Vayalar Ravi

  • Pravasi Bhartiya Divas starts today January 7, 2014

    Making a strong pitch for greater connectivity with the diaspora youth, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday said partnerships between young Indians in the country and those residing overseas in industry and social sectors would create jobs and bring prosperity. He was speaking after inuagarating the 12th edition of...
  • India to launch Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana in Dubai October 21, 2013

    India will launch its ambitious pension scheme, the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana, for over five million overseas workers in Dubai next week. Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, will formally launch the scheme on Monday at the Indian Consulate premises in Dubai, the consulate announced on Sunday. "I am pleased...
  • Antony remains silent on Solar panel scam June 15, 2013

    Kochi: Underplaying the raging solar panel scam linked to the office of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Defence Minister A K Antony on Saturday refused to comment on the issue. "Government has ordered an enquiry. Let the report come",he told reporters when asked for his comments. On the sexual harassment case filed by...
  • Khurshid to visit Saudi Arabia, Nitaqat to be discussed May 14, 2013

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will visit Saudi Arabia on May 2427, the first visit by an Indian foreign minister in the last five years, during which the kingdom's Nitaqat work policy, regional and international issues would be discussed. Then external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee had visited Saudi Arabia...
  • Indian Embassy gets 15k passports of workers stranded in Saudi May 14, 2013

    Dubai: Saudi Arabia has handed over about 15,000 passports of stranded Indian workers, surrendered by Saudi sponsors, to the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, in a bid to resolve cases of immigration law violations. "Most passports, surrendered by sponsors to the Saudi authorities, belong to stranded Indian workers, including those languishing...
  • Over 18,000 Indians in Saudi seek emergency certificate May 8, 2013

    New Delhi: Over 18,000 Indians have approached the Indian embassy in Riyadh seeking 'emergency certificate' to leave Saudi Arabia amid concerns about possible job losses due to implementation of a new labour law "Nitaqat" that seeks to reserve 10 per cent jobs for locals. The Indian workers have applied for...
  • India conveys concern to Saudi Arabia over Nitaqat law April 29, 2013

    Riyadh: India on Sunday conveyed its concerns to Saudi Arabia over possible job loss to a large number of Indians in the Kingdom due to its new labour law. A delegation led by Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi met Saudi Arabian Labour Minister Adel Fakieh to convey India's concern...
  • News 360: Italian probe into chopper deal reveals how money reached Tyagi's cousin February 14, 2013

    The Italian probe report into the AgustaWestland chopper deal has explained how the kickback money in the deal reached the cousins of former Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi. ...
  • Suryanelli gangrape: Is Cong trying hard to defend Kurien? February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Just as the Congress party prepares to defend Rajya Sabha MP PJ Kurien in the Suryanelli gangrape case, it faced yet another embarrassment in Kerala. This time around, it was Union Minister Vayalar Ravi who made some sexist comments to a female journalist. When she asked him about...
  • Protests over Vayalar Ravi's sexist remarks February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: There is outrage in Kerala after Union Minister Vayalar Ravi was caught on video making a personal swipe at a female reporter who wanted his reaction to Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien's alleged involvement in the Suryanelli gangrape case. Women journalists in Kerala expressed outrage and staged...
  • Vayalar Ravi seen making sexist remarks at a female reporter February 14, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: There was an outrage in Kerala after Union Minister Vayalar Ravi was caught on video making a personal swipe at a female reporter who wanted his reaction on PJ Kurien's alleged involvement in the 1996 Suryanelli gangrape case. In the video, Ravi is seen asking the reporter if she...
  • Congress split over timing, need for Telangana January 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The Congress is divided over bifurcating Andhra Pradesh and creating a new state of Telangana. Several party leaders have questioned the timing and need for creating Telangana, sources say. Congress's Andhra Pradesh incharge and Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is of the opinion that creating Telangana would escalate the...
  • Telangana: Shinde, Vayalar, Antony meet Sonia January 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The Congress top leadership met at party President Sonia Gandhi's residence to resolve the Telangana tangle. Sonia Gandhi met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Defence Minister AK Antony, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh and some other party leaders to come to a...
  • PM Manmohan Singh to release stamp on Gadar movement January 5, 2013

    Kochi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will formally inaugurate the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here on January 8 and release a stamp on the Gadar movement reflecting the saga of courage of overseas Indians who became trail blazers of the freedom struggle. Announcing this here on January 5, Union Minister for Overseas...
  • Remittances to India rose to $ 66.13 bn in 201112 September 8, 2012

