4. Late entries, if any may be accepted at the sole discretion of the Organizing Committee

10.1. The participant is required to indicate the desired arrangement of sheets. Every care will be taken to see that the exhibit is mounted accordingly.
10.2. Exhibits if sent by Post must be forwarded through INSURED POST at owner’s risk. The organizers will not be responsible for any lack of statutory compliance, on part of the participant, loss or damage during transit or otherwise.
10.3. All exhibits should reach The Secretary, before 30-03-2018 and not after 03-04-2018.
10.4. Exhibits will not be accepted at the venue under any circumstances.
10.5. The Organizers will be responsible for the mounting and dismounting of all exhibits. No exhibits will be removed during the exhibition.
10.6. Exhibits will be returned as soon as possible after the close of Exhibition by Registered Insured Parcel for Rs. 500/- only & free of charge, only at the risk of the exhibitor. If the exhibits are desired to be returned by any other mode, the participant must indicate the same in writing and bear the cost thereof.
10.7. Exhibitors who so desire can collect their exhibits in person after the Exhibition I.e., only against the Acknowledgement Receipt in original, which shall thereafter remain with the Organizing Committee.
11.1. Exhibitors are advised that in their own interest they should make arrangements for individual insurance of their Exhibit. The Organizing Committee will have adequate professional security round the clock at the venue for the whole duration of the exhibition.

12.1. Though every possible care will be taken of the exhibits, no liability/responsibility shall be attached either to the organizers of the Exhibition or to the members of the Organizing Committee or its employees or Voluntary Associates for any loss or damage to the exhibits arising from any cause or reason whatsoever

12.2. For all disputes arising in respect of the exhibition, the decision of the Organizing Committee shall be final and for all legal matters the Hassan civil Court will have jurisdiction.
13.1. All class will be in invitee Hence, No need of The Jury Organizing Committee will elect its own office bearers and set its own procedure. 
14.1. For the exhibitors accommodation will be made by the committee

15.1. A philatelic booth of the Indian Post Hassan Division and other division for selling Commemorative stamps, FDC’S my stamps Special Cover, and other philatelic materials,

15.2. The booth of the Karnataka Philatelic Society of Bangalore shall sell its own publications, Special Covers and other Philatelic items.

16.1. The Organizers reserve the rights to add, alter or amend any of these rules at any point of time & without any prior notice.

16.2. The decision of the Organizers on all questions concerning the Exhibition shall be final & binding on all concerned.

16.3. Signature of an exhibitor on the Exhibitor Application Form shall be deemed as the acceptance of these Special Regulations in their entirety by the exhibitor.

18. All Communications to be sent to:
18.1 gommatpex2018@gmail.com & exhibits etc, to the below address

The Secretary,
Mr. Sadananda H.C
SPO’S Hassan Division
Hassan 573201
Mobile No: 09480887383
Email: gommatpex2018@gmail.com

The Chairman:
Mr Mahaveer Kundur
Mobile No: 09483542151 

Mr Manish A.Jain
Mobile No: 09845170700 

Mr Jagannath Mani
Mobile No: 09900404808
: Jagannath Mani - Bangalore, Sudhir Jain - Satna (MP)

12 March 2018

New Special Covers

1. KTK-08-2018 Hornbill Festival: 

Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) is large beautiful, extravagant, awe-inspiring bird with a distinctive projecting casque mounted on the large curved beak. It is significant part of several tribal cultures. They aid in dispersal of seeds through droppings and help in regeneration of important forest species and thereby earning the apt c1epe "Farmers of the forest" or "Feathered foresters". 

In 2011, Government of Karnataka has constituted "Hornbill Conservation Reserve" in Dandeli and Virnoli ranges. Haliyal Division is putting an indefatigable efforts to conserve the species. 

2. KTK-11-2018 Shree Bahubaliswamy Mahamasthakabisheka Mahotsav 2018

This special cover has been released on 17th February 2018 to commemorate Shree 8ahubali Swamy Mahamasthakabhisheka Mahotsava 2018, Shravanabelagola. 

3. KTK-13-2018-Amrita Sangama : 

This Special Cover has been released to commemorate Amrita Sangama 2018 at Mangaluru.

4. KTK-15-2018 - T Upendra Anatha Pai (Co -Founder Syndicate Bank): 

Tonse Upendra Ananth Pai (26 Nov 1895 - 13 Dec 1956) co-founded Syndicate Bank to promote the financial inclusion of the weaving and farming communities. The Bank prompted the formation of Manipal Power Press known as Manipal Technologies Limited to day. He initiated several infrastructure projects and was committed to the betterment of society which earned him the title - "a one-man public works department." This special cover has been released on 24.2.2018 at Manipal in memory of Shri T. Upendra A. Pai.

