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Thousands Of Indian Fishermen To Visit Kachchathivu

Mar 19, 2011 10:47:19 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The Sri Lanka Navy says that over 3,000 South Indian pilgrims are expected to participate at the feast of St. Anthony at the Kachchathivu Island in the North.

The annual St. Anthony’s feats at Kachchathivu Island is to take place today (19) and tomorrow (20).

The Sri Lankan government last week announced that restrictions imposed on Tamil Nadu fishermen on entering the Sri Lankan waters would be lifted during March 19 and 20th to allow them to participate in the annual religious festival.

Sri Lanka took over the Kachchathivu Island in 1974 from India based on the Indo-Lanka Maritime Boundary Agreement.

The Navy has told the media that several thousands of fishermen from South India had participated in the religious activities in the Island last year as well.