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Legislative Committee Continues with Consultative Meeting on Audit Bill of Bhutan 2016

Posted on : 17 March 2017
The members of the Legislative Committee (LC) conducted a meeting with the officials from the Druk Holding & Investments (DHI) and some of its Companies on the Audit Bill 2016 in the Plenary Hall today. In preparation for the 19th Session of the National Council of Bhutan, the LC has been conducting series of consultative meetings with key stakeholders on the Bill as part of their review work. Apart from…....

Celebrating National Women's Day

Posted on : 08 March 2017
Celebrating the International Women's Day Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuk graced the 2nd National Conference on Women in Governance, Leadership & Politics in Bhutan with a Regional Dimension at Termalinka. Representives from Denmark, Nepal & Myanmar, Hon’ble Prime Minister, ministers, members of Parliament, political parties, local leaders, officals from government agencies, Non-Governmental Orginizations and reporters from media agencies were present during the conference. The conference was organized by the…....

First Consultative Meeting on the Audit Bill of Bhutan by the Legislative Committe

Posted on : 07 March 2017
On 7th March, the Legislative Committee held its first consultative meeting on the Audit Bill of Bhutan 2016. The meeting was attended by the officials of the Royal Audit Authority (RAA), Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance. The meeting was chaired by the Hon’ble Member from Tashi Yangtse, the current Chairperson of the Committee. After brief introduction on the rationale for proposing the Audit Bill of…....

Joint Parliamentary Delegation attends the 2017 South Asian Speakers’ Summit

Posted on : 21 February 2017
A Joint Parliamentary delegation led by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Bhutan attended the 2017 South Asian Speakers’ Summit on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at Indore, Madhya Pradesh (India) from 18-20 February 2017. The delegation from the National Council was led by the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council, the Secretary General and an official. The Summit mainly aimed at follow-up on the conclusions of the first…....

National Council Culture Research Teams on Tour

Posted on : 10 January 2017
Following up on the resolutions of the 17th and 18th Session of the National Council, the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) is conducting a nationwide research on the cultural heritage of Bhutan focusing on four thematic areas namely: Architectural design, Performing Arts, Local languages and Etiquette and Western uniform. Four teams comprising of eight researchers will be carrying out the research in the four regions of the country from…....

LC elects new Chairperson & Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 03 January 2017
In the 47th Legislative Committee meeting, Hon’ble Member from Tashi Yangtse was elected as the Chairperson of the Committee and Eminent Member Karma Tshering was elected as the Deputy Chairperson. The Committee was assigned to review the Audit Bill of Bhutan for the coming session of NC and the Customs Bill and BBIN for the Joint Session of the Parliament.....

NC family bids farewell to Mr. Kinley Tenzin

Posted on : 22 December 2016
Mr. Kinley Tenzin, The Deputy Chief legal Officer of the National Council has been relieved from the National Council effective from 21 December 2016 to join his new place of posting at the Office of the Attorney General as the Chief State Prosecutor. The National Council family would like to thank him for his dedicated service & contribution to the House and wishes him all success in his career.....

3 Members of the NC Fraternity receive Civil Service Awards

Posted on : 15 December 2016
The National Council family, this morning, celebrated the civil service award to Hon'ble Member Karma Tshering, Mr. Rinzin Penjore, Director and Mr. Sangay Tshering, Research Officer in recognition of their dedicated service to the Tsa Wa Sum.....

Reflection on 18th Session

Posted on : 12 December 2016
The Hon'ble Members convened for a reflection exercise in the Plenary Hall today. This is a regular exercise conducted after every session to reflect on the proceedings of the House to further strengthen the procedures. In about a week, most members will leave for constituency visit.....

Members attend Parliamentarians' International Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals for Children in New Delhi

Posted on : 11 December 2016
Bhutanese parliamentarians Hon'ble Tashi Wangmo (NC), Hon'ble Karma Dorji (NA) and Hon'ble Kesang Chuki Dorjee (NC) participated in a two day Parliamentarians' International Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals for Children from 10th-11th December in New Delhi. Organized by the Indian Parliamentarians' Group for Children, parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, European Union, Maldives and Nepal presented experiences from their respective countries and interacted with experts from the fields of Nutrition…....

