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NC members held Consultative Meeting

Posted on : 13 May 2016
The members of the Legislative and Social & Cultural Affairs Committee met with officials of Samtse dzongkhag this morning. Yesterday, the NC members held consultative meetings with the officials from the Departments of Trade, Immigration and Labour at Phuntsholing....

The Chairperson attends talk Session by renowned Anthropologist

Posted on : 12 May 2016
The Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan attended a talk on “Anthropology in the Global North: Mark Zuckrbeg’s Money and the Poor Children of Newark.” by Dr. Sherry Ortner, Anthropology Professor at ULCA at Royal Thimphu Collage yesterday afternoon. Following that evening, he attended a talk on”Anthropological Perspective on Good Governance: Corruption and Bureaucracy “by Dr. Akhil Gupta, Anthropology Professor at ULCA at the Tarayana Center Hall. Both the…....

Committee meets to discuss on agricultural policy and strategies

Posted on : 12 May 2016
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee and other members of the National Council of Bhutan met this morning, to discuss and draw up work plan for reviewing the agriculture policy and strategies.....

Committees on Tour

Posted on : 12 May 2016
The Legislative and Social & Cultural Affairs Committees of the National Council is on a four day official tour to Phuntsholing and Samtse.....

Public Account Committee on a Field Visit

Posted on : 11 May 2016
On 9th May, 2016, the Public Account Committee (PAC) visited the Punatsangchu Hydropower Project Authority (PHPA) to have first hand information on the implementation status of audit recommendations for environment compliance in the Performance Audit Report of System Audit of Hydroelectric Energy. The members of the Committee along with an Auditor from Royal Audit Authority (RAA) visited the PHPA. The PAC Committee is a Joint Committee of the Parliament and…....

Joint Committee for the Companies Bill 2015

Posted on : 11 May 2016
Earlier this morning, the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Council met with the Private Sector Development Committee of the National Assembly to constitute joint committee under parliamentary directive. The Committee shall review and discuss on disagreements on the Companies Bill 2015 for the Joint Sitting of the Parliament and work towards getting the bill passed Photo Credit : Hon'ble Member (NC)Sangay Khandu (Gasa)....

Public Hearing by Public Accounts Committee

Posted on : 11 May 2016
The Public Accounts Committee successfully conducted the public hearing on the Ministry of Information & Communication's Performance Audit Report of Chiphen Rigpel Project this morning.....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee attends stakeholders meeting at Tashi Taj

Posted on : 11 May 2016
Today, the members of the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee of the National Council attended the stakeholder meeting organized by the Department of Public Health under Ministry of Health on the theme “Wheelchair Service Provision: Improving the Lives of Persons with Disabilities”. According to the World Health Organization it is estimated that at least 1% of the country’s population needs wheelchairs or about 7,600 wheelchairs for Bhutan. Stakeholders from different…....

The Chairperson and the Hon’ble Members at Dodena

Posted on : 10 May 2016
On 8th May, 2016 the members of National Council of Bhutan led by the Chairperson offered Ku-Sung-Thug gey Mendrel to HH Chabjey Dorji Lopen Rinpochey at Dodena. HH Dorji Lopen Rinpoche of the Zhung Dratsang gave Sangay-menlha (Medicine Buddha) empowerment to thousand of devotees gathered. HH has been conducting a series of sacred empowerment known as "Kaychog Dorji Thriwang" to hundreds of monks for last 3 months. This morning, Dorji…....

Receiving the Central Monastic Body

Posted on : 09 May 2016
Yesterday evening, the Chairperson and the members of the National Council of Bhutan were at the TashichhoDzong to receive His Holiness the Je Khenpo and the monks of the Central Monastic Body (ZhungDratshang). The Central Monastic Body resides in Thimphu in summer and in Punakha for winter. Traditionally, their journey towards Thimphu marks the beginning of summer and their departure forPunakha, arrival of winter. Photo Credit: Chairperson of National Council,…....

