Metrovaartha http://www.metrovaartha.com/ en-us Sat, 18 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0530 Our dance moves are as unique as fingerprint: Study http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19033/our-dance-moves-are-as-unique-as-fingerprint--study http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19033/our-dance-moves-are-as-unique-as-fingerprint--study Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:32:24 +0530 ]]>A person's dance movements are a kind of fingerprint, each person has a unique movement signature that stays the same no matter what kind of music is playing. London | Our dance style is almost always the same, regardless of the type of music, and a computer algorithm can identify the dancer with astounding accuracy, a new research suggests.

"It seems as though a person's dance movements are a kind of fingerprint, each person has a unique movement signature that stays the same no matter what kind of music is playing," said study co-author Pasi Saari from University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.

According to the study, published in the Journal of New Music Research, over the last few years, researchers at the have used motion capture technology--the same kind used in Hollywood--to learn that your dance moves say a lot about you, such as how extroverted or neurotic you are, what mood you happen to be in, and even how much you empathize with other people.

"Our original idea was to see if we could use machine learning to identify which genre of music our participants were dancing to, based on their movements," said study first author Emily Carlson.

Recently, they discovered something that surprised them.

The 73 participants in the study were motion captured dancing to eight different genres: Blues, Country, Dance/Electronica, Jazz, Metal, Pop, Reggae and Rap.

The only instruction they received was to listen to the music and move any way that felt natural.

The researchers analysed participants' movements using machine learning, trying to distinguish between the musical genres.

Unfortunately, their computer algorithm was able to identify the correct genre less that 30 per cent of the time.

They were shocked to discover, however, that the computer could correctly identify which of the 73 individuals was dancing 94 per cent of the time.

The computer was less accurate in identifying individuals when they were dancing to Metal music.

"There is a strong cultural association between Metal and certain types of movement, like headbanging, it's probable that Metal caused more dancers to move in similar ways, making it harder to tell them apart," Carlson said.

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Ramachandra Guha: Rahul can't lead; India needs option to fight Hindutva forces http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19032/ramachandra-guha--rahul-can-t-lead--india-needs-option-to-fight-hindutva-forces http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19032/ramachandra-guha--rahul-can-t-lead--india-needs-option-to-fight-hindutva-forces Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:15:51 +0530 ]]>According to Guha, based on past record, it is abundantly clear that Gandhi cannot provide a sustained leadership for such an opposition which can take on the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Hindutva forces. Bengaluru | Renowned historian Ramachandra Guha on Saturday said India desperately needs a credible opposition to take on the Hindutva forces which he doesn't see in Rahul Gandhi.

"We desperately need a credible and sustained opposition to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). I believe, however, that Rahul Gandhi cannot provide the leadership to such an opposition," told Guha to IANS.

Though he hesitated to say who can rise up as an alternative force, he said if the Nehru-Gandhi legacy goes away a credible leadership may rise within the Congress party or outside.

"Gandhis are suppressing the emergence of a credible leadership," Guha said.

Guha said the Hindutva forces are damaging India and unchecked Hindutva will destroy the country.

"I believe that the country desperately needs a credible opposition to take on the Hindutva forces. I believe Hindutva is damaging and unchecked Hindutva will destroy India," he said.

According to Guha, based on past record, it is abundantly clear that Gandhi cannot provide a sustained leadership for such an opposition which can take on the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Hindutva forces.

At a literature festival in Kerala on Friday, a staunch critic of the right wing, Guha portrayed Gandhi as a "fifth generation dynast" and praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "hard working and self-made".

"I have nothing against Rahul Gandhi personally. He is a decent fellow, very well-mannered. But young India does not want a fifth-generation dynast. If you Malayalis make the mistake of re-electing Rahul Gandhi in 2024 too, you are merely handing over an advantage to Narendra Modi," said Guha said at the Kerala festival.

"Because Narendra Modi's great advantage is that he is not Rahul Gandhi," observed Guha.

According to Guha, Modi ran Gujarat for 15 years, gaining administrative experience. "He is hard-working and does not take holidays in Europe".

Analysing years of political activity, Guha said he cannot predict the future but only describe what can see there today, saying, "It is clear that Rahul Gandhi cannot be a credible leader."

Reacting to a news agency's report on a talk he gave in Kerala on Friday at a literature festival, the historian said: "I gave a one hour talk and a news agency reporter took two sentences out of it. Hear the whole one hour talk and write about it."

Guha said he spoke an hour about jingoism and religious majority in India today and urged the pubic to react only after listening to the entire speech.

Guha's speech and his observation on the Congress scion went viral with several retweets, comments and reactions to his remarks.

