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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.


The Editor

Raymond Han

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New Justices of Peace

Local Talents (Comedy/Music/ Writing) Siva Choy

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Internet Stuff - Construction

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National Arts Council Members

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Singapore Power on hike in power tariffs

Food Stalls Suspended From Business

Motor-vehicle COE Insurance

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Nanyang Technological University Vital Statistics for 2000

Free Domain Search

Singapore Universities

Food Stalls Suspended From Business

New Motorcycles for Sale

Rooms for Rent

Global Cities

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Top 50 Schools (Express)

Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park

Pioneer Class of 2000: Singapore Management University

Abstract of Currency Notes & Coins In Circulation

Singapore National Songs

The WEATHER on TUESDAY: Showers with thunder over most areas in the morning. Partly cloudy thereafter. WEATHER OUTLOOK: WEDNESDAY: Afternoon and early evening showers. WATER TIDES (this month) High tide 1.41am 2.8m  12.50pm  2.9m  SUN Sunrise 6.47 am Sunset 6.51 pm MOON Moonrise  9.54am  Moonset  10.13pm  PSI: 25 (good) TEMPERATURE: 24-32  degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily at 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 542 7788.    

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  Singapore has been certified polio free by the World Health Organisation.

  29 Oct 2000 marks a significant milestone in the poliomyelitis (polio) eradication efforts of the Western Pacific Region, of which Singapore is a member. On this day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has certified the Western Pacific Region free of polio.

  After America, this is the second region in the world to have achieved polio-free status. These efforts are towards the WHO's goal for global eradication of polio. For the Western Pacific Region to be certified polio-free, all countries within the Region had to put in place a sensitive surveillance system for detecting polio cases, not have any local polio cases for at least three years and ensure that appropriate measures are in place to respond to imported cases of polio.

  Polio is a viral infection most often recognised by the sudden onset of floppy
paralysis. It usually affects children less than 15 years of age. The poliovirus can bring about a spectrum of clinical presentations, ranging from mild non-specific illness to brain infection to paralysis. It is transmitted from person to person primarily through the faecal-oral route.

  Prior to the advent of immunisation, polio occurred world-wide. In the 1950s, polio was a major public health concern in Singapore. With the introduction of polio vaccination in Singapore in 1962, the incidence of polio has declined significantly. The last local case of polio was reported in 1978.

  Today, children in Singapore continue to receive oral polio vaccine as part of the National Childhood Immunisation Programme. As part of the efforts towards achieving her polio-free status, Singapore has a surveillance system in place to detect possible cases of poliomyelitis so that effective control measures can be implemented immediately.

  As polio is still present in some regions in the world, the threat of
importation and re-introduction of the virus into Singapore exists. As such,
Singapore will continue to maintain high vigilance for polio cases and high
coverage for childhood polio immunisation until global eradication is achieved. (Joint Ministry of Health & Ministry of the Environment Press Release 30 Oct 2000)

We received our 600,000th hit on 21 Oct 2000!

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Coca-Cola Enjoy!

NEW WEBSITES is a home entertainment website. You can rent DVD videos from them @ S$5 per disc. Free home delivery if you order 3 or more discs. Otherwise you can pick them up at any of their authorised local outlets.  A world of jobs, neatly packaged is a new banking website launched by Bank of Singapore. It currently offers online business checking accounts and business tools, such as a virtual office. is a new educational website for students, parents and teachers. is an online Internet casino. is a new wedding website launched on 14 Oct 2000. It provides information on wedding planning and tells you where to get gowns, photography, wedding car rental, confectionery, etc.

TheFingerPlayers is a non-profit professional puppetry company. is the website to visit for hand-built and die-cast model cars.  an arabic casino - online casino. is a one-stop source of information on discounts and other special promotions available in Singapore. was launched on 28 Sep 2000. Arts enthusiasts can now book their favourite shows online at TicketCharge's new website. Previously, TicketCharge customers could only buy tickets via phone or at their outlets. 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). is a legal website which was officially launched on 21 Sep 2000. It provides a one-stop centre for people to find lawyers.

Click New Websites for the rest of the list.

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 1,477 pages thick and growing.

Public Holidays CHRISTMAS DAY is the next public holiday. It falls on Monday 25 December 2000.

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Singapore Cemetery Warren Message Board 

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Registration for national 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.


