GST rates neutral for most segments of the textile industry: ICRA

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council announced rates for the textile and other pending categories on June 3, 2017, moving one step closer to the proposed implementation of the new tax regime with effect from July 1, 2017. While rates for most commodities were announced on May 19, 2017, the announcement for the textile sector came with a lag owing to the complexities involved in the textile value chain, given the multiple layers and considerations as well as its far-reaching implications on the country’s output and employment.

Some of the industry characteristics which add to the complexity include:
i)   Regionally spread-out textile value chain and variations in state-level taxes and subsidy regimes,
ii)  Variation in taxation rates for fibres viz. natural vis-à-vis man-made,
iii) Large interactions between organised and unorganised segments, which are subject to different taxes and rebates/ subsidies
iv)  Variations in tax incidence and exemptions across segments in the value chain

Overall, the rates announced for the textile sector are comparable to the current effective tax rates for most categories and more or less in line with the industry expectations, except for manmade fibres and yarns, where the industry participants were hoping for a movement towards a fibre-neutral regime.

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Existing Tax Structure: Low effective taxation at present

Given the importance of the textile industry in terms of employment generation and contribution to foreign currency earnings, the Indian textile industry has been supported through low taxation, capital and interest subsidies and refund of taxes paid on inputs through the duty drawback scheme for exporters. Further, most of the players across the value chain operate on the optional route and pay zero excise duty provided they don’t claim the Input Tax Credit (ITC), thereby resulting in the incidence of lower duty. Some of the key reasons for players opting for the optional route include:

i)   Non-availability of ITC for cotton-based companies, given no excise on cotton: Domestic spinning industry is largely cotton-based which is not subject to excise, and hence ITC on raw materials is not available.

ii)  Non-availability of ITC for downstream companies, given low tax incidence for fabric manufacturers: The weaving industry is dominated by the small scale industries (SSIs), which operate under the composite scheme for taxation. As a result, ITC is not available for the downstream sectors.

GST Rates for the Textile Sector: Almost in line with the prevailing rates

With the exception of man-made fibres, the GST rates for all input categories viz. cotton, silk, jute, wool as well as other natural fibres have been kept in the Nil/lowest tax slab of 5% up to the fabric-making stage. In the downstream segment of end-product manufacturing, multiple rates have been introduced varying across product categories as well as across price-points. Further, the rates announced for the MMF based products follow an inverted duty structure wherein the raw materials have been subjected to taxation at higher rates.

GST Impact Analysis: Impact likely to be neutral

Impact up to the Fabric-Manufacturing Stage: As per ICRA’s estimates, the effective tax incidence on cotton and MMF/ blended textiles (up to fabric stage) under the existing tax regime is in the range of 5-7% and 11-14% respectively. Besides excise duty, this captures the impact of other multiple levies such as Value Added Tax (VAT), Central Sales Tax (CST) and Entry Tax/ Octroi. Considering that the GST rates announced for these textile categories are more or less in line with the existing effective tax rates, ICRA does not envisage any impact on these product categories. However, the rates announced are expected to be positive for wool/ silk-based textiles which will be taxed at a lower rate of 5% vis-à-vis their prevailing tax incidence of ~8-10%.

ICRA, however, notes that the fabric manufacturers, which operate under the composition scheme of taxation for which ITC is not available will face challenges as the apparel manufactures will prefer to deal with GST-compliant fabric suppliers to avail of the ITC. This will hence incentivise the fabric manufactures to operate under the purview of GST. Further, with the GST applied on cotton yarn as well, the incentive for fabric manufacturers to not avail of the ITC will also fall, since doing so would reduce the fabric manufacturer’s competitiveness.

Impact on Apparel Manufacturers: Though the impact is unlikely to be substantial up to the fabric stage, differential rates for the apparels based on pricing points is likely to create some impact on the apparel-manufacturers. While the impact is likely to be positive for apparels priced at less than Rs. 1,000/ piece in terms of reduced tax liability, the impact is likely to be marginally negative to negative for costlier apparels priced at more than Rs. 1,000 per piece.

