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Three Indian girls rescued from Kenya: Sushma

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New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that three Indian and seven Nepalese girls, who were victims of trafficking, have been rescued from Kenya.

“We have rescued three Indian girls from Kenya. The girls were victims of an organised crime syndicate that indulged in trafficking… Seven Nepalese girls were also rescued. Their passports and phones were taken and they were held captive in Mombasa,” the Minister tweeted.

“We have flown our girls back to India. We are sharing details with the Punjab government so that a case is registered against the agents and people involved.

“I appreciate the efforts of Indian High Commissioner in Kenya Suchitra Durai… We thank the Kenyan Police for their help,” she said.

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Another earthquake jolts Jammu and Kashmir

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An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale jolted Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday even though the impact was felt only in Srinagar city and adjoining areas.

Met department officials said the quake struck at 12.02 p.m., and its epicentre was in Jammu and Kashmir region, 120 km inside the Earth’s crust.

“Its coordinates are latitude 34.86 degrees north and longitude 74.06 degrees east”, an official of the Met department said.

On Friday, an earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale occurred in Jammu and Kashmir with its epicentre in Ladakh-Tibet border.

Seismologically, Kashmir is situated in a highly earthquake prone region.

Earthquakes have wrought havoc in Kashmir in the past.

In October 2005, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale killed over 50,000 people in Indian and Pakistan controlled parts of J&K.

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