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Paris Agreement tabled for ratification

Posted on : 24 November 2016

The Minister for Agriculture & Forests moved the motion to introduce the Paris Agreement to the House today. Following a unanimous endorsement of the motion, the Minister informed the House on the objectives of the Paris Agreement. He said that one of the objectives of the agreement was limiting the increase in average global temperature.

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House commences third reading on the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill

Posted on : 23 November 2016

Today, the House commenced its third reading on the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016. The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee submitted that the recommendations of the National Council and the Legislative Committee were presented for the third reading on the Bill. He also informed that consultations were held with various agencies and stakeholders before drawing committee’s recommendations.

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Highlights from Question Hour

Posted on : 22 November 2016

Teacher employment plan formulated

The Member from Drujegang-Tseza constituency questioned the Minister for Labor & Human Resources on why the teachers graduating from colleges of education were offered employment on contract basis and not as regulars. He also enquired if the government has a plan to regularize those on contract and extend contract periods. Responding to the query, the Minister for Labor & Human Resources informed that a four year…....

Legislative Committee presents report to the House

Posted on : 21 November 2016

The Member of Parliament from Tashicholing constituency who is also the Chairperson for the Legislative Committee presented the committee’s report to the House today. The report highlighted on issues such as determination of compensatory damages in the Penal Code, human trafficking, provisions concerning  the rape of a child above 12 years of age, detention vis-à-vis the Constitution and relevant Acts, crime committed beyond territorial jurisdiction and detention period for Anti…....

Third Reading on the Marriage Amendment Act to commence in the next session

Posted on : 21 November 2016

Today, the House resolved to commence the third reading on Marriage Amendment Act 2016 in the 9th session. This was decided after most of the Members expressed that the Act needs to be amended in whole instead of only 16 sections as recommended by the committee. The Members expressed that the Marriage Act at present was found difficult to be interpreted not only by the common people but also by…....

Highlights from Question Hour

Posted on : 18 November 2016

Question raised on school dining hall

The Member from Wamrong constituency enquired on the dining hall of Jigme Sherubling Central School in Trashigang which was without a ceiling compromising the hygiene of students.  Responding to the query, the Minister for Education expressed that it seems that the problem was not reported by school authorities to the Dzongkhag administration and thus it was not reflected in the planned budget. …....

Economic & Private Sector Development Committee presents report

Posted on : 18 November 2016

The Member of Parliament from Shompangkha constituency, who is also the Dy. Chairperson for Economic & Private Sector Development Committee, presented the committee’s report to the House. He informed that the report was drawn on three issues of access to finance to Cottage, Small & Medium Industries (CSMI), unemployment and non tariff tourism.

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Human Rights Committee presents report

Posted on : 17 November 2016

The Member from Bji-Kartshog-Uesu constituency who is also the Dy. Chairperson for the Human Rights Committee presented the committee’s report to the House. She informed on the works carried out by the committee on establishment of separate detention centre for detainees of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), prohibition of handcuffs on ACC detainees while traveling, re-announcement of the innocence of an alleged person in media, issuance of security clearance to youth after…....

Women, Children & Youth Committee presents report

Posted on : 17 November 2016

The Member from Chumey-Ura Constituency who is also the Chairperson for the Women, Children & Youth Committee (WCYC) presented the committee’s report to the House. He informed that the report has been prepared as per the resolution of the 7th session of the House. The report highlighted on framing a policy by a high level task force under the Foreign Ministry on the International Convention for disabled people. The committee…....

Amendment of Marriage Act moved in the House

Posted on : 16 November 2016

The Chairperson of the Women, Children & Youth Committee moved a motion to introduce the Marriage (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2016. The House endorsed the motion to deliberate on the Bill through a show of hands. 

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Minister for Economic Affairs presents report on ‘Fronting’

Posted on : 16 November 2016

The Minister for Economic Affairs presented a report on the study carried out to amend relevant laws to define ‘Fronting’ as a criminal offence as resolved during the 7th Session of the National Assembly. The Minister reported that the ministry had formed a committee consisting of members from relevant departments which had reviewed relevant laws and rules including the Penal Code of Bhutan and the Anti Corruption Act. 

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Finance Minister presents report on establishing a division to manage seized properties

Posted on : 15 November 2016

The Finance Minister presented a report on establishing a division under the Department of National Properties (DNP) to manage seized goods and properties as per the resolution of the 7th session. The Minister reported that a consultation meeting was called with all the law enforcement agencies to discuss on establishing such division.

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The Minister for Labor & Human Resources presents report on maternity leave

Posted on : 15 November 2016

The Minister for Labor & Human Resources presented a report on the implementation status of the resolution passed during the 7th session of the National Assembly pertaining to possibility of increasing maternity leave outside the scope of civil service. Presenting the report, the Minister informed that the ministry has conducted research on possibility of increasing the maternity leave for women working in corporate and private sectors. He reported that the…....

Income Tax Bill of Bhutan 2016 introduced in the House

Posted on : 14 November 2016

The Minister for Finance today introduced the Income Tax (Repeal of certain provisions) Bill of Bhutan 2016 in the National Assembly. Introducing the Bill, the Finance Minister submitted that once the Bill is passed, interest shall no longer be applicable to fixed deposits. At the same time, he said that the amended Income Tax Bill would promote savings in the banks and benefit loan lending.

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House resolves to deliberate on the Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2016-17

Posted on : 14 November 2016

The Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2016-17 was introduced to the House by the Minister for Finance today. He expressed that the unemployment problem was becoming a challenge for the country and thus the supplementary budget was mainly aimed to address this problem. The Supplementary Budget Appropriation Bill 2016-17 amounts to the tune of Nu. 262.808 million.

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