‘Tamils of Lanka’ -  Showcasing history, culture and politics 

An exhibition was held by the Tamil Information Centre this weekend, showcasing the history, culture and politics of the Tamil people on the island in memory of the massacres in Mullivaikkal a decade ago. The exhibition, entitled ‘Tamils of Lanka: A Timeless Heritage’, brought together a variety of artwork, historical texts and carefully preserved artefacts that provided a glimpse of Tamils throughout the ages on the island. Hundreds of visitors came throughout the weekend to explore the stalls documenting life on the island, from ancient times to the de facto state built under the Liberation...

‘Structures of Tamil Eelam’ - a glimpse back at the de-facto state

Tamil youth in Switzerland have released a book documenting life in the Vanni during the ceasefire, as part of attempts to commemorate periods of self rule throughout Tamil history.

Toronto mayor backs bid for Tamil community centre

Toronto’s mayor John Tory met with members of the Tamil community last month and pledged his office’s support behind a drive to create a cultural and recreational hub for Tamil-Canadians.

Thousands attend showcase of British Tamil businesses

Tamil businesses showcased their products and services at the 5th London Tamil Market this weekend, attended by thousands of British Tamils.

'Album of Persecution: Justice, Despair, Tears' - Jaffna photo exhibition

The long running campaign by families of the disappeared across the Tamil homeland was highlighted in a moving photo exhibition, 'Album of Persecution: Justice, Despair, Tears', in Jaffna last week.

Canadian Minister and MPs join Tamil Heritage Month celebration in Montreal

A Canadian minister and several MPs joined over 1000 Quebec Tamils to celebrate Tamil Heritage Month in January. The event showcased Tamil history, tradition, culture and food as well as highlighted the notable achievements of members of the Quebec Tamil community. The event was attended by Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and several MPs including Faycal El-Khoury, Eva Nassif, Emmanuella Lambropoulos and Gary Anandasangaree. Elected officials from the provincial and municipal governments were also among the guests, as well community leaders from the Filipino, Haitian and Sikh...

British Tamil students build media centre at Mullaitivu school

A new media centre funded by a British Tamil student group was opened at a Mullaitivu school on January 29. The media centre at Kumulamunai Maha Vidyalayam was a project conceived and funded by the UK Tamil Students Union (UKTSU). The centre will serve the school's 525 students aged 11-18 and is equipped with computers, wireless internet, printers, interactive whiteboard and other IT equipment. UKTSU came up with the project after meeting with Kumulamunai students in 2014 and hearing about their dreams and aspirations. The media centre will "assist the students with their education and enrich...

Temple for Tamil king Ravanan opened in Jaffna

A new Saiva Tamil temple paying tribute to the legendary Tamil king Ravanan has been opened in Moolai - Ponnalai in the Jaffna district.

Evoking the armed struggle - the kites at VVT festival

Crowds at Valvettithurai beach cheered as kites bearing motifs of the Tamil armed struggle took to the skies for the annual Thai Pongal kite festival on January 14. Entries included a military tank which bore red and yellow flags, the colours of Tamil Eelam, a hybrid tank decorated with what appeared to be tiger stripes, and a boat named ‘Angayarkanni’ - a possible tribute to the LTTE’s first female Black Tiger.

Canadian Prime Minister calls for justice in Sri Lanka, as politicians praise Tamil diaspora at Thai Pongal

Speaking at an event to mark Thai Pongal in Toronto last week, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for justice and accountability in Sri Lanka, as dozens of Canadian politicians from across the political spectrum praised the Tamil diaspora’s contributions. Trudeau noted that 2019 marks ten years since the end of the armed conflict on the island, where tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed, and said that it “leads many of us to reflect still on family members and loved ones who were affected, who lost their lives or injured and harmed in those 25 terrible years”. “We need...

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