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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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Thursday 31 Aug 2000
An Indonesian teenager who hacked into a National University of Singapore research institute's server from abroad, and modified it, was slapped with a fine of S$15,500 in the Juvenile Court yesterday. The 15-year-old private student was found unsuitable for probation as he would not be allowed to remain in Singapore.
Education statistics, released yesterday, showed that students from different ethnic groups made good progress in important national examinations and subjects, such as English, mathematics, science and the mother tongue. At the PSLE and O levels, Chinese students streaked ahead of the national average pass rates. It was only at the A levels that Indian students had the highest pass rates of 88.6%, a whisker above the national average of 86.5%. Chinese students came a close second with 86.6%, with Malays at 80.3%.
A 68-year-old retired quantity surveyor who failed to check his sub-tenant's immigration status, was yesterday jailed for six months for harbouring an illegal immigrant. Ang Joo Kwee, alias Wee Joo Kwee, had checked his tenants' work permits and immigration status with the authorities before he let out the apartment. But he did not verify the immigration status of his sub-tenant, Chen Choon Lian, 41, whom one of his tenants subsequently took in.
Four police officers were charged in court yesterday with taking bribes from illegal gambling den operators in return for tipping them about police raids. The four are: Staff Sergeant Wesley Yeong Cheng, 50; Sergeant Toh Tiong Lin, 30; and former police sergeants Claudio Dang Peck Seng and Phua Leng Seng, both 26. All of them are from Ang Mo Kio headquarters' crime control unit. All are on bail at amounts ranging from S$5,000 to S$35,000.
New Delhi: India's obsession with the Gandhi name erupted again yesterday as the media greeted the arrival of Mrs Priyanka Vadra's baby boy, born in a New Delhi hospital on Tuesday afternoon. The 2.76 kg infant is the grandson of Rajiv Gandhi. Mrs Vadra is the 28-year-old daughter of Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi. She is married to businessman Robert Vadra.
Beijing: Chinese police were out in force in several towns in the southern province of Jiangxi, nearly a week after armed police brought an end to a riot by 20,000 farmers who ransacked government buildings, beat up officials and smashed houses over high taxes. An official at the police department in Jiangxi's Fengcheng City said many of the city's police officers remained stationed at Yuandu, the flash point of the riot, to back up the town's small police force. Yuandu was calm yesterday, a school teacher and farmers said. Nearby towns, including Baitu, where the Yuandu unrest spread, were also calm, officials said.
Manila: The Philippines yesterday came under renewed pressure to get tough with Muslim extremists after its policy of restraint lencouraged them to add an American tourist to their growing list of captives. The government indicated that it will try to negotiate for the release of 24-year-old Jeffrey Craig Schilling.
Around the world
London: Instructions and advice on dealing with the minorities are contained in a handbook to be issued to every one of the 25,000 police officers in London. The issuing of the handbook is a recognition that there are 33 national groups of more than 10,000 people in London and that at least 340 different languages are now spoken in the city. Metropolitan police chiefs hope the book will help its officers deal with London's wide-ranging religious and ethnic communities in a more politically-correct way. Its issue follows a judicial report that there was "institutional racism" in the London police force.
Washington: 76 police officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States during the first half of this year, an increase of 13% over the same period last year, two national police groups say. Of the 76 officers killed, 26 were shot to death, 24 died in road accidents, 6 were struck down by cars while outside their own vehicles, 5 were killed in aircraft accidents and the rest died of various causes, including drowning and stabbing.
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.