Jairam Ramesh: News

Jairam Ramesh, born on April 9, 1954, in Chikmagalur, is a noted Indian economist and politician from Karnataka. He belongs to the Indian National Congress (INC) and is a member of the Rajya Sabha, representing Karnataka as of 2021. Ramesh studied engineering from IIT Bombay and pursued a master's in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, followed by a doctoral program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After returning to India in 1979, Ramesh assisted civil servant Lovraj Kumar in the Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices. Among other crucial positions, he later assisted the government in different advisory capacities. In 1991, he was chosen by the then-Prime Minister Narasimha Rao to assist him, although he was later transferred to then Finance Minister Manmohan Singh's team as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD). Ramesh officially entered active politics in 1998 when he joined the INC. In 2004, he was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha representing Andhra Pradesh's Adilabad (now in Telangana). He held several important portfolios under the UPA government until 2014, including Environment and Forests and Rural Development, among others.

Days before polls result, INDIA's meeting called on June 1

The leaders of the opposition bloc—Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance—have called for an all-party meeting on June 1—the day when polling for the final phase of Lok Sabha elections will take place, reports said.

16 May 2024

Narendra Modi

Congress hits back at Modi's 'Muslim budget' charge

The Congress has quashed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegations that the party had plans to introduce a separate budget for Muslims when it was in power in 2013.

09 May 2024

Narendra Modi

'Blatantly racist': Congress on Modi's jibe over Pitroda's remarks

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of stirring up a debate on the "skin color of Indians."

08 May 2024

Himanta Biswa Sarma

Sam Pitroda resigns as Indian Overseas Congress Chairman amid controversy

Sam Pitroda, the former chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress, has voluntarily resigned following a controversy over his racially insensitive remarks.

08 May 2024

Congress Party

Congress distances itself from Pitroda's 'racist' remark

The Congress on Wednesday officially distanced itself from the controversial remarks made by Indian Overseas Congress Chairman Sam Pitroda on India's diversity.

07 May 2024

Shekhar Suman

Actor Shekhar Suman, ex-Congress leader Radhika Khera join BJP

Actor and TV personality Shekhar Suman and former Congress leader Radhika Khera, on Tuesday, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party at its headquarters in New Delhi.

06 May 2024

Congress Party

Radhika Khera's big charge against Congress, day after quitting

A day after her resignation from the Congress, Radhika Khera claimed on Monday that despite her repeated alerts to the party's top leadership about mistreatment within the Chhattisgarh unit, she received no assistance.

02 May 2024

Mallikarjun Kharge

24 hours to deadline, Congress to announce Amethi, Raebareli candidates

The Congress will release the names of its candidates for Amethi and Raebareli constituencies in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday—a day before the nomination deadline.

'Better vote BJP than TMC...': Adhir Ranjan's video sparks row 

Senior Congress leader, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, has one again stirred controversy with his recent comments at a poll rally in West Bengal.

01 May 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Explained: Row over ECI's delay in releasing final voter numbers

Over 10 days after Phase 1 and four days after Phase 2 polling for the Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India released the final voter turnout percentages for the initial rounds on Tuesday.

24 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

Congress distances itself from Sam Pitroda's remarks on wealth distribution 

The Congress has distanced itself from the comments made by Indian Overseas Congress Chairperson Sam Pitroda, who advocated for a "United States-like inheritance tax law" in India.

21 Apr 2024

Arvind Kejriwal

Rahul Gandhi to skip INDIA bloc's rally due to illness

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi will miss the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) rally in Ranchi, Jharkhand, due to a sudden illness.

17 Apr 2024

Congress Party

Explained: Row over envoy's 'single dynastic party' jab at Congress

The Indian Ambassador to Ireland, Akhilesh Mishra, has come under the Congress's fire for his comments criticizing the party and praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rejoinder to an article in a foreign publication.

11 Apr 2024


Congress questions PM Modi's stance on India-China dispute during interview 

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent comments regarding the India-China border dispute.

07 Apr 2024


Never contested even class monitor election: Gourav Vallabh to Jairam

Former Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh indirectly criticized the party's general secretary, Jairam Ramesh, on Sunday, saying people who have never even contested a class monitor position are now leading the party.