: Suresh R - Bangalore

Club News

National JPG Meet and Gommatpex-2018 on 7th April

Jainism Philately Group is organizing it's 3rd National Meet on 7th April 2018 at famous Jain religious place Sravanabelgola (Karnaraka). About 150 persons will participate in this meet from all over India.

Jainism Philately Group (JPG) is a national organisation of the stamps Collectors collecting Jainism and allied themes. It has more then 250 members across the country as well as USA & Canada.  It was founded in the year 2011 at New Delhi during International Philatelic Exhibition INDIPEX 2011 . It's first National Meet was organized at Khajuraho (M. P.) In the year 2014 and second was organized at Udaipur (Raj.) In the year 2015. Third JPG National Meet is being organized at Sravababelgola (Karnataka) on 7th April 2018
JPG was instrumental in release of many stamps, special covers, special cancellations, pictorial cancellations and stamp booklets related to Jainism theme. Also organized some exhibitions.

According to Mr. Sudhir Jain, National Chairman of JPG, Sravanabelgola will be inaugurated by Pujya Bhattarak Charukirti Swamiji. 

On this occasion a philaletic exhibition GOMMATPEX-2018 will  also be organized at Sravanabelgola on 7th & 8th April 2018 under the patronage of India Post Department jointly by Jainism Philately Group and Karnataka Philatelic Society. Postal Department is providing 100 frames for the same. Only Jainism and allied themes will be exhibited in this exhibition. No competition. All the participants will get medals and certificates. Minimum 3 and maximum 5 frames can be exhibited. Ex Prime Minister Shri H. D. Devegoda and CPMG Karnataka Circle will be the guests of the exhibition. A special cover is also proposed to be released on this occasion.

: Sudhir Jain -  Satna (MP)

11 March 2018

New Stamps from India

Central Industrial Security Force

Date of Issue : 8 March 2018

India Post issued two commemorative postage stamps on Central Industrial Security Force on 8th March 2018.

Image Source : Stamps of India

10 March 2018

New Special cover on Jainism theme

A Special cover was released on 10th March 2018 on Jainism theme at Humcha (Karnataka). On the occasion of Historical 1400 year old Shree Kshetra Hombuja, Bhagwan Shree Parshwanath Tirthankar & Varapradhayini Mahayakshi Shree Padmavati Matha, Mula Nakshatra Maharathotsav, a special Cover and special cancellation released on 10th March 2018 at Humcha. Parampujya Shree Devendrakeerthi  Bhatharak Swamiji of Humcha Jain Math and Shimoga SSP Mr. Naveen chandra released this beautiful cover on the persuasion of Jainism Philately Group.

- Sudhir Jain, Satna (MP)

For Bird Lovers...

New stamps and postmark on birds from Luxembourg

Two stamps (personalized) and one pictorial postmark will be available on 19th May 2018 in L- 5600 MONDORF-LES-BAINES, GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG . 

The stamps and the pictorial postmark are featuring the Barn swallow(Hirundo rustica).
Both philatelic items (stamps/postmark) honors the international philatelic exhibition BIRDPEX 8 which will be held in Mondorf-les-Baines from  19th to 21st May 2018.

New pictorial postmark on wolf from Germany 

On April 7th 2018   a new pictorial postmark 
will be available in 21391 REPPENSTEDT.
The postmark is featuring the head  of  wolf (Canis lupus).

- Wolfgang Beyer, BDPh (German Philatelic Federation) & AIJP

09 March 2018

Indian Lotus on new Canadian Stamp

Here are two new beautiful stamps on Lotus issued by Canada Post. The   Canada Post has marked spring’s return with its annual flower stamp issue, which was  released on 1st March 2018.This year, the focus is on aquatic blooms with two domestic-rate Permanent stamps featuring two varieties of lotus, Indian Lotus ( Nelumbo nucifera) and Amreican Lotus ( Nelumbo lutea).


The only lotus indigenous to American Continent, the American lotus (Nelumbo lutea) has a creamy yellow flower and needs warmth and sunshine. The rare and threatened species grows at its northern limit along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair in southern Ontario. It is also found in wetlands across most of the eastern U.S. and as far south as Honduras.

The sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), which bears delicate pink and white petals, is the national flower of India and has deep religious significance for Buddhists and Hindus. Native to the tropical and warm-temperate regions of Asia and Australia, this lotus is cultivated in North America and can become wild.

