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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: Showers with thunder over many areas in the late morning and early afternoon. WATER TIDES High tide 12.13am 2.7m 11.26pm 3.1m SUN Sunrise 6.57 am Sunset 7.09 pm MOON Moonrise 7.31am Moonset 8.06pm PSI: 35 (good) TEMPERATURE: 24-31 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 7am Singapore time)
Int'l Dragon Boat Festival opens at Marina Bay!
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Saturday 3 June 2000
The average monthly household income of Housing Board residents has risen by about 40% from S$2653 in 1993 to S$3719 in 1998. According to the Housing Board's latest household survey, practically every household has a television set, telephone, and refrigerator.
DBS Bank yesterday confirmed it had shut down 45 branches since its merger with POSBank in November 1998, and plans to close another 12 by next month, to cut costs and encourage greater use of electronic banking channels.
Retired Sr police staff sergeant Goh Teck Yong, 57, was yesterday charged with corruptly giving Koh Chee Wah, 43, two bottles of liquor worth S$720 at Popular KTV Karoake Lounge in Serangoon Shopping Centre. He allegedly gave Koh the bribe on 9 November 1994 when he was still a policeman. Goh retired in 1998 and is now a security officer.
Taipei: Taiwan yesterday signalled its readiness to resume dialogue with China, with its Prime Minister telling Parliament that his government was willing to start comprehensive cross-strait talks, including those of a political nature, as well as review its policy on direct links.
Around the world
Washington: Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the United States and Russia jointly develop a missile shield to protect against nuclear attacks by 'rogue states'.
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.