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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.
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Today Sunday 19 Mar 2000
19-year-old Pamela Yiau died soon after drinking some Bourbon and Coca Cola at a friend's house last month, but it was the drug, Ecstasy, which killed her and not the alcohol, according to a letter from the Institute of Science and Forensic Medicine. It said that the cause of death was Ecstasy poisoning.
Tong Hyui Koh, 34, was yesterday sentenced to six months' jail for hosting a pay-to-view porn site at www.clubscandals.com between November 1998 and February 1999.
PM Goh Chok Tong told the British newspaper, The Financial Times, in a recent interview that, within months, Singapore might designate an open space, a kind of Speakers' Corner, where people can voice their opinions in public.
Taipei: Opposition wins in Taiwan. Pro-Independence President-Elect Chen extends an olive branch to a Beijing that did not want him to win.
Around the world
New York: The American magazine industry will lose one of its oldest and best-known titles when Life published its last monthly issue.. But parent company Time Inc said it will continue to put our occasional issues for special events.
Washington: President Clinton announced on Friday that Smith & Wesson had agreed that within 60 days it would begin providing external trigger-locking devices with all the guns. It also agreed that within three years, any new handgun it developed would include "smart gun" technology allowing only the gun owner to fire the weapon.
Courtesy of The Straits Times
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