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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kuwait Ambassador to Bhutan H.E. Fadel Haider Saud Alhasan calls on Hon Speaker

Posted on : 02 August 2017

The Kuwait Ambassador to Bhutan H.E Fadel Haider Saud Alhasan called on the Hon Speaker in the GyelyongTshogkhang today.

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H.E. Mr. Md. Fazle Rabbi Miah, DY. Speaker of Bangladeshi Parliament calls on Hon Speaker

Posted on : 01 August 2017

A four member delegation led by H.E. Md. Fazle Rabbi Miah, DY. Speaker of Bangladeshi Parliament called on the Hon Speaker this morning at the GyalyongTshogkhang.  He extended their gratitude to the Royal Government for the very warm welcome accorded to him. 

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3-Day Workshop on Committee Functioning System of Parliament and the Role of Committee Secretaries

Posted on : 24 July 2017

The 3-Day Workshop to understand the Committee Functioning System of Parliament and the Role of Committee Secretaries is underway at Metta Resort in Paro. The workshop is facilitated by five eminent resource persons from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats of Parliament of India. The workshop is organized by the Secretariats of Parliament of Bhutan with financial supports from the UNDP Bhutan Office.

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Presentation on the Annual Audit Report 2016 and other Reports by the RAA

Posted on : 07 July 2017

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) organized a presentation from Royal Audit Authority (RAA) on 6th July, 2017 in the National Assembly Conference Hall. The presentations were made on Annual Audit Report 2016 and 6 Performance Audit Reports. 

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Sensitization workshop held on Gender Responsive Planning & Budgeting for parliamentarians

Posted on : 27 June 2017

A high level sensitization workshop on Gender Responsive Planning & Budgeting (GRPB) was organized yesterday by the Parliament of Bhutan in collaboration with the UNDP. The workshop was aimed at sensitizing the Members of Parliament on GRPB which is an important tool towards the empowerment of women.

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Ninth Session of the Second Parliament concludes

Posted on : 20 June 2017

The Ninth Session of the Second Parliament concluded today. The occasion was graced by His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo. In his concluding address, the Speaker welcomed and expressed his gratitude to His Majesty for gracing the occasion. On behalf of the Parliament, he further expressed his gratitude to His Majesty for the royal initiatives undertaken for the welfare of the people and the country. Words of gratitude were also expressed…....

Prime Minister presents annual state of the nation report

Posted on : 19 June 2017

The Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering  Tobgay today presented the annual report on the state of the nation including legislative plans and priorities of the government to the Druk Gyalpo and the  joint sitting of parliament as per article 10 (10)  of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 16 June 2017

Disengaging of questions on corruption in the recent National Housing & Population Census questioned

 

The Member from Nubi-Tangsibji constituency questioned on why the questions pertaining to corruption although listed in the questionnaire for the recent National Housing & Population Census (NHPC) 2016 were not asked to the people. Responding to the query, the Prime Minister clarified that the questionnaire was wholly prepared by the committee on NHPC and the…....

BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement deferred

Posted on : 15 June 2017

The joint committee of the Parliament today presented a brief report on the meetings it held on the Bangladesh, Bhutan India & Nepal Motor Vehicle Agreement. The Member from Tashicholing constituency who chaired the joint committee informed the joint sitting that despite holding five meetings, the committee could not reach a consensus on the BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement.

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Joint Sitting endorses nine of eleven recommendations of the Public Accounts Committee

Posted on : 14 June 2017

 

The joint sitting today endorsed nine of the 11 recommendations made by the Public Accounts Committee after 52 Members voted ‘Yes’ and three Members voted ‘No’ while nine abstained from voting. There was a total of 64 Members present during the voting. The two recommendations which were not endorsed are revision of guidelines for the Gewog Development Grant and establishment of sustainable trust fund for…....

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

Posted on : 13 June 2017

The Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) who is also the Member from Kabji-Talo constituency presented the performance audit reports to the joint sitting of parliament today. The report was presented after the Royal Kasho for convention of the joint sitting was read out by the Secretary General of the National Assembly in the House.

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Recommendations of the National Council on the Budget Appropriation Bill, Pay Revision Report and the Fiscal Incentive Bill deliberated

Posted on : 12 June 2017

The House today re-deliberated on the recommendations of the National Council on the budget appropriation bill 2017-18, pay revision report (Money bill) and the fiscal incentive bill 2017. A total of seven recommendations were made on the budget appropriation bill and four recommendations on the pay revision bill. The National Council had, however, revoked the fiscal incentives bill 2017 with four general objections and 10 specific objections.