 

Volkswagen To Offer 19 SUVs Worldwide By 2020

Volkswagen has been at looking at streamlining its product portfolio across the globe and now we see it usher in a new generation of cars altogether. The new generation of the Polo hatchback was recently unveiled in Berlin with a public debut expected at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was at this event that Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management talked about some of the future products that Volkswagen are expected to bring to the table.

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The focus of the company will now shift to making SUVs and that focus has been shifted thanks to global trends. The company currently offers 4 SUVs across global markets – Tiguan, Touareg, Atlas and the Tiguan AllSpace. Sadly India gets only one of these – the Tiguan but there are more coming our way. We’ve already said that SUVs are a global trend and Volkswagen is getting on the bandwagon. According to Diess, “Volkswagen will be looking to take the tally of its SUVs to 19 by 2020and it’ll all start with the T-Roc which will be launched later this year.”

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From a portfolio of 4, Volkswagen plans to expand it to 19 in just 3 years and that’s ambitious for sure.  Diess explains that by 2020, 40 per cent of the market offering from the Volkswagen stable will be SUVs. The T-Roc will be the first among the others to hit the market.The VW T-Roc will join the line-up below  the Tiguan. It will be based on the versatile MQB platform and Volkswagen target audience are customers who want practicality and a raised ride height. Expect the petrol and diesel engines to be similar to the ones in the Golf. So, a 113bhp 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol, and 1.6-litre & 2.0-litre diesel engines. Likely to be offered with front- and four-wheel drive, the VW T-ROC’s choice of gearboxes will include a six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic.The Volkswagen T-Roc will be launched globally this year

We can’t wait to know what cars Volkswagen has in store for India and considering that our country is taking a liking to SUVs and in fact the segment is doing very well. This would certainly be an opportune time to get some cars to India and the Tiguan is a good beginning. Considering that the T-Roc will prove to be expensive to make in India (as we’ve already told you about the new-gen Polo) but we wait for Volkswagen to do the math and well, bring the car here.

 

Volvo Cars Relaunches Polestar As Standalone Electric Car Brand

Geely-owned automaker Volvo Cars will make its Polestar Performance business a standalone brand within the group, focusing on electric cars, the company said on Wednesday.

Polestar, bought by Volvo in 2015, will produce own-brand vehicles while continuing to deliver high-performance upgrades to the Volvo range.

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The new offering will be mainly electric vehicles, aimed at competing with Tesla and the Mercedes AMG division on battery supercars, Volvo said.

“Polestar will be a credible competitor in the emerging global market for high-performance electrified cars,” it said.

Major markets are likely to include China and the United States.

 

Jeep Compass Diesel SUV Review

If there was ever an auto manufacturer that promotes its heritage, both by subtle cues or screaming through literal rooftops, it is Jeep, much before we heard about the Compass being made in India.  With the likes of the Wrangler and Cherokee immediately bringing up images of tough vehicles that can go through obstacles like a hot knife through butter, Jeep has always made cars, that can take on anything, and go literally anywhere. And so we come to the new entry level offering from Jeep – the Compass. Now, a compass is an instrument that helped early explorers find worlds they did not think existed, and that’s exactly the message Jeep is trying to deliver with their smallest and most affordable offering in India which is made for both on and off the road. The difference is, this Compass is made for India and ‘made in India’. The model will not only be sold in domestic markets but also exported to all right hand drive markets globally. So, Jeep has a lot riding up on the Compass as it aims to make a mark in one of the fastest growing markets globally. Read on to know if the iconic American automaker has got the balance right.

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A baby Cherokee, the Jeep Compass is imposing but pleases the eye

Let’s start with the most obvious. The way it looks. At first glance you could easily mistake the Compass with the bigger SUV in the Jeep range – the Grand Cherokee. The typical seven slat is as ‘in-your-face’ as it can get and is finished in a shade of gloss black that makes it look premium with the slats getting a chrome surround. The grille is flanked on both sides by the headlamps that have a simple projector setup. A set of slightly more complex looking LED headlamps would have really looked much nicer though. Move on to the bumper and you have a slim vent right above the number plate bracket and two fog lamp surrounds that also house the daytime running lights. The lower half of the front bumper stays unpainted and a chrome accent piece accentuates the typically American SUV styling on the Compass. Overall, when viewed from the front then, the Compass does look quite wide and muscular, especially with the well-placed cuts and subtle bulges on the bonnet.

