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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 23 July 2000
Government scholarships are here to stay. The fundamental reasons for which they were set up in the 1960s and 1970s are still valid today, Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said yesterday when he presented the Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarships at the Mandarin Hotel. He dismissed suggestions that loans or grants be given instead, or that scholarships be given on the basis of need. The award, he said, should reflect the meritocratic values underpinning Singapore. The awards are a great "equaliser", he said, rewarding students for their hard work and ability, no matter what their family background. Because they will be studying at taxpayers' expense, they therefore have a moral obligation to serve out their bonds. So, it is wrong for students to plan to break their bonds even before starting on their studies, as 11 students had said they would.
Victoria School has been chosen as the seventh school in Singapore to offer the Gifted Education Programme (GEP). Dr Aline Wong, Senior Minister of State for Education announced this at the school's 124th anniversary yesterday.
A man pretended his HDB flat was for sale and conned three prospective buyers out of a total of S$13,000, a district court heard. Peh Poh Seng, 44, was jailed for 18 months for cheating the three men who had paid him deposits.
The first of 12 families split up because a spouse was a foreigner who had contracted the Aids virus, has been reunited. Ten more are waiting to come home after the authorities approved their return. The foreigners were repatriated under the Immigration Act. Amended in October 1998, it states that non-citizens who are "suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus" are classified as "prohibited immigrations". But, in May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it would allow the HIV-infected spouses to return.
Kuala Lumpur: Over 1000 students demonstrated outside the Universiti Malaya Mosque on Friday to protest against the Vengaboys concert and "Bollywood" influence in the country.
Around the world
London: Police believe a dangerous serial kidnapper targeting foreign girls in west London may have struck again. They have revealed that a Polish student, Ms Iwona Kaminska, 20, has been missing for several days, after leaving a part-time job only a few kilometres from Ealing Broadway. In April 1999, Chinese university student Elizabeth Chau, 19, mysteriously disappeared from the streets in Ealing Broadway. Then in January 2000, Nigerian student Lola Shenkoya, 27, also vanished after being seen in Ealing Broadway.
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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.