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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: Mainly fair and warm. Showers with thunder are expected in the afternoon, mainly over northern and western Singapore. WATER TIDES High tide 1.46am 2.7m 3.43pm 2.2m SUN Sunrise 6.56 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise - Moonset 11.34am PSI: 21 (good) TEMPERATURE: 25-33 degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)
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Wednesday 24 May 2000
Amendments were made to the Housing & Development Act yesterday to allow the HDB to put lifts on every floor in about 1000 blocks of Housing Board flats without common corridors. But at least 75% of those living on floors not served by lifts will have to vote YES and agree to pay part of the cost of upgrading works.
From next month, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will not require vehicle importers to submit relevant papers and certificates from the vehicle manufacturers. The new rules make it easier for individuals and companies to import vehicles on their own.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is naming its longest serving vice-chancellor, Professor Lim Pin, to be its first University Professor. Professor Lim Pin, 64, will step down as vice-chancellor on 31 May 2000. He has held this post since 1981. He will be succeeded by Professor Shih Choon Fong, 54.
Tokyo: 26-year-old Miss Obuchi, daughter of former Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi announced yesterday that she would run for his seat in parliament.
Around the world
London: British romantic novelist Barbara Cartland died in her sleep on 21 May 2000 at the age of 98. She wrote 723 books with sales of more than one billion copies in 36 languages. She will be buried today, according to her wishes, in a cardboard coffin to the sound of Perry Como singing I Believe.
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.