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October, 2019


Friends of India’s Diwali Celebrations Exceeds Expectations

The past weekend Diwali entertainment program was the most lucrative bargain in Las Vegas for the local Indian community. The $30 per person cover included three hours of entertainment by the Indian community members, freshly prepared delicate appetizers, chai and full dinner with Indian desserts. The evening continued with a professional entertainment by the award-winning Bollywood celebrity couple Sameer and Dipalee Date.  Diwali celebrations at the East Side Cannery Hotel & Casino’s banquet hall was a perfect venue for the evening.  The exquisite hall had ample space for attendees to socialize,Read More

Young Doctor Kush Modi Inspired by his Parents Now helping Save Lives at UNLV School of Medicine

Ask Dr. Kush Modi why he became a physician and he begins to tell you about growing up in India — how he watched his uncomplaining father, an internist, leave the house in the middle of the night to go take care of a patient.   “It was obvious to me how much he loved his work and how much joy his work brought him,” says Dr. Modi, an assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine with the UNLV School of Medicine. “He practiced in a municipal hospital in IndiaRead More

India & China – Seventy Years of Relative Economic Progress – Guest Author: Nirmalya Chatterjee

Introduction India and China established their present political systems seventy years ago roughly around the same time. India achieved its independence from the Britain’s colonial rule on August 15, 1947 and established world’s largest democracy. Chinese Communist Party formally took control over People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949 after a prolonged war with the Kuomintang forces. China embarked on its major economic reforms in 1978 whereas India started its more serious efforts in 1991. Starting from a comparable base, both countries have made significant strides since the reformsRead More

Diwali mela at the Krishna Mandir attracts diverse community

Under the clear and crisp Vegas evening sky, the local Hare Krishna Mandir held their annual Diwali mela to the delight of local Hindu Krishna devotees. The mela at the Mandir grounds attracted over 200 members of the community.  The pure vegetarian food stalls did brisk business as the attendees devoured on the freshly prepared Indian delicacies from dosas, home-made desserts/mithais to Indian Chinese entrees.    Festivities started around 3pm with attendees touring the newly built beautiful mandir and volunteers managing the booths – mostly the Indian street food. Later in the evening theRead More

Halloween Hangama – Nightmare on Bolly Street

Shiraz Restarurant and Lakhani Entertainment in close association with RA Dance Vegas invite you to the HALLOWEEEEEEN “FRIGHT NIGHT” PARTY on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH. Doors open at 8:30 pm. DJ Ali will be spinning the latest and retro Bollywood & Punjabi Bhangra. Meet diverse and spooky Halloween Party lovers in their creative and outlandish costumes. Costume to impress without declaring your true identity. For a fun-filled evening, come dressed to show off your spooky, eccentric and wild costumes along with your crazy passionate moves on the dance floor. At theRead More

Diwali Celebrations by Friends of India

Diwali 2019.  Friends of India invites the community to celebrate Diwali with sumptuous Dining, entertainment from the local community participants and more, on Saturday, October 26th at the East Side Cannery Hotel, Grand Ballroom.  For further information, please visit  This year entertainers are Bollywood playback singers Samir Date and Saregama star Somaiya Date along with our own home-grown talent. Saturday, October 26th, 2019 Eastside Cannery Casino Hotel,  5255 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV 89122Time: 3.30 PM to 11.00 PMProgram:3.30 PM to 4:30 PM – Appetizers4:30 PM to 7:00 PM – Cultural Program7:00Read More

Diwali Celebrations at the Hindu Mandir

Hindu Temple and Jain Center of Las Vegas invites the community for their Annual Diwali Puja festivities on Sunday, October 27th from 7 pm to 9 pm. Bring in the whole family & friends and enjoy Diwali celebrations at your Hindu Mandir.

Premiere Red Carpet Opening of Locally Produced Movie Mr. DESHEE – An Illegal Immigrant Journey to the United States

Nilesh Patel of Patel Films invites the community to the grand premiere of the locally produced movie, Mr. DESHEE chronicling the journey of an Indian Illegal Immigrant’s journey from India to entering illegally into the United States from Mexico. Mr. DESHEE will be premiered on Monday, October 28th at AMC Theaters at Town Square at 6:30 PM. Tickets will be available at the AMC box office for $12 per person. Reception, with Indian snacks, will be held after the movie followed by Q&A session with the Producer/Director Nilesh Patel. AllRead More

Nevada Board of Medical Examiners Settles with Dr. Devendra Kumar Patel, M.D. and Dr. Priya Chib, M.D.

In relation to the formal complaint, the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners has accepted a settlement agreement between the Board’s Investigative Committee and the two Indian American Physicians – Cardiologist Dr. Devendra Patel, & Pediatrician Dr. Priya Chib.  The Board entered an order finding Dr. Patel violated Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 630.306(1)(c), illegal dispensing of controlled substances. Due to the violation, Dr. Patel’s license has been revoked, and cannot apply for reinstatement of his medical license for a period of three years. The agreement also calls for reimbursing all the costsRead More

Milan Chatterjee Admitted to a Leadership Empowerment and Development Program of Hebrew University

Milan Chatterjee, Associate Compliance Counsel for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, is admitted to a prestigious Leadership Empowerment and Development program sponsored by the American Friends of Hebrew University. The 18-month program by the American Friends of Hebrew University features in-depth leadership training, educational seminars, networking, and social opportunities. In addition, a week-long Israel experience, in which participants are hosted by the Hebrew University, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the start-up nation. The program will provide historical context on the founding of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and its pivotal role in the formationRead More