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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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     Cheers! to NTUC Fairprice's convenience shops


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  NTUC Fairprice, which runs a chain of 82 supermarkets in Singapore, last week launched its convenience shops. The new name for the shops is Cheers.

  For a start, the co-operative has opened 14 such shops around the island. Except for Cheers Nanyang Polytechnic & Cheers Pasir Ris Resort, all the outlets are open 24 hours. 

  In the next five years, NTUC Fairprice plans to have at least 100 Cheers! outlets in Singapore. This compares with the present 113 24-hour convenience shop outlets being run by 7-Eleven.

  This new kid on the block, which started as a pilot project called Cheers Nanyang Polytechnic to test the waters, has been around since August 1998. However, the 7-Eleven chain celebrates 17 years in Singapore this year. Will Cheers unseat 7-Eleven as the prime choice of Singaporeans? Only time will tell.

  But, customers have much to cheer about because competition will only bring about lower prices for them, not counting the added convenience of having a wider choice of 24-hour shops to serve them during the wee hours of the morning. For a list of the Cheers outlets, please click Cheers.

We received our 200,000th hit on 26 Jun 2000!

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NEW WEBSITES sells ice cream at their website. Popular flavours are Shhhiok! & Coffeebreak. Also available at leading supermarkets, convenience shops and petrol marts. is the website to visit to get your joss-sticks, incense paper and Hungry Ghost Festival food and beverages. where you can buy and sell your property. lets you find out all about exhibitions, conventions and meetings happening in Singapore. You can also get free brochures on meetings, incentive travel, conventions an the exhibition industry. sells all types of teddy bears. is a renovation portal which puts you in contact with renovation contractors, suppliers and designers. There's even an auction section as well as classifieds. is a virtual supermarket. It has a wide variety of quality and fresh products. There is free delivery for orders above S$70. It is the online arm of Singapore Food Industries Ltd. is the website of 8 days, a local Entertainment & Television Weekly magazine. 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). is coming to you soon! This shop already has nine branches selling everything at S$1.99 each. Items range from crockery, utensils, confectionery,  household accessories, artificial flowers to Hello Kitty stationery.

BANKmates: Get a Personal Assistant to do your errands in Singapore.


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

We are now 830 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays NATIONAL DAY is the next public holiday. It falls on Wednesday 9 August 2000.

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New addresses of Societies & Clubs:

*Swedish Women's Educational Association Int'l (Singapore)  98 Binjai Park Singapore 589886 (2 Jun 2000)

*Association for Gifted Children  466 Lorong 3 Geylang Rd Singapore 388934 (6 Jun 2000)

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Setting up a business? Do a free Name Search first to see whether the name you want is available. Click RCB.

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Tel: (65) 323 8402


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.

COMFORT, YELLOWTOP and CITYCAB taxi fares have gone up! TIBS fares will only go up on 3 Jul 2000. So it is cheaper to take a ride in TIBS taxis in the meantime.

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, flying into Singapore, getting an employment pass, and applying for visas for your spouse and children. 

Useful Services  Relocating to Singapore?

7th International Piano Festival takes place from 29 Jun - 2 Jul 2000. Concerts at 8.30pm nightly at Victoria Concert Hall.

Harvard Din & Tonics 2000 a cappella with a twist at Chijmes Hall, 8pm on 17, 18, & 19 Jul 2000. Presented by Caldwell Arts Entertainment. Tickets at S$25 (adults), S$20 (students). Hotline: (65) 332 6274/332 6285 or click CaldwellArts.

     Vengaboys Live In Concert 2000

     22 Jul 2000  7pm Siloso Beach, Sentosa

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

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

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 Wednesday 28 June 2000

Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will make a ministerial statement on salary revisions for the public sector when Parliament sits tomorrow. It will include a review of the salary benchmarks for civil servants.

The Singapore Arts Festival will continue in its new direction of commissioning controversial shows like Desdemona and Hot Water, despite the debate and controversies they have generated, said Mr Liu Thai Ker, chairman of the National Arts Council (NAC).

Doctors in government service can expect their pay to go up next month by up to 25%, with junior doctors getting the biggest pay rise. Health Minister Lim Hng Kiang said public health costs will rise by 5 - 8% a year as salaries go up and also because of expensive medicine and improved treatment.

Leading ophthalmologist Vivian Balakrishnan has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH). The 39-year-old associate professor is a President's scholar.


Sydney: Up to 1,700 illegal immigrants will be freed from Australia's overflowing detention centres after being declared bona fide refugees, Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock announced yesterday. This amounts to just over half of all illegal immigrants held in Australia and follows warnings by Mr Ruddock that thousands more boat people are waiting in Indonesia to enter the country.

Around the world

Hamburg: Two fighting dogs, a pitbull and a staffordshire terrier, savaged a six-year-old Turkish boy to death on the premises of his school here on Monday, igniting calls to outlaw or place severe restrictions on fierce dogs. The dogs injured two other children and dozens more had to be treated for shock, police said.

Washington: Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush has called for a overhaul of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service to bolster border control and better welcome lawful newcomers to the United States.

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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.


Consumer prices fell by 0.4% in Jun 2000, as lower costs of transport, communications and clothing more than offset rises in housing, health and education and stationery.

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.