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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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Thursday 7 Sep 2000
Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday outlined the Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) groundrules for regulating the fast-expanding array of securities-related websites, including news and research portals; chatrooms and bulletin boards. MAS would distinguish between "fact and opinion" and require a website to be licensed if it made interpretive or subjective statements, as opposed to merely stating facts. He added that websites that are "passive conduits" for the distribution of online information and services will not need to be licensed. These include sites that contain only links to research reports or merely reproduce them in full, as well as those that refer investors to brokers for the opening of trading accounts. Online bulletin boards and chatrooms for "public discussion of securities" also need not be licensed - and neither do their participants, so long as these participants are not in the business of providing investment advice.
About 100 residents, nearly all senior citizens, fled from their one-room Housing Board rental flats after a fire raged through a corridor at Block 3, Telok Blangah Crescent, near Bukit Merah yesterday. It is believed the fire started among pieces of furniture and discarded items which were stacked in the corridor and lift lobby on the seventh storey.
Insurance companies will be asked to inform all customers that they have an option not to insure their Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) when they buy motor-vehicle insurance. The General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIA) has clarified that its members may have been complacent in not informing customers that they had this option.
Unless recruitment of foreign nurses is stepped up, Singapore can expect a shortfall of close to 2000 nurses by 2003, said the Health Ministry. This takes into account nurses who will leave the service. There are now about 13,000 practising nurses, among whom one in five is a foreigner. Another 3000 have stopped practising. Over the next four years, Singapore will need 3000 additional nurses.
Jakarta: Indonesian legislators yesterday criticised President Abdurrahman Wahid's intention to buy a Boeing 737-800 to serve as a presidential jet for his overseas trips, saying the state had no budget for such lavish and non-essential spending.
Seoul: North Korea yesterday vowed reprisals against the United States for the "brigand-like" security checks that led to its nominal head of state to withdraw from the UN Millennium Summit in New York. A delegation led by Mr Kim Yong Nam, head of the communist North's parliament, arrived back in Pyongyang yesterday after angrily protesting at security checks, including strip searches, by American Airlines security staff at Germany's Frankfurt airport as they planned to board their flight to New York on Monday.
Beijing: Chinese police have arrested two more men suspected of being involved in a bank robbery that left seven people dead late last week, local media reports said yesterday. The two men were caught in central Hunan province yesterday morning, the sina.com website said. Two other gunmen were caught earlier this week in Hunan's Yiyang city, 85 km southeast of the city of Changde, the website said.
Around the world
Washington: The number of fold-up foot-scooter-related injuries has surged this summer, with more than 4000 in August alone compared with fewer than 500 in May, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Tuesday. Children younger than 15 account for nearly nine out of ten injuries.
Paris: The French government agreed to lower fuel taxes yesterday after prolonged talks with leaders of road haulage unions, whose members have been blocking refineries and depots for two days, union leaders said.
London: The Millennium Dome in London was condemned as a "national laughing stock" after the government was forced to hand over another GBP47 million (S$118 million) to keep it open. Closure would have been a huge political embarrassment to the government, which built the Dome using money from the sale of National Lottery tickets.
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.