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NRI accuses son-in-law of cheating him over Rs107 cr

Muhammad Hafiz was accused of cheating his father-in-law of around Rs 107 crore and at least 1,000 sovereigns of gold jewellery gifted to his daughter. He was also accused of forging documents in the name of Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Maharashtra’s Minister of Tourism, in pretext of a fake business deal

Dubai-based NRI businessman Abdul Lahir Hassan lodged a complaint at Aluva Police Station in Kerala against his son-in-law for allegedly cheating him around Rs 107 crore and at least 1,000 sovereigns of gold jewellery gifted to his daughter.

As per the complaint, the accused Muhammad Hafeez a.k.a Hafeez Kudroli, a native of Kasaragod, cheated the money from Mr Hassan under various pretexts between August 2019 and November 2020. The accused also managed to obtain the ownership of some properties of the businessman in this period.

He lodged the complaint at the Aluva East Police Station on August 21. It was too late when Mr Hassan found out about the real face of his son-in-law.

As the amount involved is over ₹ 100 crore and with the accused still at large and reportedly in Goa, the investigation of the case was handed over to the Crime Branch wing of Kerala police on Thursday, November 24, news agency PTI reported.

Meanwhile, Mr Hassan, told a TV channel that Aluva police allegedly failed to arrest the accused or even call him for questioning and they also could not recover from him the ₹ 1.5 crore worth car given for his use.

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The alleged cheating started with Mr Hassan’s son-in-law asking for around Rs 4 crore to pay the fine imposed on the latter after a central agency raid.

The accused also used a forged Income Tax notice to embezzle money from his father-in-law.

As per the complaint, he even forged documents in the name of Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Maharashtra’s Minister of Tourism, in pretext of a fake business deal with realty major Lodha Group, Mr Hassan told the channel.

Thereafter, under various pretexts, like for buying land or opening a footwear showroom, his son-in-law managed to obtain over ₹ 92 crore from him.

According to police, the accused did not do it all alone and had an accomplice, Akshay Thomas Vaidyan. Mr Hassan has named both of them in the complaint to the police, the officer said.

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Tharoor seeks probe into Youth Congress backing off from seminar

Tharoor’s demand has been backed by Kozhikode MP, M.K. Raghavan, who said that he would send a complaint to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in this matter. …reports Asian Lite News

 After the Youth Congress in Kozhikode reportedly backed off from a seminar for which it had invited Shashi Tharoor, the senior Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP has demanded a probe into the matter by the party leadership.

The seminar titled ‘Sangh Parivar and the challenges faced by Indian secularism’ has reportedly been assigned to the Jawahar Youth Foundation.

Tharoor’s demand has been backed by Kozhikode MP, M.K. Raghavan, who said that he would send a complaint to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in this matter. Raghavan also urged state Congress President K. Sudhakaran to constitute an inquiry commission to probe why the Kozhikode district committee of Youth Congress backed off from Tharoor’s seminar.

Tharoor said that being the Member of Parliament representing Kozhikode, Raghavan has the right to intervene in the matter and demand a report from the Congress leadership as to why the Youth Congress district committee backed off from his seminar.

Raghavan also said that Kerala Congress must project Tharoor as its leader to make a comeback into state politics.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader K. Muraleedharan, who is the MP from Vadakara Lok Sabha constituency in Kozhikode district, told mediapersons that no one can exclude Tharoor from Kerala politics.

Tharoor has commenced a tour of northern Kerala during which he is addressing seminars at different places, which many feel is his bid to make a space for himself among the educated middle class as well as the Muslim community with the support of the Indian Union Muslim League.

Raghavan is fecilitating his travels in north Kerala.

(Courtesy: Shashi Tharoor/Twitter)

New group emerging

Tharoor, who had received a drubbing in the AICC presidential polls, is now trying to emerge himself as a new power centre in Kerala’s Congress party.

He has been receiving flak from the local Congressmen due to his unavailability in the routine party affairs, leaving much of the communication to his team.

