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National Council elects its Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 10 May 2018
In the first sitting of the 3rd National Council, Hon’ble Member Tashi Dorji, Wangdue Phrodrang Dzongkhag was elected as the Chairperson securing "11" votes and Hon’ble Member Jigme Wangchuk, Samdrup Jongkhar Dzongkhag as the Deputy Chairperson obtaining "13" votes. Both of them served as member of the National Council in the second tenure. A total of six members contested for the post of Chairperson and three for the Deputy Chairperson.…....

Nomination of Candidates for Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 09 May 2018
9th May 2018: Nomination of Candidates for Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson As prescribed in the National Council Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2008 (Consolidated), the Honorable Members of the 3rd National Council submitted their Certification of Election to the Secretary General earlier today. The members also submitted the nominees for the post of Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson. After the submission of the certificate, the Secretary General and the Director…....

Completions of the 2nd Tenure of NC

Posted on : 09 May 2018
9th May 2018: Completions of the 2nd Tenure of NC With the completion of the 2nd tenure of the National Council a symbolic demission of office took place in front of the National Council Hall by the Honorable Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and the members today.....

A parting note from the Spokesperson of the House, the Deputy Chairperson Hon. Tshering Dorji

Posted on : 08 May 2018
A parting note from the Spokesperson of the House, the Deputy Chairperson Hon. Tshering Dorji &quot A very Good Morning to all the Hon'ble colleagues and the staff of the National Council(NC). As they say it is not how you start but how you end your task that matters. Our work as a team for the last so many years has not only impressed the public at large but even…....

Briefing Session

Posted on : 23 April 2018
On 23rd of April a briefing session was conducted to the members-elect of the third term of the National Council of Bhutan by Honorable Chairperson and Secretary General....

Interactive Session with Thai-delegate

Posted on : 10 April 2018
The Secretary Generals, Directors and officials of National Council and National Assembly met with the Thai-delegate from the KPI for an interactive session today in the Raven Lounge. Extending their warm welcome to the delegation, the discussion generally focused on the possible areas to collaborate with the KPI to strengthen the capacity of the new members and the secretariat staff of the Parliament. Expressing his appreciation for the hosting the…....

Courtesy Call on to the Chairperson

Posted on : 09 April 2018
On the courteous invitation of His Excellency Lynpo Dasho (Dr.) Sonam Kinga, Chairperson of the National Council, a seven-member delegation led by His Excellency Prof. Woothisarn Tanchai, Secretary General from KPI arrived earlier this morning. Later in the afternoon, the delegation paid a courtesy call on to the Chairperson in the Raven Lounge. Cordially welcoming the delegation, the Chairperson extended his sincere appreciation for considering the invitation for the visit.…....

138th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Posted on : 04 April 2018
A ten member joint delegation from the Parliament of Bhutan returned back on 31st March 2018 after attending the 138th session of the Inter parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva from 24-28 March 2018. Hon'ble Tshogpoen Jigme Zangpo accompanied by Hon. Thrizin led the delegation. The Hon. Tshogpoen addressed the Assembly during the General debate on the theme “strengthening the global regime for migrants and refugees: the need for evidence-based…....

NC public debates organised by BBS and ECB

Posted on : 03 April 2018
With only 16 days to go for the National Council election, we are sharing the public debates organised by BBS and ECB. Click on the following links to watch the debates 1 Lhuentse - https://youtu.be/lPy6jWXhVb8 2 Samtse - https://youtu.be/RebJU0XzK0k 3 Bumthang - https://youtu.be/G7ONdYv5Mvs 4. Mongar - https://youtu.be/9cxZtumk4s0 5. Chukha - https://youtu.be/etVxJgbOeOU 6. Trongsa - https://youtu.be/qLDlndRFPe4 7. Trashiyangtse - https://youtu.be/U4gEw4XvIXk 8. Haa - https://youtu.be/CYng0MnH-rE 9. Zhemgang - https://youtu.be/HoVhahOBz1w 10. Trashigang -…....

Buelwa Offering

Posted on : 21 February 2018
In celebration of His Majesty’s Birthday, the National Council Members led by the Chairperson offered the customary buelwa at the on-going Goenwang Drubchen at Punakha Dzong today along with Zhung Dratshang, Dzongkhag Administration, students and the people, The buelwa was traditionally offered both during Lhamoi Drubchen at Thimphu and Goenwang Drubchen at Punakha to thank the Dratshang for propitiating our guardian deities. This buelwa is not the same as the…....

