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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.
Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap. There is no need to boil it.
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The WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy. Showers with thunder over many areas in the late morning and early afternoon. WATER TIDES High tide 11.15am 2.6m 10.45pm 3.0m SUN Sunrise 6.57 am Sunset 7.09 pm MOON Moonrise 6.31am Moonset 7.03pm PSI: 40 (good) TEMPERATURE: 25-32 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 7am Singapore time)
New Theme Park opens in Pasir Ris!
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Friday 2 June 2000
Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew will pay a working visit to China from 11 - 15 June 2000 at the invitation of the Chinese government.
Minister for Information & the Arts Lee Yock Suan yesterday opened the Festival Village at Fort Canning Park which kicks off the Singapore Arts Festival 2000.
Lecturers at the Nanyang Technolgical University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) are now free to pocket all the consultancy fees they earn, including gains from any stock options or shares given to them as pay for work done. The universities now have a pay scale of about S$3750 - S$7750 a month for assistant professors, about S$6500 - S$9550 for associate professors and about S$9550 - S$13500 for professors. The salary scales are being reviewed by a government committee looking into university administration.
Police are looking for a gunman who is believed to have robbed twice earlier this week, by blocking and forcing his victims out of their cars. On Monday, Lim Peck Hui, 24, who is said to have escaped to a neighbouring country using a fake passport, allegedly used his gun and fired three shots outside a coffee shop in Choa Chu Kang Way after being confronted by one of his victims.
Jakarta: Reports that President Abdurrahman Wahid had asked ministers to study fresh curbs to prevent the rupiah from spiralling further were downplayed yesterday by a senior adviser, who said no new currency controls were now under consideration.
Around the world
Miami, USA: Gridlock-weary motorists fell prey to two Miami residents who were charged with fraudulently selling remote-control devices that purported to turn red traffic lights to green, prosecutors said. Dubbed "Go-Boxes", the devices, which turned out to be flashing strobe lights, were advertised exclusively on the Internet and sold for US$69 - US$150, US attorney Tom Scott said.
Courtesy of The Straits Times
News updated by 8.00 am daily.
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.
The consumer price index (CPI) for March 2000 dipped by 0.3% compared to February 2000. Food prices fell by 1.6% due mainly to cheaper seafood, vegetables and fresh pork. The cost of transport and communications fell by 0.2% due to falling car prices.
The CPI is used as an inflation gauge by measuring the change in the prices of a fixed basket of goods purchased commonly by most households.
The Government has forecast that inflation will be within 2% this year.