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The Morning Wrap: Mamata Backs Missionaries Of Charity; Home Ministry Doesn't Know Definition Of 'Hindu'

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KOLKATA, INDIA - JUNE 23: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives to pay her respect to Missionaries of Charity head Sister Nirmala, at ST Johns Church on June 23, 2015 in Kolkata India. The 81-year-old nun took over the running of the charity after Mother Teresa died in 1997 and ran it for 12 years before Sister Mary Prema took over in 2009. (Photograph by Subhankar Chakraborty/ Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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