Former Jammu and Kashmir bureaucrat Mohd.
Shafi Pandit was elected the national president of the Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI), which is part of a leading international youth accommodation network. As many as 158 members of the YHAI national council took part in the triennial election of office-bearers. Pandit, the first Kashmiri Muslim to join the prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS) by direct recruitment in 1969, was the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission. S Venkat Narayanan was elected the national chairman and Manoj Johri the national treasurer of the YHAI. Ashok Golane, Kiran V Natekar, C D Vivekanandan and Evarard D Nongsiang have been elected national vice-presidents of YHAI.
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