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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.


Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap. There is no need to boil it.

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Immigration - Permanent Residence

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Robinsons at Raffles City opens

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Local Talent - Tanya Chua (singer & songwriter)

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DATING: Unfaithfully Yours by Lisa Chong

The WEATHER on THURSDAY: Showers with thunder over many areas in the morning and early afternoon.  WEATHER OUTLOOK: FRIDAY: Morning showers. SATURDAY: Late morning and early afternoon showers with thunder.  WATER TIDES (this month) High tide 10.00am  2.5m   11.13pm  2.4m   SUN Sunrise  7.09am  Sunset 7.15pm MOON Moonrise  5.07am  Moonset  5.25pm   PSI: 49 (good) TEMPERATURE: 24-32  degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 542 7788.

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 Planning to hold that birthday celebration at a local chalet and not having time to pay a visit to the chalet booking office? Fret not - now you can book NTUC chalets & BBQ pits ONLINE.

  You can even check availability of the chalets or BBQ pits online. Sure takes the hassle out of the previously tedious task of having to take time off to go to the booking office only to find that the chalets or pits have been fully booked for the date you need them.

  NTUC has chalets and BBQ pits at three locations:

  - Aranda Country Club (30 Executive suites; 143 BBQ pits)

  - Resort Downtown East (180 Deluxe chalets & 180 Superior chalets; 23 BBQ pits)

  - NTUC Sentosa Beach Resort (15 aircon huts; 8 standard chalets & 2 superior chalets; 21 BBQ pits

  Members of the public can book the chalets and BBQ pits. Room rates differ according to peak and non-peak periods. There are discounted rates for NTUC Club members, NTUC Fairprice shareholders as well as NTUC Income policy holders. 

  The booking website has pictures of the different chalets/suites offered for booking. To view these pictures, check availability of the chalets and book them, click HERE! Look for the CHALETS section.

NEW WEBSITES  Features lovely handcrafted beaded shoes. While the designs are modern, the handwork is traditionally Peranakan, i.e. beads are individually stitched on and man not machines lovingly form them into shoes. dollarDEX financial superstore. Insurance, loans, unit trusts in Singapore. This is an experiment of its own kind of first Online Clinic without disclosing identity in person. for real estate services. Property Agent. Contact vincechens is a retro looking site that sells both new, recycled apparel, accessories... for customised Internet solutions & services. Web design, Internet programming and ready software modules. helps you to understand more about the Land of the Rising Sun. Besides introductions on the food, places, culture and customs of Japan, it also has free online Japanese lessons which allow you to undestand Nihongo better. is all about getting bagtags to help you find your lost luggage. All you need do is purchase the bagtags, with unique serial numbers, from them; register your bagtags; stick them on your luggage and go travelling. If your luggage gets lost, and someone has found it, will notify you via phone, fax or e-mail. A great idea.

New7thStoreyHotel is a budget hotel in the heart of Singapore City - provides alternative, affordable, convenient accommodation. Their rates range from S$15nett(dorm beds) to S$72nett(deluxe rooms). is the open-source travel portal. Interactive guides to hundreds of destinations, including Singapore. is the website of William Lai & Alan Wong Advocates & Solicitors - Singapore Lawyers.

Click New Websites for the rest of the list.

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 2,194 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays GOOD FRIDAY is the next public holiday. It falls on Friday 13 April 2001.


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12 and still counting That's the number of MediaCorp Studios artistes so far to have resigned to cross over to rival MediaWorks set up by the SPH group.

Government Notices

New Schools Registered:

*Linguarama Language Centre   220 Orchard Road #02-09 Midpoint Orchard Singapore 238852 Supervisor: Mr Benedict James Boudville

*Learning Project Education Centre   320 Telok Kurau Road Singapore 423868 Supervisor: Miss Tan Bee Yen


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Registration for national service for all male Singaporeans and permanent residents born between 13 Jun 1983 and 18 Dec 1983 starts on 12 Feb 2001 & ends on 25 May 2001. Click for details.

Singapore Government Website   Police Ministry Of Education  Consular Matters & Migrating (known as permanent residency)

Setting up a business? Do a free Name Search first to see whether the name you want is available. Click RCB.

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Singapore Latin Festival 2001 in association with the Chijmes Latin Series presents LOS REYES (Southern France) Neofonia Ensemble (Naples, Italy), Combinacion Perfecta
IRESON, Tribal Tide & Folkoric TrioDate : 31st March, 5pm to 11pm & 1st April 2001, 4pm to 10pm Venue : Fort Canning Green. More...

A Magical Gathering A performance by Victoria Chorale with Guests Victoria Junior College & Victoria School  31 Mar & 1 Apr 2001  8pm  Tickets at S$20 Free seating  Venue: CHIJMES

Wayang Tempest - magic & shadows Prospero: Lim Kay Siu  28 - 31 Mar 2001  (3pm & 8pm daily)  University Cultural Centre Theatre 10 Kent Ridge Crescent  Tickets at S$45, S$35, S$25 Matinee S$25 (Exclude S$1 Sistic fee) Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC

Buddy The Musical  From 22 Mar 2001  Kallang Theatre  Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC

Slava's Snowshow  From 10 Apr 2001  Kallang Theatre Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC

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22 March 2001

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Wednesday's News


A 15-year-old schoolboy was ordered by a magistrate yesterday to foot the S$1,740 bill for three fires he had lit at his school in January last year. The boy, who cannot be identified as he is a minor, had earlier pleaded guilty to two charges of causing mischief by fire. A third charge was taken into consideration. He was also put on two years of probation and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service. The court heard that the boy had been having "personal problems with friends and studies" when he committed the offences. Yesterday, the principal of his neighbourhood school said that the boy had not been expelled and his behaviour had since been exemplary.

Cinema operators must pay a licencing fee before they screen films that contain music and songs. This ruling was made yesterday in a test case which found that United Artists had infringed the copyright of three composers and an artist when it screened blockbuster hits Titanic and Jerry Mcguire. United Artists had refused to pay a licensing fee to the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (Compass) before the shows were shown in 1997 and 1998 in its Beach Road and Bugis Junction theatres. Yesterday, Justice S Rajendran ruled in favour of Compass and awarded it costs. 




Jakarta: Thousands of diehard supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid yesterday gathered at the Parliament, pledging to fight to death to prevent any attempt to oust him, while legislators mulled over moves to speed up his impeachment. Some 1,500 supporters broke through barbed wire at the parliament complex in a show of loyalty.

Canberra: Alarmed by an academic brain drain, the Australian government announced yesterday that it will create 125 research fellowships with large salaries to entice scientific superstars from Asia and beyond. The Federation Fellowships, to be created over the next five years, will pay salaries of A$225,000 (S$200,000), up to a fifth of which will be open to foreign scholars.

Around the world

New York: While her husband gave up pricey post-presidential quarters to move to Harlem, Mrs Hillary Clinton has rented space in a mid-Manhattan tower for US$514,148 a year - the most expensive home state office of any United States senator.  The office is on the 26th floor of a 50-storey building at 780 Third Avenue.


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