Kavilmadam Ramaswami Parvathy of India who has been appointed the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan. (Photo: UN)

Indian-origin development expert K R Parvathy appointed top UN official for Tajikistan

During her career of over 30 years in international humanitarian and development work, Parvathy had worked with the Asia Pacific, West Africa, Regional and Global Headquarters of WFP, according to the UN. Her experience includes strategic planning, risk management, conflict analysis and humanitarian access negotiations, the UN said.

Pakistan frustrated at not being able to get Kashmir on UN agenda; credits strong Indian diplomacy

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UNSC to hold high-level debate on combating terrorism

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