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Brain tumour among children on the rise in India
India Created: 11 Jul 2017
New Delhi: Cases of brain tumour, especially among children, have witnessed an increase in the country in the recent years.

Brain tumour is a cancerous or a non-cancerous mass of growth of abnormal cells in the brain and is a leading cause of death in India. Shockingly, it is on the rise in the age group of 3-15 years, where the chances of survival are also less.

Every year over 2,500 of the Indian children suffer from medulloblastoma, a paediatric malignant primary brain tumour.

“It is rising in the paediatric age group of 3-15. This month alone we saw 10 such cases of malignant cancerous tumour,” said Dr P.N. Pandey from the department of neurosurgery in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital.

“In such cases, the tumour is mostly uncontrolled and starts developing when the baby is in the prenatal stage. Survival, in such cases, is one to two years after the tumour is detected in the child,” he said. The doctor added that the environmental factors to which a mother is exposed, affect the baby in both pre natal and post natal life.

According to a study in 2016, every year 40,000-50,000 persons are diagnosed with brain tumour in India, out of which 20 per cent are children. The study showed a drastic increase in the cases of brain tumour in children post 2015. Doctors said that this could be attributed to long-term mobile use.

“There is a lot of literature that establishes a link between mobile radiation and brain tumour. Mobile phones emit radiation from their antennas and kids are at high risk as they possess soft tissues near the ear. It is advisable for children, adolescents, and also pregnant women, to use headphones while on call or use the speaker,” said Dr P.K. Sethi, professor and consultant of the neurology department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

Even in elder patients, more and more brain tumour cases are being recorded than before. Out of 3,800 surgeries conducted in AIIMS per year, around 1,500 pertain to brain tumour.

“In the neurology OPD, we get around 10 to 15 per cent cases of brain tumour. The waiting list is also increasing every year. Currently, it ranges from three to six months,” said Dr A.K. Mahapatra, professor and chief of the department of neurosurgery at AIIMS.

Doctors, however, added that the rising number of cases can also be attributed to unawareness among the public and enhanced technology through which diagnostic detection has increased.

“In LNJP, out of every 80 patient, five are suffering from brain tumour. Earlier, people didn’t consult doctors for headaches. An increased awareness has led to recording of more such cases,” said Dr Pandey.

However, not all these patients are from Delhi. Government hospitals see a lot of influx from neighbouring states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, etc.
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Source: The Asian Age, SHAGUN KAPIL, 10 Jul 2017

Ghaziabad authority plans to relocate mobile towers from residential areas to parks
India Created: 26 May 2017
The Ghaziabad development authority is planning to relocate mobile phone towers installed on residential and commercial buildings to parks where more space is available.

The officials said nearly 30 parks have been identified in developed-and under development colonies where the mobile phone towers can be erected.

According to official estimates, the city has over 700 mobile phone towers and the number is increasing by the day.

Such towers are installed on rooftops of residential highrises or other buildings. There are also instances where the towers are installed on school buildings in Ghaziabad.

As per the norms issued in 2006, mobile phone towers are not allowed in residential areas and in no case should it be in a 100-metre radium of schools, hospitals and temples.

“We have identified 30 parks and sent the locations to the horticulture and the engineering departments to conduct a survey for availability of vacant spaces. If space is available, and it is feasible for the cellular operators to relocate the towers, we will allow the relocation,” said Ishtiyak Ahmad, chief architect & town planner, GDA.

The areas where the plan is proposed include localities in Kavi Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Patel Nagar, Indirapuram, Vaishali, Vasundhara, Raj Nagar, Madhuban Bapudham and Govindpuram among others. The authority has already got installed eight mobile towers at their community centres, away from dense population.

According to officials, the building by-laws also permit tower installation in parks and green belts. They added that more than one mobile phone tower can also be allowed but it requires a minimum distance of 250 metres between the two.

“This is planned as residents often complain against the installation of mobile phone towers on their buildings and also adjacent to their houses. Once the survey is completed by our department, we will finalise locations and explore possibilities for relocation,” he added.

In 2015, a committee of GDA officials had finalised guidelines for installation of mobile phone towers and recommended that they be allowed in open spaces, parks and on green belts.