Joint Committee for European Investment Bank

Posted on : 06 May 2016
The Joint Committee for the European Investment Bank (EIB) convened its first meeting in the National Council Conference Hall this afternoon. The Committee is constituted to review the disputed bill on EIB which comprises of members from both the Houses of the Parliament. The Economic Affairs Committee of the National Council and members from the Foreign Relation Committee and two additional members of the National Assembly are involved in the…....

Presentation on Annual Anti-Corruption Report 2015

Posted on : 06 May 2016
Earlier this morning, the Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) made a presentation on the Annual Anti-Corruption Report to the members of the Good Governance Committee (GGC) of National Council. Besides the members of the Committee, the Chairperson and some members of the National Council also took part in the presentation at the office of Anti-Corruption Commission. As mandated, the ACC report is presented to the GGC every year and…....

Chairperson presents to the 19th Batch Dessup

Posted on : 06 May 2016
On May 5th 2016 the Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan made a presentation on the topic “Understanding Bhutanese Monarch through Regional and Global Perspective” to the 19th batch Dessup.....

Joint Committee convenes to discuss on the Jabmi Bill

Posted on : 05 May 2016
The Joint Committee convened its first meeting, yesterday, to discuss on the disputed sections of the Jabmi Bill. The meeting was held at the office of the members of the National Assembly. The Joint Committee is constituted by the Legislative Committees of the two houses of the Parliament to review the disputed sections of the Bill and it shall present the Bill in the Joint Sitting during the forthcoming session.…....

Addressing the Constituency Issues

Posted on : 05 May 2016
As usual the issues that are raised by the people to Hon’ble members after the constituency visits are addressed at various levels. The issues that could be resolved at Gewog and Dzonkhag level are screened at the discretion of concerned Hon’ble Member and the rest are up in the plenary for further directives. The plenary identifies those issues that merit discussion in the session. The remaining issues are compiled and…....

House Committee discuss on the upcoming Talk Show

Posted on : 04 May 2016
Today, the members of the House Committee to the National Council and the National Assembly convened a meeting in the National Council Conference Hall. The committees discussed various topics for the upcoming talk show in BBS on the theme “Roles of Parliament and Women in Politics.” The main objective of the talk show is to educate and create awareness on the democratic system and role of the Parliament in the…....

Foreign Relations Committee elects Chairperson

Posted on : 04 May 2016
The Foreign Relations Committee elects Hon’ble Member Kaka Tshering of Paro Dzongkhag as the Chairperson. He replaces the former Eminent Member Karma Yoezer Raydi. Hon’ble Member Tashi Dorji of Wangdiphodrang Dzongkhag was elected as the Deputy Chairperson.....

Chairperson witness the Peling Tshetsu

Posted on : 03 May 2016
The Chairperson and the members of the National Council witnessed the first day of the Peling Tshetsu at the Kuensel Phodrang on 2 May 2016. His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, His Majesty the fourth Durk Gyalpo and the Royal families graced the Tshechu. Senior officials and thousands of devotees attended the event which showcased sacred dances of the Peling tradition of Terton Pema Lingpa. The Tshechu…....

New Director joins National Council Secreatriat

Posted on : 28 April 2016
Today the National Council welcomed its' new Director for the Secretariat, Mr. Rinzin Penjor. Mr. Penjor was previously the Director, Department of Culture.....

House Committee elects Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 27 April 2016
The House Committee elected Eminent Member Tashi Wangmo as the Deputy Chairperson during the 51st Committee meeting replacing the former Eminent Member, Kuenlay Tshering. The members of the House Committee are constituted by the Chairpersons of the seven standing committees. The Deputy Chairperson serves as the Chairperson of the House Committee. The major function of the Committee is to report on the status of the committee works. The Committee also…....

