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National Assembly Secretariat Staff trained on Google Suites

Posted on : 26 December 2017

The National Assembly Secretariat Staff underwent a day-long intensive training on Google Suites on 21 December, 2017 at Royal Institute of Management. The training was conducted by resource persons from DITT and with financial support from International IDEA.

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Two staff of NAS receive Civil Service Medals and Certificates

Posted on : 15 December 2017

Two staff of the National Assembly Secretariat received their Service Medals and Certificates for their dedicated services in the civil service. Mr. Ngawang Norbu, Dy. Chief Administrative Officer received the service award (Gold) for his service of more than 30 years while Ms. Tshering Dema, PA to Dy. Speaker received the service award (Bronze) for her service of more than ten years.

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Presentation on Performance Audit on Delivery of OPD Services at JDWNRH and Provision of Drinking Water in Thimphu Municipality by Royal Audit Authority (RAA)

Posted on : 14 December 2017

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) organized a presentation from Royal Audit Authority (RAA) on 14th December, 2017 in the National Assembly Conference Hall. The presentations were made on Performance Audit on Delivery of OPD Services at JDWNRH and Provision of Drinking Water in Thimphu Municipality.  The programme was organized in accordance with Section 42 (a)(2) of the Rules of Procedure of PAC, 2017 and was attended by the Honorable Members…....

National Assembly Members attend workshop on the Strategic Development Plan 2019-2023

Posted on : 14 December 2017

The Members of the National Assembly, chaired by the Hon’ble Speaker attended a workshop on the existing and development of the Strategic Development Plan of the National Assembly 2019-2023 on 13 December 2017 at Le Meridian.

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English Translation of the Royal Address at the Closing of the 10th Session of the Second Parliament

Posted on : 12 December 2017

I am very happy to be a part of this important occasion– the closing of the 10th Session of the Second Parliament. I am particularly happy to be able to address such an august gathering. The duties and functions of parliament are sacred, and of immense significance and importance.

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The Members of the National Assembly visit Dechenphu to offer thanks for the successful conclusion of the 10th Session, Second Parliament

Posted on : 08 December 2017

After the conclusion of the Tenth Session of the Second Parliament, the Members of the Parliament led by the Hon’ble Speaker visited Dechenphu Lhakhang and Tashichhodzong to offer gratitude to the Guardian Deities for the successful conclusion of the Session.

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Tenth Session of the Second Parliament Concludes

Posted on : 08 December 2017

The Tenth Session of the Second Parliament successfully concluded today. The Concluding Ceremony was graced by His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen.

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Hon’ble Speaker granted Tashi Khadar

Posted on : 07 December 2017

Hon’ble Speaker granted Tashi Khadar and congratulated Ms. Sonam Lhamo on being promoted as Chief Information and Media Officer of the National Assembly Secretariat.

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National Assembly Ratifies the Resolution of the 10th Session of the Second Parliament

Posted on : 07 December 2017

In accordance with the Daily Business Order for the day, the Secretary General read out the Draft Resolutions to the House. The National Assembly ratified the Resolutions of the 10th Session of the Second Parliament after making necessary amendments.

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Mr. Rinchen Khandu, ARO of NAS tops Technical Category in Bhutan Civil Service Examination 2017

Posted on : 07 December 2017

Hon’ble Tshogpon granted Tashi Khadhar and congratulated Mr. Rinchen Khandu for his achievement in the Bhutan Civil Service Examination 2017. Mr. Rinchen Khandu topped Bhutan Civil Service Examination 2017 in the technical category (IT), which was appeared by some 21 candidates. Mr. Rinchen Khandu joined the National Assembly Secretariat in August 2016 as Assistant Research Officer after his graduation from the College of Science & Technology in Rinchending with Bachelors…....

The Joint Sitting of the Parliament continues deliberation on the Review of the Performance Audit Report (PAR)

Posted on : 06 December 2017

The Joint Sitting of the Parliament continued deliberations on the Review of the Seven Performance Audit Report of various sectors today.

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Public Accounts Committee (PAC) presents its report to the Joint Sitting of Parliament

Posted on : 05 December 2017

The Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee, National Council Member from Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag, presented the Public Accounts Committee Report to the Parliament today. 

