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India's semi high-speed train breaks down a day after its launch

Key Points
  • India's first locally built semi high-speed train broke down early on Saturday on its way back to New Delhi from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh.
  • The breakdown occurred  a day after its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The train eventually reached New Delhi and will resume a commercial run from Sunday, Reuters partner ANI said in a tweet citing the railways ministry.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers the keynote address at the IISS Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore on June 1, 2018.
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India's first locally built semi high-speed train broke down early on Saturday on its way back to New Delhi from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh, a day after its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Vande Bharat Express can run up to a maximum speed of 160 km/hour.

In this photo taken on February 15, 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2nd L) flags off India's first semi-high speed express train Vande Bharat Express at New Delhi Railway Station.
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"There seems to be disruption [possibly due to] cattle run over. It wasn't a scheduled commercial run," Reuters partner ANI said in a tweet citing the railways ministry.

The train eventually reached New Delhi and will resume a commercial run from Sunday, said the tweet.