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Jaskiran Kapoor

Jaskiran Kapoor is a columnist with The Indian Express.

Kanak Champa is also popular as the ‘dinner plate tree’ in Punjab, and here’s why
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

The leaves’ lovely double shade - a dark green face contrasted with a light green back, cover the arm and length of the tree.

On the popularity chart: The Poplar has immense commercial and environmental value
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

Populus nigra is a genus of 25 to 35 species of deciduous flowering plants from the Salicaceae family

‘What I loved about him was his encouragement of other artistes, he had no airs or ego, just pure love for the art’
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

He did such a fantastic job that audiences asked us who this actor was who played Tulsi. He had such a deep and clear understanding of a character.

Lucky Gold: This New Year, tangerines come with the promise of happiness and prosperity
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

Citrus tangerina are a type of mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), and belong to the Rutaceae family. Apparently, the name comes from Tangier, Morocco.

‘Indie filmmaking won’t make you rich but happier if you are creative’
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Independent filmmaker Sandeep Mohan on his latest him Shreelancer, creative freedom and The Great Indian Travelling Cinema initiative

Reformer Sri M on the value of trees, alliance with nature
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

The initiative also falls under Sri’s Manav Ekta Mission of promoting sustainable living by encouraging the planting of trees, inspiring harmony with nature to energise eco-systems and reducing carbon footprints

On fertile ground: The Putranjiva, or ‘child life’ tree in Chandigarh
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Apparently, the tree was suggestive of helping in giving birth to a son, according to media reports.

Chandigarh: Carol all the Way, in Punjabi
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Musicians in the region are rendering an upbeat Punjabi touch to the traditional Christmas carol.

A Competitive Edge: Two education start-ups are gaining ground among students
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

WHEN they started working on it, their vision was to create a positive impact on the world. For education start-up Gradeup, its young founders — Shobhit Bhatnagar, Vibhu Bhushan and Sanjeev Kumar — saw ‘education as the most fundamental way of empowering people’. “With the rise of mobile phones and internet technology, we realised that […]

Daily show of Punjabi movie in multiplexes must, says CM Parkash Singh Badal
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

It was in July this year that entertainment tax on Punjabi movies was withdrawn.

The jolly good juniper, for the season of hope and merriment
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

The juniper ranges from specimens with a columnar look to long tailing branches to evergreen trees with needle-like or scale-like leaves, berries or cones.

The jolly good juniper, for the season of hope and merriment
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

The highest forest cover of junipers is in south-eastern Tibet and the northern Himalayas, at 16,000 feet.

Writer-director Amitoj Mann’s upcoming Punjabi film is a satire on self-styled godmen
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

A comedy portraying the antics of three brothers who get involved in a situation which exposes the truth of godmen in Punjab, the film releases this December 30 and has been written by Mann and Waquas Qureshi.

The banana tree is prayed to for happiness, growth and regeneration
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Mostly seen in residential areas, the interesting fact about the banana tree is that this tall plant is actually a herbaceous plant that is also a fruit.

Delightful hues of the Golden Bottle Brush
Sun, Dec 04, 2016

This season, it’s the Golden Bottle Brush that is in bloom, or shall we say, its leaves are shining in the sun.

Why the humble Harad is the ‘king of medicinal plants’
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

Called Abhya, Pathya and Haritaki in Sanskrit, Terminalia chebula or the Black Myrobalan from the Combretaceae family occupies a rather important seat in the ayurvedic pharmacopoeia

Learning disability remedial centre set up to help special kids of Tricity, eliminate ‘hidden handicap’ 
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

The centre will be run by two trained educators who are themselves parents to special children and have years of experience in remedial techniques and counselling of students.

The Black Prince: An evergreen ‘force’ that can purify the air
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

As for growing and cultivating the tree, it is excellent as a houseplant because of its “superpower” of purifying the air.

In the PINK of Health: Look to be real & situational, something I have learnt from Satyajit Ray’s cinema, says Shoojit Sircar
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, penned by Ritesh Shah and produced by Sircar, Pink stirred a national conscience and transformed into a talking point — something that every Shoojit Sircar film manages to achieve.

