December 8, 2019

Gold Monetisation Scheme mobilises 2.8 tonnes so far

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) The government has so far collected 2.8 tonnes of gold under the Gold Monetisation Scheme (GMS), which has been in force for a little over six months, Parliament was informed today.”Gold Monetisation Scheme which was announced in the Union Budget 2015-16, was launched on November 5, 2015, and a total of 2.8 tonnes of gold have so far been deposited by 105 depositors under this scheme,” Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. “Temples and trusts have so far deposited a total of 1,512 kilograms of gold under the scheme.” The scheme is intended to mobilise idle gold held by households and institutions of the country and facilitate its use for productive purposes, and in the long run, reduce the countrys reliance on the import of gold. The scheme, which did not pick up initially, was fine-tuned to make it more attractive and convenient to encourage entities holding idle gold to come on board. Currently, there are 46 assaying and hallmarking centres that are qualified to act as collection and purity testing centres (CPTCs) for handling gold under GMS. India imports about 1,000 tonnes of gold every year and the precious metal is the second?highest component of the import bill after crude oil. An estimated 20,000 tonnes of gold are lying with households and temples. Replying to a separate query, the minister said that till April 20, 2016, 21.61 crore accounts have been opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), of which 9.62 crore accounts are Aadhaar-seeded. PTI BKS ARDadvertisementlast_img read more

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Udaipur Rajasthan – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgUdaipur, Rajasthan – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe ESPA at The Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur opened February 2010 in the Rajasthan region of India. The first branded ESPA in India, the spa comprises treatment rooms and suites ensconced in traditional Rajasthan-style tents with interiors by Jeffrey Wilkes. The treatment tents are accessed by paths that wind through gardens designed by famed landscape architect Bill Bensley. Set on beautiful Lake Pichola, the spa is separated into two distinct areas, the Haveli Spa and the Lake Spa.The Haveli Spa houses the spa reception area. From there, guests may proceed to the five single treatment tents, the crystal and anthracite glass tiled aroma steam rooms, and to separate male and female relaxation areas. Healthy lunches are served on the rooftop terrace, which offers spectacular views of the lake and the City Palace beyond. The Lake Spa features a Couple’s Suite and two Royal Palace Spa Suites, each with its own private pool and walled garden. The tents feature crystal chandeliers, bespoke furniture, and rich fabrics.Exclusive to the spa menu, the Leela Udaipur Ceremonies combine European principles with the ancient philosophies of Ayurveda. Carried out in the private tents, all ceremonies begin with a welcoming foot ritual of exfoliating rosehip seeds and essential oils of ginger, clove, and lime. Treatments include ‘his-and-her’ Royal Princesses and Royal Knights of Rajasthan ceremonies, complete with massages and scrubs suited to each guest. The menu also features Abhyanga Marma point massage and Dosha-specific body therapies using both ESPA essential oils and traditional Ayruvedic oils containing powerful medicinal herbs. Private yoga and meditation is offered in the tents and courtyard gardens.www.theleela.comlast_img read more

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