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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch lighting ceremony

>Olympic torch lighting ceremony

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia will be the first in more than 35 years to be held without spectators.

Greece's Olympic Committee said spectators would be excluded from both the dress rehearsal at the ancient site on Wednesday and the widely broadcast ceremony on Thursday.

This is the first time since the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics that the ceremony will be held without any spectators lounging on the grassy slopes of the ancient stadium in the tiny Peloponesian hamlet.

The ceremony - held both for summer and winter Games - usually attracts several thousand spectators, including Greeks and foreign visitors.



>James Bond film delayed

The release of the new James Bond film has been put back seven months as coronavirus continues to spread.

The producers said they had moved the release of "No Time To Die" from April to November after "careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace".

"No Time To Die", Daniel Craig's final appearance as the British secret agent, had been due for release on April 3.

The last Bond film, "Spectre", took almost $900m at the global box office in 2015.

Some film analysts have suggested the coronavirus could wipe away $5B in ticket receipts, with many of China's cinemas already closed and revenues hit hard in South Korea and Italy.


A consumer buys fruit at a supermarket in Fuyang, East China's Anhui province, on Tuesday. [Photo by Lu Qijian/For China Daily]

>CPI rose 5.2% in February

China's consumer price index rose 5.2% year-on-year in February, edging down from 5.4% in the previous month, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.

Zhao Maohong, an NBS official, said the novel coronavirus outbreak has had a complicated impact on prices but the country has been able to keep things generally stable, as the government has been actively facilitating production resumption and ensuring supply.

Food prices were the main contributor to CPI growth, rising 21.9% year-on-year in February.

The surge of food prices was mainly due to supply disruptions and increased labor costs for distribution as a result of the epidemic, according to the NBS.

Core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices, rose 1% year-on-year, edging down from 1.5% in the previous month.


Mark Zuckerberg (center), Huang Zheng (right) and Zhang Yiming (left). [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

>Club of young billionaires

The number of billionaires under the age of 40 increased to 53, up 7 from last year, with average wealth reaching $5.2 billion, according to Hurun's latest list of global billionaires aged 40 and under.

Among these young billionaires, 20 are from the US and 19 from China, and 18 billionaires are newcomers.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, tops the list with his wealth hitting $84 billion, a rise of $4 billion from last year, followed by Chinese billionaires Huang Zheng, founder of Pinduoduo, and Zhang Yiming, chairman of ByteDance, with wealth of $18 and $13.8 billion, respectively.

Industry-wise, these billionaires mainly hail from e-commerce, social media, shared economy, and online games.


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