With the state Congress slowly showing a revival after the heavy loss it faced in the 2021 assembly elections, a group of leaders led by M.K. Raghavan is trying to catapult Tharoor into the top position if the party comes back to power in the 2026 assembly polls.

Even as most of the state Congress leaders are shying away from Tharoor, the three-term MP is aiming at the educated middle class to support him and to get ample of media support in the state to catapult himself in the big league.

However with K.C. Venugopal, as the powerful organising secretary of the AICC and close to Gandhi family, it has to be seen as to how far Tharoor will be able to move ahead in the Congress’ organisational hierarchy.

Meanwhile, after reports of several DCCs keeping a distance from Tharoor’s North Kerala tour, the AICC has clarified that it had not given any directive to the district Congress committees to refrain from participating in Tharoor’s function.

Tharoor, the former United Nations senior official and three-time Lok Sabha Member from the state capital, has a dedicated fan following in the educated middle class who feels that a leader like him with his vast international exposure will be an answer to the Communist hegemony in state politics.

Dr Santhosh Nair, paediatric surgeon, Kannur, pointed out in a conversation with IANS: “What is the inadequacy for a well-read, well-educated person like Dr Shashi Tharoor who has proved his mettle winning back-to-back elections to Lok Sabha to become the Chief Minister of Kerala. He is the best bet for the Congress party at this juncture to revive itself from the dip it has gone into.”

Dr Nair added: “Any right-thinking Keralite would vouch for Dr. Tharoor as we can easily resonate with him. The educated middle-class professionals want a highly reputed and educated individual as our Chief Minister and it is better if the Congress party projects him as their next leader.”

Senior Congress leader and former minister Pandalam Sudhakaran, however, said: “Shashi Tharoor is a celebrity who has a global footprint. Still, any leader or cadre has to play within the ring set by the democratic Congress party and is someone is moving individually, then it’s not good.”

He added: “Tharoor may be having a fan club in state but that fan club is not a votebank and everybody should be under the party hierarchy for catapulting to the big league and individual forays are not accepted.” (with inputs from Arun Lakshmanan)

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Football fans gear up for FIFA with huge cut-outs of players

In Eachur Panchayat of Kannur district, soccer-crazy fans have painted their homes in Argentina colours and a huge cut-out of Messi is seen at a bust intersection…reports Asian Lite News

With the bugle for the FIFA World Cup to sound in a few hours in Doha, the soccer-crazy people of Kerala have erected cut-outs of the Emir of Qatar, Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani along with the huge cut-outs of Argentina great Lionel Messi and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Neymar Jr of Brazil too finds a place everywhere in the state as there is a dedicated fan club in Kerala for all the superstars of football.

The cut-out of Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani is erected at Kasargod. Abdul Rahiman, a Dubai-based businessman who is on a holiday here to watch football on TV along with his friends and relatives, while speaking to IANS said, “Qatar is a small country and they are organising the World Cup. As a thanksgiving to that, we thought of erecting the cut-out of the leader of Qatar along with superstars Messi and Ronaldo.”

In Eachur Panchayat of Kannur district, soccer-crazy fans have painted their homes in Argentina colours and a huge cut-out of Messi is seen at a bust intersection.

Sudhakaran, a tea-stall owner in Eachur while speaking to IANS said, “This village is full of Messi fans and I have painted my home in Argentina colours and we have erected a cut-out of Messi here. It’s Argentina who will lift the World Cup this time.”

Malappuram district of Kerala is synonymous with the game and seven-a-side matches are a rage in the district with each team procuring even international players from countries like Nigeria and Ghana to don their colours, paying a heavy fee.

Abdul Majeed, a local scrap dealer and a huge fan of Brazil, while speaking to IANS said, “It will be Brazil who will lift the Cup this time. I am going to Qatar along with my friends from the quarter-finals onwards. I’ve spent a fortune for the trip but soccer is in my blood and so it is in this village where everyone breathes football.”

