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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.

Chinese            77%

Malays             14%

Indians            7.6%

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.


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The WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy and slightly hazy. Showers in the late morning and early afternoon over many areas. TOMORROW'S WEATHER  Early morning and early afternoon thundery showers for Friday and afternoon thundery showers for Saturday. WATER TIDES High tide  0.45am 2.8m  2.09pm 2.4m  SUN Sunrise 7.06 am Sunset 7.17 pm MOON Moonrise 10.13pm  9.48am  PSI: 58 (moderate) TEMPERATURE: 25-32  degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 542 7788.    

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     The Rhodes Scholarship For Singapore 2001


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  A Rhodes Scholarship tenable at the University of Oxford is offered this year by the Rhodes Trustees and the election of the Scholar will be held in January. The Scholar-elect will enter Oxford University in October 2001.

  To be eligible, a candidate must:

  1. be a citizen of Singapore, have had his permanent home and also have attended a school in this country for a total period of not less than 7 years

  2. be between the ages of 19 and 25 on 1 October 2001 but the age limit will be extended by the period of National Service which the candidate has undergone

  3. either have already obtained a degree in Singapore or be proceeding towards such a degree which he will complete before beginning his studies at Oxford

  Formerly, only unmarried candidates could apply for Rhodes scholarships, and a scholarship was forfeited by marriage prior to the end of the school's first year of tenure. Since June 1995, marriage is no longer a bar to applying for, or holding, a Rhodes scholarship. More...

We received our 200,000th hit on 26 Jun 2000!

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NEW WEBSITES is a travel website launched on 19 Jul 2000. is designed to help consumers shorten the process of buying selection. Buyers can obtain competitive price quotations from vshopper. helps you buy or sell your car. Also has a free valuation service provided on screen in the comfort of your home Condo Property Listings, Service Providers & Reverse Auctions for the Singapore market. where you can add your name to a buying list without being obliged to buy. Choose from categories, such as audio & video, computers or vehicles. Free local delivery! is an online and procurement solutions service provider for local designer Doreen Chee's dresses and bags. is the website of local makeup label Inuovi. is the website of independent financial planners. It offers unit trusts, money market funds as well as stocks to investors. or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper set to hit the streets next month. Coming to you from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). has gone online! This shop already has nine branches selling everything at S$1.99 each. Items range from crockery, utensils, confectionery,  household accessories, artificial flowers to Hello Kitty stationery. is a legal website coming online in August 2000. It will provide a one-stop centre for people to find lawyers.

BANKmates: Get a Personal Assistant to do your errands in Singapore.


The Singaporean website community Set up your company's website here. More...

We are now 957 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays NATIONAL DAY is the next public holiday. It falls on Wednesday 9 August 2000.

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Cathay Cinema screened its last movie show on 30 Jun 2000. The 61-year-old building is expected to be demolished to make way for a new building.


*MeesPierson N.V. has merged with Fortis Bank (Netherland) N.V. and the new entity is known as Fortis Bank (Netherland) N.V. Fortis Bank (Netherland) N.V. has been issued a banking licence w.e.f. 23 Jun 2000 and MeesPierson N.V. has surrendered its banking licence.

New societies registered:

*Arulmigu Velmurugan Gnana Muneeswarar Temple  397 Serangoon road Singapore 218123 (24 Jun 2000)

*Asia DAB Committee of the World DAB Forum  140 Hill St #04-01 MITA Bldg Singapore 179369 (24 Jun 2000)

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 National Day 9 Aug 2000

Have you started displaying the Singapore flag at the facade of your residence yet?

Show your love for your country!

Advance estimates from the Ministry of Trade & Industry show that gross domestic product (GDP) in the 2nd quarter 2000 grew by 7.7%, in real terms, over the same period last year. Goods-producing industries is estimated to have grown by 7.8% and services-producing industries by 6.8%. The financial services industry is estimated to have declined due largely to the high base last year. The construction sector, however, remained sluggish.

