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September, 2020

 

Obituary – Leela Abraham 1926-2020

Leela Abraham, 94, a devout Christian and a matriarch of the Las Vegas community passed away at Kottayam, Kerala.  Leela was well known among the early members of the local Indian community.  Leela moved to Las Vegas in the early seventies, 1972 to be exact, from Virginia to join University Medical Center as an Emergency Room nurse. Leela never got married.  With no immediate member of the family in Las Vegas, her local friends from the United Methodist Church and members of the Las Vegas Indian community were her family.   With the passingRead More

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FORGOTTEN – DEATH – FORGOTTEN! – Satish Bhatnagar, Ph.D.

Life is an interlude between two deaths! One death is of the body – the mortal remains, which can occur on the very day of its birth, or it may go on for 365,00 days. The other death is of the very name associated with the image of a person. One may call it the essence or the legacy of a person. That keeps the dead alive in tangible objects, in the memories of individuals, or in the collective consciousness of a society or a nation. It then keeps influencingRead More

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Friends of India Seeks New Executive Committee Members for 2021-2022

Friends of India, the local club for the burgeoning Southern Nevada Indian community, is seeking new leaders for the upcoming year.  If you’re interested and a member of the Friends of India in good standing, please consider volunteering for the community.  You can self-nominate by visiting https://foilv.com/new/election2020/ The term of the new all volunteer executive committee will be for two years starting January 1, 2021 till December 31, 2022. The new executive committee for the next two years will be announced during the 2020 virtual Diwali event scheduled for Nov 7, 2020.Read More


Will Trump leave office if he loses the election? – Guest Author Nirmalya Chatterjee

However unthinkable it is, many people have been wondering if President Trump will peacefully transfer power if he loses the upcoming election. The fear has become more intense as President Trump has maintained his strong opposition to ‘mail in ballots’. He has characterized them fraudulent although almost all experts of the US election process have said there is no evidence to suggest that. President Trump has refused to commit to a ‘peaceful’ transfer of power if he loses the election at the White House press conference on September 23, 2020Read More

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2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Named

National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the 11 South Asian American students from Nevada to 2021 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.  2021 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are Chundu, Sahi – Clark High School Ghani, Moonis M. – Coronado High School Jain, Vihaan – West Career and Technical Academy Mehdi, Adam D. – The Meadows School Patel,Read More


Hindu Community seek Diwali holiday in New Jersey and New York Public Schools

Hindu community is urging schools in Cherry Hill Public Schools (CHPS) in New Jersey and New Hyde Park-Garden City Park (NHP-GCP) School District in New York to stay closed on Diwali; the most popular of their festivals; starting 2021.  Distinguished Hindu leader Rajan Zed is urging Lisa Saidel and Dr. Joseph Meloche, Board President, and Superintendent respectively of CHPS headquartered in Cherry Hill and Jennifer Kerrane and Dr. Jennifer Morrison, Board President and Superintendent respectively of NHP-GCP School District headquartered in New Hyde Park,  to adopt Diwali as an official holidayRead More


Friends of India Diwali Celebrations go Virtual

With successful India’s Independence Day virtual celebrations, the Friends of India has decided to celebrate the upcoming Diwali festival virtually. During this COVID pandemic, Friends of India (FOI) is following the guiding principles and best practices recommended by the CDC and Nevada State to control the spread of the virus and protect members. It is recommended to minimize contacts and minimize large gatherings. Crisis creates opportunities and FOI will use new technology to learn, to meet, and to entertain.  FOI Virtual Diwali 2020 Event The FOI Virtual Diwali 2020 eventRead More


Zaffar Iqbal, M.D. Elected 2nd Vice-Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party

Political activist and the former Nevada Chair of Bernie Sanders for President, Dr. Zaffar Iqbal is elected to the Nevada State Democratic Party as 2nd Vice-Chair.  Iqbal is the Chairman of the Diversity Committee of the Democratic Party.  As a 2nd Vice-Chair, Iqbal will be actively involved in fundraising, voter registration, and promoting the Democratic party platform and agenda. Iqbal got actively involved in the local political races in 2016.  At the same time, Iqbal was fully committed to Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.  Being a Physician, Iqbal supported Senator Bernie for his stand on healthRead More


Sapience Allocates Funds to Provide Free Homework Assistance and School Supervision Day Program

Indian owned Las Vegas based educational program provider, Sapience is supporting children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade with their homework and educational needs. As per the new community-oriented program Sapience will provide free homework help for all students, for all grades; regardless of what school or area of Vegas they come from. “This really resonated with me as the Sapience was founded with the mission improve the overall educational landscape of America; the need for help became even more evident with the current pandemic; being that my skill setRead More