Satisha K.S. tweeted: "Ramachandra Guha admits that Rahul Gandhi is a useless guy and Left is anti-national."

"I know he is a disgusting person who has sounded for Modi," tweeted Chinu Mahapatra about the historian.

Another sarcastic tweet by Rasik Vajpayee, said: "Courtiers first blamed EVM, then polarisation and then poor intelligence of electorate and now a historian cum space scientist with lifetime services to a dynasty bites his master."

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This Bihar govt. office practices yoga everyday http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19031/this-bihar-govt--office-practices-yoga-everyday http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19031/this-bihar-govt--office-practices-yoga-everyday Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:48:54 +0530 ]]>The session starts at 11.30 a.m., soon after the office opens, in the morning and then again at 4 p.m. The department has also released a video of the six-minute sessions, practiced by the 70 office staff (which includes both employees and officers) in each sitting. Patna | Meditation results in marvels. Bihar's Electricity Department in Purnia district has adopted that adage as the basic theme of its daily curriculum.

The staff of this department practice yoga amid their busy schedule everyday, which keeps them fresh and energised.

The session starts at 11.30 a.m., soon after the office opens, in the morning and then again at 4 p.m. The department has also released a video of the six-minute sessions, practiced by the 70 office staff (which includes both employees and officers) in each sitting.

Sitaram Paswan, Superintending Engineer said that this is probably the first office in the country, where yoga is being practiced twice every day amid duty hours.

Crediting Chief Secretary of Bihar Pratik Amrit, Paswan said that it was on his initiative, every worker in the department is enthusiastic to perform yoga everyday.

He also said the sessions have proved very beneficial for the staff, adding that this increased the efficiency of officers and employees.

"Yoga not only keeps people fit, but also brings inner peace as well as concentration in work", the superintending engineer added.

Assistant engineer (civilian) Preeti Kumari also believes that yoga increases efficiency as well as brings concentration, saying that yoga is also very beneficial from a scientific point of view.

Another office staff said that Bihar has always been known for yoga. Munger's Yoga School is an internationally renowned university for teaching and training related to yoga. It is the first Yoga University in the world.

He said that this system should be implemented in all government offices.

Cleanliness has also been emphasised in this office of Purnia electricity department. Single use plastic has been completely banned, and thoses plastic released from shabby machines can also be collected and stored in a separate room.

A variety of messages have been written on office walls to save the environment. To make people environmentally aware, messages like 'Remove plastic, save the environment', 'Our aspiration, environmental protection' and 'Clean nation' have to be made, remove plastic from every house' have also been written on the walls.

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ED attaches properties of ex-BSP minister Rangnath Mishra http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19030/ed-attaches-properties-of-ex-bsp-minister-rangnath-mishra http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19030/ed-attaches-properties-of-ex-bsp-minister-rangnath-mishra Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:40:18 +0530 ]]>Enforcement Directorate has attached properties to the tune of Rs 5 crore of former Bahujan Samaj Party minister Rangnath Mishra in a disproportionate assets case. New Delhi | The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday said that it has attached properties to the tune of Rs 5 crore of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) minister Rangnath Mishra in a disproportionate assets case.

The central financial probe agency in a statement said it has attached residential plot measuring 250.83 sqm by 899.25 sqm located at plot number 58, House No. 54/171, George Town Extension, Tagore Town, Allahabad having market value to the tune of Rs 5 crore of Mishra and his family members in a disproportionate assets case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA).

According to ED officials these properties were acquired by Mishra in his name and in the name of his family during the year 2010. The ED had initiated the probe against Mishra in August 2014 on the basis of an FIR registered by the Uttar Pradesh Vigilance wing in October 2013.

"During investigations it was revealed that acquisition of disproportionate assets by Mishra, who was minister during his tenure as Secondary Education Minister and Home Uttar Pradesh government during 2007-2011," the agency said.

According to the ED officials, investigations revealed that Mishra's actual income between May 13, 2007 and October 5, 2011, was about Rs 1.57 crore, but he had allegedly spent over Rs 3.4 crore.

The central agency also said that further investigation in respect of sources of the properties acquired or purchased by Mishra and his family members in the name of Trust or samiti or institutes is also under progress.

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Thriller on card as India face Australia in Bengaluru http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19029/thriller-on-card-as-india-face-australia-in-bengaluru http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19029/thriller-on-card-as-india-face-australia-in-bengaluru Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:34:19 +0530 ]]>The three-match series was billed as a showdown between two heavyweights and it has lived up to that. Both the teams have been able to showcase why they are best in the business in the present times. Bengaluru | There could not have been a better ending to the three-match ODI series between the top two teams in world cricket at the moment. While Australia triumphed emphatically in Mumbai, it was India who roared back in Rajkot. And now, both the teams would be looking to deliver the final punch when they lock horns in the series decider at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.

