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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.
Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap. There is no need to boil it.
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Monday 15 May 2000
World-renowned architects are now vying for a chance to build the new Singapore Management University (SMU). A total of 421 architects, including Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, are bidding for a share of the project.
Ngee Ann Polytechnic aims to become a wireless campus in three years' time when all staff and students will be able to surf the Net or log on to its computer network anywhere on campus.
Tokyo: Former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi died in a Tokyo hospital yesterday afternoon, six weeks after suffering a debilitating stroke that left him in a coma from which he never emerged.
Around the world
Enschede, Netherlands: At least 20 people were killed and over 300 injured in a blast at a fireworks warehouse that devastated a residential area of the eastern Dutch town of Enschede last Saturday afternoon.
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.