DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

Road bill under land pressure

Much like the pot-hole plagued roads in the country, discussions on the road bill was a bumpy session, the bump in question being the discussions on the rights of owners and occupiers of adjoining land. Many MPs and Ministers had their views and thoughts on the section which talked about …

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NA, NC and National Flag – Again!

A joint committee comprising members from National Assembly (NA) and National Council (NC) will be formed to draft proper procedures to pass a private member’s bills. Apparently, this comes to light after rejection of the first private member’s bill which was passed by the NC in the eighth parliamentary session …

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NLC clarifies land qualms in NA

The National Assembly (NA) in its course of discussion about formation of a special land committee had derided the roles and responsibilities of organizations relative to land and land issues. The Wangduephodrang MP Passang Thrinlee said independent bodies like Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and others …

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NA passes Education City Bill

The Bhutan Education City Bill was passed by the National Assembly on June 28 with all members except two voting for the bill by show of hands. The two opposition MPs were the only two members who didn’t raise their hands. The house unanimously acknowledged and incorporated all the changes …

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Special land committee not necessary for now, NA

The proposal to form a special committee called Poverty Reduction Committee (PRC) which would ‘review chronic land related issues in the country an eradicate poverty’ has been put on hold. The special committee would also review and look into the land related cases which are with the Anti-Corruption Commission and …

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MPs talk misuse of power by RBP officials

The misuse of power by the Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) was a topical discussion, deliberated at length in the National Assembly (NA) last week. The issue was raised by the Kabji-Talo MP, Tshering Penjor. The house deliberated on two cases.  One pertained to the Drukair pilot, Sonam Tobgay and the …

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DPT clears its path for 2013

The Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) has cleared off its debt before the June 30 deadline with the payment of its left over dues of approximately Nu 600,000 with Bhutan Times. The DPT treasurer, Tshewang Rinzin said the left over balance with Bhutan Times was entirely the cost the party incurred …

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Power, Prado and Patang…now its Pension

The National Council (NC) as well as the National Assembly (NA) discussed the need for pension for Members of Parliament (MP) after completion of their term during discussions on the Parliamentary Entitlements Rules and Regulation. Members of the general public – the electorate have received it with raised eyebrows and …

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