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A set of slightly complex LED headlamps would’ve looked nicer on the Compass

The butch SUV styling continues when the Jeep Compass is viewed in profile. The squared off and muscular arches are a typically Jeep and give the Compass the look Indian customers lust over – that typical old school SUV charm. There aren’t any glaring design lines on the side but what you do get is a very distinct shoulder line. There is the plastic cladding that runs around the bottom of the doors and across the wheel arches continuing all the way from the front bumper to the rear bumper. There is, however, that one cool thing about the Compass that makes it stand out – the floating roof.

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The floating roof looks nice on the Compass, complemented by the distinct shoulderline

The floating roof and the chrome accent piece that separates it from the rest of the car also moves around the back right below the rear windscreen giving the back-end a nice premium touch. Although we personally prefer the fact that Jeep has stayed away from any unnecessary chrome pieces on the boot, Indian customers are guaranteed to find ‘jugaad’ solutions to that too. The tail lights look great, finished in a semi-gloss black and have depth to them with the red LED parts looking well layered. The rear bumper, just like with the side skirts get an unpainted plastic cladding on the bottom which is very typical in most SUVs but skips out on the silver skid plate like the front bumper.

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The LED tail lights look well layered on the Compass

The Jeep Compass gets a set of 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. The design is rugged and complements the overall stance of the car really well, but does seem a little plain as compared to some of the other cars in this body size that come with a more modern diamond cut style. That said, considering the fact that Jeep’s performance brand Mopar will soon launch in India and offer quite a few optional accessories for the Jeep range, buyers can always opt for a different, more aggressive, set of wheels. For the time being though, the ones on the Compass, as we mentioned earlier, do look quite nice.

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The cabin has a sense of usability on the Compass

And so we move on to the cabin. Considering the fact that the interior is where most of us will spend most of our time, it was crucial that Jeep got the quality of the materials and the layout perfectly right. Let’s start with the design and the layout first. The Compass is a little boring when it comes to the actual design of the dashboard but at the same time, it is quite utilitarian. The dials and knobs might look from an older generation, but they offer a sense of usability that a lot of cars miss out on today, and that is something we do appreciate.

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The leather seats and soft touch materials across the cabin impress with good quality

Other areas of big improvement are most definitely the infotainment system. The touchscreen is a tad unresponsive even when compared to ones now available in much cheaper cars and the way the Apple Car Play is laid out in the already small screen using a sort of sub screen is just, well, strange. It almost defeats the whole purpose of having a sub system like Apple Car Play in the first place by adding clutter to the screen.

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The almost white shade though looks nice, but will be a slight when it comes to maintenance

Quality of everything otherwise on the interior is great – including the soft touch materials on the dashboard and the leather on the seats. The seats are wrapped in a light beige – almost white shade which makes the cabin look very bling and very premium. That said, considering the level of dust we deal with on a daily basis and the pollution in our metros, we aren’t sure it is a great idea. However, there are a wide variety of protection and cleaning products available in the market to remove the muck and mud from your Compass after you take it off-road, so, in hindsight, it shouldn’t be much of a problem.

The seats are comfortable too. With their harder bolstering, the back and under thigh support for the driver’s seat is great. Rear seats too are very comfortable and although some older passengers might find it slightly more difficult to step into the Compass as it is a tad bit high, once in, they will be treated with a lot of leg space and headroom. The rear passengers also get two AC vents and a USB charging point – both absolute essentials must haves.

