Vayalar Ravi

  • Pravasi Bhartiya Divas starts today 07-01-2014 04:39 PM

    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...
  • India to launch Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana in Dubai 21-10-2013 03:01 PM

    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...
  • Antony remains silent on Solar panel scam 15-06-2013 04:08 PM

    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...
  • Khurshid to visit Saudi Arabia, Nitaqat to be discussed 14-05-2013 11:40 PM

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will visit Saudi Arabia on May 24-27, 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...
  • Indian Embassy gets 15k passports of workers stranded in Saudi 14-05-2013 02:49 AM

    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 08-05-2013 04:25 PM

    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 29-04-2013 03:35 AM

    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...
  • NRIs' response on voting rights not good: Ravi 05-01-2012 03:54 PM

    New Delhi: Admitting that response from Non-Resident 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...
  • Corporate houses can blackmail with Lokpal: Ravi 27-12-2011 12:17 PM

    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...
  • PC withdraws Mullaperiyar remark 19-12-2011 09:29 AM

    Chennai: It has been a rough week for Home Minister P Chidambaram for more reasons than one. He was forced to withdraw his controversial remarks on the Mullaperiyar Dam that raised temperatures in Kerala. On Saturday, the Home Minister had termed the Kerala government's apprehension over the safety of the...
  • Govt to help jailed Indians in Sharjah 08-12-2011 06:07 PM

    New Delhi: Government has sanctioned Rs 17 lakh to arrange for legal help to 17 Indians, whose death sentence for killing a Pakistani was revoked in September by a Sharjah court but are still languishing in a jail there. The 17 Indians, mostly from Punjab, were pardoned after over Rs...
  • AI faces whopping Rs 43,777 crore debt 24-11-2011 07:07 PM

    New Delhi: The total debt of cash-strapped Air India, consisting of aircraft and working capital loans, is Rs 43,777 crore and the government has infused Rs 3,200 crore equity to help the airline, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi said on Thursday. "The total debt of Air India, consisting of aircraft...
  • May consider proposal on aviation FDI: Vayalar 13-11-2011 09:08 PM

    New Delhi: As the Kingfisher crisis deepens, the debate has shifted from whether it should be bailed out to whether foreign airlines should be allowed to invest in Indian domestic carriers. The government remains non-committal. Civil Aviation ministry could allow foreign airlines to invest in Indian domestic carriers. The Aviation...
  • Banks hold deliberations on Kingfisher crisis 13-11-2011 06:58 PM

    New Delhi: Beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines would have to wait some more time for relief as its lenders continued deliberations on Sunday towards resolving the crisis, a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the government would explore ways to help the private carrier. The cash-strapped airline cancelled 40 more flights...
  • Govt to explore ways to help Kingfisher: PM 13-11-2011 07:06 AM

    New Delhi: The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given Kingfisher airlines some reason to hope. He said that his government would find ways to help the ailing aviation industry. Sources have told CNN-IBN that Pranab Mukherjee will be consulted on a package for Kingfisher airlines. This after the cash-strapped airline...
  • Kingfisher mess: Govt steps in, banks may help 11-11-2011 02:45 PM

    New Delhi: Kingfisher Airlines, facing severe financial crunch, may finally get some help from the Government even as Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Friday ruled out any bailout package for the company. Sources say that Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee may speak to banks to bailout the Vijay Mallya-owned...
  • Govt rules out bailout package for Kingfisher 11-11-2011 02:16 PM

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Friday said that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee may speak to banks with regard to the financial crisis being faced by Kingfisher Airlines. He, however, ruled that no financial bailout will be given to the airline, which is facing a severe cash crunch....
  • AI expansion plan after RBI report: Vayalar 28-10-2011 07:45 PM

    New Delhi: Air India's acquisition plan for 27 Boeing 787 Dreamliner planes and for additional equity infusion of Rs 6,600 crore would be deliberated by the Union Cabinet after the RBI gives its views on debt restructuring plan for the ailing national carrier. "A report on (Air India's) debt restructuring...
  • Govt may allow global airlines to invest in India 24-10-2011 10:35 AM

    Mumbai: The cabinet will shortly consider a proposal to allow foreign airlines to pick up stakes in cash-strapped domestic carriers, local media reported on Monday, citing unnamed government officials. The Economic Times newspaper reported on Monday that the industry ministry has circulated a draft cabinet note for inter-ministerial consultation after...
  • No disinvestment of Air India: Vayalar Ravi 20-10-2011 03:06 PM

    New Delhi: The Government on Thursday ruled out disinvestment of Air India saying it is trying to bring the cash strapped national carrier to 'no-profit, no-loss' status. "There is no plan of disinvestment in Air India or to bring an IPO in the near future by the government. As a...
  • FDI in aviation under consideration: Ravi 17-10-2011 11:24 PM

    Mumbai: Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Monday said it is considering the recommendation of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) to allow foreign carriers to pick up stake in domestic airlines. "Yes. It is true that we have not rejected DIPP's recommendation (on allowing foreign airlines to...
  • Buying planes collective decision of Govt: Ravi 08-09-2011 10:17 PM

    New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Thursday night said the Government's decision to acquire 111 aircraft for Air India, which came in for severe criticism from CAG, was a collective one to strengthen the national carrier. He said there was no question of taking any hasty decision and...
  • Oil firms to give AI extra fuel for 3 months 13-06-2011 09:47 PM

    New Delhi: Air India on Monday got a breather on payment of dues to state-run oil companies, which have restricted fuel supply to it, following the intervention of Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi who met Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy to sort out the issue. In the meeting, Ravi asked...
  • Day 8: AI management ready to talk to pilots 04-05-2011 07:52 AM

    New Delhi: The Air Indian pilots strike enters day 8 on Wednesday and there may be an end to the deadlock. The airline management has finally called off their blanket ban on negotiations and called for a meeting with the pilots' representatives. Officials say they will reconsider the termination of...