Stamp designers Gary Beelik and Kristine Do, of Toronto’s Parcel Design, used water colour portraits by Eunike Nugroho to depict different bloom phases in a pair of se-tenant stamps. The blue background evokes a watery habitat while a spot gloss varnish reveals a Chinese Bulbul bird, a koi fish and a dragonfly, all of which share their environment with lotuses.

07 March 2018

Bioluminescent stamps from USPS

Date of Issue : 22 February 2018

The United States Postal Service issued  10 extraordinary stamps on 22 February 2018..This pane of 20 stamps showcases 10 examples of Bioluminescent Life.   Although these stamps do not glow in the dark, they do incorporate a special effect. The stamp pane was produced using a proprietary rainbow holographic material that is highly reflective in white light. The stamps were produced using special techniques to enhance the reflective qualities of the material while maintaining the depth of color and detail of the individual images. The rainbow pattern imparts a sense of movement and light to the stamp pane.
Bioluminescence — the ability of some living things to generate their own light — occurs on many branches of the tree of life. 
At center top, the selvage — or area outside the stamps — features a transparent deep-sea comb jelly (Gregory G. Dimijian photo), surrounded by images of the firefly squid (Danté Fenolio). The title “BIOLUMINESCENT LIFE” appears on the selvage above the pane of stamps.
Eight stamp images represent the work of some of the top explorers of the bioluminescent ocean realm, and two portray land-based species. The stamps feature: deep-ocean octopus (Widder); midwater jellyfish (Widder); deep-sea comb jelly (Widder); mushroom (Taylor F. Lockwood); firefly (Gail Shumway); bamboo coral (Widder); marine worm (Widder); crown jellyfish (Widder); a second type of marine worm (Steve Haddock); and sea pen (Widder).
Bioluminescence performs a variety of functions 
Fairly rare among species on land, bioluminescence reigns supreme in the darkness of the deep ocean. Fishes, squids, jellyfish, worms and many other ocean organisms make varied use of their ability to glow. Their light can lure food, attract a mate or fend off a predator. For many species, bioluminescence is security lighting. For example, the midwater jellyfish — featured on one of the stamps — sets off flashing swirling rings of light when threatened. The display alerts other predators more likely to eat the attacker than the jellyfish itself.
Some species are born with bioluminescence, while others, like certain fishes and squids, have receptacles for displaying bioluminescent bacteria that they capture.
Since the late 19th century, many breakthrough discoveries regarding bioluminescence have come through the study of fireflies and flickering beetles. Because these beetles exist on every continent except Antarctica, they provide scientists with the most convenient means by which to investigate the phenomenon.
Fighting cancer and other diseases

Medical science has benefited tremendously from the study of luminous life-forms. Using genes that enable bioluminescence, scientists can make a cancer cell glow, enabling observation of how the disease behaves and spreads. Similar research is also vital in the fights against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, anemia, malaria, dengue fever, HIV and many other illnesses.

Through improved deep-sea exploration and advances in photography, scientists have identified thousands of bioluminescent species. Yet many mysteries of bioluminescence remain unsolved, and many benefits of research await discovery.
Dazzling Bioluminescent Life Forever Stamps Come to Light Today
From left, the first row of stamps features a deep-ocean octopus (Stauroteuthis syrtensis) and a midwater jellyfish (Atolla vanhoeffeni), both photographed by Edith Widder of Ft. Pierce, FL. The octopus was photographed under external lighting. On each row of stamps, the third and fourth stamps repeat the first two designs.
Dazzling Bioluminescent Life Forever Stamps Come to Light Today
The second row of stamps begins with a deep-sea comb jelly (Bathocyroe fosteri), also by Widder and lit externally, then a cluster of mushrooms (Mycena lucentipes) by Taylor F. Lockwood of Mount Dora, FL.
Dazzling Bioluminescent Life Forever Stamps Come to Light Today
The third row features a firefly (Lampyridae) by Gail Shumway of Sarasota, FL, followed by a bamboo coral (Keratoisis flexibilis) by Widder.
Dazzling Bioluminescent Life Forever Stamps Come to Light Today
Widder also photographed both fourth-row images: a marine worm (Flota) and a crown jellyfish (Atolla wyvillei). Both are shown under external lighting.
Dazzling Bioluminescent Life Forever Stamps Come to Light Today
The fifth and final row of stamps offers another type of marine worm (Tomopteris), by Steve Haddock of Moss Landing, CA, and a sea pen (Umbellula) by Widder. Both marine species are shown under external lighting.
Source : USPS

05 March 2018

New Stamps from India

Biju Patnaik

 Date of Issue : 5 March 2018

 India Post issued a commemorative postage stamp on Shri Biju Patnaik on 5th March 2018. The stamp release ceremony was held in Bhubaneshear.