The committee had also decided that for installing towers in properties such as residential, commercial and office space, the permission of the GDA board would be mandatory.

For group housing residential areas, the approval of the local residents’ welfare association was also made mandatory.
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Source: Hindustan Times, Peeyush Khandelwal, 25 May 2017

Supreme Court shuts down celltower after Man claims it gave him cancer
India Created: 12 Apr 2017
NEW DELHI: A 42-year-old domestic help will go down in history as the man who persuaded the Supreme Court to shut down a mobile phone tower on the ground that its electromagnetic radiation afflicted him with cancer.
Last year, Harish Chand Tiwari, who works at the residence of Prakash Sharma in the Dal Bazar area of Gwalior, moved the SC through advocate Nivedita Sharma, complaining that a BSNL tower illegally installed on a neighbour's rooftop in 2002 had exposed him to harmful radiation 24x7 for the last 14 years.

The order is likely to further fuel the debate over the effects of radiation from mobile phone towers with a section of activists feeling vindicated while the government argues there is no evidence to prove that the waves cause cancer.
Radiation from the BSNL tower, less than 50 metres from the house where he worked, afflicted him with Hodgkin's Lymphoma caused by continuous and prolonged exposure to radiation, Tiwari complained.
In a recent order, a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha said, "We direct that the particular mobile tower shall be deactivated by BSNL within seven days from today." The tower will be the first to be closed on an individual's petition alleging harmful radiation.

The SC, which began hearing the issue relating to radiation from cell towers from March 18 last year, had asked the parties to file additional documents to show that radiation from such towers were harmful to humans and animals.
Private petitioners have been predicting disastrous consequences in the future.
Activists have alleged that radiation from mushrooming mobile phone towers have caused sparrows, crows and bees to vanish.
But the Cellular Operators Association of India and the Union government have vehemently denied the allegations and said such fears were unfounded and that no scientific study had conclusively linked mobile phone tower radiation to cancer or vanishing of sparrows, crows and bees.

The department of telecom (DoT) in its affidavit before the SC in October last year had said that of the over 12 lakh mobile phone towers in the country, it had tested 3.30 lakh towers.
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Source: Times of India, Dhananjay Mahapatra, 12 Apr 2017

Cell Tower Radiation: Experts for capping, monitoring
India Created: 23 Mar 2017
Radiation from a carrier's cell tower was found over the limit set by a World Health Organisation guideline, an expert committee said in a report submitted to the High Court yesterday.

The committee recommended directing Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to take steps to reduce the excessive radiation from the Base Transceiver Stations [mobile towers] set up by the six mobile phone operators across the country.

It recommended asking the BTRC to monitor the radiation of all cell towers on a regular basis and instructing the ministry of post and telecommunication and the BTRC to formulate a policy or guideline for controlling the radiation.

According to the WHO, excessive radiation from cell towers harms public health and the environment.

Prof Shafiqul Islam, chairman of the department of nuclear engineering in Dhaka University, said, “Long term exposure to radiation can cause rash, itching, bloodshot eyes, loss of sight and even loss of limbs.”

The expert committee formed by the health ministry in 2013 prepared the report after testing a number of cell towers in Dhaka city, Deputy Attorney General Kazi Zinat Hoque told reporters citing the report.

The health ministry placed the report to the HC through Zinat as per an earlier order.

The six members of the expert committee were: Foyez Ahmed, joint secretary to the ministry of forest and environment, Prof Quazi Deen Mohammad, former principal of Dhaka Medical College, Prof Pran Kanai Saha, head of electric engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Prof Md Adnan Kibar, head of applied physics department of Dhaka University, Col Md Zakir Hossain, director general (engineering and operation) of the BTRC, and Md Mahbubur Rahman, professor of radiology of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

After going through the report yesterday, the HC bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim fixed March 28 for passing an order on the issue.

Following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh, the HC on October, 2012, ordered the government to examine, by forming an expert committee, the radiation emitted from mobile-phone towers, its impact on health and environment and submit a report.

The court also issued a rule upon the officials concerned of the government to explain why they should not be directed to stop radiation from cell towers.

During the hearing on the rule yesterday, petitioner's counsel Manzill Murshid prayed to the HC to direct the government to get a report from the WHO on the radiation emitted by mobile towers in Bangladesh and to submit it to the HC.

