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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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Sunday 11 June 2000
Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew will begin a five-day working visit to China today. He will address the 21st Century Forum on the topic, Economic Globalisation: China and Asia.
More than half-a-million dollars worth of illegal mind-altering drugs were found at a MacPherson apartment by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Friday evening. The raid netted 16 drug offenders, all Singaporean men.
More than 100 counterfeit S$100 notes from the Ship series have surfaced and more may be still circulating, police said yesterday. Most of the notes which have surfaced have the same serial number: A/33/945618. They have turned up in 80 separate investigations since last year.
Seoul: Thousands of people gathered in Central Seoul on Saturday to urge the leaders of South and North Korea to lay the foundation for reunifying the peninsula split for more than five decades.
Around the world
New York: The party is over for Internet stocks, and analysts on Wall Street are putting renewed faith in the old-time religion that puts profits ahead of more fanciful measures for calculating share-price valuations. Two months into a sobering plunge in Internet stocks, analysts are embracing the old orthodoxy of equity valuation: that value is rooted in the likelihood a company can post profits equal to its share price over time.
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.