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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.

Chinese            77%

Malays             14%

Indians            7.6%

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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  Hey! Haven't you heard yet? The National Library Board's annual book sale is here again. Don't forget to mark the dates in your diary and make plans to take leave, MC - whatever you can think of if you happen to be working next weekend. Just don't miss this event or you will sorely regret it.

  From 15 - 16 Jul 2000 at Singapore Expo Hall 4B, you can browse through some 250,000 volumes of books and magazines and then buy whatever you fancy at S$2 each for adult fiction & non-fiction books, and S$1 each for all other books. You can also buy magazines, which are available in bundles of 12, at S$5 per bundle. Don't worry, there's enough time to browse around as the sale is open from 10am - 8pm each day.

   Last year's book sale, attracted a total of 100,000 people and yielded sales of 233,000 volumes of books and magazines. Next weekend, the hordes of book-hungry visitors are expected to take home at least that number of volumes of books and magazines. However, the National Library Board is well-prepared to handle this large crowd - it has taken steps to minimise queuing time by having more cashiers, packers and deploying more staff to replenish the books.

  A word of caution - come prepared to jostle for the books and let others jostle you - but, then it's all in the fun of things, so enjoy yourself while you are there. Use the free bus shuttle available at Tanah Merah MRT Station from 9.30am - 10pm daily.

  The National Library Board's website is Just A Click Away at NLB.

We received our 200,000th hit on 26 Jun 2000!

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NEW WEBSITES for local designer Doreen Chee's dresses and bags. is the website of local makeup label Inuovi. is the website of independent financial planners. It offers unit trusts, money market funds as well as stocks to investors. is a financial portal launched in late June 2000. It provides immediate mobile phone notification of news and stock prices. is a new online bookstore launched on 17 Jun 2000. It offers about 500,000 titles at discounted prices., founded by a group of bankers and launched on 14 Jun 2000, lets banks and other financial institutions buy and sell multi-million-dollar market loans online. It charges a fee to buyers and sellers for successful deals. sells ice cream at their website. Popular flavours are Shhhiok! & Coffeebreak. Also available at leading supermarkets, convenience shops and petrol marts. is the website to visit to get your joss-sticks, incense paper and Hungry Ghost Festival food and beverages. or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper set to hit the streets and the cyber-highways in the middle of the year. Coming to you from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). is coming to you soon! This shop already has nine branches selling everything at S$1.99 each. Items range from crockery, utensils, confectionery,  household accessories, artificial flowers to Hello Kitty stationery. is a legal website coming online in August 2000. It will provide a one-stop centre for people to find lawyers.

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We are now 874 pages thick and growing.

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Cathay Cinema screened its last movie show on 30 Jun 2000. The 61-year-old building is expected to be demolished to make way for a new building.


National Service for all males who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents and born between 13 Dec 1982 & 12 Mar 1983.

The total number of COEs for tender in July 2000 will not exceed 9168.

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     OG Albert Complex opened for business on Friday 29 Jun 2000. It replaces OG People's Park which opened its doors for the last time on Thursday 28 Jun 2000. The 28-year-old OG Building at People's Park will be demolished and a brand new 7th storey OG Building, double the size of the existing building, will be completed in the middle of 2002.

EscapeArtist.Com  The website on overseas living for international job seekers and expatriates.  

ExpatSingapore  For expatriates planning to relocate to Singapore. Provides excellent information on Singapore.  

ContactSingapore  Step-by-step guide to applying for a job, flying into Singapore, getting an employment pass, and applying for visas for your spouse and children. 

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Harvard Din & Tonics 2000 a cappella with a twist at Chijmes Hall, 8pm on 17, 18, & 19 Jul 2000. Presented by Caldwell Arts Entertainment. Tickets at S$25 (adults), S$20 (students). Hotline: (65) 332 6274/332 6285 or click CaldwellArts.

Vengaboys Live In Concert 2000  22 Jul 2000  7pm Siloso Beach, Sentosa

Singapore River Fiesta from 22 Jul - 9 Aug 2000. Venue: Singapore River.

A Vocal Recital by Ying Huang (world renowned soprano) Piano: J.J. Lenna      23 July 2000  8pm  Victoria Concert Hall

National Day Parade at the Padang on 9 Aug 2000.

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Wednesday 5 July 2000

Singapore's two main universities will shed their civil-service salary structures and pay according to performance and market factors. Only performance will decide promotions and increments, and "star" professors will be well-rewarded. The basic pay of assistant professors will go up by 20%.

Six teenage girls, all students at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (Toa Payoh), who are suspected to have taken drugs in school, were arrested on Friday. A fellow student saw the girls huddled together in a school toilet on Friday morning before assembly, and one of them was holding a tablet. The student told a teacher who rounded them up with the help of other teachers. The vice-principal later called the police. A police spokesman yesterday confirmed that the girls, all 15 - 16 years old, have been sent for urine tests.

Schoolboy Eugene Yang's death last Friday has similarities to cases in which people strangle themselves for sexual stimulation, but hang themselves accidentally. Police have classified his death as unnatural death, but suspect no foul play.

A market research manager who filmed two women friends secretly while they were using the bathroom in his condominium apartment was no peeping tom, but a "serial professional", the high court ruled. Albert Tay Beng Guan, 35, who had been fined earlier by a lower court for the two offences, was yesterday jailed for two months on top of the fines.


Tokyo: The new cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori was announced yesterday. It contains a few familiar faces, notably Finance Minister Kiichi Miyazawa and Foreign Minister Yohei Kono, who are being kept on to handle the coming G-8 summit. Mr Mori has also drafted two women as ministers. 

Around the world

New York: Eleven New York police officers, four of them high ranking, and three civilians employed with the police department will face "disciplinary action" , with some facing dismissal, for failing to respond last month when numerous women reported they were assaulted in Central Park.

New York: Americans, mostly the elderly who want their life prolonged and improved by the advancements in the drug field, are crossing the border into Canada to buy their medicines at a much lower price. 

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30ml Gin

15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

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.


Consumer prices fell by 0.4% in Jun 2000, as lower costs of transport, communications and clothing more than offset rises in housing, health and education and stationery.

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.