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Vayalar Ravi

About Vayalar Ravi

Vayalar Ravi is an Indian Union Minister. He is currently the Union Cabinet Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs. Vayalar Ravi is also the state emissary for Andhra Pradesh.

Ravi earlier served as:

  • Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  • Minister of Science and Technology
  • Minister of Earth Sciences
  • Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs

Professional Career

Vayalar Ravi is a member of Rajya Sabha.

Vayalar Ravi assumed charge of the Ministry of Science and Technology on August 21, 2012. Speaking on the occasion, he said that the ministry would extend its full cooperation to the Indian scientists to keep up their good work.


On the second day of the 'Chintan Shivir' at Jaipur, Vayalar Ravi hinted that the Congress central leadership is thinking about forging a partnership with YSR Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh. However, he said that nothing concrete has been thought, but it depends on the local situation and the local leadership in Andhra Pradesh has to decide on whether to go for alliance or merger. Jan 20, 2013

Vayalar Ravi in News

Andhra Pradesh News on April 24, 2014
Andhra Pradesh News and Headlines on April 24, 2014

Andhra Pradesh News on January 30, 2013
Andhra Pradesh News and Headlines on January 30, 2013

AP Congress to conduct brain storm session on December 16
APCC to conduct the session to prepare for the next general elections

Vayalar Ravi rules out the change of Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy
AICC not thinking of change in state leadership

Andhra Pradesh News on October 20, 2012
Andhra Pradesh News and Headlines on October 20, 2012

Padayatra - My Diary book released at AP Bhavan
The book release function was attended by a number of AICC leaders and state ministers

Congress high command consults with CM, APCC chief over Dharmana's fate
Few ministers meet at Minister Vatti Vasanth Kumar's residence

Andhra Pradesh News on June 10, 2012
Andhra Pradesh News and Headlines on June 10, 2012 - Bypoll canvassing to end today

Andhra Pradesh News on May 17, 2012
Andhra Pradesh News and Headlines on May 17, 2012 - Government approves CBI's request to attach properties of Sakshi Group of companies

Andhra Pradesh News on May 16, 2012
Andhra Pradesh News and Headlines on May 16, 2012 - CBI files petition in High Court against bail to Gali Janardhan Reddy. Chandrababu Naidu to campaign in Nellore, Jagan in Kurnool

Kochi to host next annual Indian diaspora meet
Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said here on Tuesday that the annual Indian diaspora meet (Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013) will be held at Kochi in January next year.

Vayalar Ravi confident of Pranab Mukherjee winning Prez poll
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi has expressed confidence about UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee emerging victorious in the race for Raisina Hill.

Kiran Bedi calls for impartial probe into allegations against Govt., Team Anna
Social activist and former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Kiran Bedi has called for an impartial probe against the government and Team Anna after union ministers laid allegations against the later.

CWC to discuss political and economic crises
The Congress Working Committee will meet here on Monday for a stock taking exercise of the political and economic conundrum the party finds itself in.

Petrol price rollback is an 'eyewash: Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Reacting to Overseas Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi's disapproval of the petrol price hike and suggestion for a "bold look" on reducing the recent increase, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy has termed the partial rollback in the rates announced by the government as a mere 'eyewash.'

YSR Congress demands probe into cash in Chiranjeevi's kin's house
YSR Congress Party on Tuesday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the huge money being traced at the house of actor-politician Chiranjeevi's kin, and alleged that there was a quid pro quo in the process of PRP merger with Congress.

Indians less likely to be attacked in Australia, says Immigration Minister
Following a high-level meeting with India's Overseas Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi, Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has claimed that Indian students were 'less likely' to be attacked vis-a-vis locals in Australia.

Chidambaram assures early response to formation of Telangana state
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said that the Central Government will respond as soon as possible on the demand for a separate Telangana state.

Narayanasamy downplays UPA leaders visit at 10, Janpath
Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy on Tuesday downplayed the visit by several senior leaders at Congress President Sonia Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence in the wake of reports over four UPA ministers offering to resign from their posts, and contended that it was a routine meeting.

India does not start levying proposed service tax on remittance fee paid by NRIs
The Indian Government has not started levying the proposed 12.36 percent service tax on the fee paid by Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) for sending money back home.

Indian expatriates in UAE 'anguished' over new service tax by Indian Govt. for sending money home
Indian expatriates in the UAE have expressed their deep anguish against a new service tax on the "fees" paid by them for sending money to India, which will be levied by the Government of India.

Vayalar Ravi wants Chidambaram to use his influence to resolve Mullaperiyar dam issue
Union Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Sunday said Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram should have used his influence as a political leader to push Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for a dialogue with the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, as well as Kerala Government to resolve the ongoing row surrounding the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam.

Economic Viability of Greenfield Airports
Government of India has granted 'in-principle' approval for setting up of 15 Greenfield airports

Development of Airport Infrastructure
Government is encouraging development of airport infrastructure by way of expansion/upgradation of existing airports including small and medium airports to attract foreign tourists and through establishment of new airports.

Congress lawmakers hopeful of bringing in Lokpal Bill
Despite paucity of time, Congress party lawmakers are confident that they would be able to bring in the Lokpal Bill in the ongoing winter session of the Parliament as they have to arrive at a consensus on various views expressed by the leaders at the all party meeting.

Vayalar Ravi urges Tamil Nadu, Kerala to resolve Mullaperiyar Dam row
Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Thursday appealed to the Tamil Nadu and Kerala Governments to resolve the ongoing row over the century-old Mullaperiyar Dam.

Vayalar Ravi inaugurates heads of missions conference of GCC countries
Union Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi inaugurated two-day sixth annual conference of heads of Indian missions of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as well as Jordan, Yemen, Malaysia, Maldives, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Iraq, here today.

PM is concerned over financial woes of Air India: Vayalar Ravi
With Air India pilots warning of another agitation, including a strike, if talks on their demand for pay parity and other issues they had raised during their strike in May, were not started before this month end, Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi on Friday urged the pilots not to go on a strike, and said the Prime Minister is extremely concerned about the beleaguered national carrier.

Vayalar Ravi calls for better India-Pakistan ties
Civil Aviation Minister and senior Congress leader Vayalar Ravi on Thursday said he was optimistic about India's bilateral ties with Pakistan, and hoped for greater political and economic engagement between the two countries.

Maryland Governor endorses ARINC to modernize airports in India
Earlier this month, the ARINC joined Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and First Lady Katie O'Malley on a historic trade mission to India with a delegation of more than 100 Maryland business leaders, educators and elected officials - the largest-ever trade mission delegation from Maryland.

PM meets private airline chiefs, takes stock of aviation sector's poor financial health
Top bosses of private airlines met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday to seek the government's help for the cash-strapped aviation industry, including rationalisation of taxes on jet fuel.

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