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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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Friday 21 July 2000
Singapore's foreign trade grew by a sparkling 22.2 per cent to hit a record S$215 billion in the first half of the year. The growth rate, measured against last year's first half figures, was nearly twice the official forecast issued six months ago and strengthens the outlook for the economy. Trade Development Board chief Barry Desker told a news conference yesterday that, given the prevailing favourable external trading environment, Singapore's total trade this year is projected to expand by 15 - 17 per cent.
Singapore's Under-17 cricket team has been stranded in Karachi after a snatch thief made off with its travel documents. Two youths snatched team manager Bruce Yardley's briefcase on Wednesday as he was leaving an arline office in downtown Karachi.
The Public Service Commission (PSC), Public Service Division and 20 statutory boards, in a joint statement to The Straits Times yesterday, urged the 11 scholarship holders who intend to break their bonds to come out in the open and identify themselves. The statement said that by choosing to remain anonymous, "these 11 persons have cast an unjust cloud over the integrity of many other scholars".
Britain's biggest group of hospitals, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, which sent a team to Singapore to sign up at least 100 nurses in March, has met that target but failed to register a single Singapore-born nurse.
Singapore Cable Vision's Internet television will start as a trial service next month. The trial service may cost S$12 per month. It gives about 3000 initial subscribers broadband Internet access on their television screens and interactive television channels.
An 18-year-old junior college student was ambushed and molested by a man while walking along Serangoon Avenue 3 on Monday at about 9pm. She managed to foil the attack by screaming. The man fled before other people arrived.
All nine Community Development Councils join schools in Singapore today in celebrating Racial Harmony Day.
Jakarta: A defiant President Abdurrahman Wahid yesterday brushed off demands from a hostile Parliament to account for his action in sacking two key ministers earlier this year, raising political tensions and increasing the prospects of bitter power struggles in the weeks ahead.
Around the world
Washington: The American economy is showing signs of slowing and if that continues, it would lower the risk of accelerating inflation, said Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
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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.
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.