Sun, Mar 26, 2017 | updated 08:33 PM IST

Haryana Sports Minister's Brazil visit will add 'insult to injury': Congress

Updated: Aug 14, 2016 14:45 IST

New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): The Congress Party on Sunday said Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij's visit to Brazil to attend the 2016 Rio Olympics post the controversy surrounding Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel will add 'insult to injury' and cornered the government for maintaining silence on the issue.

"The country wonders what accountability there is, what are the purpose, point, object, any direct or indirect benefit of suddenly going in the middle of the Olympics for non-sports person, administrators, politicians. A grave and big question mark arises," Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi told ANI here.

"But this government is not bothered about accountability, they have not responded within Parliament and I doubt very much that they will respond outside Parliament be it at the state level or at the central level," he added.

Vij has reached Brazil with a nine-member delegation to attend the 2016 Rio Olympics and cheer their home state athletes.

Vij's delegation includes his private secretary, two BJP MLAs, a media adviser to the chief minister, the additional chief secretary (sports), KK Khandelwal, his private secretary, and the joint director for sports, OP Sharma.

The Union Sports Minister, who returned to New Delhi on the wee hours this morning, stated that he would clear the 'misconceptions' on the controversy surrounding him with solid facts.

"There are a lot of misconceptions regarding this issue right now which I will clear when the time is right. I will put my side of the story ahead with facts in due time. It's 2 a.m. right now and I don't think this is the time to speak on such things," Goel said on his arrival in New Delhi.

The Rio Olympic Organising Committee, in a scathing letter to the India's chef-de-mission, had threatened to cancel Goel's accreditation for being 'aggressive and rude' and trying to bring other non-accredited people at the accredited areas of the Games venues.

Denying his involvement in any miff with the Summer Games organisers, the Sports Minister wrote on Twitter that there seems to be some misunderstanding.

"To my knowledge, we have been following all rules and regulations. We are committed to the spirit of Olympics and back our Indian players. There seems to be some misunderstanding as we have followed all protocols as advised by the organizers," Goel tweeted.

The warning about Goel's accreditation could be revoked reportedly came from Sarah Peterson, the continental manager for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee. (ANI)

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) personnel on Sunday intercepted a passenger holding South African passport with 4.9 kg of methaqualone at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.

Full Story >>

Patna (Bihar) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Bluntly showing his opposition for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said all secular parties should unite against the saffron party which is trying to divide the nation.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Extending his greetings on Cheti Chand and Samvatsar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the Brahma Kumaris to spread the use of digital transactions.

Full Story >>

WB: DRI seizes Rs. 1.6 crore of gold biscuits

Updated: Mar 26, 2017 19:53 IST

Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) personnel on Saturday night seized gold worth Rs. 1.6 crore at New Jalpaiguri railway station.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Hitting back at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress on Sunday questioned as to why the young citizens of the country are arrested for executing freedom of speech online or on social media like Facebook.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called upon the nation to fight against the evil of terrorism, saying that it has posed a great challenge to humanity.

Full Story >>

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India] Mar. 26 (ANI): Congress veteran and MLA Indira Hridayesh was on Sunday elected as the Leader of Opposition in Uttarakhand Assembly.

Full Story >>

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for addressing the problem raised by Gayatri in her phone message, the class 11 student said it was the fault of both people and the government for this ever-increasing problem of garbage.

Full Story >>

Farrukhabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): The Fatehgarh Jail Superintendent and many other officials were on Sunday injured after the prisoners protested demanding better amenities.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Coming out in defence of Ravindra Gaikwad, who manhandled an Air India staff, an air hostess of the national airlines who was an eye witness to the incident on Sunday said that the Shiv Sena MP was only trying to pull up the duty manager for his misdemeanour, adding that he had no intentions of throwing him down the ladder.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] Mar. 26 (ANI): Pranavananda Swami from Basaveshwara Mutt on Sunday filed a police complaint against actor Kamal Hassan, alleging the latter of insulting Mahabharata.

Full Story >>

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Mar. 26 (ANI): In a horrific incident in Uttar Pradesh, a government officer shot dead a dog for barking at him and at his dog at Moradabad's Kashiram Nagar.

Full Story >>

J-K: Two terrorists killed in Pulwama

Updated: Mar 26, 2017 16:33 IST

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): At least two terrorists were killed when they had attacked a police search party in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.

Full Story >>

Trivandrum (Kerala) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Kerala Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran on Sunday resigned following charges of sexual harassment.

Full Story >>

Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): The third G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) Meeting under the G-20 German Presidency is being co-hosted by Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in Varanasi on March 28 and 29.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Taking a jibe at the Aam Admi Party (AAP), Bharatiya Janata Party leader (BJP) Shazia Ilmi on Sunday advised Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to stop fooling public with his promises to abolish house tax while campaigning for the upcoming MCD elections.

Full Story >>

Mount Abu (Rajasthan) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran leader L.K. Advani on Sunday said he was born in Karachi but learnt discipline and got education from Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 26 (ANL): Asserting that he will not deter from condemning Pakistan sponsored terrorism, Maulana Syed Athar Dehlavi, a Delhi-based Muslim cleric whose Personal Security Officer (PSO) was attacked by terrorists late last night on Sunday, said that he will not succumb to such incidents.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 26 (ANI): In a protest against ban on the illegal slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh, the chicken and mutton Mandi Committee has called for an indefinite strike in Lucknow.

Full Story >>

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Mar. 26 (ANI): Bending to the pressure of massive loans, a farmer tried to take his life by immolating himself outside Gorakhnath Temple in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur today, but was rescued by the locals.

Full Story >>