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中国日报网 2019-10-16 14:14


>Winners in economics released

The portraits of Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kreme, who have been announced the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2019 winners, are seen at a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, October 14, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics has been awarded to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Monday.

Banerjee, born 1961 in Mumbai, India, is now a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. Duflo, born 1972 in Paris, France, is also a professor at the MIT. She is the youngest person ever and only the second woman to receive the economics prize. Kremer, born 1964, is a professor at Harvard University in the US.

According to the academy, the research conducted by this year's laureates has considerably improved our ability to fight global poverty. It said they tackled the issue by breaking it down into smaller questions that could be better asked and answered.

It said they looked into how best to improve the health of children by examining their education, health systems, agricultural approaches and access to credit.


>UK Queen delivers speech

British Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the State Opening of Parliament [Photo/Xinhua]

British Queen Elizabeth II on Monday delivered a speech setting out the government's agenda at the State Opening of Parliament.

"My government intends to work towards a new partnership with the European Union (EU), based on free trade and friendly cooperation," the Queen said.

She said her ministers will work on new regimes for fisheries, agriculture and trade, "seizing the opportunities that arise from leaving the EU." The speech also included policies on crime, health and the environment form the heart of the government's new legislative agenda.

The Queen outlined over 20 bills in her speech. The Queen's Speech, which is usually delivered to the new session of the parliament during the State Opening and is expected for the government to highlight its priorities, came as Britain and the EU are rushing against the clock to lock down a Brexit deal ahead of the coming key EU summit.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on Oct 31, and the European leaders' summit starting on Thursday is seen as the last chance to agree any deal before that deadline.


>Civil service annual intake


China plans to recruit about 24,000 civil servants to work for 86 central agencies and 23 institutions directly attached to them in the 2020 civil servant intake, the State Administration of Civil Service said Monday.

The recruitment, the first after the country's civil servant law was revised, offers more vacancies than about 14,500 last year.

Applications will be open from Oct 15 to 24, with positions to be posted on authorized websites, the administration said. A national written exam is scheduled to be held on Nov 24 across the country.


>Top 10 wealthiest cities

A bird view of Beijing's central business district, which is home to the headquarters of a great number of companies on the Fortune Global 500. [Photo/VCG]

China's capital city Beijing and financial center Shanghai ranked among the top 10 wealthiest cities worldwide in 2019, according to a report by wealth study company New World Wealth.

Beijing grabbed the 5th place on the list with a total wealth of $2.1 trillion and Shanghai took the 6th spot with total wealth amounting to $1.9 trillion.

Landing in the same position as last year, China's Hong Kong remained 8th on the list, in which New York City claimed the crown with $3 trillion in total wealth as well as 65 billionaires and over 380,000 millionaires.

Tokyo came in second with a total wealth of $2.5 trillion, followed by the San Francisco Bay Area and London, both of which held $2.4 trillion in total wealth.

The "total wealth" mentioned in the report referred to the private wealth held by all individuals including property, cash, equities and business interests.

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