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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: 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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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.
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.