A Miniature Sheet consisting of 4 nos. of postage stamp on the Natural Heritage of Manipur & Tripura, INDEPEX Asiana-2000 :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 31, 2000
Stamp Design : Ramesh Sukumar
Miniature Sheet Design : Sankha Samanta
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Five Colour
Denomination : 300, 300, 300 & 1500 Paise
Stamp Overall Size : 2.90 x 3.90 cms.
Stamp Print Size : 2.55 x 3.60 cms.
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5
Paper : Matt Chromo
Stamps Printed : 1 million each in sheets of 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
- Sangai Deer : Sangai Deer (Cervus eldi eldi) or brow antlered deer is a sub-species of the deer available only in Manipur. The deer is distinctive for its peculiar bow shaped antler, unique body structure and its elegant movement, which is often described as dancing. At one time it was considered to have become extinct. Systematic efforts to conserve the species started from 1950 onwards and has succeeded in arresting the declining trend in the population of Sangais. Today the Keibul Lamjao National Park abounds with more than 150 Sangais [at the time of issuance of this stamp, i.e. 2000], an appreciable progress from the 14 heads counted in 1974.
- Wild Guava : Wild Guava (Psidium guineense) is a rare plant of India found only in Tripura. The fruit of wild guava is edible but it is smaller in size than the guava and sour in taste. The plant is of smaller bushy type but if protected attains the size of a small tree. Constant depletion due the firewood collection is endangering this plant, and special protection is now under consideration.
- Slow Loris : Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang) is a round-headed, round-eyed lemur found in Tripura and adjoining parts of North–East India. Three geographical races are known, in India. Very distinctive is a brown stripe, marking the middle line of its back and terminating on the crown; distinctive also are the brown circles round its lustrous, owl-like eyes. The Slow Loris is believed to spend the day in sleep waking at dusk to hunt for food.
- A miniature sheet featuring the four stamps is also being brought out, which in addition to Indepex Asiana 2000, will also commemorate the ‘Explore India in the Millennium Year’ programme of the Ministry of Tourism. The First Day Cover portrays the venue, Netaji Indoor Stadium Calcutta and the logo of Indepex-Asiana 2000.
- Text : Based on material supplied by sponsors.