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The first day of the Chinese New Year is on Saturday 5 Feb 2000.

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

Chinese                     77%

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Indians                     7.6%

Other ethnic groups 1.4%

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The weather TODAY: Cloudy and windy. Occasional showers are expected in the  morning and afternoon.  High tide 5.39 am 2.4m  7.30 pm 1.9m   Sunrise 7.16 am Sunset 7.20 pm   Moonrise  2.09 am  Moonset  2.28 pm   PSI: 38 (good) Temp: 22-29 degrees Celsius   

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    Get For Me: Chinese New Year

     It's Chinese New Year next Saturday. We have splashed our frontpage with red to ring in the festival mood.

     Every Chinese household in Singapore is shopping for new clothes, buying new year plants and decorations, and stocking up on fresh food to last the first three days of the Chinese New Year during which most shops and food centres in Singapore are closed. Foreign Chinese workers get ready to return to their homeland early next week in time to take the annual reunion dinner.

     Expatriates and people of other races in Singapore also start stocking up foodstuff as there are hardly any shops open the next weekend. Most businesses and companies remain closed until the fourth day of the Chinese New Year as it is bad luck to open for business any earlier.

     During this period, employees of Chinese companies and businesses get their bonuses. The unfortunate ones may receive theirs just a day before the first day of the new year. However, one thing is certain. Chinese like to pay off their debts and start the new year on a clean slate.

     We will also be decorating our frontpage over the next few days. Forgive us if you start to see too much red these few days. Red signifies luck and we wish you all good luck in the coming year of the Dragon.

    It's another Beautiful Sunday today as SingTel gives 50% off international calls today. Start off the week with your friends and families abroad. Just pick up the phone and surprise them with a call today. Because with 50% off SingTel 001 and SingTel ICC international calls, you can call as many friends as you wish. And stay on as long as you like. So why not call someone special and make their Sunday just as beautiful?

    For more information, call (65) 104 or visit their website at www.singtelidd001.com . This promotion is valid on Sunday from 0000 hrs to 2359 hrs for SingTel 001 and ICC 1898 calls made from Singapore only and applicable to residential lines, mobile phone lines and personal ICCs.

NEW: New M1 shop opens at #B1-19/20 Paragon Shopping Centre. Other branches are at #B1-18-19 Tampines Mall and #01-16-17 West Mall.

NATIONAL SERVICE: Central Manpower Base (CMPB)  National service registration starts on Monday 31 Jan 2000 for all male Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) born on or between 14 Jun 1982 and 12 Sep 1982, and ends on 10 Mar 2000. 

GET FOR ME:  Save the ACS (Anglo Chinese School) clock tower  An appeal for support.

BOOKS:  Top Ten KINOKUNIYA Bestsellers   Top Ten MPH Bestsellers   Top Ten BORDERS Bestsellers   Top Ten TIMES Bestsellers  Shows the top ten fiction and non-fiction titles sold at these bookstores last week.

SHOWS: Top Ten Shows  Features the current popular movies screened in local cinemas.  Movies  Lists the current movies showing in local cinemas.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:  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. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Transfer Of Web Host From Netfirms.com To Bizland.com

EXPATRIATES: 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.

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The road shown on the front cover was Holloway Lane. It has recently gone the way of the Dodo and in its place is an open ground awaiting redevelopment. In the background is St Joseph's Church in Queen's Street.

The picture of the front cover of the book has been posted here with the kind permission of the publisher, Editions Didier Millet Singapore.

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News Flash        

Today Sunday 30  Jan  2000

In Singapore

Come April 2000, car auctions will go on the Internet.

Twenty new high-speed patrol boats have been added to the coast guard's fleet to help in the battle against smugglers and illegal immigrants.

A twenty-year-old man was charged in a magistrate's court yesterday with disorderly behaviour while queueing outside a McDonald's outlet for Hello Kitty toys.

Asia 

Jakarta:The Indonesian military has been put on the alert in anticipation of disturbances durng President Abdurrahman Wahid's tour to Europe and Asia.

Kuching: A Singapore Airlines plane skidded on landing in bad weather and overshot the runway at the Kucing Int'l Airport.

Tokyo: Hackers break into seventh Tokyo govt website.

Around the world

Davos: No substitute to WTO, says Clinton.

Davos: Police fired warning shots and tear gas to control hundreds of anti-free trade demonstrators who defied a ban on demonstrations yesterday to protest against a gathering of the gloal political and corporate elite.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.

   

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The Editor

Raymond Han

You can e-mail him at editor@getforme.com