Demonetisation: Chandigarh residents rush to cash in on virtual currency
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

In the last 24 hours, Paytm, Freecharge and Mobikwik have registered an overload of traffic.

Torque’s head produces his first film, says ‘do not wish to waste audience’s time & money’
Fri, Nov 04, 2016

PS Chhatwal added that how he ventured into the film business not for money or fame, but to satisfy the ‘filmi keeda’ within and be able to change people’s lives with the stories he presents.

Chandigarh: Female dog ‘beaten’ to death in Sector 49
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

Cases related to dog injury were reported each from Zirakpur, Sector 8, Chandigarh, Nayagaon and Sector 57.

Wall of kindness by schools and joy of giving week- two initiatives endorse practice and act of sharing
Sat, Oct 29, 2016

uvsatta, in association with city schools and colleges, has kick started the “Wall of Kindness Project”, motivating people to leave their extra goods, including clothes, shoes, woolens and utensils at these specially-prepared ‘Neki Ki Diwar'

Making Festival safe for all: This Diwali, animal activists gear up for rescue missions, launch 24×7 helplines in Chandigarh
Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Vikas Luthra, co-founder, Happy’s Friends, said: “We are working professionals who had been running the squad and two ambulances for three years out of our own pocket."

Chandigarh gets new health startup that aims at opening 6 primary health care outpatient clinics for urban poor
Thu, Nov 03, 2016

A fellowship participant with the School of Social Entrepreneurs, New Delhi, Chaudhary has opened doors to her heath start-up — The Tarang Clinics — under her Navya Tarang Foundation.

Mehar Mittal was as essential to our films as raw stock: J S Cheema
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

On Saturday afternoon, Mehar Mittal breathed his last after a prolonged illness at an ashram in Mount Abu, Rajasthan. Mittal was 82 and was admitted in a hospital in Ahmedabad last week.

Chadigarh: The tree with a healing touch
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

The tree also goes by the names Vibhitaki, Karshaphala and Kalidruma in Sanskrit.

No dearth of money in the industry, it needs sincerity, says actor-singer-producer Amrinder Gill
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

Punjabi actor-singer-producer Amrinder Gill talks about working with Priyanka Chopra in her debut Punjabi film Sarvann, and his own journey so far

Chandni: An evergreen shrub that needs its share of sunlight
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

Also called Moon Beam or Carnation of India , these plants are cultivated across South East Asia

Mehra searches for today’s Mirza-Sahiban through his adaptation of Punjab’s love story
Wed, Oct 05, 2016

Sahiban’s sudden move in the story, which was penned by 17th century poet Peelu, has intrigued generations, including Mehra.

Chandigarh Ficus benjamina tree: Here’s nature’s beautiful figment of imagination
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

A species of flowering plant in the Moraceae family, the Ficus benjamina is a native of the Indo Malayan region.

This was an unfortunate incident, a genocide whose victims are still waiting for justice: Harry Sachdeva
Wed, Oct 19, 2016

The release of 31st October was meant to coincide with 30 years of the pogrom of 1984 last year.

Karanja — a tree that produces biofuel crop
Sun, Sep 18, 2016

Along the V4 roads of the some of the oldest sectors of the Chandigarh are lines of a tree called Karanja. Also known as the Indian Beech tree and Poonga oil plant, the tree comes from the Western Ghats and is cultivated as a shade tree.

Mohali firm creates portal to help kids learn about Sikh and Punjabi culture, approaches schools
Sat, Sep 17, 2016

Sikhville has content created for Punjabi learning and connecting newer generations with Sikh or Punjabi history and culture.

‘In beatbox, we don’t play our music, we say it… it flows directly from mind to ear’: French beatbox legend Faya Braz
Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Always on the lookout for new sounds to play with, he loves the mathematical precision of the tabla for instance and even indulged in some street beatboxing in Delhi recently.

Film on women who live life on own terms
Mon, Sep 12, 2016

For Dewan, the song, Muniya, is a tribute to Teesri Kasam, to its fiercely independent character Hira Bai (played by Waheeda Rahman), who dares to lives life on her own terms.