Kachchathivu feast :
IMBL patrolling intensified
Fishermen from Sri Lanka and India have thronged the Kachchathivu
Island to attend the annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church and the
authorities from both countries said that they had intensified
patrolling on the International Martime Boundary Line (IMBL) to ensure
the safety and security of the devotees attending the feast, officials
of the two countries said.
The annual feast of St. Anthony’s church, Kachchathivu is held in
March and devotees, especially from the fishing community of both
countries, attend the feast in the belief that St. Anthony provides
protection for fishermen as the Patron saint of seafarers.
The Sri Lanka Navy has taken steps to facilitate the conduct of the
annual feast of St. Anthony’s Church in Kachchathivu on a grand scale,
under the direction of the Ministry of Defence and the supervision of
the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Somathilake
Dissanayake, a spokesman for the the Sri Lanka Navy said.
Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasooriya said the Navy has
provided all infrastructure facilities, including development of all
by-roads and installation of sanitary and drinking water facilities in
the Kachchathivu island in Sri Lanka’s northern waters on the
instructions of the Commander Northern Naval Area Rear Admiral Ravindra