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Re-deliberation on the Amendments and Objections of the National Council Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2017 (Urgent Bill)

Posted on : 04 December 2017

Re-deliberation on the Amendments and Objections of the National Council Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2017 (Urgent Bill)

The National Assembly re-deliberated on the recommendations and the objections made by the National Council on the Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substance and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2017 today.  

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National Assembly makes a 3-day field visit to Phuentsholing

Posted on : 03 December 2017

Hon’ble Members of the National Assembly led by Hon’ble Speaker made a 3-day field visits to Phuentsholing from 1 – 3 December 2017. The sole purpose of the visit was to facilitate Hon’ble Members of National Assembly to oversee the status of various industries, dry port and special housing project in Phuentsholing.

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Question Hour Highlight

Posted on : 01 December 2017

Question Hour Highlight

1. Question on Plan of Action to Address Suicide Problem

The Member from Nanong-Shumar constituency asked the Prime Minister to inform the House on the policies, strategies and plan of action being pursued to address the issue of increasing number of suicide in the country.

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National Assembly Passes the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017

Posted on : 30 November 2017

National Assembly Passes the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017

The National Assembly adopted the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017 with 37 “Yes” votes, 2 “ No” and 1  “Abstain”, out of 40 members present and voting.

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National Assembly Adopts the Audit Bill 2017

Posted on : 29 November 2017

National Assembly Adopts the Audit Bill 2017

The National Assembly adopted the Audit Bill 2017 today with 41 “Yes” votes, 1 “No” vote and 1 “Abstain”, out of the 43 members present and voting.

 
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Question Hour Highlights (28.11.2017)

Posted on : 28 November 2017

1. Issues related to Alcohol Consumption

The Member from Chhumig-Ura constituency asked the Health Minister to inform the House on the annual spending by the government to treat alcohol related diseases, policies and plans to reduce consumption of alcohol, implementation status of alcohol reduction policy and current status of alcohol consumption in the country.

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National Assembly Adopts the Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substance and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2017

Posted on : 27 November 2017

National Assembly Adopts the Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substance and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2017

The National Assembly passed the Narcotics Drugs, Psychotropic Substance and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2017 with 38 “Yes” votes, 1 “No” vote and 3 “Abstain” out of total of 42 members present and voting.

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Question Hour Highlights (24 November 2017)

Posted on : 24 November 2017

1. Excise duty on petrol and diesel

The Member from Bartsam-Shongphu asked the Minister for Economic Affairs to clarify whether the full excise duty exemption on petrol and diesel by the Government of India was passed on to the consumers.

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National Assembly passes the motion to stop the Corporatization of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH)

Posted on : 23 November 2017

National Assembly passes the motion to stop the Corporatization of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH)

The Member from Panbang constituency moved the motion to stop corporatization of JDWNRH by the government with immediate effect giving due respect to the rights of the people of Bhutan as enshrined in the Constitution of Bhutan to provide free basic health services. 

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National Assembly deliberates on three reports

Posted on : 22 November 2017

Finance Minister Reports on the Formulation of Stabilization Fund Rules and Regulations

As a follow up of the resolutions of the 9th Session of the Second Parliament, the Finance Minister submitted a report on the formulation of Rules and Regulations of the Stabilization Fund. 

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Question Hour Highlights (21 November 2017)

Posted on : 21 November 2017

1. The Member from Wamrong Constituency asked the Minister for Works and Human Settlement if the works of double-laning of the East-West Highway can be completed within eight remaining months of the term of  the current government. Similarly, the Member from Nubi-Tangsibji Constituency asked the Minister for Works and Human Settlement as to why the progress of the widening works of the East-West Highway especially, between Tsheringma Drupchu (Tangjsibji Gewog)…....

National Assembly Passes the Agreement between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income.

Posted on : 20 November 2017

The  38 National Assembly members present and voting  unanimously passed the Agreement between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income today.

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Question Hour Highlights

Posted on : 17 November 2017

Question on  Kholongchhu Hydroelectric Project

The Opposition Leader asked the Prime Minister that, although the government had earlier informed the Parliament the Kholongchhu Hydroelectric Project had been started, it was recently revealed that even the concession agreement has not been finalized yet and as such no major construction works have been awarded so far. This indicated that the government has not been able to start even a single mega hydropower…....

