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Special Celebrations of Onam for the Destitute

kids celebrating Onam

For making Onam this year unforgettable, the Kiwis Club of Kerala decided to celebrate it in a different way. This young men’s club has been indulged in various charity works since a long time. The group celebrated the festival of Onam in orphanages and old-age homes in the previous years, however this time the club members have steeped out on the local streets for celebrating it with the destitute.

kids celebrating Onam

As stated by Zanim Muhammed Hashim, the chief person of the Kiwis Club, since last few years, they have been providing one time meal in a day to the people living at streets. To make this free meal project workout, at least 25 members of the group contributed a packet of food each day. Along with its 3,000 members, the club also has 800 members belonging from Gulf countries. For Onam celebrations with people at street, 40 active members of the group came together and gave them a bath, offered new clothes and served delicious ‘sadya’ at BEMP High School.

People celebrating Onam

Among the present members were: Amina Maliyekkal, Municipal chairperson; C.O.T. Naseer, the councilor plus a group member; Muhammad Shuhaib, secretary and Sanjay, president of the club. Although they didn’t had a permanent solution, their simple yet caring gestures of love and affection added more to the festivities of Onam for the destitute.

Festival Bonanza: Konkan Railway Introduces Special Trains for Ganapati and Onam

Train on its way

Adding further delight to this festive season, the railways has announced additional festival special trains that will run along the Konkan coast. This festival offer will help to get rid of the extra rush during the ongoing Ganeshotsava and upcoming Onam festivals.

These special and unreserved trains between the routes of Roha and Ratnagiri will run during the Ganesh Chaturthi. On the other hand, New Delhi-Kuchuveli Superfast express will be running on the track during the upcoming Onam festival.

An Indian train passing over the bridge

Ganesh Chaturthi Special train no. 05010 Ratnagiri – Roha will depart from Ratnagiri at 0650 hours and arrive at Roha at 12:50 hours the same day. While train no. 05009, Roha – Ratnagiri will depart from Roha at 15:30 hours and it will reach Ratnagiri at 21:00 hours the same day. These special trains with 12 unreserved coaches will run on September 11, 15, 16 and 19.

On the other hand for Onam, train no. 04096 New Delhi-Kochuveli Superfast Express on September 12 will depart from New Delhi at 23:30 hours and reach Kochuveli at 02:45 hours after four days. Train no. 04095 Kohcuveli-New Delhi will depart from Kochuveli at 09.40 hours on September 17 and will arrive at New Delhi at 15:20 hours after two days.

Train on its way

The Festival special trains will take a break at Mathura, Sawai Madhopur, Bharuch, Surat, Kota, Nagda, Ratlam, Dahod, Godhara, Navsari, Valsad, Vapi, Vasai Road, Panvel, Roha, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Vadodara, Sindhudurg, Pernem, Madgaon, Kasargod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Karwar, Udupi, Manglore Junction, Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Aluva, Ernakulam Kayankulam, Tirur, Shoranur Junction, Thrisur, Quilon and Kochuveli.

Airfare Soar with the Festive Season around the Corner

Airplane of Indigo airline flying in the sky

With the rise in the prices of aviation turbine fuel, it is going to be a costly affair to fly for a long weekend during the festive season of Onam and Diwali. The airfares for Chennai-Mumbai evening flight for one way costs 19,000 to 26,000, while the fare is 20,000 for an evening flight to Delhi. With Monday being a holiday, majority of people are traveling their places for a long weekend. The advance fares for one day have increased over 90% since the last week.

Airplane of Indigo airline flying in the sky

Flight ticket charges have shot up by 15% to 25% on the routes for Chennai and Trivandrum, Kochi, Madurai, Bangalore as well as on Delhi and Mumbai routes. As per Prema Radhakrishnan of Emerald Airways, “We were hoping to get good bookings for Onam over the next weekend because trains were full and air fares were affordable even when booked at the last minute.”

Sharat Dhall, the president of Yatra.com stated, “The effect of the depreciating rupee, the hike in aviation turbine fuel prices and significant pre-bookings via promotions earlier in the year have all led to a sudden rise in air fares now. This rise in airfares will bring down demand in the forthcoming festive and leisure travel season.”

Taking off picture of Jet airways passenger plane

Chennai airfare has seen a big rise in the past few days as the festive season is around the corner. The price of one day’s advance booking for a Chennai-Trivandrum one way ticket was 2,800 around a month ago and similar was the fare between Chennai to Bangalore. Now, the airfare for Chennai-Trivandrum has increased up to 9,000 on Friday and it will be 4,500 to 5,000 for Saturday. In the same way, Bangalore’s one way ticket is selling at 7,700 to 15,000 on Friday and it will be and 4,700 to 8,015 for people traveling on Saturday. On Saturday, the fares increased to 11,000 for Delhi and 8,700 to 10,000 for Mumbai. Chennai airfare along with other destinations was less a month ago as compares to what they were selling a few days back up.

PSS Not to Move Further with Boat Race

Beautiful view of a snake-boat in Kerala

The Palliyoda Seva Sanghom (PSS) has announced not to move ahead with the upcoming boat race, which forms an integral part of the annual snakeboat regatta Uthrittathi Vallamkali that is to be hosted on September 20 at the Pampa in Aranmula. On Tuesday evening, this decision was taken at a PSS executive committee meeting at Aranmula.

Beautiful view of a snake-boat in Kerala

 According to the Sanghom secretary and treasurer, Ratheesh R. Mohan and P. Mohanachandran respectively, we have arrived at this decision due to the unprecedented delay made by government departments in the clearing process of mudbanks on the race course as well as delaying in other boat race arrangements of the event. Adding more to their decision, the leaders of the Sanghom stated that the committee has decided to organize only the traditional snakeboat pageantry on the day of Uthrittathi.

Bustling snake-boat race

The resignation of its president K.V. Sambadevan has left the PSS in crisis. Further the resolution of organization’s general body to not include P.J. Kurien, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman; K. Sivadasan Nair, MLA and Anto Antony, MP in the protest for their support to the controversial private airport project at Aranmula has also affected the party. Further, the resolution also proposed that the private air would have to convert the paddy land and wet lands housing many worship places into destruction of Pampa.

Onam to be Celebrated at Eight Venues this Year

Onam celebrations among people

The preparations for Onam this year have commenced and the celebrations would be spread across eight different stages located in different places of the district. The main stage will be that at the famous Kozhikode beach. In a meeting on Saturday, the organizing committee responsible for hosting the event, presided over by C.A. Latha, the district collector stated that this year the sessions in classical dance, literature and Carnatic music will be held in Town Hall and those of drama and ghazals at the Tagore centenary Hall.

Festivities of Onam

Kuttichira and art gallery would also be among the stages meant for organizing events for the first time ever since the Onam celebrations started. Art gallery is chosen as a venue for screening documentary & animation films and exhibiting paintings. On the other hand, Kuttichira is chosen as the venue for moplah song festival. Malabar Christian College grounds are the venue for athletics and a floral carpet contest would be hosted at the Government Teachers Training College.

Onam celebrations among people

On September 13, a vibrant pageant announcing the Onam celebrations would be organized in the city in afternoon. The pageant will exhibit the cultural character of Kozhikode, said a spokesman for the event. Along with the District Collector, film maker P.V. Gangadharan and A Pradeep Kumar, MLA also attended the meeting for working out on the details of Onam celebrations.