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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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Friday 9 June 2000
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) yesterday announced it has set up a S$50 million company, SPH Mediaworks, to run its broadcasting business. It has appointed former COO of Media Corporation of Singapore, Mr Lee Cheok Yew, as chief executive officer of the new subsidiary. SPH Mediaworks is applying for licences for two television channels, likely to be in English and Chinese, and expects to launch them a year after obtaining the licences.
26-year-old Miss Carol Tam Chew Ping died yesterday morning when she lost control of the the Alfa Romeo she was driving and crashed into a metal guard rail along Tampines Expressway (TPE) towards Yishun.
Singapore's first e-home will be tested in September. A young couple's 4-room flat in Bishan will be installed with equipment to allow its occupants to make online appointments at a nearby clinic, activate air-conditioners from the office and keep tabs on their car or the front door via web cameras.
Tokyo: Japan had a day of diplomacy and condolences as world leaders, including President Clinton and SM Lee Kuan Yew, joined a memorial service yesterday for former Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi.
Around the world
New York: A federal appeals court has ruled that a woman passenger on a Korean Airlines flight who was sexually assaulted by the man seated next to her can sue the airline for the attack.
Courtesy of The Straits Times
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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.