EscapeArtist.Com  The website on overseas living for international job seekers and expatriates.  

ExpatSingapore  For expatriates planning to relocate to Singapore. Provides excellent information on Singapore.  

ContactSingapore  Step-by-step guide to applying for a job, flying into Singapore, getting an employment pass, and applying for visas for your spouse and children. 

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Harvard Din & Tonics 2000 a cappella with a twist at Chijmes Hall, 8pm on 17, 18, & 19 Jul 2000. Presented by Caldwell Arts Entertainment. Tickets at S$25 (adults), S$20 (students). Hotline: (65) 332 6274/332 6285 or click CaldwellArts.

Fabulous At 40 Starring Koh Chieng Mun Directed by Hossan Leong. Music by Iskandar Ismail. 21-22 Jul 2000 Chijmes Hall  8pm. Tickets at S$35 & S$45. 

Vengaboys Live In Concert 2000  22 Jul 2000  7pm Siloso Beach, Sentosa

Singapore River Fiesta from 22 Jul - 9 Aug 2000. Venue: Singapore River.

A Vocal Recital by Ying Huang (world renowned soprano) Piano: J.J. Lenna      23 July 2000  8pm  Victoria Concert Hall

National Day Parade at the Padang on 9 Aug 2000.

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Thursday 20 July 2000

Statutory boards and government-linked companies should relook their scholarship schemes and find a solution to the recent controversy over scholarship bond-breakers, Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan said yesterday in a student symposium organised by the Singapore International Foundation. A student asked Dr Tan if he thought the system of awarding scholarships with bonds should be reviewed. Noting that he had expected the question, Dr Tan said it was wrong for students to accept a scholarship if they intended to break their bonds. It was Dr Tan who last year suggested replacing government scholarships with tuition loans. The matter was laid to rest when Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong later told Parliament that he did not favour this idea and said government scholarships were here to stay.

Three 17-year-olds who tortured a 14-year-old girl repeatedly over 17 days in a flat in Ang Mo Kio were sentenced to jail terms of between two and seven years. The boys will also be caned. They had beaten the girl, scalded her and forced her to perform indecent acts. District Judge Seng Kwang Boon sentenced Neo Soo Kai, a cook, to seven years' jail and 14 strokes of the cane. Melvin Yeo Yew Beng, who is unemployed, will spend six years behind bars and be caned 16 strokes. The judge sentenced Neo's girlfriend, an Institute of Technical Education student, to two years' jail. She cannot be named because two of her three sisters accused of being involved in the assault are juveniles. Naming her would identify them.

The government is prepared to issue new banking licences to Singapore-incorporated banks that want to set up subsidiaries to offer Internet banking. At the same time, these subsidiaries will be subject to a less onerous minimum paid-up capital requirement of S$100 million under the new guidelines, instead of S$1.5 billion under existing rules. This is provided that their parent banks have satisfied the S$1.5 billion paid-up capital requirement, and that they retain control over the banking subsidiaries, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said. There will however not be any concessions in terms of the prudential requirements and the subsidiaries will have to adhere to the minimum capital adequacy requirement of 12%. If a foreign partner is involved, the Singapore bank will have control over the venture.


Jakarta: Plantation fires raging in central Sumatra are in danger of spreading but the Indonesian government has no immediate plans to immobilise emergency services because they believe the fires are not burning out of control.

 Around the world

Thurmont, Maryland: The Middle east Summit was hit by a major impasse over Jerusalem as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak threatened to walk out without a deal, saying it had become clear that Palestinians were "not a true partner for peace". 

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30ml Gin

15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

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.


Singapore's economy grew at a strong 8.5% in the first half of the year following another period of fast growth in the second quarter. Boosted by the galloping expansion in the manufacturing sector, the April-June growth rate is expected to be a sizzling 7.7%.

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.