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The Central Monastic Body leaves for it's Winter Residence

Posted on : 16 November 2020
The Hon'ble Chairperson accompanied by some of the Members bid farewell to the Central Monastic Body led by His Eminence the Dorji Lopen leaving for Punakha for its winter residence from Tashichoedzong today. The Zhung Dratshang will spend the next six months in Punakha and will return to Thimphu on the first day of the fourth Bhutanese month. The tradition of maintaining summer and winter residence was first introduced by…....

LC completes consultations on the Mines and Minerals Bill 2020

Posted on : 06 November 2020
The three days consultative meetings conducted virtually by the Legislative Committee on the Mines and Minerals Bill 2020 concludes yesterday evening. The meeting was conducted on Monday, 2nd November and 4-5 November 2020. The meeting was also the final round of the consultative meeting of the Committee for the Bill which was conducted with the local leaders and the people of the Gewogs where the mining sites are located. The…....

FRC meets stakeholders to discuss on EIB

Posted on : 05 November 2020
The members of Foreign Relations Committee(FRC) met with the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) followed by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on the Framework Agreement (FWA) between the Kingdom of Bhutan and European Investment Bank(EIB) this morning. During the 19th plenary session of the National Council (NC), the FRC was tasked to review the FWA for further improvement on the provisions of the Agreement. Accordingly, FRC in its 7th Committee meeting…....

The 206th Extraordinary Virtual Session of the Governing Council of the IPU concludes

Posted on : 04 November 2020
On the third and final day of the 206th Extraordinary Session of the Governing Council of the IPU held virtually, the New President Mr. Duarte Pacheco of the IPU delivered his Acceptance Speech. This was followed by congratulatory messages from the President of the Forum of the Women Members of Parliament, Forum of Young Members of Parliament, Geopolitical Groups and other Governing Council Members. The Governing Council heard a brief…....

Bilateral Consultative Meeting with the Parliament on the Draft National Child Policy

Posted on : 04 November 2020
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Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) elects New President

Posted on : 03 November 2020
Mr. Dutarte Pacheco of Portugal has been elected the new President of the IPU during an extraordinary virtual session of the IPU’s Governing Council, with an absolute majority of online votes. Mr. Pacheco has served as the Member of Assembly of the Republic of Portuguese Parliament since 1991 assuming different positions in the Bureau of the Parliament. He also has an ocean of experience working with the IPU. He headed…....

Legislative Committee consults Druk Holding and Investment (DHI)

Posted on : 03 November 2020
As per the directive in the 19th plenary session, the Legislative Committee continued its stakeholder meeting with Druk Holding and Investment (DHI) on the Mines and Minerals Bill 2020 this morning. Cordially welcoming the Hon’ble Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the officials from DHI, Hon’ble Choining Dorji, the Chairperson of the Committee expressed that the objectives of consulting with the DHI is to seek their perspective towards the Bill. A…....

The 206th Session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Posted on : 01 November 2020
The First Day of the 206th Session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Members of 171 Governing Council and participants from 180 Member Parliaments met today in an extraordinary virtual session. The meeting was Chaired by Acting President Chen Goumin and co-chaired by IPU Secretary General, Martin Chungong. The Governing Council Members adopted the Special Rules of Procedures for the virtual session of the Governing Council and…....

In preparation for the Parliament of Bhutan to participate in the 206th Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

Posted on : 29 October 2020
In preparation for the Parliament of Bhutan to participate in the 206th Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Governing Council (Extraordinary Virtual Session) from 1-4 November 2020, the Governing Council Members met with the Hon’ble Chairperson of the National Council, Lyonpo Tashi Dorji, this morning. The five Member delegation from the Parliament of Bhutan, led by Hon'ble Member Kinley Wangchuk, Hon'ble Member Kesang Chuki Dorjee, Hon'ble Member Norbu Wangzom are…....

The 19th Plenary session conducted today

Posted on : 27 October 2020
In the 19th Plenary session conducted today, the Hon’ble Chairperson briefed the Members on the Royal Tour to the southern regions. He said that the Royal visit had greatly boosted the morale of the people living in the south and further motivated them to remain resilient in combating the pandemic. Following which, the various Committees updated the House on the progress reports. The Economic Affairs Committee Chair presented his update…....

Advanced Media Literacy Workshop for Parliamentarians at Paro from 22-23 October.

