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Delegation from King Prajadhipok’s Institution visits Parliament

Posted on : 18 March 2019
A thirty-nine member delegation of the Public Administration and Public Law (Class 18), from King Prajadhipok’s Institution (KPI), Bangkok, Thailand visited the Parliament of Bhutan as a part of their study visit earlier today. Prof Borwornsak Uwanno, President of Public Administration and Public Law Program, KPI is leading the group. During their stay in Bhutan, the delegation will also be visiting the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research; and…....

Launching Ceremony

Posted on : 15 March 2019
The launching ceremony of Bhutan National Human Development Report: Ten Years of Democracy in Bhutan took place at the National Assembly courtyard on 12 March 2019. The Report is a reminder that human development is the essence of development and the report also resonates relationship between Gross National Happiness and the Sustainable Development Goals as a broad vision for human development. The Report is jointly published by the Parliament of…....

Review Work

Posted on : 08 March 2019
As part of review work on harmful use of alcohol in the country, the Good Governance Committee assigned eight officials from the National Council to carry out field research. The team will be covering communities in the four Dzongkhags from 1 -20 March, 2019.....

Good Governance Committee Chairperson Consults Chithuen Phendey Association

Posted on : 07 March 2019
Today the Good Governance Committee Chairperson met with the officials of Chithuen Phendey Association led by the Executive Director in order to continue the ongoing consultative meetings with stakeholders on the harmful use of alcohol. Chithuen Phendey Association highlighted that mere curing and medication of the alcohol and drug addicts is not the solution as the preventive measures plays a pivotal role. Chithuen Phendey Association have treated almost 400 addicts,…....

Courtesy Call on the Secretary General

Posted on : 07 March 2019
Mr. Derek Westfall, Dty. Minister Counsellor, US Embassy, New Delhi accompanied by Ms. Alexis Hart Haftvani, Desk officer for Nepal and Bhutan, U.S. Department of State paid a courtesy call on the Secretary General earlier today. Cordially welcoming the delegation on behalf of the Chairperson of the National Council, the Secretary General talked about the inception of the Democratic System in Bhutan. He also briefly talked on the elections and…....

Secretary General Meets the Delegation from the US Embassy

Posted on : 07 March 2019
Mr. Derek Westfall, Dty. Minister Counsellor, US Embassy, New Delhi accompanied by Ms. Alexis Hart Haftvani, Desk officer for Nepal and Bhutan, U.S. Department of State paid a courtesy call on the Secretary General earlier today. Cordially welcoming the delegation on behalf of the Chairperson of the National Council, the Secretary General talked about the inception of the Democratic System in Bhutan. He also briefly talked on the elections and…....

Chairperson Meets the Deputy Chief of Mission

Posted on : 05 March 2019
Shri R. Gaurav Shresth, Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of India paid a courtesy call on to the Chairperson of the National Council this evening. Shri R. Gaurav Shresth served as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Mozambique before his current appointment as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Bhutan.....

Special Committee for TVET Consultative Meeting

Posted on : 05 March 2019
As a part of TVET Review consultative process, the Special Committee for TVET met with the Association of Bhutanese Industries to discuss their concerns over TVET development in general and challenges faced by the industries in particular with regard to availability of skilled workforce.....

The Honorable Chairperson interacts with students and staff of Laya Central School

Posted on : 20 February 2019
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Closing Press Conference of the 22nd session of the National Council

Posted on : 24 January 2019
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22nd Session of the National Council Concludes

Posted on : 23 January 2019
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Hon. Members offers Tangra

Posted on : 23 January 2019
After the closing ceremony of the 22nd session of the National Council, the Hon. Chairperson, Hon. Members and the secretariat staff visited Dechenphu Lhakhang and Tashichoedzong to offer tangra on successfully concluding the session.....

