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Presentation on ACC Report 2016

Posted on : 19 April 2017
Team of eight officials led by the Chairperson from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) presented the ACC report 2016 to the Good Governance Committee of the National Council (NC) yesterday. Interested members, the Secretary General and officials from NC also participated in the presentation. Aum Kinley Yangzom, Chairperson of the ACC expressed her gratitude to the Parliament and the Committee for supporting the Commission especially on human resources and the budget…....

Nyekem Gongzhu Tshogpa on Cultural Heritage

Posted on : 14 April 2017
The Nyekem Gongzhu Tshogpa (Retired Red Scarf Dashos Association) was invited to participate in a consultative meeting on cultural heritage by the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee, National Council. The Chairman of the Nyekem Gongzhu Tshogpa, Dasho Chagyel said that the association was established in 2010 upon the command of His Majesty the King. The Association currently has 47 members and all the Dashos have served in various capacities of…....

First meeting by the Joint Committee of the Parliament on Customs Bill 2016

Posted on : 13 April 2017
Following the plenary session of the National Council last week the Joint Committee of the Parliament on Custom Bill convened for its first meeting to discuss the disputed clauses of the Bill yesterday morning. The Hon’ble Member Khandu Wangchuk of National Assembly was elected as the Chairperson and Hon’ble Tashi Phuntsho of National Council as the Deputy Chairperson of the Joint Committee. While the members were able to come into…....

46th Plenary Session

Posted on : 11 April 2017
The National Council convened its 46th plenary for last two-days from 10th-11th April 2017 at its Plenary Hall. The meeting was conducted to update on the work progress of the committees, screen constituency issues and resolve other issues pending before the house. While the draft agenda has been ready since the last session, the plenary after much deliberation also approved the final agenda for the upcoming session. To that effect,…....

Successful Conclusion of the 136th IPU Assembly in Dhaka

Posted on : 08 April 2017
Led by the Hon’ble Thrizin Dasho Dr. Sonam Kinga, the Bhutanese Delegation consisting of members from the National Council and National Assembly and Secretariats have been participating at the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) meetings at the Bangabondhu International Convention Center. April 1st: Hon’ble Kesang Chuki Dorjee participated in the day long Forum of Women Parliamentarians. Discussions focused on Gender Sensitive Parliaments, Promoting enhanced international co-operation on the SDGs, in particular…....

Bhutanese delegation visits BIMSTEC

Posted on : 07 April 2017
On 7th April, Bhutanese delegation visited BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Secretariat Office in Dhaka and interacted with the Secretary General and two of the Secretariat’s Directors (Bhutanese and Bangladeshi). The Bhutanese Parliamentary delegation is the first from the member States to visit the office after its establishment in 2014. The visit provided the delegation with an opportunity to understand the various activities of…....

Second Round of Meeting with Royal Audit Authority by Legislative Committee on Audit Bill

Posted on : 07 April 2017
Legislative Committee (LC) meets with Royal Audit Authority (RAA) for the second time to present the outcome of the month long consultative meeting conducted by the Committee on draft Audit Bill of Bhutan 2017. The meeting was chaired by the LC Chairperson Hon’ble Tashi Phuntsho at the Royal Audit Conference Hall yesterday morning. Welcoming the participants the Chairperson reported that the intent of the Bill is to boost the effectiveness…....

Vice President of German Parliament calls on the Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 06 April 2017
Her Excellency Claudia Benedikta Roth, Vice President of the German Parliament (Bundestag) paid a courtesy call to Hon'ble Tshering Dorji, the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council on 6th April, 2017. She was accompanied by three delegates from Germany. The Deputy Chairperson on behalf of the Chairperson and the members of the National Council cordially welcomed the Vice President. Her Excellency expressed heartfelt appreciation for Bhutan's efforts in leading environment…....

NREC works on Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Posted on : 04 April 2017
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) conducted a meeting with the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) on the Paris Agreement today as a part of their review work.Apart from the members of the Committee, interested members of the National Council, the Secretary and an official from the NECS also participated in the meeting. Outlining the process of the Agreement, objective, background and implication on Bhutan, it was reported that…....

The NC officials completes leadership training

Posted on : 04 April 2017
The National Council Secretariat staff participated in a leadership training at Phuntsholing. The training was conducted bythe Institute for Management Studies ( IMS). Thirteen officials from the Secretariat participated in the training titled “Leadership : leading to inspire” . The training imparted skills and knowledge on leadership and how to manage conflict and build team work. The training was funded by the Government of India for a duration of five…....

IPU136 Statement of the Chairperson

Posted on : 03 April 2017
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Bhutanese Culture, TV and Films

Posted on : 02 April 2017
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee met with the President and Board members of the Bhutan Film Association (BFA) and the Bhutan Info Comm Media Authority (BICMA) Director General and officials last week. The BFA presented an overview of the contributions of the film industry towards preserving our rich cultural heritage - promoting Dzongkha, national dress and telling Bhutanese stories. Given the influence that films have on viewers, the BFA…....

Training for Assistance Research Officers

Posted on : 24 March 2017
Twenty six Research Officers and Assistant Research Officers from the National Council Secretariat are undergoing four days training from 21st -24th March 2017 at Paro. The training is on research methodology, secondary data analysis and analytical report writing. The Thuksey Research and Consultancy is conducting the training on importance of conducting research including various approaches to research and understanding on qualitative research design and their appropriateness. Further training is being…....

Cultural Heritage Crossroad

Posted on : 22 March 2017
Today, Dr. Karma Phuntsho, Founding Director of the Loden Foundation and author of ‘History of Bhutan’ met with the members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) and other members to share his views on his views of the evolution of Bhutan’s cultural heritage. Dr Karma Phuntsho explained how Bhutan smoothly transitioned from pre-Buddhism to Buddhism, however over the past few decades, with the focus on modernization and western…....

Cultural Heritage Research Report presented to SCAC

Posted on : 21 March 2017
The National Council research team presented their preliminary findings on Cultural Heritage to the members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) on 20th May 2016 in the Committee Meeting Room. For more than a month, these NC researchers travelled to all the dzongkhags interviewing dzongkhag, religious and local government leaders as well as indigenous craftsmen, performers and members of the public to discuss their views on Bhutanese Architectural…....

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…....
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