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People wait to send parcels at a Post Office, ahead of Raksha Bandhan festival, in Prayagraj.

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Women stand in a queue as they wait to open an account in India Post Payments Bank, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, at GPO campus in Patna.

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Employees of head post office resume work after Government offices opened with thirty per cent staff in attendance during the COVID-19 lockdown, in Jabalpur.

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Postmen on their way to work on the occasion of Labour Day, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Prayagraj.

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Workers of postal department in Railway Mail Services (RMS) dispatch parcels and posts received, during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Coimbatore.

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Additional DCP Chiranjeev Nath Sinha (C) honours the postmen at GPO for delivering posts and parcels to the customers in the tough time of COVID-19 lockdown in Lucknow.

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Postal staff check the documents of the beneficiaries waiting in a queue to receive cash under a government scheme during the nationwide lockdown, in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, at Abids General Post office in Hyderabad.

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An employee at a post-office sanitises the hands of visitors before receiving documents from them, during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Prayagraj.

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A worker sprays disinfectant on Post Box at GOP Kashmere Gate during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in New Delhi.

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Employees of Women's Sub Post Office take selfie with Union Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad after he inaugurated an all-women post office, at BPSC campus in Patna.

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A police truck tows a total containment vessel to a post office in midtown Manhattan to dispose of a suspicious package in New York. Two law enforcement officials say a package closely resembling parcels sent to critics of President Donald Trump has been found at the postal facility in Manhattan. The suspicious package was discovered by postal workers.

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A deserted view of a postal office during the day-long nationwide strike of postal employees over privatisation and several other demands, in Bhopal.

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A passenger train rides through the Mail Rail tunnels that is included in the Postal Museum in London. London's newest tourist attraction is perfect for underground explorers. It's not ideal for the claustrophobic. A visit to Mail Rail, a subterranean train network that once carried millions of letters a day across the city, involves a cramped journey through dark tunnels 70 feet (21 meters) below the surface, on a very small train. It's atmospheric, but not roomy.

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Chief Postmaster General of West Bengal Circle Arundhati Ghosh, with others during the release of a special postal cover on the occasion of World Environment Day in Kolkata.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi releasing a commemorative postage stamp on Ramanujacharya, in New Delhi. Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, E.S.L. Narasimhan, Union Ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar, Manoj Sinha, Nirmala Sitharaman and P. Radhakrishnan are also seen.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries releasing the commemorative postal stamp on ‘Deekshabhoomi of Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar’ in Nagpur, at Indoor Sports Complex, Mankapur.

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Mail boxes stand in a line in Terlingua, Texas, near the US-Mexico border.

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Union Minister of State Babul Supriyo during inauguration of Post Office Passport Seva Kendra at Asansol in Burdwan district of West Bengal. Arundhati Ghosh, Chief Post Master General, West Bengal Circle is also seen.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha and Secretary of Post AP Singh releasing commemorative stamp during the launch of pilot branches of India Post Payments, in New Delhi.

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A deserted road in front of the GPO during Left parties' strike over demonetization, in Kolkata.

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Postal clerk Pamela Bentley shovels lake-effect snow in front of the U.S. Post Office, in Grafton, New York.

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Muslim women queue up outside at GPO to deposit and exchange 500 and 1000 currency notes, in New Delhi.

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People wait at GPO to deposit and exchange 500 and 1000 currency notes, in New Delhi.

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Labour women queue up outside head post office to exchange their old Rs 500 and 1000 notes in a village, in Bikaner.

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A security person gestures to the crowd as people stand in a queue to exchange discontinued currency notes outside a Post office, in Hyderabad.

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People stand in a queue to exchange discontinued currency notes outside a Post office in Hyderabad.

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A man walks inside a closed post office, in Ahmedabad.

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A commemorative postage stamp of Mother Teresa after its release function in Mumbai.

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A postal service vehicle engulfed in flames at Parliament Street.

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A postal service vehicle catches fire at Parliament Street

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong releasing postal stamp after signing agreement in Singapore.

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Indian Youth Congress activists protest against the Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad against govt's move to withdraw stamps on Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi in New Delhi.

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Police detain Indian Youth Congress activists during a protest against govt's move to withdraw stamps on Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi in New Delhi.

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Police detain Indian Youth Congress activists during a protest against govt's move to withdraw stamps on Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi in New Delhi.

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Mahila Congress workers protest against the move to withdraw stamps on Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi, in front of Sanchaar Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Minister of Communication & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad with BJP MP Meenakshi Lehki releasing commemorative stamp on “Women Empowerment” in New Delhi.

