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Mangaluru: Quirk of fate saves Venoor couple from Sri Lanka blast


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Apr 23: Dr Keshava Raj and Sridevi couple, who hail from Venoor, escaped unscathed from the blast which occurred at 'The Cinnamon Grand' hotel in Sri Lanka where they had planned to stay overnight. The couple says that at the last moment, the travel agency changed its plans and arranged for their stay in another nearby hotel. This decision saved everyone in their group of tourists from the possible catastrophe.

Speaking to a Kannada daily about their escape from the jaws of death, the two who were on a visit to Sri Lanka to celebrate their marriage anniversary, revealed that the travel agency, in a sudden decision taken at the last minute, changed their hotel from 'The Cinnamon Grand' to 'Clarion Hub'. "After we checked into this hotel, at around 9 am, we heard huge sound from 'The Cinnamon Grand' hotel. We were shocked to learn that a bomb had gone off at the hotel where we had planned to stay," they stated. The couple is planning to reach India on Tuesday April 23.

Dr Keshava Raj owns Sri Vedam Ayurvedic Multi Specialty Hospital near Sharbatkatte here. He witnessed the mayhem of innocent people in Sri Lanka and the experience has shaken him. He had undertaken Sri Lanka visit through a tour package. Dr Keshava Raj says that the Lord saved the lives of him and his wife.

After the blast, curfew was imposed in the area and internet connection was severed. Therefore news about their well being did not reach the outer world through social websites. His relatives in his native places, who came to know about the blasts through the media, were worried till they were contacted by the couple in the evening.

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  • SN, MANGALORE

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    Those perpetrators of innocent people's killings are real villains of the world.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA.

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    God only saved this young couple and also the group of tourists from the deadly bomb blasts.

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  • Augustine Daniel DSouza, Udupi Mumbai STATE OF KUWAIT.

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    Praise the Lord in the name of Jesus Christ.
    for saving these 2 couples.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    If he wills 'Not a hair in your body will be hurt'
    If he wills 'A hair will be enough to cause lasting hurt'...
    "Thena Vina tranam api na chalathi'....is a saying in Sanskrit....Without his will even a blade of grass won't move...
    And we think we do everything....

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  • Chowkidar Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    Churches and hotels..... I did not get the connection until yesterday. Yesterday a website of an international news agency revealed the connection. The restaurants of these hotels have been advertising 'Easter Buffet' from sometime and had huge rush for advance booking.

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  • Mango, Mlore

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    SriLankan Government is directly responsible for this deaths.
    Even after series of warnings from intelligence agencies , that too to the specific locations, authorities there din't even increase the security checkup.
    According to BBC SriLankan PM was not even informed about the threats.
    Lesson for India is, Having Single party government is very important !!
    coalition Govt is always a pain on the Nation.

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  • ca girishskk, m'lore/dxb

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    Don't sell your crap idea....!!! Junky one probably match with jokers IQ....!!!!!

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  • Mango, Mlore

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    After the last years political turmoil in Srilanka, National security is taken away from Prime Minister.
    Defence, intelligence and interior ministry is with the president Maitripala Sirisena. PM Ranil Wikramasinghe is just fighting for his survival till the coming election. There is a deep divide in Srilankan govt functioning at the moment.
    Sounds strange but do some research before bashing others opinions.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Apr 24 2019

    Mango mangalore,Even they had information about ,they too couldnt do anything.Afterall one doesnt know where and when?Noone had doubt about in churches too will be bomb blast.They are not so giving out information ,are clever.Thatswhy cant say when and where etc.How many times in airports r important places they give alarm,when evecuated,find nothing.we shouldnt movearound only fearing blasts and bombs are moving around.we shouldnt be fear and sit at home.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    Dr Raj being a Doctor by profession who saves lives of people is saved by God lord almighty..., once again Thank God...,

    On the sidelines..., if the reported news to be believed..., among other things..., without prejudice...,
    In my view the investigators must be take cognizance of the call records of the tour operator/ travel agency & their network partners in Colombo to know under what circumstances force them to change the hotel stay of its guests ...., without pointing at any conspiracy angle..., if they had any clue why not such information was used to alert the hotel & to save the other guests at the hotel/restaurant....????

    While color shouldn't be attributed to terrorism ..., be it at Pulwama, Christ Church Newzealand or Colombo...., LORD BRAHMA knows the truth....!!!!

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  • Anand Kumar, Mangga Gala Uru

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    Each one's 'time' is determined by the Lord.

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  • Hindustani, MANIPAL/DUBAI

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    GOD IS GREAT!

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  • Judith Dsouza, Karkala / Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    After Terrorists strikes Sri Lankan Churches and Hotels in Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka has changed its attitude.
    It ordered its military to root out terrorism from its land forever!

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  • SAMAD, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    Good move

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  • Prakash D' Cunha, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    Praise the Lord.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Apr 23 2019

    Praise the Almighty ...

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