Ak Antony

  • BJP manifesto only communal agenda wrapped in colourful paper: Antony 08-04-2014 03:19 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Congress leader and Defence Minister AK Antony accused the BJP of having a "communal agenda" in its manifesto. He also said that the saffron party's stand on special status to Jammu and Kashmir was a matter of serious concern. "The BJP's manifesto is nothing but its communal agenda wrapped...
  • Modi targets Antony, says defence suffered during his leadership 08-04-2014 02:39 PM

    Launching a fresh attack on Defence Minister A K Antony, Narendra Modi on Tuesday charged that the country's defence had suffered seriously during his stewardship and said he owed an explanation to the people for this. He also raked up the Italian marines issue and beheading of an Indian soldier...
  • Antony a good man but surrounded by a web of bureaucrats: Gen VK Singh's autobiographer 06-04-2014 05:50 PM

    New Delhi: With the clock ticking down, the fate of 542 candidates that will be sent to the next Lok Sabha hangs in the balance. Amidst the shrill, high-pitched drama with various candidates attacking their rivals, the one issue that is omnipresent is the multiple scams in Defence deals. The...
  • RSS working behind BJP's poll process, claims AK Antony 02-04-2014 03:01 PM

    Defence Minister A K Antony on Wednesday claimed the RSS is working behind the election process for BJP and the saffron party has put up candidates as per the advice of the Sangh, even as the Congress leader said Narendra Modi becoming prime minister would be a "tragedy" for the...
  • Congress will join any 'secular party' to avoid BJP at Centre: Antony 31-03-2014 08:53 AM

    Kasargod: Discounting the chances of the BJP forming the government at the Centre, Union Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday hinted at the possibility of the formation of a fresh "secular" front to keep the BJP out of power. "Any party, which is contesting against the Congress and the UPA...
  • LS polls: Congress will be restricted to a two-digit figure, says Jaitley 30-03-2014 09:29 PM

    New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that the Congress will be restricted to a two-digit figure in the Lok Sabha elections. He also launched a scathing attack on Defence Minister and Congress leader AK Antony for claiming that it would be impossible for the BJP to...
  • Impossible for BJP to form government at Centre: Antony 30-03-2014 05:12 PM

    Kasargod: Claiming that it would be impossible for BJP to form a government at the Centre, Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday said the Congress-led UPA would try to form a secular government after the elections. "I am sure we will succeed in it," he told reporters on the sidelines...
  • Chandy need not quit in view of HC order: Antony 29-03-2014 07:32 PM

    Senior Congress leader and Defence Minister AK Antony on Saturday said there was no need for Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to quit in view of the Kerala High Court ordering a CBI probe into the land grab cases involving his former gunman Salim Raj. "The Government as well as the...
  • Next Navy chief to be named soon: Defence Minister AK Antony 29-03-2014 04:59 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: The next Indian Navy chief will be named soon, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Saturday. "If someone decides to resign, it's that's the individual's choice. Normally it (selection of service chiefs) happens as a natural process and currently the selection process is in the final stages. The next...
  • Modi's comment unpatriotic, says AK Antony 29-03-2014 03:22 PM

    Hitting back at Narendra Modi for his remarks against him, Defence Minister A K Antony on Saturday said no patriot would make such comments which would demoralise the defence forces and help the enemy. "I am sorry not because of personalised attack. But, this kind of utterances can demoralise armed...
  • Congress manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha elections promises inclusive growth 26-03-2014 01:40 PM

    New Delhi: The Congress released its 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto on Wednesday. The document, which the Congress called the lengthiest manifesto, focuses on inclusive growth, agriculture, education and health. "We envision an inclusive society, a rapidly expanding economy in which growth benefits all sections of our society and we...
  • VVIP chopper scam: India to appeal against Italian court order 18-03-2014 11:13 AM

    An Italian court has barred India from encashing bank guarantees worth over Rs 2,360 crore of AgustaWestland as part of the penalties imposed on it after scrapping of the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper deal. India has decided to file an appeal against the decision of the Italian court, a...
  • Congress to release manifesto for 2014 LS polls on March 21 14-03-2014 05:37 PM

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi will release on March 21 the party's manifesto for Lok Sabha polls which is expected to promise some new right-based laws for health and employment besides specific pronouncements for employment generation and focus on manufacturing sector. "Our manifesto is nearing finality. We will release it on...
  • UPA govt weakened country's defence, says Jayalalithaa 04-03-2014 06:56 PM

    Continuing her diatribe against the Congress-led UPA government, AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday accused it of failing to modernise the Indian armed forces and turning the Defence sector a 'defenceless' one. Virtually targeting Defence Minister AK Antony and the government in entirety, Jayalalithaa said the Centre's alleged...
  • Rolls Royce denies using middlemen for HAL deal: Sources 04-03-2014 08:31 AM

    New Delhi: A day after the Defence Ministry put on hold all existing and future deals with Rolls Royce pending a CBI probe ordered into allegations of bribery and engaging middlemen in contracts worth Rs 10,000 crore for supply of aircraft engines to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, sources now say...
  • Antony orders CBI probe into bribery charges in HAL deal 02-03-2014 10:48 PM

