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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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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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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…....

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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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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New Member of Parliament from North Thimphu Constituency takes oath

Posted on : 10 November 2016

The newly elected Member of Parliament from North Thimphu constituency, Hon’ble Tshering took the oath or affirmation of office in a ceremony held earlier this morning. The ceremony was administered by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Bhutan in accordance to Section 18 of Article 10 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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His Majesty the Druk Gyaplo graces the Opening Ceremony of the 8th Session of the Second Parliament

Posted on : 10 November 2016

Today, His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo graced the Opening Ceremony of the 8th Session of the Second Parliament. The occasion was witnessed by Members of the Royal Family, representatives of the Central Monastic Body, senior government officials, members of the international community, students and public.

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Full Address of Hon'ble Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo at the Opening Ceremony of the 8th Session of the Second Parliament

Posted on : 10 November 2016
  1. Today, the opening ceremony of the 8th session of the second parliament is being commenced as we celebrate ten years of our beloved His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck’s reign on the golden throne.His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo has always graced the opening ceremonies of the parliament despite being engaged with numerous activities of national importance. On behalf of the parliament and on my own behalf, I…....

New Director joins National Assembly Secretariat

Posted on : 08 November 2016

The National Assembly Secretariat is pleased to announce that Mr. Duba, former Chief Programe Officer with the Cabinet Secretariat has joined today as the new Director for the National Assembly Secretariat.

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The President of Hungarian Bhutan Friendship Society visits National Assembly

Posted on : 03 November 2016

The President of Hungarian Bhutan Friendship Society Dr. Zoltan Valcsicsak called on the Hon’ble Speaker Jigme Zangpo yesterday evening. Hon’ble Speaker thanked Dr. Zoltan for founding the Hungarian Bhutan Friendship Society and extending goodwill assistance to Bhutanese visiting Hungary.

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French Ambassador Dr. Thierry Mathou pays courtesy call on to the Hon’ble Speaker

Posted on : 02 November 2016

The French Ambassador to Republic of Philippines Dr. Thierry Mathou called on the Hon’ble Speaker Jigme Zangpo earlier this morning at Gyelyong Tshokhang. The Hon’ble Speaker thanked Ambassador Mathou for his research works on Bhutan and expressed that his involvement in reviving Tashi Gomang or portable altar was commendable. Ambassador Mathou was also briefed on parliamentary democracy which was flourishing in the country.       

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Parliament launches the Legislative Drafting Manual

Posted on : 31 October 2016

The Parliament of Bhutan today launched the Legislative Drafting Manual at a ceremony held in the Gyelyong Tshokhang. The event was graced by the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo and the International IDEA’s Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Ms. Leena Rikkila Tamang. The event was attended by the officials of International IDEA, Hon’ble Members of Parliament and officials from the two Houses.

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Hon’ble Speaker addresses the 135th IPU general assembly

Posted on : 26 October 2016

A ten member joint parliamentary delegation from the Parliament of Bhutan is currently attending the 135th general assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union at Geneva, Switzerland which commenced from 23rd of this month.  The theme for the 135th general assembly is ‘Human rights abuses as precursors of conflict: Parliaments as early responders’.

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Full statement of the Hon’ble Speaker at the 135th IPU General Assembly

Posted on : 26 October 2016

Statement by Hon’ble Speaker Jigme Zangpo on Human rights abuses as precursors of conflict: Parliaments as early responders at the 135th IPU General Assembly                    

(Geneva, Switzerland, 23-27 October 2016)

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The Director General of IDI makes a courtesy call on Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament

Posted on : 25 October 2016

A two member delegation from INTOSAI Development Initiatives (IDI) led by Director General, Mr. Einar John Goerrissen called on the Public Accounts Committee last evening. Hon’ble Member, Pema Dakpa welcomed the delegation on behalf of the Committee.

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National Assembly launches its first ever Annual Report

Posted on : 20 October 2016

The National Assembly of Bhutan today launched its first ever Annual Report 2015-2016 during the preliminary meeting for the 8th session of the Second Parliament at the Gyelyong Tshokhang. The annual report was jointly launched by the Hon’ble Speaker, Hon’ble Prime Minister and the Hon’ble Member Yeshey Zimba of South Thimphu Constituency representing the Hon’ble Leader of Opposition party.

 

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Meetings of APA 1st Executive Council and Standing Committee Meeting on Staff and Financial Regulations

Posted on : 04 October 2016

Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo and Hon’ble Karma Rangdol, MP attended the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Standing Committee on Staff and Financial Regulation and 1st APA Executive Council Meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from September 26-27, 2016. Out of 42 member countries for the APA, 22 member countries were present during the meetings.

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Presentation on adopting ISSAIs as authoritative Auditing Standards of the RAA (Organized by PAC)

Posted on : 20 September 2016

The officials from the Royal Audit Authority lead by the Hon’ble Auditor General made a brief presentation on adopting International Standards of Supreme Audit Institutions (ISSAIs) to be used as an authoritative Auditing Standards of the RAA on the 16 September, 2016.

