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(ARCHIVE) Vol. Vol. XVIII No. 14, november 1-15, 2008
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period October 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)

1. To whom was the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize awarded?

2. Who on October 12th became India’s first female saint in the Roman Catholic Church?

3. Name the celebrated American adventurer whose plane’s wreckage was found 13 months after he disappeared?

4. What is the value of the financial bailout package signed by the U.S. President on October 3rd to alleviate the current subprime mortgage crisis?

5. Who has won the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel The White Tiger?

6. What ban, aimed at better health, came into force in the country on October 2nd?

7. What is the correct name for the legislation on the India-U.S. nuclear deal?

8. Where in Gujarat is Tata’s ­relocating its Nano plant from troubled Singur?

9. For what occasion did renowned artistes like pianist Daniel Barenboim, tenor Placido Do­min­go, soprano Barbara Frit­toli and violinist Pinchas Zuker­man perform under Zubin Mehta’s baton in Mumbai ­recently?

10. Which Indian State got its first railway service on October 11th?

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11. On whose land was Chintadripet developed as a weavers’ settlement by Audiappa Narayana Chetty and Chinna­tambi Mudaliar in 1734?

12. Which was the first temple to be used by the Right Hand and Left Hand Castes in Madras?

13. Which popular film banner's first venture was Thaen Nilavu starring Gemini Ganesh and Vyjayanthimala?

14. Who was the English monarch when Madras was founded in 1639-40?

15. What monumental scientific work commenced on April 10, 1802, at a point near St. Thomas’ Mount?

16. Where did Madras’s first zoo begin, with a tiger and a cheetah, in 1854?

17. Which National-award winning actress made her debut in Kangalaal Kaithu Sei?

18. Whose motto is 'Doctrina vim promovet insitam’?

19. What was originally founded as a private institution in Popham’s Broadway in 1850 by a Dr. Alexander Hunter?

20. Which famous institution’s address when it started in 1878, and before it moved into its own building, was ‘c/o Postmaster, Triplicane’?


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1. The former President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari; 2. Sister Alphonsa; 3. Steve Fossett; 4. $700 billion; 5. Aravind Adiga; 6. Smoking in public places; 7. H.R. 7081, United States-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Non-proliferation Enhancement Act; 8. Sanand; 9. To mark the birth centenary of Zubin’s father, musician Mehli Mehta; 10. Jammu and Kashmir.

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11. Sunkurama Chetty; 12. Sri Ekambareswarar Temple; 13. Chitralaya; 14. Charles I; 15. The trigonometrical survey of India led by Major Lambton; 16. At the Pantheon complex; 17. Priya­mani; 18. The University of Madras; 19. Government College of Arts and Crafts; 20. The Hindu.


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