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Philatelic exhibition at Silchar

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Silchar, Feb 11: It was a new dimension to the first ever philatelic exhibition of its kind in this town of stamp lovers. On the very iugural day of the ASSAMPEX – 2017 at the Postal Recreation Club, six special covers on Gurucharan College, Assam University, Ramanuj Gupta Junior College, Dashroopak, Bhasa Sahid Station and tiol Institute of Technology were unveiled before the august assembly in the premises. In order to receive the special covers of postal stamps were present Dr. Sanjib Bhattacharjee, Registrar, Assam University, Dr. Bibhas Deb, Principal, Gurucharan College, Prof. M A Ahmed, Dean, Social Welfare, NIT Silchar, Srimanta Dutta, Director, Ramanuj Gupta Junior College, Chitrabhanu Bhowmik, President, Dashroopak Cultural Organization, and Babul Hore, President, Bhasa Sahid Station Demand Committee.

 Riju Ganguly, director, postal services, Assam Circle, Manju Pandey, chief post master general of Assam, H Yimchunger, senior superintendent, Cachar Circle, were present to add grace to the occasion. More than hundred display boards exhibited postal stamps of various sizes and times. Manju Pande, who was the chief-guest, said it was a positive development that people’s eagerness for stamp collection has been increasing and the demand for individual postage stamps has also shown an upswing trend. In this age of digitalization, online stamp collection has also become a possibility. One can use mobile for this purpose, he pointed out.

 Curious people were seen going round the exhibition and experiencing the amazing world of stamps. In fact, each stamp of the time has something to relate. In this philatelic exhibition, 150 postal stamps would be exhibited for public viewing. Dipak Dey and Madhukar Deoganga, philatelic experts from West Bengal, are the judges for the manifold competitions during the two day exhibition. This state level exhibition is being organized for the first time in Barak Valley. Last year, it was a district level exhibition that generated keen interest among a large number of visitors.

The exhibition is displaying rare postage stamps for all those interested in this are of collections with a difference. Considering its historic importance, the postal department has always given particular emphasis on organizing such exhibition. As pointed out earlier, one of the attractions of this exhibition is “My Stamp Project”. Anyone who pays a fee of Rs.300 can have twelve postal stamps of Rs.5 each dedicated in the me of his parents. Across the country, there is growing demand for stamp collections in memory of parents. People of Barak Valley have been offered this rare privilege and it is the expectation of the postal department that more and more of them will take advantage of it. A person can avail himself of this facility by depositing a fee of Rs.200. Till date, the number of stamp seekers has swung to more than 500. The competitors securing first three positions in order of merit would facilitate them to become eligible to participate in tiol level competition.

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Ankur Kalita