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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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Raymond Han

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The WEATHER TODAY: Showers with thunder in the afternoon, mainly over northern, central and western Singapore. WATER TIDES High tide  2.22am 2.6m  4.30pm 2.1m SUN Sunrise 6.56 am Sunset 7.08 pm MOON Moonrise 12.02am  Moonset  12.21pm   PSI: 51 (moderate) TEMPERATURE: 26-34  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 7am Singapore time)    

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Home Loan Part 3

  A bridging loan comes in handy if you are selling an existing flat/house to buy a new one and, therefore, there is a time lag between selling your present flat/house and getting the proceeds from that sale so that you can use it to pay towards your purchase of the new property.

  Because of this time lag of, say four to six months for the resale, you can't get your hands on the money from the sale of your present flat/house just yet. But the money is sorely needed to finance in part your purchase of the new property. This is where the bridging loan comes to your aid.

  The bank will provide you with a temporary overdraft facility for say, six months (usual term). This overdraft facility is known as a bridging loan, simply because it provides a bridge to help you get your dream home. The bridging loan amount is usually the amount you expect to get from the sale of your present flat/house. MORE...

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NEW WEBSITES is an online portal with a host of elearning services. It's your global gateway to an online diploma and postgraduate programmes. It's brought to you by the Informatics Group. The Substation is a place dedicated to the research, interaction and practice necessary for the creation of an original, indigenous voice for Singapore's arts and culture. helps you to find out how to go about incorporating your business in Singapore. helps you to order office stationery and supplies which will be delivered to your doorstep within 24 hours. is a jewellery store chain with 13 outlets in Singapore. They offer trendy jewellery set mainly in white gold or platinum. helps you to source pets and pet accessories by connecting you with the merchants., an online learning website for Primary one to six pupils, will be launched on 27 May 2000. or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper set to hit the streets and the cyber-highways in the middle of the year. Coming to you from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). is coming to you soon! This shop already has nine branches selling everything at S$1.99 each. Items range from crockery, utensils, confectionery,  household accessories, artificial flowers to Hello Kitty stationery.

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Public Holidays NATIONAL DAY is the next public holiday. It falls on Wednesday 9 August 2000.

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The 17-storey Cathay Building, which houses Cathay Cinema (opened on 3 Oct 1939), is to make way for a new 15-storey shopping-office-cinema complex. It was completed in 1941.

EscapeArtist.Com  The website on overseas living for international job seekers and expatriates.  

ExpatSingapore  For expatriates planning to relocate to Singapore. Provides excellent information on Singapore.  

ContactSingapore  Step-by-step guide to applying for a job, getting an employment pass, remuneration structure and corporate culture. 

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The Great Singapore Sale is on from 26 May - 9 Jul 2000.

AF2000 is Temasek Polytechnic's 3rd international Singapore Animation Fiesta 2000 website. The festival runs from 9 - 11 June 2000 at SICEC Suntec City.

Singapore Arts Festival 2000

1 - 25 Jun 2000

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 Thursday 25 May 2000

Local and regional stocks yesterday continued their downward spiralamid growing uncertainty about the direction of Wall Street.

Car buyers can expect the prices of European and Amercian models to dip with the easing of the parallel-import market from next month. When more BMWs, Audis and Volkswagons are imported by the parallel market, authorised dealers and distributors will be forced to slash prices. Parallel importers say their customers can expect to save S45000 to S$15000 compared to prices charged by authorised dealers.



Around the world

New York: United Airlines and US Airways in US20 billion merger.

London: A new British government-backed report has said that Musical Chairs, a popular children's party game, encourages children to become aggressive and to be bullies. The report says that the game teaches youngsters that the strongest and fastest player who pushes others out of the way wins, "and this is wrong."

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.



30ml Gin

15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

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.