Page 1 sunday_Layout 1 1/9/2011 12:45 AM Page 1 O HERALD O S Visit us at:www.oheraldo.in U N World: Al-Qaeda plotting Mumbai-style attack in UK Pg 12 Gambhir @ Rs 11 crore LD IPL-IV AUCTION: HITs & mIssEs GAUTAm Rs 11.04 cr yUsUf Rs 9.66 cr SO Opener Gautam Gambhir today became the costliest cricketer in the IPL by fetching a whopping USD 2.4 million (approx Rs 11.04 crore) on the first day of the auctions where Indian players proved to be the biggest draw with three others going for more than USD two million. In a high-profile auction, where Bollywood stars and corporate bigwigs were locked in a bidding war, Kolkata Knight Riders bought Gambhir for the mind-boggling sum, beating the previous high set by the English duo of Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff (USD 1.55 million) last season. Shah Rukh Khan was not present in person but proved to be the big spender of the day by also buying hard-hitting allrounders Yusuf Pathan (Rs 9.66 crore) and Jacques Kallis (Rs ROBIN Rs 9.2 cr ROHIT Rs 8.74 cr 5.06 crore) for the fourth edition of event to be held from April 8 to May 20. Gambhir, who was captain of the Delhi Daredevils last season, saw his price skyrocket 12 times from his base price of USD 200,000 (Rs 92 lakh) while three other Indian players — Yusuf (USD 2.1 million), Rohit Sharma (USD 2 million) and Robin A Y The Voice of Goa — Since 1900 panjim, sunDaY, januaRY 9, 2011 postal Reg. no. Goa 101 pRiCE Rs. 3.00 Sports: We’ll give our best in T20 — Dhoni Pg 16 PTI BANGALORE, JAN 8 D Yet tO finD a buYer GANGULy, LARA, BOUCHER & GAyLE Uthappa (2.1 million) crossed the two million mark. Yusuf ’s younger brother Irfan, who has not played any cricket this season, was taken by Delhi Daredevils for a surprisingly high amount of USD 1.9 (Rs 8.74 crore) million. But there were some surprise names in the unsold list with former India and KKR captain Sourav Ganguly, West Indies bat- (air surcharge Rs 2.00) pages 16 + 4 Goa’s Heartbeat: Work some fat off, Kareena’s way Pg 4 MBBS student caught copying ting star Chris Gayle and the legendary Brian Lara failing to find a buyer. There is still a slim chance of these players finding a team after their names come up again in the second round of bidding. The bidding trend at the auction at times appeared to defy logic but what was certain was that the franchises were willing to spend big money on the Indian players. Mahela Jayawardene was the most expensive foreign player going to Kochi at USD 1.5 million (Rs 6.90 crore). Cricket aside, Bollywood stars Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty provided the glamour quotient while liquor baron Vijay Mallya, his son Siddharth, Nita Ambani and Nusli Wadia added the corporate aura at the auction. Cricketing brains such as Anil Kumble, Stephen Fleming, Geoff Lawson and Darren Lehmann, who have been roped in either as coaches or mentors by the franchises, helped them work out the bidding strategies. As expected, big money was spent but the way it was spent As if the medical paper leakage was not enough, Goa Medical College (GMC) on Saturday faced yet another embarassment when a final year MBBS student was caught copying. The identity of the student was, however, not disclosed but sources say that the student was asked to discontinue answering exams pending inquiry. “The paper chit has been seized by the examiner. The student was asked to stop writing his paper (Surgery I paper) and that he will be barred from answering other papers as well until the inquiry report is submitted”, said the source. If found guilty, the student will be suspended from the GMC for one-year, the source added. Incidentally, two question papers of the final year MBBS were leaked a week ago, which came (Continued on page 10) (Continued on page 10) HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 8 Gudlar asked bribe for Bansal: Dudu’s sister HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 8 The person behind the sting wherein police sub-inspector Sunil Gudlar was seen negotiating with two foreigner girls over the sale of drugs, has finally come out in open. Ayala Driham, the sister of jailed drug lord David Driham alias Dudu has alleged that Indian Police Service officer Veenu Bansal demanded bribe through Gudlar. In her statement to Crime Branch, Ayala who shot Gudlar on spy-cam in a hotel room said Gudlar had approached her at the behest of Bansal. “A senior officer which Gudlar is seen mentioning in the tapes is Superintendent of Police Veenu Bansal”, reads the statement to the Crime Branch on Saturday. Ayala told the investigating team that she had to conduct the sting as the former ANC men including former ANC PSI A senior officer which Gudlar is seen mentioning in the tapes is Superintendent of Police Veenu Bansal. — Ayala’s statement to Crime Branch Gudlar falsely framed her brother in the drugs case. “The probe in the drug nexus is underway. We are also carrying on the inquiry into Gudlar matter”, said a Crime Branch official. Gudlar was caught on tape selling drugs to two foreigner girls and during a conversation, was also seen demanding bribes revealing that even his seniors were involved with him. “Gudlar had told me that money is the only option to bail out Dudu. Also, Dudu was kept in a room next to Bansal’s cabin in the ANC office. If he was arrested, why was he not in the police lock-up”, she stated. She claims to have necessary evidence to prove her allegations against both ANC officers. She has also handed over the entire sting footage to the Crime Branch. A series of three tapes exposing fresh police-drug nexus was revealed through a local news channel. Even last year, seven policemen including a police inspector were suspended and arrested for corruption after their links with Dudu and another Israeli drug baron Yaniv Benaim alias Atala was exposed. Atala’s jilted girlfriend had uploaded Atala’s confession on social websites wherein he bragged of links with Goa police. This resulted in their arrest in March 2010 while Dudu was earlier arrested in February 2010 with several kilograms of narcotics. Atala has jumped bail and reached Israel with Goa police still searching