The village has hoisted a huge cut-out of Neymar and Messi, which are 42 and 41 feet in height.
In Alappuzha and Ernakulam, the roads along the highways have cut-outs of Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo with soccer-crazy fans coming out in the streets wearing the jerseys of their favourite teams.

Kozhikode, which can easily be stated as the capital of Malabar in North Kerala is full of crazy soccer fans installing giant television sets at clubs and party offices with free flow of coffee and tea being served to the fans. Biscuits and other snacks are also provided.

Krishnakumar G.C., president of Friends Arts and Science Club, Bilathikulam, Kozhikode while speaking to IANS said, “It is interesting time. The club has bought a new television set and has erected a pandal for soccer fans to watch the World Cup. A huge fan following is here for stars like Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo. I am a fan of Portugal team and expect Ronaldo to perform exceedingly well.”

However most of the fans are reluctant to go to Qatar as the airlines have increased fares, ticket charges are high and accommodation is also costly. Most of them are interested to watch the World Cup from the comforts of their homes or from a club recreation room.

There are also many people who expect the host team Qatar to reach at least the quarterfinals of the tournament. Many of those who are rooting for Qatar are working in that country or their close relatives are working there.

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Again, Muziris Biennale days for Kochi

Carefully and meticulously restored by Lady Halyn’s Trust, this true-blooded legacy lies in an embrace of mystical gardens and stunning backwaters with swaying palms and flowering creepers…reports Asian Lite News

Appreciate contemporary arts or not, the Kochi Muziris Biennale appeals to all. With its thriving sense of artistic expression that reflects quirky concepts, cultural expression, installations of modern rationale, and even some hard-hitting social messaging, the fifth edition of Kochi Muziris Biennale is all set to take place between December 12, 2022 – April 10, 2023. The festival has been curated by Singapore-based Indian visual artist, Shubhigi Rao.

The famed international contemporary art exhibition runs for four months on the island of Fort Kochi in Kerala. So, if you are looking to soak into the art and ideas of this backwater paradise close and personal, we offer you a list of properties that will help you to achieve your objective.

Beach Gate Bungalows, Kochi, Kerala

Located in the bylanes of Fort Kochi, the center of the Biennale, are two private and exclusive heritage villas on rent, the Beach Gate Bungalows, and CGH Earth. Each of these Bungalows is replete with modern luxuries of a private pool, lush gardens, a fully equipped kitchen with grocery on call, an attentive staff for housekeeping and maintenance, and even a chef on call to whip traditional or popular cuisine. Consisting of 3 bedrooms, a dining room, and a living room each, and the fact that the thriving scene of the Biennale is a few minute’s walks away makes them an ideal choice to stay whether traveling with family or friends.

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Discover Kochi from the prism of art.(photo:IANSLIFE)

Brunton Boatyard, Kochi, Kerala

No place unravels the unique story of Fort Kochi better than Brunton Boatyard. Always coveted for trade, refuge, and the local spices including the Black Gold, or simply chosen as ‘home’ by many travellers, Fort Kochi is an exotic amalgamation of influences – from the Arabs and east Asia to the Jews, Portuguese, Gujaratis, the Dutch, British Raj and many more. Conveniently located at the famed Fort Kochi harbour, the historic hotel is inspired by the harbor’s story. Be it the colonial architecture and local aesthetics, or the heady blend of many cuisines that is a cultural narrative in itself. Elegant and earthy sea-facing rooms and suites, even the windows next to the charming bathtubs facing the waters) don’t just reflect the city’s strong local character but are also equipped with all modern luxuries. Watching ships and fishing boats go by, Chinese nets in action or gamboling dolphins waft over the waves from the leisure of your rooms and indulging in an adventurous time-travel Kochi episode, a Brunton Boatyard experience of all things Kochi is something few men would want to miss.

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Chittoor Kottaram, Kochi, Kerala

Earthy Kerala luxuries and elegance mark every inch of this 200-year-old King’s abode, a royal mansion of devotion by the picturesque backwaters. Built by the Rajah of Cochin as a getaway from his routine and to pay homage to the family deity temple close by, Chittoor Kottaram is a destination by itself. Entering the single-key heritage palace with a mystical boat ride through the Kerala waters and one is already transported to a fantastical bygone era.

