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June, 2019


South Asian Bar Association Business Mixer

South Asian Bar Association of Las Vegas invites the community to their Networking Mixer with District Attorney Steve Wolfsonon Thursday, July 25th at 5:30 pm at the Shiraz Restaurant, 2575 S. Decatur Blvd [Decatur & Sahara]. The business mixer is not limited to legal professionals.  Everyone is welcome. There will be a No Host Bar with special happy hour pricing on drinks.  Grand Sponsors Paul Padda Law and Doc Request are providing complimentary Hors D’oeuvres.

UNLV Assistant Professor Ranita Ray’s New Book Focuses on Teenage Poverty

Recently, UNLV Assistant Professor Ranita Ray is awarded a National Academy of Education’s Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Spencer Foundation funds this fellowship to encourage outstanding researchers at the postdoctoral level to pursue critical education research projects. Ray’s award was one of only 30. Her fellowship research will focus on gender inequality in schools. The key to alleviating generational poverty might be radically changing how we think about race and class, not modifying individual behavior. Ranita Ray makes the case for this in her 2018 book, The Making of a Teenage Service Class: Poverty and Mobility in an American City.Read More

Guest Author – Sulekh Jain, Ph.D. on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birthday Anniversary

On October 2nd2018, a yearlong celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150thbirthday anniversary began and so did the celebration of his message of Ahimsa (non-violence) to the world. The word Ahimsa and Gandhi are synonymous and are known world over.  Gandhiji touched and changed the lives of so many people all over the world by advocating the peaceful pursuit of change. His nonviolent protest and constructive programs resonate today even after 70 years of his death. Does Gandhiji still fascinate the world? Historians. philosophers, politicians, economists and many others have researched Gandhiji and pouredRead More

India’s 73rd Independence Day Celebrations

Friends of India, the largest Indian American community club in Las Vegas, wants you to save the date for their upcoming celebration of India’s 73rd Independence Day on Saturday, August 17th, 2019. Friends of India is actively seeking the local home grown talent to participate in the upcoming and future community events. Please see below for further information.

Ehsaan Vakil Wins a Second Place in the US History Bee

In April, Clark High School senior-to-be Eshaan Vakil won first place in the history and geography categories of National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ Individual Player National Championship Tournament in Chicago and second place in the U.S. History Bee in Washington, D.C. His finish at the history bee was the highest ever by a Nevada student. Vakil, 17, recalled riding a bus to a quiz bowl-related event with students from other states about four years earlier, when he was in seventh grade. “They said, ‘Oh, we didn’t know people studied in LasRead More

Rajan Zed opens Maine Senate & House with Hindu prayers

Both Maine House of Representatives and Senate in capital Augusta opened their June three and four sessions respectively with Hindu mantras; containing verses from world’s oldest extant scripture. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed from Reno, Nevada delivered these invocations from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the Senate and House. After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English interpretation of the prayers. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages. Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the worldRead More

Hoeper Professorship recognizes two Indian Americans College of Engineering faculty

The Ralph E. and Rose A. Hoeper Engineering Professorship was awarded to Shamik Sengupta, associate professor in the department of computer science and engineering, and Krishna Pagilla, professor and environmental engineering program director. Sengupta, also the executive director of the Cybersecurity Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, stated that he is “grateful to the University for this honor.” “I plan to dedicate this fund from the Hoeper Professorship to advance interdisciplinary cybersecurity research and education at the University and outreach to the state of Nevada,” Sengupta said. “We at the University CybersecurityRead More

SAPNA’s Monthly Luncheon with Board of Regent Laura Perkins

SAPNA – South Asian Political Network Alliance invites you to its luncheon meeting with guest speaker Laura Perkins, Board of Regent, Nevada System of Higher Education, Saturday, June 29th, at the Shiraz Restaurant, 2575 South Decatur Blvd. [Sahara & Decatur].  The price per person is $20, which includes a specially prepared splendid Indian lunch buffet by highly acclaimed chef of Shiraz.   The short presentation by our guest speaker will be followed by a Q&A session.  We hope to see you there. Every month SAPNA hosts a luncheon meeting and invite local andRead More

Vidhush Ramakrishnan and Sam A. Mehdi Named to College Sponsored National Merit Scholarship

In a remarkable academic achievement of South Asian American community youth, the National Merit Scholarship Corp has announced Vidhush Ramakrishnan and Sam Mehdi from Las Vegas a recipient of College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners.  All the scholarship winners are the graduate of the local public schools.   Vidhush Ramakrishnan – Clark High School.  National Merit Virginia Commonwealth University Scholarship. Probable career field: Medicine. VCU is a major, urban, public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in Richmond, Virginia’s capital city, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students inRead More

Cricket Viewing Party: India vs. Pakistan ICC Cricket Match

Shiraz Restaurant invites the whole Indian sub-continent community to watch a much-awaited International Cricket Match between historically competitive rivals India and Pakistan. Doors open at 2:30 am on Sunday, June 16th, 2019.  To grace the occasion, Shiraz’s chef and staff are preparing a delectable menu with a wide selection of specially prepared mouth-watering culinary delights from India and Pakistan. Bring your friends and family to watch the most awaited cricket match event of 2019.