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The WEATHER on SATURDAY (28 Sep 2002): Slightly hazy. Periods of showers with thunder are likely in the late morning and afternoon over many areas.    WEATHER OUTLOOK:  SUNDAY & MONDAY: Slightly hazy with afternoon showers expected.    WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   2.45am  2.4m   2.16pm  2.6m      SUN Sunrise  6.53am    Sunset  6.59pm   MOON  Moonrise  -   Moonset   11.43am    PSI: 37 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 25-31 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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The Singapore Department of Statistics (DOS) will be conducting the eighth Household Expenditure Survey (HES) from 1 October 2002 to 29 September 2003. The HES is conducted once in every five years.

The main purpose of this survey is to obtain detailed information on the latest consumption expenditure of the private households for updating the weighting pattern and the basket of goods and services for the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The HES is also a good source of data for social and economic policy planning and formulation as well as studies on expenditure pattern.

The HES will cover some 9,000 households over a period of 12 months from October 2002 to September 2003 so as to include all festive and seasonal expenditure. Additional information on major but infrequent purchases (e.g. furniture, households appliances, cars), housing (e.g. monthly mortgage payment, year of purchase) and other items, (e.g. hospitalisation expenses, insurance policies, club membership) will also be collected.

These 9,000 households are divided into 26 groups with households in each group recording their detailed expenditure for a period of two weeks. Each group will comprise some 350 households from the northern, southern, eastern and western regions of Singapore.

Each selected household will also receive a personal letter and an information booklet depicting the details of the survey and informing about the impending visit of the interviewer.

The field interviewers would carry identification badges and letters of appointment. The stipulated visiting time is 8.30 am to 9.30 pm. Households who wish to verify the identity of the interviewers could call the HES Hotline.

The toll-free HES Hotline at 1800-332-7700 will be operational from 1 Oct 2002, from 8.30 am to 9.30 pm, Monday to Sunday. The officer in charge will answer all enquiries and provide assistance to households.

The 2002/03 HES is conducted under the Statistics Act (Chapter 317) which empowers the Department to collect the required information. The Act also bounds the survey officers to keep all individuals' information strictly confidential. All data collected in the HES will be used solely for statistical purposes and particulars of individual household or person will not be published or disclosed in any form.

DOS would like to seek the fullest co-operation from all selected households to ensure the success of this survey. As a token of appreciation, a $10 denominated NTUC gift voucher will be presented to each co-operative household who has successfully completed the survey.

Department of Statistics 27 Sep 2002



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The Asian Games will be shown on television here as the Singapore Sports Council has received a grant from the Singapore Broadcasting Authority and sponsorship from Singapore Pools to pay the cost of almost S$1 million for the Games. However, Singaporeans will only be able to watch two live telecasts, the opening and closing ceremonies. (3)

In an interview with International herald Tribune editor David Ignatius, Senior Minister LEE Kuan Yew said it frightened him that the world was in for a period of great uncertainty and danger, with no one knowing how religious terrorism will peter out. But, he was optimistic that the terrorists cannot win because they do not have the power, economic might or the science and technology to prevail. (H2)

Victoria Memorial Hall will undergo major renovations costing between S$15 and S$20 million from 2005. It was last renovated in 1979. (H9)

From Tuesday, students and national servicemen can go to any TransitLink ticket office and pay to get their ex-link cards encoded with a train concession pass. Holders of such cards then need carry only one card for travel on the MRT or LRT. (H9)

Motorised trishaws will take to the streets in Little India and on Sentosa. The new green and khaki trishaws, about costing S$3,000 each, are provided by tour operator Singapore Explorer which will be charging S$36 a person for its rides. An LTA spokesman said there are about 450 trishaw drivers in Singapore currently: 348 employed by four tour operators and the rest working for themselves. (H13)

Singapore Petroleum Company (SPC) raised its pump prices from 11pm yesterday. Diesel will now cost 64 cents a litre while ULG98 is now at S$1.284 a litre. Its ULG92 is sold at S$1.198 a litre. (H19) 



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