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Friday, January 14, 2011

The World philatelic exhibition returns to India after 14 years

          After 14 years long period India post will again host a World philatelic Exhibition, INDIPEX 2010. The exhibition will be inaugurated by President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on February 12, 2011.  Near 70 countries will be participating in the exhibition.
          The exhibition will be largely competitive and showcase some of the finest and rarest stamp collections from around the world.  While stamps reflect the history, culture, ethos and concerns of nations and people, stamp collection as a hobby is interesting and educative said Shri B. Chandrashekhar, Post Master General, Maharashtra Circle, while addressing a press conference in Mumbai today.   It is also worth nothing that Philately is the only hobby recognized by the International Olympic Organisation which holds a competitive exhibition the OLYMPHILEX concurrently with the Olympic Games.
              INDIPEX 2011  It is an opportunity for India to reiterate its growing presence as a global player.   Each day of the exhibition will be earmarked for celebrating themes such as science and technology, culture and heritage, youth and sports, environment and women’s issues.  The exhibition will also mark the centenary of the world’s first airmail flight, which took place in India between Allahabad and Naini on  February 18, 1911.  These will be highlighted through release of special covers, seminars and workshops, activities for children and so on. 
          As a run up to INDIPEX-2011, Maharashtra Postal Circle had conducted ‘Stamp Design Contest’ at the Cathedral and John Connon School, Fort, Mumbai on December 12, 2010.   Over 100 students from all over Maharashtra participated.  The theme for the contest was “The Tiger”   The 10 best entries in each category at the National Level will be put up for display at the Exhibition venue of INDIPEX – 2011 for viewing by visitors including the President of India.
          Smt.Abha Singh, Director, Postal department urged to the winners of stamp design contest’ to take more efforts as a competitor of national and after selection process is over than for international contest.
Source: PIB, January 7, 2011

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