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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 25 June 2000
The National Science & Technology Board (NSTB) is to be reorganised in a few months. Mr Phillip Yeo has been appointed Executive Chairman effective from 1 Feb 2000, said Trade and Industry Minister BG (NS) George Yeo yesterday.
Indonesian Vice-President Megawati Sukarnoputri will pay a three-day working visit to Singapore from today.
Water tariffs and the water conservation tax will go up from next month for home users. Their rates will be raised by between 14.3 and 23.3 cents per cubic metre whereas non-domestic customers will not be affected. To help lower income families cope, the government will provide a S$200 rebate for one to three-room flats and S$100 for four-room flats. The amount will be credited against the bills of eligible homes in September 2000.
Actress-singer Fann Wong yesterday became the first home-grown artiste to stage a solo concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Consumer prices fell by 0.4% last month, as lower costs of transport, communications and clothing more than offset rises in housing, health and education and stationery.
Manila: Muslim rebels released one of nine Malaysians among 21 mostly foreign hostages they have been holding in the southern Philippines for two months, the government's chief negotiator Robert Aventajado said yesterday. The Malaysian man is 29-year-old Zulkurmain Hashim.
Tokyo: Japanese voters go to over 53000 polling stations nationwide today to choose their lawmakers.
Around the world
London: Britain has decided to grant political asylum to the two Chinese men who emerged alive from the back of the Dutch truck in which 58 other Chinese illegal immigrants suffocated to death.
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.