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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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The WEATHER TODAY: Slightly hazy. Showers with thunder in the morning over many areas.  WATER TIDES High tide 3.46am 2.6m  6.26pm 2.3m  SUN Sunrise 6.56 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 1.43am  Moonset  1.19am   PSI: 49 (good) TEMPERATURE: 25-32  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)    

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Home Loan Part 2

  This week, we shall walk through the whole process of calculating a home loan. Different banks offer different ways of working out the interest element. It is important to choose the right interest payment scheme.

  First, we need to look at the Singapore economy. Savings Account interest rates are very low now - less than 2% p.a. That means, the Home Loan interest rate is likely to be about 5% - 6% (about 4% more). This is quite low. But, remember, as the economy improves further, bank's interest rates may rise. This spells bad news for home loan borrowers because they are usually charged at prevailing rates which rise or fall according to the bank's market rates and the economic situation. It is good practice to always get the home loan at a fixed rate so that when the market interest rates rise, we are not affected at all. In all likelihood, home loan rates will not fall for the simple reason that savings account interest rates are at their lowest in umpteen years. MORE...

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Charity1cent is The Charity1cent Initiative Website which provides complete resources on websites donating to charity. is an online lingerie boutique started by two friends, Gina Toh & Laura Lee. is a personal e-organiser, scheduler, reminder (through phone & pager), and Unified Messaging Service (UMS). You can download real-time web pages to fax machines. It also has English & Chinese email readers.

AF2000 is Temasek Polytechnic's 3rd international Singapore Animation Fiesta 2000 website. The festival runs from 9 - 11 June 2000 at SICEC Suntec City. was launched on 2 May 2000. It addresses the concerns of Asian parents and has articles dealing with family planning, pregnancy, birth issues and childcare matters. It also has an ovulation calculator, gender predictor and name finder for new parents. is a website on mums for mums by mums. 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)., which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched on 17 May 2000. Click for a preview.

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

Renamed! The Lasalle International Design School is now Raffles Lasalle International Design School.


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.  

ContactSingapore  Step-by-step guide to applying for a job, getting an employment pass, remuneration structure and corporate culture. 

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  Reports by two Singapore American School students that they were the victims of abduction attempts have led the school to warn parents to be on guard. The private school in Woodlands, in a circular sent out to parents some weeks ago, alerted them to a report by an 11-year-old student in February that a woman had tried to abduct him. The boy, who was walking home from school, said the woman had driven up in a green mini-van and offered him a lift. When the boy declined the lift, she got out of her car and tried to grab him.


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 Thursday 11 May 2000

Deputy Prime Minister BG Lee Hsien Loong yesterday said in Parliament that banking was a service that must be paid for, just like electricity and water. We have no reason to treat bank charges any differently and have them subsidised by the government, or compel banks to provide services for free. He added that the S$2 monthly fee the bank intended to charge those with less than S$500 in their accounts "is not a big sum".

Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng yesterday said in Parliament that landlords are bound by law to conduct three checks on tenants. If they fail to do so and their tenants turn out to be illegals, they risk going to jail for the mandatory minimum os six months. The Immigration Act requires a landlord to check the original immigration or workpasses of a prospective tenant, check that these particulars match those in the passport, and check with the person's employer to verify his employment.

The former Singapore Airlines cabin-crew supervisor who allegedly pocketed S$35 million of company funds intends to plead guilty to his crimes.

3000 cable television subscribers in Singapore will be picked to be the first on the island to sample Internet television in a few month's time. Besides surfing with Internet television, users can also send e-mails.

Comfort and Yellow Top taxi meters will run faster from 12 June 2000 and hailing them inside the CBD on Friday and Saturday nights will cost S$1 more. 


Tokyo: Japanese police yesterday arrested the founder of a foot-reading cult, Hogen Fukunaga, 55, suspected of telling followers that they would get cancer unless they handed over thousands of dollars.

Around the world

Atlanta: Millions of Americans were digging out wallets, dusting off their lucky charms and hoping against hope as the jackpot for a popular multi-state lottery swelled to a record US$325 million (S$555.8 million).

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.



30ml Gin

15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

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.