26 February, 2020

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Gota’s Viyathmaga Governor Seetha Arambepola Violates Constitution To Make Bucks

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Viyathmaga member and the Governor of the Western Province Seetha Arambepola is in stark violation of the constitution of Sri Lanka and continues profiting in her professional capacity, Colombo Telegraph can reveal today.

Governor of the Western Province Seetha Arambepola

Seetha Arambepola is an ENT surgeon by profession and was appointed as the Governor of the Western Province of Sri Lanka from December 2019.

However Governor Arambepola despite functioning as the Western Province Governor can still be consulted as an ENT surgeon every day at the Golden Key Hospital Ltd and Hemas Hospital – Thalawathugoda and Wattala.

According to the 154B (7) of the Constitution, the Governor shall not hold any other office or place of profit. It says: “Upon such assumption of office a Governor shall cease to hold any other office created or recognized by the Constitution, and if he is a Member of Parliament, shall vacate his seat in Parliament. The Governor shall not hold any other office or place of profit.”

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    Seetha Give it up and stick to your knitting for the benefit of ones who need you at Hospitals , with the comments you hear it is not worth it

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekers

      A friend of mine is looking for a job.
      He is willing to pay the right person if he/she finds him the right position.
      He has his own requirement, and written a Job Description. The Employer, a state institution should honour his demands:

      Starting time at his convenience, tea on arrival, … prefer to cover all main headlines on all newspapers as soon as he arrive at the office. 12 to 2 lunch, some days extended lunch too.

      Possibility of two days working from home.
      Entitled to limitless short leaves, podi gamanak geela enang facilities, …

      Basically Management should not take notice of him.

      Can you fix him in one of those state institutions so that it would give an impression that he holds an important job?

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        Dear Native,

        Has your friend got O Levels at least, because that will be an added advantage when fronting up to the Interview..

        Did you write his CV?…Native..

        BTW Dr Rani’s Economics Whizz Kid Dr Harsh , the ex Minister of UNP Economic Development is warning Prez Nandasena about an impending crisis the Prez is going to face trying to pay USD 6 Billion before 2023..

        How caring is this Dr Harsha about our inhabitants Debt Crisis.
        God Bless him..

        Pity Dr Harsha took that Selfie with your fav ex UNP Minister without the Wig.

        Otherwise I could have put a word to Wimal Weerwansa and tried to get him on to new PSC, to sit next to his buddy ex Minister..Baithideen..

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          KASmaalam K A Sumanasekers

          “Has your friend got O Levels at least, because that will be an added advantage when fronting up to the Interview..”

          I haven’t asked him.
          Why does he need O Levels if you are going to fix him a job according to his job description?

          What is Windbag Wimal upto, he was seen in Oddusuddan with several of his b***s carriers, during his royal visit he promised to activate the tile factory within three months. I thought he was mad (he is indeed mad), by now Basil would have had some innovative plans for the old building, perhaps he could deploy asset stripping strategy, …………….

          What is your Mango friend Dayan doing now apart from recycling his old stuff together with name dropping, …..? You should use your good offices to find him a job.

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      May Ratathabakola aka grass be the the main course of the 6.9 Mio in this country. No point of talk to them.
      Good educated buddists monk be wise and put us in to proper tracks. Else Bps will ruin this country again.

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        May Ratathanakola be the principle food of the masses. They dont deserve rice any more. Let Rice prices go up.
        Let over 6.9 mio be rotten in the hell for the great betrayal.
        If IRAN-US war would be the reality, ballige putha Led SRILANKA would sink before MALDIVEs or Mexican city.

        Then bath, soru, rice could well be given for the cattle of country.

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      She can do private practice. This does not violate the constitution since she is not holding a office in addition to her post of the Governor. She only does a professional Service to the nation using her professional knowledge.

