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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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Wednesday 2 Aug 2000
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has arrested four foreign footballers playing in the S-League. Geylang United's Billy Bone, Brian Bothwell and Lutz Pfannenstiel and Woodlands Wellington's Max Nicholson were questioned by bureau officers at various times since Monday and released yesterday on police bail of S$15,000 each.
Two out of every three new mobile-phone subscribers from April to June chose StarHub over SingTel Mobile. This means that close to 80,000 new mobile-phone subscribers here signed up with StarHub after its April launch.
This year's President's Scholars are Aaron Beng, 19, formerly from Hwa Chong Junior College; Denise Wong, 19, formerly from Hwa Chong Junior College; and He Ruimin, 18, formerly from Raffles Junior College. They will receive their awards from President S.R. Nathan on Friday.
A youth who threw an empty perfume bottle out of his fourth-storey window during a quarrel with his girlfriend was jailed for four weeks yesterday. Mohamed Yusri Abdul Karim, 18, a full-time national serviceman, pleaded guilty in a magistrate's court to a charge of endangering the personal safety of others by his rash act.
A stablehand took bribes to dope four horses, all favourites at the starting gate, so they would lose the races. But Mohamed Iruanda Kamaruddin, 27, was caught red-handed at Kranji Turf Club on Dec 12 last year during his attempt to drug the fourth mount. Yesterday, he was sentenced to 12-months' jail and ordered to pay S$9,000 - the same amount he received for doping the horses.
Engineers and contractors are calling for a revision of the building codes which allow gas pipes to be concealed. They want concealed pipes to be either clearly indicated or not concealed at all. This follows the death of teenager Nelson Choo, who died one day after moving into his new home at Ballota park. His heart and lungs failed after a gas leak in his room.
Landlords and homeowners can now check their foreign tenants' immigration status on the Internet. Information on immigration passes can be verified at www.sir.gov.sg, while work passes can be checked at MOM. The new on-line verification system became available yesterday.
Jakarta: Two people are dead and at least 18 injured when a bomb went off in front of the Philippine Ambassador's Jakarta home in the heart of the Menteng district.
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London: Professional and well-educated women, who are increasingly remaining single, are becoming the biggest consumers in the western world, according to a new survey by advertising agency Young & Rubicam's Intelligence Factory which forecasts consumer trends. The Intelligence Factory said its findings were gleaned from a world-wide survey of consumers.
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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.