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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 13, october 16-31, 2009
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period September 16th to 30th. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)

1. Which African leader recently spoke for 96 minutes when given only a 15-minute slot at the UN?

2. From which sporting legend did Italian police seize a pair of earrings in a bid to make up for unpaid taxes?

3. What surprising remedy did U.S. doctors recently suggest for treating those suffering from head injuries?

4. Olympia, a 1948 painting by a Belgian surrealist, worth 750,000 euros, was recently stolen. Name the artist.

5. A famous sporting rivalry was reprised after 25 years in Valencia between September 22nd and 25th. Name the sport and the players.

6. What tall distinction did Sultan Kosen of Turkey achieve recently?

7. In which U.S. city was the G-20 Summit held recently?

8. Which former President of a South American country was
sentenced to six years in jail for corruption?

9. Name the Oscar-winning director of The Pianist who was recently taken into custody in Switzerland and who faces extradition to the U.S. for having had sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

10. Which tiny Pacific republic is to create the world’s first ‘shark sanctuary’, banning all commercial shark fishing in its waters?

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11. Name the man of medicine who pioneered the translation of Western medical science into Tamil.

12. Name the breed of dog from Virudhunagar District which has a white coat, pink nose, broad chest and narrow waist.

13. Of which famous poet was Sadayappa Vallal, a landlord, the patron?

14. Which coastal city did Ptolemy refer to as ‘Nikam’?

15. Samuel Vedanayagam Pillai’s Prathapa Mudaliar Charithram is considered the first...?

16. On which street in Chennai is the Sumaithangi Sriramar temple?

17. What was the target of SMS Emden when it shelled Madras on September 22, 1914?

18. Who was associated with theatres like ‘Gaiety’, ‘Crown’, ‘Globe’ and ‘Imperial’?

19. Bring down the house lights was a book to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of...?

20. Who is the author of such works as Mahabaratham Pesugirathu and Verukkathakkadha Bramaniyam?

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1. Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi; 2. Diego Maradona; 3. A shot of alcohol to dampen the body’s inflammatory response; 4. Rene Magritte; 5. Chess. The two are Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov; 6. Tallest living human; 7. Pittsburgh; 8. Alberto Fujimori; 9. Roman Polanski; 10. Palau.

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11. Dr. Samuel Fisk Green; 12. Rajapalayam; 13. Kamban; 14. Nagapattinam; 15. Novel in the Tamil language; 16. Mint Street; 17. Oil tanks of the Burmah Oil Company in the Port of Madras; 18. Raghupathy Venkiah; 19. The Madras Players; 20. ‘Cho’ Ramaswamy.


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