The three-match series was billed as a showdown between two heavyweights and it has lived up to that. Both the teams have been able to showcase why they are best in the business in the present times.

In the first ODI at Wankhede, Australia simply overpowered Team India, winning the match by 10 wickets. Aaron Finch and David Warner scored unbeaten centuries as they chased down the total of 255 with utmost ease. The defeat not only hurt the Indian team badly, but it also made them re-think their strategy and what augurs best for the team.

In Rajkot, the team stopped their contentious experimentation with their top three and it did wonders for them. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored, Virat Kohli returned to his favourite no. 3 spot and scored. But the biggest plus for the team was K.L. Rahul's adaptability which meant the Karnataka batsman also found success at his new No.5 spot.

The Indian bowling too bounced back from the thrashing they received in Mumbai. Jasprit Bumrah was back at his accurate best and, in the company of Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini, shut the doors on a late fightback by unfurling a series of yorkers. Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja were able to pick wickets even though they did concede runs in what was a high-scoring match at the SCA.

Going into the finale, Australia might be tempted to make changes, especially in their bowling department which conceded 340 runs on a placid Rajkot wicket. However, one of the most worrying things for the visitors would be the performance of Mitchell Starc who was taken to the task by the Indian batters in the second ODI.

Thus, Finch would like his main strike bowler to come back to his usual best in Bengaluru.

As far as Team India is concerned, changes are unlikely and can only be forced due to the injuries of Dhawan and Rohit. Dhawan was struck on the ribs while batting and did not field, and Rohit went down clutching his left shoulder after diving to save a boundary in the deep.

However, but both batsmen appear to be on track for a full recovery, while Rishabh Pant, too, should be back from the head blow that kept him out in Rajkot. But keeping in mind how Rahul performed behind the wickets in Rajkot as well with the bat, one doesn't see Pant featuring in the playing XI in the decider.

Chinnaswamy has been a favoured hunting ground for the visitors, who have won each of their last three games at this venue and would thus like to keep the trend going. The Men in Blue, on the other hand, would like to replicate the performance in Rajkot and avoid what can be their second straight home series-defeat against the Aussies.

Squads: India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Rishabh Pant (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, KL Rahul, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc & wk), Pat Cummins (vc), Ashton Agar, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, David Warner, Adam Zampa

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Goa student's anti-CAA speech triggers political tussle http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19028/goa-student-s-anti-caa-speech-triggers-political-tussle http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19028/goa-student-s-anti-caa-speech-triggers-political-tussle Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:25:31 +0530 ]]>In her four-minute long speech on Thursday, Diksha Talaulikar, a class eight student of the Maria Bombino High School at Cuncolim in South Goa, said that the CAA amounts to murder of the Constitution and its values. Panaji | A speech by a schoolgirl denouncing the Citizenship Amendment Act at a function organised by the Goa government's Education Department on Thursday has raised the political temperature in the coastal state.

The Congress in a sarcastic statement said Goa Education Director Vandana Rao, who was the co-organiser of the event aimed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution, should teach Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah "a thing or two about the Constitution".

In her four-minute long speech on Thursday, Diksha Talaulikar, a class eight student of the Maria Bombino High School at Cuncolim in South Goa, said that the CAA amounts to murder of the Constitution and its values.

"And today this bill discriminates them (Muslims), thus making a mockery of my fundamental duty to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood among people transcending religion, region and linguistic diversities. The country is burning. The soul of the Constitution, the Preamble, the liberty, equality and fraternity has been murdered," the student said in her speech in presence of Goa Advocate General Devidas Pangam at the National Institute of Oceanography auditorium near Panaji.

The speech made on January 16, in presence of nearly 400 heads of educational institutions, went viral on WhatsApp on Friday.

"Shattered as I see young students and citizens, who are mostly Hindus, protesting to clarify the Indian Citizenship Amendment bill 2019, that has been passed by the Parliament which has murdered the Constitution that upheld the right to equality, thus discriminating our Muslim brothers and sisters who are made to feel different in this country. Did not our Muslim brothers sacrifice to give us the freedom that we enjoy today?" Talaulikar also said.

"Are not the secular ideas of our Constitution makers destroyed? My dear friends, most of the Constitution makers in the Assembly were Hindus. But they never thought of breaking the secular fabric of India. Today, for the sake of greed to remain in power ideologies are imposed on citizens," she also said in her speech.

