26/11 Attacks: 25 Photos That Show What Mumbai Went Through

It has been 10 years since the deadly terror attack that claimed more than 160 lives.

Smoke billows from under the main dome of the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai on 27 November 2008.
Hindustan Times via Getty Images Smoke billows from under the main dome of the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai on 27 November 2008.

On the night of 26 November 2008, news channels began flashing reports of shots being fired at Mumbai’s upscale Taj Palace hotel in Colaba. As horrified Indians huddled around screens to watch visuals of police teams reaching the hotel, they saw reports of shootings at the bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) station and Oberoi-Trident hotel in Nariman point.

A few hours later, it had become clear that these attacks weren’t isolated—they were all connected and, as we learnt later, well-planned. The terrorists targeted The Taj Hotel, CST, Oberoi Trident, Leopold Cafe, Nariman House and Cama Hospital. Explosions also took place at the Mazagon dock and a taxi in Vile Parle.

While the situation at most of the targets was neutralised soon, security forces fought for three straight days to clear out the Taj Palace Hotel, where guests and staff were either held hostage or trapped by gunfire.

In all, around 166 people died in the attack.

A photo of Ajmal Kasab, the lone gunman who was caught alive, at CST became one of the most unforgettable images of the attack.

Here are 25 photos that show how terrifying those days were:

What began as news of one shooting soon turned into a three-day nightmare
Arko Datta / Reuters Gunmen held several people hostage during a three-day siege at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel.
As security forces arrived, people tried to escape
AFP via Getty Images Guests use curtains to escape from the Taj Mahal Palace hotel during the siege.


The events played out live on 24/7 news channels

India Today Group via Getty Images Journalists covering the attacks lie on the ground outside the Taj hotel.

The siege left the iconic Taj hotel burning
INDRANIL MUKHERJEE via Getty Images Smoke billows out of The Taj Mahal Hotel during the rescue operations.


Just a glimpse of the aftermath

Getty Editorial A room inside the Taj Mahal Palace after the armed siege. The hotel suffered severe damages and many guests and employees lost their lives.


Meanwhile, in Nariman Point

ASSOCIATED PRESS Indian army soldiers climb onto their vehicle outside the Trident-Oberoi Hotel, where terrorists were holed up.


Another fight ensued

Hindustan Times via Getty Images A fire broke out after an explosion inside the Trident-Oberoi Hotel.


A peek at the mayhem

Hindustan Times via Getty Images The siege led to massive damage inside the Trident-Oberoi hotel as well.


People escaped in small groups

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Two foreigners who were held hostage by gunmen for nearly 24 hours after their release from the Trident-Oberoi hotel.


Security forces were everywhere

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An Anti-Terror Squad officer runs for shelter, while his companions lie on the ground.


Scenes of destruction

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A view of the damage inside the Trident-Oberoi Hotel


Some were trapped

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A guest at the Trident-Oberoi hotel looks out from a broken window amidst the siege.


Others were relieved to go home

An unidentified guest gestures while speaking on his phone as he sits inside a bus after being rescued from the Trident-Oberoi.


Police in action at Nariman House

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Security forces escort hostages from Nariman House in Mumbai.


Standing guard

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Soldiers outside Nariman House at Colaba Market during the siege.


Scenes of relief

PRAKASH SINGH via Getty Images
Security force personnel look on as a released male hostage speaks on a phone and two released female hostages comfort one another.


Security forces used all means to take on the attackers

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A Indian National Security Guard  commando abseiling from a helicopter onto the rooftop of Nariman House.


Many lives were lost

The interiors of Nariman House, Mumbai headquarters of the ultra-Orthodox Chabad Lubavitch movement, after the commando operation.


Caught on camera

Government of India CCTV footage.
Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist who was caught alive, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.


Scenes from the train station

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Luggage and belongings of commuters littered across the CST as they fled to save their lives.


When maximum city was forced to stop

A cart amidst shattered glass on an empty platform at CST.


Forces patrolled the station for days

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Commandos stand guard at a deserted CST..


Three days later, it was finally over

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National Security Guard commandos inside a bus after the end of the gunbattle.


The people who saves the day

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One of the commandoes with a rose given to him by citizens after the siege ended.


Mumbaikars say thanks, and bid farewell

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Security forces from across the country had been brought to Mumbai during the siege. People showed their gratitude by cheering them on as they left.
FAQ – Emigration Check Not Required Registration

(Last updated on 22nd Nov 2018)

Question 1: What is this recent Advisory is all about?

Answer 1: As per the MEA’s advisory dated 14th Nov 2018, ECNR Passport holders travelling to 18 ECR Countries on Employment Visa have to Register in eMigrate system, at least 24 hours prior to their departure. Their registration confirmation would be verified by Bureau of Immigration (BoI) at emigration counters prior to their departure. One may go through the Advisory for more details.

Question 2: Is it applicable to those who are already working in these 18 notified countries? If yes, how and when should they register?

