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...

Tamils protest against Sri Lanka at London2012 on final day

Marking the final day of the London 2012 Olympics, Tamils stood in solidarity with the hunger striker, Gobi Sivanthan, and protested against Sri Lanka's inclusion. Crowds gathered to the spot in Stratford, by the Olympic stadium where Sivanthan had been on hunger strike since 22nd July, as he broke his protest fast at 4pm of the final day, as planned.

FeTNA celebrates Silver Jubilee in grand style

“Velu Naachiyar” by Sri Ram Sarma dance group from Tamil Nadu Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America ( FeTNA ) celebrated its 25th Annual Convention in grand style at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland at a two day gala event on July 6th and 7th. FeTNA is a non-profit umbrella organisation of 40 Tamil Sangams across North America which celebrates a mega event each year in different parts of the country in recognising Tamil cultural values through music, dance, literature and drama performances, including those from Tamil Nadu and Eelam Tamils. Dance depicting the...

British Tamils protest against Sri Lanka at Olympics

Hundreds of British Tamils gathered in London on Friday evening to protest against Sri Lanka’s participation in the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the reported invite to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the opening ceremony. Protestors gathered along Aspen Way, which Olympic vehicles, including members of the Royal Family, passed on their way to the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. Beating drums and chanting slogans condemning Sri Lanka’s genocide of the Tamil people, the protesters called for the suspension of the country from inetrnational sporting events. Reports...

Canadian Tamil youth #Remember83

Photographs YUTSA Remembering the pogrom of Black July 1983, the Tamil Youth Organisation Canada and Tamil students at the York University Tamil Student's Association (YUTSA) ran a social media campaign to remember the massacre of '83. Stating that "scars are never forgotten", YUTSA encouraged fellow Tamil youth to send twitter and facebook messages with the phrase #Remember83 as well as write the phrase on their hands and post in photographs of their act of remembrance. The hashtag enables it to become a searchable entity on social media sites, that users can then track as a 'trend'. The...

Dartford Tamil school holds its first sports day

Dartford Tamil Knowledge Centre (DTKC) hosted its first ever sports day on the 30th of June 2012 at Dartford Holy Trinity Church Primary School. The event was attened by chief guests Kim Anderson, a former Royal Navy Reserve Officer and currently a police officer, and Lorraine Sylvester, the police liaison officer for Dartford and Bluewater. The day started with the lighting of the ceremonial light and a march past by the students of the Tamil school. The Union flagwas hoisted by Mr Anderson, Tamil Eelam’s flag by the school chairman Mr A Sanjeevan and the DTKC flag by the school head teacher...

Karumpuli Naal commemorated by Swedish Tamils

The Tamil Youth Organisation – Sweden commemorated the 25th Black Tigers Day with a cricket tournament. A total of eight teams participated in the tournament, which had group and knock-out stages. The final, played over 12 overs, proved to be a thriller, with Sweden Tamil United defeating Helsingborg Boys and lifting the trophy. Throughout the event, visitors paid respect to the Black Tigers by laying flowers at a memorial at the event.

25th Karumpuli Naal remembered

Tamils around the world are commemorating the 25th annual Black Tigers Day. On the 5th of July 1987, the first Black Tiger Captain Miller attacked a Sri Lankan Army garrison in Nelliyadi in the Jaffna district. Every year since, Tamils around the world commemorate Karumpuli Naal on this day. Karumpuli Naal was observed widely in the North-East of the island until 2009. A statue of Captain Miller was destroyed by armed men, suspected to be Sri Lankan soldiers, in 2006. TYO-UK launches organ donor drive (05 Jul 2012) Black Tigers Day remembered across Europe (06 Jul 2012) Karumpuli Naal...

TYO-UK launches organ donor drive

The Tamil Youth Organisation – UK has launched a campaign to encourage British Tamils to register themselves as organ donors. The campaign 'Anka Thaanam' (Organ Donation) will see members of the TYO raising awareness in Tamil and English at community events and through friends and family to get as many new donors as possible. 'Anka Thaanam' commenced on July 5, marking the 25th Karumpuli Naal, and will end on July 25, the day Tamils remember the pogroms of Black July. “There is a real need to raise awareness about the importance of registering as an organ donor within the Tamil community,”...

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