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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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Wednesday 26 July 2000
Mdm Ho Ching, wife of Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has donated close to half a million dollars to charity - money she received from exercising her stock options. The Chartered Semi- conductor Manufacturing chairman sold the 40,000 Chartered shares on the open market. It is not known which organisation has benefited from her generosity, but it is understood that one of her favourite charities is the Autism Association of Singapore.
Lightning struck two workers yesterday morning near the Paya Lebar Airbase, killing one man. The other is in hospital and in stable condition.
A maid who abandoned her premature newborn baby in a toilet at Mount Elizabeth Hospital ealier this year was cleared of attempted murder yesterday. Deputy Public Prosecutor Hay Hung Chun withdrew the charge against Ms Fagarang Petron, 34.
Singapore is declaring war on stroke, the third most common cause of death here after cancer and heart disease. It will put a stroke management plan into place. It will focus on preventing stroke, managing stroke treatment and rehabilitating people who have been struck down. In the 35 - 64 age group, there are 38 stroke deaths per 100,000 population here, said Health Minister Lim Hng Kiang yesterday.
Indonesia: In a sign that Indonesia is preparing for a crackdown on plantations responsible for the spread of haze, the government announced that it would suspend 12 companies in North Sumatra and Riau for allegedly starting land-clearing fires.
Around the world
Washington: Foreign-born Americans are calling for the right to run for president, saying the ban on candidates born outside the country makes them second-class citizens. The US constitution requires that presidential candidates be "natural-born". Anyone who is born abroad and gets American citizenship later in life is disqualified from running.
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.