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The 2-litre MultiJet diesel is a hoot to drive

The Jeep Compass is powered by a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that makes 171 bhp and 350 Nm of torque. As of now, it is only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Our verdict on this engine is simple – it is a HOOT to drive! The Multijet family has been known for some of the nicest and most responsive diesel motors in the world (and in India) and the new 2-litre is no different. There might be a slight lag of power till about 1500 rpm but once the turbos spool up, the Compass quickly points in the right direction – forward! Power delivery is very linear and you can really go through the gears shifting quickly while keeping the turbos spooled up to give you a big wallop of torque.

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Gearshifts could’ve been crisper on the Compass

Throttle response is great and so is the clutch feel. It might have just a hint of heaviness but that is expected of a clutch that is designed to handle 350 Nm of peak torque. The gearshift itself could have been much crisper as we did find it just a tad bit too rubbery but the best part is the actual gear knob itself. The aluminium finished knob feels nearly perfect in the palm of your hand and actually makes you want to shift as much as possible just so that you can mentally feel like you are driving a gated gear shifter from a 60’s Le Mans winning Ferrari 250 GTO (ok, maybe that’s taking it a bit too far).

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The aluminium finished knob feels nearly perfect in the palm

We usually expect American cars to be comfortable and soft at the expense of being not so good in the corners. And that is exactly what I thought the Jeep Compass would be all about too. But boy was I in for a shocker! The Compass is very well sprung and comfortable and yes, it will go through a set of potholes like nothing happened and ride quality is great too – but it also handles exceptionally well. In fact, I will go out on a limb and say that the Compass has one of the most balanced chassis I have seen in an SUV for a long time.

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The Compass gets great ride quality, balanced with a exceptional handling as well

But my favourite part about the Compass is not the power delivery, or the looks, or the interiors or the great ride quality, My favourite would be the way the steering system is set up. The Compass may have electric power steering but whatever pixie dust Jeep has used to weigh it up is worthy of genuine applause. The turning feedback is precise and the Compass changes directions like one of the German sports SUVs, and that, is high praise indeed. I wonder if Ferrari or Alfa Romeo had anything to do with it considering the fact that they are all a part of the same FCA family!

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A promising SUV, a competitive price tag will seal the fate of the Compass in India

The Jeep Compass is a very very good package – and considering the fact that I have used the term ‘very’ twice, it is genuine praise. It looks great, has a nice interior (although there is definite room for improvement here) and drives well too. The only thing left to see is the way Jeep prices it. We have been promised by Jeep India that we will not be disappointed by the way the Compass is priced and we hope it keeps its promise as the Compass has a ton of potential in India. That said, what FCA India needs to worry about is the sales and service outlets to cater to the hordes who will want to buy one.

Uber’s Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO amid investor pressure

Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Travis Kalanick, co-founder one of the most influential technology companies of its generation, resigned on Tuesday under mounting pressure from investors over his leadership.

Kalanick’s departure caps a tumultuous period for the world’s largest ride-services company, which upended the taxi industry and transportation regulations globally with Kalanick at the helm.

“I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors’ request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Kalanick said in a statement first reported by the New York Times and verified by an Uber spokesman.

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Kalanick, 40, has faced increased scrutiny in recent weeks following an investigation into the culture and workplace practices at a company he helped start in 2009 and is now the world’s most highly valued startup.

But it was a chorus of demands for changes at the top from some of Uber’s biggest investors that ultimately forced Kalanick out, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Venture capital firm Benchmark, whose partner Bill Gurley is one of Uber’s largest shareholders and sits on its board, as well as investors First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital, Menlo Ventures and Fidelity Investments, all pressed Kalanick to quit.

They delivered a letter to Kalanick while he was in Chicago, the New York Times reported, citing people with knowledge of the situation. The newspaper, which was first to report Kalanick’s resignation, said he would remain on Uber’s board. (http://nyti.ms/2soTB79)

Kalanick’s decision “was a surprise to everyone”, a second Uber spokesman said.

Kalanick’s departure comes after a lengthy investigation led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Uber hired Holder to look into its culture and workplace practices after a female former employee publicly accused the company of what she described as brazen sexual harassment.

Privately held Uber has been valued at $68 billion, shattering the norms for Silicon Valley startups, and the company embodied many of Kalanick’s aggressive and pugnacious personality traits.

