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VOL. XXIV NO. 14, November 1-15, 2014
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. The Golden Jubilee of two trains, one in South India and the other in Japan, was celebrated on October 1st. Name the two well-known trains.

2. Which prestigious literary prize did Australian author Richard Flanagan win on October 14th?

3. What is the Arabic name for the hoopoe bird that made front page news on October 12th for the wrong reasons.

4. Name the organisation founded by India’s latest Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

5. Who is the latest Indian film personality to be appointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in South Asia?

6. India won gold medals in both the men’s and women’s section in which sport at the Incheon Asian Games?

7. The ambitious campaign launched by the Prime Minister recently aimed at cleaning India by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, is called..?

8. In startling news, NASA’s Earth Observatory claimed that the world’s fourth largest lake of its time has dried and is on the verge of vanishing. Name the water-body.

9. Who were declared the Man of the Match in the final and the Player of the Series in the Champions League T20 won by the Chennai Super Kings?

10. Of which country was John Key recently elected Prime Minister for a third straight term? (Hint: A cricket-playing nation.)


11. Which 19th Century school was started as a parish school in the Lutheran Church’s compound on Tana Street?

12. Tamil Nadu has not one but two National Fossil Wood Parks. Where?

13. Who gifted the AIADMK headquarters building on Lloyd’s Road to the Party?

14. What daily activity at a Chennai location has been timed to last for 0.57 second? The timing between each such activity is either 1.93 or 6.93 seconds.

15. Which music genius lives in Vishwa Keerthi on San Thome High Road?

16. Where in Chennai would you find a temple to Vasupujya Swami, the twelfth Jain Tirthankara?

17. Which popular hotel chain was started by A.R. Velupillai as a small ‘mess’ in the early 1950s?

18. In which district is the Mukurthi National Park?

19. What post does Pollachi V. Jayaraman hold in the legislative administration of the State?

20. What specifically connects the Lok Sabha constituencies of Kancheepuram (SC), Tenkasi (SC), Tiruppur and Tiruvannamalai?

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1. Brindavan Express (between Chennai and Bangalore) and the Shinkasen or Bullet Train; 2. The 2014 Man Booker Prize for fiction; 3. Hudhud, the name of the cyclone that devastated parts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha; 4. Bachpan Bachao Andolan; 5. Aamir Khan; 6. Kabaddi; 7. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan; 8. Aral Sea; 9. The CSK’s Pawn Negi and Suresh Raina; 10. New Zealand.

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11. ELM Fabricius School; 12. Tiruvakkarai (Villupuram District) and Sattanur (Perambalur District); 13. Janaki Ramachandran; 14. The flash in the lighthouse on the Marina; 15. M.S. Viswanathan; 16. Kutchery Road; 17. Ponnuswamy Hotel; 18. Nilgiris; 19. Deputy Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly; 20. They have women MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha.

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In this issue

The sad state of our roads
Madras Landmarks - 50 years ago
Welcome sensitising of temple restorers
The early days of the I.A.S.
Madras beginnings of Hindi Prachar
Trying to save Jerdon's Courser
Advertising goes outdoors
Answering the need of the hour?
Studying during those 'Quit India' days

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