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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 27 Aug 2000
A fourth MediaCorp artiste has resigned to join MediaWorks. Veteren compere Guo Liang, 32, will start work with MediaWorks in October 2000.
Singapore could face a shortfall of 4,000 hectares of land when its population swells to 5.5 million, which it is expected to do in 40 years' time. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) estimates that 16,000 hectares of land is needed to meet the housing, employment and recreation needs of a population of that size. However, the stock available stands at 12,000 hectares. This includes reclaimed land and land that will be reclaimed in the future. To address this problem, urban planners will have to intensify land usage, either by making buildings taller and denser, housing industries in high-rise blocks or setting aside less land for parks, said the URA at a media briefing.
Retail sales of compact discs and cassettes have shrunk by more than half since 1997. They plunged from S$115 million that year to S$57.7 million in 1998 and slipped further last year to S$53 million. Music lovers bought 5.4 million CDs in 1997, but only 3.84 million in 1998 and 3.77 million last year. Only 1.8 million CDs were sold in the first half of this year, a little less than the half-year total in 1998 and last year. SPVA chairman Gary See said that cassettes used to command 70% of the market in 1986 and now CDs make up 95% of the market. He noted that the music industry was losing 20% of its annual sales to pirates.
An Indian man in his late 30s and believed to be a money-changer was found shot dead in the Chin Swee area last night. According to residents at the scene, two shots were heard at around 8pm. He was found at the foot of an overhead bridge near a bus stop, close to Block 2, Jalan Kukoh. This is believed to be the second shooting this year that has resulted in death.
Every month, about 20 vehicles burst into flames on the roads here. In the six months from January to June 2000, close to 120 - half of them cars - caught fire, said the Singapore Civil Defence Force. The vehicles either caught fire suddenly or burst into flames after an accident. An Automobile Association of Singapore (AAS) spokesman said that vehicle fires were normally caused by fuel spills and electrical overloading. Motorists, he said,should also look out for signs of petrol leaks and smell. He warned motorists not to open the hood in the event of a fire.
Sydney: Australian authorities yesterday attempted to play down an Olympic terrorist threat, after reports emerged that New Zealand foiled a plot targeting a nuclear reactor in Sydney five months ago. Evidence of a possible attack turned up during raids in March on a suspected people-smuggling operation, the New Zealand Herald newspaper reported yesterday.
Beijing: The Beijing Higher People's Court has devised new rules to settle disputes over Internet domain registrations, following many cases filed against so-called squatters on the "cn" code, which stands for China on the Internet. Under the new rules, anyone trying to register a trademark name over which he or she has no claim to could be fined. Only when a domain owner has strong reasons to support ownership can judges grant registration.
Around the world
Portland, Oregon: Carl Barks, the cartoonist who shaped the Disney character Donald Duck, died on Friday in a southern Oregon hospice, his family said. He was 99.
Washington: The US Air Force moved conventional air-launched cruise missiles to the Pacific island of Guam earlier this month, allowing the United States to respond more quickly to crises anywhere between the Korean peninsula and the Persian Gulf, including the Taiwan Strait, officials said.
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.