for him. Adarsh: inquiry for overseas Indians soon panel named CCTVs to watch rTo staff Life-long visa-free entry HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 8 The Transport Department staff will now have to be wary of a third eye that will keep a constant watch on their behaviour and activities during office hours. Transport Director Arun Desai said that all the RTO offices will now have Close Circuit Televi- sion (CCTV) cameras installed which will grab frame by frame account of the staff and the people coming to the offices. He said that these cameras would be in place within a fortnight which will help to keep a visual record of things happening in the RTO offices. “The watch will be on both, employees as well as public”, he said. The Department will also connect all its border check posts to the main office in Panjim via Goa Broadband, an ambitious project launched in 2008 by Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh. (Continued on page 10) Hair Loss ? Baldness ? RICHFEEL India's top Hair Specialist has the solution. Mystical Rose Building, Near Sai Baba Temple, Toleband, Aquem, Madgaon, Goa. Ph: 6483111 / 9552002871 PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 8 Lending a helping hand to the Indian diaspora, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today announced a special facility to enable them life-long visa-free entry into the country and participation in business and other activities here. Singh said the government had decided to merge the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and the Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards into a single facility. Addressing a gathering of Indian diaspora here, he pointed out that the Government had introduced the OCI and PIO cards to facilitate visa-free travel of NRIs and Indian Origin people to India as well as to provide them rights of residency and participation in business and educational activities. “We have reviewed the functioning of these schemes, and have decided to merge the OCI and PIO cards into a single facility. We hope to iron out some of the problems that have arisen REACHING OUT OCI, PIO cards to be merged into single facility. Social Security Agreements with 12 countries. Labour Mobility Partnerships with two others. Generic arrangement with EU soon. Indian Community Welfare Fund at all Indian Missions. in the implementation of these schemes”, he said. Later, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said Government will only issue Overseas Citizen of India card which will be a kind of life-long visa. “We have to finalise the nittygritty. But it has been decided that it will be OCI card and International beach cricket doubtful? HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 8 Tourism Department’s ambitious International Beach Cricket Tournament scheduled later this month at Miramar is facing hurdles. The Government is now finding it difficult to get sponsors in view of the forthcoming Cricket World Cup and the fourth edition of the IPL Twenty20. With an eye on tourism, the Department had scheduled the International beach cricket tournament from January 27-29. The World Cup is scheduled between Februar y and early April, whereas IPL-IV will begin immediately after the World Cup. With the given situation, the Department may now be compelled to defer its schedule if it is unable to find sponsors in time. Confirming this, Director of Tourism, Swapnil Naik said they were indeed finding it difficult to get sponsors due to the World Cup and the IPL and as a result had not started advertising the event. Expecting to attract a large number of tourists, the Department had engaged an advertising agency which was negotiating with companies for sponsorship. The budget for the event is around Rs 3 crore whereas the Government investment will be limited to Rs 20-25 lakh. India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand will participate in the (Continued on page 10) holder of the card will have lifelong visa free entry into the country”, he said. PIO cards are given to Indians who have migrated permanently to other countries in a bid to encourage them to visit and invest in the country of origin. A PIO card holder does not require a visa to visit India and the card is valid for 15 years. A PIO card holder enjoys several economic and educational benefits. On the other hand, the OCI card is a kind of life-long visa and any India origin person can apply for it if his host country allows dual citizenship. Talking about the Indians who emigrate for work, Singh said their welfare is “a matter of special concern for us”. To improve the conditions for migration, India has signed Social Security Agreements with 12 countries and finalized Labour Mobility Partnerships with two others, he said, adding a generic arrangement is also being negotiated with the European Union also. PTI MUMBAI, JAN 8 Former Bombay High Court Judge J A Patil will head the Commission to probe alleged irregularities in Adarsh Housing Society scam that has seen the resignation of Ashok Chavan as Chief Minister. The Commission will submit its report in three months, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters here. Former Maharashtra Chief Secretary P Subramanian will be the other member of the Commission. The decision to set up by the two-member judicial commission was announced by the Government during winter session of legislature last month. “The inquiry Commission to probe irregularities in Adarsh would be headed by former Bombay High Court Judge J A Patil which will have former Chief Secretary P Subramanian as its second member”, Chavan said. The Commission has been set up under the Inquiry Commis- sion Act, 1952, he said. “The Commission would look into the matter of land ownership of Adarsh society, if the land was reserved for Kargil war martyrs, reservation of flats, expansion of (nearby) Prakash Pethe Road, change in reservation of the BEST (civic) plot, violation of Coastal Regulation Zone norms and role of bureaucrats”, the Chief Minister said. The Commission would also make recommendations to avoid any such cases in future, he said.