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    All this is “ bullshit. This situation would not be there if the “ yahapalanaya “ government took action against all that the persons allegedly guilty of various crimes Instead , they gave them protection. Why, because all of them have plenty of skeletons in their cupboards. “ you scratch my back and I ‘ll scratch yours. “ . This news paper has to sell and most of the time their articles are of poor substance. They are also profit oriented.edfie Wijesuriya

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    We are playing into their hands. Only way forward is to embrace diversity and finding common ground to build unity.
    ..
    Divide and rule is the way of the world. Greed is our enemy. Patience and compromise is our friend. Pride, ego, selfishness, family over humanity and anything else is a subset of Greed.
    ..
    Greed leads to fear and hope leads to love. We choose our destiny. Don’t blame God or anything else for our greed.

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      This is utter bull shit. What about MP’s who are attorneys. Sumanthitan has appeared in courts while still a MP.

    • 0
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      your religious theme fit into US, UK, EU , Catholic and other Western churches and Tamil Tigers’ supporters. OF course, Christian in Sri lanka and other religious extremist groups do not wish to have Sinhalese Buddhist exist in Sri lanka. As a part of it, their daily “propaganda prayer”is for the fall of Sinhalese Buddhists. Then your “greedy supporters” can grab the Indian ocean.

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    Nearly 70 Laks people voted for Gotabaya. He is doing the . . will of the Majority Sinhalese Aryans. This ColomboTelegraph same as a Tamilnet and Terrorists Oriented news broadcaster. Every Sri Lankans now knows who are the wealth robbers of Sinhalese Aryans Land. Same as ‘SIRASA” owners of Colombo Telegraph owners are wealth robbers of Sinhalese Aryans Land, Sri Lanka

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    If Ranil was the president he would have appointed GONAWALA SUNIL or may be Potta Naufer. Would not that be
    This is hatred, Jealousy. CRAP constitution. It has destroyed Sri Lanka.

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    When Sonia Gandhi quit for holding Office of Profit
    Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/content/654739/when-sonia-gandhi-quit-holding.html
    Nearly 12 years ago, the Office of Profit law had claimed its most famous scalp the then Congress President and the then National Advisory Council Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
    The controversy arose due to an oversight by Congress’ political managers who apparently forgot to seek exemption from the Office of Profit Act for the post of the Chairman, NAC. The NAC was created to advise the then UPA government headed by Prime Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. That Gandhi too held an office of profit came to light after the Congress had stepped up a campaign against SP Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan, who also held the post of the Chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Corporation. According to Article 102 (1)(a) of the Constitution, a person shall be disqualified as MP for holding any office of profit under the government of India or the government of any state, other than an office declared by Parliament by law not to disqualify its holder.

    Gandhi resigned from her Lok Sabha membership on March 23, 2006 even as the Election Commission was considering a petition against her. Gandhi quit as Lok Sabha member from Rae Bareli and was re-elected soon after.

    Bachchan was the first to be disqualified by Election Commission for holding office of profit.

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    CT reported that Dr Seetha Arambepola was engaging in private practice for financial gain while being the Governor of the WP in contravention of the CONSTITUTION.
    A senior respected GP in the city, a practising Buddhist much better than many politicians in the SAFFRON ROBE said that she offers her services F R E E and the charges were hospital charges only.
    He clearly said anyone can check with those hospitals and ascertain the truth.
    In fairness to her who offers free services to patients must be appreciated and thought of passing on the info so that you could verify

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      Really . Joking.

  • 1
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    Bloody shame on this ENT doctor, its better to beg on streets. Mr. President is this right what you are doing. Is this what sinhalese people were expecting from you to appoint this lady governor? The sinhala aryans are watching your ways.

  • 0
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    If then primminister could appoint a foreigner as the central bank governor who robbed it why can’t a genuine lady who has a vision could be the governor of WP.

  • 4
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    The governor is working tirelessly day and night to clean the city and address the dengu issue in Colombo. She had not accepted any of the benefits that comes with the position either. The author ignores many other facts as well. She is a wife and a mother who got other responsibilities towards her family. Anyone who can manage their time wisely could handle multiple things at once. If you can’t appreciate anyone’s goodness it’s ok.. but for the rest think twice before you jump in to conclusions.. if you don’t see how clean Colombo already and how the stock market rose last few days atleast be thankful for not getting infected woth dengu.. it’s probably because of her…

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    She is a ENT consultant, They can easily get a good job in UK or Australia and Live happily. But this Lady has come back and now trying to do something to make her country a better place. What she has done up to now itself is praiseworthy.

