Mumbai’s Taj Hotel Reopens Sunday After 2008 Attacks

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MUMBAI (REUTERS).- Holding balloons and flowers, employees pledged on Thursday to re-dedicate themselves to Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel when it reopens at the weekend after the 2008 militant attacks in which guests and staff members died. The hotel, which suffered extensive damage from a siege laid by four heavily armed gunmen, was one of several Mumbai landmarks attacked by Pakistan-based militants. The November strikes, which lasted over 60 hours, killed 166 people. Standing on the grand cantilever stairway, staff members cheered and tossed rose petals in the air after chairman Ratan Tata garlanded a bust of the founder of the Tata Group, India’s oldest conglomerate, which also owns the luxury Taj hotels. “This flagship property, this venerable Old Lady, is going to reopen in the same glory, the same splendor of more than 100 years,” Tata said, his voice cracking,