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Protests held over gangrape victim's death

NEW DELHI, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Protests broke out in India Saturday after the death of a 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped in New Delhi, officials said.

2008 Mumbai attack gunman executed

PUNE, India, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, a Pakistani national under death sentence in India for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was executed Wednesday, the government said.
Canada, India expand nuclear agreement

Canada, India expand nuclear agreement

NEW DELHI, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Canada will expand its exports of uranium and nuclear technology to India, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Tuesday in New Delhi.

Kasab's mercy plea rejected by ministry

NEW DELHI, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The Indian Home Ministry rejected the clemency petition of Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, who is under death sentence for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

India elects 76-year-old president

NEW DELHI, July 22 (UPI) -- India's state and national politicians elected 76-year-old political veteran Pranab Mukherjee as president Sunday, election officials in New Delhi said.

Indian lawmakers vote for president

NEW DELHI, July 19 (UPI) -- Members of India's parliament voted Thursday to elect a new president, officials said.

Delhi boosts military spending 17 percent

NEW DELHI, March 22 (UPI) -- India's defense budget took a 17 percent jump to around $40 billion for 2012-13, partly because of major acquisition plans, The Times of India reported.
India hesitates on foreign retail

India hesitates on foreign retail

JALANDHAR, India, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- International retailers hoping to establish a presence in India have been put off, business leaders in India said.

India's food inflation jumps

NEW DELHI, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- India's food inflation, which hits millions of poor families the hardest, soared to 12.21 percent year-on-year for the week ended Oct. 22, the government said.

Indian defense budget gets 'hefty' rise

NEW DELHI, March 3 (UPI) -- India raised its defense budget by more than 11 percent in the face of China's growing military might.
Growth forecast at 9 percent in India

Growth forecast at 9 percent in India

NEW DELHI, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The Indian economy is expected to grow at 9 percent next fiscal year, up 0.5 percent from the current fiscal year, the finance minister said Monday.

Sri Lanka denies killing Indian fisherman

COLUMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Sri Lanka denied allegations that its navy killed an Indian fisherman during a confrontation between a Sri Lankan patrol vessel and a local fishing boat.

India proposes coal tax for clean energy

NEW DELHI, March 1 (UPI) -- The Indian government proposed a coal tax Friday aimed at creating a fund to promote clean energy.
Ministers: No big Dubai fallout for India

Ministers: No big Dubai fallout for India

CHANDIGARH, India, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Dubai's debt crisis does not pose any major consequences for India, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Saturday.
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) listens to Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee (L) during a meeting in Tehran, Iran on November 1, 2008. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)
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Pranab Kumar Mukherjee (Bengali: প্রণব কুমার মুখোপাধ্যায় born December 11, 1935, West Bengal, India) is the current Finance Minister of India and leader of the current (15th) Lok Sabha.

He is currently a senior member of the Cabinet Committees on Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Parliamentary Affairs, Political Affairs, Prices, Security, Unique Identification Authority of India, World Trade Organization, and heads the Group of Ministers Committee on the Dabhol dispute. He also heads the Group of Ministers investigating the alleged corruption of the previous NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government. He is also a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the Congress party.

Pranab Mukherjee was born in Mirati village near Kirnahar town, District Birbhum, West Bengal to Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee and Rajlakshmi Mukherjee. His father was active in the Congress party from 1920, was a member of AICC, and West Bengal Legislative Council (1952–64), and President, District Congress Committee, Birbhum (WB). His father was also a respected freedom fighter and was jailed for more than 10 years. He attended the Suri Vidyasagar College, Suri (Birbhum), then affiliated with the University of Calcutta.

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