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October, 2022


Las Vegas South Asian-American Community Donates Over $354,000 to Nevada Governor Campaign

In a tight race between the incumbent Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Sheriff Joe Lombardo, the local South Asians, primarily Indian-Americans, have donated over $354,000 to their respective campaigns. As of October 25th, the polls conducted by fifethirtyeight reflect a toss-up between the two candidates. Although the incumbent Governor raised 47% more than the opponent Sheriff Lombardo, the poll shows Sisolak behind 0.08 points. During the current election cycle, the Sisolak campaign raised over $230,000, while Lombardo got over $122,000 in campaign donations from the burgeoning South Asian, mostly Indian American community.  Read More


EARLY VOTING STARTS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22nd, 2022. Since 2015 this publication has endorsed candidates for various local, state, and national political races.  This year is no different, with vegasdesi endorsing the candidates below in the upcoming (November 8th) mid-term election.  First and foremost, vegasdesi is overwhelmingly supports the candidacy of Bombay born Indian-American Reuben D’Silva, a candidate for State Assembly District 28. election advisory panel members consisting of a Democrat, Republican, and an independent, have a broad, diverse political experience & an in-depth knowledge of the local politics.  The endorsements belowRead More

Megha Malik Selected to Present Research at International Conference

Megha Malik, a senior studying anthropology, biology and time-based media at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been accepted to present her research at the annual International 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science) Conference in Cholula, Mexico, in December 2022. “My research focuses on the human-elephant-conflict in Sri Lanka, looking at it from an anthropological lens,” Malik said. “With all the research that already exists, there are gaps in knowledge regarding the local peoples’ narratives.” As part of a panel titled “Reconfiguring Worlds around Human-Elephant-Conflict (HEC): Teaching and Assessing Methodological Approaches toRead More

Jaswinder Grover, MD Appointed to the Medical Advisory Board of Harvard MedTech

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Harvard MedTech is an innovative digital health company that is tapping the new science of how the brain works to alleviate the effects of trauma, including pain, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. The company’s Vx® Therapy platform integrates specially designed virtual reality experiences, psychosocial support, digital engagement, and proprietary AI algorithms to retrain neural pathways in the brain.  This non-invasive and non-pharmacological approach drives higher compliance, better patient satisfaction and maximal outcomes.  The therapy has been proven to improve treatment outcomes in worker’s compensation patients and others sufferingRead More

Diwali Mela and Anakutta Festival at the Radha Govinda Temple

Sri Radha Govinda Temple of Las Vegas is pleased to announce Diwali Mela on Saturday, October 29th, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, followed by Anakutta celebrations on Sunday, October 30th. The festivities will be held at temple premises at 8825 Escondido Street, Las Vegas [Maryland Pkwy & Pebble St.] Please bring your family and friends to celebrate Diwali at the Sri Radha Govinda Temple with kids’ activities and a wide array of regional Indian delicacies and crafts. Two days of celebrations are FREE and open to the diverse communitiesRead More

Bombay Born Reuben D’ Silva Scripting History by Looking Forward to Winning the General Election

After winning the competitive primary election for the Assembly seat from District 28, Bombay-born Indian-American Reuben D’Silva is scripting history by continuing his quest to be the first Indian-American elected in Nevada.  In a history-making move, D’Silva will give a growing South-Asian community a voice in Carson City in crafting legislation impacting all Nevadans.  D’Silva is running in an open seat vacated by Assemblyman Edgar Flores, who is running for the State Senate. Assemblyman Flores has enthusiastically endorsed D’Silva’s candidacy for his old seat. D’Silva grew up in the DistrictRead More

Diwali Celebrations at Hindu Mandir

Hindu Mandir invites the community to their Diwali Celebrations on Tuesday, October 25th 6:30 PM. Diwali Puja followed by Diwali Dinner at 8:00 PM.

Deepak Chopra to speak at UNLV

India-born Global Physician Deepak Chopra, a pioneer in Integrative Medicine and Personal transformation, will be the next speaker at UNLV’s popular Barrick Lecture Series. Chopra will be speaking on “The Future of Wellbeing.” Since 1982, UNLV’s free Barrick lecture series has brought world-renowned personalities to the UNLV campus. In the past, the Barrick lecture series featured many South Asian speakers and thinkers, including Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, global thinker Farid Zakaria, and prominent Physician Sanjay Gupta. The lecture is FREE. However, tickets are required for entry. Tickets are limited to two perRead More

Celebrate Diwali with Former Attorney General and Candidate for US Senate, Adam Laxalt

In an ongoing outreach effort and commitment to growing Southern Nevada’s Indian-American community, former NV State Attorney General and currently a candidate for US Senate, Adam Laxalt, invites the community for a luncheon to celebrate Diwali on Friday, October 21st, 2022.  Laxalt, a candidate for the US Senate, would like to meet with community members and celebrate Diwali, a festival of lights to bring peace, prosperity, and happiness during the ongoing auspicious festival season. Kash Patel, a former Chief of Staff United States Department of Defense, will join the former Attorney GeneralRead More

Sadanand Verma, Ph.D. Retires After 55 Years of Exemplary Service to the UNLV Academic Community – Guest Author Satish Bhatnagar, Ph.D.

In the shrinking world of human associations, mainly due to the raging digitization, I often wonder how many people would ever know someone for 48 years. Take a moment to think about it. I know some of you are not yet 48 years old. In 1974, when I joined UNLV, Dr Verma was 44 years old and I was 34 years old. What a professional journey of life it has been! About three years ago, I wrote a reflection on Dr Verma when he turned 90. Therein, I detailed hisRead More