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The WEATHER on TUESDAY (4 Feb 2003): Occasionally windy with periods of showers from late morning.  WEATHER OUTLOOK:  WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: Windy with periods of showers expected.     WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   1.45am  2.6m   12.46pm   3.0m  SUN Sunrise  7.17am    Sunset  7.21pm   MOON  Moonrise  9.26am   Moonset  9.44pm    PSI: 26 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 24-30 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 labour force, which includes both the employed and the unemployed, grew marginally by 0.4% over a year ago to reach 2,128,500 in June 2002.

Overall, 64.7% of the population aged 15 and above participated in the labour force. Over the years, the labour force participation rate in the younger age group of 15 to 24 has declined as more youths delay their entry to the labour market to pursue higher education.

There has also been a rise in participation of females, particularly, among those aged 45 to 59. Among males in the prime working age, participation has been fairly stable except for notable increases in the older age group of 55 to 64, following the extension of retirement age.

The educational profile of the labour force continues to improve with the share of degree holders more than doubled to 18% in 2002 from 8.2% a decade ago. Nevertheless, there were still one in three without secondary qualifications in 2002.

34% of residents aged 15 to 64 in the labour force participated in some form of job-related structured training over the 12-month period ending June 2002. Training among the unemployed improved from 10% in 2001 to 16% in 2002, contributed by national efforts at extending training support to the unemployed and retrenched.

As manufacturing shifts from labour to capital-intensive activities and companies move their lower end production activities abroad to take advantage of lower costs, the share of employment in manufacturing declined while that of services increased over the decade. Meanwhile, higher skilled occupations have been gaining employment share.

The vast majority (96%) of the employed persons were holding permanent jobs. Nevertheless, employed persons working in temporary positions have increased significantly by 26% from 59,400 to 74,600 while their share of total employment rose from 2.9% to 3.7%. The rise mainly reflected prevailing economic uncertainties and the need for greater flexibility to cope with changes in manpower demand.

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4 February 2003

Tuesday's News


Indonesian police on Sunday seized Mas Selamat bin Kastari, the man believed to be the head of the Jemaah Islamiah terrorist cell in Singapore. He is being detained on charges of forging state documents. (1)

Next year, Raffles Girls' Secondary, Raffles Institution, Chinese High, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and National Junior College will begin offering six-year programmes in which students will be able to start working towards their A levels as early as Secondary 3, skip O levels and take A levels or the International Baccalaureate. Nanyang Girls' said it has sent a proposal for a six-year programme to the Ministry of Education and could start offering it next year. St Joseph's and Methodist Girls' have yet to decide. (3)

Battery-powered bicycles which can move faster than 25 kmh or have a maximum power output of more than 200 watts are classed as motorcycles, which means they must be inspected for approval and licensed. Anyone caught using unregistered motorised bicycles with a maximum power output of 200 watts on the roads can be fined up to S$2,000 or jailed for three months for the first offence. Subsequently, he could be fined S$5,000 or jailed for six months. More than 10,000 motorised bikes have been sold here in the past two years. (H1)

Police said yesterday that the fire which gutted two nurseries at Thomson Road on Sunday evening was caused by electrical failure. (H5) 


Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei): Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has divorced his second wife, former flight stewardess Mariam Abdul Aziz. A royal announcement on Sunday said that the Sultan pronounced "Talak Satu" on his wife with whom he has four children. Under this type of divorce, the man has the right to withdraw his decision within three months and 10 days of his pronouncement, AFP said. (3)

Jakarta: A bomb blast yesterday near Indonesia's national police headquarters has raised fears of new terrorist attacks in the country. No one was hurt in the explosion outside Wisma Bhayangkari, a building owned by Indonesian police. (5)

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