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January, 2021


COEXISTING WITH CORONAVIRUS !? – Guest Author Satish Bhatnagar, Ph.D.

Depending upon whom you listen to, the Coronavirus or COVID-19 has been now in the US air for a year. Like all other pandemics in world history, this too would peter out after one more year. At the same time, if this pandemic gives rise to a new economy over the dying embers of certain sections of the old economy, then it would be a world beyond my speculation. For the last 3-4 weeks, the powers-to-be in this global ‘pandemic industry’ have been carefully preparing the people to live withRead More

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Pure Indian Cuisine Liquor and Other Licenses Suspended Due to Reported Shooting and Other Violations. Raja Mittal Failed to Fully Cooperate with Police.

The Pure Indian Cuisine restaurant was closed briefly by the Clark County Business License department due to the shooting near Pure premises and other licensing-related violations.  The restaurant was informed by the Clark County Business Licensing Department of immediate suspension/revocation of licenses related to Hookah Services (revoked), Liquor – Supper Clubs (revoked), Food Services – Restaurant (suspended), and Incidental Activity Permit (suspended). The areas of violations cited by the business license department included… Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) reported shooting near Pure premises was related to customers in and aroundRead More

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Milan Chatterjee Appointed to the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists’ National Board of Governors

Milan Chatterjee, Esq. was appointed to the American Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists’s (“AAJLJ”) National Board of Governors at their Annual Meeting, while receiving additional charge as Vice President of the Western Region.  Nevada Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall, Attorney General Aaron Ford, and Supreme Court Justice Elissa Cadish were present at Milan’s appointment, along with his parents Saroj and Nirmalya Chatterjee. Milan will oversee the governance of AAJLJ’s national organization, while expanding the organization’s footprint in Western Region states. He will continue serving as Founding President of AAJLJ’s NevadaRead More

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Athar Hassebullah Named Executive Director of ACLU Nevada

For the first time in the organization’s 55-year history, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is a person of color. Las Vegas attorney Athar Haseebullah, 33, took over last week at the organization’s central valley office, right down the street from his childhood home. Haseebullah is a practicing Muslim whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan; his tenure began seven months after then-Executive Director Tod Story departed. Story announced in June that he planned to “pursue other opportunities” after serving for more than sevenRead More

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President Biden Re-opened the Door – Guest Author Nirmalya Chatterjee

You feel a long, dark winter has suddenly made way to a beautiful sunny spring morning. The cycle of nature is working. So is democracy. It has worked to bring back what was lost. President Biden has opened that closed door – very firmly yet gently. The door to the truth, unity, respect, the world, the science, and the nation’s ‘soul’. It feels like the events of the last few weeks are from a distant past. A swift transition to what we all are used to. It seemed like AmericaRead More

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Red Carpet Opening Celebrations of Las Vegas Produced Movie, A Rising Eagle – Story of Anuradha Das

Las Vegas Indian community is invited to the red carpet opening celebrations of A Rising Eagle, a locally shot and produced movie staring Anuradha Das.  The movie is a real-life experience of Anuradha’s life journey from disastrous marriage at a young age, unpredictable storming challenges including depression, suicide attempts, two divorces to implausible professional success as an independent motivational speaker and an indie actress. The 40-minute short movie is shot in Vegas and some of the members of the Indian community, specifically Fatima, Aarti, Chetna, and Yogi were innately involved in the logistics toRead More

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Pioneer is a person who blazes a new trail in any aspect of life. A pioneer may look as being alone, live lonely and outwardly appear lonesome, but inwardly he/she is possessed, rather pregnant with bubbling ideas. He is restless to deliver it out to the world. Settlers follow a trail blazer once a new ground is broken.  This line of thinking has been hovering over my mind since January 10, 2021 when I heard of the death of Ronan (Ranendra Nath Ghatak). Two days ago, after visiting his wifeRead More

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Obituary – Ranendra Nath “RON” Ghatak

Ranendra Nath “Ron” Ghatak, a longtime resident of Las Vegas since 1977, passed away suddenly on January 10, 2021. He was 72. Born in India, Ghatak received his degree in Diesel and Automotive Engineering from the University of Calcutta. A brilliant student, he continued his education at the University of Munich, graduating with a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He had a lifelong interest in research and continued to accumulate engineering credits and expertise at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He had an outstanding career, serving as the ResearchRead More

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How the Country Will Overcome President Trump’s Last Act! – Guest Author Nirmalya Chatterjee

The history will not be able to forgive President Trump for violating the oath of his office of protecting the people and democracy of the United States. As he reaches almost the end of his road, he has resorted to inciting a shocking mob violence by his supporters at the US Capitol while the Congress was engaged inside the building in its constitutional duty of formalizing the results of the Presidential election and a peaceful transfer of government. The whole world saw an act of massive ‘domestic terrorism’ at oneRead More

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Upset Hindus urge France distillery to withdraw Lord Ganesh gin & apologize

Upset Hindus are urging La Bouëxière (Brittany, France) based Distillerie Awen Nature to apologize and withdraw its Gin Ganesh, named after Hindu deity; calling it highly inappropriate.  Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that inappropriate usage of sacred Hindu symbols or deities or concepts or icons for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.  Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated that Lord Ganesh was highly revered in Hinduism and he was meant to be worshippedRead More