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Radiation from mobile phones and towers poses serious health risks, including memory loss, lack of concentration, disturbance in the digestive system and sleep disturbances, according to an inter-ministerial committee formed by the ministry of communications and information technology to study the hazards posed by mobile phones

The committee has also attributed disappearance of butterflies, bees, insects and sparrows from big cities to mobile phone-related radiation.

The eight member committee, which included representatives from the health ministry, department of biotechnology and member secretary, DoT, has recommended that mobile phones not adhering to standard levels of specific absorption rate [SAR]—a measure of the amount of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body while using a phone—should be barred.

Mobile towers should not be installed near high-density residential areas, schools, playgrounds and hospitals. The localized SAR value as per Indian guidelines standard is 2 watt per kg, av over a  6-minute period and using a 10 gm av mass. Recommended SAR value is 1.6 watt/kg AS prescribed by Federal communications commission of U S, said a member. SAR value must be observed by Mobile companies at all cost otherwise, outbreak of health hazards could not be ruled out in near future.

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