Friday, 28 November, 2008


Greek millionaire Andreas Liveras was one of those shot dead in the Taj Hotel. Owner of Liveras Yacht, which owns and charters luxury yachts, Andreas had come to Mumbai to scout for business opportunities. His decision to stay at the Taj was influenced by his fondness for the food served at the hotel. French nuclear scientist George Vendryas was another notable person who was staying at the hotel. Vendryas and his wife were in Mumbai to attend a three-day conference of the Indian Nuclear Society which began on November 24. reactor and won the It was also a close shave for Cricket Australia lawyer Dean Kino and BCCI internal auditor P V Srinivasan who were guests at the Taj on Wednesday evening. . In fact, Kino had to endure torrid times. "Yes. He was actually fired at by the terrorists, but some brave fire brigade officers rescued him,'' BCCI's Ratnakar Shetty said. Three World Bank officials, who were in the city to monitor projects, were detained at the Taj and Oberoi hotels. Gaurav Joshi, R S Phatak and Satya Mishra were part of a larger bank team which was in the city for a few days. While the rest of the team, including MUTP project leader Hubert Nove Josserand, left earlier, the three stayed behind. Suhel Seth, CEO of Equus Advertising, had a providential escape. "I had stepped out to attend a wedding and on my way back to the Taj, I received a message from hotel employees saying there was a law and order problem and I should not go back to the hotel. I diverted my car to The Taj President at Cuffe Parade. I am really grateful to Taj authorities for informing me on time.''
source-times of india, mumbai

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