NC Members offer Tangra

Posted on : 08 December 2016
The members of National Council led by the Chairperson visited Dechenphug Monastery and the Goenkha at Trashichhodzong to offer "Tangra" (vote of thanks) to the deities of the country for the successful conduct of the 18th session of the National Council.....

House adopts Bhutan Income Tax (amendment) Bill 2016 & Supplementary Budget Appropriations Bill

Posted on : 05 December 2016
Earlier today, the House unanimously adopted Bhutan Income Tax (amendment) Bill 2016. This was followed by adoption of the Supplementary Budget Appropriations Bill with 20 “ yes” vote out of 21 members present and voting. Introducing the supplementary budget appropriation Bill for the financial year 2016-17 and the Income Tax (amendment)bill, Hon’ble Finance Minister highlighted the background and the purpose for the motion. He reported that the main reason for…....

Adoption of the Red Cross Society Bill 2015 and presentation of the Review Report on the Public Procurement System

Posted on : 02 December 2016
The House accepted some minor changes made by the National Assembly on the Bhutan Red Cross Soceity Bill 2015 and unanimously passed the bill yesterday in the 14th sitting of the National Council. The Bill was introduced by the Good Governance Committee (GGC) in the 17th session of the National Council and was deliberated and passed in the same session. The National Assembly in the 8th Session deliberated and made…....

Presentation of Review Report on Teenage Pregnancy, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment

Posted on : 30 November 2016
The Social & Cultural Affairs Committee presented a detailed report on Teenage Pregnancy, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment, and an interim report on the Cultural Heritage of Bhutan today. The Committee reported that the issues of Teenage Pregnancy, Sexual Abuse against Children and Sexual Harassment were identified as issues of growing policy concern in Bhutanese society today. According to the Sexual Reproductive Health of Adolescents and Youth of Bhutan, the…....

NC Members pay respect and receive blessings from HH Chabjey Rinpoche

Posted on : 29 November 2016
Hon'ble Speaker, Ministers, Members of Parliament and other officials was at Trashi Chho Dzong at 6 am yesterday to pay respect and receive blessings from HH Chabjey Rinpoche and central monk body. As a part of tradition introduced by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, the central monk body moves to its winter residence at Punakha at this time of the year. Even after his demise, the central monk body led by HH…....

Australia’s High Commissioner to India call on the Hon’ble Chairperson

Posted on : 26 November 2016
Her Excellency Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s High Commissioner to India paid a courtesy call on the Hon’ble Chairperson of the National Council on friday. The Hon’ble Chairperson welcomed Her Excellency for the visit and said that the National Council is honored to meet Her Excellency. The High Commissioner expressed her joy in meeting the Chairperson and thanked for taking time out for the call on amidts the ongoing parliamentary session. Conversing…....

First Question Time of the 18th Session of NC

Posted on : 25 November 2016
In the afternoon, Hon’ble Member from Haa, Deputy Chairperson of the National Council raised question on status, issues and challenges in the Sino-Bhutan Boundary talk to the Hon’ble Minister for the Foreign Affairs. He said that one can choose friends but not neighbors. That is why it is important to have undisputed border with our neighbors. He acknowledged that under the guidance of His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo, the…....

Hon’ble Thrizin talks to youths at ‘You Turn’ Forum

Posted on : 25 November 2016
The Hon’ble Thrizin delivered a talk to over 200 youths on the key national issues at the ‘You Turn’ forum today. Emphasizing His Majesty’s vision of a just and harmonious society, he said that it is important for everyone to understand some of the key important issues such as diversity of religion, tradition and culture, undocumented immigration and youth unemployment, among many others. He said that a national society of…....

Deliberation of recommendations on Review Report on Agricultural Policy

Posted on : 24 November 2016
The House deliberated on the recommendations submitted by the Natural Resources & Environment Committee(NREC) on the review report of the agricultural policy. Extensively deliberating on the recommendations, the members submitted their comments, suggested their feedback and sought clarification on the report. The members of the Committee not only offer clarification on the concerns raised by the members but also reiterated that the main intend of the recommendations proposed by the…....

