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Indian railways to launch Mother Teresa Express on her centenary

August 03, 2010

As India prepares to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta on August 26, Indian Railways plans to launch a train named in honor of the “saint of the gutters.”

"We have decided to launch the new train after Mother Teresa as a tribute to her on occasion of her birth centenary," said Mamata Banerjee, the federal railway minister. He said that the train’s carriages will be painted blue, to recall the trademark border of the white cotton saris worn by the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order that Mother Teresa founded.

Keeping the route of the new train a secret, the federal minister said it would certainly connect important destinations in the country.


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