January 27, 2011


India Post released a stamp and Miniature sheet of Krishnadevaraya, the great King of the Vijayanagara Empire, on 27 Jan 2011. This is the first Miniature sheet of 2011.

XXIV All India Builder's Convention.

A special cover was released in Chennai on 23rd Jan.2011 by the Builders Association of India on the occasion of  XXIV All India Builder's Convention

Courtesy: K. Muthukumaran, Chennai.

January 25, 2011

Lighthouses of Hong Kong

A set of 5 stamps on surviving pre-war lighthouses of Hong Kong was released on 29th December 2010 by Hong Kong Post.

$1.40 - Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse
Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, was lit up to help vessels navigate on 16 April 1875. The round stone tower is 9.7 metres high and white in colour. Its base, arched doorway and spiral staircase are of fine masonry. The iron door is adorned with geometric decoration at the top. The opening of Waglan Island Lighthouse years later in 1893 rendered Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse superfluous and it became inoperative in 1896. In 1975 the latter was automated and relit. Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse was declared a monument on 3 March 2006.

$1.80 - Old Green Island Lighthouse
The old Green Island Lighthouse began guiding seafarers across the waters on 1 July 1875. The small circular tower is constructed of granite, measuring about 12 metres in height. Its doorway features projected rough-faced quoins. The two cross-shaped openings on its wall, resembling gun-posts found in mediaeval European castles, facilitate ventilation and light penetration. Immediately after the new Green Island Lighthouse came into operation, the old lighthouse was decommissioned and later declared a monument on 7 November 2008.

$2.40 - New Green Island Lighthouse
Standing next to its predecessor, the new Green Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1904 and completed in 1905. The circular tower, built of granite and concrete, stands 17.5 metres high with a steel lantern at the top. It is painted white for high visibility, thermal insulation and structural protection. Its spiral staircase is made of fine masonry complete with beautiful railings. The entrance and windows, in the form of segmental arches, are decorated with ornamental plaster mouldings. The tower has been fully automated since the 1970s. Both the new and old Green Island Lighthouses were declared monuments on 7 November 2008.

$3 - Tang Lung Chau Lighthouse
Tang Lung Chau Lighthouse commenced helping mariners navigate the coastline on 29 April 1912. The skeletal steel tower is 11.8 metres high and painted white at the top. The adjoining brick house, furnished with a bedroom, a kitchen, a latrine and a storeroom, was the living quarters of the lighthouse keeper. With no well or fresh water supply on the island, rainwater was collected from the roof and diverted to an underground tank for storage and use.The now automated Tang Lung Chau Lighthouse was declared a monument on 29 December 2000.

$5 - Waglan Lighthouse
The first flash of light was beamed from Waglan Lighthouse on 9 May 1893. Its then state-of-the-art lamp burned mineral oil and was equipped with a rotating apparatus floating on mercury. During the Second World War, the lighthouse was extensively damaged and repairs began from 1945. Fully automated since August 1989, the lighthouse serves not only as a navigation aid but also an outpost for collecting meteorological data from the eastern part of the territory for analysis by the Hong Kong Observatory. Waglan Lighthouse was declared a monument on 29 December 2000.

Courtesy: Hong Kong Post.

January 21, 2011

The 300th anniversary of Andreyevsky flag.

The stamp and the margins of the sheet feature a line of Russian ships of 17-18cc with St.Andrew's flags on the sterns. The flag, bearing the blue diagonal cross of St.Andrew on the white background, is the official stern flag of the Russian Navy. From 1712 till 1917 St Andrew's Flag was common to all Russian military ships. In 1992 the flag was reintroduced as the official flag of the Navy of the Russian Federation. The ships pictured also bear banners and pennants of Peter the Great's era. The background features an outline world map with oceans which symbolizes the round the world trips of the Russian Navy.

January 18, 2011


India Post released the first stamp for the year 2011 on 15th January 2011 on the Gujarathi Magazine "Doot"

January 10, 2011

Khadi Stamp ( Stamp on Cloth)

India Post on the occasion of INDIPEX 2011 ( World Philatelic Exhibition) is bringing out a special stamp on Gandhiji to commemorate the event. The stamp will be unique as it will be printed on "Khadi", the handspun cotton material that Gandhiji held as the symbol of self determination and self reliance. The stamp will be released on 12th Feb.2011.

The online booking of the same is available at the website of India Post / Indipex 2011

January 8, 2011

Sagar Philatelic and Numismatic Association.

Yearly Exhibition of Sagar Philatelic and Numismatic Association will be held on 23rd January 2011 at Gandhi Mandira, Opp. Head Post Office, Sagar, Karnataka.

This will be a one day event and is free for public. Since the date co relates with the birth day of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose,  this exhibition is dedicated to the freedom fighters of India.

Sagar Philatelic and Numismatic Association was formed on 04-04-04 and since then, it has been conducting yearly exhibition at Sagar and surrounding areas and all these events have registered remarkable success.Last year, along with the exhibition, a workshop on fake note identification was arranged which was supported by the Issue Department of RBI with their faculty.

For further details, contact: prephila@gmail.com
Ganesh Bhat, Secretary
Sagar Philatelic and Numismatic Association, SAGAR - 577 401

January 7, 2011

26th Scout-Guide Jamborette of Karnataka

Lions International Stamp Club - LISC - India Chapter # 3 has released a Special Postal Cover with Cancellation at Tharalu BO 560082 on 6th Jan 2011 on occation of 26th Scout-Guide Jamborette of Karnataka being held from 6th to 12th January 2011 with slogan "Scouting & Guiding for a Better Tomorrow" This will be the first special cover from the Karnataka Postal Circle for the year 2011.

 For the special cover kindly contact : de Lion Ajoy VU2JHM  - email: lionajoy@yahoo.com

Contributed by Lion Ajoy, Bangalore.

January 6, 2011

Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctury

Permanent Pictorial Postal Cancellation of Daroji Sloth Bear was released on 05.01.2011 along with a special cover. This was released with a hope to popularise the International year of Forest (IYF 2011) This cancellation will be available at Hampi Kannada University Campus post office 583276 KAMALAPURA in Karnataka State.

 Cancellation on a Post card.

 The Release Function

The Bear Sanctuary - The black dots seen on the rocks are the bears !

Lions International Stamp Club - LISC - India Chapter along with Lions International Amateur (Ham) Radio Club - VU2LCI and Bangalore Amateur Radio Club VU2ARC has brought out this Special Postal Cover with International Year of Forests 2011 logo to popularise IYF 2011.

For further details visit http://www.qrz.com/db/VU0WFF

For the special cover kindly contact : de Lion Ajoy VU2JHM  - email: lionajoy@yahoo.com 

Thanks to Lion Ajoy for the news and Photos.

January 5, 2011

Stamp Issue Program for 2011

India Post in its website has published a list of Stamps to be issued in 2011.

For details visit the website of INDIA POST.

January 4, 2011

Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI)

A special cover of Southern India Chamber of Commerce and India was released on 1st January 2011 at Chennai on completing 100 years of its service.

Contributed by P.Prabhakar, Chennai.