Code of Compliance for Members of National Council Contesting Re-Elections

Posted on : 20 February 2018
In order to uphold the legal provisions and also commit to the spirit of free and fair elections, the National Council voluntarily formulated and adopted on its own the Code of Compliance for Members of National Council Contesting Re-Elections during its 56th plenary meeting held on 19th February 2018. Click to download /assets/uploads/files/Code of Compliance.pdf....

56th Plenary

Posted on : 19 February 2018
Presided over by the Chairperson, the Honorable members convened its 56th plenary in the Conference Hall today. The meeting was conducted with the sole purpose to commit to free and fair upcoming NC election and prepare for smooth transition into the third tenure of the National Council. Being in the formative stage of democracy, the members agreed that it is very important for the current members who are re-contesting in…....

the Parliament of Bhutan released three documents and launched the online KOHA library system

Posted on : 05 February 2018
Coinciding with the 2nd birth anniversary of His Royal Highness the Gyalsey Jigme Namgyel Wangchuk, the Parliament of Bhutan released three documents and launched the online KOHA library system in the National Assembly Conference Hall today. The documents namely the Parliament Committee Manual 2017, Parliamentary Oversight Manual 2017, the Parliament Committee Manual and the Annual Report of National Assembly of Bhutan for FY 2016-17 were launched with an aim to…....

Constituency Visit

Posted on : 13 January 2018
After accompanying three days visit of His Eminence Tsugla Lopoen Rinpoche to Rangtse under Gakiling Gewog, Hon. Member Tshering Dorji, the Deputy Chairperson of National Council started his constituency visit to lower Haa by meeting with the people of Thongthokha and Dremi-Ngatse yesterday. He thanked the people for their full participation in the preparation of the 110th National Day and His Majesty's visit to lower Haa as informed during his…....

Workshop on strengthening and capacity building of Secretariat

Posted on : 11 January 2018
A two-day workshop was carried out on Strengthening and capacity building of the secretariat from 10th-11th January 2018 at Phuntsholing. It was conducted with an objective to enhance the capacity of the staff for institutional building. During the workshop, the officials from respective division presented on the various roles and responsibilities carried out in delivering their secretarial supports to fulfill the mandate of the institution. Furthermore, various recommendations proposed were…....

Workshop on Dzongkha Development and Promotion

Posted on : 08 January 2018
The Chairperson of the National Council graced the opening ceremony of the two days workshop on Dzongkha Development and Promotion conducted in Phuentsholing from 8th - 9th January 2018. The workshop was convened as part of advocacy programme to the officials on the importance of the plans and policies on National Language Dzongkha. Expressing the importance of the workshop, the Chairperson shared his ideas focused on the outcome of the…....

One Day Advocacy Session on the Role of the National Council (NC)

Posted on : 19 December 2017
A day long advocacy session on the Role of the National Council of Bhutan was conducted today at Phuentsholing Middle Secondary School. A total of about 170 teachers from six schools under Phuentsholing Thromde attended the session. The advocacy session was aimed to enhance the knowledge of the teachers on the Role of the National Council of Bhutan. Honorable Nima from Bumthang presented on the Roles of the Parliament where…....

Review on Strategic Plan of the House

Posted on : 13 December 2017
Led by the Deputy Chairperson, a team of five Members of Parliament, the Director and officials from the secretariat of the National Council attended a workshop to review the Strategic Plan of the House today at Le Meridian. The Deputy Resident Representative of UN, Ms. Niamh Collier-Smith was also present. Mr. George Crawford a UN consultant has been studying the current system of the Parliament for last few months and…....

Kadrin Tangra

Posted on : 08 December 2017
The members led by the Chairperson visited Dechen phug Monastery and Tashichho dzong to offer "Kadrin Tangra" for successful completion of the 20th Session of the National Council after the session yesterday.....

Press Conference on the Resolution passed in 20th Session

Posted on : 08 December 2017
The Deputy Chairperson conducted a press conference on the resolution passed by the House in the 20th Session. The Hon. Tshering Dorji, Deputy Chairperson thanked the media for informing the public of the proceedings and the resolutions of the house. He informed that the last session deliberated six legislative issues, four policy related issues and public accounts reports in the joint session. The House endorsed the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering…....

20th Session Concludes

Posted on : 07 December 2017
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14th Sitting: Follow-up on Cultural Issues and Any Other Businesses

Posted on : 04 December 2017
The members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee presented the follow-up report received from the concern ministries and agencies on the resolution passed by the House in the last session on the cultural issues. The House also passed two motion on issues pertaining to leave encashment to LG members; and omission of budget allocated for black-topping of Chuzomsa-Baylandra road in Wangdue Phodrang Dzongkhag. A total of twenty-six recommendations were…....