Joint Session Concludes

Posted on : 22 January 2019
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Joint Session of the Parliament on Report of the Public Account Committee

Posted on : 21 January 2019
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Question Hour Session

Posted on : 18 January 2019
The 11th sitting of the National Council conducted the question hour session with Hon. Minister Dorji Tshering, Minister for Works and Human Settlement and Hon. Minister Ugyen Dorji, Minister for Labour and Human Resources. The House, concerned with the substandard quality of most of the Gewog Centre (GC) roads constructed in the 11 FYP, asked the Minister whether the Ministry has any plan to modify the current specification of the…....

NC discusses the National Budget for Financial Year (FY) 2018-19

Posted on : 16 January 2019
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National Council adopts the 12th Five-Year- Plan

Posted on : 15 January 2019
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Deliberation continues on 12th FYP

Posted on : 11 January 2019
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5th Sitting continues with the discussion on 12th FYP

Posted on : 10 January 2019
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Finance Minister Presents 12th FYP

Posted on : 09 January 2019
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First Question Hour of the 22nd Session

Posted on : 09 January 2019
The first Question Hour of the 22nd session was conducted in the afternoon of the 4th sitting with the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Dr. Lotey Tshering and the Minister for Information and Communication Lyonpo Karma Donnen Wangdi. Outlining a brief background on the growing concern of the income and wealth gap between the rich and poor or have and have not in the Coutnry, Hon. Member Karma Tshering raised question on…....

Special Committee for TVET submits its interim review report

Posted on : 08 January 2019
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Courtesy call on to Hon. Chairperson by the Vietnamese Ambassador to Bhutan

Posted on : 07 January 2019
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Good Governance Committee (GGC) presented the interim report on the review of harmful use of alcohol

Posted on : 07 January 2019
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22nd Session of the National Council begins

Posted on : 04 January 2019
The opening ceremony of the National Council commenced today with an offering of Marchang followed by the opening statement by the Hon. Chairperson Tashi Dorji and the follow-up report on the resolutions of the 21st session of the National Council. The Hon. Chairperson extended a warm welcome to the Hon. Members, Hon. Minister for Health, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and other guests present in the august hall. In…....

Opening Session of the First Session of the Third Parliament

Posted on : 02 January 2019
His Majesty the King graced the opening ceremony of the first session of the Third Parliament. Addressing the august hall, the Speaker on behalf of the Parliament expressed his gratitude to His Majesty the King, Members of the Royal Family, representatives of the Central Monastic Body, senior government officials and representatives of the international community for gracing the opening ceremony. The first session of the Third Parliament will see the…....

Press Conference on the Agenda of the 22nd Session of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 31 December 2018
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Social and Cultural Affairs Committee Consultation Meeting with the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Posted on : 31 December 2018
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee met with the representatives of Bhutan Chamber & Commerce Industry to discuss the role of private sector in youth employment. Seven officials from the BCCI and other private agencies led by the Officiating Secretary General, Mr. Chandra Chhetri attended the meeting. Welcoming the participants, Hon. Tshewang Rinzin, Chairperson of the Committee said that it is important to understand the pivotal role played by the…....

Kurim offering by Hon. Members

Posted on : 31 December 2018
Earlier today, led by the Hon. Chairperson of the National Council, the Hon. Members and the Secretariat staff offered Kurim at Dechenphu and Tashichodzong for the successful conduct of the 22nd session of the National Council which is scheduled from 4 - 23 January, 2018.....

Ad-hoc Committee for Asian Parliamentary Assembly

Posted on : 26 December 2018
The Adhoc Joint Committee met for the first time yesterday to review the Asian Parliamentary Assembly documents and proposal. Hon. Nima from the National Council was elected as the Chairperson and Hon. Jurmi Wangchuk from the National Assembly as the Deputy Chairperson. Other members of the committee include Hon. Tshewang Rinzin, Hon. Kesang Chuki Dorjee, Hon. Ugyen Wangdi, Hon. Dorji Wangdi, Hon. Tshewang Lhamo and Committee Secretary, Jigme Samdrup....

