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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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Monday 4 Sep 2000
C.K. Tang dies, aged 98. The shopping magnate, whose full name is TANG Choon Keng, founded the popular department store C.K.Tang in 1932. He died at his home with his family by his side nine days before his 99th birthday.
The government will pay 65% of the cost of liver transplant operations and follow-up care for up to 10 needy patients each year. This is the same amount it gives to needy heart and bone marrow transplant patients. To qualify for the subsidy, patients must be Singaporeans or permanent residents below 60 years old who are medically suitable and assessed by the hospital's medical social worker to be in financial need.
A full-time national serviceman (NSF) died while training in Brunei on Saturday. Private Lei Wen Woei, 20, was found unconscious after a navigation exercise in the evening, said the Ministry of Defence in a statement yesterday.
The government will not respond to allegations made by speakers at the Speakers' Corner as it does not keep track of what they say, said Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng yesterday. He added that the authorities had not found anyone breaking the law in the first three days of the opening of the Corner at Hong Lim Park and would keep minimum control over activities there. Mr Wong maintained that microphones would not be allowed in Hong Lim Park because the speakers would end up drowning each other out. "If you have 20 microphones blasting away, I don't think anybody can hear anything at all," he said.
A Serangoon Secondary School student with no apparent history of medical problems collapsed and died after bursting into a clinic. 15-year-old TAN Ming Hui was pale and sweating and had difficulty breathing when he rushed into the doctor's room at Serangoon Avenue 3 on Saturday. A police spokesman said the death has been classified as an unnatural one and is being investigated.
Hongkong: A minor vehicle incident in Shenzhen which led to a bloody scuffle between a group of Hongkong truck drivers and some mainlanders has higlighted the touchy relationship between people on opposite sides of the Hongkong border. Representatives of the Container Truck Drivers' Union plan to meet government officials in Shenzhen today, following a spate of attacks on Hongkong truck drivers at a border crossing recently. The latest and most vicious occurred on Friday, reports said yesterday.
Tokyo: A record 7,100 Japanese troops took part in annual anti-earthquake drills in Tokyo yesterday, a show of force seen by critics as an unprecedented rehearsal for mobilisation against public disturbances. The drills were held at 10 sites involving 25,000 people, 1,100 vehicles, 115 helicopters and 22 boats from air, sea, ground forces, as well as metropolitan police and fire departments, officials said. But the large military presence in this year's exercise was criticised in Japan, where many people are wary of signs of militarism. A union of groups said yesterday the drill was a thinly-veiled pretext for a military exercise.
Bangkok: A high-spending Chinese couple, wanted in China for embezzling US$300 million (S$514 million) have confessed to bribing Thai officials to obtain falsified identity cards. Chen Manxiong and his wife, Chen Quiyuan, were arrested in Muang District on Thursday night. They will face charges in Bangkok before being extradited to China.
Around the world
London: Cardboard cut-out policemen have been made by the Humberside police in an attempt to reduce crime. The weatherproof cut-outs are designed to have a scarecrow effect to deter criminals and are being placed in town-centre shops and streets, according to the Sunday Times newspaper. West Midlands police are considering testing similar cut-outs in Darlaston, Bloxwich, Brownhills and Willenhall. In Kent, a scheme to put a cut-out of the rear of a police car in hotel carparks has worked. Thefts from parked cars are down a third.
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.