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Tata Indian Hotels profit plunges 96 pct

Tata Group's hospitality arm Indian Hotels Company Ltd. said Friday its annual net profit plunged 96.4 percent, hit by last November's militant attack on its landmark Taj Mahal Taj Mahal (täzh məhäl`, täj məhŭl`), mausoleum, Agra, Uttar Pradesh state, N India, on the Yamuna River. It is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and the finest example of the late style of Indian  hotel.

The subsidiary said consolidated net profit for year ending March fell to 124.6 million rupees (2.62 million dollars) from 3.54 billion rupees a year earlier.

Turnover for the year slipped nine percent to 27.82 billion rupees, the company said.

The performance was affected by the impact of the attacks and also the US slowdown.

No adjustments were made to reflect the value of damage to the hotel, as it was "adequately insured for property restoration," the company said in a statement.

The century-old Taj Mahal Palace and Tower were extensively damaged in the three-day killing spree by 10 Islamist gunmen which left 166 people dead in Mumbai, India's financial hub.

New Delhi New Delhi (dĕl`ē), city (1991 pop. 294,149), capital of India and of Delhi state, N central India, on the right bank of the Yamuna River.  blames a Pakistan-based Islamic militant group
For the Trotskyist entrist group active in the 1970s and 1980s, see the Militant tendency.

The Militant Group was an early British Trotskyist group, formed in 1935 by Denzil Dean Harber, former leader of the Marxist Group, as an entrist group
 for planning and launching the assaults.

"The performance of the industry was impacted by the terror attacks terror attack natentado (terrorista)

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 in November, which slowed down the business in all key markets," company managing director Raymond Bickson told reporters.

The company's hotels saw guests and tourists cancelling bookings after the attacks, which stalled stall 1  
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a. A booth, cubicle, or stand used by a vendor, as at a market.

 a slow-moving peace process between regional rivals India and Pakistan.

The Taj's Tower wing re-opened for business in December.

Tata officials said the hotel's damaged heritage wing could reopen re·o·pen  
tr. & intr.v. re·o·pened, re·o·pen·ing, re·o·pens
1. To open or be opened again: Officials reopened the airport after the snow was cleared. Schools reopen in September.
 next year.

"The terror attack was an evil thing. We have got to put it behind us," company vice president Krishna Kumar added.
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Date:Jun 12, 2009
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