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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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Thursday 8 June 2000
SPH's new free tabloid-sized 52-page newspaper for commuters will hit the streets in early September. Streats - named for its promise of providing a treat to the work and ride-weary - will give readers the news they need in small, digestible nuggets.The newspaper got its licence on Tuesday.
A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) major, Christopher Tan Eng Kong, 35, was charged in a district court yesterday with molesting an 18-year-old girl in the women's toilet of an Orchard Road building. The incident allegedly happened at about 2.30am in the women's toilet in basement one of Specialists' Shopping Centre at Orchard Road.
Colombo: A two-minute silence to commemorate Sri Lanka's war dead was shattered yesterday when a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a southern suburb, killing himself, Industrial Development Minister C.V. Goonaratne and 21 others instantly.
Sydney: A threat to contaminate Panadol tablets in Australia has led to the nation-wide recall of the country's top-selling painkiller after a police attempt to nab the extortionist went awry, The Australian newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Around the world
Washington: Computer security experts have intercepted a new virus designed to attack cell phones with text capabilities. This virus poses a threat to hand-held computers, pagers, and phones, all hi-tech tools that have seen an explosion in worldwide use.
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.