Carefully and meticulously restored by Lady Halyn’s Trust, this true-blooded legacy lies in an embrace of mystical gardens and stunning backwaters with swaying palms and flowering creepers. Airy, well-lit, and most aesthetically decorated, 3 bedrooms and living quarters are dotted with wooden windows, a beautiful verandah, and a backyard to sit back, relax and enjoy the most gorgeous greens and waters.

Enjoy dishes that are Kerala’s best-kept secrets, as carefully planned and personalized to suit tastes and dietary needs, and let Mervin, the traditional karyasthan (royal caretaker) regale with your anecdotes and stories of the Palace. Do keep a day to explore the UNESCO-protected town of Fort Kochi, for its eclectic history and food! History lovers can also visit the Muziris archaeological museum for a dose of the latest findings on the legendary community.

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Eighth Bastion, Kochi, Kerala: A boutique hotel in charming Fort Kochi

Step into a chapter of history when you come to Eighth Bastion, in the heart of Fort Cochin. Located on a once-historical Dutch landmark, this hotel conjures up visions of the past and brings alive a time when this Malabar region was a battleground for Europe’s most prominent seafaring nations, who fought over spices and trade routes for 300 years.

Legend has it that there were seven bastions in Fort Kochi, built by the Portuguese and strengthened by the Dutch East India Company, or the VOC. The bastions defended Cochin for 500 years and CGH Earth’s Eighth Bastion adds to this legacy. Even as you step into our reception area, you see a model of the legendary ‘Batavia’, a reminder of the VOC’s power and their importance in the trade of the region.

Discover Kochi from the prism of art.(Photo: IANSLIFE)

The fusion menu at East Indies Restaurant serves progressive cuisine that follows the Dutch Spice Route in South Asia. Dishes from Surat, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malabar, and Bengal; wherever the Dutch were present have been included and presented in gourmet style, with a contemporary take on these age-old recipes.

The architecture and cuisine of Fort Kochi showcase Dutch, Portuguese, and Jewish influences that thrive in beautiful harmony with the local Malabar heritage.

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Kerala partners with IRCTC for new tourist packages

Apart from Indian tourists, there are plans to transport international travellers from Kerala airports, again using IRCTC air ticket booking service…reports Asian Lite News

With a view to expand its business and boost its revenue, the Kerala State Road Transportation Corporation is coming up with new ideas and packages. The PSU is in talks with the Government-run Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation to introduce affordable inter-State and international tour packages.

It is expected that KSRTC’s Budget Tourism Cell will launch such packages by December. Under these KSRTC buses will pick-up passengers and tourists from other States from railway stations and also drop them at the respective stations after the tour. This will be part of a pre-arranged single-ticketing system.

Apart from Indian tourists, there are plans to transport international travellers from Kerala airports, again using IRCTC air ticket booking service.

Hospitality sector

BTC is also thinking of making a foray in the hospitality segment. Elaborating on this, BTC State Coordinator Prasanth Vijay said: “We are planning to introduce ‘KSRTC Fresh’ with accredited hotels in Kerala to provide food to the passengers during long trips. An online food delivery service is also under consideration, by which passengers can order food at a destination and, by the time they reach there, food will be delivered.”

Interestingly, BTC was launched on November 1, 2021 and has completed a record of over 2,500 trips and handling over 1.20 lakh passengers. “The target for the first year is Rs 10 crore and we have crossed Rs 8.5 crore by September,” informed Vijay.

IRCTC medical tourism

To enhance the bouquet of its travel and tourism offerings, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has recently started online medical tourism packages for customers.

With this aim of providing a holistic experience of medical value, travel coupled with various other elements such as travel and accommodation arrangements, road transfers and optional wellness packages after the treatment, IRCTC has partnered with a medico-technical online services company on a pilot basis which will provide the entire back-end services to the customers availing various medical and wellness packages.

