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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. Showers with thunder in the morning, mainly over northern, western and eastern Singapore. WATER TIDES High tide 1.07pm 2.5m - SUN Sunrise 6.56 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 8.50pm Moonset 8.21am PSI: 44 (good) TEMPERATURE: 25-33 degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)
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Saturday 20 May 2000
Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last night told undergraduates at a dinner organised by the National University of Singapore Students' Political Association that they must uphold and strengthen the Singapore system of government. This can be done by supporting the way the system works - clean, honest, meritocratic, stable, and dedicated to the long-term interests of Singapore as a whole.
SingTel in S$1.7 billion deal with Virgin to provide cellular and Internet services.
Singapore's economy expanded by a surprisingly high 9.1% in the first quarter of the year - its best performance in 2˝ years. The fast pace of growth was propelled by robust expansion in all sectors, with the stand-out areas being the manufacturing sector and the wholesale and retail trade.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has said that Singapore's unemployment rate stood at 3.4% in the first quarter of this year, up from 2.9% in December 1999. Structural unemployment, which accounted for a quarter of all the unemployed last year, has risen because the unemployed lack the skills required to take up new jobs.
Bangkok: South-east Asia's security consultative group, the Asean Regional Forum (ARF), has agreed in principle to admit North Korea as a member, according to Thai officials here yesterday. Members of the AFR include Asean members, Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
Around the world
Fiji: A group of armed civilians seized Fiji's first ethnic Indian Prime Minister and his cabinet hostage yesterday and claimed power in the name of indigenous Fijians.
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.