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.

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.

14 Oct 2022


#NewsBytesExplainer: Why CEC didn't announce Gujarat assembly poll dates

In an unexpected move, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday announced the poll schedule for the Himachal Pradesh assembly only while the dates for the Gujarat assembly election were not made public yet.

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.

02 Aug 2022

Sonia Gandhi

'National Herald' case: ED raids 12 locations after questioning Gandhis

Days after the questioning of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) reportedly is conducting raids at multiple locations on Tuesday as part of the National Herald case.

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.

15 Jul 2022

Lok Sabha

Parliament House can't be used for dharnas, strikes: RS Secretariat

The Rajya Sabha Secretariat on Friday banned holding demonstrations, dharnas, fasts, and religious celebrations in the precincts of Parliament House.

04 Jul 2022

Madhya Pradesh

MP: Tribal woman set ablaze over land dispute in Guna

A group of men set a 38-year-old tribal woman on fire after trespassing on land that her family received through a Madhya Pradesh government welfare scheme in the Guna district.

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.

27 Sep 2020

Venkaiah Naidu

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.

22 Sep 2020

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

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.

22 Jan 2020

West Bengal

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.

09 Jan 2020

South Korea

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.

18 Dec 2019


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.

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.

29 Oct 2019

Shashi Tharoor

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.

20 Sep 2019

Narendra Modi

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.

20 May 2019


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.

11 Apr 2019

Uttar Pradesh

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

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

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

Nitin Gadkari

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.

17 Apr 2018


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.

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.

02 Jan 2018


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.

12 Sep 2017


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'.

25 Jul 2017

Madhya Pradesh

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.

31 Mar 2017


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.

30 Mar 2017


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.

28 Nov 2016


Political parties cause disruptions across India

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