Posted on : 23 October 2020
Thirty-one Members of Parliament from National Council and National Assembly are attending two-day Advanced Media Literacy Workshop for Parliamentarians at Paro from 22-23 October. The workshop is part of Bhutan Media Foundation's project titled 'Enhancing the Interface between Media and Parliament' supported by the Embassy of Switzerland to India and Bhutan This workshop aims to sensitise the Parliamentarians on the workings of the media, critical consumption and production of media…....

Parliament of Bhutan to participate in the 206th Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Governing Council (Extraordinary Virtual Session) 1-4 November 2020

Posted on : 21 October 2020
Parliament of Bhutan to participate in the 206th Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Governing Council (Extraordinary Virtual Session) 1-4 November 2020 Five Members Delegation from the Parliament of Bhutan, led by Hon’ble Member Kinley Wangchuk will be attending the 206th Session of the IPU Governing Council which will be held virtually from 1-4th November 2020. Hon’ble Member Dasho Kinley Wangchuk, Hon’ble Member Kesang Chuki Dorjee and Hon’ble Member Norbu…....

The Joint Committee of the Parliament on The Penal Code (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan, 2019 met for the second time today at the National Assembly Hall.

Posted on : 19 October 2020
19 October 2020: The Joint Committee of the Parliament on The Penal Code (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan, 2019 met for the second time today at the National Assembly Hall. Welcoming the Members to the meeting, the Chairperson of Committee, Hon'ble Ugyen Namgay highlighted the importance of the role of the Joint Committee and reiterated the need to come to consensus during the discussion. Representatives from both the Houses made presentations…....

9th Royal Wedding

Posted on : 13 October 2020
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Joint Committee for the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2019 holds its first meeting

Posted on : 08 October 2020
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Joint Committee on CCPC meets to deliberate on disputed clauses

Posted on : 07 October 2020
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Photography and Designing

Posted on : 05 October 2020
5 October 2020: Ten officials from the National Council Secretariat are currently undergoing training on “Photography and Designing” at the Institute for Management Studies Limited (IMSL) from 5th -18th October 2020. The training is intended to learn photography and explore the basic tools and features of InDesign and Photoshop for creating professional page layouts and designs. Welcoming the participants, Mr Ugyen Pelgen, CEO of the IMSL expressed his appreciation to…....

Deepest condolences to the late Emir, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Posted on : 02 October 2020
2nd October 2020: Led by the Hon'ble Deputy Chairperson, the Hon'ble Members and the Director of the National Council of Bhutan visited the Embassy of the State of Kuwait to sign the condolence book and pay respects to the late Emir, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah this morning. A respected global leader, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah also strengthened the close ties between Kuwait and Bhutan.....

National Council Sungkhop receives Toedtshi Jim

Posted on : 24 September 2020
National Council Sungkhop receives Toedtshi Jim His Eminence Dorji Lopen of the Zhung Dratshang offered Toestshi Jim to Lopen Rinchen Dorji, Sungkhop of the National Council of Bhutan on 24th September, 2020. Lopen Rinchen has been serving as the Sungkhop of the National Council from 2018. We offer our heartfelt congratulations and best wishes on his promotion.....

Thimphu Lhamoi Drupchen

Posted on : 17 September 2020
Led by the Hon. Chairperson, the Chairperson of the Committees represented the National Council to offer prayers at the Thimphu Lhamoi Drupchen this morning. Unlike previous years the Zhung Dratshang restricts the number of visitors owing to the current pandemic.....

New Director for National Council

Posted on : 10 September 2020
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Updated toll free numbers for National, Central, Eastern and Southern Regions of Bhutan.

Posted on : 19 August 2020
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Updates on COVID -19 Situation to the Parliament

Posted on : 31 July 2020
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The members of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee

Posted on : 30 July 2020
The members of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee is at Paro conducting consultative meeting with National CSI Development Bank Limited to understand the mechanism of providing loans to the farmers at minimal interest rates for agriculture production and Marketing. During the meeting, the officials from CSI made a presentation on the loan application process and procedures and also briefed the Committee on the background & mandates of the bank.…....

The Legislative Committee of the National Council continued its consultation meetings

Posted on : 30 July 2020
The Legislative Committee of the National Council continued its consultation meetings with the key stakeholders in Phuentsholing. In the meeting today, the State Mining Corporation highlighted its concerns about certain provisions of the Mines and Minerals Bill 2020, including it's performance. Earlier yesterday, the members of Legislative Committee visited river dredging sites on the bank of Amochhu followed by the meeting with the Bhutan Exporters Association and others in the…....

