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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 14, november 1-15, 2009
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. Which city is to host the 2016 Summer Olympics?

2. Which country celebrated 60 years of communist rule on October 1st?

3. ‘Ardi’ was in the news recently. What has been nicknamed ‘Ardi’?

4. The recently discovered mini-Stonehenge lying at the end of the pathway connecting the larger Stonehenge to the River Avon has been dubbed...?

5. For what work has India-born Venkatraman Ramakrishnan been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry?

6. Name the author and the work that has won the Man Booker Prize this year.

7. NASA’s recent mission of crashing rockets on the moon, to find some evidence of water ice, is dedicated to...?

8. Which celebrated American poet and mystery writer was recently given a fitting funeral in Baltimore, 160 years after his death?

9. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, has confessed and apologised for which ‘unnecessary’ part of a web address?

10. Stephen Patrick David Gately, who was found dead recently, was a lead singer with which successful band?

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11. Where in Chennai can you see a ZP-4 locomotive, manufactured by the Nippon Sharyo Seizo Kaisha, resting in all its splendour?

12. What does V.O. stand for in the name of the ‘Kappalottiya Tamilan’ V.O. Chidambaram Pillai?

13. Which constituency does the present Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly represent?

14. In the early 19th Century, which Governor was responsible for making a house in Guindy the country residence of the Governor of Madras?

15. Where is the headquarters of the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University?

16. Where in Tamil Nadu was India’s second President born?

17. Which century-old centre of learning in Chennai began functioning in a rented building belonging to V. Bhashyam Iyengar in Pelathope, Mylapore?

18. What name did Virai Kaviraja Pandithar, who translated Adi Sankara’s Soundarya Lahari into Tamil in the 12th Century, give to the work?

19. Where is the ‘World Classical Tamil Conference’ scheduled to be held in June 2010?

20. Name the five Assembly seats for which by-elections were held in August.

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1. Rio de Janeiro; 2. China; 3. Short for ‘Ardipithecus ramidus’; paleontologists now consider it the oldest fossil skeleton of a human ancestor; 4. Bluehenge, after the hue of the 27 stones that formed it; 5. “For studies of the structure and function of the ribosome”; 6. Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall; 7. The late Walter Cronkite, American broadcaster; 8. Edgar Allan Poe; 9. The forwardslashes (//); 10. Boyzone.

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11. In front of the Southern Railway headquarters; 12. Volaganathan Ottapidaaram; 13. Ambasamudram; 14. Thomas Munro; 15. Madhavaram Milk Colony; 16. Thiruttani; 17. Madras Sanskrit College; 18. Abhirami Paadal; 19. Coimbatore; 20. Bargur, Thondamuthur, Cumbum, Illyangudi and Srivaikuntam.


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