Image Courtesy : Kashinath, Bhubaneshwar  (Orissa Philatelic Association)

Auroville International Township - Golden Jubilee

Date of Issue : 25 February 2018

B. Nagi Reddy

Date of Issue : 23 February 2018

Image Courtesy - Stamps of India

Serenade Love stamp from Slovenia

Date of Issue : 26 January 2018

This beautiful Love stamp issued by Slovenia Post on 26 January 2018 showcases an interesting blend of contemporary technology and  traditional way to express love. Back in the classic era, it had become a trend among lovers to play romantic music or sing songs outside the window of whom they want to impress. The stamp design mixes up this tradition with the age of internet and mobile phones.

It features a huge cell phone. A boy is standing on a balcony that extends from the phone, and a girl is standing under the balcony trying to serenade and impress her love with a symbolic heart in her hand.

New Special Cover

A special cover was released at Chennai on 23rd Feb. 2018 to commemorate JITO Connect 2018 (Jain International Trade Organisation). Cover and special cancellation depict Swastik and siddh shila.

- Sudhir Jain, Satna (MP)

03 March 2018

New Special Covers

42nd Death Anniversary of K.C Reddy - First Chief Minister of Karnataka 

KYASAMBALLY CHENGALARAYA REDDY, Gandhian & First Chief Minister of Karnataka State from 24/10/1947 to 30/3/1952, grew up under the leadership of Annie Besant 1918-1926. He secured 4th rank in SSLC, Mysore State and Raja Ramaswami Mudaliar Gold medal in BA from Madras University in 1924. In 1937 K.C.Reddy was jailed for the first time after joining Congress party. In 1946-1947 he was President of Congress party. K.C.Reddy Declared "MYSORE CHALO", Padayatra from Bangalore to Mysore on 1st September 1947 which protest lasted for 42 days. Under the able leadership of K.C.Reddy the monarchy of Princely Mysore State ended on 12th October 1947. Sri K.C.Reddy became the Chief Minister and then Bangalore became the capital city under the leadership of K.C.Reddy. The idea & plan of Vidhana Soudha was started in 1948 by KC.Reddy. On 13th July 1951 Nehruji was invited to lay the foundation of Vidhana Soudha. K.C.Reddy was Rajya Sabha Member from 1952-1957, Union Cabinet Minister for Commerce, Industries and Production in Nehru Cabinet, was member of Lok Sabha from 1957-1961 and Cabinet Minister for PWD, Housing and Civil Supplies. During his tenure, Iron and Steel 

Industries at Orissa-Rourkhela, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, etc., were established. He played a major role in the establishment of Mount Carmel College, HMT, BHEL, BEML, ITI, CFTRI, Kasthuri Gandhi Children Centre, Food Nutrition Department, Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi, Rajghat, Mahatma Hydroelectric Power, Mysore Public Service Commission (KPSC), Karnataka Bhavan at Delhi, Delhi School of Economics, etc., He served as Member of Lok Sabha from 1961-1964. He was President of Indian Delegation at the Geneva GATT Conference in 1961 He was Deputy Opposition Leader from 1964-1965 and Governor of Madhya Pradesh from 1965-1971 (twice). This special cover is released as a tribute on his 42nd Death Anniversary.

Special covers from Kolkata  released in December 2017


Sanmarg, the largest read Hindi Daily from Eastern India has transversed 7 decades of unparallel journalism and is celebrating its 25000 edition on 10th December 2017. 

Having started in Varanasi, Sanmarg arrived in kolkata in April 1948, under the able aegis of the founder editor the Late Ram Awatar Gupta, Sanmarg soon became the No 1 Hindi Daily from the East. Even today Sanmarg adheres to its principle of uncompromising journalism and to uphold values of humanity. 

Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio, popularly known as HAM Radio, is a scientific hobby of wireless communication. It is a hobby of self training, intercommunication and investigation in worldwide radio communications by means of private two-way radio conducted by duly authorised person without any pecuniary interest. This hobby has been in existence right from the days when Acharya Jagadish chandra Bose demonstrated to the unbelieving world that it was possible to instantaneously send a message from one place to another without the use of wires and thus was born "wireless" communication that we take for granted today. 
For more details on Amateur Radio please visit www.hamconvention.net 

- Suresh.R

Related Posts with Thumbnails