The Rajasthan Cabinet on Monday decided to conduct indirect election for the post of mayor and chairperson in corporations and municipalities in the State.“The Cabinet today (Monday) took a decision for indirect election of mayor and chairperson. Ward councillors will now elect them,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal told reporters after the meeting. First direct elections of mayor and chairperson were conducted in the State in 2009.“A mayor or chairperson elected by public usually ignores councillors and development works get affected. When a directly elected mayor or chairperson is from one party and the majority in the corporation or municipality is of the other party, it also stalls development,” he said. BJP blamedAccusing the BJP of creating an atmosphere of hate and violence, Mr. Dhariwal said that it was necessary to return to the old mode of indirect elections of mayors and chairpersons to counter the divisive policies of the BJP.
The Government has reiterated its dedication to strengthening the capacity of Jamaica Fire Brigade to effectively carry out its tasks in fire prevention and ensuring public safety, despite budgetary constraints. “We are taking it step-by-step in working towards expanding the fleet, refurbishing fire stations island-wide and increasing the number of officers,” said State Minister for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan. He was speaking at the Diamond Jubilee Awards ceremony for officers of the brigade held on Wednesday, January 30 at the Girl Guides Associationof Jamaica headquarters in St. Andrew. Citing the brigade’s community outreach activities, Mr. Fagan said these were vital in fire prevention and pledged the Ministry’s commitment to providing the necessary support to continue initiatives in this regard. “We are extremely proud of the progress that has been made and of the commitment of the men and women, who, through volunteering their time and skills and forging partnerships with the community, have found innovative ways of addressing some of the challenges that face the brigade. These actions make the awards even more deserving,” he said. The State Minister congratulated the awardees for their sterling contribution to the nation and the development of the brigade over the years. “I am proud to share this moment with you. It goes to show that your hard work and commitment have not gone unnoticed. I encourage you to remain steadfast in your aim and to maintain your high standards as you continue to save lives and protect property,” he said. “I applaud, particularly, the focus you have brought to the numerous accident scenes to which you have been called, your patience and compassion in dealing with the victims have not gone unnoticed,” he added. Mr. Fagan also commended the Diamond Jubilee Committee for recognising those who have made invaluable service through their fire fighting, public education and rescue activities. During the ceremony, approximately 40 officers were presented with the medals for dedicated service, commitment and loyalty to the brigade, in celebration of the Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Bajaj, India’s popular two-wheeler maker is seemed to be gearing up for yet another launch in India. After stealing the Delhi Auto Expo show with the Pulsar SS 400 and CS 400, Bajaj is now seen testing a new Discover model, monikered Discover F150.The folks at OverDrive have posted a set of spy shots of the new Discover F150 which is expected to make its India debut in the near future. Although the details of the bike are scanty at this point of time, emerging reports claim that the new motorbike, which is believed to be the flagship variant in the Discover line up will be priced below the current Pulsar 150.The Bajaj Discover F150 is likely to draw its power from 4-valve, 150cc DTS-i engine which can generate a power of 14 PS. It is reported that the Discover F150 will accommodate some of the features which are borrowed from the existing Discover and Pulsar models and the bike will have both electric and kick starter. Other stipulated features include front disc brakes and monoshock suspension at the rear. Apparently, a naked version of Discover F150 is also on the card for India.Earlier last week, Bajaj started rolling out its Discover 125 in India. It packs 125 cc 4-Valve Patented TwinSpark DTS-i engine which can pump in a power of 11.5 PS and a torque of 10.4Nm. The company claims a fuel efficiency of 76kmpl. The bike which shares similarities with the Bajaj’s 125ST is pitted against the Honda CB Shine, Hero Glamour and Hero Passion Pro in the domestic market.Currently, Bajaj Auto holds 22 percent market share in the two wheeler segment. With the upcoming launches, Bajaj hopes to expand its reach in the country. In February, Bajaj Auto posted a decline of 6 percent in domestic sales for February 2014. The Company sold a total of 273,323 motorcycles as against the 291,297 units last year.