Three Bills tabled for First and Second Readings

Posted on : 16 November 2017

Three Bills - the Audit Bill 2017 (Private Member’s Bill), the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic  Substances and Substance Abuse (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2017 (Urgent Bill) and the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017 (Money Bill) were tabled today for First and Second Readings.

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His Excellency Mohamed Maliki, Ambassador to Bhutan calls on the Hon’ble Speaker

Posted on : 16 November 2017

The Hon’ble Speaker warmly welcomed Morocco’s Ambassador Mohamed Maliki to Bhutan and congratulated the Ambassador on taking up this esteemed post. The Speaker expressed that the two countries shared similar history of visionary monarchs and constitutional democracy among others.

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Courtesy Call on by H.E. Mr. Gilad Cohen, Deputy Director General for Asia and Pacific Affairs, Israel to the Hon’ble Speaker

Posted on : 15 November 2017

H.E. Mr. Gilad Cohen, Deputy Director General for Asia & Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel and delegation called on to the Hon’ble Speaker today.

 

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His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo Graces the Opening Ceremony of the 10th Session of the Second Parliament.

Posted on : 15 November 2017

Today, the Opening Ceremony of the 10th Session of the Second Parliament was kindly graced by His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo and received in a traditional Chipdrel ceremony.    The Ceremony was also graced by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, Members of the Royal Family, Foreign Dignitaries, Senior Government officials, students and public.

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Visit to Dechenphu Lhakhang

Posted on : 14 November 2017

 

Hon’ble Speaker, Members and Staff of the National Assembly visited Dechenphug Lhakhang and Tashichhodzong Dukhang this morning to offer prayers and seek blessing of guardian deities for the upcoming 10th Session of the Second Parliament scheduled from 15 November to 8 December, 2017.

 
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Presentation on Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Posted on : 08 November 2017

On the request of the Economic & Private Sector Development Committee (EPSDC), the Department of Revenue & Customs under the Ministry of Finance made a presentation on Goods and Services Tax (GST) to the Members of National Assembly. 

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Interactive session between National Assembly Committees and CSOs

Posted on : 03 November 2017

National Assembly Secretariat organized an Interactive session between National Assembly Committees and registered Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on 3rd November, 2017. The first ever such session was attended by around 31 participants from various CSOs. 

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Call on to the Hon’ble Speaker by Denmark’s Ambassador to Bhutan, His Excellency Peter Taksoe-Jensen

Posted on : 25 October 2017

His Excellency Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Denmark’s Ambassador to Bhutan, called on to the Hon Speaker on 24th October, 2017. The Speaker warmly welcome the Ambassador and expressed his deep appreciation to the Government and People of Denmark for their developmental assistance and especially to the Parliament in the past.

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PRESS RELEASE

Posted on : 25 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.

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Preliminary Meeting for the discussion of the Agenda for the 10th Session of the Second Parliament

Posted on : 24 October 2017

A Preliminary meeting for the discussion and finalization of the Agenda for the 10th Session of the Second Parliament was held today at the Gyelyong Tshogkhang Conference Hall.

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Bhutanese Parliamentary Delegation visits Belgian and European Parliaments in Brussels

Posted on : 18 October 2017

A 5-member Parliamentary Delegation led by Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo is currently in Brussels, Belgium on the invitation of Mr. Antonia Tajani, President of European Parliament. The delegation met Mr. Siegfried Bracke, President of the House of Representatives of the Belgian Federal Parliament and discussed on areas of Parliamentary collaboration. 

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Consultation workshop on review of the Strategic Development Plan 2014- 2018 and the way forward for new Strategic Development Plan beyond 2018

Posted on : 21 September 2017

A one-day consultation workshop is being held with the staff of the National Assembly Secretariat at the Le Meridien to review the current Strategic Development Plan and prepare a new Strategic Development Plan beyond 2018 for the National Assembly of Bhutan. 

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Call on Hon’ble Speaker by H.E. Mr. Katsuyuki Kawai, Member, House of Representatives of Japan and Special Advisor to President of LDP of Japan

Posted on : 08 September 2017

H.E. Mr. Katsuyuki Kawai, Member, House of Representatives of Japan and Special Advisor to President of LDP of Japan called on Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly of Bhutan on 7th September 2017 at the GyelyongTshokhang.

