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SEOUL, July 25 (UPI) -- Indian President Pratibha Patil, visiting South Korea, signed a bilateral nuclear energy cooperation agreement Monday, ending a year of talks.
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Commonwealth Games open in India

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Indian official resigns amid sex claims

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India may train women to fly fighter jets

India may train women to fly fighter jets

PUNE, India, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Indian President Pratibha Patil said Wednesday her nation may soon train women as fighter pilots.
Congress Party tastes victory in India

Congress Party tastes victory in India

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Security tight for India's Republic Day

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Four police officers killed by land mine

NEW DELHI, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A land-mine blast in India's Chhattisgarh state killed four members of a police patrol who were preparing the area for the visit of the Indian president.

India, Denmark ink pact on renewables

NEW DELHI, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- India and Denmark have signed an agreement to develop technology for new and renewable energy.

Anniversary of Gandhi's killing observed

NEW DELHI, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- India Wednesday marked the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi, revered as a "Great Soul," who led the campaign for freedom from Britain.
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Pratibha Patil
Indian president nominee Pratibha Patil, 72, waves upon her arrival in New Delhi, India, June 16, 2007. India's governing coalition chose a woman as its presidential candidate Thursday, setting the stage for her to become the country's first female president. The post is largely ceremonial, though the president is the supreme commander of the armed forces and has the power to declare a state of emergency in times of political crisis. (UPI Photo/Kamal Kishore)

Pratibha Devisingh Patil (Marathi: प्रतिभा देवीसिंह पाटील) (born 19 December 1934) is the 12th and current President of the Republic of India and first woman to hold the office. She was sworn in as President of India on 25 July 2007, succeeding Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

She is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC), was nominated by the ruling United Progressive Alliance and Indian Left. She won the presidential election held on 19 July 2007 defeating her nearest rival Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.

Pratibha Patil was born in Nadgaon village of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra. She received her early education from RR Vidyalaya, Jalgaon and later obtained her master’s degree in political science and economics from the Mooljee Jaitha College in Jalgaon, which was then affiliated with the University of Poona. While in college, she took active part in sports, excelled in table tennis and won several shields at various inter-collegiate tournaments. Even as an MLA, she pursued her studies as a law student. Later, she obtained a law degree from the Government Law College, of the University of Bombay.

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