Answer 2: No. Those already working overseas are not required to register while they are overseas. However, if they come on vacation and are returning back, on the same employment they would need to register. This is only required one time for a given employment duration.

Question 3: Do investor visa holders also need to register on the online portal?

Answer 3: No. Only travelers on Employment Visa need to register on the emigrate portal.

Question 4: Will it affect when they go on vacation?

Answer 4: If the emigrant has already provided the duration of his employment at the time of initial registration, and the vacation falls within the contract period, he/ she is not required to register again. But in case one has not registered at the time of initial departure, he/ she may register at the time of return from vacation.

Question 5: What happens to ECR category when they get ECNR passport after working overseas for three years?

Answer 5: They will register like all other ECNR passport holders going for employment to ECR countries and they will not be required to obtain EC.

Question 6: Do they have to register again though they might have come through emigrate while having ECR passport? Many of them would not be computer literate.

Answer 6: If they had gone initially thru’ eMigrate, they must have gone through EC route while holding ECR passport. No registration is required for them unless they replace their passports with an ECNR category one.

Question 7: I understand the registration should be done between 21 days to one day before the planned departure. Is that correct

Answer 7: The requirement is to register at least 24 hours prior to departure to allow sufficient time for information to be passed on to the emigration counter for verification.

Question 8: Could you elaborate on the reasons for implementing this new rule and what benefits Indian workers will receive?

Answer 8: The objective for this registration is to capture the data of Indian emigrants so that they can be reached without delay in case of any eventuality. Implementation of this registration is only phase I of the plan so as to ensure that the system works smoothly and there r are no hiccups.

Question 9: What are the main details that they have to provide for registration and how will you ensure that there is no contract substitution or other types of exploitation?

Answer 9: The information required to be filled is minimal, like name, passport number, country of employment, FE name. This registration has no bearing on employee’s contract. As regards exploitation, any Indian faced with any distress situation already has access to MADAD, eMigrate and 24×7 Pravasi Bharatiya Sahayata Kendra (PBSK) to register their complaint/ grievances.

Question 10: Is there any fee involved? If yes, how much and when this should be paid?

Answer 10: Registration is free of cost.

Question 11: Will this cause any concern to the foreign employers?

Answer 11: The registration process is as unobtrusive as it could be, with no impact to the employment contract. There is absolutely no reasons for the Foreign Employers to be concerned about the process or its objective.

Question 12: Once applied, can someone cancel the Registration?

Answer 12: Cancellation of Registration is not allowed.

Fans Go Gaga As Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh Make Their First Official Appearance As ‘Husband And Wife’ At Their Bengaluru Reception


  • Fans are going gaga as the much loved Bollywood couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh made their first official appearance as ‘husband and wife’ at their reception bash at The Leela Palace in Bengaluru.
  • The pictures of the newlyweds went viral on social media. While Deepika dazzled in a golden saree gifted by her mother, Ranveer complemented her look in a gold embroidered chocolate Sherwani.


Fans are going gaga as the much loved Bollywood couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh made their first official appearance as ‘husband and wife’ at their reception bash at The Leela Palace in Bengaluru. The pictures of the newlyweds went viral on social media. While Deepika dazzled in a golden saree gifted by her mother, Ranveer complemented her look in a gold embroidered chocolate Sherwani.

Here’s take a look at how fans are reacting:

The much-loved Bollywood couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone tied the knot on November 14 and 15 in a private ceremony in Lake Como in Italy. The private ceremony was attended by their close family and friends. The grand Bollywood wedding was a perfect blend of cultures as the couple got hitched in both Konkani and Sindhi styles, keeping up with the cultures of both the families. The ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela’ stars who kept much of their wedding under wraps released the first official pictures from the wedding on Thursday, November 15 with similar Instagram posts. They posted two pictures- one from their traditional Konkani wedding and one from the Anand Karaj and captioned it with a red heart emoji.

Several Bollywood celebrities including Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar, among others congratulated the couple following the same. Again, giving their fans a sweet surprise, the pair on Tuesday, November 20, shared numerous other pictures from their wedding ceremonies on social media.

East Asia Summit 2018: PM Narendra Modi meets Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Singapore

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison held talks Wednesday and discussed ways to further deepen the bilateral ties, including in areas of trade, defence and security.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said. (Twitter Image/PMO India)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison held talks Wednesday and discussed ways to further deepen the bilateral ties, including in areas of trade, defence and security. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.“PM Narendra Modi met with PM of Australia Scott Morrison on the margins of East Asia Summit in Singapore. Both leaders had a good discussion on deepening ties in trade and investment, defence and security and other areas of bilateral cooperation,” Kumar said.“A fruitful meeting between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Scott Morrison in Singapore earlier today,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.

Modi began his two-day visit to Singapore Wednesday by delivering his keynote address at the prestigious Fintech Festival.

He became the first head of government to address the world’s largest event on financial technology.

The prime minister also held bilateral meetings with global leaders, including US Vice President Pence and Singapore premier Lee Hsein Loong.