The HC will pass an order on his prayer on March 28, Manzill told The Daily Star.

“A couple of years ago we started a process with the international telecommunication union to measure the radiation emitted by a tower of a mobile phone operator, but we are yet to get any findings,” said BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood.

According to telecom operators, there are around 34,000 cell towers across the country, of which market leader Grameenphone has 12,000.

Merged entity Robi and Airtel has another 12,000 towers, while Banglalink has about 7,000 and state-owned Teletalk 3,800.
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Source: The Daily Star, Staff Correspondent, 23 Mar 2017

City’s elite move High Court over harmful radiation
India Created: 16 Mar 2017
Chandigarh’s elite today sent bells of concern ringing by filing a petition in public interest before the Punjab and Haryana High Court for protecting citizens from harmful radiation emanating from mobile towers in residential areas.

Virtually slamming the powers that be for apparent disconnect between them and health concerns of the people, Anuradha Saboo, Shivani Sehgal and Tani Sehgal of Sector 5 claimed that they were alarmed at the “callous and careless manner” in which the UT Administration was permitting telecom companies to erect mobile towers in residential areas.
They were doing so with “utter disregard for the health of its citizens”. This, they contended, was in contravention of all norms, including the policies of the Administration.

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The three also sought the issuance of directions to the Administration to strike down the policy dated March 9, 2015, “to the extent it permits the setting up of mobile towers in residential areas”.
Taking up the petition this morning, Justice SS Saron and Justice Gurmit Ram put the UT Administration on notice before fixing April 28 as the next date of hearing in the matter.
In their petition through Suvineet Sharma and other counsel, Saboo and the other petitioners contended that the issue came to their attention when a cell tower was raised in proximity to their residences. “Such a tower affects the health and well-being of the petitioners and their families. Yet, it has equally dangerous ramifications for anyone who is a resident of the surrounding area,” they contended.

Not limiting their concerns to Sector 5 alone, they added that the petition was being filed by Sector 5 residents, but the issue at hand was of much larger purport, and had far-reaching consequences.
The court was told that the petitioners were well aware of the needs of a modern society, whose progress was based on digital empowerment. They were also well aware of the ambitions of the government when it came to establishing a nationwide digital footprint. “However, the establishment must not lose sight of the fact that any progress that comes at the cost of its citizens’ health cannot be, and should not be, acceptable”.
Referring to the arguments on behalf of industry associations such as the Cellular Operators Association of India that there was not enough empirical data to suggest damage, the petitioners claimed that it was directly in contravention of established principles in international and domestic laws.

Technicalities involved
The petitioners claimed that mobile phones worked on “electromagnetic radiation”, and the rate at which energy was absorbed by the human body was measured by the specific absorption rate (SAR), which the Government of India had fixed for every handset.
The Department of Telecom, too, had issued guidelines for states when it came to setting up of cell towers/base stations. These guidelines found no mention in the notification issued by the UT, under which licences were granted to companies to set up their towers.
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Source: The Tribune India, Saurabh Malik, 15 Mar 2017

New Zealand, Indian researchers to study health impacts of 5G networks
India Created: 30 Jun 2016
Researchers from New Zealand and India will jointly investigate the possibilities of adverse effects of electromagnetic radiation on human health caused by the next generation of telecommunication networks called 5G, a New Zealand researcher said in a statement on Wednesday.

Massey University will collaborate with India’s Birla Institute of Technology and Auckland University of Technology on the project ‘Analysing Harmful Electromagnetic Exposure due to Future Millimeter Wave Transmissions’ over 2016-2017.

“If the future wireless signals are found to be harmless to the human health, this project would build consumer confidence in the future telecommunication services. However, if this project shows that the 5G network leads to, or potentially may lead to adverse health impacts, the industry would be required to modify the underlying wireless technology to ensure the human well being,” principal investigator Faraz Hasan, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, said in the statement.
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Source: Indian Express, IANS, Jun 30 2016

Radiation from mobile towers: NHRC issues notices
India Created: 8 Jun 2016
Notices have been issued to the Union Ministries of Communications and Information Technology and Health through their Secretaries by the National Human Rights Organisation (NHRC) regarding complaints of hazardous radiations emitted by mobile towers.

