Col Parithi memorial event held in London

A vigil was held for Nadarajah Mathinthiran, alias Colonel Parithi, who was assassinated last Thursday in Paris. Hundreds of people filled Copland Community School in Wembley to remember Col Parithi on Sunday evening. The sombre event was marked by speeches by several community leaders and there were queues as people lined up to light candles and lay flowers in his memory.

UKTSU teams up with Lebara co-owner for “The Entrepreneurial Way”

UKTSU (UK Tamil Students’ Union), a charity organisation, run by students for students, has teamed up the co-owner and chairman of Lebara Group, Ratheesan Yoganathan, to present an innovative business scheme, aimed at developing and nurturing Tamil entrepreneurs who are aspiring to build their own businesses - “The Entrepreneurial Way”. Aimed at university students, graduates, and anyone who dreams of creating a business of their own, the scheme intends on equipping these budding business people with the expert knowledge, experience, and contacts, to succeed. Supported by two successful...

Saraswathy poosai celebrations in Darford

Photographs courtesy of Dartford Tamil Knowledge Centre (DTKC) As the Hindu festival of Navarathiri gets underway, children at the Dartford Tamil Knowledge Centre marked the event with a traditional Saraswathy poosai (prayer service) and offerings of pongal, vadai, fruit, flowers, etc. Held in dedication to Saraswathy, considered by devotees to be the goddess of learning and education, devotees traditionally place books, instruments or any object of learning at the poosai, to receive her blessings.

TYO Canada and Tamil Student Associations mark Transition 2012

The Tamil Youth Organization – Canada hosted its third annual Transition Ceremony on September 21. The event is held every year to mark the importance Tamil Students’ Associations (TSAs) across Canada play in the Tamil community and mark the transition of the executive teams at the beginning of the academic year. TSAs are instrumental in promoting the Eelam Tamil identity of Canadian Tamil students and this year’s event, held at the Princess Banquet Hall in Scarborough, Ontario, saw the handing over of the Tamil Eelam national flag from the outgoing to the incoming executive teams. Members of...

Freedom to dance - Aadukalam 2012

Photographs courtesy of Riverside Photography Tamil youths from across the globe came together last Saturday to participate in Global Tamil Youth League’s international dance contest Aadukalam, hosted this year by TYO-UK in London. Teams from Canada, Malaysia, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and the home team the UK, all participated in putting on a spectacular show and an excitingly close competition. The tough job of judging was left to an experienced panel comprised of Thuvaraga Kamalarajah - Bharathanatyam and Bollywood dancer and teacher and hip hop dancer-choreographers Jade Hinksman and...

Thileepan remembered 25 years on

Students at Ryerson University remember the anniversary of Thileepan's fast unto death 25 years on.

Second annual Kilithattu tournament takes place in Canada

Over 20 teams battled it out to claim the Tamil Eelam Heritage Trophy, at Canada’s second annual Kilithattu tournament earlier this month. Following the success of last year’s event, the Kilithattu tournament returned with many of last year’s teams, and plenty of new ones, with high schools, colleges and universities all taking part. The participants all chose team names that reflected their Eelam identity, with teams such as Vaddukoddai Warriors and Ellalan Kings taking part. The final saw defending champions Eelam 89ers take on the Flying Leopards in a tightly contested match. The game...

MC Sai's ascent to The Throne

Photograph courtesy of Rebelstar Records It's been a dream of five years in the making - London-based Tamil rapper MC Sai is finally preparing to release his album: Simmasanam – The Throne. Exploding onto the UK Tamil scene at 15 and making a name for himself as the youngest Tamil rapper, Sai's breakthrough track - Pulihalikae Savala - came in 2009. Since then Sai’s music has gone from strength to strength, taking him worldwide to fans across Canada, Asia and Europe. The 21-year-old is now ready to reveal the crowning glory of his musical career, an album which he describes as a deep insight...

American Tamil pioneer of pop-up robotics named top innovator

Photograph http://popularkinetics.wordpress.com/category/pop-up-books/ Rob Wood and Pratheev Sreetharan. Photograph Justin Ide, Harvard News Office. http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news-events/press-releases/sreetharan-named-to-tr35 A pioneer of pop-up robotics, Pratheev Sreetharan, an American Tamil Harvard graduate, has been named as one thirty-five of the world's top innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review magazine published by MIT. A panel of expert judges and Technology Review editorial staff selected Sreetharan from over 300 nominees, for his work in the development of a new...

British Tamil youth take centre stage at London 2012 Olympics

Six times gold medallist and Britain's most successful Olympian Chris Hoy and British Tamil Nila Natkunan lead Team GB into the Olympic stadium at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics Oscar winning director of the opening ceremony, Danny Boyle and Joel Joseph Joel Joseph during his performance in the opening ceremony Beach volleyball line judge, Mathiynan Nithiyananthan from Wembley The much celebrated London 2012 Olympics was not just a spectator sport for the capital's Eelam Tamil youth. From volunteers, to games makers to performers and torch-bearers, they were embedded into the...

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