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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.
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: Slightly hazy. Showers with thunder are expected in the morning, affecting most areas. WATER TIDES High tide 8.31am 2.3m 8.58pm 2.5m SUN Sunrise 6.57 am Sunset 7.08 pm MOON Moonrise 3.52am Moonset 4.16pm PSI: 48 (good) TEMPERATURE: 25-33 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 7am Singapore time)
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Tuesday 30 May 2000
The National Wages Council (NWC), in its guidelines released yesterday, has urged the government to bring forward the next CPF restoration to 1 Jan 2000 if the economic growth continues to be strong for the rest of this year. It also said now that the overall economy is firmly on the road to recovery, workers can look forward to wage increases and bonus payments.
Singapore Pools yesterday conducted a draw yesterday to shortlist 550 out of 4613 applications for permits to run their betting outlets. They intend to award only 50 new permits. Legalised betting is big business in Singapore and Singapore Pools took in S$2.8 billion in bets last year.
A 13-year-old secondary one schoolboy from MacPherson Secondary School was arrested yesterday for scanning a S$2 note into his home computer and printing it. He is now out on bail.
A 3-year-old Malaysian boy fell to his death from the fifth floor of a Housing Board block after he lost his way, and climbed onto a chair near the parapet to get his bearings.
Jakarta: Suharto placed under house arrest.
Medan: A second bomb blast in as many days rocked Medan yesterday, sparkling fears that religious conflict that has devastated the eastern islands of Maluku could spread to the ethnically and religiously diverse North Sumatran provincial capital.
Around the world
Pacific Harbour: The Fijian military on Monday took over the government of the country and declared martial law - stepping into a constitutional crisis that has seen the prime minister held hostage by gunmen since 19 May.
Courtesy of The Straits Times
News updated by 8.00 am daily.
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.
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.