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Govt. to introduce national policy on telecom towers

Govt. to introduce national policy on telecom towers

By The Nation
Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:44

Cabinet has approved a proposal brought forward by the President as Minister in charge of Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Authority to implement a national policy on telecommunication towers with specific guidelines. This was disclosed at the Cabinet press briefing held today.

At present 9 public switched telecommunication network service providers are providing telecommunication services in the and country and more than 2900 antenna tower structures have been installed to facilitate the provision of such services.

Considering the environmental and health related public concerns for human safety, the Cabinet decided to implement a national policy in telecommunication structures with a set of guidelines formulated by a committee of experts appointed for the purpose, the government states.

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Cellphones ‘possibly carcinogenic,’ WHO says – Washington Post

users might consider common-sense precautions such as texting more instead of talking and using a headset to keep the phone farther from the head to minimize exposure.

By Rob Stein, Published: May 31

An international panel of experts has weighed in on the controversy about cellphone safety — and come to a conclusion that falls far short of recommending that consumers put down the devices, although it may make them more anxious.

Cellphones are “possibly carcinogenic” to humans, according to the panel organized by the World Health Organization. But an exhaustive, eight-day review of hundreds of studies concluded that the existing evidence is insufficient to know for sure. And because cellphones are so popular, further research is urgently needed, the experts said.

“Possibly carcinogenic” is the WHO’s third-highest rating, falling below “carcinogenic” and “probably carcinogenic” but above “not classifiable” and “probably not carcinogenic.” Other substances that the group has categorized as “possibly carcinogenic” include talcum powder, which has been possibly linked to ovarian cancer, and low-frequency magnetic fields, which are emitted by power lines and appliances and have been possibly associated with childhood leukemia. Continue reading

Cell phones affect brain-what about cell towers?

By Dr. Magda Havas

Dr. Magda Havas is Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University where she teaches and does research on the biological effects of environmental contaminants. Dr. Havas received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, completed Post-Doctoral research at Cornell University, and taught at the University of Toronto before going to Trent University in Peterborough, Canada.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is considered one of the most influential publications used by the health industries to disseminate information to doctors. Many years ago, it had been used to advertise that cigarets were safe. Pictures of doctors where shown smoking and they often endorsed certain brands.

So when doctors read about a National Institutes of Health cell phone study in that AMA journal, and it shows 50 minutes of cell phone radiation increases metabolic activity in the brain – it’s a big red flag and an unlucky strike against the wireless industry.

No longer can Health Canada or the wireless industry scientists provide the disinformation that ”non-thermal, non-ionizing microwave radiation has no biological effect on the human body”! Instead, they now say “there are no health effects”, which is equally false (see study on brain tumors and mobile phones).

Now, when a patient asks their doctor, “Doctor, is it safe to use my cell phone? Can I give one to my child?” The doctor now has a green light to say,” Well, I just read a study in a very prestigious medical journal that shows cell phones do affect the brain. We don’t yet know if this effect is harmful or not, so, until we do, I suggest that you use a cell phone with caution and as something that could be dangerous. And I certainly would encourage young people to avoid cell phones except for emergencies.”

So now the doctor is off the hook. “They” have warned us. Continue reading

Communication towers – TRC to do lightning tests

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) , Sri Lanka, said today that it has decided to carry out a country-wide research program on the impact of communication towers on lightning after receiving a large number of complaints from the public.

TRC Deputy Director of Networks, Dharmasiri De Alwis said that the commission receives about 10 complaints a month from residents who claim that lightning had caused damage to their homes.

He said that with the expansion of mobile telecommunication networks, the number of communication towers in the country have increased. He said that some residents fear that there may be health risks and that the towers could increase lightning occurrences. Continue reading

Cell Phone Towers To Be Replaced By Tiny Antennas

NEW YORK — As cell phones have spread, so have large cell towers – those unsightly stalks of steel topped by transmitters and other electronics that sprouted across the country over the last decade.

Now the wireless industry is planning a future without them, or at least without many more of them. Instead, it’s looking at much smaller antennas, some tiny enough to hold in a hand. These could be placed on lampposts, utility poles and buildings – virtually anywhere with electrical and network connections.

If the technology overcomes some hurdles, it could upend the wireless industry and offer seamless service, with fewer dead spots and faster data speeds.

Some big names in the wireless world are set to demonstrate “small cell” technologies at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest cell phone trade show, which starts Monday in Barcelona, Spain.

“We see more and more towers that become bigger and bigger, with more and bigger antennas that come to obstruct our view and clutter our landscape and are simply ugly,” said Wim Sweldens, president of the wireless division of Alcatel-Lucent, the French-U.S. maker of telecommunications equipment.

“What we have realized is that we, as one of the major mobile equipment vendors, are partially if not mostly to blame for this.” Continue reading

Radiation city 2 Mumbai – Part 1

source: tehelka

– India’s Independent Weekly News Magazine

Radiation City – Survey by Tehelka

– India’s Independent Weekly News Magazine

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