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Joint Sitting passes two more Bills

Posted on : 12 May 2015

The joint sitting of Parliament passed the Local Government Members Entitlement Bill 2014 and the Bio-safety Bill of Bhutan 2014. Out of 67 Members present, 66 Members voted in favour of the Local Government Members Entitlement Bill to be passed while one abstained from voting. Similarly, the Bio-safety Bill of Bhutan 2014 was passed after 66 Members voted ‘Yes’ and one abstained from voting while no vote was cast against…....

Joint Sitting passes the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Bill

Posted on : 11 May 2015

The joint sitting of Parliament passed the Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Substance Abuse Bill of Bhutan 2014 after 66 Members voted ‘Yes’ and three Members abstained from voting. There were a total of 69 Members present during the voting.

A total of 15 recommendations were made by the joint committee which was presented by Hon Leki Dorji, the Chairperson of the joint committee. Most of the clauses which were…....

His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo graces the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Session of the 2nd Parliament

Posted on : 08 May 2015

His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo graced the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Session of the 2nd Parliament. The occasion began with the Zhugdrel Phuentshum Tshogpai ceremony after His Majesty was received with elaborate chibdrel procession. His Majesty was accompanied by Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen and Members of the Royal Family.

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Plenary meeting held for the disputed Bills

Posted on : 30 April 2015

The National Assembly held its plenary meeting on the disputed Bills which were reviewed by the Joint Committees of Parliament. The disputed Bills were Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances Abuse Bill of Bhutan 2014, Local Government Members Entitlement Bill of Bhutan 2014, Bio-Safety Bill of Bhutan 2014, Office of the Attorney General Bill of Bhutan 2014 and the Tenancy Amendment Bill of Bhutan 2014.

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Foreign Relations Committee briefed on International Framework Agreements

Posted on : 29 April 2015

The Foreign Relations Committee of the National Assembly was briefed on the UN Convention against Corruption, European Investment Bank Framework Agreement and SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation on 29th April 2015 at the Office of the Members of Parliament.  Presentations were made by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Ministry for Finance and the Ministry for Economic Affairs.

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US Ambassador to India meets with the Bhutanese Parliamentarians

Posted on : 22 April 2015

The US Ambassador to India H.E. Mr. Richard Verma met with the Members of the Foreign Relations Committees of the National Assembly and the National Council on 22nd April 2015 at the Gyelyong Tshokhang. The Hon Chairperson of the Economic Development and Private Sector Committee of the National Assembly also attended the meeting.

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Thailand-Bhutan Parliamentary Friendship Group visits the National Assembly of Bhutan

Posted on : 20 April 2015

A 15 member delegation led by Mrs. Bilaibhan Sampatisiri, from the Thailand-Bhutan Parliamentary Friendship Group of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand visited the National Assembly of Bhutan earlier this morning. The founder of the Thailand-Bhutan Parliamentary Friendship Group General Teeradej Meepien was also part of the delegation. 

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Preliminary meeting held for the 5th session of the 2nd Parliament

Posted on : 16 April 2015

The National Assembly held its preliminary meeting for the 5th session of the 2nd parliament of Bhutan on 15th April 2015. The meeting was attended by the Hon Prime Minister of Bhutan, Cabinet Ministers and the Hon Members of National Assembly.

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National Assembly dedicates the 2nd issue of the Legislative Journal to His Majesty the Drukgyal Zhipa

Posted on : 15 April 2015

The National Assembly of Bhutan launched the second issue of the ‘Legislative Journal’- A magazine of the National Assembly on 15th April 2015 at the Gyelyong Tshokhang. The Legislative Journal contains articles expressing perspectives and information on democracy and legislature.

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Parliamentarians attend workshop on population and development issues

Posted on : 13 April 2015

The Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) in collaboration with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the National Assembly of Bhutan organized a workshop for the Members of Parliament on 10th April 2015.  

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AFPPD officials called on the Hon Speaker

Posted on : 09 April 2015

The Acting Director of Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development          (AFPPD) Mr. John N Hyde called on the Hon Speaker Jigme Zangpo earlier this morning. The Director was accompanied by Ms. Mary Antonetie Abello, Programme Specialist for South Asia Advocacy.  

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His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo appoints the Secretary General of National Assembly to the post of Cabinet Secretary

Posted on : 08 April 2015

His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo granted dhar to Mr. Kinzang Wangdi, former Secretary General of the National Assembly to the post of Cabinet Secretary on 8th April 2015 in Tashichhodzong. Mr. Kinzang Wangdi served as the Secretary General of the National Assembly for almost three years after he was appointed to the post by His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo on 1st June 2012.

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National Assembly of Bhutan conducts Parliament Role Play for students

Posted on : 06 April 2015

The National Assembly of Bhutan organized ‘Parliament Role Play’ (Parliamentary Mock Session) in Chukha Higher Secondary School on 3rd April 2015. The Parliament Role Play will also be organized in various higher secondary schools in other parts of the country in coming months. The objective for conducting the Parliament Role Play in higher secondary schools around the country is to provide a firsthand experience to the students to comprehend the…....

Ambassador of Egypt calls on the Hon Speaker

Posted on : 09 March 2015

The Ambassador of Egypt H.E. Mr. Hatem El Sayed Tageldin called on the Hon Speaker Jigme Zangpo on 6th March, 2015 at the Gyelyong Tshokhang. Ambassador Hatem expressed that he was honoured to have been granted audience by His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo. Discussing on possible areas of cooperation, the Ambassador expressed that Bhutan and Egypt could have parliamentary exchange programmes in the future.

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National Assembly launches its new website and the Strategic Development Plan

Posted on : 14 January 2015

The National Assembly of Bhutan launched its new website and the Strategic Development Plan for the period 2014-2018 on 14th January 2015. The occasion was graced by Hon’ble Speaker Jigme Zangpo and attended by Hon’ble Members of Parliament, UN Resident Representative, UN Officials and staff of the National Assembly Secretariat.

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