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Vietnam, Bhutan enjoy firm basis for stronger relations

Posted on : 16 September 2016

Vietnam and Bhutan share many similarities in culture, history and religion, which is a solid foundation for bilateral relations to develop, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said.

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Mr. Bjorn Forde, Director of Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD) made courtesy call-on to the Hon Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo

Posted on : 13 September 2016

The Director of Danish Institiute for Parties and Democarcy  (DIPD), Mr. Bjorn Forde  made  courtesy call-on to Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo at Gyelyong Tshokhang on 12th September, 2016. Mr. Bjorn expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and stated that officially this would be his last mission in Bhutan as he is soon retiring from the post of Director of DIPD.

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Public Accounts Committee conducts Public Hearing with FCB in Phuntsholing today

Posted on : 12 September 2016

The Public Accounts Committee of the Parliament holds Public Hearing with Food Corporation of Bhutan Ltd in Phuentsholing, at FCB Conference Hall. The objective of  public hearing was to understand the issues behind the

Hon Judge Cryan and Master Scrivener Mrs.Pamela Cryan of Inner Temple of Court of London meets with the Legislative Committee of the National Assembly

Posted on : 07 September 2016

The Legislative Committee of the National Assembly met with the Hon'ble Judge Cryan and Master Scrivener Mrs.Pamela Cryan on 6th Sept.2016 at National Assembly Conference Hall. 

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PAC conducted Public Hearing with MoLHR and MoAF today

Posted on : 30 August 2016

The Officials from the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest attended  the Public Hearing conducted by Public Accounts  Committee today.  The Committee summoned the two ministries for failing to resolve the audit irregularities from 2009 to 2013 and also on the 2014 Audit Irregularities.

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Public Accounts Committee conducts Public Hearings with MoFA and MoE today.

Posted on : 24 August 2016

The Public Accounts Committee in its second round of public hearing, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education attended the hearing. The event was organized to obtain documentary evidence as well as oral submission from the respective ministries pertaining to the unresolved audit irregularities from 2009 to 2014.

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New UNICEF Representative call on the Hon Speaker

Posted on : 23 August 2016

The new UNICEF Country Representative, Mr.  Rudolf Schwenk made  call-on to Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo at Gyelyong Tshokhang this afternoon. 

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The Chairman of the State Audit Commission of Thailand call on with the Public Accounts Committee

Posted on : 23 August 2016

Prof. Chaisit Trachoetham, Chairman of the State Audit Commission and his delegation from the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand called on the Public Accounts Committee Members this morning in the National Assembly Conference Hall.

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The Chairman of the State Audit Commission and his delegation from the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand visits National Assembly

Posted on : 23 August 2016

Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo was called on by Prof. Chaisit Trachoetham, Chairman of the State Audit Commission and his delegation from the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand this morning at the Gyelyong Tshokhang.

 
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The Parliament Member of North Thimphu Constituency Resigns

Posted on : 22 August 2016

The Member of North Thimphu Constituency, Hon Kinga Tshering has resigned from the Parliament with effect from 11 August 2016. He served as the representative of the people of North Thimphu Constituency for 3 years during which he also represented in number of Parliamentary Committees.

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Hon Speaker meets Deputy Regional Director for Asia & the Pacific and Director of the Bangkok Regional Hub, Mr. Nicholas Rosellini

Posted on : 22 August 2016

Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo was called on by Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, Deputy Regional Director for Asia & the Pacific and Director of the Bangkok Regional Hub this morning at Gyalyong Tshokhang.

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Public Accounts Committee conducts public hearing with Ministry of Health

Posted on : 19 August 2016

In accordance with Section 23 of the Rules of Procedure of the Public Accounts Committee 2015, the PAC conducted the Public Hearing with the Ministry of Health this morning. The public hearing was conducted based on the resolutions of the 6th session of the Second Parliament.

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Presentation on the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill, 2016 to the Parliamentarians organized by the Legislative Committee.

Posted on : 18 August 2016

The Legislative Committee organized the plenary on Presentation of Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill, 2016 with the Hon Members of the Parliament in the National Assembly Conference Hall. A total of 25 participants attended the Plenary. 

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Picture Story

Posted on : 11 August 2016

The Hon Speaker  met with the out-going Counsellor (Cons)  Shri Subrata Das (Right) and in-coming Counsellor Shri Raghav Prasad Bhatnagar(Left) of Indian Embassy today at Gyelyong Tshokhang.

 

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Public Hearing Workshop

Posted on : 08 August 2016

The Hon Members of Parliament and Committee Secretaries of the both Houses attend 2 day workshop on Public Hearing held by Mr. George UN Consultant, at Le Meridien on 8-9th August 2016. A total of 65 Hon Members and staff were present for the workshop. 

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APA meeting of Standing Committee on Economic and Sustainable Development Affairs

Posted on : 01 August 2016

Hon. Speaker of the National Assembly of Bhutan attended the two days APA meeting of Economic & Sustainable Development Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan held on 26-27 July, 2016. 