Change of address:

*American States & Ports Association   Freight Links Express Districentre 9 Changi South St 3 #06-01 Singapore 486381

New societies registered:

*Dong Yang Tong Clan General Association (Singapore)   291A South Bridge Rd Singapore 058836 (13 Oct 2000)

*Strait Music And Arts Society   6001 Beach Rd #02-52 Golden Mile Tower Singapore 199589 (14 Oct 2000)

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The Straits Times Million Dollar Duck Race 2000 will be held on 12 Nov 2000. It's your chance to do something for charity and win big bucks simply by adopting a duck. More... 


Singapore Government Website   Police Ministry Of Education  Consular Matters & Migrating (known as permanent residency)

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

The Singapore Economy

Current issues affecting our community:  

SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) for university admission from 2003

Sex education for schools

PSLE Maths paper too tough, say parents


Deaths of children at childcare centres suspected to be caused by foot, hand and mouth disease


School Discipline: Put the cane in our teachers' hands


Food Stalls Suspended From Business

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?

Journey To The West  - A Legendary Children Drama Presented by Arts Theatre of Singapore Ltd  3, 4, & 6 Nov 2000  8pm Victoria Theatre.  4 & 5 Nov 2000 3.30pm Victoria Theatre Tickets at S$16, S$18, S$20, S$22 Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC

Riverdance The Show Performances from 2 Nov 2000 Singapore Indoor Stadium Tickets at S$120, S$85, S$55  for 8pm shows. S$100, S$75, S$45 for 2.30pm shows. Student tickets available at S$45 for matinee & S$55 for evening shows. Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC

The Toy Soldier  Presented by Act 3     7 - 25 Nov 2000 Act 3 Theatre, 126 Cairnhill Rd Singapore 229707 Tickets at S$12 (best suited for 4 years and above) Tickets from SISTIC at Tel: (65) 348 5555 or click SISTIC For enquiries, please contact Act 3 at Tel: (65) 734 9090

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8 and still counting That's the number of MediaCorp Studios artistes so far to have resigned to cross over to rival MediaWorks set up by the SPH group.


Tourism Board

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To get free copies of brochures on Singapore, including Singapore Official Guide, please click HERE.


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 - disasters, drowning cases, Hotel New World... 

Good Eats

10 MUST VISIT places


2nd-hand Watches

Shopping Complaints


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

Top Ten KINOKUNIYA Bestsellers

 Top Ten BORDERS Bestsellers

 Top Ten MPH Bestsellers

Top Ten TIMES Bestsellers

Top Ten POPULAR Bestsellers

Top Ten W.H.SMITH Bestsellers

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Tuesday 31 Oct 2000

Tuesday's News

A woman, believed to be a foreigner, died more than two hours after she and another woman, also believed to be a foreigner, were both found floating face-up in a swimming pool at Himiko Court in Ridgewood Close, off Mount Sinai Drive yesterday evening. The other women died in hospital early this morning. Their identities could not be confirmed.

 Trials will begin tomorrow to let users surf the Net by connecting their computers to power points in the home or office. Singapore Power, which is providing the service, will be testing it at the Singapore Polytechnic. Called "powerline communications", the technology makes use of the same power cables that sends electricity to homes and offices to transmit voice and date over the Internet.

Resort developer Citiraya Group, which bought half of the artefacts from the now-defunct Tang Dynasty City for about S$1 million on Friday, is in discussions with Singapore Leisure Industries over plans to redevelop and operate the theme park.  


Beijing: Chinese who sue others over emotional damage should expect to get no more than an apology and a promise they will not be harassed in the future. This follows a decision by the Supreme People's Court to limit the compensation that can be given over emotional and psychological damage.

Hongkong: Cheating husbands who set up home with mistresses in China will continue to escape arrest or legal action from angry wives, despite a crackdown on bigamy by Beijing. Hongkong's legal experts and pressure groups say. Last week, the National People's Congress announced a review of China's 20-year-old marriage law to stem a rise in bigamy. However, the move is unlikely to affect the thousands of Hongkong men who flit between wives in Hongkong and live-in mistresses in China.

Around the world

Washington: America heads into the final week of the tightest presidential race in 40 years, with voters none the wiser as to whom the next White House incumbent will be.

London: Many more people than initially estimated could die from the human form of mad cow's disease, Britain's Agriculture Minister Nick BROWN said on Sunday. His statement comes amid heightened fears over food safety in Britain and across Europe.

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30ml Gin

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.