Research mentoring programme for the Parliament Secretariat

Posted on : 27 April 2016
Today, the members and secretariat staff from the National Council and National Assembly attended the de-briefing session on the “Research Mentoring Program – Parliament of Bhutan” organized by International IDEA at the National Assembly conference hall. During the session, Ms. Sophia Miriam Fernandes, facilitator from the international IDEA made a presentation on the training process. She stated that the objective of the training was to strengthen the research support services…....

Presentation on the Audit Report

Posted on : 26 April 2016
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) organized a presentation of the Audit Reports by the Royal Audit Authority to Members of Parliament at the National Assembly Conference Hall this afternoon: 1. Report of Multilateral Environment Agreements and its compliances (2010) 2. System audit of Hydroelectric Energy (2013), 3. Performance audit report of Chiphen Rigphel project (2014), and 4. Environment audit report on Timber Harvesting in Forest Management units & working schemes (2014).…....

Launch of the Bhutan Cultural Atlas

Posted on : 26 April 2016
Members of the National Council participated in a half day workshop and launch of the Bhutan Cultural Atlas website featuring Bumthang and Trongsa. The Bhutan Cultural Atlas took five years to complete and was done by the Institute of Language and Cultural Studies, Taktse. This was made possible with the financial support of UNESCO and the Oriental Cultural Heritage Site Protection Alliance.....

Chairperson makes presentation on Bhutan’s Political History to Young Professionals

Posted on : 25 April 2016
Today, the Chairperson of the National Council made a presentation on “Bhutan’s Political History: Formation and development of the Bhutanese State” and “The Role of Monarchs in Shaping the Bhutanese State: 100 years & Beyond” at the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS). The presentation was made to the mid-career professionals participating in the young professionals leadership program (YPLP-1) from various agencies. Photo Credit: RIGSS, Facebook page....

High level Seminar on Green Public Procurement

Posted on : 22 April 2016
The Chairperson of the National Council inaugurated the 2nd High level seminar on Green Public Procurement (GPP) this morning at Taj Hotel. The seminar highlighted on the findings and ten recommendations to the Ministry of Finance. The GPP Bhutan conducted the seminar with an objective to advocate on appropriate balance of sustainable development - economically, socially and environmentally when procuring goods services or works. The presentation reflected that public authorities…....

Bhutan Globalization and the Multilateral Trading System seminar

Posted on : 21 April 2016
Members of Parliament joined officials from different organizations to attend a half day seminar on Bhutan Globalization and the Multilateral Trading System. Organized by the Department of Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs the seminar was facilitated by Mr. Thomas Matthew, UNCTAD.....

Tentative Agenda for the 17th Session of the National Council

Posted on : 21 April 2016
The 17th Session of the National Council is scheduled on 26th May 2016. The agenda includes deliberation on Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016, review report of Agriculture Policies,Anti-Corruption Commission Annual Report, Budget & Appropriation Bill 2016-17 and Constituency Issues. Detail Agenda....

The launch of the Legal and Policy Review of Responses to Human Trafficking in Bhutan Report

Posted on : 20 April 2016
Members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee of the National Council attended the presentation and launch of the report “Legal and Policy Review of Responses to Human Trafficking in Bhutan”. The launch was jointly organized by the National Commission for Woman and Children (NCWC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Members of Parliament, Secretary of the MoLHR, and relevant stakeholders were also invited for the launch.…....

Chairperson attends the Wangdue Kuenrey consecration ceremony

Posted on : 20 April 2016
Today, the Chairperson accompanied by some of the National Council members attended the Kuenray consecration ceremony at Wangduephodrang. The ceremony was graced by His Majesty the King and His Holiness the Je Khenpo. The Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, dzongkhag officals and thousands of devotees were also present for the consecration ceremony. The Wangduephodrang dzong was built by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel. It was destroyed in a fire in 2012. Photo…....