05 Apr 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Congress releases manifesto for 2024 polls, focus on 'Paanch Nyay' 

The Congress released its manifesto for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections on Friday.

01 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

'He lied…': Jairam's attack over Modi's statement on electoral bonds

Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "fully lied to the nation in his latest interview" with Tamil television channel Thanthi TV.

15 Mar 2024

Congress Party

Electoral bonds data: Congress flags discrepancy in entries, recipient files

The Congress has alleged that there is a discrepancy in the donor and recipient files in electoral bonds data shared by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

10 Mar 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

TMC officially rules out alliance in West Bengal; Congress responds

The Congress lashed out at the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Sunday after the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led party announced candidates for all 42 Lok Sabha seats for the upcoming elections.

02 Mar 2024

Nitin Gadkari

Gadkari's legal notices to Kharge, Ramesh over misleading interview clip

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has taken legal action against Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and General Secretary Jairam Ramesh for allegedly sharing misleading and defamatory information about him.

28 Feb 2024

Congress Party

Himachal crisis: CM Sukhu refuses to accept Vikramaditya Singh's resignation

Amid the current political turmoil in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that he will not accept the resignation of state minister Vikramaditya Singh.

22 Feb 2024

Congress Party

'Financial terrorism': Congress slams government in tax, bank account row

The Congress has accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of "financial terrorism" and attempting to "cripple" its primary opposition just months before the general election.

13 Feb 2024

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

AAP offers Congress only 1 Lok Sabha seat in Delhi

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday declared that it is willing to allocate only one of Delhi's seven Lok Sabha seats to the Congress within the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).

31 Jan 2024


Wanted another name for INDIA bloc, says Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday, said that he had urged the Congress and other members of the opposition bloc to not name the grouping Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).

23 Jan 2024

Congress Party

Rahul's yatra: Clash breaks out between Congress workers, Assam cops

On Tuesday, nearly 5,000 Congress workers, including Rahul Gandhi, attempting to enter Guwahati, were stopped as the party resumed its 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra' in Assam.

21 Jan 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra: Rahul Gandhi 'attacked' in Assam

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was escorted to safety inside the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra bus on Sunday after he was allegedly attacked in Assam.

Eyeing 2024 polls, BJP enters 'mission mode'; Congress gets makeover

Riding on recent assembly election wins, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made some key decisions at its recent national office-bearers' meeting.

20 Dec 2023

Jagdeep Dhankhar

Dhankhar mimicry row: PM Modi's phone call and Banerjee's defense

Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman, Jagdeep Dhankhar, on Wednesday, said that he received a phone call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who expressed deep concern and condemnation over the alleged disrespectful behavior by some MPs.

19 Dec 2023

Narendra Modi

'Maintain decorum': Modi to BJP MPs responding to opposition criticism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s MPs to "maintain decorum" when addressing criticism from the opposition.

10 Dec 2023

Rahul Gandhi

'Whose money'—BJP questions RaGa over Rs. 300cr Congress MP-linked recovery

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi after the Income Tax (I-T) Department recovered over Rs. 300 crore in cash from raided properties of an Odisha-based distillery group.

'Rs. 300cr and counting': Cash-counting at Congress MP-linked distillery expedited

The Income Tax Department has reportedly deployed additional manpower and machines to expedite the counting of cash seized during its raids on properties of an Odisha-based distillery group.

Key agendas of Congress working committee's 3-day Hyderabad meet

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will be meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday to finalize the strategy for the upcoming assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Mizoram, and Chhattisgarh.

14 Sep 2023

Lok Sabha

Parliament's special session: Government unveils 'tentative list' of 4 bills

The Centre has unveiled a "tentative list" of the agenda for the Parliament's special session scheduled from September 18 to 22.

08 Sep 2023

Himachal Pradesh

IIT-Mandi director links 'meat eating' to Himachal crisis, sparks outrage

The director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, Laxmidhar Behera, has sparked a massive row after he reportedly linked the recent landslides and cloudbursts in Himachal Pradesh to people eating meat.

05 Sep 2023

Narendra Modi

'India' to 'Bharat': Will BJP government rename the country

The central government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is reportedly planning to introduce a resolution during the upcoming special session of Parliament to rename the country as "Bharat."

