Current Affairs 16 July 2020

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Today's Holidays & Popular Observances
  1. World Snake Day - World

  2. National Stress Awareness Day - U.S.A

  3. National Peace Day (Día de la Paz) - Bolivia

  4. National Secretary Day (Día de la Secretaria) - Mexico

  5. Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Chile

  6. National Corn Fritter Day - U.S.A

Today in History
  1. 1790 - US Congress declares Washington, D.C. new capital

  2. 1875 - The new French constitution is finalized.

  3. 1908 - Birthday of Aruna Asaf Ali, Indian independence activist and politician (first Mayor of Delhi), born in Kalka, Punjab, British India (d. 1996)

  4. 1935 - World’s first parking meter installed

  5. 1936 - Birthday of Venkataraman Subramanya, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman in nine Tests mid-60's), born in Bangalore, Karnataka

  6. 1940 - Adolf Hitler orders preparations for the invasion of England.

  7. 1945 - First atomic bomb test is successfully exploded near Alamogordo, New Mexico by The United States

  8. 1969 - Apollo 11 lifted off from NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and four days later two of its astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, became the first humans to set foot on the Moon.

  9. 2013 - 27 children are killed and 25 are hospitalized after eating lunch contaminated with insecticide in India

  10. 2013 - Death Barun De, Indian historian, dies at 80

Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh resigns

Why in News

On July 16, 2020, the Tunisian PM Elyes Fakhfakh resigned. He presented his resignation to the President of Tunisia Kais Saied.

Key Points

  • Highlights
      The collapse of Mr FakhFakh’s Government within five months of its formation is to delay economic reforms.
      The country was hailing towards successful transition of democracy since 2011 revolution.
  • Background
      The splits in Mr Fakhfakh’s government made it harder to agree on urgent economic reforms that were demanded by foreign lenders. This was essential to bring public debt and fiscal deficit to a more sustainable trajectory.
      The pandemic has worsened the conditions in the country. It has asked four countries to delay debt repayments. Tunisia is expected to shrink by 6.5% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
  • About Tunisia
      Tunisia is a country in the region of north Africa. It is bordered by Algeria in west and south west, Mediterranean Sea in the north and east and Libya in the south east. The Eastern end of Atlas Mountains extend into the country. The northern regions of the country hold Sahara desert.
  • Tunisian Revolution
      The Tunisian Revolution also called Jasmine revolution was a 28 day campaign of civil resistance. It led to the ousting of long time president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Way Forward

On July 16, 2020, the Tunisian PM Elyes Fakhfakh resigned. He presented his resignation to the President of Tunisia Kais Saied.

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