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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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