Consultative Meeting with the Ministry of Health on the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill

Posted on : 19 April 2016
Earlier this morning, the Good Governance Committee in collaboration with the Working Committee for the establishment of Bhutan Red Cross Society held a consultative meeting with the Ministry of Health on the Red Cross Society Bill 2016. The meeting was chaired by the GGC Chairperson and was attended by the Secretary and officials from the Ministry of Health.....

Secretariat staff on Strategic Management of Secretariat Services

Posted on : 18 April 2016
Eleven Secretariat Staff was on a weeklong training at Paro from 11 – 15 April 2016 on “strategic management of secretariat services”. The training was a part of a follow-up on the three week training held at Netherlands from January 10-1 February 2016. It was organized by CINOP Global sponsored by the Netherlands government under tailor made training scholarship of NUFFIC with the overall objective to establish a good governing…....

Social & Cultural Affairs Committee elects Chairperson

Posted on : 14 April 2016
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Presentation on BBIN to Members of Parliament

Posted on : 13 April 2016
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Chairperson Address to the Global Parliamentary Conference

Posted on : 12 April 2016
On 11 April 2016 the National Council Chairperson, Dasho Dr. Sonam Kinga's address to the Global Parliamentary Conference in Washington D.C. "Excellencies, Hon’ble MPs, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am Sonam Kinga, Chairperson of National Council, the upper chamber of Bhutan’s parliament. Bhutan is a small Kingdom but an old country located in the Himalayas. I take this opportunity to extend to you greetings of His Majesty the King, a visionary…....

Members of Parliament attend consultative meeting with Finance Ministry

Posted on : 11 April 2016
On 11th April the National Council and the National Assembly members attended a daylong meeting convened by the Ministry of Finance on the framework agreement between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the European Investment Bank and budgetary process....

His Majesty the King's offering to Chari Monastery

Posted on : 11 April 2016
His Majesty the King offered six sandalwood boxes to the Chari monastery on Sunday (10/04/2016) by personally carrying one of the boxes all the way up to the monastery. These boxes will store the precious relics and treasures of ZhabdungNawangNamgyel. Alongside His Majesty the King, the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council also joined the entourage in making the offering and prayers on this sacred event. Photo Credit: His MajestyJigme…....

Ad-hoc Committee meets with the Election Commission of Bhutan

Posted on : 11 April 2016
The Ad-hoc committee led by the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council met with the Chief Election Commissioner and officials of Election Commission of Bhutan as a part of consultative process that House undertakes to understand, exchange views and resolve issues with the concerned agency. Issues such as the educational qualification of Members of Parliament and Local Government Leaders, residential voting and cost cutting measures of the election process were…....

Legislative Committee convenes consultative meeting with the Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs

Posted on : 07 April 2016
Today, the Legislative Committee convened a consultative meeting with the Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs (MoHCA) to discuss immigration issues. His Excellency Lyonpo Dawa Gyaltshen, senior officials from MoHCA, the Chairperson of NC alongwith LC Committee, and members of the National Council took part in the meeting. The meeting ended with an interactive question and answer session.....

Presentation on Foreign Workers Recruitment

Posted on : 06 April 2016
Today, the Legislative Committee had an extensive presentation on the “Foreign Workers Recruitment Process in Bhutan - Issues and Concern ” by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR) in the National Council Conference Hall. The Legislative Committee was assigned to review the issues related to foreign workers recruitment by the National Council. The presentation from the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources highlighted the following: Overall situation of…....

Chairperson on a visit to the National Museum at Paro

Posted on : 05 April 2016
The Chairperson of the National Council is currently on a 2 day visit to the National Museum at Paro. Dasho Dr. Sonam Kinga is conducting a seminar on the theme, “Formation, Development and Survival of the Bhutanese State and Nation”. The seminar ends today. Photo Credit: H.E Dasho Dr. Sonam Kinga....

