Mobile towers no health threat: Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, March 13 (IANS): Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday that fears of mobile towers being hazardous to health are not true, adding that reports from the World Health Organisation do not substantiate the claim. Replying to supplementaries in the Rajya Sabha, Prasad said government is talking to private telecom companies for reinforcing infrastructure.
“For infrastructure, we need towers, if we don’t have permission to install towers, then infrastructure will not improve,” Prasad said responding to a query on call dropping and other problems. “Right now, there is a campaign going on in the country that it (mobile towers) emits health hazard. I have myself examined it at some point of time, I will come with further details to this house. This entire campaign is not very substantial,” Prasad informed Rajya Sabha. “There have been proper studies of WHO… there are 30 reports. I got my committee established, and I want to assure the house proper infrastructure for towers ought to be allowed,” the minister said.
Prasad also said that the government is working to enhance the infrastructure for MTNL and BSNL and several new towers will be erected. “The health of BSNL and MTNL is not good. As long as public sector is not strong competition will not be healthy,” the minister said. “25,000 new towers will be erected by BSNL, MTNL is also building 800 to 900 more towers in Delhi and Mumbai,” he said.

Here’s how to make voice calls on Whatsapp

Washington, March 13 (ANI): Whatsapp has reportedly rolled out its calling feature that is available on running version 2.11.528 from the Play Store, version 2.11.531 from WhatsApp’s website or it can be activated after users get “invited” by receiving a call. According to, the feature gets activated after users receive a call on whatsapp from someone who already has it. After the call, Whatsapp is activated immediately after the app is closed and reopened again. Once activated, there will be a 3-tab layout on the whatsapp homescreen showing calls, chats and contacts. The calls tab shows incoming, outgoing and missed calls with precise timings.