Current Affairs 27 July 2020

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Current Affairs 27 July 2020

Today's Holidays & Popular Observances
  1. Cross Atlantic Communications Day - USA
    Marking the anniversary of the first sustained working telegraph cable between Europe and the Americas. Before 1866, it took ten days for a message to cross the Atlantic by ship.

  2. Day of Victory - North Korea
    The Day of Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War is a national holiday in North Korea celebrated on July 27 to mark the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement which brought a cease fire to the Korean War that took place between 1950–1953.

Today in History
  1. 1214 - At the Battle of Bouvines in France, Philip Augustus of France defeats John of England.

  2. 1835 - Birth Anniversary of Italian poet, educator and Nobel Prize laureate, Giosue Carducci.

  3. 1861 - President Abraham Lincoln replaces General Irwin McDowell with General George B. McClellen as head of the Army of the Potomac.

  4. 1881 - Birth Anniversary of German chemist and Nobel Prize laureate, Hans Fischer.

  5. 1889 - A branch of the Indian National Congress, the British India Committee is established under the leadership of Dadabhai Naoroji.

  6. 1905 - The International Workers of the World found their labor organization in Chicago.

  7. 1913 - Birth Anniversary of Kalpana Datta was an Indian independence movement activist. She was also a member of the armed independence movement led by Surya Sen.

  8. 1939 - The Central Reserve Police Force was established in India.

  9. 1942 - Allied forces manage to stop the Axis advance into Egypt.

  10. 1954 - Birth Anniversary of Gurmukh Singh Bali, former Member of the Legislative Assembly from Nagrota Bagwan, Himachal Pradesh, India.

  11. 1960 - Birth Anniversary of Uddhav Bal Thackeray, a politician, serving as the 19th and current CM of Maharashtra. He is also the president of Shiv Sena.

  12. 1970 - Death Anniversary of Pattam A Thanu Pillai, a participant in the Indian independence movement. He later served as the CM of Kerala from 1960 to 1962.

  13. 1980 - Death Anniversary of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran dies in Cairo, Egypt.

  14. 1982 - Prime Minister Indira Gandhi traveled to the US for the first time in nearly 11 years.

  15. 1994 - The Parliament of India votes to ban prenatal sex discernment.

  16. 1994 - Jaspal Rana wins World Shooting Championship. He born at Uttarakhand, India.

  17. 2002 - Death Anniversary of Krishan Kant, 10th Vice President of India from 1997 until his death. He also previously served as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh from 1990 to 1997.

  18. 2015 - Death Anniversary of APJ Abdul Kalam (Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam), He was an aerospace scientist and politician who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

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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