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Estimated population of Singapore citizens and permanent residents - 3,163,500 as at June 1998.

Chinese                     77%

Malays                      14%

Indians                     7.6%

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 expected over many areas in the late morning and afternoon.  WATER TIDES High tide 6.46 am 2.1m  8.50 pm 2.2m  SUN Sunrise 6.57 am Sunset 7.07 pm MOON Moonrise 2.55 am  Moonset 3.14 pm   PSI: 48 (good) TEMPERATURE: 24-32  degrees Celsius (updated daily at 6am Singapore time)    


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     Singapore Arts Festival 2000  (1 to 25 June 2000)

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  With over 300 performances by more than 80 Singapore and foreign groups spread over twenty-five days, the Singapore Arts Festival is indeed an international festival.

  Visitors to the festival will get to experience not only the emotions generated but also the sights and sounds of Singapore as the venues for the different performances are spread across the island.

  You can find traditional performances at the Festival Village in Fort Canning Park. Practically no one in the family is left out as the festival has offerings to entertain the kids as well as the night-owl in the family. The Late Night Series will wow you with some cutting edge performances conceived and created by our own artists.

  Some of the programmes are free. Arts On The Move bring the arts to the streets to titillate your aural and visual senses. Look out for performances ranging from street theatre and mass busking to multimedia presentations.

  There's so much to see and relish and so little time. Plan your itinerary carefully to make full use of the twenty-five days and come away inspired and enlightened.

  Their website is Just A Click Away™ at ArtsFest. To view the highlights of the festival, click MORE...

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NEW WEBSITES  dedicates itself to linking e-angels to promising Internet & Infocomm Start-Up Companies. provides comprehensive listings and product catalogues for the construction industry. has an online stock game in which you can win a grand cash prize of S$10 000. The Game is divided into 6 weekly contests and starts on 17 Apr 2000. or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper set to hit the streets and the cyber-highways in the middle of the year. Coming to you from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH)., which offers listings of short-haul tour packages tour operators want to sell off quickly, will be launched on 17 May 2000. Click for a preview.


The Singaporean website community Set up your company's website here. More...

We are now 482 pages thick and growing.

New! The new Cartier boutique has opened at Ngee Ann City #01-33 & #02-04. Tel: (65) 734 2427.

Renamed! The Lasalle International Design School is now Raffles Lasalle International Design School.


Singapore High Commission in London has launched its website.

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The 17-storey Cathay Building, which houses Cathay Cinema (opened on 3 Oct 1939), is to make way for a new 15-storey shopping-office-cinema complex. It was completed in 1941.

EscapeArtist.Com  The website on overseas living for international job seekers and expatriates.  

ExpatSingapore  For expatriates planning to relocate to Singapore. Provides excellent information on Singapore.  

ContactSingapore  Step-by-step guide to applying for a job, getting an employment pass, remuneration structure and corporate culture. 

Useful Services  Relocating to Singapore?

     The Singapore Jewellers' Association (SJA) has advised tourists to buy jewellery from retailers accredited with the Singapore Jewellers' Association or who carry the Jeweller Trust or Case Trust logo. Its announcement follows a series of complaints by tourists from China who told the Chinese daily, Lianhe Zaobao that they were "ripped off" by jewellers in Singapore who sold them fake products.


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To get free copies of brochures on Singapore, including Singapore Official Guide, please click HERE.


Low Lying Areas In Singapore  Lists the flood-prone areas in Singapore.

Things you should know  Tells you things you need to be aware of. 

The top ten fiction and non-fiction titles sold at these bookstores last week

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 Friday 28 Apr 2000

In Singapore

DBS yesterday said it would not profit from the decision to impose service charges on POSBank account holders since the S$2 monthly fee would not even "come near to recovering the full cost of maintaining and servicing small accounts".

Figures from the Department of Statistics show that in 1987, 16012 babies were born to mothers with at least secondary education. This was 38% of all babies born in that year. In 1998, the number almost doubled to 72%, or 31578 babies. Chief Statistician Paul Cheung said that the figures highlighted a distinct shift in procreation patterns among Singapore couples, with more well-educated couples having more babies.

A five-year-old girl died on Wednesday at the KK Women's and Children's Hospital due to complications during plastic surgery on her nose, forehead and eyebrows.  The girl had often complained to her parents that people made fun of her large forehead, flat nose and eyebrows which were too far apart.

Mediacorp has given a large number of employees the "golden handshake". 


Manila: The Philippine authorities yesterday established contact for the first time with Muslim gunmen holding 21 hostages in the south of the country. 

Around the world

Washington: A study released this week links the closure of nuclear reactors to lower levels of infant deaths, saying that radiation seepage into groundwater and the food supply harms young people. The report was conducted by Mr Joseph Mangano, a research associate at the New York-based Radiation and Public Health project.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.



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15ml Cherry Brandy

120ml Pineapple Juice

15ml Lime Juice

7.5ml Cointreau

7.5ml Dom Benedictine

10ml Grenadine

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.