DoT asks telcos to give self-certificate on radiation by 15th Nov

New Delhi: The government has asked mobile operators to give self certificates stating that radiations emitted by their towers are not harmful for human health, else face penalty as per prescribed norms, reports PTI.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) met operators last week and informed that any base transceiver station (BTS) for which a self certificate was not submitted by 15 November, 2010 shall be treated as non-compliant to the radiation norms and penalty shall be imposed.

BTS are radio transmitters mounted on either free-standing masts or on buildings. Radio signals are fed through cables to the antennas and then launched as radio waves into the area, or cell, around the base station.

To avoid health hazard from radiation of BTS, DoT had issued instructions to all Access Service Providers (ASPs) to conform to the limits of radiation as prescribed by International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) from time-to-time.

They were also asked to submit a self-certificate. The meeting was chaired by minister of state for communication and IT Sachin Pilot.

The self-certification details have to be submitted to respective Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring (TERM) Cells of DoT by 15 November, 2010.

With thousands of telecom towers being erected in cities across the country, on people's houses, the radiations could cause probable health hazards.

The government had earlier said erring mobile service providers will have to pay a fine of Rs5 lakh per mobile phone tower if it does not conform to internationally accepted limits of radiation.


India supportive to have South Africa join BRIC

Johannesburg: India remains very supportive of South Africa joining the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) group soon, reports PTI quoting Indian high commissioner Virendra Gupta at a function to mark the country's 64th Independence Day in Johannesburg.

"India of course remains extremely supportive of South Africa joining BRIC because India not only has its own relationship with South Africa but would also like to see opportunities for close collaboration with South Africa strengthened further", Mr Gupta said as he addressed South African politicians, academics, and business leaders.

Mr Gupta said India and South Africa had strong economics relationships, which was an important hallmark of any relationships in the present times, but that was not the only level of the relationship between the two countries.

"We build upon our historical legacies; our cultural connect; the presence of so many people of the Indian diaspora here, and as important developing countries, we have much to dialogue about; much to consult about and coordinate," the high commissioner said.

"The Indian government attaches a lot of priority to very close connections (with South Africa) both at bilateral level and at the regional multi-lateral level-in the Group of Twenty (G20) forum; in the India, Brazil and South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA) forum and we very much hope that South Africa will be able to join BRIC in the not too distant future," Mr Gupta said.


Shipping ministry to award 25 port projects under PPP this fiscal

Mumbai: The shipping ministry will award 25 port projects under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme during the current financial year, reports PTI quoting a senior government official.

The ministry is also expecting investments from Singapore, Dubai and other Gulf countries, he said.

"We would award 25 PPP port projects in the current fiscal. The collective value of these contracts would be around Rs20,000 crore. So far, five projects have been awarded to the developers," shipping secretary, K Mohandas, told PTI here without divulging any financial details of the contracts.

Two of these projects at Paradip and Ennore near Chennai have already been awarded to Sterlite-Leighton and Eredene Capital consortium respectively.

These projects also include creation of mega container terminal or bulk transhipment at Chennai Port, New Mangalore Port and conversion of berth for container terminal at Tuticorin port.

These 25 PPP projects also include development and operation of two berths at Indira dock as dry bulk cargo terminal in Mumbai Port and development and operation of a dry commercial cargo at Mumbai Port.

According to Mr Mohandas, these projects are expected to enhance capacity at the centrally-regulated 12 ports by 46%.


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