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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 and warm. Showers with thunder in the morning, mainly over northern, and western Singapore. WATER TIDES High tide 12.11am 2.8m 1.46pm 2.5m SUN Sunrise 6.56 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 9.39pm Moonset 9.09am PSI: 20 (good) TEMPERATURE: 26-34 degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)
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Sunday 21 May 2000
Figures from the Ministry of Community Development and Sports (MCDS) show that the number of Singapore men marrying foreign women went up from 3830 in 1997 to 4272 in 1998. And, in both years, about nine in ten men were non-graduates. When it comes to picking his foreign bride, the single man's top choices are Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Thailand and India.
Taipei: Chen's inaugural speech fails to appease China.
Around the world
London: Mrs Cherie Blair, the 45-year-old wife of the British Prime Minister, gave birth to a baby boy, named Leo after Mr Tony Blair's father, yesterday in a London hospital and then went straight home to recuperate.
Courtesy of The Straits Times
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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.