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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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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.....

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 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…....

Yet another advocacy program

Posted on : 12 September 2016
The Hon’ble Chairperson conducted an advocacy program for media personnel today at the Convention Centre in Langjophakha. He mentioned that the purpose of organizing such a program was mainly to clear the misconception that they had on the many aspects of NC’s structure, functions, mandates and institutional dynamics. He also said that Advocacy programs in schools and institutions, based on interests and invitations, will be a major thrust of NC's…....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee’s Consultation with Dzongkha Development Commission

Posted on : 09 September 2016
Seven officials led by the Secretary of Dzongkha Development Commission made a presentation to the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee on local dialects earlier today, in the National Council Conference hall. The meeting was one amongst a series of stakeholder consultations reviewing cultural issues. The Secretary of DDC made a presentation on research and development of local languages, the national language policy and strategy, amongst others. It was also highlighted…....

GGC currently reviewing the public procurement system

Posted on : 09 September 2016
As resolved during the 15th Session of the National Council, the Good Governance Committee (GGC) is currently reviewing the existing public procurement system. The purpose of the review exercise is to assess the current procurement system, and identify areas that need improvement to ensure the works, goods, and services procured are of better quality and cost efficient. In order to establish a comprehensive understanding about the current procurement system, the…....

Workshop on Media Ethics

Posted on : 08 September 2016
A 2 day workshop on “Media Ethics” is being held at Namgay Heritage from yesterday. The workshop is being organized by the Department of Information & Media, Ministry of Information & Communications. Welcoming the participants to the workshop, the Hon’ble Minister for Information & Communications stated the importance of media ethics and the need to understand it in the right context. The workshop will be focused on ethics and their…....

NREC visits to Research & Development Centre, Yusipang & Bhutan Agro Industries Ltd, Serbithang

Posted on : 03 September 2016
On 2nd September 2016, the Natural Resources & Environment Committee visited Research and Development Centre, Yusipang as a part of the Committee’s ongoing review of Agriculture policies. The meeting was attended by the Centre for Forest science & Technology, National Potato Program and National Food testing laboratory, BAFRA based in Yusipang. All four departments made a presentation on the background, activities, mandates, goals, challenges and future plans of the organizations…....

GETTING CLOSER TO THE CLASSROOM

Posted on : 01 September 2016
Special Committee on Education of the National Council, in continuation to its review work, met teachers and students of Punakha central school and Wangduephodrang primary school today. Both these schools are from the early days of education in the country. While Wangduephodrang primary school does not have the original school building from 1955 anymore, Punakha or more popularly known as lekeythang, the academic block remains in the same building while…....

Committee's Report to the 42nd plenary

Posted on : 31 August 2016
The members convened for the 42nd plenary to report on the working status of various committees yesterday . The Committees reported that they had a series of consultative meetings with different stakeholders and were in the process of compiling findings to prepare interim reports and recommendations for the House to consider for the upcoming session. The Good Governance Committee reported their findings on the protocol formulation of policies, Gewog Development…....

NREC visits CFM

Posted on : 31 August 2016
The Natural Resources & Environment Committee visited Centenary Farmer’s Market (CFM), Thimphu yesterday as a part of the Committee’s ongoing review of Agriculture policies. The Manager of CFM made a presentation on the background, activities and mandates about the organization. The meeting was also attended by groups of vendors, wholesalers & retailers who raised many concerns mostly related to administration and management. The meeting was adjourned at 5 pm.....

Foreign Relations Committee holds meeting with the Ministry of Information and Communications on the Civil Aviation Bill

Posted on : 29 August 2016
Ten officials led by the Secretary of the Information and Communications made a presentation to the members of the Foreign Relations Committee on the Civil Aviation Bill 2015 today. Providing a brief introduction to the Bill, the presentation outlined the background, reasons for revision, objective of the revised Act, major changes/new sections in the bill and financial implication. Amongst many, the discussion revolved on the clear separation and delegation of…....

NREC on a Field Visit

Posted on : 26 August 2016
The Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC) of National Council is in the process of reviewing the existing legislations, policies, plans and programs of RNR sector. The study is mainly to understand if there are adequate and appropriate policies in place to ensure achievement of national goal of food self-sufficiency. As part of the Committee’s ongoing review of Agriculture policies, the Committee is on field visits to some relevant organizations…....

GGC meets the ACC

Posted on : 24 August 2016
The Good Governance Committee (GGC) held a meeting with the Director, and members of the Research Division, Department of Prevention & Education, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday afternoon. The motive of the meeting was to understand the objectives and perspectives of the research on public construction sector that the Division is under-taking. The research is being taken up by ACC in collaboration with the Ministry of works and Human Settlement, College…....

NREC holds consultative meeting with DAMC

Posted on : 24 August 2016
The Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC) of National Council held a consultative meeting with the Department of Agricultural Marketing & Cooperatives (DAMC) yesterday. The meeting discussed extensively on issues such as Minimum Support Price (MSP), transport subsidy and Agriculture Marketing Policy among others. The meeting deliberated at length on how to link the farmers produce with the market. The meeting adjourned at 13:15 pm.....

SCAC holds consultative meeting with the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement

Posted on : 24 August 2016
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) held a consultative meeting with the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement on the preservation and promotion of traditional Bhutanese architecture today. The presentation gave an overview of Bhutanese traditional settlement, their identities and the changing scenario of Bhutanese architecture. It also highlighted the current challenges faced in maintaining the traditional architectural designs.....

The Chairman of the State Audit Commission of Thailand calls on the Chairperson

Posted on : 23 August 2016
Prof. Chaisit Trachoetham, Chairman of the State Audit Commission and his delegation from the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand called on the Chairperson of the National Council this afternoon. Welcoming the delegation, the Chairperson briefed them on the role of the National Council. Apart from the institution’s mandate of legislating and reviewing laws, the Chairperson highlighted some of the distinctive features of the House such as ensuring apolitical…....

The Chairperson conducts an Advocacy programme on the roles of National Council

Posted on : 23 August 2016
The Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan conducted an advocacy program on the role of NC in balancing the political equation to the officials of the Ministry of Work and Human Settlement earlier today. Many such programmes were conducted in schools and colleges to educate on the uniqueness of the Bhutanese democracy and to clarify on the common misnomers in the society about the parliament. Among many, the presentation…....
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