SINGTAM, FEBRUARY 23: Two days SIKKIMPEX 2019 (Feb 21-22) held at Modern Senior Secondary School ended in a happy note. Two Special Covers were released on the occasion. The event was organised by Sikkim Postal Department.
Special Cover on Pakyong Airport that was the 100th Operational Airport of India was released on the inaugural day by Ramtanu Shah, Airport Director, Pakyong. Royal Coronation throne of Norbugang, Yuksom was featured on a special cover released on 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.
Philatelic exhibition was held at Sikkim after ten years. Twenty one philatelists from different parts of Sikkim, Darjeeling and Siliguri had participated at the exhibition. Those philatelists were members of Sikkim Philatelic and Numismatic Society. Souvik Roy and Eeshita Basu Roy from Kolkata were among the invited philatelist.
Eighty Six frames of philatelic materials were displayed that included rare postage stamps and other postal stationeries. Also displayed on the philatelic frames was International award winning exhibits on Cricket, National award winning exhibits on Music, a rare 14 frame exhibits on Buddhism of Souvik Roy and other popular exhibits.
List of participants included Ganesh Pradhan, CP Raya, Shital Pradhan, Deepen Pradhan, Vivek Yonzone, Padam Parajuli, Sushil Karthak, Sunita Gurung, Sishir Pradhan, Sheila Rai 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 philatelic workshop that was appreciated by students and crowds present. There were Quiz competition, Letter writing competitions and drawing competitions was organised for the 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.