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Mobile Towers Emit Excessive Harmful Radiation

| MAM Bulbul |

The government has found that the towers of mobile operators emit excessive radiation in Bangladesh, which is unsafe and harmful to public health as well as the environment. An expert committee of the Health Ministry on March 22 submitted a report before the High Court stating that they found excessive radiation emitted from mobile operators’ towers, which is harmful for public health in accordance with the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO). The report appealed before the High Court to direct the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to take initiatives to examine the base transceiver stations (BTS) of the country’s mobile operators so that the radiation emitted from the towers could be reduced and kept under control in line with WHO guidelines. Deputy attorney general Kazi Jinnat Haque placed the report before justices Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md Salim to pass the order. The High Court bench asked the BTRC to inform it by March 28 as to what steps it has taken to reduce and control radiation from BTS' in the country. In 2013, the expert committee prepared the report after examining radiation from some mobile towers in Dhaka city. The Health Ministry formed the five-member expert committee on March 24, 2013 led by the head of Electrical and Electronic Engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

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