Singapore Media Watch

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Roundup of regional news - 9 November 2006

International Herald Tribune


Time 'right' for change, Bush says

WASHINGTON: Faced with the collapse of his Republican majority in Congress, President Bush responded swiftly Wednesday by announcing the departure of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and vowing to work with Democrats "to find common ground" on the war in Iraq and domestic issues.

With Democrats having recaptured the House and control of the Senate hinging on the outcome of a single unsettled contest in Virginia, Bush, sounding alternately testy and conciliatory at a White House news conference, said he was "obviously disappointed." He portrayed the results as a cumulative "thumpin' " of Republicans, and conceded that as head of the party, he bore some responsibility. (Read more...)


Reuters


Two Thai mobile firms fight to cut payments

BANGKOK, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Thailand's number two and three mobile phone firms said on Thursday they had joined forces to seek change in the way they pay revenues to state firms that made them less competitive than rival Advanced Info Service .

Second-ranked Total Access Communication (TAC) and number three True Move PCL told a joint news conference AIS, which has more than 50 percent of the mobile phone market, had lower operating costs than them.

"It's time for both of us to raise our voice," TAC chief executive Sigve Brekke said. "We are pointing out that AIS has enjoyed a lot of advantages."

They have filed a letter of complaint to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) regulator and asked the Information, Communications and Technology Ministry to investigate and help create fair competition. (Read more...)

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