For availing of the medical tourism services, a customer has to log in to the tourism portal of IRCTC ‘www.irctctourism.com/MedicalTourism’ and fill up a basic enquiry form detailing his need for treatment. Once the enquiry is generated, the IRCTC team will call up the customer and explain to him the treatment options for the ailment as per the convenience and budget of the customer and will further enable the customer to take up the treatment handling all back-end arrangements.

With a substantial network of hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic centres empanelled with its technical partner, IRCTC is offering medical treatment and wellness packages to its customers at highly competitive prices.

The company is aggressively marketing its medical tourism initiative through the network of its Pan India offices and has also conducted a product sensitization session for its officers and staff working in various zonal and regional offices.

It is worth mentioning that India is one of the most sought-after destinations in Asia for Medical Value Travel. The country has enormously progressed in the field of modern medicine in the last few decades and has created a unique ecosystem for holistic health which combines the best of modern healthcare, alternative medicine, and wellness.

According to data from the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), approximately 6.97 lakhs medical tourists visited India in 2019 alone for medical treatment. By 2023, India will account for 6% of the global medical value tourism (MVT) market share.

With the growing presence of medical facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic centres across the country, a need is felt to guide and assist the customers in opting for the medical facilities for treatment of their ailments as per their choice, convenience and budget. (indianarrative/ANI)

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CPI-M veteran VS@99

Achuthanandan, popularly known as VS to all, for the past three years has been out of public glare and is living restfully with his children in the state capital city….reports Asian Lite News

The last of the living legends of the CPI-M- V.S.Achuthanandan who was one of the 34 Communist Party of India members who walked out in 1964 to form the CPI-M, turned 99 on Thursday.

Achuthanandan, popularly known as VS to all, for the past three years has been out of public glare and is living restfully with his children in the state capital city.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, visiting him has been strictly restricted by his family members.

Prior to that, the media was allowed a brief entry to where he lives and the customary birthday celebrations by cutting the cake was the presence of his family members.

His close aide and one who was moulded by him, G.Sudhakaran, a former State Minister who also hails from Alappuzha district said there will never be another VS in the political spectrum as such is his contribution to the Communist movement and he is a living legend and the last one from his genre.

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‘Keralotsavam’ celebrated in Saudi Arabia

The event was attended by several diplomats, representatives of Saudi companies, journalists and members of the Indian diaspora on Tuesday…report Asian Lite News

Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia has celebrated “Keralolsavam” in Riyadh by displaying the tourism, commercial products, food and culture from the state of Kerala.

Keralotsavam is the biggest public art-sports festival in Kerala.

The event was attended by several diplomats, representatives of Saudi companies, journalists and members of the Indian diaspora on Tuesday.

“The Embassy celebrated “Keralolsavam” by displaying the Tourism, Commercial products, food and culture from the state of Kerala. The event was attended by diplomats, representatives of Saudi companies, journalists and members of the Indian diaspora,” India in Saudi Arabia tweeted.

India state Kerala is famous for its unique geography, tranquil backwaters, unspoiled beaches, art forms and spices. It is also renowned for its charming houseboats, sprawling tea plantations, unique eco-tourism, magnificent architecture, Ayurvedic treatments and unforgettable culinary experiences.

India and Saudi Arabia’s relations are defined by a forward-looking strategic partnership that encompasses all major areas of cooperation. Economic ties are a pivotal pillar of this partnership. India is the second largest trade partner of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia is India’s fourth largest trade partner.

Recently, India has received unusual praise from Saudi Arabia’s World Muslim League for its policy of non-violence and tolerance towards all. The Mecca-based World Muslim League timed its praise for India’s Global and National outlook on Gandhi Jayanti- something which Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Group has never done before.