The Commission has called for a report in the wake of allegations in a complaint that mobile phone towers, in the close vicinity of residential areas, are emitting radiations, hazardous to the health of human beings. The concerned authorities have to reply within two weeks.

The Commission while issuing notices has observed that it cannot be denied that today's generation is living amongst mobile towers, digital cables, mobiles etc. The virtual world has encompassed every aspect of human life. In such a scenario, if the allegations leveled in the complaint are true, the Right to Health and Right to Life of a common man is under serious threat.

In a release the NHRC said that the government should adopt strategies which ensure that development is done without causing any substantive damage to the life and health of human beings and other living things.

The complainant has mentioned in detail the ill-effects of electro-magnetic radiations in his complaint by citing various scientific studies and guidelines. He has submitted that a radiation is a threat to man's health and life, especially patients, children, old people and the foetus. He has also referred to a Government order dated 21.08.2013 which states that the local self-government institutions should confirm that "the proposed tower is not coming within 500 mts of schools/hospitals."

He has stated that this order is imperfect because it does not cover "houses" but only "schools/hospitals", which should not be within 500 meters of a mobile phone tower. Allegedly, due to this imperfect and illogical Government order, the mobile operators are violating safe radiation range and are erecting towers in thickly populated residential areas thereby exposing people to electro-magnetic radiation.

Allegedly, a sum of Rs. 10.80 crore was reported to have been collected as fine up to the 31st May, 2015 from various mobile operating companies, for violating radiation range, is a proof that the safe radiation ranges are often being violated by them. The faulty and unsafe fittings of diesel generators to run the mobile towers also cause lot of air pollution.
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Source: MeriNews, Narendra Ch, 04 Jun 2016

SPINE CHILLING? Judge for your self!! (Sorry, starts with editors rant, but Please read and Watch the Video!!
India Created: 26 Mar 2016
Why is it that we have Elected Politicians and Governments, voted in and paid for by US, and Who are Supposed to Present OUR Interests on a Nation Level? The video is from India, I am in the UK, but there is NO DIFFERENCE in the treatment of the Ordinary Citizen. I guess we are only counted as Voting Cattle when it comes to the crunch because when it comes to the crunch, the Financial gain for any countries Treasury Wins far above our concerns and fears? We cannot treat them to Posh Lunches or promise them Fat Cat Jobs when they move on. So, they Only Represent the lucrative ones who´s views/opinions they like!
So much for a "All for One and One for All, Nation! Seems not to count for Mr and Mrs. Jones

What is it Mr´s . Cameron and Osborn say in the UK. "We are All In it Together, One Nation"!! Oh Yeah, except for some, ca. 10% at this moment (Or any other MP for that sake)! I paint now with the tar-brush, as I have jet to find any difference between the different ideologies and parties on this matter, I guess the financial gain for Anyone is to great to exercise concern for the people who Hired/voted for them in the first place.

And some citizens seem to be destined to have been chosen to be "More In It Together" than the rest of us who are conveniently left out of the equation, and have to try to manage as best we can totally on our own, and Totally cut off from any HELP or understanding of ANY kind.
The Feeling that the rest of the Country is Oblivious of the Environmental tragedy which has condemned many of us, and is under way already, and if nothing else, with all the health effects already showing already, Think the NHS has a hard time NOW to cope, just give it time until Microwave Radiation health effects really hits them and they will be totally floored and will not know what hit them.
So, All, we need to put a Responsibility on the people who are wilfully harming us in this way.
Name and Shame is one way, but what we also have on our hands is "Gin Lane" all over again, with Government encouragement and blessing. A very dangerous Addiction, in the name of Surveillance? I have no idea, and it totally puzzles my mind that Anyone would want to know the last details of our "dull, toiling lives". George Orwell, here we come, late I admit, 2016, you said 1984, but what is a year or 10 between friends?

But again, please watch this video, it is full of desperate people, who know they have Nowhere to turn to who will actually listen, Just Like Us!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM0Ep4bDOaw
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Source: Robert Riedlinger/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Supreme Court to assess health hazards of cell phone towers
India Created: 18 Mar 2016
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to assess the impact of cell phone towers on the health of people in the vicinity by asking PIL petitioners to produce scientific evidence in support of their contention that radiation from such towers was harmful.