    Should we encourage her or pull her down ?

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      Sorry MC. These Sri Lankan specialists(consultants) can not easily get jobs in UK or Australia. They have to start from scratch, do the qualifying exams to be able even to work as a house surgeon.

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      Daham is correct.
      Being a politician or a boot licker of one can be more advantageous Profitable & safe than being a doctor, proctor or a coolie. I know quite a few of them (expats) say, I will go back to Sorry Lanka as soon as I get my PR / Citizenship. There are no patriotic Sorry Lankans at present, who arrived in the west after 2005, but ‘Economic Migrants’. Sorry Lanka will never be the same again.The governments and other institutions, including universities are aware of the qualifications and acquiring the same are well below standards of the west. (Namal R’s 99% pass rate in Law degree is a prime example)
      ‘Siyalu Sathwayo Suwapath Vethwa!’

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    This proves the point, politicians don’t need to do anything , country will be
    Run by Bureaucrats
    Politicians just make money

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    It saddens me to no end to read this article because it depicts the hatred and ignorance of the society we live in. First I’d ask the author are you working pro bono or is it for a ‘quick buck’ you published this? For once we have a governor who is an educated professional who is not taking any perks but tries her best to be exemplary in her work. Let’s all get together and chase her and get another lackie who will make quick bucks out of the governors office.. shall we? So everybody is happy. I’m no expert on constitution but she is a qualified surgeon and she has not robbed anyone. If she is doing something wrong why not bring it to her attention in a civilised manner and sort it out? No…that is beyond the norms of these third class goons with defective upbringing whose inferiority complexes are best left unnoticed.!

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      “I’m no expert on constitution but she is a qualified surgeon and she has not robbed anyone.”
      If you don’t know anything about the ‘Constitution’, don’t comment.
      “For once we have a governor who is an educated professional who is not taking any perks but tries her best to be exemplary in her work.”
      If she is an ENT surgeon, the hospital is her place, serving the public she is stealing the tax money from. Not doing politics, same applies to the ‘Fake Buddhist Monks’.
      Now then, who is the ignorant one?………

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    This shows how low a journalist can go. This lady is trying to do something good for the nation. While doing that without earning money through corruption, she uses her learned profession ethically to earn a living. How sad these guys promote idiots to these positions rather than allowing a learned person like her. President and the parliament should change the law to allow professionals to hold such positions and deliver good service while practising own profession. What an idiotic journalists we have. God help us.

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    She is a good example to the others to follow as she does not use any of the facilities entitle to her Governors post for the private practices. She should continue as the Governor of WP and the same time do her PP during off time. Anyone can find circulars to upset the development of this country and live with it. But the ordinary people are not bothered as long as she does not use peoples money for the private practices.

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    According to e-channeling Dr. charges Rs. 1600 and hospital Rs. 800 hope you validated your claim >

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    She is looking after Rajapaksa’s teeth. Wiyath maga means
    the short-cut or the distance is between the little finger and the thumb.
    not the elite’s road.

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    Typical example of the calibre of the journalists in today’s media.Knows some English,thinks can write this bull shit! Unfortunately no brains! Also gutless.Why write under pseudonyms or anonymous?
    Very sad to CT publish this rubbish.Can imagine how low the Editorial Standards are..

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      Anuruddha Liyanage

      “Very sad to CT publish this rubbish.Can imagine how low the Editorial Standards are..”

      CT should be congratulated for annoying you. If necessary CT should go bit lower just to annoy you.

      “Also gutless.Why write under pseudonyms or anonymous?”

      Any chance you have got subcontract job as an owner operator of white van on piece-rate pay.

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    As a surgeon, she is a well-educated professional. These are the type of politicians we should have, not the ponnayas, bond scammers, and actors/actresses from Yahapalanaya. If she is earning money on the side, at least it is for a good cause.

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    CT is well known for publishing rubbish and allowing the same type such as ‘anonymous’ to write racist and dirty comments. This happens all the time with CT

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    It is a shame for this paper to publish this article, ENT surgeons are in short supply.it is a service she does in her spare time. Serious news papers don’t play to the gallary

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