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    Forest dept scanner on migratory birds to detect bird flu cases during Kumbh
    Prashant Pandey
    Posted: Nov 14, 2012 at 0444 hrs IST

    Allahabad Timing of the arrival of migratory birds — whose favourite area is the Sangam — coincides with Kumbh 2013
    With Kumbh-2013 coinciding with the time of arrival of freshwater migratory birds from China at the Sangam, the forest department is preparing to keep a watch on the winged visitors for any sign of bird flu.

    Forest department officials said that incidence of bird flu was not common, but there was a need to remain prepared as containing any such development at a time when the Kumbh is in full flow will become difficult.

    Every year, the migratory freshwater gulls arrive in large numbers from China through Tibet and settle along the rivers like Ganga and Yamuna in the entire Indo-Gangetic belt. Sangam — the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna — has been a favourite area for them, as it gives them a large habitat.
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    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-n...kumbh/1030964/

    Kumbh Mela ( Devanagari: कुम्भ मेला) is a mass Hindu pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the Ganges and river Godavari, where bathing for purification from sin is considered especially efficacious.
    The Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela is celebrated every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad, the Purna (complete) Kumbh takes place every twelve years,[1] at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik. The Maha (great) Kumbh Mela which comes after 12 'Purna Kumbh Melas', or 144 years, is held at Allahabad.
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumbh_Mela
    Last edited by Ronan Kelly; November 14, 2012, 06:35 AM. Reason: added explanation of Kumbh
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