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The out-going UN Resident Representative (RR), Ms. Christina Carlson paid a courtesy call-on Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo.

Posted on : 01 August 2016

The out-going UN RR in Bhutan, Ms. Christina Carlson made a farewell call-on Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo at Gyelyong Tshokhang this afternoon. Ms. Christina expressed her sincere condolences for recent flood disaster affecting whole country.

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Presentation on Annual Audit Report 2015 by the Royal Audit Authority to the Parliamentarians organized by Public Accounts Committee

Posted on : 22 July 2016

The Public Accounts Committee yesterday organized the Presentation and discussion on the Annual Audit Report 2015 with the Hon’ble Members of the Parliamentarians in the National Assembly Conference Hall.

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His Majesty, the King, addresses the Parliament during the Concluding Ceremony of the 7th Session of the Second Parliament today

Posted on : 07 July 2016

The 7th Session of the Second Parliament concluded today with offering of Tashi Moenlam to His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo.  Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, the Members of the Royal Family, representatives of the international community, senior government officials and students were  present at the occasion.

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The Indo-Bhutan friendship group met

Posted on : 06 July 2016

The members of Indo-Bhutan Friendship group met this afternoon and elected Hon National Assembly (NA) Member Yogesh Tamang as Chairperson and the National Council (NV) eminent Member Kesang Chuki Dorjee as Deputy Chairperson.

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Prime Minister presents Annual State of Nation Report

Posted on : 05 July 2016

Today, the Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay presented the annual report of the government to the Druk Gyalpo and the joint sitting of Parliament. The report was presented as per article 10 (10) of the Constitution of Bhutan.

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The President of People’s Republic of Bangladesh H.E. Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid addresses the Joint Sitting of Parliament

Posted on : 04 July 2016

The President of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, His Excellency, Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid addressed the Joint Sitting of Parliament today. 

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A group of students from Langdhurbi Primary School in Zhemgang witnesses Joint Sitting

Posted on : 04 July 2016

Amongst the crowd in the public gallery of the National Assembly Hall today were a group of students from Langdhurbi Primary School, escorted by two teachers. 

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The Ratification of the European Investment Bank Framework Agreement deferred

Posted on : 01 July 2016

The Chairperson of the Joint Committee of the European Investment Bank Framework Agreement (FWA) submitted its report to the Joint Sitting of the Parliament today. 

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UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Report 2016 launched in Bhutan

Posted on : 30 June 2016

His Excellency the Hon’ble Speaker launched the State of the World’s Children Report 2016 in Bhutan with a theme : A Fair Chance for Every Child;  in the National Assembly during the tea break of Joint Sitting today.

 

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Annual RAA’s Reports Tabled in the Joint Sitting Today

Posted on : 30 June 2016

As per the Section 5, Article 25 of the Constitution, the Royal Audit Authority submitted its Annual Audit Report 2015 along with Performance Audit Reports on: Gewog Development Grant, Disaster Management, and Business Income Tax Administration 2016.

 

Unlike in the past, the procedure of tabling RAA’s Report to the Parliament was streamlined by tabling the Reports to all the members in the house, an hour before the presentation…....

Public Accounts Committee presented its Recommendation on Annual Audit Report to the Joint sitting of Parliament

Posted on : 30 June 2016

As per the Article 25(6) of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Chairperson of the Public Accounts committee presented its report to the joint sitting of Parliament today.  The report contained the review on the four Performance Audit Reports of RAA on: Multilateral Environmental Agreements and on its Compliances, Report on System Audit of Hydroelectric Energy, Environmental Audit Report on Timber Harvesting  in Forest management Units and Working…....

Farewell call-on by H.E. Mr. Linus Von Castelmur, Ambassador of Switzerland to Bhutan to Hon Tshogpon

Posted on : 29 June 2016

The outgoing Ambassador of Switzerland to Bhutan, H.E. Mr. Linus von Castelmur, called on the Hon Speaker Jigme Zangpo this morning at Gyelyong Tshokhang. The Ambassador thanked Hon Speaker for taking out time to meet him even as the parliament session is on-going. 

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Question hour session

Posted on : 28 June 2016

The Drujeygang Teza Constituency member asked the Minister of Works and Human Settlement on the plans and policies of building infrastructures friendly for differently abled people during the question hour session this morning. The Minister in response said that all  governments from past and present has always kept in mind the concerns of those differently abled people and incorporated in the government policies and plans. She added that this is…....

Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016 introduced

Posted on : 27 June 2016

The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee introduced the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016 for First and Second Reading to the National Assembly today. He said that the Bill is a historical Bill which is a Private Member's Bill introduced in the National Council by the Eminent Member Tashi Wangmo and accordingly sent to National Assembly. 

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Question Hour Session

Posted on : 24 June 2016

During the Question Hour today,  there were eight questions. The Member of Khamdar Ramjang constituency questioned the Minister for Economic Affairs on the  status of setting up of a fuel depot at Doksum in  Trasiyangtse. The Minister said, the Ministry is aware of the need for such depot and has asked  the three fuel suppliers in the country to see the feasibility of…....

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