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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.

Chinese            77%

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Other ethnic groups 1.4%

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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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DATING: Unfaithfully Yours by Lisa Chong

The WEATHER on SUNDAY: Showers with thunder over most areas in the afternoon.  WEATHER OUTLOOK: SUNDAY & MONDAY: Afternoon showers with thunder can be expected.  WATER TIDES (this month) High tide 12.54am  2.6m   12.20am  2.9m   SUN Sunrise  7.16am  Sunset 7.21pm MOON Moonrise  8.36am  Moonset  8.55pm  PSI: 46 (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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  In 1947, Rent Control was introduced in Singapore to restrict a landlordís right to increase the rent of or remove the tenant from a rent-controlled property. This was to protect tenants from unscrupulous landlords during the housing shortage of post-war years. The current Control of Rent Act was enacted in 1953.

  As the reach of the public housing programme progressed, the need for rent control decreased. Thus, the Controlled Premises (Special Provisions) Act was introduced in 1970 to allow a landlord to recover his rent-controlled property for purposes of redevelopment by compensating the tenants for vacating the premises.

 To do so, the landlord has to first apply to the Tenantsí Compensation Board to recover the rent controlled property. The Board may require the landlord to compensate his tenants and occupiers if they are eligible for such compensation. At the same time, the government had also provided avenues for tenants to seek alternative public housing.

  With this in place, the Government had announced on 3 April 1997 that rent control would be abolished on 1 April 2001.  Hence, the Control of Rent (Abolition) Bill 2001 is introduced to deal with the abolition of rent control in 3 stages:

  (a) Firstly, the Bill repeals the Control of Rent Act with effect from 1 April 2001 and thus, immediately abolishes rent control in Singapore.

(b) Secondly, the Controlled Premises (Special Provisions) Act will remain in effect but the Bill will amend the Act to make it clear that the Tenantsí Compensation Board will continue to function only for the purpose of settling its outstanding matters (e.g. outstanding part determined applications, reviews and enforcement of its Orders).

  (c) Thirdly, the Bill will repeal the Controlled Premises (Special Provisions) Act on a date to be determined by the Minister, after the Tenantsí Compensation Board has settled its outstanding matters. The Tenantsí Compensation Board will be dissolved with the repeal of the Act.

  The Minister for National Development, Mr Mah Bow Tan, introduced the Control of Rent (Abolition) Bill 2001 for its first reading in Parliament on 23 Feb 2001. The Bill seeks to provide for the abolition of rent control. The second and third readings of the Control of Rent (Abolition) Bill 2001 will be read in March 2001.

NEW WEBSITES

Prop-Workshop.com.sg for real estate services. Property Agent. Contact vincechens @yahoo.com.sg 

TheGoodiePlace.com is a retro looking site that sells both new, recycled apparel, accessories...

Josh-Phil.com for customised Internet solutions & services. Web design, Internet programming and ready software modules.

Japvision.com 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.

GlobalBagTag.com 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, Globalbagtag.com 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).

Anti-theftSecuritySystemsForAirportRetailers provides anti-theft product protection for all airport retailers, ensuring better profits for the retailers.

StormRidersMotorcycleClub is a members-driven club and organises riding trips to Malaysia and Thailand.

World66.com is the open-source travel portal. Interactive guides to hundreds of destinations, including Singapore.

Wlawan.com 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.

SporesCity www.sporescity.com 

The Singaporean website community Set up your company's website here. More...

We are now 2,074 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays HARI RAYA HAJI is the next public holiday. It falls on Tuesday 6 March 2001.

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Dating Club Message Board *Our dating message board is temporarily not available. Someone has posted pornographic pictures here. We apologise for the disruption.

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:
*Excel Max Tuition Centre  Block 131 Jurong East Street 13 #03-255  Singapore 600131 Supervisor:  Mr Gan Boon Heng (13 Feb 2001)
*Insworld School  190 Clemenceau Avenue #05-19 Singapore Shopping Centre  Singapore 239924 Supervisor:  Mr Fabian Er Sye Kiang (13 Feb 2001)

 

National Service

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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Chinese Traditional Theatre Practice Lecture on Arts and Culture by Prof. Yee Chang Hai  24 Feb 2001 Creative Resource Auditorium 31 International Business Park Singapore 609921. Time: 2.30 pm sharp Price: $25.75 (incl. of GST), $15.45 (students concession) Shuttle Bus: A shuttle bus will leave Jurong East MRT (opposite Popular Bookstore) every 15 minutes at 1.45pm, 2pm, 2.15pm, 2.25pm and will depart Creative to Jurong East MRT at 5.15pm and 5.30pm. Refreshments provided. For enquiries, please call Yvonne or Siew Fang at 5614809.

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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