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NC questions sustainability of Central Schools

The Council also raised concerns on budget allocation
Council: It is going to cost the government around Nu 1.3 billion in the 12th Plan when it is estimated 100,000 students will be enrolled by Central Schools the National Council’s  (NC) report on the review of quality of education revealed yesterday.

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NA endorses conditions of Paris Agreement

Assembly: In a show of absolute commitment to environment preservation, National Assembly members unanimously endorsed all 29 articles of the Paris Agreement on environmental protection and conservation including issues related to climate change and the international recognition of the country’s progressive policies on the environment yesterday.

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Who should harmonise provisions of Acts?

MPs chose the national law review task force over the legislative committee

Assembly: After much debate, the National Assembly resolved that the Cabinet-instituted national law review taskforce (NLRT) would do the work to harmonise inconsistencies in Acts.

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His Majesty The King apoints Police Chief

His Majesty The King granted Dhar to appoint Colonel Chimi Dorji as the Chief of Police. Colonel Chimi Dorji has been serving as the Deputy Chief of Police of the Royal Bhutan Police. The post of the Chief of Police has been vacant since the superannuation of the former Chief of Police, Brigadier Kipchu Namgyal, recently.

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Opposition questions Govt. on Code of Conduct

Following the signing of MoUs with local shoe and socks manufacturing firms

Assembly: The opposition party questioned the government on if the education minister Norbu Wangchuk had breached the Code of Conduct by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with local shoe and socks manufacturers in September this year.

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NA debates defining fronting as a criminal offense

NA’s legislative committee will review inclusion of fronting in the Penal Code
Assembly: While ‘fronting’ has been recognised as major source of revenue leakage for the government besides compromising the quality of public infrastructure, the current penalty for engaging in business of fronting is mere cancellation of licence and closure of businesses.

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NC rejects BBIN agreement

Council: Foreign minister Damcho Dorji yesterday spent one and a half hours in the National Council session explaining the merits of the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) trade agreement, but to no avail. The House rejected the agreement.

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