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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 18, january 1-15, 2010
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period December 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)

1. Which European Prime Minister suffered a broken nose and teeth when he was hit in the face by a statuette in a cathedral?

2. Name the new ball-game event that has been introduced by the International Olympic Committee for the 2012 London Games.

3. Boeing’s newest commercial aircraft and its ambitious project for many a year made its debut recently. Name the aircraft.

4. Which sporting legend has decided to take an indefinite break from his sport after a scandal over his infidelity broke out recently?

5. What first is attributed to the ‘veined octopus’ (Amphioctopus marginatus) in terms of animal behaviour?

6. From which fellow Emirate is Dubai receiving a $10 billion bailout to help fund troubled Dubai World?

7. Name the nuclear-capable naval version of Prithvi that was test-fired on December 13th.

8. According to a recent WHO report, 36 million people worldwide have been cured of what global illness in the past 15 years?

9. The 25th anniversary of which deadly industrial disaster in India, that led to more than 3,500 deaths, was observed on December 3rd?

10. Where was the United Nations Climate Change Conference held?

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11. Why did Cho call his drama troupe Viveka Fine Arts Club?

12. Name the builder of such imposing buildings as the Connemara Public Library, the Madras Law College and the National Art Gallery.

13. Which Chennai thoroughfare was/is known as ‘Otra Vaadai (one row)’?

14. Name the wife of a legendary acting couple who staged a play Paithiakaran many years ago to generate funds for the release of her imprisoned husband.

15. Who has been called the ‘Father of Madras Chess’?

16. Whenever Gandhiji used to visit Madras, he used to stay at the residence of the founder of Amrutanjan. Name him.

17. Where is the ‘Madi Poonga’ in Chennai?

18. Lakshmi Vilas in Luz, once the residence of the noted jurist Sir Vembakkam Bhashyam Ayyangar, metamorphosed into what in recent times?

19. A part of Madras’s history went up in flames on May 29, 1985. Name it.

20. Who was behind the memorable film compositions ‘Manmadan Leelaiai Vendrarundo’ (from Haridas) and Natakame Ulagam (from Chintamani)?

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1. Silvio Berlusconi of Italy; 2. Mixed doubles tennis; 3. The 787 “Dreamliner”; 4. Tiger Woods; 5. It collects coconut shells for shelter, which researchers believe is the first evidence of tool-use in an invertebrate animal; 6. Abu Dhabi; 7. Dhanush; 8. Tuberculosis; 9. The Bhopal Gas Tragedy; 10. Copenhagen.

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11. Because it was formed by students of Vivekananda College in Chennai; 12. Dewan Bahadur Thatikonda Namberumal Chetty; 13. Wall Tax Road; 14. T.A. Madhuram staged it for N.S. Krishnan; 15. K.S. Subramanya Iyer; 16. Desodharaka K. Nageswara Rao; 17. On the Old Town Wall built by Paul Benfield in Royapuram; 18. Kamadhenu theatre; 19. Moore Market; 20. Papanasam Sivan.


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Yet another Committee?
What’s with Madras and heritage conservation?
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Calming traffic in shopping areas, like Pondy Bazaar
Historic Residences of Chennai - 33
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