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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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The WEATHER TODAY: Slightly hazy and warm. Showers with thunder are expected in the morning, mainly over northern, western and central Singapore. WATER TIDES High tide 0.28pm 2.6m 11.41pm 2.8m SUN Sunrise 6.56 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 8.02pm Moonset 7.34am PSI: 48 (good) TEMPERATURE: 26-34 degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)
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Friday 19 May 2000
In the last two days, two men are believed to have drowned at the Bedok Jetty. On Wednesday afternoon, the body of sub-contractor Lim Puang Ang, 46, was seen floating on the water. The morning before Mr Lim's body was found, another body was seen floating near the jetty. Mr Chua Min Hwee, 19, is believed to have drowned when he went cycling and swimming at the park.
Sentosa's Horse Riding Centre, Singapore's only public riding centre which opened in November 1999, has bought five Australian horses which can carry people who weigh more than 65kg. According to Mr Francis Koh, the general manager of Sentosa Enterprises, more than 100 people weighing over 65kg are waiting to join the SRC. With the new addition, the centre can now give riding lessons to more than 400 people, compared to the present 150.
Manila: Bomb explosions ripped through two southern Philippine islands yesterday, including one where Muslim extremists are holding 21 hostages, killing at least five people and injuring nearly 70 others.
Tokyo: Japanese airlines are using adhesive tape and other restraining devices to control the increasing cases of unruly behaviour on domestic and international flights.
Around the world
Chicago: Laughing gas may help smokers to kick the habit, according to a preliminary study carried out by psychiatrist Carlo Bayrakdarian of the Weill Cornell Medical College of New York Presbyterian Hospital. He reported the results on Wednesday at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.
Courtesy of The Straits Times
News updated by 8.00 am daily.
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.