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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.

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The weather TODAY: Showers with thunder over many areas in the late morning and afternoon. High tide 2.52 am 2.7m  5.05 pm 2.2m  Sunrise 7.02 am Sunset 7.10 pm Moonrise 12.58 am  Moonset 0.31 am   PSI: 40 (good) Temp: 23-31  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 6am Singapore time)    


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       Ministry of Information & the Arts' new home

Take a stroll with our photographer down to the Capitol Building.

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   The Ministry of Information & the Arts (MITA) moved to new premises on 10 Apr 2000, and it's a grand old dame MITA has moved into. The new home is the Old Hill Street Police Station (OHSPD) which recently underwent a facelift. This building was built in 1934 to house the Police Station and barracks. It has been gazetted a national monument.

   Three MITA agencies, National Heritage Board, Singapore Film Commission and Singapore Kindness Movement have already moved in over the past few days. As for the others, Singapore Broadcasting Authority and National Arts Council will come in this two weeks; and Singapore International Foundation is expected to be operating at this building by 17 May 2000.

   Where exactly is this building? It stands at the junction of River Valley Road and Hill Street and is a fitting address too, for within walking distance are well-known landmarks, such as the Central Fire Station, National Archives of Singapore, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Clarke Quay, Armenian Church and, across the road, the new Treasury Building.

   MITA is just a click away at MITA.

MITA  140 Hill Street #02-02 MITA Building Singapore 179369 Tel: (65) 270 7988  Fax: (65) 837 9480 E-mail: mita_pa@mita.gov.sg .

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Moneycast.com.sg has an online stock game in which you can win a grand cash prize of S$10 000. The Game is divided into 6 weekly contests and starts on 17 Apr 2000. 

Venomclub.com has been launched. You can now view the action in this nightspot without leaving your computer. Six cameras pan the dance floor and lounge areas from 10.30pm - 3am, Tuesdays to Sundays.

Eyeball.com.sg or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper set to hit the streets and the cyber-highways in the middle of the year. Coming to you from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). 

GettingHere.com, which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched in Apr 2000. Click GettingHere.com for a preview.

New AsiaBuilders.com to provide comprehensive listings and product catalogues for the construction industry. To be launched end Apr 2000. Click AsiaBuilders.com for a preview.

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

We are now 423 pages thick and growing.

New! The new Cartier boutique has opened at Ngee Ann City #01-33 & #02-04. Tel: (65) 734 2427.

New! The new Louis Vuitton shop has opened at Ngee Ann City.


Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

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The 17-storey Cathay Building, which houses Cathay Cinema (opened on 3 Oct 1939), is to make way for a new 15-storey shopping-office-cinema complex. It was completed in 1941.

EscapeArtist.Com  The website on overseas living for international job seekers and expatriates.  

ExpatSingapore  For expatriates planning to relocate to Singapore. Provides excellent information on Singapore.  

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Today Tuesday 11 Apr 2000

In Singapore

Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and Mrs Goh are now on a five-city tour in China.

COE prices for May 2000 tumble by as much as S$21 000 as a flood of new certificates enter the market.

An elderly man died after he fell into the Singapore River during a thunderstorm on Sunday evening. Mr Sinna Gopal, 79, is the latest person suspected to have drowned as a result of the bad weather which began on Thursday. Last week, businesswoman Chua Eng Beng, 34, drowned after she fell into a drain in Toa Payoh. A 35-year-old Thai worker was also swept away by strong currents in a Bishan canal while taking shelter from the storm.  


Seoul: The leaders of North and South Korea will hold a historic summit meting in Pyongyang in June, a diplomatic breakthrough after nearly 50 years of Cold War hostility.

Sydney: Security guards sealed off an Australian detention camp yesterday after about 170 Kosovo refugees, some on hunger strike, refused to return home and were declared illegal immigrants.

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian opposition party Keadilan said yesterday it would go ahead with a gathering to mark the first anniversary of Anwar Ibrahim's sentencing despite warnings from the police and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Around the world

Mazowe, Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's white farmers have started to abandon their homesteads in the face of attacks by supporters of President Robert Mugabe, dubbed a 'deranged despot' by the opposition on Sunday.  

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.