Breaking the Silence Journal 2014: Cardiff University

Cardiff Tamil Society kicked off this year's Breaking the Silence campaign by holding a week long exhibition, raising awareness of the ongoing genocide committed against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Organised in collaboration with the university's Amnesty International society, the campaign outlined the ongoing genocide and human rights abuses of the Tamil nation through a combination of posters, artwork, and informative conversation. The exhibition, held at the IV Lounge, Neuadd Merionydd building in the Heath Park campus and at the Cardiff University Law School, drew the attention of dozens of...

Tamil students inspired to excel at UKTSU's Careers Network 2014

Photography - Soozana Pvan Over 100 Tamil students and top professionals from several key industries came together for the UK Tamil Students Union's (UK TSU) careers event - Careers Network 2014 on October 30. Part of UKTSU's Careers Development Scheme, the event which was launched last year, offers aspiring school students one to one mentorship for UCAS applications, careers talks at schools throughout London and one to one interview preparation. Over 30 professionals from UKTSU’s network attended the event to provide free advice, work placement opportunities and CV guidance to the students...

Barts and London University Tamil Society host language workshop

The Barts and the London University Tamil Society and the university's Language and Culture Society, joined forced to host a ‘Basic skills in the Tamil language’ workshop on October 6th. The workshop looked to promote the language Tamil, emphasising its importance even in modern society, becoming one of the most common languages spoken in areas such as East London. This also looked to tackle the growing issue of an ageing population becoming more dependent on Tamil speaking doctors and medical students, and thus by promoting a better understanding of the language enables these medical...

Canada's York Uni introduces landmark Tamil studies award

Canada's York University has established the country's first ever scholarship graduate award in Tamil studies last month. The N. Sivalingam Award in Tamil Studies was founded by the university's alumni couple, Harini Sivalingam and Gary Anandasangaree, in memory of Ms Sivalingam's father. The Sivalingam award is intended to encourage and promote research on Tamil language, history, culture, society or the Tamil diaspora, the university said . N Sivalingam (Photo: York University) “When my sister and I were growing up in Toronto, my father encouraged us to take Tamil language classes,...

UK Tamil students hold workshop on university application process for Year 13s

Photographs TSI The Tamil Students Initiative (TSI), a network of UK university Tamil societies, held its ‘True Potential’ university entrance personal statement workshop last month. Held at Kings College London, the event saw current university students mentor school students into how to write an effective personal statement and go on to successfully secure a place at university. This year's workshop, which follows the extremely successful event last year, was held in collaboration with Tamil Societies from across the UK - including Cambridge, Imperial, Kings, LSE, UCL, and others...

Thileepan remembered 27 years on

Tamils remembered the death of Lt. Col. Thileepan last month, 27 years on, staging symbolic fasts and holding remembrance events around the world. Thileepan began a fast unto death on September 15, calling on the Indian government to honour pledges made to the Tamil people. He died on the 26th September 1987. See more here. Students at the University of Jaffna held a memorial event on the 27th death anniversary of hunger striker Lt Col Thileepan. See more here . Jaffna In Canada a symbolic hunger strike began at the Kandasamy temple hall, along side dance and music events remembering...

Kilithattu tournament sees Eelam Vaanavil hold on to trophy

Pictures (TYO) The Tamil Youth Organization - Canada's (TYO-Canada) 4th annual Kilithattu tournament in Toronto, Canada saw last year's champions Eelam Vaanavil win the coveted Tamileelam Heritage Challenge Trophy, whilst TYO-UK held their first Kilithattu tournament in London last month. The Canadian final was contested by the team from Montreal and Vaddukoddai Warriors, made up of students from the University of Waterloo. A total of 15 teams, made up of Tamil Student Associations from universities in Canada, took part in the tournament at the Major Abbas Ali Park in Toronto. Kilithattu is...

Thileepan memorial marked with music in Denmark

The town of Lkast in Denmark hosted a singing contest in remembrance of Lt. Col. Thileepan this month, with Tamils from across Europe gathering to take part. The event, entitled ’Thesathin Kuyilkal 2014’ saw contestants sing songs about the Tamil homeland, showcasing their vocal talents to a packed out audience. The evening began with the raising of the Tamil Eelam flag and the lighting of the sacrificial flame, after which candles were placed in front of portraits of Lt Col. Thileepan, Col. Sankar and Col. Rayu, in remembrance of their deaths. Lt. Col Thileepan fasted to death on a hunger...

Norway's Drammen Tsk wins 21st Karumpuli Memorial Football Cup

Norway's Drammen TSK football team won the 21st Karumpuli Memorial Cup on August 23, pushing Denmark's Sønderborg and OTSC into second and third place respectively. The championship, organised by Denmark Tamil Sports Council, involved 18 teams in total, including five from Norway and one team from Sweden. Sønderborg's Praveen Ranjithkumar was named 'Man of the Match', whilst Ranjithan from Drammen Tsk was awarded the accolade of 'Best Goalie'.

Tamil Eelam U14 reach quarterfinals in Denmark football cup

An Under-14 Tamil Eelam football selection reached fourth place in the Vildbjerg Cup in Denmark earlier this month. The team won their first two games, but lost the quarterfinal 2:1.

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