India aims to boost LNG imports

NEW DELHI, June 13 (UPI) -- India aims to import up to 20 million tons a year of liquefied natural gas, said a government official.

India awaits LNG exports from Freeport facility

NEW DELHI, May 20 (UPI) -- The US Department of Energy's conditional approval a Texas liquefied natural gas terminal to export to nations that do not have a free trade agreement with the United States is seen as a potential boost for India's energy security.

India to get LNG from the U.S.

NEW DELHI, April 25 (UPI) -- India's largest gas importer has signed a supply agreement to receive liquefied natural gas from the United States.
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Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar dead at 92

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Sitar genius Ravi Shankar, who mesmerized music lovers for decades, died at age 92 in California, days after heart surgery, his website said.

India stands firm on Iranian oil imports

NEW DELHI, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- India will continue to explore payment options for oil imports from Tehran and will only abide by United Nations sanctions and not those imposed by any bloc of countries, a government official warned.
Leno's quip angers Sikh community

Leno's quip angers Sikh community

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- India is objecting to U.S. talk show host Jay Leno's joke about the Golden Temple, India's holiest Sikh shrine, calling his comments "quite objectionable."

India, Pakistan prepare for talks

NEW DELHI, July 26 (UPI) -- Terrorism would again top the agenda in the New Delhi talks between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan, government sources told The Times of India.
Indo-Pak talks in the works for months

Indo-Pak talks in the works for months

NEW DELHI, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The announcement that New Delhi and Islamabad were resuming peace negotiations was in the works for months, an Indian government source said.

India, Pakistan hold talks

THIMPU, Bhutan, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries met Sunday in Bhutan, seeking to carry forward their dialogue, broken since the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Pakistan, India officials hold talks

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 24 (UPI) -- Pakistan's foreign secretary hosted his Indian counterpart for talks Thursday in Islamabad aimed at improving trust between their countries.

India-Pakistan talks

NEW DELHI, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Officials from India and Pakistan resumed formal talks Thursday with the upshot being a promise to continue such relations.
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India, Pakistan hold talks

NEW DELHI, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan met in New Delhi Thursday for formal talks, the first since the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008.

New Delhi, Islamabad trade barbs

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Islamabad rejected allegations raised by officials in New Delhi that the use of militancy was among the foreign policy tools of the Pakistani government.

India says no talks with Pakistan for now

NEW DELHI, July 10 (UPI) -- India has rejected United State's suggestion to resume peace talks with Pakistan, saying Islamabad has yet to curb cross border infiltration of armed rebels. India's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Nirupama Rao, Wednesday said that a climate conducive for t
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Nirupama Menon Rao (Malayalam: നിരുപമ മേനോന്‍ റാവു; born December 6, 1950) is the current Foreign Secretary of India. She is a 1973 batch Indian Foreign Service officer.

In July 2009, she became the second woman (after Chokila Iyer) to hold the post of Indian Foreign Secretary, the head of Indian Foreign Service. In her career she has served in several capacities including, Minister of Press Affairs in Washington, Deputy Chief of Mission in Moscow, stints in the Ministry of External Affairs as Joint Secretary (East Asia), (External Publicity) making her the first woman spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, Chief of Personnel, Ambassador to Peru and China, and High Commissioner to Sri Lanka.

Nirupama Rao was born in Malappuram, Kerala, into the Meempat tharawad. Her father was in the Army. She did her schooling from various cities like Bangalore, Pune, Lucknow, Coonoor. She did her BA(English) Honors in Mount Carmel College, in Bangalore, in 1970, when it was affiliated with the University of Mysore. Later, she obtained her Masters degree in English Literature from what was then known as Marathwada University in Maharashtra. She topped the All India Civil Services Examination in 1973 and joined the Indian Foreign Service. Her sister, Dr.Nirmala Kannan is the Command Medical Officer (CMO) of the Cochin based Southern Naval Command.

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