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New Zealand, Indian researchers to study health impacts of 5G networks
Researchers from New Zealand and India will jointly investigate the possibilities of adverse effects of electromagnetic radiation on human health caused by the next generation of telecommunication networks called 5G, a New Zealand researcher said in a statement on Wednesday.
 
Massey University will collaborate with India's Birla Institute of Technology and Auckland University of Technology on the project 'Analysing Harmful Electromagnetic Exposure due to Future Millimeter Wave Transmissions' over 2016-2017.
 
"If the future wireless signals are found to be harmless to the human health, this project would build consumer confidence in the future telecommunication services. However, if this project shows that the 5G network leads to, or potentially may lead to adverse health impacts, the industry would be required to modify the underlying wireless technology to ensure the human well being," principal investigator Faraz Hasan, School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, said in the statement.
 
This project seeks to develop new techniques that allow the assessment of 5G wireless signals and their electromagnetic exposure to human beings. The findings will be compared against the existing thresholds that have been set aside by a number of regulatory bodies.
 
"With some industry giants predicting 50 billion connected devices by 2020 and with the employment of much higher transmission frequencies proposed for the 5G rollout, it is essential to determine how the future of telecommunications will affect the health of its user," Hasan said.
 
This research is one of the externally funded projects currently being carried out by the Telecommunication and Network Engineering research group under the Electronics Cluster at Massey University.
 
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Toyota recalls 1.43 mn vehicles due to airbag defects
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation on Wednesday issued a global recall on 1.43 million of its top-selling hybrid Prius models and high-end Lexus CT200h hybrid sports hatchbacks due to a possible defect in the models' airbag inflator.
 
The Aichi-based automaker said the recall will span 743,000 vehicles in Japan, 495,000 in its North American and Mexican markets and cover 141,000 models in Europe, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
"The recall also includes the Prius plug-in models," Toyota said.
 
"In the vehicles being recalled, specifically those produced between October 2008 and April 2012, it is possible that there is a crack in a weld in the airbag inflator that could lead to the inflator chambers separating and the bags partially inflating, with the inflator itself being discharged into the vehicles' interior," Toyota added. 
 
Toyota said no deaths or injuries have been reported as a result of the latest airbag-related saga, and noted that the airbag inflators involved in the latest recall were not produced by embattled Takata Corporation.
 
Toyota has been mired in recall issues in recent times, including the recall of 6.5 million vehicles worldwide in October 2015 owing to a power window glitch that could potential trigger fires.
 
Toyota also doubled a recall order over faulty airbags to nearly 34 million vehicles in 2015, in a record-breaking recall move prior to the window glitch.
 
In 2014, the world's largest automaker also issued a recall on 1.9 million of its ubiquitous Prius hybrids, due to a computer problem that could cause the vehicle to suddenly stop without warning.
 
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7th pay panel to boost real estate sector: India Inc
India Inc on Wednesday said the country's real estate sector is expected to receive a major boost due to the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
 
"The 7th Pay Commission implementation will be a positive move and raise the affordability of the government employees by increasing their home loan eligibility," said Ankur Dhawan, Chief Business Officer, PropTiger.
 
"The developers would come up with schemes to make it attractive for public sector employees to invest in realty sector after this approval."
 
According to Dhawan, cities like Pune and suburban areas like Navi Mumbai and Noida will attract a large chunk of public sector employees -- who are looking for affordable houses.
 
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the 7th Pay Commission Report's recommendations for central government employees' pay, perks and pensions.
 
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government's decision to implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission will benefit over one crore central government employees and pensioners.
 
The minister said the housing loan allowance has been hiked from Rs 7.5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh.
 
"The Pay Commission's decision to hike the salary of central government employees is likely to have a positive impact on the demand side of residential real estate, as it would boost sentiment for home ownership among a set of buyers who have traditionally been very conservative in matters pertaining to large financial commitments," said JLL India's CEO (Residential Services) Ashwinder Raj.
 
The increase in demand would be uniformly seen across India's more affordable cities. Pricier cities would not see much of an impact on this account, as this segment of potential home buyers will be looking primarily for budget homes, he said. 
 
Leading industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) said that acceptance of the Pay Commission's recommendations and a normal monsoon should propel consumption in the realty sector.
 
"A boost of Rs 1 lakh crore to the economy at a time when the global head winds are blowing right in our face would surely be a confidence building measure," said D.S. Rawat, Secretary General of Assocham.
 
"If the monsoon plays out as per the forecast, the increase in both urban and rural consumption should be a great help to sectors like housing.
 
Vineet Relia, Managing Director, SARE Homes, said: "We as developers hail the government's decision and the intent of the Pay Commission that would also help us to synergize with the growth of real estate and economic prosperity of the nation, coupled with boosting the investors sentiment to new heights."
 
The positive effect was also seen on realty sector's stock on the equity markets. The BSE's realty index closed the day's trade with appreciable gains.
 
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