Following the release of recommendations stemming from the Holder investigation, which called for increased controls and oversight at the company, Kalanick said last week he would take a leave of absence for an undetermined period.

He said he needed space to grieve the death of his mother, who died recently in a boating accident in which his father was also seriously injured, and to work on his leadership skills.

Gurley, one of Kalanick’s closest confidants, praised the CEO on Twitter, after calling for his resignation.

“There will be many pages in the history books devoted to @travisk – very few entrepreneurs have had such a lasting impact on the world,” Gurley wrote.

 

Keep your child safe near water

According to statistics, drowning is one of the major causes of accidental death in children. A little lazing around in a mini bathtub may sound tempting, but not many parents realise that if necessary precaution is not taken, the results could be grievous. Apart from the ultimate life threat, young ones also risk sustaining injuries when diving from a height or contacting contagious diseases due to the bacteria in water. So, parents must be very aware while letting their kids near water bodies. Here are some tips to keep in mind…
Studies show that kids aged between one and four are less likely to drown if they have had formal training (Thinkstock)
Know potential threats
It’s not just swimming pools or beaches where you must be cautious. Even bathtubs at home, ditches and drum filled with water can be hazardous. Keep the cans covered and empty water if you are not using them. They are a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies.

Ensure an adult is always around
Children shouldn’t be allowed near water bodies without supervision. “There’s a reason why beaches and swimming pools where adults practise are equipped with lifeguards — to help in case of emergency. So, make sure that either you or an adult — your spouse, family members or your kid’s friends’ parents — is always present at an arm’s length away from the child,” says physical education trainer Mathew Moses. He adds, “In swimming jargon, this is called touch supervision.” Have family and friends on standby, and tell them how to react in case of an emergency. Write out all the important phone numbers as well. And when you are watching the kids, do only that. Don’t get distracted by the smartphone.

Learn first aid
Knowing life-saving techniques like CPR is always important. Life coach Shekhar Kekan says, “When you see someone is drowning or choking in the water, follow the four-step rule — reach to them using towel, rod or by lying down flat near the water body, throw a safety ring around them, swim to reach them or get a rescue boat if need be. Once you get them out of danger, pump their stomach to get the excess water out of their body. Knowing how to react in case someone has a heart attack or is choking is also important. However, remember that the first instinct of anyone who is drowning is to catch hold of whatever or whoever is near them.”

Set firm rules
Radhika Kanwalkar, a housewife and mother of a two-year-old son, says, “Before we took him to the beach, we had ingrained in his mind the following rules — don’t run near water, don’t push others into the water, and never go out of our sight. When you are strict with rules, there is little chance of accidents.”

Use life jackets
Life-saving jackets are not replaceable with inflatable toys. Yes, they provide support for your child to stay afloat, but they stand the risk of getting deflated. Moses says, “If you are going to the pool, ask the authorities for life jackets. I would suggest, invest in one, because most beaches in our country don’t have such facilities. If your little one is using floaties or inflatable toys, he/she can easily slip off them. Life jackets in the right size will not come off once they wear it. Also, remove all the toys from the pool when not needed, because they can tempt kids to jump into the pool.”

Familiarise kids with the surroundings
When you take children to the beach, for a boat ride or to the pool, show them around first and make them familiar with the new surroundings. Ravi Raghav, a marketing manager, says, “The first thing that I did when I took my four-year-old daughter for swimming lessons was to teach her the layout of the pool. I told her where the deep and shallow ends were. Even if she was under the care of the coach, I wanted her to know the risks.” Shekhar adds, “Another important lesson that parents can impart to kids while teaching them how to be safe near water is to show them the importance of teamwork. Tell them how they can keep a watch on each other and always be on the lookout of those who need help.”

Did you know?
Studies show that kids aged between one and four are less likely to drown if they have had formal training. Children who are exposed to water from a younger age become more comfortable around it.

Are half-baked anti-profiteering rules a nightmare in the making?