 

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National Assembly unanimously passes the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill

Posted on : 08 June 2017

The National Assembly today unanimously passed the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017 after all 44 Members present voted in favour of the Bill. 

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Motion on enhancing House’s engagement on SDGs endorsed

Posted on : 08 June 2017

The Member from Khamdang-Ramjhar constituency who is also a member of the interim committee of the National Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) moved the motion to ensure meaningful engagement of the National Assembly on SDGs. The Member highlighted that the motion was being moved mainly to better engage the standing committees of the House to strategize in mainstreaming the SDGs within the parliamentary mechanism.

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Anti -Money Laundering & Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill to be voted for adoption tomorrow

Posted on : 07 June 2017

Deliberations on the Anti -Money Laundering & Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017 concluded today in the National Assembly. The Bill with nine chapters include provisions for establishment of financial intelligence department, reporting entity and preventive measures, targeted financial sanctions and confiscation of the proceeds and instrumentality of crime among others.

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National Assembly passes the Bhutan Information, Communication & Media Bill

Posted on : 06 June 2017

The National Assembly today passed the Bhutan Information, Communication & Media Bill 2016 following a voting on the Bill. The Bill received a total of 40 ‘Yes’ votes while one abstained from voting. There was a total of 41 Members present during the voting.

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Deliberation continues on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill.

Posted on : 06 June 2017

The deliberations today were mainly held on clause 9 of the Bill which pertains to the tenure of the Director of the Financial Intelligence Department. The Member from Kabji-Talo constituency submitted that the clause was not clear on how many times the Director would be eligible for re-appointment after the five year tenure. He underscored that the reappointment term should be ascertained. The Member from Lamgong-Wangchag constituency submitted that it…....

Deliberation concludes on the Bhutan Information & Communication Bill

Posted on : 05 June 2017

Today, the deliberation concluded on the Bhutan Information & Communication Bill 2016 in the National Assembly. The deliberations were simultaneously held on the recommendations of the Special Committee which was formed on 2nd June 2017 on provisions related to offences and penalties of the Bill.

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Third reading commences on the Anti-Money Laundering & Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill

Posted on : 05 June 2017

The House commenced its third reading on the Anti-Money Laundering & Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill 2017. The Bill was reviewed by the Good Governance Committee of the National Assembly. 

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National Assembly passes Fiscal Incentives

Posted on : 05 June 2017

The National Assembly today passed the Fiscal Incentives Bill of Bhutan 2017 after 31 Members voted ‘Yes’ while 10 members voted ‘No’ and one abstained from voting. There was a total of 42 Members present during the voting. With the endorsement of the House, the Bill shall be effective from 8th of May this year. 

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Deliberation continues on Bhutan Information, Communication & Media Bill

Posted on : 02 June 2017

The deliberation on Bhutan Information, Communication and Media Bill continued today in the House. Deliberating on clauses pertaining to film commission, most Members expressed that the film commission should be replaced by a film council in the Bill. Submissions were made that a film council would be most appropriate to serve the purpose of the Bill and the term ‘commission’ will not be undermined in the country as well. The…....

Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 02 June 2017

Low voltage electricity in Gamakha and Eusakha villages questioned

 

The Member from Kabji-Talo consitutency questioned the Minister for Economic Affairs on the government’s plan to address electricity disruption faced by people of Gamakha and Euskha Chiwogs of his constituency in Punkha. In response, the Minister informed that an additional transformer of 125 KVA was being installed in Eusakha and the problem would be addressed once the installation work is…....

Third reading commences on the Bhutan Information Communications & Media Bill

Posted on : 29 May 2017

The third reading on the Bhutan Information Communications & Media Bill 2016 commenced today in the House. Presenting the recommendations of the House on 77 clauses, the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee who is also the Member from Tashicholing constituency informed that the committee had held numerous consultative meetings with the stakeholders after the Bill was referred to the committee in the last session.

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National Assembly passes the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-18

Posted on : 26 May 2017

The National Assembly today passed the Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-18 amounting to Nu. 60,777.871 million, Supplementary Budget for the Fiscal Year 2016-17 amounting to Nu.  4,525.552 million taking the total revised budget for the financial year 2016-17 to Nu. 59,227.076 million and the recommendations of the Pay Commission.  Voting on the Annual Budget, 43 Members voted ‘Yes’ and one voted ‘No’ while the supplementary budget was passed…....

Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 26 May 2017

The Member from Drujegang Tseza constituency questioned the Education Minister on the plans and programs of the government to promote the national language Dzongkha. In response, the Minister informed that among various programs of the government to promote Dzongkha, the Ministry had ascertained Dzongkha as a main subject for securing pass percentage unlike in the past. He also added that Dzongkha subjects were now being taught by Dzongkha teachers and…....

Deliberation concludes on the report of the Finance Committee

Posted on : 25 May 2017

Stabilization Fund of Nu.100 million which is set forth to be established during the fiscal year 2017-18 was deliberated after the Member from Bartsham-Shongphu constituency raised doubts on the establishment of the fund. The Member opined that while the objective to establish such fund was noble, it may not be appropriate for a developing country like Bhutan to establish a Stabilization Fund.  Expressing similar views, the Leader of the Opposition…....

Deliberation continues on the review report of the Finance Committee on the annual budget

Posted on : 24 May 2017

Before the commencement of the day’s agenda, the Hon’ble Speaker welcomed the European parliamentary delegation led by Ms. Jean Lambert who was present to witness today’s sitting on the national budget.

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European parliamentary delegation visits the National Assembly

Posted on : 24 May 2017

A European parliamentary delegation led by Ms. Jean Lambert, Chair of the Delegation visited the National Assembly yesterday afternoon. The delegation also consisted of H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of European Union to Bhutan.

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National Assembly ratifies the Multilateral Agreement on the Establishment of Think Tank for Landlocked Countries

Posted on : 23 May 2017

The House today ratified the Multilateral Agreement on the Establishment of Think Tank for Landlocked Countries after 41 Members voted ‘Yes’ while two Members voted ‘No’ and one abstained from voting. There was a total of 44 Members present during the voting.

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Finance Committee presents its review report of the National Budget for the year 2017-18

Posted on : 23 May 2017

The Chairperson of the Finance Committee who is also the Member from Wamrong constituency presented the review report on the National Budget for the year 2017-18. The report which is divided into three parts include the committee’s observations and recommendations on the national budget for the year 2017-18, fiscal incentives 2016 and the report of the third pay commission.

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Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 23 May 2017

Housing for all questioned

The Member from Bomdeling-Jamkhar constituency questioned the Prime Minister on the status of government’s pledge to ensure housing for all. In response, the Prime Minister clarified that the government’s pledge was not to provide housing to every individual but it was to render support to the people in building houses. He also touched on various programs of the government which had facilitated construction of houses for…....

Deliberation concludes on the Multilateral Agreement for Establishment of Think Tank for Landlocked Countries

Posted on : 22 May 2017

Today the House concluded its deliberation on the Multilateral Agreement for Establishment of Think Tank for Landlocked Countries. The deliberation on the Agreement had resumed after some of the Members on 17th May submitted that related documents of the Agreement should be made available to the House before further deliberation. The Almaty Programme of Action and the Vienna Programme of Action were subsequently circulated to the Members.

 

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Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 19 May 2017

Distribution of power tillers to all Chiwogs questioned

The Member from Wamrong constituency questioned the Minister for Agriculture & Forests on the distribution of power tillers to all Chiwogs. He submitted that so far power tillers have not been distributed to all Chiwogs.

 

Responding to the query, the Minister informed that according to an assessment carried out, around 7,000 power tillers were required for the country. However, he added…....

Deliberation concludes on the report of the Good Governance Committee

Posted on : 19 May 2017

The House today continued its deliberation on the report of the Good Governance Committee (GGC) on the annual report of the Anti Corruption Commission for the year 2016. Extensive deliberations were held on the recommendations of the GGC. On the first recommendation, most of the Members submitted that monthly coordination between the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) may not…....

Good Governance Committee reports on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s Annual Report

Posted on : 18 May 2017

 

The Good Governance Committee (GGC) of the National Assembly presented its report on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) Annual Report for the year 2016. The report was presented by the Member of Nyishog-Saephu constituency who is the Dy. Chairperson of the GGC. The report highlighted some of the ACC’s major initiatives. It was also reported that the ACC had reorganized its structure to make best use of its limited human…....

National Assembly bags second prize in the National Website Competition

Posted on : 17 May 2017

 

The National Assembly website won the second prize in the national website competition for the year 2016-17 which was organized by the Ministry of Information & Communications. The award ceremony was graced today by the Hon’ble Minister for Information & Communications and was held at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information & Communications coinciding with the World Telecommunication & Information Society Day.

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