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Briefing /Workshop on Review of Bill

Posted on : 07 September 2017

The Members of Parliament and Parliamentary Staff are attending a workshop on Review of Bills at Le Meridian today. The two day workshop held from 7-8th September, 2017. is organized by International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance) in collaboration with the Parliament of Bhutan.

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Hon’ble Speaker, National Assembly Members and Staff Offers Kusung Thukten Mendrel

Posted on : 06 September 2017

The Hon’ble Members and the staff of the National Assembly, led by the Hon’ble Speaker offered Kusung Thukten Mendrel to His Holiness the Je Khenpo at Kuesenselphodrang today.

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The APA meeting successfully concludes

Posted on : 01 September 2017

The APA Standing Committee Meeting on Social and Cultural Affairs successfully concluded today. The meeting adopted ten resolutions ranging from measures to promote Cultural Diversity. Collaboration on health equity in the region, integration through information and communication technology,  fight against corruption, APA Women Parliamentarians, Promotion of Interfaith Dialogue, Combating smuggling of Cultural Items, Combating Illicit Drug Trafficking, Humanitarian aid to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Myanmar on the verge of Human Catastrophe.

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Hon'ble Speaker meets with Members of APA Delegation

Posted on : 01 September 2017

The Hon'ble Speaker meets with Delegations from Turkey, Pakistan, Bahrain, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal and Islamic Republic of Iran on the sidelines of the APA Standing Committee meeting on Social and Cultural Affairs on 1st September, 2017.

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Bhutan Hosts the Asian Parliament Assembly Standing Committee Meeting on Social and Cultural Affairs

Posted on : 31 August 2017

The Standing Committee Meeting on the Social and Cultural Affairs of the Asian Parliament Assembly is underway at the Royal Banquet Hall today. 96 Delegates from 20 Countries are participating in the two day meeting from 31st  August  to 1st September, 2017.

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Speaker meets the Indian Delegation for APA Standing Committee Meeting

Posted on : 31 August 2017

On the sideline of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly’s Standing Committee Meeting on Social & Cultural Affairs held in Thimphu from 31 August – 1 September 2017, the Hon’ble Speaker met with the Indian Delegation today. During the brief bilateral meeting, Hon’ble Speaker personally welcomed Dr. Sunil Baliram Gaikwad, Member of Parliament and Smt. Kalpana Sharma, Joint Secretary of Indian Parliament to Bhutan. 

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Hon’ble Speaker meets with His Excellency, Dr. Khalil Abdulah AA Abul

Posted on : 30 August 2017

The Hon’ble Speaker met with His Excellency, Dr. Khalil AbdulahAAAbul, Member of Parliament, Kuwait at the GyelyongTshogkhang today.

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Hon’ble Speaker meets with Bangladesh Delegation of the Asian Parliament Assembly (APA)

Posted on : 29 August 2017

The Hon’ble Speaker met with the three member Bangladesh Delegation led by His Excellency, Mir Mushtaque Ahmed Robi, Member of Parliament today at 10 a.m.

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Hon’ble Speaker meets with Ms. Stella Avallone, Minister Plenipotentiary, Federal Ministry of for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Posted on : 23 August 2017

Ms. Stella Avallone, Minister Plenipotentiary, Head Unit for Bilateral Development Cooperation in Asia, Federal Ministry of for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, accompanied by the Resident Coordinator, made a courtesy call on to the Hon’ble Speaker in the GyelyongTshogkhang today afternoon.

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The Hon Speaker meets with Koreans visiting Bhutan to celebrate Bhutan-Korea Friendship

Posted on : 11 August 2017

The Hon Speaker met with a group of 22 Korean led by a Councilor of Gwangju Metropolitian Council, Rep. Jeon Jin Sook at the National Assembly Conference Hall. 

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Farewell Courtesy call on by Former Kuwait Ambassador to Bhutan

Posted on : 09 August 2017

H.E. Mr. Youses Almaskati made a farewell call on to the Hon Speaker today at the Gyelyong Tshogkhang.

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