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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.

Chinese                     77%

Malays                      14%

Indians                     7.6%

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.

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The weather TODAY: Showers with thunder expected in the afternoon, mainly over northern, western and central Singapore.  High tide 9.50 am 2.5m  10.50 pm 2.5m  Sunrise 7.05 am Sunset 7.12 pm Moonrise 5.03 am  Moonset  5.24 pm   PSI: 53 (moderate) Temp: 25-33  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 6am Singapore time)    


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     Singapore Food Festival  1- 30 Apr 2000 

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  The Singapore Food Festival officially opened at Parco Bugis Junction in the evening of 31 Mar 2000. Yesterday, food stalls set up by various restaurants and hotels in Singapore in the Hylam and Malay Streets at Parco enticed large crowds with delicious food. Grand City Restaurant's pastry, Loy Kee Chicken Rice together with Raffles Smoked Duck were great favourites. Today, the celebration at Parco continues and more people are expected to make their way there.

  The month-long festival has highlights, such as Film al Fresco, at Fort Canning Park from 7 - 9 Apr 2000. This event features food, live performances, and movies outdoors.

  Over three evenings, you can catch six movies, such as ERIN BROCKOVICH (starring Julia Roberts); performances by Australian pop group FRUIT; and French CELTIC ATTITUDE, a colourful feast of food and drinks, food demonstrations, and good old-fashioned fun.

  The World Gourmet Summit will be held from 10 - 15 Apr 2000 in association with the food festival.

  Why not take time out to savour the food and the mood of the festival.


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MPH Bookstore has gone online.  It has up to 2.5 million books for your selection. Click MPHOnline.com now.

Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

GettingHere.com, which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched in Apr 2000. Click GettingHere.com for a preview.

Standard Chartered Bank has tied up with Pacfusion.com to launch its Internet banking service on 28 Mar 2000. Click PacFusion.com

New AsiaBuilders.com to provide comprehensive listings and product catalogues for the construction industry. To be launched end Apr 2000. Click AsiaBuilders.com for a preview.

We are now 389 pages thick and growing.

New! The new Cartier boutique has opened at Ngee Ann City #01-33 & #02-04. Tel: (65) 734 2427.

New! The new Louis Vuitton shop has opened at Ngee Ann City.

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NATIONAL LIBRARY BUILDING: National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan told Parliament on 7 Mar 2000 that the National Library Building in Stamford Road would have to go.

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Today Sunday 2 Apr 2000

In Singapore

Thousands of people queued for hours at various spots along Orchard Road to sign up with the newly launched StarHub. Orchard Road was transformed into a street carnival with international artistes performing at six " Star Stations."

A 12-year-old boy, Ye Jun Jie, was decapitated after two buses hit him, one after another, as he was crossing Bedok Reservoir Road yesterday morning.

Student Melvyn Lim, who was awarded a scholarship to study at Stanford University, breaks EDB bond in the third year.

A new statutory board was formed yesterday to carry out the functions of the Primary Production department. The new agency, named the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, is directed by a 10-member board drawn from public and private sectors. It comes under the Ministry of National Development and will remain in the MND building at Maxwell Road.

A 26-year-old unemployed university graduate, Ong Su Ming, was yesterday charged in court with stealing a cabin bag belonging to a Singapore Airlines air stewardess.

Seven girls from Crescent Girls' Secondary School were hurt after a branch from a tree fell and hit them at the Singapore Botanic Gardens yesterday morning. A cordon has been set up around the tree, a Petai, which is about 60 years old and 30m high.


Kuala Lumpur: Barisan National wins Sanggang by-election.

Around the world

London: A new type of Mother's Day card has gone on sale in British supermarkets for the first time - specifically for the single mum.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.