03 Sep 2023

Rahul Gandhi

'Bharat Jodo Yatra in every district': Congress to commemorate anniversary

The Congress party will hold a commemorative foot march in all districts across India on Thursday (September 7) to mark the first anniversary of its "Bharat Jodo Yatra," led by Rahul Gandhi last year.

24 Jul 2023

Port Blair

Ceiling of Andaman airport, inaugurated by Modi, collapses; Scindia clarifies

Just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially inaugurated the New Integrated Terminal Building (NITB) of Port Blair's Veer Savarkar International Airport in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, visuals of the false ceiling collapsing went viral on Sunday.

01 Jul 2023

Pralhad Joshi

Parliament's Monsoon Session from July 20, likely in new building

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has announced that the upcoming Parliament Monsoon Session will commence on July 20 and continue till August 11.

19 Jun 2023

Central Government

Gandhi Peace Prize to Gita Press triggers new controversy

After a jury headed by PM Narendra Modi unanimously selected Gita Press, Gorakhpur, for the Gandhi Peace Prize, it triggered a fresh political controversy in the country, with senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh publicly slamming the decision.

17 Jun 2023

Narendra Modi

'Why is PM Modi silent' over Manipur, asks all-party delegation 

A delegation of 10 opposition parties on Tuesday questioned the alleged silence of PM Narendra Modi over the escalating violence in Manipur.

16 Jun 2023

Narendra Modi

Modi faces backlash after Nehru's name dropped from historic museum

Congress leader Manish Tewari on Friday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, saying, "Legacies don't get erased by renaming buildings."

28 May 2023

Narendra Modi

'Rise of self-reliant India,' says PM Modi in new Parliament

The new Parliament will inspire India to be free from the mentality of slavery, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his first address in the new complex after its inauguration on Sunday.

27 May 2023

Congress Party

Congress's 9 questions for Modi on BJP government's 9th anniversary

On the ninth anniversary of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre on Friday, the Congress released a booklet titled Nau saal, Nau sawaal (nine years, nine questions), saying the prime minister should "apologize for betraying" the people's mandate.

26 May 2023

Amit Shah

Congress calls Centre's claims about 'Sengol' 'bogus,' Amit Shah reacts

Home Minister Amit Shah has accused the Congress of demeaning the "symbol of India's freedom" after the party on Friday questioned the central government's claims that the scepter "Sengol" represents the transfer of power.

29 Apr 2023


Manipur: Section-144, internet suspension extended in Churachandpur after fresh clashes

The situation in Manipur's Churachandpur district reportedly remained tense on Friday night after fresh clashes broke out between police personnel and protesters.

27 Apr 2023


Shimla: Massive fire at IGMC Hospital, no casualties reported

A massive fire broke out at the cafeteria of the new Outpatient Department (OPD) building of Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMC) in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla on Thursday, reported Times Of India.

16 Apr 2023

Uttar Pradesh

Atiq Ahmed shot dead: How opposition, BJP leaders reacted

A fresh controversy has hit the political world after jailed gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed and his brother, Ashraf Ahmed, were shot dead in police custody while being taken for a medical checkup in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj.

24 Mar 2023

Rahul Gandhi

'Black day for democracy': Opposition on Rahul Gandhi's MP disqualification

Several Opposition leaders have hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as a member of the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Probe Shah for calling Meghalaya government corrupt: Congress to CBI

Congress MP Jairam Ramesh on Thursday said that he has written to the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to question Home Minister Amit Shah for calling the Meghalaya government the "most corrupt" in India.

19 Mar 2023

Rahul Gandhi

Delhi Police reaches Rahul Gandhi's residence over 'sexual assault' remarks

A high-voltage drama was witnessed outside Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's residence in Delhi on Sunday after a Delhi Police team reached there to seek details regarding the "sexual harassment victims" he mentioned during the Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY) in Kashmir on January 30.

13 Mar 2023

Congress Party

Centre may not amend Wildlife-Act after 'Elephant Whisperers' Oscar: Congress

Veteran Congress leader Jairam Ramesh stated that The Elephant Whisperers winning an Oscar might "force" the Narendra Modi-led union government to not move ahead with the "widely-opposed elephant-unfriendly" amendments to the 1972 Wild Life Protection Act.