GNHC presentation on 12 Five Year Plan

Posted on : 26 December 2018
Led by the Director, officials from the Gross National Happiness Commission presented the 12 Five-Year-Plan (FYP) to the Members of the National Council of Bhutan yesterday. The overview included the 12th FYP Strategic Framework, Key Result Areas and Targets of Central Agencies, and Resource allocation formula & Capital Grants for LGs. The Draft 12th FYP and Fiscal Framework was jointly approved on 6-7 December by the Cabinet and GNH Commission…....

The Hon'ble Chairperson meets with group to understand challenges faced by youths of the learn and earn programme in Japan

Posted on : 24 December 2018
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Special Committee for TVET meets with Bhutan Jamchong Thuendre Foundation

Posted on : 24 December 2018
In continuation to its stakeholder consultation, the Special Committee for TVET met with the officials from Bhutan nbsp;Jamchong Thuendrel Foundation (BJTF), a registered civil society organization, today. BJTF intends to facilitate and support graduates of Technical nbsp;Training nbsp;Institutes nbsp;(TTIs) nbsp;to find gainful and productive employment by nbsp;providing a conduit between them and job market. Amongst others, the meeting shared ideas about how to support nbsp;trainees nbsp;of TTIs right from incubating…....

10th Plenary

Posted on : 21 December 2018
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GGC consults Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority

Posted on : 20 December 2018
The Good Governance Committee met with Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority (BNCA) officials led by the Director General as part of consultative meetings with various stakeholders to review the issue related to harmful use of alcohol in the country. The Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee highlighted the National Council’s overall objective of reviewing the issues related to alcohol, and the importance of understanding BNCA’s (Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority) various activities…....

Training on “Parliamentary Research and Public Participation”

Posted on : 19 December 2018
A total of 9 parliamentary staff from the National Council and National Assembly of Bhutan are undergoing a training course on “Parliamentary Research and Public Participation” from 17th to 21st December 2018 at King Prajadhipok’s Institute (KPI training room), in Bangkok, Thailand. The training course is aimed to assist the participants to develop knowledge and skills on conducting parliamentary research, promoting public participation and provide effective parliamentary services. The Parliament…....

The Ambassador of Bangladesh to Bhutan pays courtesy call on to Hon’ble Chairperson

Posted on : 10 December 2018
His Excellency Jishnu Roy Choudhury, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Bhutan paid a courtesy call on to His Excellency Hon'ble Tashi Dorji, Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan today. The Ambassador offered Tashi Khadhar and expressed his heartiest congratulation to the Hon'ble Chairperson. Cordially welcoming the Ambassador, the Hon'ble Chairperson expressed his appreciation for the generous gesture. At the call on, they underlined that Bhutan and…....

Special Committee for TVET makes site visit

Posted on : 06 December 2018
As a part of the TVET review consultative process, members of the Special Committee for TVET made a site visit to Wangchhu Zam construction project, Chubachu. The bridge is being constructed by CDCL at contract amount of Nu.67.44 m with additional work of Nu. 20m. Currently, 45 workers are engaged in the project work, which is scheduled to complete in April 2019.....

Interim Report Presented by Committee

Posted on : 30 November 2018
The Special Committee for TVET of the National Council met with the Hon. Minister and senior officials of MoLHR today in the ministry's conference hall. The committee made a presentation on the interim findings of its review tasks carried out so far. The Chairperson of the committee, Hon. Phuntsho Rapten shared the background and objectives of the review work that concerns the issues of underdevelopment of the TVET sector and…....

Consultative Meeting on the National Plan of Action to Promote Gender Equality in Elected Office

Posted on : 29 November 2018
The Hon’ble Chairperson, Tashi Dorji, Hon’ble Kesang Chuki Dorjee and Hon’ble Nima met with Ms.Sonia Palmieri, Consultant and officials from the National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) to discuss the National Plan of Action to promote Gender Equality in Elected Office (NAPGEEO). Appreciating and supporting the initiative taken by NCWC towards women empowerment in decision-making, the Hon’ble Chairperson said that the issue has been highlighted as a concern during…....