Reacting to the speech former BJP MLA and close aide of former Chief Minister, the late Manohar Parrikar, Sidharth Kuncalienkar tweeted that it was sad that "@BJP4Goa's #Education Dept toes line of #CAA_NRC_Protest by anti #CAA speech at official prog alleging @narendramodi murders #constitution", while also urging that the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant act sternly in the matter.

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Army woos youth, showcase bravehearts' career in Kerala http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19027/army-woos-youth--showcase-bravehearts--career-in-kerala http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19027/army-woos-youth--showcase-bravehearts--career-in-kerala Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:17:39 +0530 ]]>The event will showcase various adventurous activities by teams of Indian Army Special Forces, motor cycle performers, tent pegging riders, paramotor pilots and Kalaripayattu team. Malappuram | To attract young recruits for the Indian Army, the Southern Command has organized a two-day fair in Kerala's Malappuram district starting Saturday.

The event was aimed at increasing awareness among youths about the Indian Army and the opportunities the force offers for an adventurous career. Gallantry award winners and Veer Naaris of the district are also being felicitated and honoured during the event.

"Indian army is conducting 'Know Your Army Mela' on January 18 and 19 at the Malappuram Special Police Stadium," said a senior Indian Army officer.

The event will showcase various adventurous activities by teams of Indian Army Special Forces, motor cycle performers, tent pegging riders, paramotor pilots and Kalaripayattu team.

A Pipe Band show has also been organized to entertain the spectators.

The Indian Army will also showcase infantry weapons, army engineering equipments and talk about procedures to join the force.

The force will talk about military values and life style of a soldier.

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BJP denies tickets to 3-time MLA Kulwant Rana, 25 othersĀ  http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19026/bjp-denies-tickets-to-3-time-mla-kulwant-rana--25-others- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19026/bjp-denies-tickets-to-3-time-mla-kulwant-rana--25-others- Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:00:36 +0530 ]]>In its first list, the party announced 57 candidates while it denied tickets to 26 leaders, including former state vice president and three time MLA Kulwant Rana. New Delhi | The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday announced the first list of candidates for the Delhi Assembly elections to be held on February 8.

In its first list, the party announced 57 candidates while it denied tickets to 26 leaders, including former state vice president and three time MLA Kulwant Rana.

Rana became the youngest candidate to win the elections in 2003, while he retained his seat from Rithala constituency in 2008 and 2013 too.

The BJP has still not announced its candidates for 13 seats, including New Delhi, Mehrauli and Sangam Vihar.

The party has fielded Manish Chaudhary in place of Rana from Rithala. Sources said the party denied a ticket to Rana as he was involved in some controversies.

Similarly, Rajni Abbi has been replaced by Surendra Singh Bittu in Timarpur, while Rajesh Yadav from Badli, Gugan Singh Ranga from Bawana, Prabhu Dayal from Sultanpur Majra, Surjeet from Mangolpuri and Nandkishor from Trinagar have not been given tickets for the upcoming Assembly polls.

The party has also denied the ticket to Vivek Garg, who lost the elections in 2015 from the Model Town seat, and fielded former AAP Minister Kapil Mishra, who joined the BJP after quitting AAP.

The party has also denied tickets to Praveen Jain from Sadar Bazar, Shyam Lal from Ballimaran, B.B. Tyagi from Laxmi Nagar, Jitendra Chaudhary from Gandhi Nagar, Sanjay Jain from Seelampur, Ajay Mahawat from Ghonda and Krishna Teerath from Patel Nagar.

The party has also changed the candidates in Janakpuri, Uttam Nagar, Palam, Jangpura, Malviya Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Greater Kailash, Kondli and Patparganj.

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Mumbai to get 24x7 'freedom at midnight' from Jan 27 http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19025/mumbai-to-get-24x7--freedom-at-midnight--from-jan-27 http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19025/mumbai-to-get-24x7--freedom-at-midnight--from-jan-27 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:52:06 +0530 ]]>To keep all restaurants, malls, multiplexes, shopping plazas, etc. open 23 hrs was given the green signal late on Thursday at a meeting chaired by Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray. Mumbai | After nearly three decades, the Maximum City will regain its freedom to remain awake and busy with commercial establishments allowed to function 24x7 from midnight of January 26-27, officials said.

The long-pending proposal to keep all restaurants, malls, multiplexes, shopping plazas, etc. open 23 hrs was given the green signal late on Thursday at a meeting chaired by Environment & Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray.

Accordingly, all (above) establishments falling within egated communities', non-residential zones with security, CCTVs, parking areas, etc, can remain open round-the-clock from January 27.