Constituency Visit updates

Posted on : 05 April 2016
Hon’ble Sangay Khandu of Gasa Dzongkhag is attending the opening of 8thGasa Dzongkhag Tshogdu today. The session ends tomorrow. For the past two weeks, he has been visiting the gewogs of Khamae, Khatoed as well as attending the 2nd mid-term review session of Gasa Dzongkhag. On 2nd April - the Hon’ble Member Pema Tenzin attended the Mid-Term Review in Chukkha Dzongkhag. During the meeting, the Dzongda and Gups of 11…....

Good Governance Committee re-elects the Eminent Member Tashi Wangmo as the Chairperson

Posted on : 05 April 2016
Good Governance Committee re-elects Eminent Member TashiWangmo as the Chairperson and Hon’ble Tempa Dorji of Lhuntse Dzongkhag as the Deputy Chairperson during the Committee’s meeting held on the 22nd of January 2016. They both have been serving as the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for the last three years.....

Legislative Committee appoints the Hon’ble Sangay Khandu as the Chairperson

Posted on : 01 April 2016
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Good Governance Committee meets with the Bhutan Transparency Initiative

Posted on : 01 April 2016
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Preparatory discussions on 17th Session of the National Council

Posted on : 30 March 2016
The 35th Plenary Session focused on the preparation for the 17th Session of the National Council of Bhutan, which is tentatively scheduled on 26th May 2016. The 17th Session will deliberate on the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill, Annual Anti-Corruption Commission Report and the Budget and Appropriation Bill 2016-17. It was agreed that the Chairperson shall follow up with the Speaker on the Agenda for the Joint Session of the…....

Bhutan Parliamentary Delegation at the 134th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), Lusaka, Zambia

Posted on : 29 March 2016
An eight member delegation from Bhutan’s Parliament led by the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly, Lyonpo Jigme Zangpo, Hon’ble Kaka Tshering and Hon’ble Kesang Chuki Dorjee from the National Council as well as the Hon’ble Yogesh Tamang, Hon’ble Gopal Gurung Hon’ble Rinzin Jamtsho from the National Assembly attended the 134th IPU Assembly from 17th – 23rd March, 2016. “Rejuvenating Democracy, Giving Voice to the Youth” was the theme for…....

NREC appoints Hon’ble Jigmi Rinzin as the Chairperson

Posted on : 28 March 2016
Hon’ble Jigme Rinzin of Pema Gatsel Dzongkhag has been appointed as the Chairperson to the Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC) today. He will be serving the Committee as the Chairperson for a year. Similarly, Hon’ble Nima Gyaltshen of Thimphu, who was serving as the Chair to the Committee will now serve as the Deputy Chairperson....

Hon'ble Chairperson visits Schools in the eastern Bhutan

Posted on : 21 March 2016
The Hon'ble Chairperson is in his constituency since 6th March 2016. On the sidelines of his visit to Gewogs in Trashigang Khamed, he is visiting Schools to meet students and share his thoughts in the hopes to inspire them. He also interacted with the students of Sherubtse College and some schools in Mongar and Lhuentse Dzongkhags. During the public meetings, the Hon'ble Chairperson shared the NC resolutions on hydropower, unemployment…....

The New Japanese Ambassador to Bhutan Calls on the Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 04 February 2016
In the afternoon today, the new Japanese Ambassador to Bhutan, His Excellency Kenji Hiramatsu called on the Deputy Chairperson Hon’ble Tshering Dorji. Welcoming His Excellency the Ambassador and delegation on behalf of the National Council of Bhutan, the Hon’ble Deputy Chairperson expressed deepest appreciation for the continued support the Government of Japan has rendered to Bhutan. Further, he expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for placing high…....

Consultation on Legislative Drafting Manual

Posted on : 29 January 2016
The Hon'ble Members of National Council, chaired by the Hon'ble Deputy Chairperson are attending a presentation on the draft Legislative Drafting Manual today. While the consultants had already presented the draft to Hon'ble Members of Parliament of both Houses couple of months ago, the House felt it was pertinent to seek another round of presentation from the consultants to ensure that the manual outlines relevant existing practices pertaining to drafting…....
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