Farewell Call On to the Chairperson by the Auditor General

Posted on : 28 July 2020
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Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2020

Posted on : 23 July 2020
The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) met with nine relevant stakeholders such as financial institutions, Royal Monetary Authority, Judiciary, Royal Bhutan Police and private contractors to discuss on the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2020. Besides the members of the Committee, interested members also took part in the discussion. Cordially welcoming the participants, Hon. Karma Gyeltshen, Chair to the Committee in highlighting the background of…....

Economic Affairs Committee Meets Ministry of Finance

Posted on : 22 July 2020
On 21st July 2020, the Economic Affairs Committee of the National Council convened meeting with the Ministry of Finance to discuss the Charter of SAARC Development Fund (Amendment) Bill 2020. During the meeting, the officials from the Ministry of Finance highlighted a brief background on the SAARC Development Fund Charter and reasons for the proposed amendment to the Charter. With the proposed amendment, there will be positive impact on regional…....

NC Members offer prayers and Butter Lamp

Posted on : 21 July 2020
The National Council members led by Deputy Chairperson offered prayers and butter lamps in the Memorial Chorten for the deceased who sacrificed their lives in rescuing the people who were stranded in Mao chhu yesterday in Gelephu. It coincided with the moenlam (prayer) for the death anniversary of our beloved Third Druk Gyalpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck which was presided by Le tshog Lopen of the Zhung Dratshang. Our heartfelt condolences…....

Legislative Committee continues with its Stakeholders meeting

Posted on : 21 July 2020
On 20 July 2020, the Legislative Committee of the National Council continued its Stakeholder consultation meeting with Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry the Proprietors and Representatives of the Private Mining Industries on the Mines and Minerals Bill of Bhutan 2020. A brief presentation was made highlighting the issues and concerns of Mining in Bhutan and the challenges they faced. They also share their views, comments on some of the…....

Farewell Call On to The Chairperson

Posted on : 20 July 2020
Today, the Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Kinley Yangzom and the Commissioner for the Anti-Corruption Commission, Jamtsho paid a farewell call to the Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan. Chairperson Kinley Yangzom of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was appointed to the Constitutional post on 31st July 2015 for a fixed term of five years. Prior to this she served as Commissioner in the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) from…....

Good Governance Committee on Annual Report 2019

Posted on : 17 July 2020
Today Anti Corruption Commission led by their Chairperson made a presentation to Good Governance Committee on their Annual Report 2019. The presentation is made annually to update the Good Governance Committee with the corruption trend in the country based on the National Integrity Assessment conducted by ACC in collaboration with National Barometer Survey Report of Bhutan Transparency Initiative (BTI). Some members from other committees also actively took part during the…....

Legislative Committee Consults with Stakeholders

Posted on : 13 July 2020
The Legislative Committee of the National Council continued its public consultation meetings on the Mines and Minerals Bill with the Department of Geology and Mines (DGM) in the morning, and the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) together in the afternoon today. The DGM highlighted the processes leading up to the final version of the bill, its rationales and salient features. On the other hand, the…....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee completes consultation meetings on BIMSTEC Convention

Posted on : 08 July 2020
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Social and Cultural Affairs Committee completes consultation meetings on BIMSTEC Convention

Posted on : 08 July 2020
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Social and Cultural Affairs begins with its Consultative meeting

Posted on : 06 July 2020
Earlier today, the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee conducted a consultative meeting with the Department of Law and Order (DLO), Royal Bhutan Police and Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the BIMSTEC Convention on Cooperation in International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking which will be tabled in the upcoming session. The nodal agency, DLO made a presentation on the National Interest Analysis report on the ratification of the…....

RCSC meets with GGC

Posted on : 02 July 2020
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FRC elects Chairperson and the Dy. Chairperson

Posted on : 23 June 2020
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Chairperson hosts lunch for de-suung staff

Posted on : 19 June 2020
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NC offers Tashi Khadhar to the new Chief Justice of Bhutan

Posted on : 17 June 2020
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Committees appoint new chair & deputy chair

Posted on : 17 June 2020
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NC offers tangra

Posted on : 16 June 2020
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25th Session concludes

Posted on : 16 June 2020
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NC adopts Budget Bills

Posted on : 15 June 2020
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Deliberation on budget continues

Posted on : 12 June 2020
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NC deliberates on Budget

Posted on : 11 June 2020
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Finance Minister introduces Budget Bills

Posted on : 10 June 2020
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25th Session of the National Council begins

Posted on : 09 June 2020
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Parliamentary Committee on COVID-19 Preparedness and Response meets with Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators

Posted on : 27 May 2020
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The Chairperson graces the passing out parade of 39th DeSuung Accelerated Training Programme

Posted on : 23 May 2020
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