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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

District Level Philatelic Exhibition BHUPEX – 2013 organized by Bhubaneswar Division concluded successfully

The District Level Philatelic Exhibition, BHUPEX-2013 organized by Bhubaneswar Postal Division from 25.03.2013 to 26.03.2013 was concluded successfully today at Jaydev Bhawan. The highlights of the two-days celebration are as follows.

25.03.2013 :

The District Level Philatelic Exhibition, BHUPEX-2013 was  inaugurated   at 10.30AM on 25.03.2013  by Padma Vibhusan Sj. Ragunath Mohapatra on 25.03.2013 at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar.
At the outset, Sri A K Nayak, SSPOs, Bhubaneswar Division gave his welcome speech  and narrated the importance of organizing such an exhibition.
Addressing the gathering participated by school children and philatelists , Padma Vibhusan ( 2013 ) Sj. Raghunath Mohapatra, noted architect and sculptor and member of prestigious Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR) praised the contribution of India Post towards the rich heritage of India through release postage stamps  and informed the authorities to avail the opportunity of collecting rare materials inherited from his ancestors and possessed  by him  on cultural and aesthetic aspects for release of stamps. He informed that there are rare paintings by eminent poet Utkal Ghanta Jadumani Mohapatra available in the walls of Jagannath Temple in Buguda, Ganjam. The Postal authorities  should take care of preserving those rare paintings  through release of postage stamps.
Sj. S P Rajlingam, PMG Berhampur Region, Sj. P K Bisoi, PMG, Sambalpur Region, Sj. Suvendu Swain, DPS (HQ) and Sj. P K Singh, DPS ( BD & Mktg.) addressed the function as Guest of Honour. Describing the story of King Ashok and narrating the importance of Dhauli Shanti Stupa, Bhubaneswar , while PMG, Berhampur  stressed upon the contribution of India Post in upholding rich heritage and culture of  the nation , the PMG Sambalpur  briefed the places and people of Odisha on which India Post has already released postage stamps. Both the directors addressed the gathering on importance of philately.
Presenting a paper “Why shall I collect stamp”  Sri Shanti Swarup Rath, eminent philatelist encouraged the participating school children.
Sri Ajit Kumar Das, Secretary, Eastern India Philatelists’ Association while addressing the gathering as Hon’ble Speaker expressed concern over irregular conductance of both State level and District level philatelic exhibitions in Odisha. After a gap of 7 years BHUPEX-2013 has been arranged. He urged for annual exhibitions regularly for creating interest amongst the youngsters towards philately. According to him the percentage of commemorative stamps released on people and places of Odisha is too low and highly unsatisfactory in comparison to other states in India. The reason is that the representation of Odisha in National Philatelic Advisory Board is only one. Thus he requested the postal administration to nominate more personalities for a huge representation in NPAB. He also requested the postal authorities to arrange for additional space in both the Philatelic Bureau at Bhubaneswar and Cuttack for displaying collections of eminent philatelists.
On the occasion, a special cover on Shanti Stupa, Dhauli was released and the first “My Stamp” was released with the photograph of Sj. Raghunath Mohapatra.  In the end, a philatelic quiz competition was held amongst the participating school children.



 26.03.2013 :

On the 2nd day of BHUPEX-2013, Sj. Bijayshree Routray, Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment, Labour & ESI, Govt of Odisha and President of Eastern India Philatelists’ Association addressed the exhibition as Chief Guest. While sharing his vast experiences on collection of postage stamps for last 50 years, he suggested the Ministry of Forest & Environment, Govt. of Odisha to cooperate with the Odisha Postal administration in submitting required proposals to Ministry of Communication & IT, Govt. of India on the rare species   available only  in Similipal forest reserve  and Nandankanan zoo. He advised the participating students to continue philately as a hobby till end of their life because it is the only hobby which will educate them in almost all fields.
Addressing the exhibition as Hon’ble speaker, Dr. Sudersan Panda, Director, Nadankanan Biological Park narrated the importance of the zoo which has been a wild life hub for many indigenous flora and fauna. The zoo established on 29th December, 1960  has been recognized worldwide  as host of white tiger  born to normal coloured parents ( 1980 ) and white tiger safari ( 1991 ). It has been accepted as a member of World Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium ( WAZA) in 2006 and n the meantime has completed 50 years. On the occasion, Dr. Panda requested India Post for releasing a commemorative postage stam on Nandanakanan Biological Park.
Lastly, the Jury’s Report was presented by Sri Anil Ku. Dhir, eminent philatelist.
A special cover on White Tiger – Nadanakanan Zoological Park was released on the day by the Hon’ble Minister, Forest & Environment, Govt. of Odisha who also distributed the prizes owned by the participants both of the quiz competition and exhibition. The exihibition was concluded with cultural programme.
The All India Postal Employees Union congratulates all the participants and winners.

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