Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

From the mountains, Ganga descends in a bottle via Speed Post.

What makes the scheme unique is that it is the “first end-to-end product operation being handled by India Post”. Tucked away in a corner of the Sansad Marg Head Post Office in Delhi, a well-lit, unpretentious room serves as a walk-in retail point for the Ganga in a bottle. On a small glass shelf stand two plastic bottles of Gangajal — about all that the Department of Posts has to show for its latest initiative. The room does not breathe the existence of the divine, it only delicately advertises its presence. // source: The indian express 24th july 2016//

A 1991 Pluto: Not Yet Explored stamp traveled more than 3 billion miles on a spacecraft to the dwarf planet has earned the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp. The stamp also served as NASA’s rallying cry to set the record straight for exploring Pluto.
This record will extend another 1 billion miles, as NASA recently announced the New Horizons mission will journey beyond Pluto to visit a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 — considered to be one of the early building blocks of the solar system.
The U.S. Postal Service and NASA marked the achievement July 19 at a ceremony at Postal Service headquarters. Space fans are asked to share the news on social media using the hashtag #PlutoExplored!
“In 2006, NASA placed a 29-cent “Pluto: Not Yet Explored” stamp on board the New Horizons spacecraft on its way to Pluto and beyond,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Marketing and Sales Officer and Executive Vice President Jim Cochrane. “That historic flyby with Pluto took place last summer — July 14, 2015, to be precise — after New Horizons travelled more than three billion miles in its nine and a half year journey.”   “Two months ago, at the World Stamp Show in New York City, we issued the “Pluto—Explored!” Forever Stamps that honor the milestone of the New Horizons’ flyby. I think employees at NASA and the Postal Service can take pride in what these accomplishments represent for our organizations and for our country — the talent, the dedication, the hard work, the technological achievement.”
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official adjudicator Jimmy Coggins presented the certificate to Cochrane. NASA Director of Planetary Science Jim Green and New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute provided the backstory on the stamp and the New Horizons mission.   “The farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp is a quite an impressive achievement, as it spans many planets and billions of miles. As stamps are synonymous with travel, it is fitting that one would travel within the solar system,” said Coggins. “It’s an honor to be a part of this historic moment and welcome the United States Postal Service to the Guinness World Records family.”
“The New Horizons mission to Pluto is not only writing space history, it’s setting a high bar for achievements beyond its many science discoveries,” said Green. “NASA joins the U.S. Postal Service in expressing our mutual appreciation for this special recognition.” “The New Horizons project is truly honored to be recognized by Guinness World Records for its achievements,” said Stern. “Among my personal favorites are being the fastest spacecraft ever launched, the first mission to explore the Pluto system, the mission that explored the farthest worlds ever visited, and now sending a U.S. postage stamp farthest from Earth!”.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Department of Posts will bring out a ‘Special Carried Cover’ to mark the special aircraft that will fly fans from Bengaluru to Chennai on July 22 viz the day of Kabali movie release. The Karnataka Postal Circle and Chennai City Region of the department have joined hands with Air Asia for the initiative. The Special Covers, which are usually described as ‘Philatelists’ delight’, from the Postmaster General Bengaluru will be addressed to the Postmaster General Chennai City Region. They will bear the postmarks of Bengaluru and Chennai airport post offices.
Whenever a new flight is launched, some special covers are also transported on it and they have their own philatelic value. The Air Asia aircraft is the first cine flight in the country flying exclusively between Bengaluru and Chennai to help fans watch the first day, morning show. That makes the carried cover more memorable. The limited edition of these covers on the special flight on July 22 will be subsequently available for sale at Philatelic Bureau Bengaluru GPO and Anna Road Head Post Office, Chennai.(This article was published on the hindu, July 20, 2016)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Circle bifurcation issue  promotions  for circle cadre posts  assumed to be Kept in abeyance : Hyderabad circle office started process for distribution of circle level posts to A.P circle and newly formed Telangana Circle. One time option for Circle level posts holding officials is called for. The entire process for allotment of circle level posts should be completed by the end of this month.  For P.A cadre ( non circle level establishment ) options are not required.  If the officials opt transfer they have to apply for  Rule-38 interstate transfers. All DPC process for circle cadre is assumed to be kept in abeyance and will take up after forming  new gradation list of the cadre afresh.  The pending issues are conveyance of DPC for Hsg-I,Hsg-II, LSG, PM gr-II / Gr-III and one time measure promotions to postmaster cadre etc., and the main issue of cadre restructuring.

 One time option for Circle cadre Posts  in connection with formation new “TELANGANA” Circle :