Monday, May 13, 2013

Tower-ing inferno - Dadar Matunga residents join to fight mobile tower radiation problems

1. Tower-ing inferno

Midday - April 30, 2013

Call to harm goes up as Dadar Matunga residents urged to fight mobile phone tower radiation problems; ire and fire marks three-hour long meet on issue




http://www.mid-day.com/news/2013/apr/300413-tower-ing-inferno.htm

2. Docs talk on radiation effects - Asian Age - Apr 29, 2013

http://www.asianage.com/mumbai/docs-talk-radiation-effects-378

With the aim to create awareness, social activists and doctors drew citizens attention towards hazards of electro-magnetic radiations at Mancherji Hall in Parsi Colony, Wadala on Sunday.

The doctors, while speaking to residents, emphasised on the harmful effects of radiations emitted by the cellphone towers and said that its effects the chromosomal imbalance in children.

Drawing attention to the cellphone towers mushrooming in the area, the social activists gave presentations.
Why do cellular operators display danger signs near their installations? Why do the department of telecommunication and ministry of communications and information technology publish advertisements that tell people that if they have a choice, they should use a landline (wired) and not a cellphone? If there was no danger from cellphone towers, what is the need for such an advice? asked Prakash Munshi, from Indians for Safe Environments.

Dr Ashish Mehta, neurologist at Breach Candy and Saifee Hospitals, using a powerpoint presentation, elaborated how electromagnetic radiations can affect body cells. Prolonged exposure is dangerous and effects can range from genetic damage to malignancy in cells, he said.

Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla, who is also a part of Forum Against Cell Tower Radiations, said that it is important to understand the health hazards of things that citizens do in the everyday life. There are many cellphone users, who neither know nor understand specific absorption rate (SAR) of a cellphone. Even though cellphone companies provide the SAR value, a layman will continue to use the cellphone without understanding the health hazards. It is important that people are aware of the issue, she said.

3. Also, coverage appeared in Times of India dated 29-04-2013


Activists air dangers of cell towers - TOI - Apr 29, 2013
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Activists-air-dangers-of-cell-towers/articleshow/19774545.cms

MUMBAI: Residents of Dadar and Matunga met on Sunday to discuss the ill-effects of mobile tower radiation. Drawing attention to the mobile tower antennae mushrooming in the area, activists made presentations for the residents at Mancherji Hall in Parsi Colony, Wadala.

"Why do cellular operators put danger signs near their installations? Why does the department of telecommunication and ministry of communications and information technology publish ads telling people that if they have a choice, they should use a landline and not a cellphone," asked Prakash Munshi from Indians for Safe Environments.

Dr Ashish Mehta, neurologist with Breach Candy and Saifee hospitals, made PowerPoint presentations explaining how electromagnetic radiation can affect body cells. "Continuous exposure is dangerous. Effects could range from genetic damage to malignancy," he said.

Actor Juhi Chawla, who is also a part of Forum Against Cell Tower Radiations, said, "Though firms provide the specific absorption rate value of a cellphone, people continue to use them without understanding the health hazards they can pose. It is important that people are aware of the issue."




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