Tamils in New Zealand observe Remembrance Day

Eelam Tamils in Auckland, New Zealand marked 'Maaverar Thinam 2011' on 27th November, Eelam's Remembrance Day. The event, organised by the Tamil Youth Organisation (NZ), was very well attended, with the venue - Mt Roskill Intermediate Hall - exceeding capacity. As with similar remembrance events held across the world, the commemorations began with the hoisting of Eelam's flag and the New Zealand flag, accompanied by their respective anthems. Following the traditional acts of commemoration,Mr Prabhaharan from Australian Tamil Radio was invited by TYO NZ as a guest speaker who gave the opening...

London universities hold ‘Youth Maaveerar Naal’

British Tamil students held an event at London South Bank University on Friday, dedicated to remembering to the young men and women who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for Eelam. Around 70 students gathered at the venue, with representatives from universities across London commencing the evening by lighting the traditional lamp, followed by the raising of both the British and Tamil Eelam flag. Students then lit candles and observed a moment silence to remember those that had passed. The event was attended by Deputy Leader of the ruling coalition Liberal Democrat Party, Simon Hughes,...

Imperial's Tamil society launch 2011's 'Breaking the Silence'

Tamil societies in universities across London have come together to hold 'Breaking the Silence' - a fortnight of exhibitions aimed at raising awareness about the war crimes and genocide comitted against the Tamils in the North-East. The campaign, consisting of posters, petitions and leaflets, was created by university Tamil societies, and will be displayed at each of the universitiies over the fortnight. The event is held to coincide with Tamil Remembrance Day, on 27th November. The Tamil societes are also holding a special, Youth Remembrance Day event for those who died in the struggle for...

Honouring the families of Eelam's heroes

The families of Eelam's heroes remember their loved ones, in Scarborough, Canada In the week leading up to Tamil Remembrance Day (Maaveerar Naal), held on the 27th November, the families of Eelam's heroes were honoured in events held across the world. In New Zealand, the Tamil Youth Organisation (TYO-NZ) led the event, held on Sunday 20th November in Auckland. Commencing with a silent tribute to all those who lost their lives in the struggle for the freedom on the Eelam Tamil homeland, each maaveerar family was presented with a copy of the book, 'The Unspeakable Truth’, which highlights the...

Canadian Tamil university students mark run up to Maaveerar Naal

Tamil societies in universities across Canada came together to run a string of remembrance events, marking the fortnight leading upto Maaveerar Naal 2011. For several years now, the Tamil societies take turns to hold remembrance events in campuses across the country. “Maaveerar Naal is the biggest event for Eelam Tamils living all around the world and every year Tamil Students Associations (TSA) take upon the duty of having Maaveerar Naal in their respective campus," said Priyanth Nallaratnam, spokesperson of the Tamil Youth Organization (TYO) – Canada "As youth we should always remember our...

Junior Super Star comes to London

Four very talented young singers from Chennai, India entertained cheering audiences in London, during Junior Super Star's premiere in the UK. The event, hosted by ILC Tamil Radio which broadcasts from North-West London, was very well received by the audience, with many enquiring about future events. Held on the 29th October in Croydon and the 30th October in Harrow, the young singers had crowds spellbound with songs from a variety of genres, whilst the dancers blew away the audience with their spectacular moves. Singers included Nithyashree, Priyanka, Srinisha and Shravan, as well as a young...

Fourth anniversary of Tamilselvan’s death commemorated in Europe

Events were held in Coventry, Britain and Berlin, Germany to remember the LTTE’s political leader Brigadier S.P. Tamilselvan and the five soldiers who were killed with him on 2nd November 2007. The event in Coventry was named “Nithiya Punnakai Arasan” to denote the ever smiling political leader who was killed by the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF). Both events began with the lighting of the traditional lamp, which was followed by a minute silence to pay respect to those who have lost their lives. Crowds then lined up to pay their respects by laying flowers and placing garlands on the photos of...

New university term kicks off bigger and better

As the first half of the university term passes by, the growth of Tamil societies across Britain’s capital has been astounding. London’s Tamil student community have been busy, working hard to make this year’s events more successful than ever before. Having held four incredible club nights so far this term, the societies have confirmed they have many more more planned. The year kicked off with King’s College London Tamil Society launching their first event “Casino Royale”. The sell-out event saw more than 200 students dressed to impress at the exclusive Anaya in Mayfair. The following week,...

Tamil youth promote higher education in Leicester

British Tamil youth hold Higher Education and Careers Convention in Leicester on Saturday 29th October 2011. The event was organised by TYO-UK in collaboration with Leicester Tamil Student Union. Following the success of TYO-UK's first convention, held in London earlier this year, Tamil school children and parents living in the midlands had approached the organisers requesting a similar event be held locally. The convention featured stalls highlighting various professions extremely popular amongst Tamil youths such as Medicine, Dentistry, Law, Finance, Accounting, Banking, Teaching and...

German Tamil School celebrates 22nd anniversary

Tamilalayam (Tamil School) Neuss celebrated their 22nd anniversary on the 15th October 2011, at Quirinus Grammar School in Neuss, Germany. The event, celebrating the existence of the Tamil school since 1989, included dancing, music, drama and speeches from students. The anniversary started with the traditional lighting of a flame by R. Nagalingam, the coordinator of the “Tamilische Bildungsvereinigung e.V.”, a Tamil education association, including 134 Tamil Schools in Germany. The first Tamil school in Germany was founded by R. Nagalingam and the coordinator of Tamilalayam Neuss K...

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