The NC rejects the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017

Posted on : 02 December 2017
In the 13th sitting of the National Council, the members voted against the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017 (Money Bill). Of the 20 members present, 5 members voted “Yes”, 12 members voted “No” and 3 voted “Abstain”. The Bill will be forwarded to the National Assembly with the grounds for rejecting the Money Bill by tomorrow. Before, introducing the Bill, the Hon. Chairperson informed the urgency of deliberating…....

12th Sitting

Posted on : 01 December 2017
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11th Sitting

Posted on : 30 November 2017
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Committee Meeting on Narcotic Drug, Psychotropic Substance and Substance Abuse (NDPSSA) Bill 2017

Posted on : 29 November 2017
Earlier today, the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) of the National Council conducted meeting with the Bhutan Narcotic Control Authority, Drug Regulatory Authority, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital and the Royal Bhutan Authority on the Narcotic Drug, Psychotropic Substance and Substance Abuse (NDPSSA) Bill 2017. Besides the members of the Committee, a total of nine officials representing agencies, members and secretariat staff of the NC participated in the…....

9th Sitting

Posted on : 28 November 2017
The House unanimously adopted the recommendations on Legal Aid to Indigent Person, Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017, and Information, Communication & Media Bill 2017 today. Presenting the final report, the Hon. Sangay Khandu (Samtse), Chairperson of Legislative Committee (LC) reported on the in-house meeting conducted by the LC with concern members on the Leal Aid to Indigent Person to resolve the issues raised by the members.…....

Review Report on Government to Citizen Service

Posted on : 27 November 2017
The Special Committee comprising of members from the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC), Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC), and Hon. Member Phuntsho Rapten was tasked to review the Access to and use of Government to Citizen (G2C) Services. The Committee presented a comprehensive review report for deliberation in the 8th sitting today. Hon. Jigme Rinzin, Chairperson of the Special Committee and members presented the overview of the report…....

Question Hour Session

Posted on : 25 November 2017
Yesterday afternoon , the first question hour of the session was conducted with the Lyonpo Dasho Dorji Choden, Minister for Ministry of Work and Human Settlement on the limited technical and Human Capacity of Local Government. Cordially welcoming the Hon. Minister and official accompanying her, the Hon. Chairperson of the National Council expressed his gratitude to the Minister for dutifully attending the Question time in the National Council and provide…....

Deliberation on the Review Report on Legal Aid to Indigent Person

Posted on : 24 November 2017
The 7th Sitting of the National Council (NC) deliberated on the Review Report on Legal Aid to Indigent Person presented by the Legislative Committee (LC). After discussing the issue several times in the past sessions, the NC in its strategic workshop held at Paro from June 25-26, 2017 decided to task the LC to do a comprehensive review on the issue. The members of the LC presented the review report…....

Ratification of the Multilateral Agreement for the establishment of an International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries

Posted on : 23 November 2017
The National Council session resumed after two days of recess during which the respective committees and concern members conducted an in-house meeting with the relevant agencies in preparation for the final report on the two legislative bills which were discussed the previous week. Today the National Council ratified the Multilateral Agreement for the establishment of an International Think Tank for Landlocked Developing Countries. The Agreement was introduced by the Hon.…....

3rd Sitting: Introduction and deliberation of Information Communications and Media Bill of Bhutan 201

Posted on : 20 November 2017
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2nd Sitting; Deliberation on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017

Posted on : 17 November 2017
The Hon. Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, Minister for the Ministry of Finance introduced the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017 in the 2nd sitting of the National Council of Bhutan today. The Hon. Chairperson of the National Council cordially welcomed the Minister of Finance and officials from the Anti-Corruption Commission and Royal Monetary Authority. He expressed his appreciation to Lyonpo for the absolute support rendered in making his…....

Opening of 20th Session of National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 16 November 2017
The 20th Session of the National Council began today with a Marchang ceremony followed by the opening address of the Hon. Chairperson. The concerned members also presented the follow-up reports on the resolution of 19th session of the National Council of Bhutan. In his opening address, the Hon. Chairperson, on behalf of the house, expressed deepest gratitude to Their Majesties on the recent Royal Visit to India, which has further…....

Soelkha Offering

Posted on : 15 November 2017
The members led by the Hon. Chairperson of the National Council visited Dechenphu Lhakhang and Tashichhong Dzong to propetiate the Deities for smooth conduct of the 20th session of the National Council. This is a customary practise, which is widely participated by the Hon. members, Secretary General and representatives from the NC secretariat. The 20th session of NC will begin tomorrow and tentatively conclude on 7th December, 2017....

