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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 27 Sep 2000
Senior Minister LEE Kuan Yew takes the floor in a Straits Times Interactive (STI) chatroom this Friday at 5pm. Questions for SM LEE can be e-mailed to email@example.com or faed to Tel: (65) 732 0131. Participants need to log onto www.straits times.asia1.com.sg to register for the chat.
DBS Chairman S Dhanabalan announced yesterday a new scheme which enables depositors to use their CPF (CPF) savings to meet the minimum balance requirement of S$500 in their savings account with the bank. The arrangement, dubbed the 5-year- deposit plan, comes into effect on 1 Jan 2000 when the current waiver on the service charge on savings accounts with less than S$500 balance ends.
DBS Bank yesterday said that it will consolidate its two "DBS" and "POSBank" brands into one single brand" within the next few months". But a firm decision has yet to be made on what that brand will be eventually, said the bank yesterday.
Joe Augustin, 31, the other half of Joe And The Flying Dutchman in Morning Express - a popular morning radio programme, is leaving Radio Corporation of Singapore (RCS) on Friday 29 Sep 2000. The Flying Dutchman - Mark van Cuylenberg, 44 - will get a new partner, Class 95 deejay Petrina KOW, 24. Joe would not reveal his plans but said he would be staying put in Singapore.
A 14-year-old schoolgirl who threw water bombs, chicken bones and two glass bottles from a ninth-floor flat in Bishan St 22 was put on 15 months' probation and ordered to do 180 hours of community service by the Juvenile Court yesterday. The incident took place on 7 May 2000 at about 4.30pm.
Singapore's manufacturing output shot up a sharp 20.5% last month, compared to a year ago, boosted by a surge in electronics production to meet rising global and regional demand.
Taipei: Taiwan is being hit by unemployment even as white-collar Taiwanese patronise high-class karaoke clubs, eat at expensive restaurants and buy costly imported items, officials and experts said yesterday. The island's jobless rate rose to its highest level in a year last month - 3.16% - as a number of traditional industries moved their production bases out of Taiwan, statistician CHEN Chincheng said. In Jan 2000, the unemployed numbered 267,000 but swelled to 311,000 last month. Most noteworthy was the increase in the number of unemployed middle-aged workers.
Beijing: China's Communist Party has expelled a former deputy governor of central Hubei province for graft in the latest corruption scandal to rock the top echelons of government. LI Daqiang, 59, who served as deputy governor for most of the 1990s and was previously named "National Model Worker", received a total of 286,000 renminbi (S$60,000) in bribes and gifts from 1994 till 1998, the People's Daily said yesterday.
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London: A leading British educationist has warned that private tuition can damage a child's education. Mr George MARSH, chairman of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools, said that attempts by parents to help their children by providing tutors away from school could backfire and leave the youngsters and their self-confidence damaged. " With extra tuition, the children feel that they are being punished and that they are failing," he said.
Paris: Disposable nappies could be the cause of rising incidence of male infertility and testicular cancer, according to research just published in the October issue of Archives of Disease in Childhood, a specialist journal of the British Medical Association. Doctors said plastic-lined nappies cause heat to build up around the testes, possibly hampering their development at a vital stage in a child's development. They monitored the scrotal temperature of 48 boys, whose age ranged from birth to four years and seven months, using a tiny, non-invasive thermal probe.
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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.