    New Delhi: Remittances to India surged to $66.13 billion in 201112 as compared to $55.62 billion in the previous year, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said on Friday. Remittance flow has risen consistently in the last three years. In 200910, total remittance flow to India through private transfers was...
  • CAG trying to be 'super government': Vayalar Ravi August 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Minister Vayalar Ravi on Monday hitout at the CAG accusing it of having crossed its Constitutional mandate and "trying to become a super government." "CAG report has crossed the Constitutional provisions and now the CAG man is trying to become a super government and he wanted to go...
  • Vayalar Ravi given additional charge Science and Technology August 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi was on Friday given additional charge of ministries of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises following illhealth of Vilasrao Deshmukh. "The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Vayalar Ravi, Minister of Overseas...
  • Vilasrao in hospital, portfolio given to Vayalar August 8, 2012

    Chennai: Union Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai for a liverrelated ailment, was in a critical condition and under observation, hospital authorities said on Tuesday night. Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, meanwhile, was given additional charge of Micro, Small and Medium...
  • Vayalar Ravi gets critically ill Deshmukh's portfolio August 7, 2012

    New Delhi: With Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh critically ill, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi has been given additional charge of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry. Deshmukh, who is Science and Technology Minister, was given additional charge of the Ministry immediately after Virbhadra Singh resigned in the wake of a...
  • Surprised by DGCA Bhushan's sacking: Vayalar Ravi July 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Former Civil Aviation minister Vayalar Ravi on Wednesday said that the sacking of DGCA Bharat Bhushan came as a surprise to him as Bhushan was "one of the finest officers" he had known. "Bharat Bhushan is one of the finest officers... He believes in norms. When I was incharge...
  • Pranab Mukherjee's victory certain: Vayalar Ravi June 20, 2012

    New Delhi: Asserting that Pranab Mukherjee's victory in the Presidential poll was certain, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi on Tuesday said if a contest takes place then it will be just a "formality". Ravi also blasted Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal for making "unsubstantiated" allegations against the UPA presidential candidate who...
  • Vayalar Ravi says Team Anna not that innocent June 11, 2012

    Hyderabad: After V Narayanasamy, another Union Minister Vayalar Ravi on Sunday attacked Team Anna, saying the anticorruption group is "not that innocent" and alleged its activists could be acting in a "conspiracy" to destabilize Indian politics. "The group of Anna Hazare, the socalled crusader against corruption, they are making...
  • Team Anna receiving funds from US: Vayalar Ravi June 10, 2012

    New Delhi: Questioning the credibility and honesty of Team Anna, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi on Sunday said that they are working to destabilise the country. The minister also asked why Team Anna members were given Magsaysay Awards and what they did to deserve the international award. He says that the American...
  • Oil companies deny Vayalar Ravi's profit claim June 4, 2012

    New Delhi: Three stateowned oil companies have issued a statement denying that they are making huge profits and stated that the petrol price hike was necessary. The statement came in response to a letter by Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi to Oil Minister S Jaipal Reddy saying the claim made...
  • Oil companies making profits: Vayalar Ravi June 2, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Minister for Overseas Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Saturday pushed for reduction in petrol prices and said that the oil marketing companies are making false claims that they are incurring losses. He suggested that bold steps should be taken to reduce the recent increase in petrol prices. In...
  • There is a rift between PM, Sonia Gandhi: BJP April 25, 2012

    Commenting on the UPA, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that it "seems like this will be the last term of Parliament under this government". ...
  • Army Chief is frustrated: Vayalar Ravi March 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Attacking Army chief General VK Singh for reportedly writing to the Prime Minister about state of affairs in the force, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi on Wednesday said this reflects frustrations of an individual, who had to withdraw his petition on the age row in the Supreme Court. Ravi also...
  • SL war crimes resolution: DMK, Left welcome India's move March 22, 2012

    New Delhi: The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted the resolution against Sri Lanka on alleged war crimes on Thursday with 24 countries, including India, voting in favour, 15 against and eight abstaining. Welcoming the move of India to vote in favour of the USbacked resolution, DMK MP Kanimozhi...
  • NRIs' response on voting rights not good: Ravi January 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Admitting that response from NonResident Indians on voting rights has not been encouraging, Union Minister Vayalar Ravi on Thursday said Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry is in talks with the Election Commission to simplify process of registering themselves for exercising the right. The Ministry would try to resolve the problems...
  • Corporate houses can blackmail with Lokpal: Ravi December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has warned that Lokpal could "one day become a tool in the hands of corporate houses to blackmail the political leadership". In an interview with IANS, Ravi said business houses keep "complaining that nothing is moving." "Many things are moving for the poor....