I, on behalf of Naad team, take this opportunity to convey our best wishes to all our readers, on the occasion of Navreh which falls on 25 th March. This year we shall enter another Sapt Rishi Samvat year of 5096. According to Bringesh Samhita, Lord Brahma created the world and in Kashmir this took a celebratory form with worship of Kaal- Time and other deities so as to usher in the year ahead and pray for well being. Though the KP diaspora is in exile from their homeland since last 30 years, but the community has continued to celebrate this important day without any break. This cultural continuity in exile is important as it shall reinforce our cultural commitment and our dream to return to our own homeland sooner than later.
Corona Virus Scare
Since last few weeks, the world is gripped with the pandemic virus of COVID-19. The virus has spread across all the major continents after it was first detected in Wuhan, China. After the outbreak and initial failure to contain the disease, the Chinese authorities tried to play down the spread of the disease. Even now very little is known about how the virus got spread. However, in India the administration took the lead in alerting the citizens and took measures to evacuate its citizens from China, Iran and Italy where the disease had achieved serious proportions. Hence, it is important for all the citizens to take necessary precautions and avoid transfer of the disease.
The SARS-CoV-2, now medically re-named, the 2019 novel coronavirus belongs to the virus family Coronaviridae which were discovered in the 1960’s. The Coronaviridae family is classified into four general Alphacorona virus, Betacorona virus, Gammacorona virus, and Deltacorona virus. The alpha-and betacorona viruses infect mammals and gammacorona viruses infect birds while deltacorona viruses infect both mammalian and birds. The SARS-CoV-2 belong to the Betacorona virus family.
– Sunil Raina Rajanaka