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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
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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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Thursday 3 Aug 2000
Singapore's crime rate fell in the first half of the year, with the police receiving fewer reports of all serious crimes. The number of cases reported between January and June dropped 2.6% - from 19,236 in the first half of last year to 18,729 the same period this year.
A 76-year-old man was arrested for possessing raw opium weighing 4.5 kg yesterday. If convicted, the man and a 46-year-old opium supplier - who was also arrested shortly afterwards - will face the mandatory death penalty.
Hongkong: A group seeking Hongkong identity cards set fire to themselves and immigration officers yesterday evening. At least 46 people were burnt and cut by knives in the attack at the miimgration department headquarters in bustling Wanchai. Three people were seriously hurt.
Around the world
Washington: The disco drug ECSTASY is flooding the US illegal leisure-drug market and has been promoted to 'top priority' in US anti-narcotic effects, said anti-drug chief Barry McCaffrey.
London: Two foreign students - including a Malaysian Chinese woman - have escaped the clutches of a man who has already kidnapped three women, including a Chinese student from Vietnam. The two came forward after police appealed for help in finding the kidnapper who apparently targets young foreign women. Both women were approached separately by a man who asked for the time and then asked each of them if she wanted a lift home as his car was nearby.
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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.