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Sikkim Philatelic Society participates at SILIPEX-2014

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Sikkim Philatelic Society (SPS) participated at the two day Philatelic Exhibition "SILIPEX-2014" held at Dinabandhu Mancha (Tathya Kendra) Siliguri on 10th and 11th February 2014. The exhibition was organised by India Post North Bengal & Sikkim Region with the help of Siliguri Philatelists Society. Ganesh Pradhan (President, SPS), Shital Pradhan (General Secretary, SPS), Deepen Pradhan (Joint Secretary) and Roshan Prasad (Treasurer, SPS) had participated in an invitee  category while Sristikaa Pradhan stood third at student level competition. The philatelic exhibition SILIPEX-2014 was inaugurated by Sri Goutam Deb, Minister for North Bengal Development. The highlight of the two day exhibition was the release of a booklet on Sachin Tendulkar. 52 frames are exhibited during the event that had 12 invitee classes. Sri Uday Mani Pradhan, noted Philatelist from Darjeeling and Sri Surja Kanta Biswas from Berhampore were the judges of the Exhibition.

"SIKKIM HELICOPTER POST"

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It was an innovative idea of popularising Postal Department of North Bengal and Sikkim by Mr. John Samuel,  the then Chief PMG. Though this Sikkim Helicopter Post did not last long but it can be credited as an pioneering effort at the small state of Sikkim. The launch of the Sikkim Helicopter Post was carried at Helipad, near High Court, Gangtok. 



The Press Release then said :

"SIKKIM HELICOPTER POST"
India Post in association with Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation launched a facility to post letters on board the daily Helicopter flight connecting the nearest Airport in North Bengal, Bagdogra to Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok, on December 2, 2003.

The mail posted on board receives a special hand-stamped cachet. This privilege costs Rs50 per piece. The flight lasting 20 minutes, gives a view of the third highest mountain Kanchenjonga, Rumtek Monastery, and Gangtok Ridge and costs – Rs 600.

The mail posted on board on December 2, 2003 received an additional launch cachet.

PHOTO FEATURE OF SINE

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Sikkim Philatelic Society congratulates medal winners of National Philatelic Exhibition

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Ganesh Pradhan, President Sikkim Philatelic Society on the behalf of the club has congratulated the young budding philatelists from Sikkim that had bagged five medals at the recent National Philatelic Exhibition held at Okhla, New Delhi. Sikkim had won Silver and three Bronze Medals in the Senior Category along with another Bronze in Youth Section.  Ganesh Pradhan in his message had said that Sikkim was represented by 9 philatelists which had as many as six philatelists participating in a National event for the first time. Roshan Prasad who had won the Sapphire Award at Vadodara in December 2009 managed the lone Silver for the State for his collection on “Cricket” while Shital Pradhan who also had won a Sapphire Award at Vadodara in December 2009 went on to win two Bronze medals in philatelic display for his exhibit on “Sikkim through Philately” as well as in Philatelic literature competition for his article on “Sikkim Rocket mail”. Deepen Pradhan went on to collect a bronze for his co…

Madhubala in India Post

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My 09.09.09 post card cancellation

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This is the collection of the 09.09.09 post card cancellation send by my dear friend Padam Parajuli from Siliguri.

Sikkim Phlilatelic Exhibition 2002

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FIRST SPECIAL COVER OF SIKKIM PHILATELIC EXHIBITION 1982

INVITATION CARD OF SIKKIM PHILATELIC EXHIBITION 2002


NEWSPAPER CLIPPING OF SIKKIM PHILATELIC EXHIBITION 2002


SPECIAL COVER OF SIKKIM PHILATELIC EXHIBITION 2002



BY SHITAL PRADHAN

The philately exhibition held at White Hall in 2002 was special in many sense, Sikkim was witnessing such exhibition after twenty years of gap. An interesting incident happened on the inaugural speech by John Samuel, Post Master General for North Bengal and Sikkim. Samuel announced that such event was held in this tiny state for the first time and he had to re-correct his words when two the special covers on display was from the first philatelic exhibition held at Gangtok on 1982.
This exhibition also brought the stamps collectors of the state for the first time. Dipok Dey, the only Asian stamp designer to design United Nation Stamp was also at his maiden Sikkim visit. Sikkim Philatelist has grown since then.

Two of the winner Ruben Pradhan and Debashish Bas…