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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.


Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap. There is no need to boil it.

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DATING: Unfaithfully Yours by Lisa Chong

The WEATHER on FRIDAY: Cloudy. Showers with thunder expected in the afternoon and early evening over many areas.  WEATHER OUTLOOK: SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Cloudy with afternoon showers are expected.  WATER TIDES (this month) High tide 12.39am  2.8m   11.31pm  3.2m  SUN Sunrise  7.17am  Sunset 7.21pm MOON Moonrise  8.31pm  Moonset  8.04am  PSI: 36 (good) TEMPERATURE: 23-31  degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 542 7788.

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Ministry Of Health Press Release: 7 Feb 01


1. The Ministry of Health has been informed by JDH Pharmaceutical Division, the local agent of Bio Products Laboratory (BPL), that the 3 vials of the affected batch of immunoglobulin Inj "Vigam S" were sent by BPL to Inchcape JDH Ltd in Hong Kong on 31 Jan 97, and not to Singapore as earlier reported by BPL.

2. The Ministry would like to emphasise that there has been no importation into Singapore of immunoglobulin derived from British blood donors, and hence, no administration of contaminated blood products to any patient in Singapore.  The Ministry also reassures the public that the polio vaccine products registered for use in Singapore are safe and do not contain contaminated British blood
products, and that the contaminated BPL vaccine has not been approved for use
in Singapore.
3. The Ministry applies strict criteria of quality, safety and efficacy for the registration of blood products and vaccines in line with international standards. This includes requiring certification of the source of donor material from which the blood products are derived.  Since the discovery of variant Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (vCJD), the Ministry has excluded donor source material from UK.  The blood products and vaccines currently registered in Singapore are therefore derived from blood collected from non-UK donors.   A background paper on "vCJD and Singapore's Blood Supply" is attached for further information. More .....

NEW WEBSITES is all about getting bagtags to help you find your lost luggage. All you need do is purchase the bagtags, with unique serial numbers, from them; register your bagtags; stick them on your luggage and go travelling. If your luggage gets lost, and someone has found it, will notify you via phone, fax or e-mail. A great idea.

New7thStoreyHotel is a budget hotel in the heart of Singapore City - provides alternative, affordable, convenient accommodation. Their rates range from S$15nett(dorm beds) to S$72nett(deluxe rooms).

Anti-theftSecuritySystemsForAirportRetailers provides anti-theft product protection for all airport retailers, ensuring better profits for the retailers.

StormRidersMotorcycleClub is a members-driven club and organises riding trips to Malaysia and Thailand. offers you free online job advertisings on their site. You are allowed to post any number of job openings on their site once you have registered with them. The registration is free and all jobs posted will be on their site for 10 days. This is a FREE service, with no hidden costs! is Singapore's first online fragrance store.

BritishDragonBoatTeamInSingapore is the website of the British Chamber Of Commerce Guinness Dragon Boat Team in Singapore. Dragon Boating is a great way to get fit, meet fellow ex-pats. Come along and join us. You don't have to be experienced, fit or British. is the open-source travel portal. Interactive guides to hundreds of destinations, including Singapore. is the website of William Lai & Alan Wong Advocates & Solicitors - Singapore Lawyers.

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BANKmates: Get a Personal Assistant to do your errands in Singapore.


The Singaporean website community Set up your company's website here. More...

We are now 2,010 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays HARI RAYA HAJI is the next public holiday. It falls on Tuesday 6 March 2001.

12 and still counting That's the number of MediaCorp Studios artistes so far to have resigned to cross over to rival MediaWorks set up by the SPH group.

Government Notices

New Schools Registered:
*Bedok Commercial School (Marine Parade) Blk 86 Marine Parade Central #03-206/207 Singapore 440086 Supervisor: Mdm Jamilah Bte Salah Abdat (9 Jan 2001)
*FIS Education Centre  1 Sophia Road #05-12A & #05-12 Peace Centre Singapore 228149 Supervisor: Mdm Dorine Lim (15 Jan 2001)

*Strategic Alliance Business School 165 Tanjong Pagar Road #04-19 The Amara Singapore 088539 Supervisor: Dr Lim Chew (15 Jan 2001)

National Service

Registration for national service for all male Singaporeans and permanent residents born between 13 Jun 1983 and 18 Dec 1983 starts on 12 Feb 2001 & ends on 25 May 2001. Click for details.

Singapore Government Website   Police Ministry Of Education  Consular Matters & Migrating (known as permanent residency)

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Chang & Eng  Opens 5 Jan 2001     Kallang Theatre  Presented by Action Theatre  Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC

Just_Us In Concert  8 Feb 2001 CHIJMES Hall 8pm  Tickets at S$15, S$20 & S$25 for this one-night-only concert are now available at ticketing hotline 332 6274 or via these websites or The concert is managed by Caldwell Arts, organizer of The Harmony Award, in association with just_us.

Buddy The Musical  From 22 Mar 2001  Kallang Theatre  Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC

Slava's Snowshow  From 10 Apr 2001  Kallang Theatre Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC

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9 February 2001

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Thursday's News


In his first media interview, new EDB chief TEO Ming Kian said that  EDB would target companies and even startups in their plans to establish Singapore as a compelling manufacturing location in the world. Singapore did well to attract S$9.2 billion of new manufacturing investments. The S$10 billion target set by outgoing Chairman Mr Philip YEO before the Asian crisis remained a goal, said Mr TEO.

A national serviceman was found dead in unusual circumstances at his Serenade Walk family home on Tuesday morning. Mr YEONG Boon Leong, 22, was found motionless in front of a computer which was believed to have been displaying a pornographic image. Police do not suspect foul play.

Acupuncturists can apply to be registered from today. They have until 8 March 2001 to do so. The result of their application will be posted to them by 7 April 2001, the Health Ministry said in a press statement on Tuesday. Under the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Act passed in November 2000, all acupuncturists have to be registered by 1 Jan 2002.


Jakarta: With the threat of mass unrest hovering in the background and calls for a state of emergency in East Java, the armed forces (TNI) yesterday took the cue from Vice-President Megawati Sukarnoputri in ruling out an early impeachment of President Abdurrahman Wahid.


Around the world

Washington: With layoff notices mounting and consumer confidence plunging, the promise of President George W. Bush's tax cut may be coming in the nick of time to avert a full-blown recession, economists said on Tuesday. 

Los Angeles: Sexual content on American television has risen sharply since 1997, showing up in two of every three programmes during the past TV season, according to a study released on Tuesday. Research conducted for the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found sexual content in 68% of the 1999-2000 shows studied, up from 56% during the 1997-98 season. The US television season runs from September to the following May.

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