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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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Friday 16 June 2000
The small car market is not doing well, with several distributors here having stopped imports because of poor demand. As COE prices in the two car categories here converge, a system with just one COE for all cars may be coming.
An elderly taxi-driver was found murdered in his vehicle in Pasir Ris Drive 1 yesterday. Mr Ong Huay Dee, 65, had left home the previous evening to begin his night shift at 6pm. Mr Ong's wallet and mobile phone were missing, but his gold chain and jade bangle had not been removed.
Singapore's first underground mall, CityLink Mall, between City Hall MRT and Suntec City, will open on 1 Jul 2000.
Go magazine, a 20-year-old home-grown publication was relaunched yesterday as GoFlirt, targeting single women aged between 20 and 29.
Nanyang Technological University plans to run a popular master's course on Information Studies as a full-time course from next month. This year, 420 have applied for 90 places. NTU plans to increase the total number of places by 20% every year.
Beijing: Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew has confirmed that he intends to visit Taiwan to get a first-hand assessment of the situation there, and to meet new President Chen Shui-bian. But he declined to give a specific time-frame, saying President Chen needed time to think through the complexities of the China-Taiwan-US relationship - which he described as similar to figuring out pieces and positions on a three-dimensional chessboard.
Around the world
Chicago: A kidney patient, who missed out on his chance of a new organ because of a mix-up by an organ-donor foundation, died a month after the debacle, hospital officials revealed.
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.