Aiming for transparent but faster military procurements, the Narendra Modi government is considering rolling out by January a new defence procurement policy that will have fresh norms for blacklisting firms and engagement of 'agents' besides attracting investments.
Several senior Congress leaders including A K Antony, P Chidambaram, Sushilkumar Shinde and Kamal Nath were conspicuous by their absence at the International Conference on Jawaharlal Nehru organised here on Monday.
Former Navy chief admiral DK Joshi, who resigned in the wake of a blast in a submarine last year, on Tuesday made a sharp criticism of the defence management in the previous government and alleged there was no accountability and authority.
Rahul Gandhi has all the "attributes" of a genuine leader and there is no confusion in the party over his leadership qualities, Congress said on Monday, seeking to put an end to the controversy sparked by General Secretary Digvijay Singh`s comments that he lacked "ruling temperament".
BJP on Sunday welcomed the public admission by senior Congress leader AK Antony that his party`s secularism was slanted in favour of minorities and said that it now stands vindicated regarding its position on the issue.
With Congress veteran AK Antony`s comment that there had been a slight erosion in people`s confidence in the party`s secular commitment sparking a debate, his confidant and KPCC president VM Sudheeran on Sunday clarified his senior colleague`s remarks were "Kerala-centric and well-intentioned".
Prithviraj Chavan came under scathing attack at a meeting of the AICC Committee headed by senior leader AK Antony, with some state leaders telling the high command that the party`s fate would be no better in the Assembly polls.
Congress leader A K Antony`s remarks that some sections of society have an impression that the party is inclined to minority communities could start a debate in the party as a general secretary said the issue will be deliberated.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday tore into the Congress over former defence minister AK Antony`s recent statement that the Congress party`s apparent proximity with minority groups created doubts in the minds of the people about its secularism.