In the current format, the government’s anti-profiteering rules on the goods and services tax (GST) raise more questions than answers. While the intent is to curtail inflation post-GST implementation, the notification suffers from a lamentable lack of clarity on many aspects, increasing uncertainty for businesses.

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To begin with, the law would be applicable to all businesses irrespective of their nature or revenue. Since businesses are already struggling to brace for the 1 July deadline, tax experts say it would have been better if these provisions were restricted to those having oligopolistic markets or ones where a significant inflationary spiral is expected due to GST.

“The concern at this point in time is whether the sweeping provisions provided in the law can be effectively enforced without affecting business confidence. Also, every reduction in tax rates or increase in input tax credit may not lead to a corresponding reduction in prices as there could be simultaneous upward movement of costs of raw material or forex swings,” said MS Mani, senior director (indirect tax) at advisory firm Deloitte India.

 

10 magical beauty hacks no one told you about

If you are tired of spending endless hours fixing your hair and putting oodles of make-up, here’s your quick fix- 10 simple yet magical beauty hacks no one has ever told you about! (Image Courtesy: Thinkstock)
Thick hair is easy to flaunt

Thick hair is easy to flaunt
 
Make your mane look thick by brushing a little eyeshadow on your parting.
No more itchy feet

No more itchy feet
 
Itchy feet and cracked heels can be cured by simply applying some petroleum jelly to your feet and wearing socks before you head to bed, yes, it’s actually that simple!
Have chapped lips?

Have chapped lips?
 
Dump those expensive lip scrubs for a simple toothbrush to exfoliate your lips Worked in a circular motion, the toothbrush will help you get rid of the dead skin over your lips.
B'bye pimple

B’bye pimple
 
Get rid of that ugly pimple by putting the good old mouth wash. Well, the alcohol content in the mouthwash will dry up that pimple instantly.
Bid goodbye to yellow teeth

Bid goodbye to yellow teeth
 
A dash of baking soda mixed into your toothpaste can do wonders for your yellow teeth.
Shampoo = Quickie

Shampoo = Quickie
 
Short on time for a head wash? Simply tie your hair into a ponytail, leaving aside your bangs and give your bangs a quick wash.
For those luscious lips

For those luscious lips
 
Add a few drops of peppermint oil into your lip gloss to give your lips some natural thickness.
Hate smudged eye liner?

Hate smudged eye liner?
 
Dry your eye liner pencil by blowing some hot air from the hair dryer and turn your dry eye pencil into an eyeliner that won’t smudge.
Make your perfume stay longer

Make your perfume stay longer
 
If you hate the fact that your perfume doesn’t last long, then it’s time to reach out for a pack of petroleum jelly! Applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly to fragrance (read pulse) points before spraying your favourite fragrance and you’ll notice the scent would stay for longer while on your skin.
A green tea bath

A green tea bath
 

Fond of bathtub relaxation sessions? Well, then this one’s for you! Fill your bath with 10 green tea bags and bathe in the water to detox your body like never before. Also, not to miss would be the new-found glow on your face.

 

 

Indonesia’s ‘rainbow village’ becomes an internet sensation. See pics

An Indonesian hamlet dubbed ‘the rainbow village’ after being given a makeover in a kaleidoscope of colours is attracting hordes of visitors and has become an internet sensation.

The collection of about 200 modest homes on a hillside above a river used to be a typical, low-income Indonesian neighbourhood that was filthy and gloomy.

But residents of the Wonosari community in Semarang decided an extreme makeover was needed, and received money from the local government and several companies to carry out the project.

Villagers relax along a path in Semarang. (AFP)

The houses were re-painted in a dizzying array of colours during a month-long overhaul which cost about $200,000, and the polluted river nearby was also cleaned up.

The local mayor opened the newly decorated hamlet on Java island to the public in mid-April and the community quickly became a local landmark known as “the rainbow village”.

The buildings — many of which are decorated with art such as pictures of angels’ wings and whales — can be seen for miles around, climbing up the hillside like a gigantic staircase.

Domestic and foreign visitors have been flocking to the village to snap pictures, which have been rapidly spreading on Instagram and Facebook.

