>Huang Zheng tops Hurun List
With a fortune of 135 billion yuan, Huang Zheng, founder, chairman and CEO of online discounter Pinduoduo, has taken the top spot on the Hurun Under 40s China Rich List 2019 released by the Hurun Research Institute.
Bytedance founder Zhang Yiming ranked second, with a personal wealth of 95 billion yuan, which increased by 46% from last year, the fastest on the list.
Zhang was followed by Wang Tao, founder of the Shenzhen-based drone-maker DJI Technology Co, with a fortune of 47 billion yuan, and Zhang Bangxin, chairman and CEO of Tomorrow Advancing Life Education Group, whose wealth increased by 22% to 44 billion yuan.
This year, the list ranked 54 billionaires born after 1980 whose personal wealth surpassed 2 billion yuan, four more than that of last year.
These young billionaires mainly come from software services, blockchain, and media entertainment, accounting for more than 40% of the total.
Their average age is 36, one year older than that of last year.
Among the 54 billionaires in this year's rankings, there is only one female entrepreneur: Wu Yan from Hakim Unique Internet Co Ltd.
>Brexit coins to be recycled
Commemorative coins minted to mark Brexit on Oct 31 will be recycled after the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union was delayed by a further three months.
The Royal Mint had been asked to produce new 50-pence coins featuring the UK's scheduled departure date.
However, the coins are to be scrapped as the UK will not leave the EU this week.
According to the Royal Mint website, precious metals are recycled by being sorted and shredded before being melted down.
The 50-pence coin is made from copper and nickel.
Metals are then purified and solidified before being turned into new products, the site adds.
The UK was due to leave the EU at the end of the month, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson was required to request an extension after Parliament failed to agree on a Brexit deal.
On Monday, the EU granted the UK a new Brexit extension till Jan 31, 2020.
>1.437M candidates for exam
The number of job seekers registered for the 2020 civil servant exam increased slightly over the previous year, while offered positions rose by nearly 66%.
There are about 1,437,000 candidates for the written exam that will be held on Nov 24, according to the State Administration of Civil Service.
It's the 12th consecutive year that the number of the applicants has exceeded 1 million.
More than 24,000 civil servants are expected to be recruited for 86 central agencies and 23 subsidiary institutions, according to the administration.
While the average admission rate for a position is about 60:1, the most competitive position has a rate of 2,315:1, Beijing Youth Daily reported on Friday.
Western provinces with weaker economies, such as Qinghai, Guizhou and Gansu, have attracted many more candidates this year.
>Driver in court over truck deaths
The driver arrested in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in the back of a truck in Essex in England made a brief appearance at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday morning. Maurice Robinson, 25, from Northern Ireland, who faces 39 counts of manslaughter as well as charges of human trafficking, immigration and money laundering, has been remanded in custody and will appear at London's Old Bailey court on Nov 25.
Three other people have been arrested in connection with the discovery of the bodies and were released on bail.
Meanwhile, Essex Police are continuing their efforts to clarify details of what happened and to identify the victims.
The citizen protection center under the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has received information from 14 local families seeking assistance in finding missing relatives in Britain, the ministry announced in a statement released on Monday night. Some of these Vietnamese families believe their relatives are among the 39 victims found in the refrigerated container truck.
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