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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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Tuesday 12 Sep 2000
The Government has decided to make a S$859 million and S$1.082 million payout to Singapore Telecom (SingTel) and StarHub respectively for the premature loss of their duopoly status. As part of the deal, StarHub will have to stick to the original commitment of rolling out a nationwide network that will also serve the residential market, said the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) at a press briefing yesterday.
Two dog shooters with the Primary Production Department were found guilty of causing the death of a man when they fired negligently at a pack of stray dogs under a flyover. The 59-year-old man was feeding the dogs then. The court heard that PPD officer Heng Bak Tong, 56, fired his shotgun after his supervisor, Loh Kar Seng, 43, had given the order to fire. They were each fined S$7000.
A new engineering technopreurship incubation programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS) provides tuition, workshops and seminars to prepare students for a career in technology-based entrepreneurship. Launched by the Faculty of Engineering on Saturday, the programme targets second-year engineering students.
Fifteen of the 85 employees of Sony Singapore's consumer service division were retrenched yesterday due to falling demand for repair of consumer products. The 15 are repair technicians and support staff. Most of them are in their late 30s and their average length of service in the company is 14 years.
Kuala Lumpur: Four foreigners armed with M-16 assault rifles raided a diving resort off Sabah, abducted three people and headed for the southern Philippines in a speedboat. The four men, believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf group, came ashore at 7pm on Sunday to loot the Pandanan Semporna Island Resort.
Melbourne: Five people were injured yesterday as police clashed with anti-globalisation protesters blockading the 3-day World Economic Forum (WEF) summit at Melbourne's Crown Casino.
Johor Baru, Malaysia: More policemen have been deployed to patrol the streets of Johor Baru under a new, high-profile policing approach to rid the city of petty crimes. The approach will see more policemen on the streets and in public places over the next few days, and residents as well as visitors have been told not to be alarmed by their presence.
Hongkong: A pro-Beijing party made significant gains in the Legislative Council elections on Sunday although the Democratic Party remains the largest bloc in the legislature. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hongkong (DAB) saw its total number of seats increase to 11, from 10 two years ago.
Around the world
Rome: Italian wives have a legal right to indulge in adultery but must limit extra-marital affairs to daytime liaisons so as not to wound their husband's honour, the Supreme Court here has ruled. It made the ruling after upholding the conviction by two lower courts of 31-year-old S. Alberta on charges of abandoning the marital home. Adultery was a criminal offence in Italy until 1968.
London: British men want to be more involved with the pregnancies of their wives and girlfriends, and to be given more time off and guaranteed paternity leave, according to the latest survey of new fathers. The results of the survey, published yesterday, showed contemporary fathers to be closely involved with their children or, at least, they believe they are, according to an Electronic Telegraph report. The Telegraph said that in the three-year study, 800 fathers-to-be and new fathers were interviewed. The study, Becoming A Father, was carried out by the National Childbirth Trust and the information service Fathers Direct.
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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.