Tripura: Parliamentary team probing post-poll violence attacked by 'BJP workers'

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Tripura have allegedly attacked a Parliamentary fact-finding delegation of MPs, accompanied by local MLAs from the Left parties and the Congress, that arrived in the state on Friday to investigate post-election violence.

09 Mar 2023

Congress Party

Congress slams PM Modi's lap of honor at Ahmedabad stadium

Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh has slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing a lap of honor at a cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on Thursday.

Meghalaya: Congress accuses Modi of being 'double-tongued,' targets BJP-NPP alliance

The Congress seems to have found a new way to attack the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) post-Meghalaya Assembly elections.

26 Feb 2023

Congress Party

East to west: Congress now working on new pan-India march

As the Congress's three-day plenary session ended on Sunday in Chhattisgarh's Raipur, party spokesperson Jairam Ramesh announced they were now working on a new mass contact program similar to the recently-concluded Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY).

30 Jan 2023

Congress Party

Congress's Jairam Ramesh reacts to S Jaishankar's 'China 1962' remark

Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh responded to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's recent remarks on the incursions in Ladakh from China.

26 Aug 2022

Jammu And Kashmir

As Congress attacks Azad, 5 other J&K leaders quit party

Commenting on Ghulam Nabi Azad quitting Congress, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Jairam Ramesh said it was "regrettable" that it came at a time when the party was engaged in fighting the BJP on price rise, unemployment and polarization.

31 Jul 2022


3 Jharkhand Congress MLAs, caught with cash in vehicle, arrested

Three Jharkhand Congress MLAs were arrested a day after they were found in West Bengal with cash in their vehicle.

29 Jul 2022

Delhi High Court

Irani case: Delhi HC orders Congress leaders to remove tweets

Amid the ongoing illegal bar row in Goa, Union Minister Smriti Irani scored a big win in a defamation suit against Congress leaders.

11 Jun 2022

Tamil Nadu

Rajya Sabha polls: BJP clinches Karnataka, Haryana; Congress bags Rajasthan

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) clinched victories in Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Haryana in the Rajya Sabha polls on Friday.

02 Apr 2022

Mansukh Mandaviya

Health minister says no to BJP MP's population control bill

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told the Rajya Sabha on Friday that instead of using 'force (jabran),' the government had successfully used awareness and health campaigns to accomplish population control.

20 Sep 2021

Shashi Tharoor

Smacks of racism: Ramesh, Tharoor slam UK's COVID-19 travel rules

Former Union ministers Jairam Ramesh and Shashi Tharoor on Monday slammed the UK's COVID-19-related travel rules under which Indians vaccinated with Covishield would still be treated as unvaccinated.

24 Aug 2021

Nirmala Sitharaman

Legalized loot, organized plunder: Congress on National Monetization Pipeline

The Congress on Tuesday described the government's infrastructure monetization plan as "legalized loot and organized plunder," alleging that the invaluable public assets created over decades are being handed over to a chosen few.

19 Nov 2019

Venkaiah Naidu

Venkaiah Naidu orders review of Rajya Sabha marshals' military-style uniform

On Tuesday, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairperson Venkaiah Naidu ordered a review of the new uniform for marshals in the Upper House.

Congress to move SC against upholding Aadhaar as Money Bill

The Congress has decided to move the Supreme Court challenging the verdict to uphold the passage of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, as a Money Bill in Lok Sabha.

05 Sep 2018

Narendra Modi

Arrest me if I am a Naxal sympathizer: Digvijaya Singh

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh dared the government on Tuesday to arrest him if he has had any association with the Maoists as alleged by the BJP.

03 Jun 2018

Pranab Mukherjee

Will say whatever I have at RSS event: Pranab Mukherjee

Days after his decision to attend an RSS event triggered a political storm, former president Pranab Mukherjee has responded, asserting he'll say whatever he has to at the event.

08 Apr 2018


Kerala: Innovative housing scheme for people in tiny backwater islands

People living in sinking tiny backwater islands in southern Kerala hope that an innovative housing system coming up there would end the threat of displacement arising out of inundation due to global warming.

25 Jul 2017

Venkaiah Naidu

Ahead of vice-presidential election, Cong fires corruption charges at Naidu

Ahead of the vice-presidential elections on August 5, the Congress has accused BJP candidate Venkaiah Naidu and his children of corruption.