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Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Urban Development Minister Vankaiah Naidu and Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh launched postal stamps for Swachh Bharat mission, in New Delhi.

CAB President Jagmohan Dalmiya (C), Former cricketers Dilip Vengsarkar (R) and Bishan Singh Bedi release the stamps during 150th year celebration of Eden Gardens, in Kolkata.

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President, Pranab Mukherjee releasing a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Anagarika Dharmapala, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi. The Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad is also seen.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Law and Justice, comes out of GPO after a surprise visit, in New Delhi

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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stopped for a surprise check at post offices and did not like what he saw - dirty corners, stacks of files and cobwebs - just before the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "clean India" mission.

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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stopped for a surprise check at post offices and did not like what he saw - dirty corners, stacks of files and cobwebs - just before the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "clean India" mission.

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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stopped for a surprise check at post offices and did not like what he saw - dirty corners, stacks of files and cobwebs - just before the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "clean India" mission.

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President Pranab Mukherjee during release of a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps of Indian Musicians at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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President Pranab Mukherjee with Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad releasing a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps of Indian Musicians at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Britain's Royal Mail has issued a postage stamp of Noor Inayat Khan, the Indian-origin World War II heroine who was the first woman radio operator to be flown undercover to Paris where she worked for three months under the code name Madeleine. She was betrayed, arrested and finally executed in Dachau concentration camp in Nazi Germany.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh releases the commemorative bicentenary postal stamps during bicentenary celebrations of Indian Museum in Kolkata.

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The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh releasing a postage stamp in honour of Sardar Beant Singh, former Chief Minister of Punjab, in New Delhi.

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Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha looking at the postage stamp released in India coinciding with the royal couple's visit to India, at Raj Bhavan in Chennai.

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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar during the release of his special postal stamp at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai.

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Sachin Tendulkar releasing postage stamps in his honour.

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President Pranab Mukherjee releasing the commemorative stamp during the 175th Year Celebrations of Times of India, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi. Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Kapil Sibal and Vineet Jain, Managing director, Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd is also seen.

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The Jammu town with a burgeoning construction scene has a postal code eminently suitable for our theme

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal and Vijay Kumar Chopra, Editor-in-Chief of Hind Samachar Group, unveiling a commemorative stamp in memory of freedom fighter and veteran journalist Lala Jagat Narain, in New Delhi.

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Members of National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE) and Federation of Postal Organisations (FNPO) during a protest to press for quality uniforms in Coimbatore.

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Postmen walk out of a Post Office in pants during a protest demanding 'postman kit' from the Centre in Sangli, Maharashtra.

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Touching history People wait in line to send telegrams in Calcutta on the last day of the service on July 14

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Old Records are stored on a rack at a deserted look store room at Central Telegraph office in Kolkata. 163years old Telegram service in India was closed on Sunday.

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The dispatch section of the telegram office at the Central Telegraph Office wears a deserted look in Mumbai. India's last telegram went out on Sunday, marking the end of a service that millions of Indians had relied on for fast communication for more than 160 years.

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Mahinder, who worked as a telegram agent for the past six decades wipes his tears on the last day of the 163-year-old telegram service at the central telegraph office in Mumbai.

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An employee processes a telegram on the last day of the 163-year-old service at the central telegraph office in Mumbai. The state-run telecommunications company sent its final telegram on July 14, closing down a service that fast became a relic in an age of email, reliable landlines and ubiquitous cellphones.

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Employees greet each other with sweets on the last day of the 163-year-old telegram service, in Allahabad.

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People sending telegrams in New Delhi on the last day of service . The 163-year old telegram service in the country - the harbinger of good and bad news for generations of Indians - ends on July 14.

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Telegram equipments at a post office in Kolkata. The 163 year-old Telegram service is to be closed from 15th July.

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Telegram equipments at a post office in Kolkata. The 160 year-old Telegram service is to be closed on 15th July.

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Delhi's Second All Women Employees Post Office that was inaugurated by Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology at Delhi University PO, North Campus, New Delhi.

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President Pranab Mukherjee with Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal and Kerala CM Oommen Chandy releases postage stamps during the inauguration of the quasquicentennial (125th) anniversary of Malayala Manorama in Kottayam, Kerala.

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Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil arrives to inaugurate India’s first all women Post Office, in New Delhi.

