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Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 13 November 2015

The Member from Kengkhar-Weringla constituency questioned the Minister for Education on the inequality in the allotment of central schools among Dzongkhags and impact of central schools on budget distribution to other schools. The Member also questioned on the sustainability of the central schools programme.


Deliberation commences on amendment of National Assembly Rules of Procedure

Posted on : 12 November 2015

The National Assembly today started deliberating on its Rules of Procedure (RoP) which was presented for amendment by the Chairperson of the House committee. The Chairperson of the House committee reported that the RoP was being tabled for amendment as new sections had to be incorporated mainly pertaining to the Finance committee which was instituted in the last session. He also reported that the amendments proposed have provision to enable…....

Highlights from the Question Hour

Posted on : 06 November 2015

The Member from Panbang constituency questioned the Minister for Information & Communications on the issues related to the arrival of a new government helicopter.


Ratification of UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities postponed

Posted on : 06 November 2015

The Member in-charge of the Convention, the Minister for Foreign Affairs moved the motion to withdraw the ratification of United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He informed the House that further review of the convention and necessary consultations with relevant agencies were required and thus the convention can not be tabled in the present session. The House unanimously endorsed the motion and resolved that the convention will…....

Report on inadequacy of Dzongkha teachers and standard of Dzongkha language discussed

Posted on : 05 November 2015

The Chairperson of the Social & Cultural Committee presented the report on the inadequacy of Dzongkha teachers and standard of Dzongkha language as per the resolution of the 5th Session of the 2nd Parliament. He reported that the committee had held meetings and consultations with the Ministry of Education and the Dzongkha Development Commission (DDC) on the issues. It was added that public consultation was also held with teachers, representatives…....

Customs Bill of Bhutan 2015 introduced

Posted on : 05 November 2015

The Minister for Finance introduced the Customs Bill of Bhutan 2015 for the first and second readings to the House.


His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo graces the Opening Ceremony of the 6th Session

Posted on : 04 November 2015

Today, His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo graced the Opening Ceremony of the 6th Session of the 2nd Parliament of Bhutan. The occasion began with the Zhugdrel Phuentshum Tshogpai ceremony after His Majesty was received with elaborate chibdrel procession. The representatives of the International Agencies, Zhung Dratsang, senior government officials, students and public attended the opening ceremony.


Human Rights Committee meet to discuss its report

Posted on : 30 October 2015


Today, Human Rights Committee met to discuss on the Committee’s report to be submitted to the House in the forth coming session. After elaborate discussion on the report, the Committee decided to meet on November 2, 2015 with the stakeholders such as Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) and Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) before finalizing the report.


30th House Committee meeting convened

Posted on : 30 October 2015

Today the House Committee convened its 30th Meeting at the Office of Members of Parliament to discuss on the various agendas inclusive of adoption of the minutes of 29th House Committee Meeting and Review on some clauses of Rules of Procedure (ROP) of the National Assembly, 2014 to be submitted for amendment in the up-coming session. The identified clauses were extensively deliberated on and Members decided to meet again to…....

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Hearing

Posted on : 29 October 2015


The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is going to conduct a hearing on significant unresolved issues reflected in the Review Report of AAR 2009 – 2013 and Annual Audit Report 2014 from 31st October, 2015 – 4th November, 2015. The hearing schedule for the respective agencies are reflected as in the following table:



National Assembly of Bhutan joins AFPPD

Posted on : 13 October 2015

The National Assembly of Bhutan joined the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population & Development (AFPPD) as its newest member during the 11th general assembly of the AFPPD which was held from 10-11 October 2015 at Bangkok, Thailand. The general assembly was attended by the Hon Speaker Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo and Hon Member Wangdi Norbu.


Chairman for Good Governance Committee elected

Posted on : 14 September 2015

The Good Governance Committee members met on 14th September 2015 to elect a new chairperson following the former chairperson, Hon Dawa Gyaltshen’s appointment as the Home Minister, MoHCA. The meeting unanimously elected Hon Yogesh Tamang as the new chairperson in accordance with the National Assembly (amendment) Act, 2014).  It also finalized its committee members as follows:

1. Hon Yogesh Tamang- Chairperson
2. Hon Kuenga - Deputy Chairperson

Outgoing Ambassador of Thailand to Bhutan calls on the Hon Speaker

Posted on : 08 September 2015

The outgoing Ambassador of Thailand to Bhutan, H.E. Ms. Madurapochana called on the Hon Speaker Jigme Zangpo this afternoon. Ambassador Madurapochana said that relations between Bhutan and Thailand were getting strengthened at all levels and cooperation was also deepening in areas of trade and education.



Posted on : 03 September 2015

A five-member parliamentary delegation led by Hon. Tshogpon Jigme Zangpo participated in the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at the United Nations in New York from Monday 31 August to Wednesday 2 September 2015.


Virtual Zomdu launched at the National Assembly

Posted on : 19 August 2015

The National Assembly of Bhutan launched the Virtual Zomdu or video conferencing at the Gyelyong Tshokhang on 19th August 2015. The occasion was graced by the Hon Speaker Jigme Zangpo and UN Resident Representative in Bhutan, Ms. Christina Carlson. Also present at the occasion were Hon Members of Parliament, Local Government Leaders of Thimphu Dzongkhag, media, officials and other stakeholders.

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