Legendary Tamil actor and comedian Vivek passes away

Celebrated Kollywood actor and comedian Vivek passed away in the wee hours of Saturday aged 59. He was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai on Friday due to a sudden cardiac arrest and succumbed to it on Saturday. Tamil actors, politicians and the general public flooded to Vivek’s residence in the neighbourhood of Virugambakkam to pay their last respects where he lay in state. An accomplished actor, Vivek was also widely admired for his social work. Particularly noted was his mission to plant 10 million tree saplings across Tamil Nadu at the behest of former President of India A.P.J...

Former LTTE cadre among 5 Tamils arrested by Sri Lanka terrorism division

Five Tamils, including one former LTTE cadre, were arrested by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on Saturday morning. Four people in Jaffna were arrested in the early hours on charges of forming groups aimed at reestablishing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), reportedly after having a telephone conversation with individuals arrested on weapons charges in India. Out of the four arrested, two were from the Ilavalai police division, whilst the other two were from Irupalai and Palali. A former LTTE cadre from Puthukudiyiruppu, Mullaitivu was also arrested by the TID...

Images of Resistance: An Archive of Action

( Ottawa, 11 April, 2009. Photo Credit: Ninaivukal ) The Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action has organised a physical and virtual exhibition showcasing interview, documents, photographs, and untold stories of the 2008-2009 Toronto Protests against the genocidal war in Sri Lanka. (Fort York Visitor Centre, Toronto, 16 April 2021. Photo Credit: Neethan Shan ) This project which brought together over 600 collected photos was a combined project with the support of Neethan Shan, Thevya Balendran, and Hiba Abdallah. The exhibition, which displays thousands gathering for protests from September...

STF hospitalise 2 Tamils in Jaffna

Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force (STF) have hospitalised two Tamils in eastern Vadamarachchi, Jaffna, as they opened fire on their vehicle. The two people were shot and seriously injured before being admitted to Point Pedro Base Hospital. The STF has claimed that they opened fire as the two individuals were engaged in illegal sand mining and tried to escape. The individuals were from the Thunnalai area. The police have said that they are investigating the issue. The issue of illegal sand mining has been a focal point of tension between Tamils and the Sri Lankan security forces in recent years...

Sri Lankan Minister defends Hitler comparison as 'personal opinion'

Responding to concerns raised over a government Minister’s call for Sri Lanka’s President to act more like Hitler, government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella defended the Minister’s statement as a “personal opinion” and maintained that they should not be taken seriously. In his statement, Dilum Amunugama, Sri Lanka’s Minister for Transport, claimed that; “6.9 million people who voted for Gotabaya Rajapaksa wanted him to be a Hitler”, when speaking about the Sri Lankan president’s 2019 election victory”. He added that “when he [Gotabaya Rajapaksa] fails to do so, they criticise him”...

Canadian parliamentarians celebrate Tamil New Years

Canadian parliamentarians, including their Prime Minister, have wished the Tamil community in Canada and worldwide a happy new year and thanked them for their contribution.

British parliamentarians celebrate Tamil New Year and demand justice

Several UK politicians, including the Prime Minister's Office, have shared their thanks to the British Tamil community and wished them a happy new year as well as highlighting the dire situation in Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister's Office tweeted: Happy New Year to those celebrating #Puthandu . Britain’s Tamil community makes an enormous, positive contribution to our society. Once again, it remains important to celebrate safely and remember hands, face, space and fresh air. pic.twitter.com/AAe9RNAzm2 — UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) April 14, 2021 Shaun Bailey, the candidate for the...

Tamil Puthandu observed in the North-East

The Tamil New Year, which falls on the first day of the month of Chithirai in the Tamil calendar, was celebrated across the Tamil homeland on Wednesday, April 14. With some referring to the April festival as an exclusively Hindu and sanskritised holiday, there is debate among Tamil communities as to whether the day truly represents a Tamil New Year. Although socially and politically, a lot more prominence is given to the secular Tamil festival of Thaipongal, Chithirai Puthandu is still widely celebrated by Tamils in the North-East and globally. Jaffna Special worshipping took place in the...

Former Sri Lankan Human Rights Commissioner petitions against Prevention of Terrorism Act

A Fundamental Rights petition has been filed by Sri Lanka's former Human Rights Commissioner, Ambika Satkunanathan, in the Supreme Court against the expansion of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which permit the state to "de-radicalise" and "rehabilitate" individuals who hold "violent extremist ideology". The bill, which was originally enacted in 1979, has predominately used against Tamils and has been linked to enforced disappearances and torture. Amongst other controversial provisions, the regulations permit persons other than police officers to arrest individuals and to detain them...

1 year since lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah was detained

Photograph: Amnesty International Today marks a year since the detention of prominent Muslim human rights lawyer, Hejaaz Hizbullah, who was detained under Sri Lanka’s draconian and internationally condemned Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

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