"There are around two dozen malls, besides other places which will fall in this category. Since Mumbai is a city that is active almost round-the-clock, this is expected to benefit the people, besides tourists," BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi told IANS.

He said that unlike other cities which have unlimited space but limited active hours, Mumbai has little scope to expand further so it must capitalize on existing resources by keeping them open longer.

"We are also planning to set up 24x7 Food Courts across the city where people can go anytime. This will generate more employment opportunities and open more business avenues," Pardeshi said.

Aditya Thackeray's meeting was attended by Pardeshi, and Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve since law and order will be critical factor in the success of this policy, besides industry representatives and other stakeholders.

However, for the present, the existing regulations will apply for eateries/bars which choose to work 24x7, though it may be subject to review at a later stage, said a police official.

A Mantralaya official said that initially some two dozen malls, eateries that are out of residential localities, multiplexes, shopping plazas, etc will be immediate beneficiaries, and depending on its success, the policy "may be reviewed" to expand it to some more semi-residential zones, other cities, etc, but did not indicate a specific time-frame.

"There are cities like New York and others which have implemented such policies in specific areas. This is a welcome initiative by the government for Mumbai and will give a fillip to tourism," Director of Tourism D. Gawde told IANS.

The state government official explained that Mumbai has a unique business-cum-entertainment character and functions practically round-the-clock, people commute long distances between workplaces and homes, while certain businesses and industries work in multiple shifts, the suburban trains functional almost 20-plus hours and BEST buses ply almost round-the-clock, besides the city reputed for 'safety'.

The commercial establishments will have options to keep them open 24x7 on all days or weekends/holidays/festivals depending on their specific business potential.

The previous Bharatiya Janata Party-led government had issued a notification over a year ago, but most were reluctant to take the plunge after the devastating fire in a restaurant in Kamala Mills Compound, the recent police crackdown on bars with women singers or waitresses and other security-related issues.

A pet theme of Aditya Thackeray who first propounded it near seven years ago, it finally resulted in the state government amending the Shops & Establishments Act on these lines, but the matter was in a limbo after the police department voiced security issues in implementing the policy.

Welcoming the initiative, Hotel & Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) Gurbaxish Singh said that this initiative will help make a successful global tourist hub.

The HRAWI has been spearheading this since nearly two decades and the move signals "a sign of progress, benefitting tourism and employment generation by at least 25 percent".

"The implementation is now upto the stakeholders, they can make eWe are open 24x7'signs, offer discounts to lure the post-midnight customers, shoppers and movie-goers," Singh said.

He added that with Mumbai as a template, it can be eventually rolled out in other cities to put Maharashtra on the global tourist map.

It may be recalled that prior to 1992, Mumbai enjoyed a virtually undisturbed 24x7 lifestyle which took a near-fatal beating after a series of incidents like the communal carnage of December 1992-January 1993 post-Babri Mosque razing, then the March 1993 bomb blasts, later several terror strikes, the great floods of July 2005, the Mumbai terror strikes of November 26, 2008, etc.

Among the likely early-birds joining the late-night bandwagon are: the Oberoi Mall and The Hub in Goregaon, Growel 101 in Kandivali, R-City Mall in Ghatkopar, Atria Mall in Worli, Phoenix Market City in Kurla, High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel, CitiMall in Andheri, and many even have multiplexes within their premises, besides security and parking.

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India summons Pak diplomat over abduction of Hindu girls http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19024/india-summons-pak-diplomat-over-abduction-of-hindu-girls http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/19024/india-summons-pak-diplomat-over-abduction-of-hindu-girls Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:44:35 +0530 ]]>Sources in Islamabad said that two minor girls, Shanti Meghwad and Sarmi Meghwad, belonging to the minority Hindu community, were abducted on January 14. New Delhi | A senior official of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday to lodge strong protest and share serious concerns about the recent cases of abduction of minor girls belonging to the minority Hindu community of Pakistan.

Sources in Islamabad said that two minor girls, Shanti Meghwad and Sarmi Meghwad, belonging to the minority Hindu community, were abducted on January 14. They belong to Umar Village in Sindh, Pakistan.

In another incident, a minor girl, Mehak, also belonging to the Hindu minority community, was abducted from the Jacobabad district in Sindh province on January 15.

Official sources said Pakistan has been conveyed the grave concerns as expressed amongst various quarters of the Indian civil society at such shocking and deplorable incidents involving minor girls belonging to the monority Hindu community in Pakistan. The incidents have been strongly condemned by India, which has asked for immediate safe return of the girls to their families.

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