Singtam, 24 Feb:
A two-day SIKKIMPEX 2019 (Feb 21-22) was held at Modern Senior Secondary School with two Special Covers released on during the event organised by the Sikkim Postal Department.
A Special Cover on Pakyong Airport, the 100th operational airport of India, was released on the inaugural day by Ramtanu Shah, Airport Director, Pakyong.
A stamp featuring the coronation throne at Norbugang, Yuksom, was featured on a special cover and released the next day by Dr Anira Phipon Lepcha, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Sikkim University.
Both the covers were designed by Singtam-based philatelist, Roshan Prasad.
This philatelic exhibition was held in Sikkim after ten years. 21 philatelists from different parts of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Siliguri participated in the exhibition. Souvik Roy and Eeshita Basu Roy from Kolkata were among the invited philatelist.
86 frames of philatelic materials were displayed, including rare postage stamps and other postal stationery items. Also displayed on the philatelic frames was international award winning exhibits on Cricket, National award winning exhibits on Music, a rare 14-frame exhibit on Buddhism by Souvik Roy and other popular exhibits.
The list of participants included Ganesh Pradhan, CP Raya, Shital Pradhan, Deepen Pradhan, Vivek Yonzone, Padam Parajuli, Sushil Karthak, Sunita Gurung, Sishir Pradhan, Sheila Rai, Sanskriti Sharma, Tejeswani Neopane and others.
The other major highlight of the two-day event was a book released on dictionary of stamps. ‘The Stamp Collectors' Dictionary,’ written by Roshan Prasad and published by Sikkim Postal Department, was released on the first day.
Vivek Yonzone from Darjeeling conducted a philatelic workshop. There were Quiz competitions, Letter writing competitions and drawing competitions organised for school students.
The list of participating schools included Holy Cross School, St. Xavier’s School, Deorali Girls Senior Secondary School, Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School, West Point Sr. Secondary School, Tathangchen School, Modern Senior Secondary School, Rongneyk Jr. High School, Enchey Senior Secondary School and Manjushree School.