Presentation on Review Report on Agricultural Policy

Posted on : 23 November 2016
The Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC) presented the review report on Agricultural Policy to the House. The officials from the Ministry of Agriculture lead by the Secretary also attended the Session. The NREC was entrusted to review the existing legislations, policies and implementation of RNR sector to understand if there are adequate and appropriate policies and legislation in place. The report noted that there is an increase in imports…....

NC adopts Civil Aviation Bill 2015

Posted on : 22 November 2016
The Foreign Relations Committee as per the directive of the House submitted the final report on the Civil Aviation Bill 2015 for adoption today. The Hon’ble Member from Gasa who is chairperson of the Committee submitted that as per the directive of the House, the Committee along with other Hon'ble members who raised concerns on the bill, revisited about thirteen sections of the bill. Out of which three sections were…....

Introduction of the Civil Aviation Bill 2015

Posted on : 21 November 2016
Today, the Member-in-charge of the Civil Aviation Bill (CAB)of Bhutan 2015, Hon’ble Minister for Ministry of Information and Communication in his introduction said that the Act was adopted by the National Assembly (NA) during its 7th Session and submitted to the National Council (NC) for re-deliberation. The Minister highlighted the background, objective, the financial implementation and NA stands on the Bill to the House. He said that the time is…....

Deliberation of review report on the performance audit report of GDG

Posted on : 19 November 2016
The fifth sitting of NC commenced with the presentation and deliberation of review report on the performance audit report of GDG by GGC. While presenting the report on GDG, member from Trongsa, who is the Deputy Chairperson of GGC highlighted that it was appropriate for the NC to review the findings of the performance audit report on the GDG in the context of responsible and efficient utilization of the fund.…....

The House continues to deliberate on the Customs Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 17 November 2016
Today, the House continued its deliberation on the Customs Bill of Bhutan 2015. Of the 190 sections of the Bill including the amendments received from the National Assembly. The House adopted most of the provisions of the Bill and resolved to revisit around 20 provisions and some definition clauses on which the member expressed different veiws. The Legislative Committee and the concern members who raised their opinions were asked to…....

The National Council of Bhutan decided not to ratify the BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement

Posted on : 15 November 2016
The House voted on the Agreement following thorough deliberations after its' Legislative Committee pointed out its' general as well as specific reservations on the Agreement. Of the 20 members present and voting, 2 members voted “Yes”, 13 voted “No” and 5 abstained from voting, The Member-in-charge of the BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA), the Hon’ble Minister for Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the background, objective and the principles of the…....

Opening of the 18th Session of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 14 November 2016
The opening ceremony of the 18th Session of the National Council commenced with a traditional Marchang Tendrel followed by an opening address by the Hon’ble Chairperson. In his opening remarks, the Hon’ble Chairperson expressed his gratitude to the monarchs of Bhutan, especially to His Majesty for further strengthening our sovereignty, peace and the security of our country. Further, expressing the fact that despite smallness of size and population, we have…....

NC Members offer Solkha for smooth conduct of 18th Session

Posted on : 11 November 2016
The routine Solkha offering ceremony for smooth conduct of the 18th session of National Council has been arranged coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of the 4th Druk Gyalpo today. The Members and staff of the National Council led by Hon'ble Thrizin participated in the event and offered Zhabten (long life prayers) to the Father of the Nation, 4th Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck at Dechenphu and Trashichho Dzong. 11th November…....

Briefing Session of the National Council

Posted on : 09 November 2016
With only a day left for the commencement of the Parliament, the members of the National Council held its last plenary session just before the 18th session in the Plenary Hall this morning. As a part of basic protocol, the house reminded itself of some basic decorum, which emerged from the reflection exercise conducted after the last session of the Parliament that the members agreed to uphold including the Chairperson…....

Members of the National Council at Kuenselphodrang for the Tshewang (Long Life) Blessing

Posted on : 08 November 2016
Today is the final day of the Zamling Zhideyi Moenlam. A highlight of the event has been the empowerment by His Holiness of the short Zhabten for His Majesty. This was composed by HH at Kuensel Phodrang. Its brevity makes it convenient even for ordinary people to recite. His Holiness granted lung and thri for the zhabten for thousands of people gathered here today....

