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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 13 June 2000
Singapore Cable Vision (SCV) has become the third operator to be awarded a public telecommunications licence, after SingTel and StarHub. With this, SCV is obliged to offer domestic, international and payphone services.
Petrol and diesel prices have gone up at Mobil, Esso and SPC service stations, barely a-month-and-a-half after the three companies reduced the price of petrol. Mobil and Esso service stations raised their pump prices on Sunday by 5 cents and 4 cents a litre for petrol and diesel respectively. A similar hike at SPC service stations took place last night.
By August 2000, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will have four new residential halls to add to their existing 11 hostels (now housing 6500 students). The new halls will cater to 2400 students. Together, the 15 halls will accommodate 60% of the 15000-strong student population.
A senior lawyer was yesterday taken to the district court for allegedly stealing household items from C.K. Tang Department store. Lilian Ong, 50, the sole proprietor of law firm Lilan Ong Associates, faces a charge of stealing two cheese slicers, and a kettle worth a total of S$179.80 on 14 Mar 2000.
Tokyo: Japan's police launched a 100-strong hunt yesterday for an arsonist who incinerated six female employees in a jewellery store blaze, the motive of which is still unclear. Investigators were shown on television picking through the charred remains of the Tsutsumi Jewellery shop in a three-storey building in Tochigi, 100km north of Tokyo.
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London: The new bridge over the River Thames may have to be shut down for repairs soon after its opening to the public because it wobbles so much. The new 330m Millennium Bridge connects St Paul's Cathedral to the newly-opened Tate Modern Art Gallery.
Courtesy of The Straits Times
News updated by 8.00 am daily.
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.