Notify radiation level

Published: Sunday 15 October 2000

  Mobile phones: boom or a cur (Credit: Amit Shanker / CSE) levels of radiation emitted from mobile phones will be notified by cellular phone companies from the year 2001. This move comes in the wake of similar action taken in Europe. Recently worldwide concerns have been raised about the radiation emitted by cellular phones, which according to researchers can cause cancer.

"As we import mobile phones from Europe, the standards of emission followed there, will automatically apply to us," said Ranjivjit Singh, director of corporate communications for Ericsson Communication Limited.

"The emissions made by the cellular phones are much below the prescribed limits, so there is no need to worry. Its not a major issue," said TV Ramachandran, president of Cellular Operators Association of India. Leading manufacturers of mobile phones have already started working towards evolving a standard for evaluating specific absorption rates (sar), which measures maximum quantity of radiation absorbed by a kilogram of body tissue.

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