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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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the first day of the Eighth month in the Lunar Calendar. The
Chinese can hold celebrations once again. For the past one
month, the Chinese have put off many activities, such as
weddings, renovations, moving house, installing a water heater,
buying a new house, etc., simply because it was the Seventh
Month in the Lunar Calendar.
final prayers were offered by many Chinese families around the
world to mark the end of the Seventh Month. Meats, fish and
other goodies were offered to the wandering ghosts and spirits.
After much feasting, these ghosts and spirits, let out into our world,
returned to their own world before the gates of hell closed at
midnight early this morning.
Month heralds the Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival or
Lantern Festival - call it what you may. The Mid-Autumn Festival
is celebrated on the 15th day of the Eighth Month - 12 Sep 2000
on our Georgian Calendar. Already, shopping centres here in
Singapore are abuzz with activities as hotels, restaurants and
eateries set up kiosks in the atriums of such shopping centres
to ply their mooncakes. The largest gathering of mooncake makers
must be the one in the basement atrium of Ngee Ann City in
Orchard Road. There, rows upon rows of mooncake stalls attended
by chefs and helpers from the main hotels and restaurants of
Singapore dangle their delicious mooncakes in front of
salivating customers. Many of these stalls have chefs rolling
out mooncakes on counters behind display shelves - to the
delight of the shoppers. Free bite-sized pieces of mooncake are
offered to passing shoppers to entice them to the stalls. If you
happen to be in Orchard Road, do drop in for a visit.
to attend the Lantern Festival 2000 at the Chinese Garden
from 31 Aug - 13 Sep 2000. Over 3,000 lanterns from Guangdong
and Jiangsu provinces in China are on display. There are other
attractions, such as a food fair and cultural shows to keep you
entralled during its opening hours from 9am - 10pm. Admission
charges are S$7 (adult) and S$4 (child).
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website of the Sydney Olympics 2000. Officials predict a
staggering total of 6.5 billion hits for the site.
devoted to enriching the lives of seniors. It is the Internet
arm of Senior Life, a bi-monthly magazine.
is a career website that searches for a suitable
"match" between their clients and candidates. It was
established in 1993.
Bikers Homepage fulfils
all your motorcycling needs in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Info, rides, ads, links, tours, pics, hangouts, and much more.
Today.com.sg is a
Home-Club.com.sg is an
online grocery shop launched on 23 Aug 2000. They deliver during
working days but you can get free delivery with orders exceeding
S$30. You can also return unsatisfactory goods within 7 days.
BookNTravel.com is a
travel website with bargain fares from the region (Malaysia,
Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia & New Zealand). It
is an e-commerce initiative of Chan Brothers.
IceRed.com is a community
messageboard for people living in Singapore & Hongkong. Post
or view messages on schools, work and play.
the website of The Legends Golf and Country Resort in Malaysia.
It is a masterplanned resort.
or the print version, a morning tabloid, Project Eyeball, is a new newspaper
which hit the streets
on 12 Aug 2000. Brought to you by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).
one-99shop.com has gone
online! 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
is a legal website coming online in August 2000. It will provide
a one-stop centre for people to find lawyers.
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Holidays DEEPAVALI is
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service for all male Singaporeans and permanent residents born between
13 Dec 1982 and 12 Mar 1983 started on 31 Jul 2000 and ends on 29 Sep
2000. For those born between 13 Mar 1983 & 12 Jun 1983,
registration starts on 2 Oct 2000 & ends on 24 Nov 2000.
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expatriates planning to relocate to Singapore. Provides excellent
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Youth Choir with Magic Songs
Conductor: Jennifer Tham 29, 30 Aug 2000 8pm
Victoria Concert Hall
Guitar Festival 2000 from 31
Aug - 3 Sep 2000. Includes seminars and workshops.
A Good Man Charlie Brown" Directed by Roberta
MacDonald A Musical
Dinner Theatre Experience brought to you by Caldwell Arts
Entertainment & Golden Apple Dinner Theatre 16 - 31 Aug 2000 CHIJMES Hall
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Adapted & Directed by Sim Pern Yiau
Performed by: Alvin Chiam, Caroline Fernandez, Zelda Tatiana Ng
& Yeo Yann Yann 13 - 17 Sep 2000, 19 - 23 Sep 2000 8pm
Festival 2000 31 Aug -
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from Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces in China are on display. Other
attractions include cultural shows and a food fair. Tickets at the door: S$7 (adult) & S$4
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From 1 Oct 2000, couples
with at least one partner younger than 30 who apply for a four-room
Housing Board flat can pay the 20% down payment in two stages: 10% when
they sign the agreement and another 10% when they take over the flat.
Also, civil servants who marry will soon get three extra days' paid
leave. These are some of the latest measures, announced by the Working
Committee on Marriage and Procreation yesterday, to address Singapore's
declining marriage and birth rates.
United Overseas Bank has
told its publicly-shamed nvestment banking unit to stop taking on any
new Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) - at least until it gets a clean
bill of health from an independent high-powered team. Announcing this
yesterday, it said it had appointed accounting heavyweight
Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), its external auditor, to look into UOB
Asia's handling of the eWorldofSports.com (eWOS) IPO.
Two foreign S-League players
were arrested yesterday for being involved in a match-fixing scam. One
of the suspects is said to be playing for Sembawang Rangers and the
other is believed to be a player from Geylang United Football Club.
Sydney: Police yesterday
used water cannons and tear gas to try to quell a riot by illegal
immigrants protesting against Australia's decision to deny them asylum,
officials said. Police and government protection officers in full riot
gear were sent to South Australia's isolated Woomera detention centre
after some of the 800 detainees set fire to buildings and stoned staff.
Tokyo: The United States has
threatened trade sanctions over Japan's continued slaughter of hundreds
of whales. US Commerce secretary Norman Mineta wrote in The Washington
Post newspaper on Sunday that possible "trade measures under the
Pelly Amendment to the Fishermen's Protective Act of 1967" were
among the options being considered by his department to show US
disapproval of Japan's latest proposal to kill sperm and Bryde's whales.
Beijing: China has launched
a campaign to curb a thriving illegal market in used disposable
syringes, state media reported yesterday. The Health Ministry has
ordered all hospitals to make sure discarded syringes are destroyed so
that they do not get picked up and sold.
Around the world
Washington: Criminals have
begun to outwit the use of DNA to convict them - and have come out with
tricks to undermine the biological evidence that is often critical in
criminal cases. Police and prosecutors from New York to California
report, for instance, that more would-be rapists than ever are wearing
gloves, masks and condoms to avoid leaving behind any body fluids or
other evidence at crime scenes.
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