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Other ethnic groups 1.4%
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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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Saturday 19 Aug 2000
Pump prices are up again. Shell's petrol prices went up by 5 cents a litre and diesel prices by 3 cents at midnight on 18 Aug 2000.The new prices are: Formula Shell Extra S$1.383, Formula Shell Fusion S$1.418, Formula Shell Super S$1.449, Formula Shell XO S$1.547, Formula Diesel S$0.665.
From 1 Oct 2000, needy elderly patients in Kreta Ayer, Jalan Besar, Simei and Bukit Panjang will be able to see a general practitioner near their homes and pay only S$4 for a consultation and 70 cents for a week's supply of each medicine they need for everyday ailments. The government will pay the difference of between S$17 and S$19. Minister for Health Lim Hng Kiang, who announced the pilot scheme yesterday, said if general practioners charged higher fees than that, they should treat the cut in money they would have received as a service to the elderly in their community.
The SMRT is adding 16 new trains for the morning peak hours between 8am and 9am starting Tuesday, to cope with the increasing number of passengers.
A housewife was yesterday found guilty of using frying pans to attack her Indonesian maid and assaulting her by other means. Mhalaxmi Pechamoto Anthiraya, 31, was convicted on two counts of causing hurt to Miss Elmiyati, 20, in her Jurong West flat last year. Last year, she was sentenced to eight months and two weeks in jail for abusing another maid in 1997.
Seoul: Two hundred Koreans said painful farewells to their relatives yesterday after four days of brief reunions, unsure whether they would ever see their new-found family members again.
Around the world
Los Angeles: Ben and Jerry's gourmet ice-cream has dioxin levels 2200 times higher than those authorised for waste water discharged into San Francisco bay from a refinery, according to a study released on Thursday. The study, presented at a 'Dioxin 2000' Conference in California, estimated that the dioxin in the ice-cream could account for 200 'extra' cancer cases among its life-time consumers.
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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.