The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has ruled in favour of a group of teachers who had been prevented from wearing the Abaya at school.In March 2018, four Assistant teachers of Sri Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College, Trincomalee lodged a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) that the Principal and the School Board of Management prohibited them from wearing the Abaya at school. HRCSL in its recommendations states that national schools are bound by the Constitution and cannot violate the absolute right to religious freedom under Article 10. The school justified the prohibition on the basis that historically the school, which was founded by a Hindu, has followed Hindu traditions, and wearing the Abaya was not in line with the customs of the school. The denial of the right of the complainants to wear their traditional dress as well as the arbitrary nature of the transfers to other schools were done on the basis the religion of the complainants. Hence, the rights to which the complainants are entitled as per Article 12 (1) and 12 (2) of the Constitution have been violated, HRCSL said.The Commission further states that although the manifestation of religion, under Article 14 (1) (e), can be restricted in order to recognize and respect the rights and freedoms of others, ensuring another person’s religious freedom does not require barring the wearing of the Abaya at school. The Commission reiterates the need for respect for diversity and pluralism in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country such as Sri Lanka, and calls upon the Ministry of Education and the Zonal Education Director to conduct awareness raising programmes on diversity and pluralism for school principals, teachers, students and parents.The Commission also noted with deep concern that the use of social media, such as Facebook, to share information related to the case in the public domain without any regard for the confidentiality of the proceedings and without the permission of the parties concerned or the Commission is a breach of ethical responsibilities.In this case, such acts only served to incite religious and ethnic hatred and intolerance within the community and led to the harassment and intimidation of the complainants and respondents. Since such acts can even lead to inter community violence, the Commission calls upon all citizens to be mindful of the misuse of social media as weapons in campaigns to incite religious and ethnic hatred and violence and use social media responsibly as a tool to promote inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding and harmony. (Colombo Gazette)
Varel International, a leading manufacturer of drill bits and global supplier to the drilling industry, has completed the acquisition of the Rotary Percussion System (RPS) product line and assets of Renegade Tools. The line of high frequency, low impact percussion hammer tools complements the already robust suite of tools Varel supplies to the mining industry. This product line, under development since 2005, allows drillers to use traditional roller cone or PDC drill bits in air, mist, or foam fluid applications, increasing the rate of penetration through efficiently combining the complimentary forces of both rotary and hammer drilling. “We are very pleased with the addition of the RPS technology to the portfolio of products Varel brings to the global marketplace” said Jim Nixon, President and CEO of Varel International. “RPS promises to enhance drilling efficiencies for our blasthole mining customers. We look forward to working with the team at Renegade to rapidly bring RPS to market.”Speed Collingsworth, Varel’s Vice President for Mining and Industrial products discussed some of the advantages of the RPS technology, “In field testing in several different applications in the Western Hemisphere we have found that the RPS tools not only increase drilling rate by 25% or more but additionally deliver a straighter, cleaner drilled hole. A cleaner hole reduces the need for time consuming back reaming and a straighter hole improves rock fragmentation during blasting. Better rock fragmentation improves efficiencies at the crusher reducing costs.”Joe Goebel, Co-Principal for Renegade expressed his thoughts on the transfer of Renegade’s RPS technology, “Varel’s unique position in the mining supply industry coupled with its global reach will accelerate the advancement of this new technology into the market. We have developed and evolved RPS over several years and look forward to working with Varel to take it to the next stage of delivering results for drilling customers worldwide.”“Varel has the engineering, metallurgy, distribution, and supply chain assets needed to take RPS to the next level,” added Ross Bassinger, Co-Principal of Renegade. “Over the past year we have forged a great relationship with Varel that has allowed us to prove the commercial applicability of RPS. Over the coming quarters we will work with Varel personnel to evaluate candidate RPS applications and to fine tune the products to meet customer needs.”Renegade Drilling Tools is a private drilling technology development enterprise based in Austin, Texas. The company focuses on providing solutions to the mining industry through its expertise in impact hammer development.