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Environment Ministry says mobile towers affecting wildlife

In an advisory, the Environment Ministry has said that there is an 'urgent need' to refine the Indian standard on safe limits of exposure to electro-magnetic radiations

 

New Delhi: Environment Ministry feels radiation emitted by mobile towers has ill effects on wildlife, especially birds and bees, and has asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) not to permit such structures within one-km radius of each other, reports PTI.

 

In an advisory, the Ministry has said that there is an 'urgent need' to refine the Indian standard on safe limits of exposure to electro-magnetic radiations (EMR).

 

Till it is reformed, "a precautionary approach shall be preferred to minimise the exposure levels and adopt stricter norms possible, without compromising on optimum performance of the networks," it said.

 

It noted that the radiations could be having varying negative impact on wildlife, particularly birds and bees.

 

Accordingly, it asked the DoT to ensure that new mobile towers are not constructed within one-km radius of the existing ones "so as not to obstruct flight path of birds, and also not to increase the combined radiations from all towers" in the area.

 

"To prevent overlapping of high radiation fields, new towers should not be permitted within a radius of one kilometre of the existing towers. Sharing of passive infrastructure if made mandatory for Telecom Service Providers can minimise need of having additional towers," it said.

 

The Ministry asked the DoT that location and frequencies of cellphone towers and other towers emitting EMR, should be made available in public domain.

 

"This can be at city/district/village level. Location- wise GIS mapping of all cellphone towers should be maintained which would, inter alia, help in monitoring the population of birds and bees in and around the mobile towers and also in and/or around wildlife protection areas," the advisory said.

 

The advisory has been issued on the basis of an expert committee study on the possible impacts of communication towers on wildlife and bees. The panel was constituted by the Environment Ministry in 2010.

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Sun Pharma Q1 net profit up 59% to Rs796 crore on strong US sales

During the first quarter, Sun Pharma's US formulations sales grew by 105% at $285 million, accounting for 57% of its total sales

 
New Delhi: Drug company Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd on Friday posted a rise of 58.8% in its consolidated net profit at Rs795.55 crore for the first quarter ended June 2012, on strong sales growth in the US market, reports PTI.
 
The company, which today announced a business re-organisation by putting its domestic formulation business under a wholly owned subsidiary, had posted a net profit of Rs501 crore during the same period of previous fiscal.
 
Net sales of the company rose to Rs2,658.14 crore for the first quarter ended June 2012, as compared to Rs1,635.72 crore during the same period of 2011-12 fiscal, Sun Pharm said in a statement.
 
"Over the years, we have focused on building a consistent, predictable and profitable business. The performance this quarter is once again a reflection of this strength," Sun Pharma Managing Director Dilip Shanghvi said.
 
During the quarter, the company's US formulations sales grew by 105% at $285 million, accounting for 57% of total sales.
 
The company said its board, which met today, declared an interim dividend of Rs4.25 per share for the year ended March 2012 in lieu of the dividend recommended by the board for the year ended March 2012.
 
"This interim dividend would be paid on or after 22 August  2012," the company said.
 
Sun Pharma's board also approved the move to put domestic formulations business under a wholly owned subsidiary of the company.
 
"The domestic formulations business will now operate within a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. This is with a view to enhance focus on the business and allow for quicker responses to competitive market conditions," the company said.
 
Shares of Sun Pharma today closed at Rs675.60 apiece on the BSE, down 0.2% from its previous close.
 

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Centre to SC: No deletion of voters on religious, linguistic basis

Indian government said it would not be possible to delete names of 40 lakh doubtful voters from Assam on the basis of their religious or linguistic profile as it would be unconstitutional

 
New Delhi: Amid continuing violence in Assam, the Centre has told the Supreme Court that it would not be possible to delete names of 40 lakh doubtful voters from the state on the basis of their religious or linguistic profile as it would be unconstitutional, reports PTI.
 
The Centre rejected the allegation of NGO Assam Public Works that over 40 lakh illegal migrants from Bangladesh had got their names entered into the electoral rolls and they should forthwith be deported.
 
In an affidavit placed before a bench of justices P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday, the Centre, however, assured the court that it was committed to weed out illegal migrants from the state.
 
The apex court, while taking on record the affidavit, posted the matter for further hearing to 6th November.
 
"That the proposed modality suggested by the petitioner NGO to identify and delete alleged doubtful voters; from the voter list 2006 based on religious and linguistic profiling is prima facie illegal, arbitrary and violation of secular and democratic fabric of lndia.
 
"That the prayer made by the petitioner cannot be allowed as it violates the Constitution mandate," the affidavit filed by the Union Home Ministry said.
 
The Centre said as a matter of policy it does not support any kind of illegal migration either into its territory or illegal immigration of its citizens to foreign territories.
 
"Curbing illegal migration into the country is a priority since it has serious security, economic and societal ramifications," it said.
 
The government said it has been issuing instructions from time to time to all states and Union territories on the need to detect and deport Bangladeshi nationals found to be staying in India.
 

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