During his visit, Modi will attend the East Asia Summit, an ASEAN-India informal meet, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership summit.

Before leaving for Singapore, Modi said in New Delhi that his participation in the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits symbolised India’s “continued commitment” to strengthen its engagement with ASEAN members and with the wider Indo-Pacific region.

Modi also said he was confident that his visit to Singapore would impart fresh momentum to New Delhi’s growing partnership with ASEAN and East Asia Summit nations.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional intergovernmental organisation comprising ten Southeast Asian countries, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration among its members and other Asian states.


Source: East Asia Summit 2018: PM Narendra Modi meets Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Singapore

Varanasi’s multi-modal terminal: 7 things to know about the newly inaugurated first MMT on river Ganga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated a multi-modal terminal on river Ganga in Varanasi. (ANI UP)

Varanasi’s new multi-modal terminal inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi: In a bid to promote inland waterways as a cheaper and more eco-friendly means of transport, especially for cargo movement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a multi-modal terminal on river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. PM Modi also received India’s first container cargo transported from Kolkata on the inland waterways. The first consignment had set sail from Kolkata in the last week of October, containing food and beverage belonging to PEPSICO (India). The project is the first of the three multi-modal terminal projects and two inter-modal terminal projects, which are being constructed on the river Ganga. The multi-modal terminals, also known as MMTs are being developed as part of the government’s Jal Marg Vikas project. According to the Ministry of Shipping, the Jal Marg Vikas project aims to develop the stretch of river Ganga between Varanasi and Haldi for navigation of large vessels up to 1500-2000 tonnes weight. Here are 7 things to know about the newly inaugurated Multi Modal Terminal:

  • The MMT, which is the first one on National Waterway-1 has been developed over a land of 33.34 hectares. The phase 1 of the project has been constructed at a cost of Rs 206.84 crore.
  • The terminal capacity of the project, which was started in June 2016 and completed in November 2018 is 1.26 MPTA.
  • The jetty is of length 200 m, width 42 m with berthing and mooring facility as well as two mobile harbour cranes, which are the main ingredients of the project are ready for operations.
  • Also, approach road, internal road, stone pitching works, bank protection, shell structure of ancillary buildings, worker amenity building are ready for operations.
  • The management, operation and further development of the MMT is proposed to be entrusted to an operator on PPP (public–private partnership) model.
  • The selection process of the PPP Operator through an International Competitive Bidding is at an advanced stage, at present. Moreover, it is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
  • The ministry in a press release stated that the MMT project and proposed Freight Village at Varanasi are likely to generate 500 direct employment as well as more than 2000 indirect employment opportunities.

Global Welfare Society of Thailand, the NGO based in Bangkok organized a not for profit spectacular charity event “GLOWS NURTURE NATURE” on 10th November 2018 at Bangkok Hotel Lotus Ballroom in Bangkok. In line with GLOWS work in the past, this event was a Charity Luncheon along with Painting Competition on Save Environment theme. The purpose was to support the ‘Environment Drive’ projects. Charity of 30,000Baht was presented to “The Royal Forest Department of Thailand”. The Director of Chief Administration, Ms. Tanom Mobandit joined as the Chief Guest for this event with her officers. Event was well attended by Dignitaries, Diplomats, Presidents and Representatives from various Associations, Sponsors, local community members and Glows Team. Honorary diplomat Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Second Secretary (ECC) from Embassy of India Bangkok joined along with sponsors from Saraff Global, Flawless Co. Ltd., Ublivius, Magic Holidays, New Suren Co. Ltd., Radico & Benecos, Sparkling Adspace Marketing Co., Highend Collections, Sareena Makeup Artist and Media partners; Masala Magazine & Zee Nung. The program included a variety of cultural performances by students of Srinakarin Wirot University Bangkok, Babymime Troup show, Professional Thai artists, Local community members, Indians, Expats over music, dance, mime and Team Skit show on Save Environment, Painting prizes and Raffle Draws. Mr. Warawut from Silpakorn University joined as judge for the painting competition. Once again, Glows team put up a remarkable show which left the audience eagerly waiting for the next one. For more updates and support to Glows Thailand.

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Indian Coast Guard Ships depart Thailand

After a four day goodwill visit to Thailand, Indian Coast Guard Ships ICGS Sujay and ICGS Anmol, departed Phuket on 9 November 2018. On 8 November, Community Service Activity was done by the ICGS personnel at Laem Panwa School during which sports and stationary items were distributed to the children. Activities like pollution response demonstration on board during visit of officers and sailors of Royal Thai Navy and promotion of Indian tourism were held on board ICGS Sujay.

27th Indo-Thai CORPAT

The 27th cycle of the Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy is being conducted from 8-16 November 2018. The opening ceremony of the CORPAT was held at Port Blair on 8 November and the closing ceremony will be held in Phuket on 14 November.

Indian Navy’s Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 51 and HTMS Songkhla along with one Dornier aircraft each from both the navies will participate in the CORPAT, the objectives of which are to ensure effective implementation of UN Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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