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Medieval village ruins unearthed

Jaipur: Ruins of an early medieval period village have been discovered during drought relief work at Ghantiala village, 60 km from Jodhpur, reports our special correspondent.

Ghantiala, according to historians and archaeologists, was a well-developed commercial centre between the 6th and 9th centuries AD. It was an important transit point connecting commercial routes linking Multan and Dhatta with Agra on one side and Delhi with Gujarat on the other. An earthquake or some other natural calamity may have resulted in the city’s disappearance. According to State Archaeology and Museum Directorate sources, the area was declared protected since the 1970s when the early signs of the ruins were first sighted.

However, agricultural activity continued in and around the site despite the archaeological treasure underneath.

Inscriptions and carved stones were found scattered all over the area during the early archaeological diggings around an old canopy in a field in Ghantiala.

Though a museum directorate post exists in the area, manned by a chowkidar, his presence is notional as he is seldom seen, say residents.

Early this month, labourers engaged in drought relief work dug up the medieval architectural ruins. The administration on receiving the information took over the digging.

The excavation has yielded ruins of a temple, a house, earthen pots and carved red stones. A small idol of Lord Ganesha was also found.

More time for Dossa wife case

New Delhi: Delhi High Court has given the Centre more time to verify the source of income of the former wife of Mustaffa Dossa, a Bombay blasts accused who was deported to India in March, reports our special correspondent.

Justice S.K. Mahajan accepted the plea of Maninder Singh, the Centre’s counsel, seeking more time to verify how Abida was meeting her daily expenses in Dubai. The court directed Singh to file his reply by September 29.

Earlier, Abida, responding to the court’s direction, had filed an affidavit stating the means of her income. She had claimed she was staying alone in Dubai after separating from Dossa and her only means of sustenance was the revenue from an electronic shop in the United Arab Emirates, owned by one of her sons.

The couple’s son Yasin and daughters Sana and Lubna had filed a petition in the high court, challenging the Centre’s decision to extend their passports’ validity by only a year, that too with conditions. They had dubbed the decision “arbitrary”.

Bribery case against judge

Pune (PTI): An anti-corruption bureau judge was arrested on Monday for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 3 lakh from two policemen. The policemen were under trial for accepting illegal gratification a year ago.

The accused, M.S. Patil, was produced before additional sessions judge M.S. Shembole. He was released on bail after furnishing a bond of Rs 15,000. The state anti-corruption bureau has suspended him.

Children charred

Pune (PTI): A woman allegedly set her two children on fire before setting herself ablaze at her home. The children were charred. Police said Pushpadevi Jayanarayan Prasad set ablaze her daughter Surabhi, 3, and her six-month-old son Saurav and also herself as her husband did not support her demand to stay separately. Pushpadevi has been admitted in Sasoon Hospital and is in critical condition.

Robbers’ gang

Moga (PTI): Punjab police claim to have busted a gang of robbers with the arrest of three of its members. The gang was allegedly involved in a number of robberies, including looting of petrol pumps. A police team raided a cremation ground along the Faridkot-Firozepur road where the accused were allegedly planning a major strike in a town.

Strike called off

Gopalganj (PTI): Around 700 prisoners, who were on an indefinite hunger strike in the overcrowded Gopalganj district jail for the past two days, protesting against the lack of civic amenities, called off their agitation on the administration’s assurance to look into their demands. Jail superintendent Shivendra Priyardshi said the inmates were assured that the district judge and district magistrate would soon visit the jail for an on-the-spot assessment.

Collapse kills 2

Hamirpur (PTI): Two persons were killed and six hurt when a rain shelter collapsed after being hit by a speeding truck on the Hamirpur-Sujanpur road, 22 km from here. The mishap occurred when the driver of the truck lost control and dashed against the rain shelter.


A collection of songs in Arabic rendered by an Indian will be released in the UAE in August. Kerala-born K.P. Jayan, now living in Dubai, said in Kozhikode that his maiden album titled Zain (meaning good) will be released by Al Jazeera company on August 5.

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