Public Accounts Committee appoints Chairperson

Posted on : 28 November 2018
In the first meeting conducted by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the third Parliament today, the members unanimously appointed Hon'ble Phuntsho Rapen from the National Council as the Chairperson of the Committee. And Hon'ble Choida Jamtsho from National Assembly as the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee. Other members of the Committee includes Hon'ble Ugyen Tshering, Member of National Council, Hon'ble Dil Maya Rai, Member of National Assembly and Hon'ble…....

Officials of the National Council Secretariat at Gelephu

Posted on : 27 November 2018
The National Council Secretariat is conducting a consultative workshop on strengthening and Capacity building and other pertinent issues related to the functioning of the Secretariat at Gelephu starting today. A total of 19 officials from the Secretariat led by the Secretary General are taking part in the workshop. Today the main discussion was on Institutional building and memory followed by review of the existing job responsibilities of the various divisions.…....

Hon'ble Members attends the third Moenlam Chenmo

Posted on : 27 November 2018
Led by the Hon'ble Chairperson, fourteen Members and Secretariat Staff attended the second day of the on-going Moenlam Chenmo (Great Prayer for the World Peace) at Punakha earlier today. The three day Moenlam Chenmo is presided over by the 70th Je Khenpo, His Holiness Trulku Jigme Choedra. In the afternoon, they also visited the Karbe Chorten Nyingpo Mijur Lhuenpo Monastery for the Jamgoen Moenlam (Supplication to Buddha Maitreya recitation) presided…....

Hon’ble Member at Seminar

Posted on : 26 November 2018
In a seminar organized by Bhutan Democracy Dialogue on “Ideology and Sustainability of Political parties as Institutions of Democracy”, Hon’ble Tashi Wangmo, Eminent Member of the National Council talked on the Democracy and Gross National Happiness (GNH): Bhutan’s approach to Democracy within the context of GNH. Three Hon’ble Members from the National Council also participated in the seminar. Presentations were also made on the importance of party ideology in strengthening…....

National Council Members pay Homage

Posted on : 20 November 2018
The Honorable Members of the National Council led by the Chairperson paid homage to H.H Kathok Situ Rinpoche at an on going Tshedrup (Long life prayer recitation) at the National Memorial Chorten. This annual event was first started in 2014 and it is the 5th round Tshedrup organized by the Kathok Yoesel Samtenling Dratshang.....

Courtesy Call on by the Senators from California

Posted on : 19 November 2018
Delegates from the Senate of California, United States of America paid courtesy call on to the Chairperson late in the afternoon on 16th November 2018. The team was led by Senator Toni G. Atkins (Democrat). The Chairperson expressed his pleasure at welcoming the delegates to the country and noted the experience that can be exchanged for strengthening the friendship and partnership between the two countries. In a short session with…....

Chairperson attends Moenlam Chenmo at Rajgir

Posted on : 16 November 2018
Led by the Chairperson, four members delegates from the National Council attended the three days Moenlam Chenmo presided over by His Holiness the Jekhenpo at Rajgir in India, following the laying of foundation stone for the construction of Bhutanese temple at Rajgir on 11th November. The team arrived today.....

Special Committee for TVET on field visits

Posted on : 12 November 2018
The special committee for TVET led by Dasho Phuntsho Rapten, Eminent NC member had very satisfying consultative meetings with the Principals and teachers of TTIs of Khuruthang and Samthang. The National Council felt that the TVET sector requires a thorough review, based on which several stakeholders’ meetings and field visits are planned and happening.....

Special Committee meets relevant stakeholders

Posted on : 09 November 2018
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Seeing off the Central Monastic body for their winter residence

Posted on : 07 November 2018
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