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Celebrating Sahir Ludhianvi on his 92nd birthday: a commemorative postage stamp is released honouring the poet and lyricist

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The President, Pranab Mukherjee, the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Kapil Sibal and the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information & Broadcasting, Manish Tewari at the releasing of the Commemorative Postage Stamp on Shri Sahir Ludhianvi, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Celebrating Sahir Ludhianvi on his 92nd birthday: a commemorative postage stamp is released by the President Pranab Mukherjee and Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Kapil Sibal, honouring the poet and lyricist.

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The President Pratibha Devisingh Patil (c) with the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal and the Union Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, releasing a special Postage Stamp to commemorate the Birth Centenary of Karmayogi M.B. Appasaheb Kadadi, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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President Pratibha Patil with Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Kapil Sibal unveiling the postage stamp on former president R Venkataraman at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi

President Pratibha Devisingh Patil with Union Minister of State for Telecommunication & IT, Sachin Pilot, and former Attorney General Soli J Sorabjee releases the Commemorative Postage Stamp & First Day cover on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of India International Centre at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Union Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal during the "Round Table on National Postal Policy 2012" in New Delhi.

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WHAT
In China, the postal service promises to do for estranged couples what few counsellors can: reignite that first spark. A new campaign encourages newlyweds to drop off love letters written to each other, which the post office will deliver back to them exactly seven years later.
WHY
Reading the billet-doux written in the throes of conjugal bliss will be salve enough for couples feeling the first stings of the seven-year itch, Beijing post office branch manager Sun Buxin hopes. He has also thought of a Love Passport to be stamped on every anniversary. (Though there’s a cancellation policy in fine print!)

Union Minister for Human Resource Development and Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad releasing the commemorative postage stamp on centenary celebrations of Indian Council of Medical Research, in New Delhi.

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President Patibha Patil along with Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi releasing a special postal cover during four-day 125 anniversary bash of Isabella Thoburn College in Lucknow.

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Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Minister of State for Communication and IT Sachin Pilot enjoy a ride in a 'shikara', a floating Post Office, after its inauguration at Dal Lake in Srinagar.

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President Pratibha Patil with Union Minister of Communications and IT Kapil Sibal release a Commemorative postage stamp of Rastrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit with Union Minister of State for Communications & IT Sachin Pilot during the release function of Commemorative postage stamp of Rashtrapati Bhawan by President Pratibha Patil in New Delhi.

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A combo picture showing GPO, New Delhi and a Post-lady collecting letters from postal boxes in New Delhi. Telecom minister Kapil Sibal while speaking to PTI has proposed to convert 1.5 lakh Post office's into full fledged banks and will seek RBI nod in this regard.

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President Pratibha Devisingh Patil alongwith Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Sachin Pilot and late V. S.Page Nephew Prakash Page to release the Commemorative Postage Stamp on the late V. S. Page at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.

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This handout image provided by the US Postal Service shows The Royal Wedding Presentation Pack being sold by the Postal Service. Britain's Royal Mail issued a special commemorative stamp for the wedding and American postal authorities are offering it as part of a wedding commemorative packet.

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A foreign tourist takes pictures of a postage stamp on Mahatma Gandhi at the World Philatelic Exhibition - Indipex 2011 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

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Governor of Uttar Pradesh B.L. Joshi flags off the Indian Air Force's Chetak helicopter which will recreate the historical air route with a set of letters to mark 100 years of world's first airmail delivery, at the Air Force Station in Allahabad. The first airmail delivery of the world was flown from Allahabad to Naini on Feb. 18, 1911 by a French pilot Monsieur Henri Piquet flying the Humber Biplane.

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The Union Minister for Human Resource Development and Communications and Information Technology, Kapil Sibal (L) launching the domestic flat rate boxes for parcel and announce the holding of International Philately Exhibition, in New Delhi. The Chairman, UIDAI, Nandan Nilekani look on.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal unveiling of a commemorative postage stamp on the occasion of death anniversary of Chaudhary Ranbir Singh Hooda in New Delhi.

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The US has released a special postal stamp in honour of Mother Teresa, acknowledging the diminutive nun's unrelenting humanitarian service for the sick and destitute for nearly 50 years.

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Nightrunner of Bengal Putuna Mura, widow of a runner, covers a minimum of 20-30 km a day, often braving bandits and wild beasts

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In Maoist country: Runner Kalipada Mura, 65, at his job

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Remote control: Anath Sardar, whose father was a Raj-era runner, in the Ayodhya Hills region. For isolated villagers, the few runners like him are a vital link with the world beyond.

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