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VOL. XXIII NO. 18, JANUARY 1-15, 2014
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. Who was a recipient of the Bharat Ratna who passed away recently?

2. Mary Barra recently became the first female CEO of which major global automotive company?

3. Beatriz War, which won the Golden Peacock for Best Film at the 44th International Film Festival of India, is which Asian country’s first feature film in its post-colonial period?

4. Who was sworn in for a third time as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh recently?

5. In a revolutionary decision, which South American country became the first to legalise the growing sale and smoking of marijuana?

6. Who has been named as Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’?

7. In a decision that has attracted criticism, the Supreme Court has upheld the primacy of which Section of the IPC banning homosexual activities?

8. Name the veteran actor, best known for his title role in Lawrence of Arabia, who passed away recently.

9. How did China’s ‘Yutu’ make space history on December 14th?

10. Which art form conceived by the Manipur king Bhagyachandra Singh in the 18th Century entered Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity recently?

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11. What is the Tamil term for a ‘Kangaroo Court’, commonly practised in many places in the State?

12. Name the present Commissioner of Chennai Corporation.

13. Who led the British forces in the victorious Battle of Wandiwash in 1760?

14. What is the common name for Borassus flabellifer, the State tree of Tamil Nadu?

15. Which is the last and 32nd District of Tamil Nadu?

16. Whose motto is Swadharme Nidhanam Shreyaha (It is a glory to die doing one’s duty)?

17. In the context of the State’s roads, what is SH-1?

18. Which Nayanmar was also called Tirunalaipovar?

19. What was inaugurated when Lord Hardinge “unlocked the doors in the presence of a large and fashionable gathering, amid a flourish of trumpets” on November 26, 1913?

20. What would CORH-1, IR-64, Bhavani or Ponmani (CR-1009) mean to an agriculturist in the State?

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1. Nelson Mandela; 2. General Motors; 3. East Timor; 4. Dr. Raman Singh; 5. Uruguay; 6. Pope Francis; 7. Section 377; 8. Peter O’Toole; 9. It became only the third ever robotic rover to make a soft landing on the Moon; 10. Sankirtana.

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Oor Panchayat; 12. Vikram Kapoor; 13. Sir Eyre Coote; 14. Asian Palm or Sugar Palm; 15. Tiruppur; 16. Madras Regiment; 17. Chennai-Ennore Expressway Road; 18. Nandanar; 19. Ripon Building; 20. They are all paddy varieties.

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In this issue

Still waiting for a Tree Act
What does the Metro Plan for RSRM Choultry
Sadir to Bharata Natyam
The Madras Balloon
A Further Look at our Trees
Krishnan and his Tamil Writings
Headlines & Tailpieces

Our Regulars

Short 'N' Snappy
Readers Write
Quizzin' With Ram'nan
Madras Eye
Dates for Your Diary


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