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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XVIII No. 9, august 16-31, 2008
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period July 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)

1. Which movie, starring the late Heath Ledger, set a new box office record for an opening weekend, with $158.4 million collection?

2. Which African country has introduced a new 100-billion-dollar banknote, as the annual inflation rate hit 2.2 million per cent there?

3. Carlos Sastre of Spain is the latest winner of which gruelling, ­annual sporting event?

4. Name the South African woman of Tamil descent who is set to become the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

5. Name the most wanted Bosnian Serb who was arrested recently for his genocidal acts after being on the run for 12 years.

6. How many unique web pages has Google claimed to have found and indexed?

7. Name the new and first elected President of Nepal. He was sworn in on July 23rd.

8. Name the two Indian writers (apart from Salman Rushdie) who are in the Man Booker Prize longlist for this year.

9. Name the two Indian cities that suffered terrorist bombings on July 25th and 26th.

10. Name the legendary ‘Pita­maha’ of modern Carnatic music whose birth centenary was cele­brated on July 25th.

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11. Name the school near Madurai, the only one from South India, to be part of the five schools selected by NCERT for a project to revive heritage schools.

12. Which 300 x 70 foot building is built on two-and-a-half acres of land that once belonged to a ‘Paul Andy’?

13. What did the ‘Aratha Kuttai’, a pond near Mylapore, develop into?

14. What do the initials M.R. stand for in the name of the famous actor M.R. Radha?

15. What is the main ingredient in a ‘DingDong’?

16. Who founded the Indian Overseas Bank in 1937?

17. Madras is now the latest and eighth ‘Sister City’ of which American city?

18. Name the Tamil word game developed by Rajakumar Gopalan, a Chennai businessman, that uses the word-building idea popularised by Mattel’s game ‘Scrabble’.

19. With which freedom fighter would you associate the battle on the Cauvery banks (1801), the 1802 fight in Odanilai, and the Arachalur battle of 1804?

20. The Governors of Madras in the late 17th Century, Elihu Yale and his successor, Nathaniel Higginson, were both from a British colony in North America which is now a U.S. State. Which State?

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1. The Dark Knight; 2. Zimbabwe; 3. Tour de France; 4. Navnethem Pillay; 5. Radovan Karadzic; 6. 1 trillion unique web pages;7. Ram Baran Yadav; 8. Aravind Adiga and Amitav Ghosh; 9. Bangalore and Ahmadabad; 10. Sangita Kalanidhi Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.

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11. Gandhi Niketan School at T. Kallupatti; 12. The Egmore railway station; 13. Nageshwara Rao Park; 14. Madras Rajagopala Naidu; 15. Eggs in gravy; 16. M.Ct.M. Chidambaram Chettiar; 17. San Antonio; 18. Thiruthamizh; 19. Dheeran Chinnamalai; 20. Connecticut.

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