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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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Sunday 4 June 2000
Chief Justice Yong Pung How yesterday announced that the pay scales of legal service officers would be revised from 1 July. On average, monthly salaries will go up by about 15% under the new pay structure. From that day, salaries for fresh graduates joining the legal service will start at S$2700 a month, S$300 more than the current starting pay. They can expect to earn between S$48000 and S$62000 a year, according to current recruitment advertisements.
A POSBank manager allegedly misappropriated S$325000 from the branch she was managing in order to replace S$325000 she had allegedly taken from another branch, which she had also managed. Jaslyn Chee Lai Meng, 38, was first charged on 27 May with criminal breach of trust as an employee. She faced a second charge last Friday.
Four new judges were appointed to the Subordinate Courts recently, all previously from private practice. They are Jeffrey Sim, Earnest Lau, Foo Tuat Yuen and Abigail Ng.
Manila: Ten foreign journalists covering the six-week hostage crisis in the southern Philippines ended up being seized by Abu Sayyaf rebels and forced to pay a US$25000 (S$43000) ransom to secure their freedom. They were also stripped of their cash, wristwatches and even their shoes when they visited the Muslim rebels' jungle lair on Friday. The journalists were held captive overnight and freed after the ransom was paid the next day.
Around the world
Washington: The White House has made public the names of 12 international druglords in a further bid to undermine their operations and curtail the trade.
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.