Articles about Jairam Ramesh

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.

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

02 Apr 2022

India
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.

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

20 Sep 2021

India
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.

Legalized loot, organized plunder: Congress on National Monetization Pipeline

24 Aug 2021

Politics
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.

What happened inside Rajya Sabha last Sunday? Footage reveals details

27 Sep 2020

Politics
What happened inside Rajya Sabha last Sunday? Footage reveals details

The conduct of the government, opposition, and Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh inside the Rajya Sabha last Sunday garnered much attention.

Opposition boycotts Lok Sabha over suspended MPs, farm bills

22 Sep 2020

Politics
Opposition boycotts Lok Sabha over suspended MPs, farm bills

The Opposition has boycotted the Parliament in protest of the farm bills. They on Tuesday staged a walkout of the Lok Sabha after a similar move in the Rajya Sabha.

Supreme Court to hear over 140 petitions against CAA today

22 Jan 2020

India
Supreme Court to hear over 140 petitions against CAA today

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, will hear nearly 144 petitions challenging the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) today.

15 foreign envoys visit Kashmir, government explains agenda

09 Jan 2020

India
15 foreign envoys visit Kashmir, government explains agenda

As 15 envoys from different countries are visiting Jammu and Kashmir, the government briefed media about the objective of this trip.

SC to hear nearly 60 pleas against Citizenship Act today

18 Dec 2019

India
SC to hear nearly 60 pleas against Citizenship Act today

Today, the Supreme Court will hear nearly 60 petitions challenging the newly-implemented Citizenship Act, which has created a storm across India.

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

19 Nov 2019

India
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.

EU delegation leaves for Kashmir to assess situation, opposition unhappy

29 Oct 2019

India
EU delegation leaves for Kashmir to assess situation, opposition unhappy

A European Union delegation, consisting of 27 MPs, left for Jammu and Kashmir from Delhi earlier today to assess the situation in the border state, that has been under lockdown since August.

India Inc. welcomes Sitharaman's tax announcement, Modi calls it historic

20 Sep 2019

Business
India Inc. welcomes Sitharaman's tax announcement, Modi calls it historic

The effect of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's massive announcement was seen instantly as markets rejoiced on Friday.

Five successful IITians turned politicians you should know about

20 May 2019

India
Five successful IITians turned politicians you should know about

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are the country's premier engineering institutes and globally recognized as centers of academic excellence in science and technology.

Laser was pointed seven times at Rahul Gandhi, claims Congress

11 Apr 2019

Politics
Laser was pointed seven times at Rahul Gandhi, claims Congress

In a disturbing development, Congress has claimed security was breached during party president Rahul Gandhi's visit in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

ICICI Bank fraud: CBI investigator transferred; govt denies meddling

27 Jan 2019

Business
ICICI Bank fraud: CBI investigator transferred; govt denies meddling

A day after the CBI booked former CEO and MD of ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar, and Videocon Group's V N Dhoot, the investigating officer in the case was abruptly transferred.

Congress to move SC against upholding Aadhaar as Money Bill

26 Sep 2018

India
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.

Arrest me if I am a Naxal sympathizer: Digvijaya Singh

05 Sep 2018

Politics
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.

Will say whatever I have at RSS event: Pranab Mukherjee

03 Jun 2018

Politics
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.

Cambridge Analytica's 'proposal' to Congress leaked by Shehzad Poonawalla

17 Apr 2018

Politics
Cambridge Analytica's 'proposal' to Congress leaked by Shehzad Poonawalla

Rebel Congress leader, Shehzad Poonawalla, has released a copy of Cambridge Analytica's proposal to Congress to prepare for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, India Today reports.

Kerala: Innovative housing scheme for people in tiny backwater islands

08 Apr 2018

India
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.

Outpatients services in hospitals hit amid doctors' strike against NMC

02 Jan 2018

India
Outpatients services in hospitals hit amid doctors' strike against NMC

Hospitals in Kerala won't be offering outpatient services from 6am to 6pm today as the IMA goes on a day's strike against the NMC Bill.

Rahul Gandhi's speech at University of California: Highlights

12 Sep 2017

Politics
Rahul Gandhi's speech at University of California: Highlights

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was at the University of California, Berkeley, yesterday to address students on 'India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward'.

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

25 Jul 2017

Politics
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.

Heat-wave kills two in Maharashtra, other states on high alert

31 Mar 2017

India
Heat-wave kills two in Maharashtra, other states on high alert

On Thursday, the Maharashtra government affirmed that two people, one each from Aurangabad and Solapur districts, died due to the heat wave.

Global warming has nine Indian cities blistering in heat

30 Mar 2017

India
Global warming has nine Indian cities blistering in heat

A new study published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, depicts that even if the targets set in the Paris Climate goals are met somehow, 44 major cities across the globe are still going to witness deadly heat in near future.

Political parties cause disruptions across India

28 Nov 2016

Politics
Political parties cause disruptions across India

Demonetization and its implementation continues to be vehemently opposed by major opposition parties.