The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Writer-diplomat Pavan Varma is new envoy to Bhutan

New Delhi (PTI): Writer-diplomat Pavan K Varma was on Wednesday named as India's next Ambassador to Bhutan, succeeding Sudhir Vyas. Varma, who is currently the Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is expected to take up his new assignment shortly, the External Affairs Ministry said.

The 1976-batch IFS officer has served in several key positions which include Press Secretary to the President, High Commissioner to Cyprus, MEA spokesman and Joint Secretary (Africa) in the MEA. Varma also served in various capacities in Indian missions in New York and Moscow. In New York, he was with India's permanent mission to the United Nations. He also held the position of Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Group of 77 (G-77).

In Moscow, he was the Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre in the Indian Embassy. His tenure with ICCR has seen substantial activities of the organisation in promoting India's cultural ties with several countries.

The 1953-born officer is a graduate in History from the prestigious St Stephen's College of Delhi. He stood first in the examinations.

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