While petitioners’ advocate Prashant Bhushan pleaded for continuance of the ban on mobile towers in residential and other crowded areas, such as hospitals, schools and markets, cellular service providers contended that their towers posed no health problem.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur noted that retired judge P.N. Gupta, who died of cancer, had written a book that his health problem was due to remaining on cell phone calls for long hours on a regular basis. It said it was not sure if the late judge was in fact a victim of radiation.

In November 2012, another SC Bench comprising then CJI H.L. Dattu and Justice C.K. Prasad (since retired) had refused to entertain a PIL for appointment of an independent regulatory authority for minimizing the health risks arising from such towers. The Bench had noted that the government had come out with radiation norms for cell phone towers only recently and these were more stringent than the regulations in 90 countries.

Bhushan had pleaded that a group of 14 eminent scientists had released a research report in 2007, highlighting the health hazards of electromagnetic radiation.

The report provided evidence to show that exposure to such radiation could result in childhood leukemia, brain tumours, genotoxic effects, neurological effects and neurodegenerative diseases, immune system de-regulation, allergic and inflammatory responses, breast cancer, miscarriage and some cardiovascular effects, he said.

Bhushan also contended that the government had set the radiation norm at a unit of 0.92, while in China, Italy , France and Poland the permissible limit was one-tenth of this at 0.1.

The SC had said it “can step into the issue only if the government utterly failed” to minimise the health hazards arising from such emissions.
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Source: Tribune India, R Sedhuraman, 18 Mar 2016

World Cancer Day: Use Wireless Devices, Including Smartphones With Caution
India Created: 11 Feb 2016
It may be amply discomforting to know that India is a country with more mobile phones than toilets. Fears have been expressed by some experts who say that radio frequency exposure may cause cancer in the long run. There has been a lot of research undertaken by various agencies in terms of monitoring and investigating issues relating to radioactive frequencies, either through cellular phone or the microwave.

We are ever more frequently in the company of the energy fields that our electronic devices, and in particular, our smart phones generate. While there are no specific guidelines in terms of national standards of safe level exposure to radio frequency, it has now become imperative as the usage of gadgets with radio frequency has increased several-folds.

The greatest and most insidious risk of cell phone use pertains to the electromagnetic fields of non-ionizing radiation they produce. When we understand the power of non-ionizing radiations in MRIs and X-Rays, we blissfully choose to ignore the radiations of mobile technology.

In India, the number of people who own mobile phones is greater than the number who own personal computers. There were approximately 82 million 3G subscribers in India by the end of 2014 and the number is projected to reach 284 million by end of 2017. From 200 million internet users in 2013 to over 500 million internet users by 2017 - including 314 million mobile internet users - the growth story of mobile internet in India is on the upsurge.

Increased internet enabled device penetration, decreasing handset prices and data plans tariffs are helping create a suitable environment for a rapid growth of mobile internet in India. But how many have really comprehended the health issues that could be an offshoot of these wireless technologies?

The ill effects of radiation from wireless devices could be understood through impairments in living cells. The metabolic imbalance caused by radiation from a wireless device could be the link to a number of health risks such as various neuro-degenerative diseases and even cancer, some experts say.

While cancer could be the major hazard, the minor could include disorders such as headache, fatigue and skin irritation, which could develop after long-term exposure. Some of the effective ways to reduce exposure to radio frequency (RF) would include using speakerphone, earpiece or headset to reduce proximity to the head, and, thus, exposure.

Bluetooth headset however may be a wrong choice as they emit radiations as well. While wired earpieces may conduct some energy to the head and wireless earpieces also emit a small amount of RF energy, both wired and wireless earpieces remove the greatest source of RF energy (cell phone) from proximity to the head and thus can greatly reduce total exposure to the head.

It is important to increase the distance between wireless devices and one's body. One may consider texting rather than talking but don't text while driving. Hence a precautionary approach in using wireless technologies such as cell phones and wireless internet has become imperative.
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Source: NDTV, Dr. Rajat Arora, 04 Feb 2016

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