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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 15, november 16-30, 2009
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. Name the 2009 Formula One world champion.

2. In which Indian city did a fire ravage an IOC depot leading to many deaths and a massive financial loss?

3. Why was the number 350 recently displayed all over the world by environment campaigners?

4. On October 28th, NASA launched the world’s largest rocket, 327 feet tall. Name it.

5. After a controversy was raked up, Nelson Mandela has denied writing the foreword to a biography (Straight Speaking for Africa) on an African President. Name the President and the country.

6. ICANN, the internet regulator, recently approved a plan that will probably lead to the biggest change since the Internet was created of the way it works. What does this plan permit?

7. Which Asian country recently thought of moving its capital because of the danger from earthquakes?

8. Faced with overcrowding, Belgium recently decided to rent space from The Netherlands for ‘housing’ what sort of people?

9. Name the documentary tribute film based on Michael Jackson that premiered globally on October 27th.

10. The 25th anniversary of which world leader’s assassination was observed on October 31st?

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11. Since 1979, Rajeswari Nachiyar has been...?

12. Apart from the State of Tamil Nadu, Tamil has the official status in which two UTs?

13. Vedhachalam, an exponent of the Pure Tamil movement, changed his birth name to...?

14. Name the author of Erezhupathu, Kangai Puranam and Sarasvati Anthati who is more famous for a version of an epic in Tamil.

15. Name the three related castes which constitute the Mukkulathor confederacy?

16. Name the leader of the British forces in the decisive victory at the Battle of Wandiwash in 1760.

17. In which district is Veeranam Lake?

18. A. Vellayan is the new Executive Chairman of which respected business group?

19. Which famous co-operative bank commenced business on 26.11.1905?

20. Which renowned dancer has authored Women Of Pride: The Devadasi Heritage?

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1. Jenson Button; 2. Sitapura near Jaipur; 3. It is the upper limit for heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, measured in parts per million; 4. Ares I-X; 5. Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville; 6. Allow non-Latin-script web addresses; 7. Iran; 8. Prisoners; 9. This Is It; 10. Indira Gandhi.

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11. The titular ruler of the estate of Ramnad; 12. Andaman and Nicobar, and Puducherry; 13. Maraimalai Adigal; 14. Kambar; 15. Kallar, Maravar and Agamudaiyar; 16. Lieutenant-General Sir Eyre Coote; 17. Cuddalore; 18. The Murugappa Group; 19. The TNSC Bank; 20. Lakshmi Viswanathan.


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