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,”...

UTSC Assassins crowned winners of Thaalam 2012

The winners of Thaalam 2012 UTSC Assassins (Pictures: CTYA/DEV) The Canadian inter-university/college dance competition, Thaalam 2012, was held on June 24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s John Bassett Theatre in Toronto. The UTSC Assassins won against tough competition and lifted the coveted trophy, with the Oshawa Titans winning second place. MacFlow Marauders, Montreal Maniacs, Ryerson Royalty and York/Seneca Huskies were the other teams that took part in the event, which had been sold out for days. All participating teams showed passion, dedication, and hard work throughout their...

German Tamils raise awareness of genocide

At a multicultural event in the western town of Siegen, German Tamils raised awareness of the genocide by handing out leaflets and documents with information about the sufferings of Tamils in the North-East of Sri Lanka. The information was well received by Germans in the town, several of them raising concerns about the safety of Mannar Bishop Joseph Rayappu. One visitor remarked that the genocide of Tamils was ‘one of the worst humanitarian crises ever’. Other visitors congratulated German Tamils on their effort and requested Tamils to continue working till justice is gained.

Canadian Tamil youth mark Students Uprising Day

Canadian Tamil youth mark the 38th anniversary of Pon. Sivakumaran with a football tournament in his memory. Photographs TYO-Canada Media

Aadukalam kicks off in Singapore

Competitors from across Malaysia and Singapore came together for the inaugural Aadukalam dance event, in a star-studded night that saw teams battle it out for a $10,000 prize. The spectacular event, hosted by Mirage Mirrors Productions, was held in aid of the establishment of the Performing Arts Society for the Physically Challenged, a society that aims to engage the physically challenged through the arts, to identify talent and build confidence amongst them. 3 dance groups from Singapore and 3 dance groups from Malaysia competed over two rounds for the top prize, the “Your Choice round” and...

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