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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.
Other ethnic groups 1.4%
Working Language: English
Other official languages: Mandarin, Malay & Tamil.
Planners expect the population of Singapore to reach 5.5 million by 2040 or 2050, taking into account an expected increase in the number of foreigners working here. From just 3 million in 1990, the number has swelled to 3.9 million today, including 700 000 foreigners.
A high-level working committee is now looking at ways to encourage more couples to have babies. Demographer Saw Swee Hock says that if the fertility rate continues to stay below two, the population here, minus the foreigners, will peak at about 3.3 million in 2025 and then begin to drop.
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Tuesday 1 Aug 2000
The new kid on the block, SPH MediaWorks, has scored a coup by netting media luminaries Man Shu Sum and Andrea Teo to fill key positions in its newly-formed broadcast subsidiary. Mr Man has 25 years of broacasting experience, of which 19 years was spent with Television Corporation of Singapore. Ms Teo is best known for steering Singapore's top sitcoms, like Under One Roof, and Phua Chu Kang.
A kindergarten teacher fell 11 storeys to her death while trying to enter her parents' flat through a window on Saturday morning. Her parents live in Bedok North. Mdm Qamariah Amat, 29, was desperate to check her ailing mother and became worried when one one answered the bell and repeated knocks on the door. She tried to enter the flat by climbing through the living-room window but lost her balance and fell.
Phase 2C of the primary one registration exercise started yesterday.
Beijing: China sentenced a senior official to death yesterday for bribery in a high-level prosecution aimed at soothing public anger over corruption. Cheng Kejie, a former vice-chairman of the influential Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), was convicted in a Beijing court of accepting 41 million yuan (S$8.2 million) in bribes while he was provincial governor of the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Around the world
Toronto: A British Airways concorde carrying 66 people from London to New York had to make an emergency stop in eastern Canada after a crew member smelled fuel in the cabin, the airline said. Emergency vehicles were on alert on Sunday as the Concorde descended into the Gander, Newfoundland, airport but the landing went ahead without incident, said Canada's Transportation Ministry.
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15ml Cherry Brandy
120ml Pineapple Juice
15ml Lime Juice
7.5ml Dom Benedictine
A dash of Angostura Bitters
Garnish with a slice of pineapple & cherry
The Singapore Sling was created by Raffles Hotel bartender Mr Ngiam Tong Boon.