Special Cover was released today at Darjeeling on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth anniversary
A Philatelic Special Cover was released on October 1st 2019 at Hayden Hall in Darjeeling on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth anniversary.
Mahatma Gandhi visited Darjeeling hills only once in June 1925 on invitation of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das. Gandhiji stayed few days with Deshbandhu in a house known as “Step Aside”, close to the Mall. The Special Cover was released to commemorate Mahatma’s association with Darjeeling. A Stamp Show was also organised in this occasion exclusively on life and works of Gandhi. The Philatelists of Darjeeling and those of neighbouring Districts participated in the Stamp Show.
Deshbandhu C.R.Das passed away at “Step Aside” in Darjeeling on 16th June 1925. His mortal remains were brought to Calcutta where his funeral procession was led by Gandhiji.
First All Women Post Office of Darjeeling Division
First All Women Post Office of Darjeeling Division was inaugurated by CPMG West Bengal Circle on 27th September 2019 at Salbari (PIN: 734002).
Earlier in the week a similar Post Office was inaugurated at Rathbari Town (PIN: 732101) in Malda Division of North Bengal Region.
Celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
Besides cleanliness drive and various ‘Swachhata’ related programmes, besides organising walks and arranging plantation of saplings, we in the West Bengal Postal Circle celebrated 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by illuminating our Heritage buildings and some landmark Post Office buildings.
Men’s Badminton Championship at Darjeeling
30-09-2019 to 01-10-2019
Regional Postal Sports Board, North Bengal, organised a Men’s Badminton Championship at Darjeeling on September 30 and October 1, 2019 ... All the Divisional teams of North Bengal Region participated in the event and the Championship generated lots of enthusiasm amongst the participants. Host Darjeeling Division won the Championship trophies in Singles and Doubles, both in below 45 age group and in Senior Group.
Glimpses of inaugural programme are given here.
IPPB acknowledgement at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
The performance of the Gramin Dak Sevaks of West Bengal Postal Circle in promoting financial inclusion by bringing rural aspirational customers under the fold of IPPB (India Post Payments Bank) was acknowledged in a function at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on September 9, 2019 by Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT, Govt. of India, Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Sh. Bhriguram Patra, Gramin Dak Sevak, Contai Postal Division of West Bengal Circle, who came 1st at all India level in “Kaun Banega Bahubali” promotional campaign of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is receiving the award from Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications & IT, Govt. of India.
Sh. Nanda Lal, South Presidency Postal Division of West Bengal Circle came 2nd in PAN India promotional campaign “Aaj ka Badshah” carried out by the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) before its 1st anniversary.
Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister of Communications & IT, Govt. of India encouraged the good performers in a function at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on 9th September, 2019.
Special Cover on Chandrayaan-2
India’s historic mission to moon - Chandrayaan-2, despite some setbacks had largely achieved its objectives. The entire world applauded Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for “daring to go where no one else has managed to.” Many in the world media lauded India’s engineering prowess decades of space development efforts.
West Bengal Postal Circle released a Philatelic “Special Cover” acknowledging India’s spirit of Space Exploration on 7th September evening at Rotunda of Kolkata GPO, in presence of Dr. Sanjib Sen, Director, Positional Astronomy Centre, Govt. of India, Salt Lake, Kolkata and Sh. D.P.Duari, Director M.P.Birla Planetorium, Kolkata. The Special Cover focussed the mission of Chandrayaan-2 as one aimed at improving “our understanding of the moon, that will benefit India and humanity as a whole”.
“In the world of science, ups and downs are there but what is important is whether we can accept the challenge and learn from minor setbacks here and there”, stated Dr. Duari. While explaining the sparkling discoveries on moon by Chandrayaan-1, Mr. Duari explained how journey of Chandrayaan-2 has already achieved a higher scientific feat. He also elaborated on ISRO’s ambitious plans of space exploration of next five years on this occasion.
Ekla Chalo Re - West Bengal Philatelic Exhibition - 2019
The state level Philatelic Exhibition - "Ekla Chalo Re" (একলা চলো রে)will be held at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, from November 16 to 21, 2019. Since the exhibition is primarily meant to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in his 150th Birth Anniversary, it has been named after patriotic song of Tagore "Ekla Chalo Re..." as Mahatma was deeply influenced by this song and cited it as one of his favourites.
Releasing the Logo and the Prospectus of the Exhibition: “Ekla Chalo Re - West Bengal State Philatelic Exhibition - 2019”, in a function on 7th September 2019 at rotunda of Kolkata GPO, Shri Gautam Bhattacharya, Chief PMG of the Circle intimated that 33 Postal Administrations all over the world have issued Postage Stamps to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma and 31 others have made a commitment to release it.
The exhibits, it was stated will be classified into two classes: Invitee class on Mahatma Gandhi and Competitive class on other Philatelic categories.