Press Release on the Agenda of 18th Session

Posted on : 03 November 2016
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NC attends the First World Peace Prayer (Zamling Zhideyi Monlam) in Thimphu

Posted on : 31 October 2016
Led by the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council, some members attended the Zamling Zhideyi Monlam presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo Trulku Jigme Chhoedra held at the Kuensel Phodrang today. The event is conducted for the first time in the capital at a time when the country is blessed with the birth of Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. The 8 days event will conclude on 8th November, 2016…....

Parliament launches the Legislative Drafting Manual

Posted on : 31 October 2016
Earlier today, in a ceremony held at the National Assembly Hall the Parliament of Bhutan launched the Legislative Drafting Manual. The event was graced by the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo and the International IDEA’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Ms. Leena Rikkila Tamang. The officials of International IDEA, Hon’ble Members of Parliament and officials from the two Houses also took part in the event.....

Parliament members attend 135th IPU Assembly

Posted on : 27 October 2016
The Speaker of the National Assembly led a ten-member delegation consisting of parliamentarians from both Houses to attend the 135th IPU Assembly at Geneva from 23rd-27th October 2016. More than 700 MPs, including 67 Speakers of Parliament and 41 Deputy Speakers has attended the global parliamentary conference to address the role of parliaments as early responders to human rights abuses. Bhutan became the 163rd member of IPU at its General…....

Visit to India to review on the education system

Posted on : 25 October 2016
Six members of the Special Committee is on a week long trip to India from 24th October-4th November, 2016 as a part of their review work on the issues related to education. They will be visiting schools in Ladakh, Shimla & Delhi. During their visit, the members will be meeting relevant stakeholders to discuss on the education system practices in their schools . Photo courtesy: Hon'ble Sangay Khandu, NC Member,…....

The Chairperson of the National Council graces the Royal Highland Festival

Posted on : 22 October 2016
The Chairperson of the National Council graced the Royal Highland Festival for two days at Laya during his week long visit to Gasa from 13th -24th October 2016. He also met with the people of Khatoed & Khamed Gewog where he talked about the significance of His Majesty’s visit to Laya and Lunana among others. He also visited the local historical sites. According to a source from the Ministry of…....

Social & Cultural Affairs Committee meets with the Royal Academy of Performing Arts

Posted on : 18 October 2016
The members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee visited the Royal Academy of Performing Arts (RAPA) to meet the teachers and the senior artists. The meeting was conducted to hear the views and concerns of the RAPA staff following the earlier consultative meeting at the National Council. This consultative meeting was held for the culture issues review that SCAC is undertaking on performing arts.....

Offering of prayers and thousands butter Lamp for Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Posted on : 14 October 2016
Led by Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother, the Members of Parliament, officials from the Cabinet Secretary and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs joined together to offer their prayers and thousands butter lamp for Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Tashichho Dzong on Friday. Later in the afternoon, the members and the staff of the National Council also took part in offering thousands butter lamp and recited the King of Aspiration…....

The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee meet Thimphu Drayangs Employees

Posted on : 10 October 2016
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee met with some 15 employees of Thimphu drayangs today as part of the ongoing stakeholder consultations. Drayang employees are more vulnerable to sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment sector. With 44 drayangs in the country, the meeting discussed the challenges facing this profession. One major concern is that drayang employees feel stigmatized by society for their work. However, the participants said that this…....

The Chairperson and members of National Council offers "Bulwa"

Posted on : 07 October 2016
The Chairperson and members of National Council offered "Bulwa" to His Holiness Chabjey Rinpoche and Zhung Dratshang for continued well being of the King, Country and people at Thimphu Dromchen today. This tradition of offering "Bulwa" is revived by the current National Council on behalf of the people as a gesture of gratitude to HH and the Dratshang for propitiating the protecting deities of the country. The Lhamoi Drupchen was…....

Meeting of Special Committee for Education with the Royal University of Bhutan

Posted on : 06 October 2016
The Special Committee for Education met with the Vice Chancellor and the officials of the Royal University of Bhutan today. The meeting saw discussions on the programmes that are offered by various Colleges under the Royal University of Bhutan. The Committee shared the four key areas of Teachers’ quality, Curriculums, Students’ Outcome and Learning, and Resource Allocation. The Meeting discussed the training provided for teachers on Transformative Pedagogy, recruitment of…....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee meets with the owners of Drayang and Luyang

Posted on : 05 October 2016
Today, eight owners from drayangs and luyangs had an intensive discussion with the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee on the preservation of culture and emerging social issues in the entertainment sector. Expressing the challenges faced by the luyangs and drayangs in Thimphu, the owners said there was a stigma associated those in the drayang businesses especially. Also discussed during the meeting was how these establishments could promote and preserve Bhutan's…....

