Tamil teachers felicitated at ceremony in London

The Tamil Education Development Council held its annual awards ceremony last Sunday, celebrating the contribution of 250 teachers at Tamil schools in the UK. The event at Harrow Leisure Centre was attended by over 1,000 people, including Tamil school pupils and their parents, with students given prizes for academic excellence Awards for outstanding contributions were also presented to teachers by the TEDC's Executive Head Ms Ariyaretnam “Our duty [to teach Tamil] will be carried on; our future generation will take this forward,” she said.

Cambridge University take 'Kings of Gaana' title

For the third year in a row, ‘Kings of Gaana’, the inter-university dance competition hosted by King’s College London Tamil Society, ended the Tamil student calendar with glitz, glamour and plenty of gaana! A raucous crowd, non-stop comedy from renowned comedians Kutti Hari and YouTube sensation Dayan Shan, and performances from a world renowned singer capped off a show packed with entertainment, as universities across Britain vied for the title. A celebration of gaana, a style of music unique to the Tamil culture, the competition saw teams pay tribute to traditional folk dance while also...

Thai Pongal celebrated across the globe

Photograph: Tamil Students Initiative

Breaking the Silence 2014: Queen Mary, University of London

Students from both the Queen Mary Tamil Society and the Barts Tamil Society ran a stall at the Mile End campus, last month as part of their annual 'Breaking the Silence' exhibition. The exhibition at the busy Library Square saw lots of student traffic, serving as a middle ground between lecture theatres and stands in front of the library and attracted many passersby. Students from the two Tamil societies showcased the exhibition, saying their main aim was to highlight the atrocious ongoing human rights violations committed against innocent Tamil civilians particularly sine the end of the...

Breaking the Silence 2014: UCL

Students at University College London held their annual 'Breaking the Silence' exhibition this term, raising awareness of the ongoing genocide of the Tamil people and human rights abuses taking place on the island of Sri Lanka. Taking place at the North Cloisters in the Main Building, dozens of passers by stopped to view the posters and artwork on display highlighting the ongoing human rights violations taking place. After viewing the exhibition, students wrote down their thoughts, expressing shock at the deplorable situation on the island. See photos from the event below. Breaking The...

Breaking the Silence 2014: St George’s

Photographs St George's Tamil Society After last year’s first ever 'Breaking the Silence' exhibition at St George’s, the exhibition, aimed at raising awareness of the genocide of Tamils and ongoing human rights violations in Sri Lanka, was held on December 1. Organised by St George's Tamil Society together with St George's Amnesty, the exhibition was set up outside St George’s Library, a hotspot for students ahead of January exams. As the day went on students stopped by, expressing their shock to the organisers that one of the top tourist and elective destinations had such a dark story hidden...

Tamils celebrate Christmas in Batticaloa despite heavy rains and flooding

Photographs BattiNews Tamils on the island of Puliyentheevu in Batticaloa gathered today to celebrate Midnight Mass despite heavy rains and flooding causing mass displacement across the East.

Breaking the Silence Journal: London Metropolitan University

The London Metropolitan University held its annual ‘Breaking The Silence’ awareness raising exhibition on December 9, highlighting the ongoing genocide committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka. The exhibition, displaying posters highlighting genocidal processes and mass atrocities committed against Tamils, was organised by the London Metropolitan University Tamil Society (LMTS) outside the university undergraduate office. The exhibition attracted interest from several students, who left messages expressing solidarity with the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. "We as a committee wanted to raise...

Breaking the Silence Journal: Kings College London

Kings College London held its annual 'Breaking the Silence' exhibition on the November 20, to raise awareness among fellow students of the human rights violations and mass atrocities committed against Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka. The exhibition, located in the university's ‘The Spit’ - a bustling area where students pass en route to the lecture theatres, was run by members of the KCL Tamil Society. The atrocities, including torture, sexual violence, enforced disappearance, war crimes and genocide, were exhibited through posters, paintings and a visual timeline of key events during the ethnic...

Youth Tamil footballer to train with top English Footballing Association scouts

A young Tamil footballer from Ilford, will have the opportunity to train with Premier League talent scouts after winning a national football competition last month. After being ranked first out of over 500 footballing applicants in the under-16 category, Raj Vijayarajah, will be given the chance to train at the English Football Association’s St George’s Centre of Excellence.