55th Plenary Session of the NC continued this morning.

Posted on : 14 November 2017
The Hon. Jigmi Rinzin, Chairperson of the Special Committee jointly constituted by the Hon. Member Phuntsho Rabten, members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee and Natural Resources & Environment Committee presented the observations and possible recommendations of the study report on G2C service conducted by the research unit of the National Council. The plenary directed the committee to look into the comments raised by the members and get ready…....

Press Conference on Opening of 20th Session

Posted on : 13 November 2017
A Press Conference on the Agenda of the 20th session of the National Council was held yesterday afternoon. The Deputy Chairperson, who is the Media Spokesperson of the National Council announced that the 20th session of the National Council will commence on 16th November 2017. He said that the upcoming session will be the last session for this term of the National Council. He further reported that the session will…....

The 55th Plenary Session of NC

Posted on : 07 November 2017
The 55th plenary convened with the Honorable Thrizin welcoming the members from their constituency visit and emphasized the importance of representational role of each members by staying in touch with the contituents. During the two-day plenary conducted on the 6th and 7th November 2017, the Social and Cultural Affairs committee was asked to seek the views from Supreme Court on the issue related to Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substance Abuse Act…....

G2C Services Research Report

Posted on : 02 November 2017
Today, Ad hoc Committee on 'Assessment on Access and Use of G2C Services' comprising members of Social and Cultural Affairs Committee and Natural Resources and Environment Committee convened a meeting to discuss on data gathered and findings on the G2C services based on the research conducted in September-October 2017. Hon'ble Phuntsho Rapten is also a member of the Ad hoc Committee. The overall research focuses on public awareness of G2C…....

Parliamentary Delegation at European Parliament in Brussels

Posted on : 24 October 2017
On the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo, Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly, led a parliamentary delegation comprising of members from both the National Assembly and the National Council on an official visit to the European Parliament in Brussels from 17 to 19 October 2017. During the visit, Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo met Mr. Tajani, President of the European Parliament and…....

Delegation from the Parliament participates in the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

Posted on : 20 October 2017
A Thirteen member delegation from the Parliament of Bhutan led by Honorable (Dr) Dasho Sonam Kinga, Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan attended the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly at St. Petersburg, Russia from 14th -18th October. The theme of this years debate is ‘Promoting Cultural Pluralism and Peace through Inter-faith and Inter-ethnic Dialogue’. During the Assembly, the members participated in different forums such as those of women, youth…....

Public Accounts Committee

Posted on : 10 October 2017
On 10th October 2017 the Public Accounts Committee(PAC) members along with officials from Royal Audit Authority had a consultative meeting with the Management of Food Corporation of Bhutan Limited (FCBL) with regard to Performance Audit Report on FCBL. PAC will present six Performance Audit Reports along with Annual Audit Report 2016 in the upcoming Parliament session.....

Delegation from the Parliament of Bhutan attends 1st Asian Parliamentary Assembly Executive Council Meeting

Posted on : 02 October 2017
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Foreign Relations Committee Meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted on : 08 September 2017
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Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development in Bali, Indonesia

Posted on : 06 September 2017
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Standing Committee meeting on Social and Cultural Affairs of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) commences

Posted on : 31 August 2017
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54th Plenary

Posted on : 29 August 2017
The National Council convened its 54th plenary session on 28th August 2017. The Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan officially announced that the 20th Session of the National Council is scheduled to be held from 15th November 2017. The plenary was convened to update the House on the progress review reports of the various committees and provided necessary comments and discussion to refine the report. Further, the briefing from…....

The Parliament of Bhutan to host the Asian Parliamentary Assembly on Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs Committee

Posted on : 24 August 2017
In the press conference held on 24th August 2017, Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly announced that the Parliament of Bhutan will host the APA Standing Committee meeting on Social and Cultural Affairs. The three day meeting is scheduled from 31st August to 2nd September, 2017 at the Convention Center. As of now, 92 high level delegates from 20 countries have confirmed to participate in the event. The Hon. Speaker…....

Legislative Committee’s consultative meetings with private lawyers on Legal Aid to Indigent Person

Posted on : 22 August 2017
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Economic Affairs Committee of National Council met with Good Governance Committee of National Assembly on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017

Posted on : 17 August 2017
The Economic Affairs Committee of the National Council and the Good Governance Committee of the National Assembly met today to discuss the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017. It was chaired by Hon. Member Sangay Khandu (Gasa), the chair of the Economic Affairs Committee. The day long meeting saw discussions touch the intent of the policy and legislation, structuring of the legislation, implementation vessels and their compositions…....
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