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Philately bureau in Kashmir enthralls youth.

Srinagar, Apr.2 ( ANI ): The General Post Office (GPO) in Srinagar has recently started a new philately bureau in an effort to promote stamp collecting among the youth in the valley.

Philately is being seen as a new way to teach children about important issues.

"A child can get information on pertinent issues after he buys a stamp and adds it to his collection thematically and then adds a write-up on the stamp, after studying a bit about it. School-going children can be drawn to doing this sort of 'small' research, which in turn teaches them," said a philatelist, Simeer Babu.

The bureau, which is open to public, was inaugurated after a continuous struggle by stamp enthusiasts in the Kashmir valley who had to purchase stamps from Jammu or from other states in the country.

"It is a very good step for philatelists and philately. With the opening of this bureau, the problems that philatelists used to face will begin to solve. Before this, we had to contact the philatelic bureau in Jammu as well as other philatelists in the country," said another philatelist, Saiqa.

For the first time in Kashmir, the philately bureau will put around 1500 stamps on display, including rare ones like that of Kashmiri poet Ghulam Ahmad Mahjoor and the indigenous chinar leaf as well - all under one counter. ( ANI )

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