English | Dzongkha Wednesday, March 3, 2021

God sees the truth, but waits; Parliament decides to retain the section allowing prosecution to motion the courts for new trials based on new evidence, CCPC

God sees the truth, but waits; this is true when the judgment passed are often dismissed later based on new evidence findings. The existing Section 205 of the Civil and Criminal Procedure Code Bill states “The prosecution may motion the courts for new trials based on newly discovered evidence or on other grounds”. The parliament […]

Lyonchhen on the reopening of Drayangs, National Council

Entertainment centres such as Drayangs will likely open if they comply with Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority’s (BICMA) Rules on Places of Entertainment and stop request system. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering said this at the National Council yesterday in response to the question raised by the member of parliament from Gasa on allowing Drayangs to open amid the pandemic.

Lost in translation; National Assembly members share concerns about newly coined Dzongkha words

Translating English to Dzongkha or the other way round without losing the actual meaning of the language and with zero error has always been a challenge for many Bhutanese. The issue was again raised in today’s National Assembly while re-deliberating the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2020.

Need for awareness programmes on election-related corruptions ahead of the third LG elections, NC

The National Council is recommending the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to upscale awareness programmes on election-related corruptions ahead of the third Local Government elections scheduled for next year. The annual ACC report 2019 recorded the highest complaints against the local governments. The Commission had received 104 complaints against the local governments in the past years.

More than 300 students drop out of school amid the pandemic

Because of the disruption of education by the pandemic, some 317 students from classes IX-XII did not return to school after it resumed in July. Going by what the Education Minister, Jai Bir Rai shared at the National Assembly yesterday, most of them, however, did not drop out. The majority has expressed their interest to continue in the next academic session.

National Council adopts Entitlement and Service Conditions (Amendment) Bill for the Holders, Members and Commissioners of Constitutional Offices

A new appointee to a vacant Constitutional post will get to serve for the full term or until the age of 65 years. This is as per a new section amended in the Entitlement and Service Conditions (Amendment) Bill for the Holders, Members and Commissioners of Constitutional Offices of Bhutan 2020 which the National Council adopted today.

National Assembly decides to provide a legitimate stand for the PMO

The National Assembly today unanimously agreed to have a formalised Office of the Prime Minister headed by the Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister. The Human Rights and Foreign Relations Committee recommended to include this as a new chapter in the Lhengye Zhungtshog Bill of Bhutan 2020. The recommendation was made during the third reading of the Lhengye Zhungtshog Bill of Bhutan 2020.

NC adopts Mines and Minerals Bill of Bhutan 2020 and Charter of the SDF

The National Council adopted the Mines and Minerals Bill of Bhutan 2020 and Charter of the SAARC Development Fund, today. The House also ratified BIMSTEC Convention on Combating International Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking.

MoEA proposes to lift the ban on the issuance of new bar license

The Economic Affairs Ministry is planning to propose lifting the ban on the issuance of new bar licenses in the country. This was shared by the Economic Affairs Minister during the question hour session of the National Assembly. While responding to a question raised by Chummig Ura’s Member of Parliament, the minister said the decision was made after several studies done by the ministry.

Parliament sessions go digital

To conserve resources and enhance efficiency, the current session of the Parliament has gone digital. Parliamentarians have switched to tablets replacing notepads and other forms of paper.

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