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DOT recommended stricter mobile radiation norms

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An expert group set up by India’s Department of Telecom has suggested stricter radiation norms for mobile handsets and towers in order to mitigate any possible health related effects due to emissions from these devices, reports The Hindu Business Line. The proposed radiation norms are ten times stricter than the existing ones. The current rules governing mobile radiation are based on the guidelines set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). This body has stipulated that manufacturers must ensure that the Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) level of a mobile phone does not exceed 2 watts per kg averaged over 10 grams tissue. SAR is the amount of radio waves absorbed by the body while using a mobile phone. The expert group has suggested that this limit should be brought to 1.6 watts per kg averaged over 1 gram tissue. For mobile towers the committee has suggested revising from 200 watts per square metre to 2,000 watts per square metre.

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