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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 18 Aug 2000
The Government's Feedback Unit received a record 801 e-mail postings last month. Last month's hottest topic was killer-litter, and the debate if culprits should be evicted from their HDB flats. The issue brought 251 responses by e-mail alone. 68% of contributors disagreed with the Housing Board's decision to repossess the flats of convicted killer-litter culprits. They felt it would penalise innocent family members. The breaking of scholarship bonds was hotly debated as well, with 49 e-mail responses. More than nine out of ten contributors felt government scholarship holders should serve out at least part of their bond.
The Boom Boom Room, which closed in April, will re-open at Far East Square - in the old two-storey Chui Eng Free School schoolhouse. The cabaret which was famous for stand-up comic Kumar, and drag revues will raise the curtain on its first show tonight. The new place has a restaurant downstairs for informal and outdoor dining.
Some parents may have cheated in the recent Primary 1 registration exercise to get their children into the schools of their choice, principals suspect. Three popular primar schools said they had to check on several parents suspected of cheating, and at least one case has been reported to the Ministry of Education. The parents were suspected of giving false addresses or lying under oath that their six-year-olds were living with guardians near their preferred schools.
Women doctors want the government to lift the quota on them taking up medicine, saying they work as hard as men and are nearly as likely to stay on in the profession. Currently, no more than one-third of each cohort of 200 entering the National University of Singapore's medical faculty can be women. The quota was imposed in 1979 because the government felt that women would marry, have children and leave the profession - wasting tax-payers' money on their training. The Association of Women Doctors (AWD) said figures from their survey show 3.7% of women doctors have left the workforce, compared with 2.2% of men.
Tokyo: Japanese police said yesterday they had discovered a "house of horrors" containing the badly-decomposed bodies of five adult siblings whose uncle ordered them to starve to death in a bizarre religious rite. Police discovered the bodies, lying side by side on futon mattresses in a house in the western city of Osaka late on Wednesday, after a call by a relative concerned by the behaviour of the family headed by the 66-year-old uncle, Takao Wakasa.
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Paris: Inline skating has taken the city by storm, drawing people of all ages, races and mindsets to the showcase Friday night rallies, where up to 25,000 people join the three-hour trip around Paris.
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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.