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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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Wednesday 14 June 2000
Singapore Telecom's chief executive and group president, BG (NS) Lee Hsien Yang has asked his 13000 staff to address him as Hsien Yang from now on. This is all part of a "new look" SingTel.
A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) lieutenant, who picked up a man's Rolex watch at the scene of a fatal accident and kept it in his pocket, was acquitted yesterday of misappropriating it. Lt Subari Akob, 32, the officer-in-charge of the Bukit Timah Fire Station at the time, got the benefit of the doubt in court after a 2˝-day trial.
Singaporeans can continue to travel without visas to the United States, despite the expiry of the Visa Waiver Pilot Programme. Under this programme, citizens of member-countries can enter the US for business or on holiday without visas for stays of up to 90 days. During their stay, they are not allowed to work, study or change the status of their visitor status. A US embassy spokesman said the US Immigration and Naturalisation Service has developed procedures to ensure citizens of participating countries would not be affected by this temporary lapse.
Beijing: The future of China lies in the hands of young Chinese, especially those with experience overseas, and putting this group into positions of influence will help speed up China's economic development, Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew said here yesterday.
Seoul: The leaders of North and South Korea shook hands warmly on a red-carpeted airport tarmac in Pyongyang yesterday, the first time in 55 years that the rival states have come together for a summit that could lead to the eventual reunification of the Peninsula.
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London: Under tough new anti-smoking laws, large pictures of rotting teeth and blackened lungs will have to be printed on every packet of cigarettes sold in Europe. Cigarette manufacturers will also have to print warnings about the risks of smoking which will cover 40% of the front of every pack and 60% of the back.
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.