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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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Saturday 10 June 2000
Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew will begin a five-day working visit to China tomorrow. He will address the 21st Century Forum on the topic, Economic Globalisation: China and Asia.
The president of the Lions Club of Singapore (Clarke Quay), Ricky Hah Min Kian, 46, has pleaded guilty to assaulting his younger sister in a church. The assault took place in All Saints Chapel, Yio Chu Kang, on 23 Mar 2000 after both had attended a ceremony to inter their mother's ashes.
Motorists who dispute the settlements worked out by car-insurance companies will have a tribunal to turn to soon. It will be set up in a few months' time by the General Insurance Association of Singapore (GIA), to act for motorists involved in non-injury accidents. For a start, the tribunal will mediate claims of up to S$3000. A fee will be charged. Its decisions will be binding on all insurers, but not on the claimants.This means that if the tribunal rules against the insurer, it must pay up. But, if the claimant is unhappy with the amount, he can reject the decision and take the matter elsewhere, such as the courts.
Kuala Lumpur: A Singaporean account manager and his Welsh colleague were robbed of laptop computers worth S$14000 on the North-South Highway by a group of men posing as Malaysian police. Mr Vincent Chua & his friend, who work for Intel Technology Asia, were returning here from Malacca around 3pm on 6 Jun 2000 when the robbery took place.
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Washington: About five dozen intravenous drug users in Scotland, Ireland and England have become ill or died since April of a mysterious illness whose origins have stumped health officials.
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.