Status report by the Committees to the 43rd plenary

Posted on : 30 September 2016
43rd Plenary was held for two days to report on the key findings and possible recommendations on various issues assigned to the committee's for deliberation in the 18th session of the National Council. A press conference will be held in October to present the Agenda of the 18th session of the National Council of Bhutan.....

Special Committee Meeting on Education

Posted on : 26 September 2016
The Special Committee for Education met today to discuss on the Report prepared by its members. The Committee discussed on key areas like Relevant Curriculum, Teacher Performance, Student Learning and Outcome, and Resources. As a part of consultative process, the Committee visited various schools including educational colleges in some of the Dzongkhags from 1st to 14th September 2016. The Committee interacted with teachers and students to discuss issues concerning education.....

SCAC conducts consultative meeting with BICMA

Posted on : 22 September 2016
Earlier this morning, the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) held a consultative meeting with the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) concerning emerging social and cultural issues in the entertainment sector. Five officials led by Director General from BICMA made a comprehensive presentation about the authority covering the vision, mission, responsibilities and activities of the Authority. The presentation also included the types of licenses issued, places of entertainment and…....

Presentation on International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs)

Posted on : 21 September 2016
Officials from the Royal Audit Authority made a presentation to Council Members on International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) at the National Council Conference Hall on 21st September 2016. ISSAIs is developed by the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) to promote independent and effective auditing by member Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs). Bhutan is a member of INTOSAI since 1987. The RAA has embarked on implementation of ISSAIs…....

Hon'ble Members and Staff of Parliament attends talk on Buddhism

Posted on : 20 September 2016
The Hon’ble Members and staff of the Parliament, led by Hon’ble Tshogpon and Thrizin, attended a workshop on Buddhism conducted by the Institute of Mind Science, Simtokha under Zhung Dratshang. The resource person, Venerable Khenpo Sangay Khandu highlighted the spiritual heritage of the country, importance and ways to integrate the Buddhist values of peace, non-violence, compassion and tolerance in discharging our function as parliamentarians and living our lives as conscious…....

Resident Representative of UNICEF calls on Hon’ble Thrizin

Posted on : 16 September 2016
The Resident Representative of United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, His Excellency Rudolf Schwek called on Hon’ble Thrizin, today. Hon’ble Thrizin extended warm welcome to His Excellency Rudolf to Bhutan. He also briefly talked on the institutional set up of the National Council. While the National Council is a small institution, he said it is striving to bring effective changes to the public through scrutiny and review of policies and…....

Legislative Committee meeting to finalize the report on work assigned to Committee by the house for the 18th Session of the National Council

Posted on : 15 September 2016
The Legislative Committee met from September 13-16, 2016 in the Committee room of the National Council to finalize the work assigned to the committee by the house for the 18th session. The Committee has completed consultative meeting with various stakeholders & is in the process of compiling the report to be presented during the upcoming plenary session.....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee’s Stakeholder Consultation

Posted on : 15 September 2016
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee conducted a stakeholder consultation meeting today at the National Council Conference Hall on Social issues with a focus on teenage pregnancy, sexual harassment and sexual abuse for which the Committee is currently reviewing the relevant legislation, policies and programmes. Nine relevant stakeholders participated including officials from the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Royal Court of Justice, Royal…....

Natural Resources & Environment Committee’s field visit to Phuntsholing

Posted on : 13 September 2016
Hon’ble Members of Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) visited Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL), Regional Revenue and Customs Office (RRCO), Ministry of Finance, and Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority (BAFRA), Ministry of Agriculture & Forest, offices based in Phuntsholing on 13th September 2016, as part of the Committee’s ongoing review of Agriculture policies. The FCBL made a presentation on the overview of FCBL, Farm shop Operation, RNR…....
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