“This is very special, extremely creative,” Maya Susanti, an Indonesian visitor who came to the village with her friends told AFP.

“The village used to look plain but now there are so many good spots for taking pictures.”

Community leader Yosep Tri Prawoko added: “Every single alleyway has become a favourite spot for a photoshoot, it’s great.”

Villagers are enjoying the tourism boom sparked by the makeover.

The village of about 200 modest homes on a hillside above a river used to be a typical, low-income Indonesian neighbourhood that was filthy and gloomy. (AFP)

Surani, a local flower seller who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said local people were feeling the benefits: “I hope our livelihoods keep on getting better.”

The makeover and flow of visitors has also encouraged residents to keep the community clean, and rubbish bins have been put up around the hamlet.

 

8 Ways to Use Red Sandalwood for Glowing, Acne-Free & Beautiful Skin

 

Your skin goes through a rough time facing dirt and pollution daily. No matter how lucrative some beauty products may sound, natural ingredients and a home-made pack are still the best solutions. Ingredients like saffron, lemon, milk and sandalwood are known to be great for your skin. Although sandalwood (chandan) is popular as a beauty remedy, very few people know about the red sandalwood. Rakta Chandana or the red sandalwood is one of the finest ingredients for your skin.

The red sandalwood tree can be found mostly in the southern Eastern Ghats mountain range of South India. The tree is prized for the rich red color of its wood. Just like regular chandan, red sandalwood is also sold in powdered form but it is a bit more coarse. It is primarily used for skin care and beauty purposes. It is very effective in reducing blemishes and treating acne. It also helps in the removal of sun tan and dullness because of its cooling properties. Here are eight ways to use red sandalwood for beautiful and glowing skin.

8 Ways to Use Red Sandalwood for Glowing, Acne-Free & Beautiful Skin

1.  Add few drops of coconut oil to red sandalwood powder and make a paste with it. This can be applied on dry areas for moisturizing them. Wash off after 10-15 minutes. Red sandalwood powder is known to provide nourishment to the skin cells.

2.  Mix red sandalwood powder with lemon juice to prepare a mask for oily skin. Apply this paste all over your face and let it dry out. Once it does, wash it off with lukewarm water. It helps in regulating the secretion of sebum and makes the pores tight.

 

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Red sandalwood is great for oily skin. Photo credit: Istock

3. Acne and pimples happen to be common skin problems faced by most people. A rose water and red sandalwood face pack helps in the reduction of acne and acne scars and also the irritation caused by acne due to its cooling properties. You can even add a teaspoon of honey and a pinch of turmeric to the pack for better results.

4.  A pack made with 1 tablespoon of red sandalwood and 2 tablespoons of mashed ripe papaya can help in exfoliation (removal of dead skin). This face pack helps you shed the dead skin and leaves your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

 

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Red sandalwood also helps in exfoliation. Photo credit: Istock

5. Use red sandalwood powder along with curd and milk to improve uneven skin tone. Mix 1 tablespoon of red sandalwood powder, half tablespoon of turmeric, 2 tablespoon of curd and milk each to make a face pack. Apply this all over and let it dry. Later wash it off with lukewarm water and enjoy radiant complexion.

6.  It helps in removal of dark spots and reduces pigmentation. Prepare a simple pack with 2 tablespoons of red sandalwood and 2 tablespoon of milk and apply it everyday.

7.  A pack with cucumber juice or curd with red sandalwood powder helps in removing sun tan. Mix 2 tablespoon of curd or cucumber juice with an equal amount of red sandalwood powder and apply it on the affected area. Let it dry and then wash off. You will see instant results.

8.  Prepare a mask with 2 teaspoons of almond oil, 4 teaspoons of coconut oil and 4 teaspoons of red sandalwood powder. Use this regularly for soft and glowing skin.

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Red sandalwood has many uses in your skin care routine, give it a permanent spot in your beauty cabinet. You’ll find the best quality of red sandalwood in Kerala, so if you happen to visit it, you must buy it for yourself.