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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.
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Sunday 20 Aug 2000
A crane toppled over onto the Bukit Timah Expressway last night, blocking three city-bound lanes just after the Bukit Panjang exit, causing a massive traffic jam. A police spokesman said no one was injured and no cars were hit by the crane which fell from a worksite by the road around 7.30pm.
Takara Grilled Seafood Stall, at Newton Food Centre, has been suspended for a month from tomorrow to 20 Sep 2000. One of its stall assistants was caught touting and harrassing the food centre's customers on 31 Jul 2000.
The Singapore Embassy in Beijing has moved to a new location - Kerry Centre, North Tower, 27th floor, 1 Guang Hua Lu, Beijing 100020. The visa section will move to the new location only on 28 Aug 2000. Its new telephone number will be 8529 6239 and its fax number 8529 6254.
Hongkong: Barely two months after Hongkong's housing chief resigned over a series of construction scandals in the territory, anti-graft officers arrested 12 people involved in public-housing projects on suspicion of conspiracy and bribery, including accepting sexual favours.
Bangkok: Thai customs have charged a Singaporean man with heroin smuggling after they found 3.5 kg of the drug strapped to his body, officials said yesterday. Lee Soo Heng, 44, was arrested in the departure lounge of Bangkok International Airport while checking in for a Thai Airways flight to Kuala Lumpur on Friday morning, customs officials said.
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London: Britain will become the first country in the world where computers will help judges and magistrates decide the length of prison sentences. The comprehensive details of criminals will be fed into computers and they will be scored as to how likely they are to re-offend - and how dangerous they are to the public. The Home Office hopes to introduce the system throughout the country next year.
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.