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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.

Chinese                     77%

Malays                      14%

Indians                     7.6%

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.

Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap. There is no need to boil it.


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The WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy. Showers with thunder expected in the afternoon affecting most areas.  WATER TIDES High tide 11.11 am 2.8m  11.20 pm 2.7m  SUN Sunrise 7.00 am Sunset 7.09 pm MOON Moonrise 7.00 pm  Moonset 6.35 am   PSI: 50 (good) TEMPERATURE: 24-32  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 6am Singapore time)    


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     Manpower Ministry's Labour Market 1999 Report

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  In its 30-page report on the Singapore Labour Market in 1999, the Manpower Research & Statistics Department revealed that total employment in 1999 expanded by 39867 jobs, a sharp reversal from a net loss of 23384 jobs in 1998.

  The seasonally adjusted employment rate decreased to 2.9% in Dec 1999 from a high of 4.4% in 1998. Retrenchment fell by half to 14622 from a record high of 29086 in 1998. The number of job vacancies as at Dec 1999 totalled 21965, an increase of 74% over the same period a year ago.

  The report also said that the employment outlook for 2000 is positive as sustained improvement in economic conditions will have a favourable impact on the labour market. Strong employment gains are expected in the service industries, particularly    professional business services, IT-related, communication and media industries.

  Members of the public can purchase the report at S$10 per copy at the following address: Manpower Research & Statistics Department, Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road #06-02 Singapore 059764.


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COMING SOON NEW WEBSITES! is being launched today 18 Apr 2000 at 4pm. It is a lifestyle website, big on stars, with video, music, TV and movies online. has an online stock game in which you can win a grand cash prize of S$10 000. The Game is divided into 6 weekly contests and starts on 17 Apr 2000. has been launched. You can now view the action in this nightspot without leaving your computer. Six cameras pan the dance floor and lounge areas from 10.30pm - 3am, Tuesdays to Sundays. or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper set to hit the streets and the cyber-highways in the middle of the year. Coming to you from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH)., which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched on 17 May 2000. Click for a preview.

New to provide comprehensive listings and product catalogues for the construction industry. To be launched end Apr 2000. Click for a preview.

SporesCity The Singaporean website community Set up your company's website here. More...

We are now 458 pages thick and growing.

New! The new Cartier boutique has opened at Ngee Ann City #01-33 & #02-04. Tel: (65) 734 2427.

New! The new Louis Vuitton shop has opened at Ngee Ann City.


Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

    The deadline for the electronic filing of tax returns is today 18 Apr 2000.

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The 17-storey Cathay Building, which houses Cathay Cinema (opened on 3 Oct 1939), is to make way for a new 15-storey shopping-office-cinema complex. It was completed in 1941.

EscapeArtist.Com  The website on overseas living for international job seekers and expatriates.  

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Today Tuesday 18 Apr 2000

In Singapore

Investors unnerved by last week's Wall Street plunge dumped Asian stocks yesterday, wiping billions of dollars off the market overnight. Singapore's benchmark Straits Times Index yesterday tumbled 8.7 % or 190.37 points, wiping out nearly six months of gains.

The ongoing turbulence in the stock market shows that people have put too much money into technology stocks, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong warned yesterday.

The next general elections will be in 2002, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong declared yesterday. Turning to the issue of political succession in Singapore, he said that he would step down after the 2002 elections. "But it does not mean the day after the elections. I mean, if I win, and people want me, I could stay on for a little while," he said.  


Colombo: More than 800 patients have been asked to leave a Sri Lankan hospital because of a lack of medicine, a humanitarian aid agency said yesterday. Drug supplies are depleted in districts held by the rebels and attempts by humanitarian agencies to renew stocks have been unsuccessful. 

Around the world

Washington: In the latest of a recent string of security breaches involving laptops in the United States, a State Department computer containing top-secret information has vanished, setting off an intensive search by the FBI. 

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.



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15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

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.