    New Delhi: A new potential scam has emerged with Defence Minister AK Antony ordering a CBI probe into allegations of bribery into a Rs 10,000 crore deal for supply of aircraft engines to state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) by London-based Rolls Royce company. The deal relates to supply of engines...
  • UPA government ignored Navy warning on ageing submarine fleet 01-03-2014 07:46 AM

    New Delhi: India's submarine fleet could dwindle down to just five or six by 2015. It is a warning issued by the Navy to the government in a report which the latter has conveniently ignored for a long time. The report warned that India's current submarines are more than 20-years-old....
  • Growing distrust between Antony and defence forces a worry for India 28-02-2014 07:44 AM

    New Delhi: Even as the Indian Navy is saddled with an aging fleet and has seen a wave of 11 mishaps involving warships in the last few months, Defence Minister AK Antony said he was saddened by the resignation of Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi, but its prompt acceptance seems...
  • Indian Navy chief DK Joshi quits after Mumbai submarine accident 27-02-2014 11:15 PM

    Mumbai: Seven sailors are believed to have suffered serious injuries and two officers remain "unaccounted for" in an accident early on Wednesday on board Russian-built submarine, INS Sindhuratna. Taking responsibility for accidents involving warships during his term, Indian Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi resigned on Wednesday evening. The government has...
  • Brother of dead INS Sindhuratna Officer refuses government compensation 27-02-2014 10:29 PM

    New Delhi: As the ill-fated submarine INS Sindhuratna made its way to the Mumbai harbour it carried with it the news Indian Navy was dreading. The tragic news was the confirmation that its two officers "unaccounted for" during the mishap on board the Russian-built submarine had indeed suffocated to death...
  • Ex-Servicemen back Admiral Joshi, blame government for mishaps 27-02-2014 01:34 PM

    Bangalore: Ex-servicemen who have served with Admiral DK Joshi are backing him for the honour with which he has quit his post, pointing out that repeated naval accidents have happened not because of one person or the navy alone, but because of the failure of government and bureaucracy in equipping...
  • Two Navy officers missing after INS Sindhuratna mishap declared dead 27-02-2014 01:28 PM

    Mumbai: In more bad news for the Navy, two of its sailors who had gone missing after the mishap involving INS Sindhuratna, have been declared dead. The Navy said the two officers - Lieutenant Commander Kapish Muwal from Delhi and Lieutenant Manoranjan Kumar from Jamshedpur - were trapped for over...
  • Submarine mishap: Navy sets up probe panel, BJP attacks UPA government 27-02-2014 12:42 PM

    Mumbai: The Navy has set up a probe panel to investigate a mishap aboard its submarine Sindhuratna that killed two crew members. A statement issued by the Navy said that a "high-level inquiry, headed by an officer of Rear Admiral rank", has been set up to investigate all the recent...
  • Italian marines case: SC to hear Centre's response on anti-piracy law 24-02-2014 09:30 AM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Monday hear the government's response on whether the two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in February 2012 should be tried under a severe anti-piracy law, the SUA, which provides only death penalty as punishment. Italy has strongly objected to the...
  • Antony defends Army, says no possibility of military coup ever 23-02-2014 04:48 PM

    Seeking to put a lid on fresh controversy over movement of two army units near Delhi in 2012, Defence Minister A K Antony on Sunday said Indian military is a responsible force which obeys the civilian government's decisions and in no circumstances there will be a military coup in the...
  • CRPF gets best marching contingent trophy for Republic Day 18-02-2014 08:06 PM

    New Delhi: Defence Minister AK Antony on Tuesday handed over the best marching contingent trophy for Republic Day 2014 to paramilitary CRPF. The trophy was received by Central Reserve Police Force chief Dilip Trivedi along with the parade commander Assistant Commandant JN Jena, who led the 125-member foot contingent on...
  • Lok Sabha polls: Congress-NCP seat sharing talks on Monday 09-02-2014 10:07 PM

    New Delhi: Seat sharing talks between the Congress and the NCP for the Lok Sabha elections will be held in the national capital on Monday. The talks are expected to be held between Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel one one hand, and Ahmed Patel and AK Antony on the other....
  • VVIP chopper deal: BJP raises questions on Antony's statement 08-02-2014 11:56 PM

    New Delhi: BJP on Saturday sought "clarification" from Defence Minister AK Antony as to why the "Family" mentioned in middleman Guido Haschke's statement before an Italian court in the VVIP chopper deal case is being given "another meaning". "Is it rocket science, in the political arena, to decipher the abbreviation...
  • IAF will get new VIP choppers soon: AK Antony 06-02-2014 02:30 PM

    New Delhi: After the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal was cancelled in the backdrop of corruption allegations, Defence Minister AK Antony on Thursday asserted that IAF will get new VIP choppers soon. He also expressed his concern on naval accidents. "Naval accidents are a matter of concern and Indian Navy is...
  • Antony seeks report from Navy on submarine incident 20-01-2014 04:32 PM

    New Delhi: Six months after its submarine sunk in the Mumbai harbour, another Navy underwater vessel had a close shave near the same place, prompting Defence Minister AK Antony to seek a detailed report from the service on the incident. "I have sought a report from the Navy. They have...