Hailing Mahatma Gandhi for being a pioneer of the philosophy of non-violence, the Muslim World League, for the first time, paid tribute to Gandhi on his 153rd birth anniversary and said that the day should be an occasion to spread the message of non-violence internationally. (ANI)

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Rorschach: Mammootty’s spine-chilling avatar all set to hit screens

Belived to be extreme thriller with a layered plot, the movie will have Mammootty playing the role of Luke Anthony, a man with a mysterious past…reports Asian Lite News

Malayalam superstar Mammootty’s much-awaited Malayalam film, ‘Rorschach’, is all set to release on October 7 this year, the makers have announced. Touted to be one of the most intriguing projects of the year, the film, directed by Nisam Basheer, is an action-thriller that has been produced by Mammootty under the banner of Mammootty Kampany.

Dulquer Salmaan’s Wayfarer films is to distribute the movie in Kerala while Truth Global Films has grabbed its overseas rights.

Belived to be extreme thriller with a layered plot, the movie will have Mammootty playing the role of Luke Anthony, a man with a mysterious past and looking to exact some sort of revenge.

Fans are eager to watch Mammooty in the spine-chilling avatar as he gears up to deal with his ‘prey’. Rorschach is Nisam Basheer’s second directorial venture after the Asif Ali-led romantic drama, ‘Kettyolaanu Ente Malakha’.

Apart from Mammootty, the cast includes Sharafudheen, Jagadish, Grace Antony, Bindu Panicker, Sanju Sivaram, Kottayam Nazeer, Babu Anoor and Mani Shornur.

Sameer Abdul, who had penned movies like ‘Adventures of Omanakkuttan’, ‘Iblis’, has penned the script for ‘Rorschach’ as well. Nimish Ravi and Kiran Das have served as cinematographer and editor, respectively. Music for the film is by Midhun Mukundan.

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Veteran CPI(M) leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan passes away

Former secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Kerala State Committee, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan passed away in Chennai on Saturday. He was 69.

Kodiyeri, who was also a CPI-M politburo member, breathed his last while undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai.

According to reports, his mortal remains will be taken to Kannur on Sunday morning.

His body will be kept at Thalassery town hall for public homage and last rites will be performed on Monday at 3 pm, local daily Mathrubhumi reported.

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Kerala rickshaw driver bags Rs 25 cr Onam bumper lottery

Kerala finance minister K N Balagopal has done the lucky draw in the presence of transport minister Antony Raju and Vattiyoorkavu MLA V K Prasanth Sunday afternoon…reports Asian Lite News

Anoop, an auto driver from Sreevaraham in Thiruvananthapuram has won this year’s Onam bumper lottery.

This year’s Onam bumper offered the highest prize money of Rs 25 crores. Anoop had purchased the lucky ticket from Bhagavathy Agency on Saturday night.

Anoop who is working as an autorickshaw driver is in full excitement. Earlier he was working as a chef in a hotel and was planning to go to Malaysia to work as a chef. He has approached the bank for a loan and his loan was sanctioned.

Kerala finance minister K N Balagopal has done the lucky draw in the presence of transport minister Antony Raju and Vattiyoorkavu MLA V K Prasanth Sunday afternoon.

This year’s Onam bumper price is the highest price money in the history of the Kerala lottery, 25 crore rupees and 5 crores was the amount for the second prize and 1 crore each for 10 persons as the third prize.

Ticket number TJ-750605 won the first prize and everybody was eager to know who was the lucky winner. Later Anoop claimed that he was the lucky winner. Anoop will get 15 crores 75 lakhs rupees after tax deduction.

67 lakhs Onam bumper tickets were printed this year and almost all tickets were sold out. 500 rupees was the ticket price. The lottery is one of the main sources of Income for the Kerala government. Thankaraj, the lottery agent who sold the ticket will also get the commission.

Onam began on August 30, with Atham and concluded with Thiruvonam. Thiruvonam marks the end of the Onam celebration. Onam is celebrated in remembrance of the good governance under the rule of Mahabali, a king who ruled Kerala.

It was celebrated through various rituals which were observed by one and all. Onam is a harvest festival, celebrated mainly by Malayalis. The festival is an occasion for family and friends to get together and indulge in traditional games, music, and dancing and partake in a grand feast, the ‘Onasadya’. (ANI)

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